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So tlic colza full in llttlu patches of
tsmooth traiiqulllity Into the white void
henonth, ami before Stanhope had
piloted his bout half the remaining dis
tance the wave currents surging about '
the rocks ceased to toss their yellow I
mil lie so high, nnd the high pitched I
masses of foam vanished completely. I
Thu seamen stationed In the entrance
were astonished by the rapidity of the
change. In less than a minute they
found they were no longer blinded by
the spindrift cast by each upward rush
right into the Interior of the light
house. The two nearest to the door
looked out in wonderment. What devil
ment was the reef hatching now, that
its claws should relax their clutch on
the pillar and its ley spray be with
held? Each wave, as It struck to westwurd
of the column, divided itself into two
roaring streams which met exactly
whoie the iron rungs ran down the
iviill. There was a mighty clash of the
opposing forces and further upward
rearing of shattered torrents before
the reunited mass foil away to give
place to Its successor.
Full twenty feet of the granite layers
were thus submerged and exposed
whenever n big comber traveled sheer
over the reef.
lint these straightforward attacks
were spasmodic. Often the eddies cre
ted by the rocks came tumbling pell
mell from the north. Sometimes they
would combine with the incoming tide,
-and then the water seemed to cling
tenaciously to the side of the light
Jhousc until It rose to a great height,
.swamping the entrance and dropping
back with a tremendous crash. There
were times when the northerly ally dis
dained to merge with its rival. Then It
leaped Into the hollow created by tho
receding wave and all about tho light
house warred n level whirlpool.
Stanhope's plan was to rush the boat
in when one of these comparatively
less dangerous opportunities offered,
lie would spring for the ladder, run up
If possible, but if caught by n vault
ing breaker lock himself with hands
.and feet on the iron rungs nnd en
deavor to withstand the stifling em
brace of tho oncoming sea. He was
sure he could hold out against thnt fu
tIous onslaught once at least. He was
4in export swimmer nnd diver, and he
believed thnt by clinging limpet-like to
Iho face of the rock he had the requi
site strength of lungs and sinews to
Tcslst one If not more of those watery
The rope around his waist was held
from the tug. The instant he made his
leap the men with him wero to back
water, tho crew at the drag to haul for
.all they wero worth nnd consequentlj
3H1II the boat clear of the next wavo
ore It broke. Thnt Is why he selected
.a handy ernft In place of tho lifeboat
offered to him ns soon as his resolve
was whispered ashore. It was on ra
bidity, quick judgment, the utilization
of seconds, thnt he depended. The un-
w.Wdly bulk of the lifeboat not only
detracted from these all Important con
slderntions, but made It more than
3robablo that she would be capsized or
touch the reef.
For the same reason ho timed his ap
proach on the rising tide. He could
venture nenrer to the lighthouse Itself,
-nnd tho boat could bo rowed and drag
ged more speedily into safety. With
Lira, too, wero men who knew every
inch of the Gulf Rock. He knew ho
could trust them to the end.
Although he had mapped out his pro
sraratno to the last detail, Brand's in
spiration In using tho oil created a
fresh and utterly unforeseen sot of con
ditions. Mountainous ridges still dnncod fan
tastically up and down tho smooth
srnnlto slopes, but they no longer
broke, nnd It Is broken wntor, not tu
multuously heavlug sens, that an open
hoat must fear.
With the Intuition of a born sailor,
ready to seize any advantage given by
human enemy or nngry ocenn, Stan
hope decided In tho very JawB of op
portunity to abandon his original de
sign totally and shout to the men ho
saw standing in the entrance to heave
him a rope, no would have preferred
tho danger of tho Jump. Ho nlmost
longed to endure tho fierce struggle
which might ensue beforo ho reached
those waiting hands. Ho thought ho
would hnvo his reward In tho tenso Joy
of tho flght, In bringing salvation to
Enid nnd those with her, In seeing her
sweet face ngaln after these days nnd
nights of vigil.
But the pnrnmount need was to suc
ceed. Tho extraordinary and, to hlra,
qulte Inexplicable change In conditions
which ho had studied during tortured
hours passed on the bridco of tho Fal
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con 0" !" Trlnltj tenner mnilo It pos
sible to remain longer In tho vicinity
of tho rock than he had dared to hope.
