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The Last Voyage
By Randall Parrish
Author of Bob Hampton ot Placer.
Illustrations by Deaborn Mt'lvill
"It might be certainly gome one j
who sought In that way to terrorize !
officers and crew, and thus compel
them to turn back. Whoever It was,
he killed Mr. Tuttle, and now seeks to
accomplish the same end with you.
What are you going to do?"
"Trace him down. The last time
the fellow went directly from here to
the forecastle. There must be a
passageway from stem to stern."
She caught me as I turned, her gray
eyes wide with apprehension.
"You will take me with you?"
"That will be impossible, Lady Dar
lington. I know nothing regarding
this passage amidships, but it must
surely lead through the coal bunkers
and the engine room."
"But but I cannot let you go
alone," utterly forgetting to conceal
her agitation. "Truly, I could not bear
to do It. Whoever this man may be
he will become desperate when cor
nered. Your very life will be In dan
ger." "And you really care?" my hand
clasping hers, my eyes eagerly search
ing the gray depths.
"Yes, I care," making no effort to
free herself; "why should I not?
Think what our condition would be If
you were not on board. Yet that is
not all; I care because I value your
life, your friendship. Little as I can
do, let me, at least, be near you."
"You are near me," said I, utterly
forgetful of circumstances In the sud
den rush of passion, "always near me,
because my thoughts are with you, my
sole purpose In life to serve you."
The gray eyes fell Instantly; the
clasping hand was withdrawn and
pressed to her forehead.
"I I will try to do as you wish,"
she faltered, "but are you armed?"
"Not now, but I will get a revolver
from my stateroom. First, let me
help you to your cabin."
She permitted my guidance without
a word of protest, only glancing once
up into my face as she put a question.
"You will return here? you will let
me know at once what you discover?
Promise me this."
"1 promise; and more, I will pledge
myself to be cautious, so do not
I procured my revolver, turned the
light low once more In the main cabin,
and then stole silently into the narrow
passageway leading forward. There
was no light In the pantry, but the
faint reflection from the cabin enabled
me to distinguish the more prominent
outlines. A form lay outstretched on
a locker, and I bent over It silently.
It was Dade, curled up on his side and
sound asleep. There was no doubt
about the reality of his slumber; the
fellow was not shamming, and I drew
back, leaving him undisturbed. The
alley-way leading forward was ex
tremely narrow, yet of a height suffi
cient to afford comparatively easy
passage had it only been lighted. Sud
denly a faint glow appeared ahead,
and a moment later I slipped cau
tiously through a small bulkhead door
standing ajar, Into a low, square room,
containing six bunks arranged in tiers
of two. A slush lamp swung from a
blackened beam, and various articles
of wearing apparel dangled from
hooks. I peered into the bunks, dls
' covering three occupied, the uncon
scious sleepers being Cooky, the
smooth-faced Chilean, and the gunner,
.a Swede named Gust af son. None
awoke under my scrutiny, although
the Chilean was talking in his sleep
and threshing his arms about as if in
nightmare. I bent down, looking at
him more closely, attracted by some
thing oddly familiar In the upturned
features. By all the gods, the fellow
was Lieut Juan Sanchez, hla
Ions mustaches shaven, and look
Inz ten years younger! It was so odd
a thing, this sudden renewal of a con
troversy originating thousands of
leagues away, that I nearly laughed
outright, forgetting for the Instant the
serious purpose bringing me there.
Yet this surorlslnit discovery of
Sanchez aboard seemed of compara-
tlvely little importance, and was as
quickly dismissed. The narrow bulk
head door leading forward was tight
ly closed, and in that dim light I had
to hunt for It, so perfectly was It fitted
into place. When discovered, how
ever, It proved to be unfastened, and
stepped forth into an emptied coal
bunker, whence I could look straight
forward along the flowing boilers Into
the engine room. I advanced carefully
along the slight open space until
came upon the squad of firemen and
big Hill Anderson. The latter shaded
his eyes, staring at me as though he
mistook me for another ghost, but
took the Initiative.
"I have been Investigating the ar
rangement of things below, Anderson,
I said, In explanation; "rather odd
way In which the yacht is cut up. Did
you know there was a passage leadin
all the way aft?"
