Custer County Republican. (Broken Bow, Neb.) 1882-1921, February 03, 1910, Image 3
' \ "E"MAfiiON AUTHOR Of < WAQNEeA" "ARETHIWFWM I "You Will Never Understand , " She Said SYNOPSIS. Baraka , a Tartar girl , became enamored ot a golden bearded stranger who was respecting and studying herbs In tlio e Icinlty of her home In central Asia , and revealed to him the location of a mine o rubles hoping that the stranger would love her In return for her illnolosnire. They were followed to the cave by the girl's relatives , who blocked up the en trance , and drew off the water supply , leaving the couple to die. Raraku's cousin Saad , her betrothed , attempted to climb down a cliff overlookliiK the mine : but the traveler Hhot him. The stranger was revived from a water gourd Saad car ried , dug his way out of the tunnel , and departed , deserting the Klrl and currying a bag of rubles. LJnrului gathered all the gems she could carry , and started In pur- Biilt. Margaret Donne ( Margarita da Cordova ) , a famous prlma donna , became engaged In London to Konstantln Lo- Kothetl. a wealthy Greek llnaneler. Her intimate friend was Countess Li'ven , known as Lady Maud , whoso husband had been killed by a bomb In St. Peters burg , and Lady Maud's moat Intimate friend was Rufus Van Torn , an Ameri can , who had become one of the'ilehest men In the world. Van Torp was In love with Margaret , and rushed to London as noon as he hoard of her betrothal. Ho offered Lady Maud $3,000,000 for her pet charity If she would aid him In winning the singer from Logothetl. Baraka approached preached Logothoti nt Versailles with rubles to sell. lie * presented a ruby to Margaret. Van Torp bought a yacht' and Bent it to Venice. Ho was visited by Baraka In male attlie. She gave him n ruby after the American had told her ot having seen In the United States a man answering the description of the tjne she loved. The Amcilcan followed Margaret to the Bayreuth " 1'arslfal" festival. Mar garet took a liking to Van Torp. who pre sented her with tlio ruby Baraka had given him. Count KrallnsUy , a Uuss'an. arrived at Bayreuth. Van Torp believed him to bo the ono Baraka was putsulng. Baralca was arrested In London on thn charge of stealing from Pinney , a jeweler - eler , the ruby she had sold to Logothoti. Two strangers were the thieves. Lady Maud believed that Logotheti's associa tions with liurakn were open to suspi cion , and so Infoimed Margaret. Vun Tovp believed that KralliiHky wa the cowboy he had known in his young man hood. Logotheti secured Baralui's re lease , and then , with her as his guest , went to sea on his yacht Krlnnn. CHAPTER X. Continued. lie had boon on deck a long time that day , but Baraka had only been established In her chair a few rain- utes. As yet ho had hardly talked with her of anything but the neces sary preparations for the journey , and she had trusted him entirely , being so worn out with fatigue and bodily dls. comfort that she was already hall asleep when ho had at last brought her aboard , late on the previous night. Before the yacht had sailed ho had re celved Van Torp's telegram informing him that Krallnsky was at Bayreuth ; for his secretary had sat tip till twc In the morning to telegraph him the latest news and forward any message that came , and Van Torp's had beer amongst the number. "I have something of importance tc tell you , " Logothetl said. Baraka prepared herself against be traying surprise by letting her lids droop a little , but that was all. "Speak , " she answered. "I desire knowledge more than gold. " "You arc wise , " said the Greol gravely. "No doubt you remembei the rich man Van Torp , for whom : gave you a letter , and whom you hae seen on the day you wore arrested. " "Van Toip. " Huraku pronouncei the name distinctly , and nwdded. "Yes I remember him well. Ho know ; whore the man is whom 1 seoJk , : xu he wrote the address for mo. I have It. You will take me there In your ship , and 1 shall find him. " "If yon find him , what shall you say to him ? " Logothoti asked. "Few words. These perhaps : 'You left me to dje , but I am not dead , I am here. Through me yon are a rich , great man. The rubies are my mar riage portion , which you have taken. Now you must be my husband. ' That Is all. Few words. " "It is your right , " Logothoti an swered. "But he will not marry you. " "Then he shall die , " replied Uaraka , as quietly as if she were saying that he should go for a walk. "If you kill him , the laws of that country may take your