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BED OLOUD, NEBRASKA, CHIEF
King of the Khyber
CHAPTER XXI Continued.
But ont of the eornur of hlfl oyc, and
oneo or twlco by looking back delib
erately, King bow tbnt Ismail wos
taking the members of his new bund
ono by one nnd whispering to them.
What ho sold wns a mystery, but ns
they tnlkcd each man looked nt King.
And the more they tnlkcd tho better
pleased they seemed. And ns tho day
wore on the more deferential they
grew. By midday If King wanted to
dismount there were three nt least to
hold his stirrup and ten to help him
Four thousand men with women and
children nnd bngguge do not move so
swiftly as one mnn or n dozen, espe
cially In tho "Hills," wlicro discipline
Is reckoned beneath n proud man's
honor. There were mnny miles to go
before Khlnjnn when night fell and
tho mullah bade them enmp. Ho bni'e
them camp becuusc they would have
done It otherwise In tuiy case.
When the evening nicnl was eaten,
and sentries hnd been set nt every van
tago point, there cnino another order
from tho mullnh. Tho women nnd
children were to be left In enmp next
dawn, nnd to remain there until sent
for. Thcro wns murmuring nt that
around the camp, and especially among
King's contingent. But King laughed.
"It Is good 1" he said.
"Why? How so?" they asked hlra.
"Bid your women make for the Khy
ber soon after tho mullnh marches to
morrow. Bid them travel down the
Khyber until we nnd they meet!"
"Please yourselves, sahibs 1" Tho
hakim's air wns ono of suprcmest In
difference. "As for me, I leave no
women behind me in the mountains.
I am content"
They murmured a while, but they
gavo tho orders to their women, and
King .watched the women nod.
Even as Ynsmlnl hnd tested hlra nnd
tried him before tempting him at last,
he must be watching him now, for
even tho East repents itself. She had
sent Ismail for that purpose. It was
likely that her courso would depend on
his. If he failed, she was done with
him. If he succeeded In establishing a
strong position of his own, she would
yield. With or without Ismail's, aid,
with or without his enmity, ho must
control his eighty men nnd give the
slip to the mullnh, nnd he went ut once
about the best way to do both.
"Wo will go now," ho said quietly.
"That sentry in yonder shadow has
his back turned. He hns overeaten.
Wo will rush him nnd put good running
between us nnd the mullah."
Surprised Into obedience, and too de
lighted at tho prospect of action to
wonder why they should obey a liaklm
so, they slung on their bandoliers and
made ready. Ismail brought up King's
horso and he mounted. And then nt
King's word nil eighty mndo n sudden
swoop on tho drowBy sentry nnd took
him unnwnres. They tossed him over
the cliff, too startled to scream an
alarm; and though sentries on cither
band heard them and shouted, they
were gono like wind-blown ghost's of
dead men before the mullah even knew
whnt was happening.
They did not halt until not one of
them could run another yard, King
trusting to his horso to find a footing
long the cliff-tops, and to the men to
find tho way.
"Whither?" ono whispered to King.
"To Khlnjnn 1" he answered; nnd
that wns enough. Euch whispered to
the other, nnd they nil became tired
with curiosity more potent thnn money
When he hnlted nt lost and dis
mounted nnd sat down nnd the strag
glers caught up, panting, they held a
council of war nil together, with Is-1
mall sitting nt King's bnck nnd lennlng
a chin on his shoulder In order to henr
better. Bono pressed on bone, nnd tho
place grew numb; King Bhool: him off
a dozen times; but 'each tlmo Ismail
set his chin back on tho same spot, as
a dog will that listens to his master.
Yet ho Insisted ho was her man, and
"Now. so men of tho 'mils,'" said
King, "listen to mo who am political-
offender - with - reward - for - capture
offered l" Thnt wns n gem of n title.
It fired their Imaginations. "I know
things that no Boldtcr would find out
In a thousand years, nnd I will tell
you some of whnt I know."
