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Po, when tli( moment came for the
linal decision to lie made. Pollard cast
mi anxious eye at a grout bank of
cloud mounting high in the north.
There was an ominous drop In the
.temperature too. Tho rain ho nntlcl
puled might turn to snow, and snow is
own brother to fog nt sea. tltouuli both
nro gonorally absent from tlio Cornish
littoral In wlntor.
"Ben," cried Enid, breaking off a
vivid If merciless description of a now
disciple who had Joined the artistic
coterie at Newlyn, "what are you look
He scratched his head and gazed
fixedly at the white battalions sweep
ing In aerial conquest over tho land.
"She do look like snaw," he admitted.
"Wull, what does that matter?"
Without waiting for orders Con
stance had eased tho helm a trille. The
Daisy was now fairly headed for the
rock. With this breeze she would be
there in less than an hour.
"It be a bit risky," grumbled lien.
"We will be alongside the lighthouse
before there can be any serious down
fall." said practical Constance. "Sure
ly we can make the laud again no mat
ter how thick the went her may be."
Ben allowed himself to be persuaded.
In after life ho would never admit
that they wore free agents nt that
"It had to be," he would say. "It
wur In mo mind to argy wl' she, but I
just couldn't. An how often do us zee
snaw lu Carnwall? Not once in a blue
moon." And who would dispute him?
Iso west country man, certainly.
At a distance of live miles one small
fishing craft Is as like another as two
lllliputians to tho eye of Gulliver. In
41 word, It needs acquaintance and
nearness to distinguish them.
As it happened, Stephen Brand did
liappen to note the Daisy and the
course she was shaping. But, during
the short Interval when his telescope
might have revealed to him tho iden
tity of her occupants, he was suddenly
called by telephone from the oil room
to tho kitchen. When next he ran aloft
in a wild hurry to signal for assistance,
lie found, to his despair, that tho
Land's End was already blotted out in
n swirling snowstorm, and tho great
plain of blue sou had shrunk to a leud
aju patch whoso visible limits ma'de the
reef look Inrge by comparison.
With the mechnnlcal precision of
linblt he set tho big bell lu motion. Its
heavy boom came fitfully through tho
pelting snowllakes to the ears of the
two girls and old Ben. The latter, mas
ter of the situation now, announced his
Intention to 'bout ship and make for
" 'Eo doan' ketch me tryln' to sail
close to Gulf Bock when 'eo can't zee a
boat's length aheud," he said eniphatlc
iilly. "I bo sorry, ladles both, but 'eo
knaw how the tide runs over the reef,
an' 'tes easy to drive to the wrong side
of the light. Wo'in try again tomor
row. On'y the llowers '11 spile. All the
Crash! A loud explosion burst forth
from tho dense heights of the storm.
The Daisy, sturdy ns she was, seemed
to shiver. Tho very air trembled with
the din. Bollard had his hand on the
sail to swing It to starboard when Con
stance put tho tiller over to bring tho
boat's head up against tho wind. For
an instant ho hesitated. Even ho, vers
ed In the ways of tho sea, was startled.
Both girls positively jumped, tho sud
len bang of tho rocket was so unex
pected. "Mr. Brand must ha' zoed us," pro
nounced Ben. "That's n wurnln' to we
to go back."
Tho words had scarce left his lips
when another report smote tho great
silence, otherwise unbroken save by
the quiet plash of the sea against tho
bows and tho faint reverberations of
the distant bell.
"That Is too urgent to be Intended
for' us," said Constance. "We were
Just lmlfway when the snow com
menced." "I did not notice any vessel near the
rock," cried Enid tremulously. "Did
Tollard's slow utterance wns not
quick enough. Before ho could an
swer u. third rocket thundered its over
"That Is the 'help wanted' signal,"
cried Constance. "Ben, there Is no
question now of going hack. We must
keep our present course for twenty
minutes at least and then take to tho
oars. Tho bell will guldo us."