life , " objected the Greek. "That will bo my portion , " the girl answered , with profound Indifference. "You only have one life , " Logotheti observed. "It is yours to throw away. But the man yon seek is not in that country. Van Torp has telegraphed mo that he Is much nearer. Neverthe less , if you moan to kill him , I will not take you to him , as I intended to do. " Baraka's face had changed , though she had boon determined not to betray - tray surprise at anything he said ; she turned to him , and fixed her eyes on his , and he saw her lashes quiver. "you will tell mo where he is , " she said anxiously , "If you will not take me I will go alone with Spiro. I have been In many countries with no other help. I can go there also , wherehe is. You will toll me. " "Not if you mean to murder him , " said LoL'Othotl. ami she snw that ho .was in earnest. "But If he will not be my husband , what can 1 do. If 1 do not kill him ? " She abked the question in evident good faith. "If I were you. 1 should make him 'share ' the rubies and the money with you , and then 1 would leave him to himself. " "But you do ncit umlorstand , " Ba raka protested. "He is young , ho is beautiful , ho is rich. Ho will take some other woman for his wife , if I leave him. You see , he must die , there is no other way. If he will not marry me , It Is his portion. Why do you talk ? Have I not come across the world from the Altai , by Samark and and Tillls. as far as England , to find him and marry him ? Is it noth ing that I have done , a Tartar girl alone , with no friend but a bag of precious stones that any strong thief might have taken Irom me ? Is the danger nothing ? Tlio travel nothing ? Is it nothing that 1 have gone about like a shameless ono , with my face uncovered , dressed in a man's clothes ? That I have cut my hair , my beautiful black hair , is that as nothing , too ? That I have been in an English prison ? That I have been called a thief ? I have suffered all these things to find him , and if I come to him at last , and ho will not be my husband , shall ho live and take another woman ? You are a great man , It is true. But you do not understand. You are only a Frank , after all ! That Mule maid you have brought for mo would under * stand me hotter , though she has been taught for six years by Christians. Shu is n good girl. She says that in all that time she has never once for gotten to say the Fatiheh three times a day , and to say 'el Immtlu lllah' to herself after she has eaten ! She would understand. I know she would. But you , never ! " The exquisite little aqulllno fea tures wore a look of unutterable con tempt. "If 1 wore you , " said Logothoti , smiling , "I would not tell her what you are going to do. " "You see ! " crlod Baraka , almost an grily. "You do not understand. A servant ! Shall I tell my heart to my handmaid , and my secret thoughts tea a hired man ? 1 toll you , because you are a friend , though you have no un derstanding of us. My father feeds many Hocks , and has many bondmen and bondwomen , whom he heats when It pleases him , and can put to death If he likes. Ho also knows the mine of rubles , as his father did before him , and when ho desires gold ho takes one to Tashkent , of even to Samarkand , a long journey , and sells it to the Russians. He Is u great man. If he would bring a camel bag full of precious stones to Europe he could be one of the greatest men in the world. And you think that my father's daughter would open her heart to one of her servants ? T said well that you do not understand ! " Logothotl looked quietly at the slim young thing In a ready-made blue serge frock , who said such things as a Lady Clara Vere do Voro would scarcely dare to say above her breath in these democratic days ; and he watched the noble little features , and the small white hands , that had comedown down to her through generations of chieftains , since the days when the primeval shepherds of the world counted the stars In the plains of Kaf. Kaf.Ho Ho himself , with his long Greek de scent , was an aristocrat to the mar row , and smiled at the claims of men who traced their families back to the Crusaders. With the help of a legend or two and half a myth , he could al most make himself a far descendant of the Tyndaridao. But what was that compared with the pedigree of the lit- tiething , in a blue serge frock ? Her race went back to a time before Ileslod , before Homer , to a date that might be found in the annals of Egypt , but nowhere else in all