Now he had to bo careful. If ho
were to Invent too much they might
denounce him as a traitor to tho
"Hills" in general. If ho were to tell
them too. little they would lose In
terest and might very well desert him
at tho first pinch. Ho must feel for
tho middle way nnd upsot no preju
dices. "Sho hns discovered thnt this mul
lah Muhammad Anlm Is no true mus
Urn, but an unbelieving dog of a for
eigner from Farnnglstanl Sho hns
discovered that ho plans to mnko him
self nn emperor In theso hills, nnd to
sell hlllincn Into slavery I" Might as
well servo tho mullnh up hot while
about it I Beyond any doubt not much
more Uian a pile away the mullah was
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getting even by condemning tho lot of
them to death. "An eye for the risk
of nn oyo I" sny tho unforgiving "Hills."
"If one of us should go back Into
his camp now he would bo tortured.
Bo sure of that"
Breathing deeply in the darkness,
they nodded, ns If the dark hud eyes.
Ismail's chin drove a fraction deeper
Into his shoulder.
"Now ye know for all men know
that tho entrance Into Khlnjnn caves Is
free to any man who enn tell n Ho
without flinching. It Is tho way out
again that Is not free. How many men
do yo know thnt have entered nnd
They nil nodded again. It was com
mon knowledge thnt Khlnjnn was a
very graveyard of tho presumptuous.
"Sho has set u trap for the mullah.
Sho will let him nnd ull his men enter
and will never let them out again 1"
"How knowest thou?" This from
two men, one on cither hand.
"Was I never In Khlnjnn enves?" ho
retorted. "Whence camo I? I nm her
mnn, sent to help trap the mullnh 1 I
would hnvo trapped all of you, but for
being wcarv of these 'Hills' and wish
ful to go back to India and bo par
doned! Thnt is who I ami That Is
how I know 1"
Their breath came and went slbl
lantly, and the darkness wns alive with
the excitement they thought them
selves too warrior-like to utter.
"But what will she do then?" asked
King searched his memory, and In
u moment there came bnck to htm a
plcturo of the hurrying Jczallchi he
had held up In the Khyber pass, and
recollection of the man's words.
"Know ye not," ho snld, "that long
ago she gave leave to all who ate salt
to be true to tho salt? She gave the
Khyber Jczallchls leave to fight agalust
her. Be sure, whatever she does, she
will 'stand between no mnn and his
"But will she lead a Jihad? Wo will
not light ngnlnst her 1"
"Nny," said King, drawing his breath
In. Ismull's chin felt like a knife
ngalnst his collar bone, and Ismail's
Iron fingers clutched his arm. It was
time to give his hostage to Dame For
tune. "She will go down Into India
and use her Influence in tho matter of
"I believe thou art u'very great llur
Indeed 1" said the man who lucked part
of his nose. "Tho Pnthan went, und
ho did not como back. What proof
"Yo have me!" said King. "If 1
show you no proof, how cun I escape
They all grunted agreement ns to
that King used his elbow to hit Is
mail In tho ribs. He did not dnrc
hpcnk to him; but now wns tho time
for Ismail to curry information to her,
supposing thnt to be his job. And after
n minute Ismail rolled into a shadow
nnd was gone. King gave him twenty
minutes' start, letting his men rest
heir legs und exercise their tongues.
Now that he was out of tho mullah's
clutches nnd ho suspected Ynsmlnl
would know of It within an hour or
two, nnd before dawn in any event
he began to feel like n player in a game
of chess who foresees his opponent
mate In so many moves.
If Ynsmlnl wcro to let the mullnh
and his men Into the caves and to Join
forces with him In there, ho would at
least have tlmo to hurry bnck to India
with his eighty men and glye warning.
He might hnve tlmo to call up tho Khy
ber Jeznllchls and blockade the caves
before the hive could swarm, and ho
chuckled to think of tho hope of thnt.