The boatswain shook his head, too
surly naturarty to answer.
"Well, possibly you know whethor
or not a similar pannage leads forward
Into the forecastle?"
"Thero's a bulkhead door over
there," Fe rett!TfceJ, indfcatlng by
a gesture a spot concealed by the
donkey pump, "but I don't know
where it goes, only It's dark as hell."
"It comes out under the forecastle,
sir," broke In a coal heaver named
Davis. "Leastwise there's a trap In
the deck there, with a ladder leadin'
"I'll finish the trip through, then,
for I like to know what is under my
feet when I command a vessel. Where
is the engineer, Anderson?"
He waved his bi hairy hand In the
direction of the boilers.
"Went to his bunk to He down for
on hour; he was about all In."
"Are you capable of standing watch
alone In an engine room?"
The fellow grinned, his bulldog jaw
"Well, I've had to do it on this trip
whether I'm capable or not. That
fellow can't stand It In here night an'
day without no rest. I know how to
start an' stop her, an' watch the wa
ter gauge. If anything else goes
wrong he's easy enough called."
So it was McKnlgnt who was play
ing the antics of a ghest on board;
McKnight who had discovered that
unusual passageway through the bulk
heads; McKnight who had conceived
the Idea that In this manner he could
frighten us Into turning back. Well,
uui, x uiu uul aiiugciuci uiauio mo
man, and, now that my own fear of
the supernatural was allayed, did not
feel any desire to punish him severely.
Still, his masquerade must stop be
fore he thoroughly demoralized the
crew, frightening them beyond all
my power of control.
I discovered the door concealed be
hind the donkey engine, left it slightly
ajar behind me, and stepped forward
into the black passage. I r.aJ groped
along to the very fect of the ladder,
feeling nothing but br.re. Mz, anrf
hearing no sound except the slush of
bilge water, when suddenly an Inar
ticulate cry sounded almost rllrectly
above; something, a hatch cover pos
sibly, seemed to settle into place, and
the ladder shook under my hand. I
drew back a step, permitting tho fel
low to come down until he reached
the floor. My eyes, accustomed to the
gloom, enabled me to dimly perceive
his shape. It was no more than a
formless smudge he made, but I
struck straight for what seemed to be
the head, and landed with a force that
dropped blm like a log. In an instant
I was on top, clasping the canvas
sheet he wore tightly about his arms,
and throttling him against the deck.
He fought like a wild bull for a mo
ment, thoroughly frightened and
whimpering, dazed by the suddenness
ot attack, yet following the animal
instinct of a struggle for life. '
"Damn you, McKnight, lie still!" I
panted. "I've got you, and you might
just as well take your medicine, my
man. Yes, that's a gun you feel, and
I know how to use It. 80 you're the
ghost of the Sea Queen, are you? I
guess you know what this means If I
turn you over to those fellows, don t
Ho groaned, and I ventured to re
lease my grip on hla throat, flinging
back the canvas from bis bead.
'Sit up. Well, I'll tell you, McKnight
you would probably go overboard to
feed the fishes. Do you recognize
"Yes, sir," managing to find his
voice for the first Ume. "You re Mr.
"Right you are, and you can bless
vour lucky stars that I am the one
"Damn You, McKnight,
who caught you. What started you at
"It was the Chilean, sir, S:m'he;
he said we could scire the whole out
fit" do any of the ghont p!ar-
Wiiai uie Uiau? In j
truth there vu little I dared to do i
under the circumstances. , j
"Now see here, McKnight." I sold, i
soberly, "you quit this thing for good
and all; if there U any more ghest
walking done on the Sea Quean HI
turn you and Sanchez over to the
men. Besides, there's no use resort
ing again to that sort of trick, for
we're about at the end of our cruise."
"Tou mean we're going to turn
Yes. Now if I let you go will you
behave yourself ?'
Ha promised with an eager earnest
ness that went far toward convincing
me 1 tad not only conquered the
man. b"t won his friendship as well.
"Then wait here, McKnight, until
I can pass back alone through the en
gine room. In ten minutes you slip
through, and let this end it Shake
hands, my man."
