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CHAPTER 1 —T!story opens with the
shipwreck of the steamer on which Miss
Genevieve Leslie, an Amen*-an heiress.
Lord Winthrope, an Englishman, anti Tom
Blake, a brusque American, were passen
gers. The three were tossed upon an un
inhabited Island and were the only ones
l.ot drowned. Blake recovered from a
CHAPTER II — Blake, shunned on the
' oat, because of his roughness became
a hero as preservers of the helpless pair.
The Englishman was suing for the hand
• f Miss Leslie. B! ike started to swim
1 ack to the ship to recover what was
CHAPTER ill Blake returned safely.
Winthrope wasted his last mooli on a
igarette. for which he was scored by
Bloke. Their first meal was a dead flsh.
CHAPTER IV. The trtn started a ten
die bike for higher land. Thirst at
tacked them. Blake was compelled to
• arry Miss Leslie on account of wearl
ess. He taunted Winthrope.
/ V They entered the jun
/-e. That night was passed roosting high
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
ocoanuts, the only procurable food. Miss
! eslle showed a liking for Bh 1 e, but de
foetAd his roughness «
CHAPTER VI l.—Led by Blake they es
tablished a home in some cliffs. Blake
found a fresh water spring.
CHAPTER VIIT. Miss Leslie faced an
mpleasant situation. They planned their
CHAPTER IX. -Blake recovered his
r irveynr's magnifying glass, thus insur
ing file. Tie started a jungle fire, killing
large leopard and smothering several
' i i \ 1 I ER X -In 11 e leopard's cavern
1'ivy built a small home, Thev gained
lie cliff's by burning the bottom of a
I ff until It fell against the heights.
CHAPTER XI. Tiie trio secured eggs
rom Hie cliffs. Miss Leslie’s w lit.- skirt
1 as decided upon as a signal.
CHAPTER X IT.—Miss Leslie made a
ess from l lie leopard skill. Blake’s ef
1nrts to kill antelopes failed
CHAPTER XIII.—Overhearing a eon
ersaliun between Blake and Wlnthrope,
Miss I estip became f-rio'liteiie.d.
CHAPTER XIV—Blake was poisoned
iv a iisli. Jackals attacked tiie camp
,ni night, but were driven oft by Gene
vieve. Blake returned, after nearly dy
"Quick!—Into (lie tree!" she called.
Still frantic with terror, Wlnthrope
struggled to his feet She thrust hint
towards the baobab, and followed
lagging tiie muss of interwoven ham
oos. Emboldened by the retreat of
’heir quarry, the snarling pack in
• lantly began to close in. Fortunately
hey were loo cowardly to rush at
(lice, and fear spurred their intended
victims to the utmost haste. Groping
• nd stumbling, the two felt their way
0 the baobab, and Miss Leslie pushed
Win th rope headlong through the en
ranee. \s lie fell, she turned to face
The foremost beasts were at the
car edge of the bamboo framework
heir eyes close to the ground In
tinct told her that they were crouch
ng to leap. With desperate strength
tie caught up the canopy before her
like a great shield, and drew it in
aft or her until the ends of t lie cross
1 ars were wedged fast against tin
rides of the opening. Though it seemed
to firm, she clung to it with a con
vulsive grasp as She felt the pack
(■a,Ids fling themselves against th*
( uter side,
Bui Hlake had lashed the bamboos
• cureiy together, and none of the
leasts w;ts heavy enough to snap th*
. apple bars. Finding that they could
not break down the barrier, they be
yan to scratch and tear at. the thatch
which covered the frame. Soon a paii
• r lean jaws thrust in and snapped
. t the girl's skirt. She sprang back
with a cry: ' Help! Quick, Mr. Win
it rope! They’re breaking through!"
Winthrope made no response. She
tiooped. and found him lying inert
where lie had fallen. She had only
Herself to depend upon. A screen ot
, harp sticks which she Had made fot
he entrance was leaning against 1 lie
nner wall, within easy reach To
yrasp it and thrust it against the othei
* 11amework was the work of an in
Still she trembled, for the eagei
leasts had ripped the thatch from the
anopy, and their Inthrust jaws made
•hort work of the few leaves on her
screen. Unaware that even a lion or a
liger is quickly discouraged by the
i nife like splinters of broken bamboo
she expected every moment that tIn
ackals would bile their way through
r.er frail barrier.
