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A Story of tbe Chinese
By CLARISSA MACKIE
Copyright, 1910, by AmericRli Press
Owen Ryder left tbe train at the ter
mini)! several mile!) outside the walls
of 1'eklng aud covered I be remaining
distance toward the city gate on tbe
back of a donkey.
As he approached tbe seventh gate
he paused for an instant. He had
come on a journey of thousands of
miles to accomplish a mission, and now
that the object of his search was al
most within his grasp he hesitated.
Fear had uo part in his hesitation.
He was comparatively safe iu the dis
guise afforded by his Chinese dress
as safe us any native Chinese who
wished to gain admission to the For
Then, with quick indrawn breath, he
moved into the deeper shadow of the
gate. As his hands touched tbe bronze
doors they swung softly Inward and
A dark shadow loomed at his aide
and, without a sound, guided bim close
against tbe inner wall in a curving
line. Tbey came to an abrupt stop in
grove of trees whose tops rustled
high over their heads. Before them
were the dim outline and bulky mass
of some huge building.
At last a door closed softly behind
them, the bands were removed from
Ryder's lips and arm, and presently a
light twinkled out of tbe gloom.
Tbe American turned to look at his
companion, who bad withdrawn the
cover from a small bronze lantern and
stood revealed in its dim light.
Ryder stared and stared again at tbe
tall, spare Ugure that confronted him.
This was no Chinese this man with
deep sunken blue eyes and wisps of
fair hair sticking out from under tbe
cue bound about bis forehead. Owen
Ryder's wondering gaze traveled over
the yellowed skin drawn tightly over
the protruding cheek bones, down to
the handsome nose and bitter, curling,
lips, down to the common blue cotton
Chinese dress and then up again with
puzzled eyes to study tbe face with
something lacking something what?
Tbe man laughed silently as he lift
ed his bony hands to each side of his
head. "You miss these appendages, '
my friend. I have been cropped, you
see." His voice was low ana vibrant
with some suppressed emotion.
Ryder gasped. "Your ears my God!"
He felt within his blouse for tbe com
fortable reassurance of - bis revolver.
and bis fingers curled about tbe butt
"Tour ears next, my friend, and tbe
ears of all who pass through tbe sev
enth gate inward," said tbe stranger,
with assumed lightness. He turned
and pointed to the wall behind bim,
and Ryder gasped again to see a line
of dark figures stretched along the
Earless freaks," said the tall stran
ger, with sudden dreariness in his
mocking tone. "Sit down on tbe floor,
man, and tell your story nay, let me
preface it for you and for me and tbe
rest of us white men!"
"Go ahead." said Ryder.
"You are an artist of some sort. You
have learned that these people have
recovered their lost art of producing
Klastln porcelain, that rare painting
of invisible flowers, fishes or other
symbols on ' tbe outside of ' porcelain
ressels, paintings that are only reveal
ed when the vessel is filled with liquor
of some sort. The discoverer of this
lost and precious art is confined to his
workshop in tbe palace here. Tbe re
tention of tbe secret means the addi
tion of large sums of money to this
country; hence they guard It carefully.
You were put on to the secret, you
have come to - spy it out. you have
reached as far as"
"I bad a model" began Ryder eager
ly, when the other man's low laugh
cut him short.
"What is your name?"
"I am Edward Stone, an Englishman.
I bad a model, too, and so did each
of these five other poor earless devils.
It was tbe same model. One by one
she sent us here as she sent you. It
could have been no one else but Lena
"It was Lena Shultz," returned Ry
"I knew it. Tbe man who discov
ered the lost art is not a native.' To
what country he belongs I do not
know. I do know that he made the
discovery and was captured with his
belongings and Is confined within three
feet of where we now are. All day he
works in the underground cell perfect
ing his discovery, for in spite of tbe
most violent threats he will not im
part the secret to another soul or work
In another man's presence."
"But why did that woman send us
here on a wild goose chase?" mut
tered Ryder after a silence. ,
"Yonder poor devil is her husband.
She hopes with the aid of other white
men to help him escape from here. I
was the first to come. I arrived at 0
in the evening. Now it is my duty to
open the gate at 9 every evening in
the hope of catching other would be
thieves. 'Set a thief to catch a thief,'
you know!" He uttered a bard little
. "I suppose that's what we are,'
"How long have yon been here?"
"My iJ! How dcr rou live?"
"i'ou'l live exi-l.