On the other hand, If tliero wns to
be a battle roynl between Yusmlnl nnd
tho mullnh, he would bo there to wntch
it nnd to comfort Indln with the news.
"Now we will go on again, In order
to be closo to Khlnjnn nt break of day,"
ho said, und they ull got up and obeyed
him ns If his word hud been law to
them for years.. Of nil of them he wns
the only man In doubt ho who seemed
most confldent of all.
They swung along Into the darkness
under low-hung sturs, trailing behind
King's horse, with only half a dozen of.
them a hundred yards or so ahead as
an advance guard, and nil of them ex
pecting to see Khlnjnn loom nbovo each
next valley, for distances nnd dnrkness
nro deceptive In tho "Hills," even to
trained eyes Suddenly tho advance
guard hnlted, but did not shoot. And
as King caught up with them ho saw
they were talking with someone.
no hnd to ride up close beforo ho
recognized tho Ornkznl Pnthnn.
"Salaam I" said t tho fellow with n
grin, "I bring ono hundred nnd
As ho spoke grnveynrd shadows ros.o
out of tho dnrkness around nnd lenned
"Bo yo men nil ex-soldiers of tho
rnj?" King usked them.
"Ayql" they growled In chorus.
"Who gavo you lenve to come?" King
"Nonol no told us of tho pardons
and wo cnino I"
"Aye I" sold tho Ornkznl Pnthnn,
drawing King nsldo. "But she gnve
mo lenve to seek them out and. tempt
"And whnt docs sho Intend?" King
usked him suddenly.
"She? Ask Allnh, who put tho spirit
In her I How should I know?"
"Wo will march again, my brothers 1"
King shouted, nnd they streamed along
behind him, now with no advance
guard, but with tho Orukznl Pathun
striding beside King's horse, with n
grcut hand on the saddle. Like the
others, he seemed decided in his mind
(hat the hakim ought not to be allowed
much chance to escape.
Just ns the dawn was tinting the
surrounding peaks with softest rose
they topped a ridge, nnd Khlnjun Iny
below them across the mile-wide bone
dry valley. And while they watched,
and tho Khlnjnn men were beginning
to murmur (for they needed no lost
view of tho place to satisfy ony long
ings 1) none else than Ismail rose from
behind n rock nnd cnino to King's stir
rup. He tugged and King bucked his
horse until they stood together apart.
"She sends this message," said Is
mail, showing his teeth In the most
peculiar grin that surely the "Hills"
ever witnessed. "Many of her men,
who have never been In the army, are
done the less true to her, and she will
not leave them to the mullah's mercy.
They will leave the caves In a little
while, and will come up here. They
lire to go down Into India und be made
prisoners If the slrknr will not enlist
them. You nro to wnlt for them here."
"Is thnt nil her message?" King
"Nay. That Is none of It! This Is
her messnge: THOU SHALT KNOW
THIS DAY, THOU ENGLISHMAN,
WHETHER OR NOT SHE TRULY
LOVED THEE 1 THERE SHALL BE
PROOF SUCH AS EVEN THOU
Ismail slipped away and lost himself
among tho men, nnd none of them
seemed to notice thnt he had been
uwny nnd had come again. It was a
little more than nn hour after dawn
nnd the chilled rocks were beginning to
grow warmer when tho head of a pro
cession came out of Khlnjnn gate and
started toward them over tho vnlley.
In all more than five hundred men
emerged nnd about a hundred women
nnd children. Then:
"Muhummnd Anlm comes 1" shouted
a voice from u crug top.
They snuggled Into better hiding,
nnd there wns no thought now of leav
ing beforo the mullnh should go by.
It needed nn effort to quiet them when
the mullnh rose Into view at last above
the rise and paused for a minute to
stare across nt Khlnjnn .before lead
ing his four thousand down and on-
wnrd. no wns silent as an Image, but
his men roared like a river In flood and
ho mndo no effort to check them.
