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Vtieonsclotis (liil lie hml stated the
primordial f Is. lie left the foragers
Jilnnc. Hdiil'M'.' tin sail out of the wa
ter, lip dlsco.) 1 Unit th" stern board
was missing, broken off probably when
the mast fell. Ills trained scrutiny
hoon solved a puzzle suggested by the
state of the cordage. Under ordinary
conditions the upper part of the must
would either have carried the Hall clean
away with It or be found acting as n
sort of sea anchor at n short distance
from the boat.
Hut It had gone altogether, nnd the
strunds of the sail rope were bitten,
not torn, asunder. The shark had
atriven to pull the boat under by tug
ging at the wreckage.
Having made the canvas shipshape,
-Jltn settled the next pressing question
ly seizing an empty tin and sluicing
the fore part. Then he passed a rope
under the uftcr thwart and reeved It
through a ringbolt In a rock placed
there for mooring purposes In very
Ajulin weather like the present.
When the Trinity tender paid her
monthly visit to the lighthouse she was
moored to u buoy three cable lengths
away to the northwest. If there was
the leust suspicion of a sea over the
rwf it wns indeed a ticklish task laud
ing or embarking stores and men.
Closehauled, the boat would till for
ward ns the tide dropped. This was
matterlcsB. By that time all her mov
.aWe contents she appeared to have
.plenty of tiuued meat and biscuits
aboard, but no water would be re
moved to the storeroom.
The sailor was sorting the packages
wondering what queer story of the
nleep would be forthcoming when the
recent history of the rescued child was
ascertained when Brand hailed him.
"Look out there, Jim. I am lowering
The weapon was duly delivered.
"What's the ax for, cap'n?" was the
"I want to chop out that shark's
teeth. They will servo as mementos
tor the girl if she grows up, which Is
likely, Judging by the way she is yell
ing at Jones.
"Wot's he a-doin' of?" came the sharp
"Giving her a bath, aud excellently
-well too. He is evidently quite domes
ticated." "If that means 'under Mrs. J.'s
thumb,' you're right, cap'n. They tell
sue that when he's ashore"
"Jim, the first time I met you you
were, wheeling a perambulator. Now,
load the skip and I will haul in."
They worked In silence a few min
utes. Brand descended, and a few
well placed cuts relieved the man eater
of the serrated rows used to such seri
ous purpose In life that lie had attained
ii length of nearly twelve feet. Set
double In the lower jaw and single in
the upper, they were of a size aud
shape ominously suggestive of the
"It is a good thing," said Brand,
calmly hewing at the huge jaws, "that
nature did not build the Carcharodon
galeldoo ou the same lines as au al
ligator. If this big fellow's sharp em
broidery were not situated so close to
his stomach lie would have made a
uieal of me, Jim, unless I carried a
"lie's a blue shaik," commented the
other, Ignoring for the nonce what lie
termed "some of the cap'n's Jawbreak
ers." "Yes. Tt is the only dangerous
species found so far north. i
"Ills teeth are like so many fixed
linyonets. Of course you would like to
keep 'em; but ho would look flue In a
museum. Plenty of folk in Penzance, '
especially visitors, would pay a bob
a head to see 1dm."
Brand paused In his labor.
"Listen. Jim." ho said earnestly. "I
wnnt hnth you and Jones to oblige me
by saying nothing about the shark.
Please do not mention my connection
with tho nffalr in any way. The story
-will get Into the newspapers ns It Is.
The additional sensation of tho fight
would send reporters here by U10 score.
I don't wish that to occur."
"Do you mean to say"-
"Mr. Jones will report tho picking up
of the hoat and tho finding of the lmby.
together with tho necessary burial of
II man unknown"
"What sort of a chap was he?" In
"I I don't know a sailor that Is all
I can tell you. no must have been
dead several days."
"Then how In the world did that
baby keep alive?"
"I have been thinking over that prob-
lntn T ItYinrvlnrk llinl- In Htn Oral nlnpo
there was a survivor, who dlsnppnreft
since the death of the poor tevTI out
there." Ho pointed. & c sea, "This
11,111, J. ......(-,..... ....,, ... w.u mil. ,.....w,
person, whether man or woman, looked
after the child until madness
caued by drinking salt water
ne-t step Is suicide. The little
left living, fell Into the bilge cr
by the shipping of a sea and adopt
by the mercy of Providence, a method
o'f avoiding deatli from thirst which
ought to be more widely appreciated
than it Is. She absorbed water through
the pores of the skin, which rejected
the salty elements and took In only
those parts of the compound needed by
the blood. You follow mo?" (
"Quite. It's a slap-up Idea."
"It is not new. It occurred to a
ship's captain who was compelled to '
navigate his passengers and crew a j
thousand miles In open boats across
the Indian ocean as the result of a
lire at sea. Well, the child was well J
nourished, In all likelihood, before the j
accident happened which set her adrift I
on the Atlantic. She may have lost
a few pounds In weight, but star- j
vatlon Is a slow affair, and her plump
ness saved her life In that respect.
