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,BY ROBERT AMESEEMETY'}
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COPratCpT *9C\ or P C- ML*Clt/*9C ** CO.
CHAPTER 1 The story opens with the
hip wreck of the steamer on which Miss
Henevieve Lesd-?, an American heiress.
Lord Winthrope. an Englishman, and Tom
Blake, a brusque American, were passen
gers. The three were tossed upon an tin
inhabited Island and were the only ones
not drowned. Blake recovered from a
CHAPTER II Blake, shunned on the
i»oat. because of his roughness, became
a hero as preservers of the helpless pair.
The Englishman was suing for the hand
f Miss Leslie. Blake started to swim
tack to the ship to recover what was
CHAPTER IT1 Blake returned safely.
Winthrope wasted Ids last match on a
« igarette. for which he was scored by
Blake. Their first meal was a dead fish.
CHAPTER IV The trio started a ten
mile liike for higher land. Thirst at
tacked them. Blake was compelled to
• arry Miss Leslie mi account of weari
ness. He taunted Winthrope.
CHAPTER V.—They entered the Jun
i e. That night was passed roosting high
i*> o tree
CHAPTER VI.—The next morning they
descended to the open again. All three
• onstructed hats to shield themselves
from the sun. They then feasted on
• oeoanuts. the only procurable food. Miss
iiCsIio showed a liking for Blake, but de
Around the Headland.
T was mid morning before
Blake reappeared. He came
from the mangrove swamp
' here it ran down into the sea. His
iionsers were smeared to the thigh
v<ith slimy mud; but as he approached
tlie drooping brim of his palm-leaf hat
toiled to hide his exultant expression.
“Come on!” he called. “I’ve struck
it We’!! be over in half an hour."
How’s that?” asked Winthrope.
Bar,” answered Blake, hurrying
forward. “Sling on your hats and get
into my coat again, Miss Jenny. The
sun’s hot as yesterday. How about
Here they are. Three strings; all
Hiat I fancied we could carry,” ex
‘All right. The big one is mine, I
nnppose. I'll take two. We’ll leave
the other. Lean on me if your ankle
is still weak."
"Thanks; I can make it alone. But
Txiust we go through ntud like that?”
"Not on this side, at least. Come
oil! We don’t want to miss the ebb.”
Blake’s impatience discouraged
further inquiries. He had turned as
tip spoke, and the others followed him.
walking close together. The pace was
sharp for Winthrope, and his ankle
soon began to twinge. He was com
pelled to accept Miss Leslie's invita
iion to take her arm. With her help
tip managed to keep within a few
yards of Blake.
instead of plunging Into the nian
giove wood, which here was under
giown with a thicket of giant ferns,
Hiake skirted around in the open un
til they came to the seashore. The
tide was at its lowest, and he waved
tut club towards a long sand pit which
curved out around the seaward edge
oi the mangroves. Whether this was
part of the river's bar or had been
heaped up by the cyclone would have
been beyond Winthrope’s knowledge
had the question occurred to him. It
■was enough for him that the sand was
smooth and hard as a race track.
Presently the party came to the end
ot the spit, where the river water rip
pjed over the sand with the last
feeble out-suck the ebb. On their
right they had a sweeping view of the
liver, around the flank of the man
grove screen. Biake halted at the
edge of the water and half turned.
Close up,” he said. "It's shallow
enough; but do you see those logs ,
over on the mud-bank? Those are al- ;
Mercy—and you expect me to wade !
among such creatures?’’ cried Miss
I went almost across an hour ago
ar.d they didn’t bother me any. Come
on! There's a wind in that cloud out
seaward. Inside half an hour the
Rurf’Il be roiling up on this bar like
"if we must, we must. Miss (lene
THve,” urged Winthrope. "Step behind
me and gather up your skirts. It’s
best to keep one's clothes dry in the
The girl blushed, and retained his
I prefer to help you,” she replied.
‘Come on!” called Blake, and he
f plashed out into the water.
The others followed within arm’s
ifngth, nervously conscious of the
rows of motionless reptiles on the
mild-flat, not 100 yards distant.
In the center of the bar, where the
l water was a trifle over knee-deep,
! seme large creature came darting
% ‘rwnstream beneath the surface and
,.ssed with a violent swirl between
1 ake and his companions. At Miss
Leslie's scream, Blake whirled about
M.d jabbed with his club at the sup
Where's the brute? Has he got
you?" he shouted.