He dismounted, for he hnd to, nnd
tossed his reins to tho nenrcst man
with the ulr of nn emperor. And ho
led the wuy down the cllffslde without
hesitation, striding like n mountulneer.
Ills men followed him noisily.
It was thirty minutes nftcr the last
of the mullah's men had vanished
through tho gnte, and his own men In
dozens and twenties were scattered
'Thou Shalt Know This Day, Thou
Englishman, Whether or Not She
Truly Loves Thee."
along tho cliff-top arguing ngalnst de
lay with growing rancor, when a lone
horseman galloped out of Khlnjan gnte
and started ucross the vnlley. He rode
recklessly. He wns either panic
stricken or elso bolder thnn-tho devil.
In n minute King bud recognized
the marc, and so hud the eyes of fifty
men around him. No man with half
nn eye for a hor&o could have fulled
to recognize that black mare, having
ever seen her once. In another two
minutes King had recognized tho Ran
gar's silken turban.
Most of the men wero staring down
ward at tho Rnngar's bend ns he urged
the mnre up tho cliff path, when the
explanation of Ynsmlni's message
came. It wns only King, urged by
soiiTo Intuition, who hnd his eyes fixed
There enmo n phock thnt nctunlly
swnyed the hill they stood on. The
V aCjCkK f .'BbBsbbI
Rare on tho path below missed her
footing nnd fell a dozen feet, only to
get up again nnd scramble us If a thou
hand devils wcro behind her, the Ran
gar riding her grimly, like n Jockey In
a race. Three moro shocks followed.
A great slice of Khlnjnn suddenly
enved In with a ronr, and smoko and
dust burst upward through tho tum
There wns a pause after that, as If
tho wnttlng elements wcro gathering
strength. For ton minutes they wntched
nnd scarcely breathed. Rewn Gungn
gained tho summit and, dismounting,
stood by King with tho reins over his
nrm. Tho marc was too blown to do
anything but stnnd nnd tremble. And
King wns too enthralled to do nnythlng
"That Is what n womnn enn do for
n man!" said Rewn Gungn grimly.
"She sot n fuso and exploded nil the
dynamite. There were tons of It 1 The
galleries must have fallen In, ono on
the other I A thousand men digging
for a thousand yeors could never get
Into Khlnjnn now, nnd the only way
out Is down Earth's Drink ! She bade
me como nnd bid you goodby, snhlb. I
would hnve 'Rtnyed In there, but she
commnnded me. Sho snld, 'Tell King
sahib my love wus true. Tell him I
give him Indln and nil Asia that
were at my mercy 1'"
While the Hangar spoke thcro came
three more enrth tremors In swift suc
cession, and n thunder out of Khlnjnn
ns If the very "Hills" were coming to
an end. The mare grew frantic and
the Rnngnr summoned six men to hold
Suddenly, right over the top of Khln
Jnn's upper rltn, where only the cnglcs
ever perched, there burst a column of
wntcr, InFmensurable, huge, that for n
moment blotted out the sun. It rose
sheer upwnrd, curved on Itself, and fell
In n million-ton deluge on to Khlnjnn
and Into Khlnjan valley, hissing nnd
roaring and thundering.
Earth's Drink had been blocked by
the explosion nnd hnd found u new wny
over the bnrrlcr before plunging down
ngnln Into tho bowels of the world.
Tho, one sky-flung lenp It mnde ns Its
weight burst down n mountnln wnll
wns enough to blot out Khlnjnn for
ever, nnd what had been a dry, mlle
wlde moat was a shallow hike with
denth's rack and rubbish floating on
Tho earth rocked. King wns up on
his feet In a second nnd fuced nbout.
The Rnngnr laughed.
"So ends the 'Henrt of the Hills 1'"
he snld. "Think kindly of her, sahib.
She thought well enough of you 1"
lie Inughcd ngaln and sprang on the
black marc, and beforo King could
speak or raise n hand to stop him he
was off at wondrous speed along the
precipice In the direction of the Khy
ber puss nnd Indln. Two of tho men
who hnd come out of Khlnjan mounted
und spurred after him.