"Oh, yes, Ben," agreed Enid. "Some
thing has gone wrong on the rock Itself.
I nm quite sure there was no ship near
enough to bo In trouble already."
"By gum, wo'm zee whnt's tho mat
terj' growled Ben.. jjStcadylt Is,,MlB3
ItrftniT. icr we-'iii In trouble I'd as soon
ha' you two gells aboard as any two
men in Penzance."
At another time the compliment
would have earned him a torrent of
sarcasm. Now It passed unheeded.
The situation was bewildering, alarm
ing. There were three keepers In the
lighthouse. The signal foreboded Ill
ness, sudden and serious Illness. Who
could It be?
In such a crisis charity begins nt
home. Constance, with set face and
shining eyes, Enid, fe lied and on tho
verge of tears, feared lest their own
beloved one should be the sufferer.
To each of them Stephen Brand wns
equally a kind and devoted father. Ho
never allowed Enid to feel that she
was dependent on his bounty. Only
tho other day, when she hinted at the
adoption of an nrt career as n future
means of earning a livelihood, ho ap
proved of the necessary study, but
laughed at the reason.
"With your pretty face and saucy
ways, Enid," he said, "I shall have
trouble enough to keep you In the nest
without worrying as to the manner of
your leaving It. Work at your draw
ing, by all means. Avoid color as
the bane of true art. But where Con
nie and I live you shall live, until you
choose to forsake us."
No wonder these girls thought there
was no other man lu the world like
"dad." Their delightful home was
Idyllic In its happiness, their only sor
row that Brand should bo away two
months out of three on account of the
pursuit in which he passed his hours
of leisure during recent years.
Neither dared to look at the other.
They could not trust themselves even
to speak. There was relief In action,
for thought was torture.
The docile Daisy steadily forged
through the waves. Tho spasmodic
clang of tho bell came more clearly
each minute. Pollard, kneeling In the
1)oms, peered Into tho gloom of tho
BWlrllng snow. He listened eagerly to
tho bell. With right hand or left he
motioned to Constance to bring the
boat's head nearer to tho wind or per
mit the sail to 1111 out a little more.
Enid, rendy to cast tho canvas loose
nt the first hint of danger, consulted
her wntch frequently. At last she
"Twenty minutes, Bon."
What a relief It was to hoar her own
voice. The tension was becoming un
bearable. "Bight y' are, missy. No need to
slack off yet. 'Tes clearln' a bit. We'ni
heave to alongside the rock in less'n
Tho fisherman was right. Ills train
ed senses perceived a distinct diminu
tion lu tho volume of snow. Soon they
could see fifty, a hundred, two hundred
yards, ahead. On tho starboard quarter
they caught a confused rushing noise,
like tho subdued murmur of a mill
race. Tho tide had covered tho rock.
"Luff et Is!" roared Bon suddenly.
Out of the blurred vista a ghostly
column rose in front. Smooth and
sheer were Its granite walls, with dark
little casements showing black In the
weird light. The boat rushed past the
Trinity mooring buoy. She held on un
til they heard the sea breaking.
"Lower away!" cried Bon, and the
yard fell with a sharp rattle that show
ed how thoroughly Enid had laid to
heart Pollard's tuition.
Constance brought tho Daisy round
In a wide curve, and Ben got out tho
oars to keep her from being dashed
against tho reef.
Enid's eyes wore turned toward the
gallery beneath tho lantern.
"Lighthouse ahoy!" she screamed In
a voice high pitched with emotion.
There was no answering clang of tho
door leading from tho room on a level
with the balcony. Not often bud the
girls visited tho rock, but they knew
that this wus the first sign they might
expect of their arrival being noted If
there were no watchers pacing the
"Help us, Bon," cried Constance, and
their united shouts might bo heard a
mile away In the prevailing stillness.
A window halfway up tho tower was
opened. A mau's head aud shoulders
It was Stophen Brand.
"Thank God!" murmured Constance.