No, no; he went by!” gasped Win
tirope. “There he is!”
A long bony snout, fringed on either
sibe by a row of lateral teeth, was
flung up into view.
“Sawfish!” said Blake, and he waded
on across the bar without further com
Miss Leslie had been on the point
of fainting. The tone of Blake's voice
revived her instantly.
There were no more scares. A few
minutes later they waded out upon a
stretch of clean sand on the south
of the river. Before them the beach
lay in a flattened curve, which at the
far end hooked sharply to the left and
appeared to terminate at the foot of
the towering limestone cliffs of the
headland. A mile or more inland the
river jungle edged in close to the
cliffs; but from there to the beach the
forest was separated from the wall ol
rock by a little sandy plain, covered
with creeping plants and small palms.
The greatest width of the open space
was hardly more than a quarter of a
Blake paused for a moment at high
tide mark, and Winthrope instantly
squatted down to nurse his ankle.
“I say, Blake," he said, “can't you
find me some kind of a crutch? It is
only a few yards around to those
Stopped to Survey the Coast Bevond
“Good Lord! you haven't been fool
enough to overstrain that ankle— Yes
you have. Dammit! why couldn't you
tell me before?”
“It did not feel so painful In the
“I helped the best I could." inter
posed Miss Leslie. “I think if you
could get Mr. Winthrope a crutch—“
“Crutch!” growled Hlake. “How
long do you think it would take me to
wade through the mud? And look at
that cloud! We're in for a squall
He handed the girl the smaller
string of cocoanuts, flung the other up
the beach and stooped for Winthrope
to mount his back. He then started
off along the beach at a sharp trot.
Miss Leslie followed as best she
could, the heavy cocoanuts swinging
about with every step and bruising her
The wind was coming faster than
Tilake had calculated. Before they had
run -00 paces they heard the roar of
rain-lashed water, and the squall
struck them with a force that almost
overthrew the girl. With the wind
came torrents of rain that drove
through their thickest garments and
drenched them to the skin wilhiu the
Blake slackened his pace to u walk
and plodded sullenly along beneath
the driving downpour. He kept to the
lower edge of ihe beach, where the
sand was firmest, for the force of the
falling deluge beat down the waves
and held in check the breakers which
the wind sought to roll up the beach.
The rain storm was at its height
when they reached the foot of the
cliffs. The gray rock towered above
them 30 or 40 feet high. Blake de
posited Winthrope upon a wet ledge
and straightened up to scan the head
land. Hera and there ledges ran more
than half-way up the rocky wall; in
ether places the crest was notched by
deep clefts; but nowhere within sight
did either offer a continuous path to
the summit. Blake grunted with dis
"It'd take a fire ladder to get up this
side,” he said. ‘‘We'll have to try
the other, if we can get around the
point. I'm going on ahead. You can
follow, after Pat has rested his ankle.
Keep a sharp eye out for anything In
the flint line—quart* or agate. That
means fire. Another thing, when this
rain blows over, don’t let y ttir clothes
dry on you. I’ve got my hands full
enough without having to nurse you
through malarial fevor. Don't forget
the cocoanuts, and if I don't show up
by noon save me gome."
He stooped Jo drink from a pool ip
tne rook which was overflowing wiin
the cool, pure rainwater, and started
off at his sharpest pace. Wlnthrope
and Miss Leslie, seated side by side
in dripping misery, watched him swing
away through the rain without energy
enough to call out a parting word.
Beneath the cliff the sand beach
was succeeded by a talus of rocky
debris which in places sloped up from
the water 10 or 15 feet. The lower
part of the slope consisted of bowlders
and water-worn stones, over which !h«
surf, reinforced by the rising tide, i
was beginning to break with an angry
Blake picked his way quickly over
the smaller stones near the top of the
slope, now and then bending to snatch
up a fragment that seemed to differ
from the others. Finding nothing but
limestone ho soon turned his alien
tlon solely to the passage around the
headland. Here he had expected to
find the surf much heavier. But the
shore was protected by a double line
of reefs, so close in that channel be
tween did not show a whitecap. This
was fortunate, since In places the talus
here sank down almost to the level of
low tide. Kven a moderate surf would
ltave rendered farther progress im
Another 100 paces brought Blake to
the second corner of the cliff, which
jutted out In a little point. He clam
bered around it and stopped to sur
vey the coast beyond. Within the last
few minutes the squall had blown
over and the rain began to moderate
its downpour. The sun, bursting
through the clouds, told that the
storm was almost past, and its flood
of direct light cleared the view.
