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"This Is n i-liimj;7 of diet." l.o ex
plained. "No; wo don't boll the leaves
or niblilo the bark. When I split thl.s
imltu open you will llnd that the In
to: int- Is full of pith. 1 will out It out
lor you. and then It will bo your task
to knead It with water after well wash
ing It. plek out all the liber and finally
permit the water to evaporate. In ii
couple of days the residuum will be
come a white powder, whleh, when
boiled. Is sago."
"Good gracious!" said Iris.
"The story sounds unconvincing, but
I believe 1 am correct. It Is worth a
"I should have Imagined that sago
Kiew on a stalk like rice or wheat."
She laughed. A dilllcult situation
bad passed without undue effort. Un
happily the man reopened It. While
using a crowbar as a wedge he en
deavored to put matters on a straight
"A little while ago." he said, "you
ficcnicd to Imply that I had assumed
the name of Jenks."
But Miss Doaue's confidential mood
lind gone. "Nothing of the kind," Bhe
nald coldly. "I think Jenks Is an ex
She regretted the words even as they
fell from her lips. The sailor gave a
mighty wrench with the bar, splitting
the log to Its clustering leaves.
"You are right," he said. "It Is dis
tinctive, brief, dogmatic. I cling to It
Soon afterward, leaving Iris to the
manufacture of sago, he went to the
leeward side of the Island, n search for
turtles being his ostensible object.
"When the trees hid him he quickened
Ids pace and turned to the left In or
der to explore the cavity marked on
the tin with a skull and crossbones.
To his surprise he hit upon the rem
nants of a roadway that Is, a lino
fl trough the wood where thire wore no
well grown 'roes, where hhc ground
bore traces of humanity In the shnpo
of a wrinkled and mildewed pair of
Chinese boots, a wooden sandal, even
the decayed remains of a palki, or lit
ter. At last he reached the edge of the
pit. anil the sight that met his eyes
hold him spellbound.
The labor of many hands had torn a
chasm, a quarry, out of the side of the
hill. Hotighiy circular In shape, It had
i diameter of perhaps a hundred feet,
and at Its deepest part, toward the
clitf, it ran to n depth of forty feet.
On the lower side, where the sailor
stood, it descended rapidly for some
Grasses, shrubs, plants of every va
riety, grew In profusion down the
stoop slopes wherever seeds could llnd
precarious nurture until a point was
reached about ten or eleven feet from
the bottom. There all vegetation ceas
ed, as if forbidden to cross u magic
liolow this belt the place was a charuol
house. The bones of men and animals
mingled In weird confusion. Most were
Tlic place was a charnd limine.
mere skeletons. A few bodies nine
the sailor counted yet preserved some
resemblance of humanity. These lat
ter were scattered, amonn the older rel
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By LOUIS Mf
Copyright. 1903, by
Edward J. Clode
ics. They wore the clothes of Dynks.
Characteristic hats and weapons de
noted their nationality. The others,
the llrst harvest of this modern Gol- j
gotha, might have been Chinese coo
lies. When the sailor's fascinated vl-1
slon could register details ho distin
guished yokes, baskets, odd looking
spades and picks strewn amid the
bones. The iinlinals worof all of one
type small, lanky," with long pointed
skulls. At last ho spied a withered
hoof. They were pigs.
Over all lay u thick coating of tine
sand, deposited from the eddying winds
that could never reach the silent j
depths. The place was growsomo, hor-,
rlbly depressing. Jenks broke out Into
n ciaminy porspiruuon. no socmen w
be looking at the secrets of the grave.
Vl IUML IMS MUJIUIIUI lilll'lllvini; no-.
sorted Itself. Ills brain became clear-
or, recovered Its power of analysis, lie ,
began to criticise, rellect, and this Is
the theory he evolved:
Some one, long ago, had discovered
valuable minerals in the volcanic rock.
Mining operations were in full blast,
when the extinct volcano took its re-1
vengo upon the minimi nuts gnawing
at Its vitals and smothered them by
a deadly outpouring of carbonic achl
gas, tin? bottled up poison of the ages.
A horde of pigs, running wild over the
Island placed there no doubt by Chi
nese Ushers had mot the same fate
while Intent on dreadful orgy.
Then there came a European who
knew how the anhydrate gas, being
heavier than the surrounding air, set
tled like water In that terrible hollow,
lie, too, had striven to wrest the treas
ure from the stone by driving n tunnel
Into the cliff. He had partly succeeded
and had gone away, perhaps to obtain
help, after crudely registering his
knowledge on the lid of a tin canister.