She remembered the sharpened
stakes of her screen, hidden under the
• aves and grass of her bed. She
.groped her way across the hollow,
and uncovered one of the stakes. In
her haste she cut her hand on its
■ azor-like edge. All unheeding, she
sprang back towards the entrance. She
was none too soon. One of the smaller
;ackals had forced its head and one
eg between the bars, and was snug
gling to enlarge the opening.
Fearful that, the whole pack was
about to burst in upon her, the girl
grasped the bamboo stake In boih
hands, and began stabbing and lung
ng at the beast with all her strength
The jackal squirmed and snarled and
snapped viciously. But the girl was
tow frantic. She pressed nearer, and
though the while teeth grazed her
wrist, she drove home a thrust that
changed the beast's snarls into a howl
cf pain. Before she could strike
Again, it had struggled back out of
the hole, beyond reach.
Tense and panting with excitement,
slh" leaned forward, ready to stab at
tile next beast. None appeared, anil
presently she became aware that the
pack had been daunted by the ex
petienco of their unlucky fellow. Their
snarls and yells had subsided to
whines, which seemed to he coming
from a greater distance Still she
waited, with the bamboo stake up
raised ready to strike, every nerve
and muscle of her body tense with the
So great was the stress of her fear
and excitement, that she had not heed
ed the hist gray lessening of the
night. Hut now the glorious tropical
dawn came streaming out of the east
in all its red effulgence. Above and
through the bamboo barrier glowed a
light such as might have come from
a great fire on the cliff lop. Still
tense and immovable, the girl stared
out up the cleft There was not a
jackal in sight. She leaned forward
ami peered around, unable to believe
such good fortune. Hut the night
prowlers had slunk otf in the tirst
The girl drew in a deep, shudder
ing sigh, and sank back. Her hand
struck against Wtnlhrope’s foot. Slip
turned about quickly and looked at
him. He was lying upon his face. She
hastened to turn him upon his side,
and to feel his forehead. It was cool
and moist. He was last 'asleep aud
drenched with sweat. The great
shock of his pain and fear and ex
citement had broken his fever.
With the relief and joy of this dis
covery, the girl completely relaxed.
Not observing Winlhropes wounds,
which had bled little, she sought to
force a way out through the entrance.
It was by no means an easy task to
free the wedged framework, and when,
after much pulling and pushing, site
at last tore the mass loose, she found
herself perspiring no less freely than
£>ne was ia,i in ' « nin'-u, ^
ever, to cotlsidei what this might
mean. Her first thought was of a tire.
She ran (o her rude stone fireplace
and raked over the ashes. They were
si ill warm, hul them was not a live
ember among them. Yet she realized
that Winthrope must have hot food
when he awakened, and Blake had
carried with him Ihe magnifying glass.
For a little she stood hesitating. But
the defeat of the jackals hud given her
courage and resolution such as she
had never before known. She returned
into the cave, and chose * lie sharpest
of her stakes. Having made certain
that Winthrope was still asleep, she
set off boldly down tin- clett.
At the first turn she came upon
Blake's thorn barricade. It stretched
across the narrowest part of the cleft
in an impenetrable wall, 1? feet high
Only in the center was a gap, which
could have been filled by Blake in less
than two hours' work. The girl's eyes
brightened. Site herself could gather
the thorn-brush and till the gap before
night. They no longer need fear the
jackals or even the larger beasts of
pre\. None the less, they must have
Spurred on by ihe thought, she was
about to spring through the barricade
when she heard the tread of feet on
the path beyond She ( touched down,
and peered through the tangle ot
brush in the edge of the gap. Less
than ten paces away Blake was plod
ding heavily up the trail. She stepped
out before him.