Along the south side of the Miff the
sea extended in twice as far as on the
north. From the end of the talus the
coast trended off four or live miles to
the south-southwest in a shallow
bight, whose southern extremity was
bounded by a second limestone head
land. This ridge ran inland parallel
to the first, and from a point some lit
tle distance back from the shore was
covered with a growth of leafless
Between the two ridges lay a plain,
open along the shore, but a short dis
tance inland covered with a jungle
of tall yellow grass, above which,
here and there, rose the tops of scrub
by, leafless trees and the graceful
crests of slender-shafted palms.
Blake's attention was drawn to the
latter by that feeling of artificiality
which their exotic appearance so often
wakens In the mind of the northern
bred man even after long residence In
the tropics. But in a moment he
turned away with a growl. "More ol
those darned feather-dusters!" He
was not looking for palms.
The last ragged bit of cloud, with
Its showery accompaniment, drifted
past before the breeze which followed
the squall, and the end of the storm
was proclaimed by a deafening chorus
of squawks and screams along the
higher ledges of the cliff. Staring up
wurd, Blake for the first time observed
that the face of the cliff swarmed with
"That's luck!" he muttered. "Gues9
I haven't forgot how to rob nests. Bet
our fine lady'll shy at sticking them
raw! All the same, she'H have to if
I don't run across other rock than this,
He advanced again along the talus,
and did not stop until he reached the
sand beach. There he halted to make
a careful examination, not only of the
loose debris, but of the solid rock
above. Finding no sign of flint or
quartz, he growled out a curse and
backed off along the beach to get a
view of the cliff top. From a point a
little beyond him, outward to the ex
tremity of the headland, he could see
that the upper ledges and the crest
of the cliff, as well, were fairly
crowded with seafowl and their nests
His smile of satisfaction broadened
when lie glanced inland and saw, less
than half a mile distant, a wooded
cleft which apparently ran up to the
summit of the ridge. From a point
near tlie top a gigantic baobab tree
towered up against the skyline like a
Say, we may have a run for our
money, after all," he murmured.
"Shade, and no end of grub, and, by
the green of those trees, a spring
limestone water at that. Next tiling.
I'll find a flint!”
He slapped his leg, and both sound
and feeling reminded him that his I
elolhes were drenched.
"Guess well wait about that flint,
he said, and he made for a clump of
thorn scrub a little way inland.
As the tall gnass did not grow here
within a milec* the shore, there was
nothing to obstruct him. The creeping
plants which during the rainy season
had matted over the sandy soil were
now leafless and withered by the heat
of the dry season. Even the thorn
scrub was half bare of leaves.
lilake walked around the clump to
the shadiest side, and began to strip.
In quick succession one garment after
another was flung across a branch
where the sun would strike it. East
of all, the shoes were emptied of rain
water and set out to dry. Without a
pause, he then gave himself a quick,
light rub-down, just sufficient to In
vigorate the skin without starting the
Physically the man was magnificent.
His muscles were wiry and compact,
rather than bulky, and as he moved
they played beneath his white skin
with the smoothness and ease of a
After the rub-down he squatted on.
hig heels and spent some time trying;
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FALLS CITY, NEBRASKA
to bend hts palm leaf hat back Into
shape. When he had placed tills also
out in the sun ha found himself be
ginning to yawn. The dry, sultry air
had made him drowsy. A touch with
his bare foot showed him that the
•and beneath the thorn bush had al
ready absorbed the rain and offered a
dry surface. He glanced around, drew
hts club nearer and stretched himself
out for a nap.
('niitiuued ncxl wtvk.
THE LOCAL LORE
Crowded off tlu* rotful.ir Local I'airc.
Clare Foster left Sunday for
Mrs. Jno Oswald is visiting her
parents near Stella.
L. C- Edwards spent Christmas
at his home in Humboldt.