This, again, probably fell Into the
hands of another man, who, curious
but unconvinced, caused himself to bo
set ashore on this desolate spot with
a few inadequate stores. Possibly he
had arranged to be taken off within a
Hut a sampan laden with Dyak pi
rates came first, and the Intrepid ex
plorer's bones rested near the well,
while his head had gone to decorate
the hut of some fierce village chief.
The murderers, after burying their own
dead for the white man fought hard,
witness the empty cartridges searched
the Island. Some of them, Ignorantly
inquisitive, descended Into the hollow.
They remained there. The others, su
perstitious barbarians, lied for their
Uvo.'V iinbarklng so hastily that they
took from the cave neither tools nor
oil, though they would greatly prize
Such was the tragic web he spun, a
compound of fact and fancy. It ex
plained all perplexities save one. What
did ":t!2 divided by 1" mean? Was
there yet another fearsome riddle
And then his thoughts flew to Iris.
Happen what might, her bright picture
was seldom absent from his brain.
Suppose, egg bunting, she lind stum
bled ncross tills valley of death! How
could he hope to keep It hidden from
her? Was not the ghastly knowledge
better than the horror of a chr.nco ram
Me through the wood and tbt ishock of
discovery nay, Indeed, the risk of a
He rushed back through the trees un
til he caught sight of Iris Industrious
ly kneading the sago pith in one of
those most useful dish covers.
He called ?o her, led her wondering
to the track and pointed out the fatal
quarry, but In such wise that she could
not look Inside It.
"You remember that round hole wc
saw from the .summit rock?" he said
"Well, It Is full of carbonic acid gas, to
breathe which means unconsciousness
and death. It gives no warning to the
inexperienced. It Is rather pleasant
than otherwise. Promise mo you will
never come near this place again."
Now, Iris, too, had been thinking
deeply. Itohcrt Jenks bulked largo In
her day dreams. Her nerves were not
yet quite normal. There was a catch
In her throat as she answered:
"I don't want to die. Of course I
will keep away. What a horrid Island
this Is! Yet it might be a paradise."
She bit her lip to suppress her tears;
but, being tho Kve in this garden, she
"How did you find out? Is there
anything nasty in there?"
"Yes, the remains of animals and
other things. I would not have told
you wore It not imperative."
"Are you keeping other secrets from
"Oil, quite a number."
Ho managed ta conjuro up a smile,
and the ruse was effective. She ap
plldtho vamls tojils jiast history..
'''I hope they will nol bo revealed so
dramatically," she said. .
"You never can tell," he answered.
They wore lu prophetic vein that
morning. They returned In silence to
"I wish to go Inside with a lamp.
May I?" he asked.
"May I eon.e too?" she demanded.
He assented, with an explanation of
his design. When the lamp was In or
der he held It close to the wall and
conducted a systematic survey. The
geological fault which favored the con
struction of tho tunnel seemed to di
verge to the loft at the farther end.
Tho "face" of the rock exhibited the
marks of persistent labor. Tho stone
had been hewn away by main force
when the dislocation of strata ceased
to be helpful.
Ills knowledge was limited on the
subject, yet Jenks believed that the
material here was a hard limestone
rather than the external basalt. Search
ing each Inch with the feeble light, he
paused once, with an exclamation.
"What Is It?" cried Iris.
"I cannot be certain," he said doubt
fully. "Would you mind holding the
lamp while I use a crowbar?"
In the stone was visible a thin vein,
bluish white In color. He managed to
break off a fair sized lump containing
a well defined specimen of tho foreign
They hurried Into the open air and
examined the fragment with curious
eyes. The sailor picked It with his
knife, and tho substance In tho vein
came off In laminated layers, small,
"Is It silver?" Iris was almost ex
cited. "I do not think so. I am no expert,
but I have a vague Idea-1 have seen" -
He wrinkled his brows and pressed
away the furrows with his hand, that
physical habit of his when perplexed.
"I have It," he cried. "It is anti
mony." Miss Deane pursed her lips In dis
dain. Antimony! What was anti
"So much fuss tor nothing." she said.
"It Is used in alloys and medicines,"
he explained. "To us it is useless."
He threw the piece of rock contemp
tuously among the bushes. Hut, be
ing thorough In all that he undertook,
he returned to the cave and again
conducted an Inquisition. The silver
lined vein became more strongly mark
ed at the point where It disappeared
downward Into a collection of rubble
and sand. That was all. Did men
give their toll, their lives, for this? So
it would appear. He that as It might,
lie had more pressing work. If tho
cave still held a secret It must remain
Iris had gone back to her sago knead
ing. Shouldering the ax. he walked to
the beach. Much debris from tho steam
er was lying high and dry. It was an
easy task for an athletic man to reach
the palm tree, yet the sailor hesitated
with almost Imperceptible qualms.