the dim tradi tions ot human history. "No , " lie said , after a long pause "I begin to understand. You had no told mo that your father was a grea man , and that his sires before Iiln had joined hand to hand , from tin hand of Adam himself. " This polite speech , delivered in his best Tartar , though with sundry Turk ish terminations and accents , some what mollified Baraka , and she pushet her little head backwards and up wards against the top of the dec ! chair , as if she was drawing hcrsel up with pride. Also , not being usei to European skirts , she stuck out one tiny foot a little further across UK other , as she stretched herself , ant she indiscreetly showed a pale-yellov silk ankle , round which she couh have easily made her thumb meet hoi second linger. Logothetl glanced at it "You will never understand , ' sht said , but her tone had relented , am she made a concession. "If you wll take me to him , and if he will not b ( my husband , I will let Spire kill him. ' "That might be better , " Logothet answered with extreme gravity , for hi was quite sure that Spire would neve : kill anybody. "If you will take ai oath which I shall dictate , and swea to let Spire do it , I will take you i ( the man you sook. " "What must be , must bo , " Baraks said in a tone of resignation. "Whei ho is dead , Spire can also kill me am take the rubles and the money. " "That would be a pity , " observe ( the Greek , thoughtfully. "Why a pity ? It will bo my nor tlon. I will not kill myself because then I should go to hell-lire , but Spire can do it very well. Why should 1 still live , then ? " "Because you are young and beau tiful and rich enough to bo very hap py. Do you never look at your face in the mirror ? The eyes of Baraka are like the pools of paradise , when the moon rose upon them the first time , her waist Is as slender as a young willow sapling that bends to the breath of a spring breeze , her mouth Is a dark rose from Gullstan " But Baraka Interrupted him with a faint smile. "You speak emptiness , " she said quietly. "What is the oath , that I may swear it ? Shall I take Allah , and the prophet , and the Angel Isralit to witness that I will keep my word ? Shall I prick my hand and let the drops fall Into your two hands that you may drink them ? What shall I do and say ? I am ready. " "You must swear an oath that my fathers swore before there were Chris tians or Mussulmon In the world when the old gods were still great. " "Speak. I will repeat any words you liko. Is it a very solemn oath ? " "It Is the most solemn that ever was sworn , for it Is the oath of the gods themselves. I shall give It to you slowly , and you must try to pro nounce It right , word by word , holding out your hands , like this , with the palms downwards , " "I am ready , " said Baraka , doing as he bade her. Ho quoted in Greek the oath that Hypnos dictates to Hera in the "Iliad , " and Baraku repeated each word , pronouncing as well as aho could. "I swear by the Inviolable water of the Styx , and 1 lay one hand upon the all-nourishing earth , the other on the sparkling sea , that all the gods below may bo our witnesses , oven they that stand round about Kronos. Thus 1 swear I" As ho had anticipated , Baraka was mtich more Impressed by the Im portance of the words she did not un derstand than If she had bound her self by any oath familiar to her. " 1 am sorry. " she said , "but what is done Is done , and you would have It so. " She pressed her hand gently to her loft side and t'elt the long stool bodkin kin , and sighed regretfully. "You have sworn an oath that no man would dare to break , " said Logo thetl solemnly. "A man would rath er kill pigs on the graves of his fa ther and his mother than break It. " "I shall keep my word. Only take me quickly whore I would bo. " Logothetl produced a whistle from his pocket and blow on It , and u quar termaster answered the call , and was sent for the captain , who came in a few moments. "Head her about for Jersey and Carterets , captain. " said the owuer. "The sea is as Hat as a board , and we will land there. You can go on to the Mediterranean without coaling , can you not ? " The captain said ho could coal at Gibraltar. If necessary. "Then take her 'to Naples , please , and wait tor instructions. " Uaraka understood nothing , but within two minutes she saw that the yacht was changing her course , for the afternoon sun was all at once pouring in on the deck , just beyond the end of her chair. She was satis- Hod. and nodded her