Enid, on whose sensitive soul tho
storm, the signal, tho hissing rush of
the boat through the waves, had cast
a spell of lndoflnlto terror, bit her lip
to restrain her tears.
Brand gave a glance of amazement
nt the three uplifted faces, but this
was no time for surprise or question.
"I am coming down," ho shouted.
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"What can It bo?" said Constance,
outwardly calm now In tho assurance
that her father was safe.
"Must ha' bin a accident," said Ben.
"That signal moans 'Bring a doctor.'
An' there ain't 11 blessed tug In harbor,
nor won't bo till the tide makes."
"That will mean delay," cried Enid.
"Five or six hours at least, missy."
The main door at the head of the
Iron ladder clamped to the stones
swung back, and Brand leaned out.
He had no greeting for them, nor
words of astonishment.
"When will the tug reach here, Bon?"
The fisherman told him tho opinion
ho had formed. '
"Then you girls must come and help
me. Jackson scalded his hands aud
arms In tho kitchen, and Bates was
"JDanu me, but they're two jilucky Muis."
hurrying to tho storeroom for oil nnd
whitening when ho slipped on the
stairs and broke his leg. Wo must got
them both ashore. Ben, you can take
"Aye, nye, sir."
"Now, Constance, you first. Hold
tight and stand In tho skip. Your boat
caunot come near the rock."
He swung the derrick Into place and
began to work the windlass. Con
stauco, cool as her father, whispered to
the excited Enid:
"Let us divide the parcels and take
"Oh, I should havo forgotten all
about them," said Enid, stooping to
empty tho lockers.
Constance, without flickering an eye
lid, stepped Into tho strong basket with
Its Iron hoops and, having, arranged
some of tho plethoric paper bags nt her
feet, told her father to "hoist away."
Bhe arrived safely. Enid followed
her, with equnl sang frolU, though n
lift of forty odd feet while standing In
a skip nnd clinging to a rope Is not an
"Dang me," said Ben, nn Enid, too,
was swung Into tho lighthouse, "but
they're two plucky 'uns."
Tho great boll tolled awny, though
tho sntw had changed to sleet, nnd tho
heights beyond tho Land's End were
dimly visible, spits warning note jvas
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Black and white silk, double
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Lisle I hi cad Gloves at. 2.u
An odd lot of Corsets at 2."),
10, 70 Mini S.V. These Corsets
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Some American Beauty Cor
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Tho best &0o Summer Corset
Hadbags, 25c to $1.50. An all-leather
handbag, with coin purse, at 75c.
HO longi-r 'needed. The sl.y". .. v,
clearing. A luminous ha :e spr.-ndi.r
over the waters heralded tin- r,fiu-i .
the sun. But the wind was bltterl;
cold; the fisherman watching the tw
door, with one eye on the h. li-t w
adventurous wave should sweep the
Daisy against the lock, murmured to
'"Tes a good J j1 the wind's 1' tin
norrard. Tills sort o' thing's a weather
breeder or my name ain't Ben Pol
And that was how Enid came back
to the Cull Book to enter upon the sec
ond great epoch of her life.
Once before had the reef taken her
to Its rough heart and fended her from
peril. Would It shield her again res
cue her from the graver danger whoso
shadow even now loomed out of tho
deep? What was the bell saying in Its
Enid neither knew nor cared. Just
then she had other things to think
TplIIEUE comes a time in the life
I I of every thinking man or wo-
I I man when the argosy of ox-
j lstence, floating placidly on a
smooth and lazy stream, gathers unto
Itself speed, rushes swiftly onward
past familiar landmarks of custom aud
convention, bolls furiously over resist
ing rocks and ultimately, If not sub
merged hi an unknown sen, finds Itself
again meandering through now plains
of wider horizon.
Such a perilous pnssage can never be
foreseen. Tho rapids may begin whore
the trees are highest and tho meadows
most luxuriant. No warning Is given.