"A baited rat trap," ho muttered.
Then he quickened ids pace. With the
first active spring from rock lo rock
his unacknowledged doubts vanished.
He might find stores of priceless util
ity. The rolloctlon inspired him.
Jumping and climbing like a cat, in
two minutes he was near the tree.
He could now see the true explana
tion of Its growth in a seemingly im
possible place. Hero the bed of tho
sea bulged upward In a small sand
cay, which silted round the base of a
limestone rock so different In color and
formation from the coral reef. Na
ture, whose engineering contrivances
can force springs to mountain tops,
managed to deliver to this Isolated ref
uge a sufilclent supply of water to
nourish the palm, and the roots, firmly
lodged In deep crevices, were well pro
tected from the waves.
Between the sailor and tho tree In
tervened a small stretch of shallow wa
ter. Landward this submerged saddle
shelved steeply Into tho lagoon. Al
though the water in the cove was twen
ty f. '.bonis In depth, Its crystal clear
ness was remarkable. Tho bottom,
composed of marvelously white sand
and broken coral, rendered other ob
jects conspicuous. He could see plenty
of fish, but not a single shark, while
on the Inner slope of the reef was
plainly vlsiblo the destroyed fore part
of the Sirdar, which had struck be
yond the tree, relatively to his present
rtandpolnt. He had wondered why no
fronts u'ere cant ashore. Now he saw
the reason. Three of them wore stll
fastened to tho davits and carried
down with the hull.
Seaward tho water was not so clear.
Tho waves created patches of foam,
and long submarine plants swayed gen
tly In the undercurrent.
To reach I'nlin Tree rock antici
pating Its subsequent name lie must
cross u space of some thirty foot and
wade up to his waist.
Ho made the passage with ease.
Pitched against the bole of the tree
was a long, narrow case, very heavy,
iron clamped and marked with letters
in black triangles and the broad arrow
of the British government.
"Hllles, by all the gods!" shouted tho
The Sirdar carried a consignment of
nrms and ammunition from Hongkong
to Singapore. Providence had decreed
that a practically Inexhaustible store
of cartridges should be hurled across
the lagoon to tho Island. And here
wore rltles enough to equip half a com
pany. Hejvould jiptrlskthe precious
Frm Here to There
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lintubllslieil In 186H.
ax Til an attempt to open tho case, lie
must go back for a crowbar.
What else was there in this store
house thrust by Neptune from the
ocean bed? A chest of lea, seemingly
undamaged; throe barrels of Hour, ut
terly ruined; a saloon chair, smashed
from Its pivot; a battered chronometer.
Vov the rest, fragments of timber In
termingled with pulverized coral and
A little farther on the deep water
entrance to the lagoon curved between
sunken rocks. On one of them rested
the Sirdar's huge funnel. The north
west section of the reef was hare.
Among tho wreckage he found a coll
of stout rope and a pulley. He instant
ly conceived the idea of constructing
an aerial line to ferry the chest of tea
across the channel he had forded.
He threaded the pulley with the rope
and climbed the tree, adding a touch
of artistic completeness to the ruin of
his trousers by the operation, lie had
fastened the pulley high up the trunk
before ho realized how much more sim
ple It would be to break open the chest
where it lay and transport its contents
in small parcels.
He laughed lightly. "I am becoming
addle headed," he said to himself.
"Anyhow, now the Job Is done, I may
as well make use of It."
Recoiling the rope ends, ho cast them
across to the reef. In such small ways
do men throw invisible dice with deinli.
With those two lines ho would within
a few Hooting seconds drag himself
back from eternity.
Picking up tho ax, lie carelessly
stepped Into the water, not knowing
that Iris, having welded the Incipient
sago Into a fiat pancake, had strolled
to the beach and was watching him.
The water was hardly above his
knees when there came a swirling rush
from tho seaweed. A long tentacle shot
out like a lasso and gripped his right
leg. Another colled around his waist.
"My d'od!" lie gurgled as a horrid
sucker closed over his mouth and nose.
IIo wnsJn the grip of a devilfish,
, to he continued.
MODERN WOODMEN IN SESSION.
Work of the Order Shown In State
ments of Officers.
Milwaukee, Juno 21. Tho head
camp of Modern Woodmen of Ameilca
opened Its fourteenth biennial conven
tion at tho Davidson theater, with be
tween 000 and 700 delegates, repre
senting over 11,000 camps and nearly
700,000 members, present.
The report of Head Consul A. II.
Talbot was devoted to a review of
tho work during tho biennial term.
Speaking of tho centralization of tho
work, ho favored tho discontinuance
of stato head physicians, all applica
for Round Trip
(Joii'l Passenger Agent,
St. Ijoims, Mo.