■ You—you' Are you alive?'' she
" Live? You bet your hoots!" came
back the grim response "You bet
I'm alive—though 1 hud to go .Jonah
one bet ter to do it. The whale heaved
him up; I heaved up the whale and it
took about u hand of sea water to do
"Sure ... 1 tumbled over twice
on the way. But I made the beach
Lord! liow 1 pumped in the briny
deep! Guess I won't go into details -
but if you think you know anything
about seasickness - Whew! Lucky
for yours truly, the tide was just start
ing out, and the wind off shore. I'd
fallen in the water, and Vlie Jonah
business laid me out cold. Didu t
know anything until the tide came up
| again and soused me."
"I am very glad you're not dead.
But how you must have suffered! You
j are still white, and your face is all
make attempted a careless mugn.
"Don't worry about me. I'm here, 0.
K , all that's left,- a little wobbly on
my pins, but hungry as a shark But
say, what's up with you? You're
sweating like a— Good thing, though
It'll stave off your spell of fever a
while. How'd you happen to be com
ing down here so early?”
"I was starting to And you.”
"Not you—that Is. [ thought you
were dead. I was going to make cer
tain, and to—to get the burning
"I 'm 111. I see l.et the fire go out,
“Do not blame nio, Mr. Blake! I
was so ill and worn out, ami I've paid
for it twice over, really I have Didn't
those awful beasts attack you?"
-\: ,iSis? Mow's that?" lie demanded '
"Oh, Imt you must have heard them! '
The horrid things tried to kill us!" she
cried, and she poured out a half In
coherent account of all that had hap
poned since he left.
Hlake ii tened Intently, his Jaw
thrust out. his eves glowing upon her
with a look which she had never he
.ore seen in any maths eyes But hU
lust continent had nothing to do with
How s that? -sorry Win got roust
ed out of his nice little snooze
Why, don't, you know, wed been all
alone In our glory by tonight if It
hadn't been for those brutes. Hu was
In the stupor, and that would have
been the end of him If the beast*
hadn't stirred him up so lively. I’re
heard of such a thing before, but l al
ways thought It was a lake. Here you
are sweating, too."
“I feel much better than yesterday. |
1 did not tell you, but 1 have fell ill for
nearly a week."
" Ft aid to tell, eli?—and you were
so scared over the beasts— Seared!
By .Ilminy, you’ve got grit, little wom
an! There's two kinds of scaredness.
You've goi the Stc^iewall .tackson kind,
if anybody asks you, just refer them
to Tommy Blake,"
"Thank you. Mr. Blake But should
we not hasten back now to prepare
something for Mr. Winthrope?"
"Ditto for yours truly. I'm like that j
sepulchre you read about w hite out -
side, and within nothing hut bare
bones and emptiness."
With Bow and Club.
B 1 i IK tire mis soon re lit, and a 1
^B . ' iioi of meat set on to stew.
-“*■ it had ample time to sim
mer. Wiuthrope was wrapped in a
life-giving sleep, out of which he did
not awoken until evening! while Blake, |
unable to wait for the pot to boll, and ;
nauseated by the fishy odor of the j
dried seafowl, hunted out I lie jerked
leopard meat, and having devoured i
enough to satisfy a native, fell asleep
under a bush.
The sun was half down the sky
when lie sal up and looked around,
wide awake the moment he opened
his eyes. Miss Leslie was quietly
placing an armful of slicks on the fuel
heap beside the baobab.
“Hello, Miss Jenny! Hard at it, I
see," he called cheerfully.
"Hush!" she cautioned. "Mr. Win
thrope is still asleep."
"Good tiling for him. He'll need alt
of that lie can gel."
‘‘Then you think—"
“Well, between you and lue, ! don't
believe Win was built for the tropics.
This fever of his, coming on so soon,
wouldn’t have hit nine men in ten half
so hard, lie's bound to have another
spell in a month oi two, and—"
"But cannot we possibly get away
from hero before then? Is there no
way? Surely, you are so resource
"Nothing doing. Miss Jenny! Give
me tools, and I'd engage to turn out a
seagoing boat. But as it. is, the only
tiling I could do would he to lire hum
a log. Thai would take two or three
months, and in I lie end we’d have a
lop-sided canoe 1 hat'd live about half
a second in one of these tropic
Do not the natives sail in canoes?”