Therefore ho knew It was advisable to
adopt the certain menus of communi
cation of tiio thrown rope In preference
to the uncertainty of his own power to
reach and climb the ladder.
Flinging out his right arm lie mo
tioned to the men in the lighthouse to
bo ready to heave a coll. Tho wind
was the chief trouble now, but ho must
"'Vast pulling," he yelled over his
shoulder as a monstrous wave pranced
over tho reef and enveloped the col
umn. "Aye, aye!" sang out his crew.
Up went the boat on the crest nnd a
fearsome cavern spread before his
eyes, revealing tho seaweed that clung
to the lowest tier of masonry. In tho
same instant he caught a fleeting
glimpse of n lofty billow rearing back
from the rocks on the north.
Down sank tho boat until the door of
the lighthouse seemed to be an awful
distance nw.ay. She rose again, and
Stanhope stood upright, his knees
wedged against the wooden ribs. One
piercing glance In front nnd another to
the right showed that tho antagonism
of the two volumes of water gave the
The bont shot onward. Once, twice,
three times the oars dipped with pre
cision. These rowers, who went with
Tlic rope whirred through the air.
their backs turned to what might be
Instant death, wore bravo and stanch
as ho who looked It unflinchingly in tho
"Heave!" roared Stanhope to tho
white vlsnged second ofllcer standing
In the doorway far above him.
The rope whirred through tho air, tho
boat rose still higher to meet It, and
the coll struck Stnnhope In tho face,
lashing him savagely In the final splto
of tho baflled galo which puny man
Never was blow taken with bucIi
"Back!" ho cried, and tho oarsmen,
not knowing what had happened, bent
against tho tough blades. The tug's
sailors at the drag, though tho engines
grinding at half speed wero keeping
them grandly against tho race not
more than 150 jnrds In the rear, failed
for an instant to understand what was
going on. But their captain hud seen
tho cast and read its significance.
"Haul away!" he hollowed In a voice
of thunder nnd, to cheer them on, add
ed other words which showed that ho
was no landsman.
Stanhope deftly knotted the light
house lino to the loop taken off his
waist. Ho cast tho Joined cords over
board. "Thank God!" ho said, and ho looked
up at tho great pillar already growing
less In the distance.
Now from tho kitchen, owing to its
height nbovo sea level and the thick
ness of tho wall pierced by tho win
dow, ns soon as the boat camo within
fifty yards or so of tho llghthouso tho
girls could see It no longer.
When It dropped out of sight for tho
Inst time Constanco could not enduro
the strain. Though her dry tonguo
clicked in her mouth, slio forced n do
"Enid," sho screamed, "lean out
through the ivlivlow! It Is your place."
"I cannot j Indeed I cannot! He will
ho killed! Oil, save him, kind Provi
dence, nnd take my llfo In his stead!"
Constanco lifted the frenzied girl in
her strong arms. This was no moment
for puling fenr.
"If I loved a man," sho cried, "and
he wero about to die for my sake I
should count it a glory to sco him die."
The brave words gave Enid Bomo 1
measure of comprehension. Yes, that
was it. She would watch her lover
while he faced death even though her
heart stopped beating when tho end
Helped by her sister, she opened the
window and thrust her head out. To
her half dazed brain came the con
nclousness that the sea had lost Its
venom. She saw the boat come on,
pause, leap forward, the rope thrown
and the knot made.
As the boat retreated she caught
Stanhope's Joyous glance. He saw her
and waved his hand. Something he
said caused the two rowers for the first
time to give one quick glance back
ward, for they wero now scudding rap
Idly away from the danger zone. She
knew them; she managed to send n
frantic recognition to all three.
Then, in an almost overpowering re
action, she-drew back from the win
dow and tears of divine relief streamed
from her eyes.
"Constance," she sobbed, "he has
saved ust Look out. You will see him.
Yet, all tremulous and breathless,
she brushed away the tears and strove
to distinguish tho boat once more. It
appeared, a vague blot in the mist that
"Connie," she said again, "tell me
that all Is well."