He gave me a grip I felt, and so I
left him, a mere shadow in the black
Lady Darlington stood within the
door of her cabin waiting for me, her
face brightening as I emerged through
the pantry door.
"Who was it?"
"McKnight: I caught him In the
very act, but shall keep it from the
crew. There will be no repetition ol
this affair, I am sure, for now we
are homeward bound."
. How quickly her gray eyes light
ed up, her hands instantly clasping
"Homeward bound, Mr. Stephens!
Have we already attained tbo spot
sought In this sea? Waa there noth
ing discovered there as a reward for
all this long voyage?"
"No, we are not yet there, but I
have determined upon turning back.
I can not take you any farther Into
"But why? why? Is the peril so
terribly desperate? How much far
ther south must we go?"
"With rair luck, the wind holding
as It is, we might attain the position
to-morrow. 'Tis not a long run; but,
Lady Darlington, I am afraid to risk it.
The slightest slant of wind will bring
the ice crashing down upon us. Wo
are under Damocles' sword, suspend
ed by a hair. This is the beginning
of winter in these latutudes of fierce
gales from the south sweeping across
leagues of frozen waters. We have
been wonderfully fortunate thus far,
yet, a single day, ay, a single hour,
might seal our fate, hemming ua In be
yond any possibility of escape
might take the chance if we were all
mere adventurers on board, but I dare
not tr!S? any longer with your life."
steed swaying slightly, her
.3 row grasping the "top of the
riarc. her lips white and motionless.
I Co;-.!.! plainly distinguish her rapid
brei'hinj-. Suddenly her expression
of coiiLt changed.
'I 1 am not that kind of a coward,
Mr. Stephens. You you owe It to
those men to push ou, now we are so
near their goal. You have pledged
them your word, and and I want you
to keep It."
The companion-door slid back, and
a man came heavily down the steps.
As he caught sight of us he pulled off
his cap awkwardly.
"Mr. De Nova sent me to call you,
sir," he said. "It's four bell3."
In Which We Attain 66 17' South.
When morning arrived the Sea
Queen was plunging through an an
gry sea, In the midst of a raging
now storm which effectually con
cealed all our Immediate surroundings.
With vivid remembrance of those vast
ice fields lying off our starboard quar
ter, and the certainty that numerous
bergs were drifting not tar ahead, we
were compelled to slow down our en
gines, feelings way cautiously through
the white fog. The Ice-cakes buffeting
our bows, and scraping along the sides,
wero a constant monace, requiring
men to fend them off so as to keep
rodder and screw uninjured; the
mainsail had broken loose from Its
gaskets, and, frozen stiff as the heavy
canvas was, proved difficult to secure;
while the ice on our forward deck
had accumulated to such a thickness
as to be weighting us down by the
head, and had to be chopped loose and
flung overboard In great blocks.
It was not far from noon when the
heavy snow-clouds broke and went
scurrying away like a flock of birds,
leaving the wide sweep of waters
clear to our view, with a yellow sun
hanging cold In tho pale blue of the
I hardly knew where we wero, not
feeling at all certain about the extent
of our drift during the past 24 hours
and so hastily brought my Instruments
on deck and shot the sun, stepping In
to the chart house to figure out our
position. Tho result sent a sudden
thrill of exultation through me.
"e have attained the spot!" I ex
claimed, as I glanced up, and saw
her gazing In at me through the open
door. "Now we will ascertain tho
truth of Tuttle's vision."
"The spot? Do you mean this Is
the point of sea we have been seek
Ay: and now, mank uod! we can
head tho other way."
I apron eagerly past her, cllnglni
to a life-line so as to keep my feet
on the deck, too thoroughly excited
by my discovery to remain any long
er In Idleness.
"Johnson, run below, and call Mr
D Nova. Mare him turn out at
I watched the fellow slide to th
companion, and made my own way tc
the bridge, swiping my glasses nnx
Ions! jr about the clearing horizon
Within a minute f Nova had Joined
me, his ryes still heavy from sleep
i vi .-Nova, 1 bii, raniiiy, my
Twenty-live Thousand Meeting
in SI. Paul.
LEADING MEN WILL SPEAK.