"Maybe they dox and they make lire
by rubbing slieks. We don't.”
"But what can we do?"
"Take our medicine, and wait for a
ship to show up."
"But we have no medicine."
"Dave no— Say, Miss Jenny, you
really ought to have stayed home from
boarding school and Kngland long
enough to learn your own language. I
meant, we've got to take what's com
ing to us, without laying down or
grouching. Both are the worst things
out for malaria."
"You mean that we nuisi resign our
selves to this intolerable situation—
Dial we must calmly sit here and wait
until the fever—"
"No; I'll take care we don't sit
around very much. Well go on the
hike, soon as Win can wobble. Which
reminds me, I've got a little hike on
hand now. I'm going to close up that
barricade before dark. Me for a quiet
witnoui waiuug lor a repiy, ue iook
liis weapons, and swung briskly away
down I tie cleft.
He returned a few minutes before
sunset, with what appeared to lie a
large fur bag upon liis back. Miss
Leslie was pouring a bowl of broth
from the stew pot, and did not notice
him until lie sang out 10 her: "Hey,
Miss Jenny, spill over that stuff! No
more of that in ours!”
"It's for Mr. Wintlirope. He lias
just awakened," she replied, still In
tent on iter pouring.
"And you'd kill him with that slop!
Heave it over, lie's going to have beef
"Oh! what's that on your back?
You've killed an antelope!”
"Sure! Bushlmck, I guess they call
him. Sneaked up when he was drink
ing. and stuck an arrow into liis side.
He jumped off a little way, and turned
to see what'd bit him. I hauled off
and put the second arrow right through
his eye, into liis brain. Neatest thing
you ever saw.”
"You surely are becoming a splendid
Yes; Jim dandy! I could do it
again about once in 10,000 shots All
the same, I've raked in this peacherino.
Trot out your grill and we ll have
something fit to eat.”
"You spoke of beef juice.”
I've a dozen steaks ready to broil.
Slap 'em on the fire, and I'll squeeze
out enough juice with my fist to do
Win lor tonight.”
He mad** wood liis assertion, using
several of the steaks, which, having; ]
lest less than half their juices In the
process, were ea en with great rellsti
hy Mias I .eslio and himself
Witiihrope, alter drinking the sinui- 1
laiing beef Juice and a i|iiatltil\ of hot |
watei t in tied oti-i and fell asleep;
main «M|,< Hiak" •• as I nr- j
wounds None of lie e was si lions of :
Itself: but Blake knew the danger of
infection in the tropics, and carefully
washed out ilie gaslit s before applying
the tallow salve which Miss Leslie
iuid tried mtt ftotu tlie antelope fat
The dressing was completed by
torchlight Blake then rolled the
sleeper into a comfortable position
took the torch from Miss Leslie, and
left the cave, pausing at the entrance
to mutter a gruff good night 1 lie girl
murmured a response, hut watched
him anxiously as he pas-ed out, A
step beyond the entrance lie paused
and turned again In 'he red glare
of the torch, his face took on an ex
pression that tilled her with fright.
Shrouded hy the gloom of the hollow,
site drew hack to her bed. and without
turning her eyes awaj from him.
groped for one of her bamboo stake's.
But before she could arm herself,
she saw Blake sloop over and grasp
with his free hand the mass of inter
woven bamboos He straightened Him
self, and i lie frame work swung lightly
up and over, until it stood on end
across the cave entrance. The girl
stole around and peered out al hint, He
had spread open the antelope skin, and
was beginning to slice the meat for
drying. Though his forehead was fur
rowed, his expression was by no
means sinister. Believed at the I
thought thai the light must have tie-I
reived her, site returned to her bed I
and was soon sleeping as soundly as
Willi h rope.
Blake sitting the greater part of the
meat on the drying racks, built a
smudge tire beneath, and stretched the
antelope skin on a frame. This done,
he look his cinh and a small piece of
bloody meat, and walked stealthily
down the cleft in the ban Bade Quiet
as was his approach, it was met b> a
warning yelp on the fart her side of the
thorny wall, and lie could hear the
scurry of fleeing animals
He kepi on until the barricade
loomed tip before him in the starlight.