"Yes, dear. Indeed, Indeed, ho Is
"And do you know who came with
him? I saw their faces Ben Pollard
and Jim Spence in the Daisy. Yes, it
Is true. And Jack planned It with
them. They liave escaped; and we, too,
will be rescued. It is God's own doing.
I could thank him on my knees for the
rest of my life."
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by results. When willing hands had
carefully hauled in the rope until tho
knot could be unfastened and the end
secured to the cord connecting the gal
lery with the entrance, a man was dis
patched to warn Brand that nil was In
readiness for the next step.
Tho rough sailor was the messenger
of the gods to those who waited on
each story. As he ran upward, climb
ing the steep stairs with the nimble
iioss of n monkey, he bellowed tho
great news to each crowded doorway.
Seeing the girls in the kitchen, though
already his breath was scant, ho blurt
"It's nil right, ladles! He's done tho
On tho next landing pnllld women's
faces gleamed at him.
"Hope aboard!" lie gasped. "They're
tyln' on logs o' mutton now."
Yet again he was waylaid on the
floor above. Hard pressed for wind he
wheezed forth consolation.
"Just goin' to haul tho bottled beer
aboard," he grunted.
It would never do to pass the hos
pital without a word.
"Beef tea an' port wine swlmmln'
here," he panted.
Brand was peering through the Inn
tern door, awaiting tills unwashed
Mercury, who caught Bight of the
lighthouse keeper ere his shaggy head
had emerged from the well.
The man stopped, nlmost spent. He
gave nn offhanded sailor's salute.
"Haul away, sir!" ho yelled, and his
voico cracked with excitement. In
deed, they who remained quite coher
ent on the Gulf Bock, on the ships, nnd
even ou the cliffs nine miles nwny,
were few In number and to bo pitied
exceedingly. There are times when a
uiuu must cheer and a woman's eyes
glisten with Joyous tears, else they
are flabby crentures, human Jellylish.
Tho steamboats snorted with raucous
siren blasts, and although the hoarse
shouting of men and tho whistling of
steam wero swept Into space by tho
north wind In Its rage, those on shore
could read the riddle through their
glasses of the retreating boat nnd the
white vapor puffs.
Tho first to grasp Stanhope's hnnd
when ho swung himself onto the deck
of the tender was Mr. Cyrus J. Traill.
"Well done, my lad!" ho cried bro
kenly. "I thought It was all up with
you. Did you see her?"
"Yes, but only for a second."
"You thought It best not to Join
"You know thnt I would gladly go
now nnd attempt It. But I dnred not
refuse the better way. I can't tell you
what happened. Something stilled tho
sea llko magic. Look at It now."
Assuredly the waves were breaking
ngnln nround the pillar with nil their
wonted ferocity, but one among the
Trinity house otllcers noticed a smooth,
oily patch floating past the vessel.
"By Jove!" ho shouted, "Brand
helped you nt tho right moment. Ho
throw some gallons of colza over
board." Traill, a bronzed, spare, elderly man,
tnll and straight, with eyes sot deep
beneath heavy eyebrows, went to Jim
Sponco and Bon Pollard where thny
wero helping to sling tho Dnlsy up to
"I said five hundred between you,"
ho briefly nnnounced. "If tho ropo
holds nnd tho three people I nm Inter
ested In reach the shore alive I will
make It flvo hundred npiece."
Ben Pollard's mahogany face became
several Inches wider nnd remained so
Infants' all-wool Vests, button down
front, all sizes
2 for 75c
Infants' all-wool Rubens Vests, No. I
Rising 5c per size
Children's separate Cotton Garments
with llcece back, size 16 at i2c
2 1-2C rise per size
Children's Cotton Garments, extra
heavy lleece, size iS at 18c
Rise 4c on each size
Union Suits in Cotton at 25c, 50c, 60c
Union Suits in Wool at $1 00
Ladies' separate Garments at 25c, 50c
Ladies' separate Garments, extra
large sizes, at 50c
Ladies' Union Suits at 75c, $1.00, $1.25
Our stock of Yarns was never
so complete in colors and qual
ity. Prices the lowest.