William J. Bryan, Governor Johnson,
George Nicholls, Member of Parlia
ment; Dr. Clark, Founder of the
Movement, and Others on the Pro
gram More Than Three Million Re
ligious Workers Represented.
St. Paul, July 7. By far the largest
convention In the twenty-eight years
of history of the Christian Endeavor
movement and one of the greatest
gatherings of religious folk ever held
In the United States Is the convention
of Endeavorers which began In this
city today. Every state and territory
of the Union and many foreign coun
tries are represented among the 25,000
visitors to St. Paul. Tho city is filled
to overflowing with the delegates to
WILLIAM JENNINGS BRYAN,
the convention and other visitors, and
those who failed to secure accommo
dations Jn advance are housed In a
tent city, near the new capitol. Tho
convention will last until July 12.
On the program are representatives
from Mexico, Alaska, China, Japan,
Wales, England, Germany and many
other foreign countries, while Canada,
from far St. John's to northernmost
Saskatchewan and western British Co
lnmbla, U represented by hundreds of
delegates. The membership of the so
ciety represented at the convention
now exceeds 3,500.000.
Prominent Men to Speak.
The program is the strongest ever
presented at an International Chris
tlan Endeavor convention. Among the
leading speakers are the Rev. Francis
E. Clark,, father of the Christian En
deavor movement; the Hon. William
J. Dryan, Governor John A. Johnson,
Senator Deveridge of Indiana, the Hon.
George Nicholls, member of parlia
ment, London, who came from Eng
land to attend the convention, as well
as many leading pastors and mission
aries from all parts of the world. Prac
tically every prominent person con
nected with the society is in St. Paul.
There will be a monster parade and
great patriotic service at the capitol as
ono feature of the convention. The ed
ucational exhibit of progress along
civic, social and religious lines, with
lectures by experts, is one of the most
valuable features. This is held In the
Armory, the second largest hall in the
city. The central meetings of the con
vention will be bold in tho new Audi
torium, sealing over 10,000.
Some of the Convention features.
Some of the spectacular features ot
tho convention are quite out of the or
dinary. Twenty thousand Endeavor
ers will jo.ln at one timo In a trolley
ride to principal parks and points of
Interest. The same number will Join
(n nn cvenljz aong service on the
steps of I lio new state capitol. A
chorus of 700 trained voices will lend
all the singing nnd will be directed by
tho most famous Endeavor chorus
lenders .In the world. There will be
nn International campflro, with speak
ers from every country In tho world
where Christian missions huvo made
LIBEL COMMISSION IN PARIS
Will Try to Obtain Evidence In Pan
imi Can Against WorlJ.
Paris, July 7. Henry A. Wise, Unit
ed Slates district ntioripy at New
York, nnl Stuart MrNaniarn, assl.stunt
United Slates attorney for tho District
of Columbia, who were sent here as a
special commission to olilaju tost i
mony In the Panama libel cane, have
reached Pnrli-. but can do nothing un
til tho arrival of DnLnncey Nlcoll and
John D. Lindsay, counsel for tho Trias
Publishing t'on.pany, publishers of the
New York Worl I, Tho prospect of the
commission's obinlnlng much informa
tion, are anything but brlxht, as the
path is blocked by numcro is obstacle.
Tho consent of ihe French govern
nn-nt has n;t yet li-'en obtained.
Persian Rebeh to Take Capital.
London, July 7 AcronVnn to a spe
rial dlarat"h received h'rn from Teli
ran, that r It y Is completely Invrste
by Peralnn revolutionary forces, who
tr expected to attack at any moment
are the ORIGINAL GUARANTEE HOSE,
although there are more than a hundred imitations,
yet their quality is never equalled. Why not buy
the best they cost no more.
MEN'S Si. 50 per box of 6 pairs, guaranteed 6
months. In all the latest summer colors.
WOMEN'S S2.00 per box of 6 pairs, guaranteed
six months, double garter top. Blacks and
BOY'S S3. 00 per box ot 6 pairs, guaranteed 6
months; black only. Just think of it a
boy's hose guaranteed. This is a boon to
C. E. Wescott's Sons
"Where Quality Counts."