"Any bopi- of esrapeV"
"The imperial govern meut" bejjan
Ryder suddenly, when iLe Kuglisuiuun
The imperial government knows
nothing ulul :lie iiutlt-r. 1 be whole
rascally affair is in tbe bands of a
clique of blglilMiru scoundrels. lie
solve to innlu' yourself as comfortable
as possible under tbe cii'i-unislaijces
resign yourself to losing your ears tif
you ever should escape one can buy
lovely piuk rubber ones. 1 fancy i aud
hope for a change of rulers. Nothing
else will cause excitement enough to
have our existence forgotten, (iood
Stone calmly stretcbed himself on
the floor and went to sleep. Ryder sat
and brooded at the bronze latilern
flickering iu tbe distance. His hand
still caressed the butt of bis revolver,
but with less confidence.
New York seemed many thousands
of miles away tonight New York and
alluring Lena Shultz. He cursed her
under his breath and wondered bow
many more men she would throw as
bait into that bidden city in the hope
that one or ail of them might aid in
the escape of her husband.
There was an audible murmur of
sound without the thick walls, pierced
by sharp staccato cries. The thud of
many pounding feet sounded In the
courtyards above their heads, and in
an instant the six sleeping prisoners
were awake and on tbe alert. Tbe
Latins gabbled French to one another,
while Stone and Ryder drew near to
an iron grating in the stone roof.
The American could make nothing
of the strange sounds, but the Eng
lishman's face lighted with sudden ex
citement. "By Jove," he whispered exultant
ly, "you've brought good luck after
all, Ryder! Something extraordinary
has happened, from what 1 can bear
a change of government indeed! Two
deaths and cbaos everywhere. Time
for us to make a move, and disguises
are in order."
He swooped to a dark corner and
pried up a portion of the stone flag
ging. He brought into view a mass of
silk and satin. He threw rich gar
ments to each of his fellow prisoners,
and without a word tbey slipped into
the voluminous folds.
"Doubly a thief,'" muttered Stone as
be surveyed his companions. Then he
caught up one remaining robe and
thrust it under his arm. "See if . we
can release Lenas husband, poor
devil! We owe her a grudge, sure
enough, but white men must stand by
With the air of one who had studied
his ground and was well versed in his
undertaking, he unfastened the oaken
door and by the guiding sound of bis
slipping, padding feet the six followed
bim into the outer darkness of corri
dors. They twisted and turned and
doubled, and at last Stone paused be
fore another door.
'I don't know just how to get in
side," be admitted In a low tone. But
the pressure of his hand on the planks
pushed the door inward and revealed
to their shocked senses a scene of car
nage Indeed. With the details omit
ted, they realized that Lena's husband
was dead, with his precious secret still
a mystery behind bis horribly grinning
The syndicate has done well in
deed," said Stone, turning away. Si
lently they filed through the passages
until they reached the foot of the
grass grown steps where Ryder bad
left the outside world behind. "It is
here where tbe guard is set. Look for
danger, friends." whispered the Eng
Tbe shadows were uninhabited.
They slipped up into the grove of
whispering trees and followed tbe
curve of tbe shining wall around to
the seventh gate.
'Once outside!" muttered Stone fe
"Once outside!" each man repeated
in his own tongue.
j In the distance were muffled cries
and excited murmurlngs. Around tbe
seventh gate all was still ominously
Tbe seven were pressed against the
bronze gate, and Stone was fumbling
with the complicated lock. There was
rushing sound behind them, and they
turned their beads.
A file of soldiers vyas running to
ward then, and their short swords
were raised in deadly menace. Stone
pulled the door open and dashed forth
with his companions into pitchy black
ness. They crashed into a sedan chair
Just entering the gateway. A wom
an's scream pierced the darkness, aud
from the tower overhead the watch
man thrust his lantern.
A white face appeared for a brief
instant between the parted curtains of
"Lena Shultz!" bellowed Ryder ex-citedly.
With one accord the seven victims of
Lena Shultz ignored tbe oncoming sol
diers, and. shouldering the bearers
aside, tbey grasped tbe poles of tbe
chair and tarried the shrieking woman
away from The seventh gate away
from the Forbidden City beyond tbe
outer darkness to the lighted consulate
buildings to safety for all.
The next day Ryder and Stone left
for the nearest treaty port. "A fifth
story studio nud paint pots for tbe rest
of my life. I'll take. my foreign cravul
book fashion hereafter." said Ryder
sheepishly to his companion as tbey
whirled along the railway. ' "What's
your first wish. Stone?"
The Englishman touched a matted
wig which hung well dowi over the
lapel of his coat.
"Pink rubber ears." hf said sol
Ad ceitber laughed.
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