From cliff to HilT the wall now
stretched across the gorge without
hole or gap But Blake grasped the
trunk of a young date-palm which
projected from the barricade near the
bottom, and pushed it out. The dis
placement of the spiky fronds disclosed
Uncertain Whether She Should Feel
Relieved or Anxious.
(lit! low passage which he had made in
the center of the barricade., lie placed
the piece of meat on one side, two or
three feet from tile hole, and squalled
down across from it. with his club bal
anced on his shoulder.
Half an hour passed-an hour; and
still he waited, silent and motionless
as a statue. At last stealthy footsteps |
sounded on the outer side of lilt' thorn !
wall, and an animal began to creep
through the wall, sniffing for ihe bait.
Blake waited with the immobility ot
an Kskinio The delay was brief
With a boldness tin which Blake
had not been prepared, the beast i
leaped through and seized tile meal.
Kven in ihe dim light. Blake could
see that lie hud lured an animal larger
than any jackal. But tills only served
to lend greater force to his blow. As
lie struck, he leaped to his'feel. The
brute fell as though struck by light
ning and lay still.
Blake prodded the inert form wurily;
then knelt and passed his hands over
it. The beusl had whirled about just
in lime to meet the descending club,
and tlie blow had crushed in its skull,
('buckling at the success of his ruse,
lie drew the palm hack into the open
ing, and swung his prize over his
shoulder. When he came to the lire, a
glance showed him that lie had killed
a full-grown spotted hyena.
In tiie morning, when Miss Leslie
appeared, there were two hides
stretched on bamboo frames, and the
air was dark with vultures streaming
down into the cleft near the barricade,
Blake was sleeping the sleep of the
just, and did not waken until she had
built Ihe tire and begun to broil the
steaks which he had saved.
Again I hey had a least of the fresh
antelope meat. But witli repletion
came more of fastidiousness, and
Blake agreed witli Miss Leslie when
she remarked that salt would have
added to the flavor. He set off pres
ently, and spent half a day on the
talus of ihe headland, gathering salt
from Ihe rock crannies
For the next three days he left the
cleft only to gather eggs The great
or part of his time* was spent iu tan
tting (lie hyena atnl antelope skins.
Meantime Miss Leslie continued to
nuise Winthrope and to gather lire
wood 1'nder lllake's directions, she
also puritied the salt b\ dissolving
it in a pot of water, and allowing the
dir: : t , when the iladfled so lit
tion was poured off and evaporated
over the tire In one of tIts* earthen
\t tii si M ini hi ' pe had been too
weak lo m( up But treated to a lilt
oral diet of antelope broth, raw eggs,
hot wale:, and eoeottiuit milk, he
gained strength fu.-der than Blake had
expected On the fourth day Blake
sd him to work on the dual rubbing
of the new skins; on the fifth, he or
dered him lo go for eggs.
Milch lo Miss Leslie's surprise, Win
thrope started off without a word of
protest. All Ills peevish irritability
hud gone with (lie fever, and the girl
was gratified to see the quiet manner
in which he set about a task which
seemed an Imposition upon Ills half re
gained strength. But the very motive
which, seemingly, prevented hint from
protesting. Impelled Iter to speak for
"Mr. Blake!" she exclaimed, "Mr.
Winthrope is going off without a
word: hui 1 can't endure It! Von have
no right to send him on such an er
rand. li will kill hint!”
Blake met her indignant look with
a goiter stare,
"What it ii does?" lie said. "Better
for him to die In the gallant service
of his fellows, than to sit here and
rot. I'lit, Win?"
"Do not trouble yourself, Miss
Genevieve 1 hope I shall pull through
all right if not—"
,\o, you shall not! ill go [liyseil.