We are Agents for the Nancy Hanks
Will Submit Question of Income
Tax to the States.
FUUL VOTE IS
Senator Bailey's Amendment Modify
ing the Brown Measure Is Voted
Cown Customs Ccurt Feature If
Accepted Without Division More
Accomplished in Senate Than at
Any Time This Session.
Washington, July 6. The senate de-
Toted the day to the couslderatlou of
the administrative provisions of the
tariff bill and to the Brown resolution
providing for the submission ot the
question of an income tax to the leg
islatures of the various states. The
best fight of the day was made ty Sen
ator Rayner against the customs court
feature of the administrative amend
ment. The provision occupied the at
tentlon for about three hours and' ulti
mately was accepted without division.
The proposed court is to consist of
five members and it Js Intended to su
persede the United States circuit
courts in customs matters.
Not since the tariff bill has come
Into the senate has so much been ac
complished within a day.
Attention was givon to the draw
back feature to tho bill, relative to
which the finance committee made no
recommendation beyond striking out
the house provision, which would have
the effect ot throwing the whole ques
tion Into conference. In the senate,
however, several amendments were
made, some of which were submitted
at Senator McCumber's instance to
saiisiy ins gram pruuueurs ui mu
northwest. A number of other minor
additions were also mado and all the
administration features disposed of.
The income tax resolution of Sena
tor Drown (Neb.) was adopted. The
resolution submits to tho lojl.slaturej
of the states an amendment to the na
tlonnl constitution providing that "the
congress shall have power to lay and
coiled taxos on Incomes, from what
ever sourco derived, without nrpor
tionment among tho several states
nnd without regard to any cens-is or
enumeration." There was three ho irs
of debate over this measure, the prin
cipal contest being over an amend
ment by Senator Bailey submitting
the amendment to conventions In the
states Instead of the various state leg
islatures. The amendment was de
feated, the dlvlnlon being largely along
party lines. The Brown amendment
was adopted unanimously.
Cigar Men Win Point.
Cigar manufacturers who were giv
en a hearing by the subcommittee on
finance succeeded in defeating tho
proposed Increase from $3 to (3 60
thousand In tho internal revenue tax
on clKars. Tho subcommittee, however,
Voted to recommend Increases on
practically all oth forms of manu-
Mct.iks Add for Whisky; Dleu.
HalU'-tury, N. C. July 6. Mistaking
a rsrVI" odd buttle for om contain
Ins v.r.Ky, I I). O'Kolley, a police
rr.in, .Irnnk of the contents and dlel
will. In f irt.v mlnutra
Suspenders. Ask to see them.
CHAMPLAIN IS HUNDRED
Governor Hughes Tells of Objects of
Port Henry, N. Y., July C At his
torical old Crown Point, where threa
centuries sko Samuel de Champlaln,
with his AUonqulu allies, engaged lit
battle against the Iroquois, a strugglq
which has been described as one of
the cardinal events in American his
Vnry, there were begun week-long cere
monies In celebration of the tercen
tenary of Chaplain's discovery of tho
magnificent lake that bears his name.
Within the Inclosure marked by
majestic ruins of old Fort St. Fred
eric nnd In the presence of a holiday
throng, Governor Charles E. Hushes
of New York sketched briefly the ob
jects of tho celtbratlon. Historical
ari(lre?ses were delivered by former
Mayor S"th Low of New York anct
Judge Albert C. Itarnes of Chicago.
Clinton Scoilard of Clinton, N. Y,
r:r.J an criminal poem.
Tho occasion took on a dual charac
ter, In that It celebrated the 300th
anniversary of the discovery of th
lake and the 133d anniversary of tho
Independence of the United States.
Mrs. De Noie a Native of Iowa.
Seattle, Wash., July 6. Counsel for
Mrs. Vera Do Nolo, the wealthy wom
an who arrived recently from Hong
Kong and who Is hold In the immi
grant detention penitentiary for In
ventilation on the charge that she is
an alien and lacking the qualifications
to enter this country, said that sho Is
a native of Iowa, where she lived' un
til seventeen years old. She said that
she formerly lived at Long Branch, N.
J., where she has relatives and that
senators and congressmen will bo
called upon for testimony In the hear-
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