Send for ntir
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tions to go to tho supremo medical
director at tho head olllco. During
tho biennial tho new members num
bered lUI.CIJO, and 1,182 now camps
wero chartered. The society, he said,
now Includes 11.53 per cent of all
those eligible for membership In tho
states In which It is organized.
This was followed by tho report oC
Head Clerk Hawes. The insurance In
force at tho closo of the biennial term
aggregates $l,13fi,fi78.C0O. Tho soci
ety paid 7,051 death' claims, amount
ing to $12,fj;i,003, as against 5,800
claims, amounting to $10,73(5,435, dur
lug the term preceding.
Foresters' prize drills Senior class:
Lincoln, No. 190, Captain A. C. Hcr
rlck, 97.502; Kansai: City, No. 1,990,
Captain William Walker, 98.585; Kan
sas City, No. 1,412, Captain J. A.
neggs, 90.303; Des Moines, No. Ill,
Captain L. H. Tlllotson, 91.00. Junior
clasB: Lincoln, No. 909, Captain II. J.
Gildorsleove, 72.20; Dos Moines, No.
3,134, Captain A. E. Brunnott, 82.03;
Mason City, la., No. 709, Captain W.
G. Wells, 58.14.
Features of the Day's Trading and
ChlciiK". June -'(). Wot wi'ntliur In the
iiortluvfHt iiiiliircil iii'tlvc liujlni; liy Hhorts
In the wlii'iit pit hi-re toilny. A report Unit
Franco will In- u ln-avy Importer of Anu-r-Iron
wheat uugim-nK-il the (leiniinil. Tim
mnrkc-t Hoseil practically nt tho lilRlu-st
point of tin- diiy, with July up lVMlUie
Coin wns up le. OiitK hIiuwi-i a gain of
Mil". PiovlhloiiH were down l!i&ic. Clos
liiK pi lees:
Wheat -July, WIVie; Sept., 8l7ic5 Hpo.
Corn-July, r.tc; Sept., .Vifte; Dec, 48T4.
()ils July, :ilc; Sept., Ltle; Dec, 'MVt.
Pork -July, Jfr-'.K-'Vj; Sept.. .-FIL'.H.-..
I.iml-Jtily, if-.'Jl'V..; Sept.. ?7.!0.
Whs-July, $7. 15; Sept.. ?7.75.
Chicago Live Stock.
ChlciiKo, June. JO.-Cuttle-UecelptH, 0.
000; Kli-iiily; ooil to prime ulcers, .-.fiOiij
(I.OO; poor to medium, .f-'.7.VTj5.;i5j stoekers
and feeders, if'J.i.Vyi-l.iO; cow, fJ.MKil 1.00;
heifers, ?,-'..Vl.75; cuiiiicm, $1.HV('J.I0;
hulls, SlM'.VM-l.on; calves, yi.OOffiU.'i'i; Tex.w
fed ulcers, $I.(MK((-I.75. HnKN-IU'CUlptM,
I'O.OOO; 5o lower; mixed and hatchers, $.V'J
fuTiAWy. gooil to choice neavy, $5.;i,"Tr5.4-J'Xi;
rough heay. .U7.V.5.10; Unlit, 5.,J5ft5.40;
hulk of hali-s, $5.:i,Ji'(t5JTl.. Sheep-He-i-clpts,
i;i,NK); lower; good to choice weth
ei, SI.50'(5.00; fair to choice mixed, $:i.5t)
(ij-1.40; western (Jieep, .fl .005) 5.00; nutlvo
lamb, .f 1.75111.50; western lamhs, $5.0D
Kansas City Live Stock.
Kansas City, June 'JO.-Cattle-IteeelptK,
L'.OOO; l(VU'J5e lower; top, 5.70; choice beet
steers, I.S.V(in.70; fair to good. Sl.O0((j4.75;
western fed steers, !?l.li5d5.'J5; stoekerd
and feeders, .f.'IWfi 1. 10; cows and heifers,
'.VJ.Vd-I.IHii hulls, SU.'-'.Vft I.OO; calves, $11.00
fiiri.'Su HoK--ltecelpts, 17,000; 5e lower;
lop, $5.:i); hulk of sales, $5.20f,V..,7,4;
heavy, $.VJO?j.V'."i; puckers, sf5.,J(W.i5.'-,7Ii:
pigs ami lliiht, $5.15fij.-.:i0. Sheep -IlecelptH,
5,000; hteady to 10c lower; lamhs, ?5.75(18
7.00; fed ewes and yearlings, ?l.'J5(a5.50;
btockera and feeders, S'J.OO&l.OO.
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