King collected his men nnd the wom
en and children. It wns ensy, for they
were numb from whnt they had wit
nessed nnd dnzed by fenr. In half an
hour he had them mu3tercd and
They renched tho Khyber famished
and wero fed nt All MnsJId fort, after
King had given a certain password and
had whispered to the officer command
ing. But ho did not change Into Eu
ropean clothes yet, and none of his fol
lowing" suspected him of being an Eng
lishman. "A Rangar on a black mare has gone
down the pass ahead of you In a' hur
ry," they told him at All Mosjld. '"Ho
had two men with him and food
enough. Only stopped long enough to
make his business known."
"What did he say his business Is?"
"no gave a sign nnd snld a word
thnt satisfied us on that point 1"
"Ohl" said King. "Cun yon slgnnl
down the pass?"
"Courtenay at Jamrud?"
"Yes. In cluirge there and growing,
tired of doing nothing."
"Slgnnl down and nsk him to hove
that both ready for mo that I spoke
So ho left All MasJId at tho head of
a motley 'procession that grew noisier
and moro confldent every hour. Ismail
began to grow more lively and to hove
a good many orders to fling to tho rest
"You mourn llko n dog," King told
him. "Three howls and a whine nnd
n Httlo Bulking nnd then forgetful
Tsmnll looked nasty at thnt but did
not answer, although ho seemed to
hnve a hot word ready. And thence
forward ho hung his head more, nnd at
least tried to seem bereaved. But his
manner was unconvincing nono the
less, and King found It food for
Tho cx-soldlers nnd would-bo soldiers
mnrched In four behind him, growing
hourly more like drilled men, and talk
ing, with each stride that brought
them nearer India, more as men do'
who hnvo an Interest In law and or
der. Behind them tramped the wom
en from Khlnjnn, carrying their ba
bies und their husbands' loads; and
behind them ngnln wero tho other
women, who hnd been told they would
be overtnken In the Khyber, but who
hnd nctunlly hnd to run themselves
rnw-footed In order to cntch up.
Down the Khyber hnve como con
querors, n dozen conquering kings, nnd
ns mnny beaten armies; but surely no
stranger host than this ever trudged
between tho echoing walls. Tho very
cnglcs screnmed nt them, Slgnnls pre
ceded them, and Courtenny himself
rodo up tho puss to greet them. At
Jamrud they wcro given food and their
rifles wcro taken away from them and
a guard was set to watch them. But
the gunrd only consisted of two men.
I both of whom were Pnthans, and they
nssureu them that, rldlculoiii? though It
sounded, tho British were actually
willing to forgive their enemies nnd
to pardon all deserters who applied for
pardon on condition of good faith In
That they prayed to Allah like little
children lost nnd found. The women
crooned love-songs to their babies over
the'clcor Ores nnd tho men tnlked
nnd tnlkcd and tnlkcd until tho stta-8
grew big ns moons to wenry eyes and
they slept at last, to dream of khaki
uniforms nnd knrnel snhlbs who knew
neither fenr nor favor and who said
things that were so. It is a mad world
to the Himalayan hlllmnn whero men
In authority tell truth unadorned with
out shame and without consideration
a mnd, mnd world, nnd perhups too ex
otic to bo wholesome, but pleasant
while tho dream Insts.
Over in tho fort Courtenay placed
a bath nt King's disposal and lent him
clean clothes und n razor. But ho was
not very cordial.
"Tell mo nil the war newsl" said
King, splashing In tho tub. And Cour
tcnay told him, passing him another
cake of soap when the first was fin
ished. After nil, thcro wus not much
to tell butchery In Belgium Huns
und guns nnd the overlnstlngly glori
ous stand thnt suved Paris nnd Franco
"According to tho cables our men are
going tho records one better. I think
that's all," said Courtenay.