J. S. Lord is entertaining a sis
ter. Mrs Mocre from Woodbine,
Miss Edna DeWald was the
guest of her sister, Mrs. Lea
Stewart last week.
J. W. Curran came up from
Minneapolis. Kans., and spent
Christinas with his family.
The W. C. T- U. will meet with
Mrs- W. II Maddox next Wed
nesday afternoon at 3 o’clock.
Mrs. George Albright was the
guest of her parents, J. J. Turner
and wife in Humboldt the past
George Stumbo returned t o
Lincoln Sunday after spending
Christmas at the home of Samuel
The Presbyterian ladies will
hold their food exchange at D.
W. Sowles store Saturday after
Mrs. John Conner and two chil
dren of Auburn are in the city
visiting her mother. Mrs. Sue E.
Edward Moody and wife of Mc
Pherson, Kans, are in the city
visiting their daughter, Mrs. Jesse
Misses Kily Stump and Maud
Eippold were the guests of the
Misses Dodds, near Humboldt
Miss Winifred Roper, a sister
of Mrs. Chas. Hargrave, left Sun
day for Chicago, after a short
visit in this city.
Among the many pretty Christ
mas windows in our city was that
at Wm. Mosiman's meat market.
It was certainly tastefully decor
Misses Maud and Cora Mc
Cormack, who have spent some
time with their sister, Mrs, G. L.
Neide, returned to their home in
Batesville, Ark-, Wednesday.
C. G. Stumbo and wife, who
have beer, visiting their daughter,
Mrs- Thomas, in this city, left
Monday night for New York,
where they will make their future
Mr. and Mrs. Allan D. May
and little son of Auburn spent
Christmas with relatives here.
Mr. May returned to his work
Monday morning but Mrs. May
will remain in the city for several
On Christmas da}- at the home
of G. J- Crook were assembled all
his children and grandchildren.
A nice Christmas tree was ar"
ranged for the children and all
enjoyed a merry Christmas.
Miss Edna Corsantof Hiawatha
gave a party at her home in honor
of Miss Ruth Reavis, who has
been visiting her for several days.
Main Yoder, Stanley Stump and
Reavis Gist of this city were
among the guests.
The appearance of our streets
are changed to a great extent
this week- The beautiful wreaths
of holly and the many Christmas
bells are gone from the windows,
and the toys and dolls that made
glad the little hearts have been
put away until another year.
Mrs. Elva Sears Vincent re
turned from Denver to the home
of her parents in this city Satur
day. While her health has been
very poor for some time, she is
feeling <)uite well after the tire
some trip home. Her many
friends will be glad to hear this
On account of the condition of
her health Mrs. J. M. Jellison,
who has been identified with the
Tribune for some time past, has
decided to take a well-earned va
cation, during which time we
hope her usual good health will
be restored. Mrs. Jellison has
been a valuable tmployee and the
Tribune will miss her greatlv.
At the meeting of the High
landers Tuesday evening several
new members were initiated. Af
ter lodge closed all enjoyed a very
pleasant evening dancing. At a
late hour an elegant lunch was
H. W. Shubert of Ottawa, Kas.,
Frank Shubert, A, G. Shubert
and J. F. Shubert of Shubert
were in the city on Monday.
While here the four brothers had
their pictures taken.
Mrs. Dennis McCarthy was in
Rulo during the week, called
there by the illness of her father
James Murphy. Mr- Murphy is
suffering from cancer of t n e
Mrs. Mattie Stoughton went to
Kansas City Sunday, being called
thereby herdaughter Mrs. Wright
who received injuries from fall
ing down stairs.
Mrs. C. M. Wilson returned
from the east this week- On her
way home she stopped at Ames,
Iowa, and visited with Hrs. M.K
Clarence Wiltse a n d James
Wiltse of Dawson and John Wiltse
and their families were guests at
the home of their father Sunday.
Fred Walters of Burlington,
Iowa,returned home Sunday after
visiting at the home of his uncle,
George Capp and family.
Mrs. J. K. Wilhite went to
Kansas City Tuesday to spend a
few days with her son, Jule
Schoenheit and family.
Miss Edna Murphy returned
from Artesia, New Mexico. Fri
day. She was absent from this
city about a year.