Most certainly she would have died
today, and even yet she Is in great
danger. Her pulse is very weak, and
care must be taken not to stimu
late the action of the heart too rap
When Brand spoke In tills way Jim i
Spence was far too wary to ask per
sonal questions. Sometimes, in the
early days of their acquaintance, he
had sought to pin his friend with cluni- i
sy logic to some admission as to his
past life. The only result lie uehleved
was to seal the other man's lips for
days so far as reminiscences were con
cerned. TCot only Jones and Spence, but
Thompson, the third assistant, who
was taking his month ashore, together
with the supernumeraries who helped
to preserve the rotation of two months'
rock duty and one ashore, soon real
ized that Brand, whom they liked and
looked up to, had locked the record of
his earlier years and refused to open
the diary for any one.
Yet so helpful was he, so entertaining
with ids scraps of scientific knowledge
and more ample general reading, that
those wliose turn on me tock was co
incident with his relief hailed his re
appearance with Joy. During the pre
ceding winter he actually entertained
them with a fi;e translation of the
twenty-four books of the "Iliad," and
great was the delight of Jim Spence
when he was able to connect the ex
ploits of some Greek or Trojan hero
with the Identity of one of her majes
In private they discussed him often,
nnd a common agreement was made
that his wish to remain incognito
should be respected. Their nickname,
"the cap'n," was a tacit admission of
his higher social rank. They feared
lest lnqulsltlveness should drive him
from their midst, and one supernumer
ary, who heard from the cook of the
Trinity tender that Brand was the
nephew of a baronet, was roughly bid
den to "close his rat trap, or he might
catch something he couldn't eat."
So Jim now contented himself by re
marking dolefully that had his advice
been taken "the bloomin' kid would be
well on her way back to the Scllly
"You must not say that," was the
grave response. "These things are de
termined by a higher power than man's
intelligence. Think how the seeming
accident of a fallen sail saved the child
from the cormorants and other birds;
how a chance sea fell Into the boat and
kept her alive; how mere Idle curiosity
on my part Impelled mo to swim out
and investigate matters."
"That's your way of puttlu It," Jim
was forced to say. "You knew quite
well that there might be a shark in her
wake or you wouldn't have taken the
knife. An' now you won't have a word
said about it. At the bombardment of
' Alexandria a messmate of mine got tho
, V. C. for less."
"The real point is, Jim, that wo have
no. yet discovered what ship this boat
"No, an' what's more, we wou't And
out In a hurry. Her name's gone foro
' ami aft."
"Is there nothing left to help us?"
' "Only tills."
The sailor produced the brooch from
his waistcoat pocket. It was of the
safety pin order, but made of gold and
ornamented with small emeralds set as
a four leafed shamrock.
"Is tho maker's name on tho sail?"
"No. I fancy that this craft was rig
ged on board Bhip for harbor crulsln'."
Brand passed a hand wearily across
"I wisli I had not been so preclpl-
tate," lie murmured. "That man had
papers on him, In all likelihood."
"You couldn't have stood K, mate. It
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was bad enough for me.
I been worse for you."
j "Perhaps the baby's
It must ha'
t "That's a chance. She was well rig
' ged out."
Brand cast the shark loose. The
monster slid off into the green depths.
"Ah! That is very Important."
A noiseless procession of dim forms
rushed after the carcass. Tho birds,
shrill with disappointment, darted off
to scour the neighboring sea.
Beyond the damaged boat, bumping
against the rock, and the huge Jaws
with their rows of wedge shaped teeth,
naught remained to testify to the
drama of the hour save the helpless
baby on which the head keeper was
waiting so sedulously.
Already the signal "Doctor wanted"
was fluttering from the lighthouse flag
staff. It would bo noted at the Land's
End and telegraphed to Penzance.
The morning avouUI be well advanced
before help could reach tho Gulf Bock
Wlien Brand nnd Spence entered
Jones' bedroom they found him hard
at work washing tho child's clothing.
"She's asleep," ho said, Jerking his
head toward a bunk. "I gov' her a
pint of mixture. She cried a lilt when
there was no more to bo had, but a
warm bath with some boric acid in it
made her sleepy. An' there she Is,
snug as a cat."
The domesticated Jones was up to
his elbows in a lather of soap.
"nave you noticed any laundry
marks or Initials on her clothing?"
"Yes. Here you are."
He fished out of the bubbles a little
vest, on which were worked tho letters
E. T. In white silk.
"Ah! That is very important. We
can establish her Identity, especially If
the laundry mark Is there also."
"I'm feared there's nothiug else,"
said Jones. "I've not looked very care
fully, as it'll take mo ail my time to
get everything dry afore the tug comes.
As for ironln', it can't bo done. But
my missus '11 see after her until some
body turns up to claim her."
"That may lie never."
"Surely wo will get somo news of tho
ship which wns lost I"
"Yes,. that Js little enough to expect.
Hadbags, 25c to $1.50. An all-leather
handbag, with coin purse, at 75c.
Yet It Is more than p-obaMo that h
parents are dead. A baby would It
separated from her mother only by til
mother's death. There Is a very rc.r
chance that poor 'E. T' will be left fo.
years on the hands of tho-e who tal.i
charge of her now. The only nlterua
tlve Is the wor! l:jre."