"Then why tho stiffness?" asked
King. "Why nm I talked to at the
end of a tube, so to speak?"
"You're under arrest l" said Courte
nay. "The deuce ram I"
"I'm taking euro of you myself to
obviate the necessity of putting a sen
try on guard over you."
"Good of you, I'm sure. What's it
"I don't mind telling you, but Pd
rather you'd wait The minute you
were sighted word wns wired down to
headquarters, and the general himself
will be up here by train any minute."
"Very well," said King. "Got a ci
gar! Got a black one? Blacker the
Ho wus out of his bath and remem
bered that minute that ho hod not
smoked n clgnr slnco leaving Indln.
Nnkcd, shaved, with some of the stnln
removed, ho did not look like n mnn In
trouble us he filled his lungs with the
saltpeterlsh smoke of a fat Trlchlno
poll. And then the general came and did
not wait for King to get dressed but
burst Into the bathroom and shook
hands with him while he was still
naked and asked ten questions (like
a gatllug gun) while King was getting
on his trousers, divining each answer
after the third word and waving the
rest aside. ,
"And why am I arrested, sir?" asked
King the moment he could slip the
question In edgewise.
"Oh, yes, of course. Try the cose
here ns well as anywhere. What docs
Out of his pocket the general pro
duced a letter that smelt strongly of
a scent King recognized, no spread
It out on a table, nnd King read. It
was Yasmlnl's letter Uiat she had sent
down the Khyber to make India too
hot to hold him.
"Too bad about your brother," said
the general. "Tho body is burled.
How much Is true about the bead?"
King told him.
"Where's she?" asked the general.
King did not answer. The general
"I don't know, sir."
"Ask the Rangar," Courtenay sug
gested. "Where Is he?" asked King.
"Caught htm coming down the Khy
ber on his black inuro und arrested
him. He's In the next room I I hope
he's to be hnnged. So that I can buy
tho mare," he added cheerfully.
King whistled softly to himself, and
tho general looked at him through
"Go In nnd talk to him, King. Let
mo know the result"
Ho hud picked King to go up tho
Khyber on that errand not for noth
ing. He knew King and he knew the
symptoms. Without answering him
King obeyed. He went out of the room
Into a dark corridor and rapped on
the door of the next room to the
right There wus a muffled answer
from within. Courtenay shouted some
thing to the sentry outside the door
und he culled nuother man, who fitted
n key In the lock. King walked Into
a room In which ono lamp wus burn
ing nnd the door slammed shut be
He was in thcro nn hour, and it
never did transpire Just what passed,
for ho can hold his tonguo on any sub
ject like a clam, and tho general, It
nnythlng, can go him ono better. Cour
tenay wus placed under orders not to
talk, so those who sny they know ex
actly whnt hnppcned In tho room be
tween the time when the door wus
shut on King nnd the time when he
knocked to hnvo it opened and called
for tho general, aro not telling tho
What Is known Is that finally the
general hurried through the door and
ejaculated, "Well, I'm a d!" be
fore ho could close It ngnln. The sen
try (Punjabi Mussulman) has sworn
to that over a dozen cumpflrcs slnco
Ami It Is known, too, for tho sentry
hns taken oath on It nnd has told tho
story so many times without much
variation that no ono who knows tho
man's record doubts nny longer It is
known thnt when tho door opened
ngaln King and tho general wulked
out with tho Rungar between them.
And tho Rangar had no turban on,
but carried It unwound In his hand.
And his golden hair fell nearly to his
knees und changed his whole appear
ance. And he was weeping. And, be
was not a Rangar at all, bm She, and
how anybody can ever havo mistaken
her for a mnn, even In man's clothes
nnd with her skin darkened, was be
yond tho sentry's power to guess. He
for ono, etc. . . . But nobody be
lieved thnt part of his tnlc.