INFANTS' WOOL HOSE at 15c and 25c
CHILDREN'S WOOL HOSE at... 15c, 25c, 30c
LADIES WOOL HOSE at 25c, 35c, 40c
LDry Goods, Laces and Embroideries ft
permanently, his friends thought, but
Jim Spcnco only grinned.
"You don't know tho cup'u, sir. He'll
save every mother's son an daughter
too now he hns n line aboard."
Then the ox-snllor, chosen with Ben
from among dozens of, volunteers ow
ing to his close acquaintance with the
reef, bethought him.
"You're trentln' Ben nn' mo magnif
icent, sir," he said, "but the chief credit
1b duo to Mr. Stanhope. Wo on'y obey
Tho millionaire laughed like a boy.
"I have not forgotten Mr. Stnnhope,"
ho said. "I am sure your confidence In
Mr. Brand will bo Justified. You watch
mo smile when I ante up your share."
On board the tug and on the gallery
of tho lighthouse there was no time for
tnlk. Tho vessel, with the most skillful
handling, might remain where she was
for about four hours. Sho was already
more than a hundred fathoms within
tho dangerous area mnrked by the
buoy, nnd there was much to bo done
in tho time.
Tho strongest rope, the best wire
hawser, has Its well defined limit of
strain, and tho greater the length the
greater the tension. From tho buoy
itself naught save n chain cable would
hold hi such n sen. The tug must oper
ate from the nenrer base. She was
pitching and tossing In a manner cal
culated to daunt any one but a sailor,
and the slightest mistake made by the
skipper, tho burly ollskinncd man bal
ancing himself on the bridge with ills
hand on tho engine room telegraph.
' would snap any line ever twisted.
I So, briefly, this was tho procedure
adopted. A stout rope was bent on to
Uiat carried to tho rock by Stnnhope.
With this wus sent 11 whip, thus estab
lishing a to and fro communication.
Tho rope Itself, when It had reached
tho rock, was attached to a buoy nnd
nnchored. Thus It could bo picked up
easily If tho thin wire hawser next dis
patched should hnppcn to break.
A fow words may cover a vast
amount of exertion. Before tho sec
ond lino, with Its running gear, was
safely stayed around the body of tho
lantern even tho Iron railing might
glvo way a precious hour had elapsed,
and Stanhope was Impatiently stamp
ing about tho bridge of tho tender,
though nono knew better than ho that
not an unnecessary moment was being
Al last a signaler stationed on the
tug was able to ask:
"What shall wo Bend first?"
And tho nnswer came back:
"Wuter, milk, bread."
All night tinsmiths had labored to In
close food and clothing In water tight
cylinders ready for transport, nnd tho
shining packages now began their voy
aging from the tug's trawl beam to tho
lofty gallery, three-fourths of tho jour
ney being through tho sea. When tho
first consignment reached tho rock an
other lusty cheer boomed from tho
Stanhopo ut least could picture tho
scue in progress behind the grim gran
ite walls Constanco nnd Knid, with,
others whom ho did not know, serving
out generous drafts to thirsty nnd fam
ished women and men, helping them
selves last, and hardly able to empty
tho eight gallon supply of fresh wntor
beforo they wero called on to distrib
ute a similar quantity of milk.
And then tho bread, the cooked meat
all cut In slices, tho tinned soups and
meat extracts, tho wines for Traill
had taken charge of tho catering, and
his arrangements wero lavish what n
fcjist for people almost on the verge of
Tho hours flew until tho tug signaled
that she must cast loose and back
away from tho reef. Tho tide was
running westwnrd now. Soon tho dnn
gor would lie nctlvo, and In nny caso
tho Gulf Rock was saved from tho
possibility of famlno during tho next
forty-eight hours. So tho hawser in its
turn was buoyed, nnd Brand's parting
instruction was not to attempt to re
open communication during the dark
hours of the morning tide.
Tho wisdom of his advlco was mani
fest. With farewell trumpetlngs tho
vessels scurried off to Penznuco, nnd
the telegraph ofllce was kept open all
night transmitting tho word pictures
of newspaper correspondents to thrill
tho world with full descriptions of tho
way In which tho Gulf Rock's fam
ished denizens had been relieved.
TO be continued.
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