The Increased pace of events is pleas
ant and exhilarating. Even tho last
wild plunge over the enscado Is neither
resented nor feared. Some frail craft
are shattered In transit, some wholly
shaken, some emerge with riven sails
and tarnished embellishments. A few
not only survive tho ordeal, but there
by fit themselves for more daring ex
ploits, more soul stirring adventures.
When tho two girls stood with Ste
phen Brand In tho narrow entrance to
tho lighthouse, tho gravity of their
bright young faces was duo solely to
the fact that their father had announc
ed tho serious accidents which had be
fallen his assistants. No secret moni
tor whispered that fato In her bold and
merciless drnmntlc action had roughly
removed two characters from the stage
to clenr It for moro striking events.
Not once In twenty years has It hap
pened that two out of the three keep
ers maintained on a rock station with
in signaling distance of the shore havo
become Incapacitated for duty on the
same day. Tho thing was so bewlldor
lugly sudden, the arrival of Constance
and Enid on the scene so timely aud
unexpected, that Brand, a philosopher
of ready decision in most affairs of
life, wus at n loss what to do for tho
best now that help, of a sort un
dreamed of, was at hand,
Tho case of Jackson, who was scald
ed, was Rlmplo enough. Tho board of
trade medicine chest supplied to each
llghthouso Is u fa'cslmllo of that car
ried by every seagoing steamship. It
contained tho ordinary remedies for
such an Injury, and thero would bo lit
tle difficulty or danger In lowering tho
sufferer to tho boat.
But Bateeluffujr was. different. He
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lay almost" where he had fallen. Brand
had only lifted him into the storeroom
from the foot of tho stairs, placing 11
pillow beneath his head, and appealing
both to him aud to Jackson to end nro
their torture unmoved while he went
to'slgnal for assistance.
Tho problem that confronted hlui
now was one of Judgment. Was It bet
ter to await the coming of the doctor or
endeavor to transfer Bates to tho boat?
He consulted Ben Pollard again. Tho
girls were already climbing the steop
stairs to sympathize with and tend to
the injured men.
"Do you think It will blow harder,
Ben, when tho tide turns?" ho asked.
The old fellow seemed to regard tho
question as most Interesting and novel.
Indeed, to him some such query and
Its consideration provided the chief
problem of each day. Therefore ho
surveyed land, sea and sky most care
fully before ho replied:
"It may be n'most anything aforo
night, Mlsser Brand."
At another time Brand would havo
smiled. Today he was nervous, dis
traught, wrenched out of tho worn rut
"I fancy there is some chance of the
doctor being unable to land when ho
reaches the rock. Do you agree with
His voice rang sharply. Ben caught
Its nolo and dropped his woatherwlso
"It'll blow harder, an' mebbe snaw
ug'ln," ho said.
"I shall need some help here hi that
case, so I will retain the young ladles.
Of course you can manage the bout
easily enough without them?"
Pollnrd grinned reassuringly.
"Wo'm run straight In wl' thlccy
wind," ho said.
So they settled It that way, all so
A ninn sets up two slim mnsts a
thousand miles apart and Hashes com
prehensible messages across tho void.
Tho multitude gapes nt first, but soon
accepts the thing ns reasonable. "Wire
less telegraphy" Is tho term, as ouo
says "by mall."
A whole drama wns flowing over a
curve of the enrth at that moment, but
tho Marconi station was invisible.
There wns no export hi telepnthlc sen
sutlon present to tell Brand nnd tho
fisherman that their commonplaco
words covered a magic code.
Juckson, whlto aud mute, was lower
ed first. Tho brave fellow would not
content himself with nursing his
agony amid the cushions aft. When
Butes, given somo slight strength by a
stiff dose of brandy, was carried with
Infinite euro down throe flights of steop
and narrow stairs and slung to tho
crane In an Iron cot to ho lowered In
his turn, Jncksou stood up. Heedless
of remonstrances, he helped to steady
the cot and adjust it amidships clear
(To hn Continued )
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