"See here, Miss Leslie," said Hlake, '
somewhat sternly; "who’s got the re-|
sponslbillly of keeping yon two alive I
for the next month or so? I've been
tn the tropics before, and 1 know
something of the way people have to
live to get out again. I’m trying to
do m lies), and I tell you straight, If
you won’t mind me. I’m going to make
you, no matter liow much it hurts
your feelings. You see how nice anti
meek Will takes his orders. 1 ex
plained matters to liim last, night—"
"I assure you, Hlake, you shall have
no cause for complaint as to my con
duel,” muttered Wlnthrope. "1 should
like to observe, however, lliat In
speaking to Miss Leslie "
"There you are again, with your
everlasting talk. Cut it out, and get.
busy. To-morrow we all go on a hike
to the river."
As Wlnthrope started off, Hlake
turned to Miss Leslie, with a good
"You see, it’s tills way, Miss Jen
ny " lie began, lie caught her look
of disdain, and his face darkened.
"Mad, eh? So that’s the racket!"
"Mr. Hlake, I will not have you talk
to me in that way. Mr. Wlnthrope is
a gentleman, but nothing more to me
than a friend such as any young wom
‘That settles it! I'll take your
word for it. Miss Jenny," broke in
Blake, and springing up. lie set about
iiis work, whistling
Tile girl gazed at his broad hack
and erect head, uncertain whether she
should feel relieved or anxious, The
more slie tlioiiglii the mutter over, the
more uncertain she became, anti the
more she wondered at her uncertain
ty. Could il lie possible that she was
becoming interested In a man who. if
her ears had not deceived her Hut
no! That could not lie possible!
Yet what a ring there was to ills
voice!—so t lear and tonic after Will
ihrope's precise, modulated drawl.
And her countryman's firmness! He
could he rude if need he; but lie
would make her do what tie thought
was best for her health. Was it not
possible that site had misunderstood
his words on the cliff, and so mis
judged wronged hlui?—that Win
tlirope, so eager to stipulate for her
hand— But then Wlnthrope had
mote than continued her dread
fui conclusions taken from Blake's
words. and Winllirope was an
She ended in a stale of utter be
The Savage Manifest.
land without a collapse, tlie following
morning, as soon ns (lie dew was dry,
iilake called out all hands for the ex
pedition. He was in the best of hu
mors, and showed unexpected consid
eraiion by presenting Winthrope with
a cane, which lie had cut and trimmed
during the night.
Having sent Miss Leslie to lill the
whisky flask with spring water, ho
dropped three cocoanut shell bowls, a
piece of meat and a lump of suit into
one of the earthenware pots, and
slung all over ills shoulder in the ante
lope skin. With his bow bung over
the other shoulder, knife and arrows
In his belt, and his big club in his
hand, lie looked ready for any contin
"We'll hit first for the mouth of the
river,” he said. "I'm going on ahead,
if I'm not in sight when you come up,
pick a tree where the ground is dry,
"But I say, Iilake,” replied Wlu
tlirope, "I see animals over in the cop
pices, and you should know that I am
"Nothing hut antelope," Interrupted
iilake. "I’ve seen them enough now
to know them twice as far off. And
you can bet on i' they’d not be there
if any dangerous beast was in smell
That is so clever of you, Mr.
Make," remarked Miss Leslie
"Simple enough when you happ-'n to
think of it." responded Make. "Yea;
the only tiling you’ve got to look out
for's the ticks in the gras-. They'll
keep you Interested. They lilt me up
In great shape."
lie atowied* s' the recollection,
nodded by way of emphasis, and was.
off like a shot The edge of the plain
beneath the did wa- strewn with
locks, among which, even with Miss
Leslie' - help, Winthrope could pick
his way lint slowly l Wore they were*
clear ol the rough ground, they siw
Make disappear among the man
The ticks proved h ss annoying than
they had apprehended after Make's
warning Hut when they approached
Hie mouth of the river, they weto
alarmed to hear, above the roar of ttuv
surf, loud snorting;, such as could only
lie made In large animals Fearful
lest Make had roused and angered
some forest beast, they veered to the
right and ran to hide behind a clump
of thorns. Winthrope sank down eg*
liausled the moment they reached
cover; hut Miss Leslie crept to the
far end of the thicket and peered
"Oh, look here!" she cried it's u
whole herd of elephants trying to
cross tin' river mouth where we did,
and they're being drowned, poor
' Klepliunt ■ panted Winthrope, and
he dragged himself forward h**stdo
her. "Why, so flier-1 are; gulte a
drove of the beasts Yet. 1 must say,
they* appear smaller—all, yes; see
their head> They must be Urn hippos
"Those ugly creatures 7 ! once saw
some at the zoo Just the same. I'aey
will bo drowned Some are light ‘u
1 call t Huy, l in Bure, .Mias te'tio
vieve, but 1 have an idea that the
beusts are quite at home in the w.i
ter. I fancy they enjoy surf bathing
us keenly as ourselves,”
I do believe you are right. Thero
Is one going In from the quiet water.