"That's fo, c-ip'n." put in Jim. "You
always t: to tin heart of a subjec'.
even If It's a shark."
"In a word, .lono. you can hardly be
asked to assume such a responsibility.
Now, it happens that I can afford to
adopt the child If she lives and is not
claimed by relatives. It is almost a
duty Imposed on me by events. When
the doctor comes, therefore, I purpose
asking him to see that she Is handed
over to .Mrs. Sheppard, the nurse who
looks after my own little girl. I will
write to her. My turn ashore cornea
next week. Then I can devote some
time to the necessary Inquiries."
Jones made no protest. Ho knew
that Brand's suggestion Avas a Rood
one, nnd lie promised silence with re-
gard to the fight with the shark. Men
In the lighthouse service nre quick to t
grasp the motives which cause others
to avoid publicity. They live sedate,
lonely lives. The noise, the rush, the
purposeless activities of existence 1
ashore weary them. They have been
known to petition the Trinity Brethren
to send them back to isolated stations
when promoted to localities where the
pleasures and excitements of a town
Having determined the Immediate fu
ture; of little "10. T" whoso shrunken
features were now placid In Bleep, they
quietly separated. Brand flung himself
wearily into a bunk to obtain a much
needed rest, and the others hurried to
the many duties awaiting
Weather reports and daily Journals
demanded Instant attention. Tho oil
expendltuie, tho breakage of
chimneys, the consumption of stores,
the meteorological records all must bo
noted. An etllclent lookout must be ,
maintained, signals answered or hoist-,
ed, everything kept spotlessly clean
and meals cooked. Until noon each day
a rock lighthouse Is tho scene of un
remitting diligence, and the loss of
nearly an hour and a half of Spenee's
watch, added to tho presence of the
baby and the constant caro which one
or other of Uie two men bestowed on
her, made the remaining time doubly
About 0 o'clock Braud was awaken
ed from a heavy slumber by Jim's
"Breakfast ready, cap'n. Corfee,
eggs an' haddlck fit for tho queen,
God bless her! An baby's had another
pint of Jones' brow Lord love her lit
tle eyes, though I haven't seen 'em yet!
A mlnlt ago Jones sung down to me
that tho Lancelot has Just cleared
The concluding statement brought
Brand to his feet. The doctor would
bo on tho rock by tho tlmo breakfast
was ended nnd tho letter to Mrs.
When tho doctor did arrive ho shook
his head dubiously ut first sight of tho
"I don't know how sho lived. She is
a more skeleton," ho said.
Braud explained matters aud hinted
"Oh, tho ways of nature aro wonder
ful," admitted Iho doctor. "Sometimes
a man will die from au absurdly trivial
tiling, like tho sting of a wasp or tho
cutting of a linger. At others you can
fling him headlong rrom the Alps aud
lie will merely suffer a bruise or two.
Of course, this Infant has an excep
tionally strong constitution or sho
would have died days ago. However,
you have done light ho far. I will boo
to her proper nourishment during tho
next few days. It Is a most extraor
Jones had managed so well that tho
child's garments were dry and well
aired. Wrapped in a clean blanket,
she was lowered Into tho steamer's
boat, but tho doctor, preferring to
Jump, was soaked to tho waist owing
to a slip on tho weed covered rock.
The crew of tho tugboat bailed out
the derelict aud towed her to Ten
dance. That evening a ilsherman brought a
note from Mrs. Sheppard. Among oth
er tilings, Bhc wrote that tho baby's
clothes were beautifully made and of
a very exponslvo type. Sho was fever
ish, tho doctor said, but the condition
of her eyes and lips would account for
this, apart from tho effects of prolong
Brand read tho letter to his mates
when the trio were enjoying an ovon
lng pipe on the "promenade," tho outer
balcony under the lantern.
"S'pose her people don't show up,"
observed Jim, "what aro you goln' to
"Trevilllon," said Brand.
The others gazed at him with sur
prise. The prompt announcement was
"I have told you about the fabled
land of Lyonnesso lying there beneath
the sea," he wpnt on, pointing to tho
dark blue expanse on whoso distant
confines tho Kcllly Isles were silhou
etted by tho last glow of the vanished
' "Well, the name of the only per-
son who escaped from that minor del
uge was Trevilllon. It Is suitable, and
It accords with tho initial of her prob
"Oil, I see!" piped Jones. Ills voice,
always high pitched, becamo squeaky
when his brain was stirred.
"That's 0. K. for the 'T,' " remarked
Jim, "but what about tho 'E'?" Eliza
beth Is a nice name when you muko it
"I think we should keep up tho Idea
of the Arthurlnn legend. There aro
two that come to my mind, Elalno and
Enid. Elaine died young, tho victim
of an unhnppy love. Enid became tho
wife of a gallant knight, Gawain, who
"Evor foremost in tho chaao
And victor at tho tilt and tournament;
They callrd him tho great prlnco und man
But Knld, whom her ladles loved to call
Enid tho Fair, a grateful peoplo named
Enld tho Good."
(To bo Continued )
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