approval. "When shall wo roach that place ? " she asked laxlly , and she turned her face to Logothoti. "Allah knows , " lie answered gravely. She had boon so well used to hearIng Ing that answer to all sorts of ques tions since she had boon a child that she thought nothing of it , ani waited awhile before speaking again. Her eyes studied the man's face almost unconsciously. Ho now wore a fo/ instead of a yachting cap , and it changed his expression. He no longer looked In the least like a European. The handsome red felt glowed like blood In the evening light , and the long black silk tassel hung backwards with a dashing air. There was some thing about him that reminded Ba raka of Saad. and Saad had been a handsome man , even in her eyes , un til the traveler had como to her fa ther's house with Ills blue eyes and golden beard. Hut Saad had only seen her unveiled face once , and that was the last thing he saw when tlio ball from the Maus'er wont through his forehead. "I mean , " she asked after some time , "shall wo bo there to-morrow ? or the next day ? I see no land on this side : is there any on the other ? " "Ne > , " Logothoti answered , "thoro is no land near. Perhaps , far off , wo might see a small island. " "Is that the place ? " Baraka began to be Interested at last. "The place Is far awajy You must have patience. All hurry comes from Satan. " "I am not impatient , " the girl an swered mildly. " 1 am glad to rest in your ship , for I was very tired , more tired than 1 over was when I wan a child , and used to climb up the foot hills to see Altai hotter. It is good to be in your ship for a while , and after or that , what shall bo , will bo. It Is Allah that known. " "That is the truth , " responded the ( Irook. "Allah knows. 1 said so just now. But I will toll you what I have decided , if you will listen. " "I listen. " "It Is hotter that you should rest boveral days after all your weari ness , ami the man you seek will not run away , for he does not know that you are so near. " "But ho may take another woman , " Baraka objected , growing earnest at onco. "Perhaps ho has already ! Then there will be two instead of ono. " "Spiro , " said IxjgotheU , with perfect truth , "would as soon kill two as one , I am sure , for ho Is a good servant. It will be the same to him. You call mo a great man and a king ; I am not a king , for I have no kingdom , though some kingdoms would like to have as much ready money as I. But here , on the ship , I am the master , not only because it is mine , and because I choose to command , but because the men are bound by English law to obey me ; and If they should refuse and overpower mo , and take my shin where I did not wish to go , the laws of all nations would give mo the right to put them all Into prison at once , for a long time. Therefore when I say , 'Go to a certain place , ' they take the ship there , according to their knowledge , for they are trained to that busines.8 and can giiitlo the vessel towards any place in the world , though they cannot se"o land till they reach It. Do you understand all those things ? "I understand , " Uaraka answered , smiling. "But 1 am not bound to obey you , and at least I can beg you to do what I ask , and I think you will do It. " Her voice grew suddenly soft , and almost tender , for though she was only u Tartar girl , and very young and slim , she was a wouwu. Eve had "You Are Wise as Well as Great , " Baraka Said. not had long experience ot talking when she explained to Adam the properties of apples. Logothcti answered her smile and her tone. " 1 shall do what you ask me , but I shall do It slowly rather than quick ly , because that will bo better for you In the end. If wo had gone on as wo were going , wo should have got to land to-night , but to a wretched little town from which wo should have had to take n night train , hot and dirty and dusty , all the way to Paris. That would not help you to rest , would It ? " "Oh , no ! I wish to sleep again In your ship , once , twice , till I cannot sloop any more. Then you will take me to the place. " ' That is what you shall do. To that end 1 gave orders this afternoon. " "You are wise , as well as great , " Baraka said. They left the rail and walked slowly forwaid , side by side , without speak ing ; and Logothoti told himself how utterly happy he should be If Baraka could turn into Margaret and be walk ing with him there ; yet something an swered him that since she was not by his side ho was not to bo pitied for the