J. H. Holland, wife and daugh
ter Florence of Salem attended
the funeral of Uncle Jesse Crook
Miss Mable Grecnwald catnc
down from LeMars, Iowa, and
spent Christmas with her mother
in this city
The Junior League of the M.
E. church gave a social in the
basement of the church Tuesday
Ktta Sheehan returned to her
work at St. Joe after spending
Christmas witli her parents in
John Ramel and family ate
Christmas dinner w i t li their
daughter, Mrs. Glen Bronson, at
I). M. Meyers and wife and C.
A. Flickinger and wife of Morrill
were guests of friends here Sun
Miss Mable Cutter of Lincoln
spent Christmas in this city with
her cousin, Mrs- F- 1C- Schmitt.
Miss May Maddox is enjoying
a vacation from her duties at V.
G- Lyford’s store.
Dr- Bert Windle spent Christ
mas at the home of Glen Bronson
Mrs. Kate Reiger spent Satur
day and Sunday with relatives at
Miss Gertrude Lum came down
from Yerdon Tuesday to visit
J. O. Stabler of Humboldt was
a business visitor here during the
Mrs. W- S. Fast returned from
a visit to her parents at Corning,
Frank Snethen of Humboldt
transacted business here Monday.
Mrs. Dr. Hall, living in the
east part of town is very sick.
Y. G- Lyford was a business
visitor in Humboldt Tuesday.
Mr- Iloehn spent Christmas
with his parents in St. Joe.
Miss Martha King of Yerdon
was in town Tuesday.
A. J. Helmick was down from
Hoy Heacock made a trip to
Omaha in his automobile this
Mrs. Lillian Stephenson and
baby returned from a visit in
A baby girl was born to Clif
ford Aggee and wife Sunday
Supt. Tobie and family spent
Christmas with their parents in
W. S. Korner returned Monday
from a visit to his daughter, Mrs.
Harry Morrow in St. Louis.
Forest Wilson o f Atchison
spent Christmas in this city with
his cousin Florence Beachaupt.
Albert Tanner of Lincoln was
the guest of his grandmother and
other relatives here during the
Little Billie Restorer who has
spent some time in this city re
turned Monday to his home in
The Misses Patzman returned
from Hollenberg, Kansas, where
they spent a few days with their
George K’eicliers and wife and
son Fred spent Christmas with
their daughter, Mrs. Tom Davies
John Ward was down from Te
cumseh, Tuesday. He was ac
companied home by Raymond
Miller, who spent Christmas
Wendell Heaver and wife of
Diller spent Christmas in this
city at the homes of Quin by
Heaver and Hen F. Foster. They
returned home the first of the
W.A. Hossack came down from
Elk Point, S. D., and spent
Christmas at home. He is em
ployed as foreman of a bridge
crew of the Western Bridge and
Supply Co., of Omaha.
Frank Dorland and brother
Wade, passed through Falls City
enroute to their home at Hum
boldt the first of the week. They
had been spending the holidays
at Peru, with relatives.
Mr. and Mrs, George Dietsch
and little daughter of Hastings
spent Christmas with Mrs
Dietsch’s mother, Mrs. Margaret
Maddox. Before returning home
Mr. Dietsch visited relatives in
J. S- Jobe and wife were in
Lincoln the past week looking
after the interests of the Singer
Sewing machine. Mr- Jobe was
the leading salesman of the state
the past year, having sold 145
—Notice- All persons are
hereby notified not to skate or
Pony Creek. 1 have it dammed
up for the purpose of putting up
ice olT of it and do not want it
cut up or dirty.
50 It Maktin Gehmng
Hog Cholera Cure
I have a remedy to cure the
cholera, the Dr. ,). 11. Snoddy
Cholera Cure. I will take
twenty-five nice well youny
slioats and put them in with
sick hoys and yive them the
disease, then cure them all, and
not lose a sinyle hoy. 'Vill put
up the money in the bank as
security. At Linde! 1 hotel.
John H. Gii.eshik.
it strengthens and vitalizes
Vinol tones up tho digestive organs,
aids assimilation, enriches the blood,
and rejuvenates every organ in the
body. In this natural manner Vinol
replaces weakness with strength.
We are positive It will benefit every
old person who will give It a trial.
If It don't we will refund their monejr.
A. G. WANNER, Falls City. Net.
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