As Yussuf bin All snld over the
cnmpflro up tho Khyber Inter on,
"When sho sets out to dlsgulso her
bclf, sho is what r.ho will be, and ha
who says ho thinks otherwise has two
tongues and no conscience 1"
What is surely truo Is that tho four
of them Ynsmlnl, tho general, Cour
tenay and King sat up all night In a
room In tho fort, talking together,
while a succession of sentries over
strained their cars endeavoring to hear
through keyholes. And tho Bcntrlos
heard nothing and Invented very much.
But Pnrtan Singh, tho Sikh, who
carried In bread and cocoa to them at
nbout flvo the next morning, nnd
found them still talking, heard King
say. "So, In ray opinion, sir, there'll
be no Jihad In these parts. Theroll
bo sporadic raids, of course, but
nothing a brigade can't deal with. Tho
heart of the holy war's torn out and
"Very well," said tho general. "You
can go up tho Khyber again and Join
But by that time tho Rangar's tur
ban was on again and tho tears were
dry, and It was Partan Singh who
He Said He Was Nearly Sure
threw most doubt on the sentry's tnto
about the golden hulr. But, as the
sentry said, no doubt Partan Singh
There Is no doubt whatever that the
general went back to Peshawur In the
train at eight o'clock and that the
Rangar went with him In a separate
compartment with about a dozen hill
men chosen from among those who had
come down with King.
And It Is certain that before they
went King had a tnlk with the Rangar
in a room alone, of which conversa
tion, however, the sentry reported aft
erward that he did not overhear one
word; and he had to go to the doctor
with a cold In his car ut that He said
he wus nearly sure ho heard weeping
But, on the other hand, thoso who saw
both of them come out were certain
that both were smiling.
It Is quite certain that Athclstan
King went up tho Khyber again, for
the official records say so, and they
never lie, especially In time of war. He
rode a coal-black mare, and Courtenay
called him "Chlkkl" a "lifter."
Some say tho Rangar went to Delhi.
Some say Yasmlnl Is In Delhi. Some
say no. But It Is quite certain that be
fore he started up the Khyber King
showed Courtenay a great go! brace
let that he had under his sleeve. Five
men snw him do It
And If that was really Rewa Gunga
In the general's train, why was the
general so painfully polite to him? And
why did Ismail Insist on riding In the
train, Instead of accepting Kind's offer
to go up the Khyber with him?
One thing Is very certnln. King was
right nbout the Jihad. There hns been
none in spite of nil Turkey's and Ger
many's efforts. There hnve been spo
radic raids, much as usual, but nothing
one brigade could not easily deal with.
the press to the contrary notwithstand
ing. King of the Khyber rifles Is now a
major, for you can see that by turning
up the nrmy list
But If you wish to know Just what
transpired In tho room In Jnmrud Fort
while the general nnd Courtenny wait
ed, yon must ask King If you dare:
for only ho knows, nnd one other. It
Is not likely you can find the other.
But It Is likely that you may heat
from both of them again, for "A wom
an and Intrlguo are ono!" as India
says. The war seems long, and the
world Is large, and the chances for In
trigues nro almost Infinite, given such
combination as King and Yasmlnl and
a love affair.
And ns King says on occasion t
"Kuch dar nahln hnl I There Is no such
thing as fenr!" Another ono might
sny, "The roofs the limit I"
And bear In mind, for this Is Impor
tant: King wrote to Ynsmlnl n letter,
In Urdu from tho mullah's cave, In
which he as good as gavo her his word
of honor to bo her "loyal servant"
should she choose to return to her alle
giance. He is no splitter of hairs, no
qttlbbler. His word Is good on th
dnritcst night or wherever ho casts a
shadow In tho sun.
"A man nnd his promise a womaa
and intrigue nro ono!"
Invented Cherokee Alphabet
Sequoynh, Inventor of tho Cherokee
nlphnbet, wos ono of tho great men
of tho Indlnn roco. no was a half,
breed, whose EngllHh nnmo was
George Guess. His futher wos a white
man nnd his mother a full-blood la
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