company of a lovely Tartar girl whoso language ho could understand and oven speak tolerably ; and when the first voice observed rather drily that Margaret would surely think that he ought to fool very miserable , the second voice .told him to take the goods the gods sent him and bo grate ful ; and this little antiphono of aim svnnman went on for some time , till It occurred to him to stop the duo by explaining to Baraka how a European girl would probably slip her arm , or at least her hand , through the arm of the man with whom she was walking on the deck of a yacht , because thcro was generally a little motion at sea , and she would like to steady herself , and when there was none , there ought to be , and she would do the same thing by force of habit. But Baraka looked at such be havior quite differently. "That would bo a sort of dance , " she sold. " 1 am not a dancing girl ! J have soon men and women dancing together , both Russians In Samarkand and other people In France. It Is dis gusting. I would rather go unveiled among my own people ! " "Which may Allah forbid ! " an swered Logotheti devoutly. "But whore there are Englishmen , Allah does nothing ; the women go without veils , and the boys and girls dance to gether. " " 1 have done worse , " said Baraka , "for 1 have dressed as a man , and If a woman did that among my people she would bo stoned to death and not burled. My people will never know what I have done alnco I got away from them alive. But ho thought be was leaving mo there to die ! " "Snroly. I cannot see why you wish to marry a man who robbed you ami tried to compass your death ! I can understand that you should dream ol killing him , and ho deserves to be burnt alive , but why you should wish to marry him Is known to the wisdom of the blessed ones ! " "You never saw him , " Baraka an swered with perfect simplicity. "Ho Is u beautiful man ; his beard Is like the rays of the morning sun on a ripe cornfield. Ills eyes are bright as an eagle's , but blue as sapphires. Ho Is much taller and bigger and stronger that you are. Do you not see why I want him for a husband ? Why did he not desire mo for his wlfo ? Am I crooked , am I blinded by the small pox , or have 1 six lingers on both hands and a hump on my shoulder like the Witch of Altai ? Was my portion tion a cotton shift , ono brass bangle and a horn comb for my hair ? I gave him the riches ot the world to take me , and he would not ! I do not un derstand. Am I an evil sight In n man's eyes ? Tell me the truth , for you are a friend ! " "You are good to see , " Logothetl answered , stopping and pretending to examine her face critically as she stood and faced him. "I do not desire you to speak for yourself , " returned Baraka. "I wish you to speak for any man , since I go about unveiled and any man may see me. What would they say in the street if they saw mo now , as a wom an ? That is what I must know , for he is a Frank , and he will judge mo as the Franks judge when he sees mo ! What will ho say ? " "Shall I speak as a Frank ? Or as they speak In Constantinople ? " "Speak as ho would speak , I pray. But speak the truth. " "I take Allah to witness that I speak the truth , " Logothcti answered. "If I had never seen you , and if I wore walking In the Great Garden in Lon don and I met you by the bank of the river , I should say that you wore the prettiest dark girl In England , but that I should like to see you in a beautiful Feringhi hat and the best frock that could be made In Paris. " Baraka's face was troubled , and she looked Into his eyes anxiously. "I understand , " she said. "Beforo I meet him I must have more clothes , many beautiful new dresses. It was shameless , but It was easy to dress as a man , after I had learned , for It was always the same the difference was throe buttons or four buttons , era a high hat or a little hat ; not much. Also the FerliiKhl men button their garments as the Mussulmans do , the left over the right , but I often sea their women's coats buttoned like a Hindu's. Why is this ? Have the women another religion than the men ? It Is very strange ! " Logothoti laughed , for ho had really never noticed the rather singular fact which had struck the born Asiatic at once. ( TO UK f'ONTINL'nn. ) When Doomed. "With us the crime Is not in detec tion. It's in admission. All sorts of things may bo thought of you' and said of you , and even known of you. and you can bluff them out ; but when you have acknowledged 'iom You're doomed. " The Inner Shrluo.