Hut look at those funny little ones oil
the hacks of the others I"
"Must he the baby hippos." replied
Wlnthrope, indifferently. "If you
please, I'll take a pull at the Mask. I
am very d,-y."
When he had half emptied the flask,
ho stretched out In tin* shade to doze
Hut Miss Leslie continued to watch
the movements of the snorting hlppoa,
amused by the ponderous antics of the
grown ones in the surf, ami the comic
appearance of the barrel-like infanta
as they mounted the hacks of their
Presently Hlake came out from
among the mangroves, and walked
across to the beach, a few yards away
from the huge bathers. To all ap
pearanees, they paid us little attention
to him as In* to them Miss Leslie*
glanced about at Wlnthrope. He was
fast asleep. She waited a few mo
ments to see if the hippopotami would
attack Hlake, They continued to ig
nore him. and gaining courage from
their Indifference, she stepped out
from behind the thicket, and advanced
to when- Hlake was crouched on the
beach. When she came up. she saw
beside him a heap of oysters, which
lie was opening In rapid succession.
"Hello! You’re just In time to
help,” he called. "Where's Win?”
“Asleep behind those bushes "
"Worst thing lie could do. Hut lend
a hand, and we’ll shuck these oysters
before rousting him out. You can
rinse those I've opened Fill the pot
with water, and put them in to soak”
"They look very tempting. How did
you chance to find them?”
"Saw 'em on the mangrove roots at
low tide, first time I nosed around
here. Tide was well tip to-day ; but
I managed to vet these all right with
a little diving. Only trouble, tho
skeets most ate me alive."
Miss Leslie glanced at her eompan
ion's dry clothing, and came hack to
the oysters themselve These look
very tempting. Do you Ilka them
"Can't say 1 like them much .uty
way, as a rule Hut if I did. I wouldn't
eat this mess raw "
‘ This must be the dr> season her*,
and the river is running mighty clear,
lust the same it's nothing more than
liquid malaria We'll not eat these
oysters till they've been pasteurized,"
"if the water is so dangerous. I fear
we will suffer before we can return”
replied Miss Leslie, and she held up
‘What!'’ exclaimed Blake. "Half
gone already'.' That was Winthrope.”
"He was very thirsty. Could we not
boil a potful of the river water?''
’ Ves, when the ebb gets strong, If
we run too dry. First, though, we’ll
make a try for cocoanuts. Let's h!t
out for tlie nearest grove now. Thf»
main thing is to keep moving.”
As lie spoke, Blake caught up the
pot and his club and started for the
thorn clump, leaving the skin, togeth
er with Hie meat and the salt, for Miss
Leslie to carry. Winthrope was
wakened by a touch of Blake's foot,
and all three were soon walking away
from the seashore, just within th^
shady border of the mangrove wood
At the first fan palm Blake stoppe I
to gather a number of leaves, for their
palm-leaf hats were now cracked and
broken. A little farther on a ruddy
antelope, with lyrate horns, leaped out
of the bush before them and dashed
o(T toward tlie river before Blake
could string bis bow. As if in mock
cry of liis lack of readiness, a troupft
of large green monkeys set up a wild
chattering in a tree above the party.
"I say, Miss Jenny, do you think you
can lug Hip pot, if we go slow? It isn’t
"Good for you, little woman! That’il
give me a chance to shoot quick.”
They moved on again for a hundred
yards or more: but thoueh Blake keat
|i tontirmed on i>a«e Seven
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