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12 TILE OMAHA DAILY BEE : SATURDAY , APRIL 28 , 1808. The Raiding of Donna Clotildc. By CITCllffE HVNE. ( Copyright , 1S9S , by Cutcllffe llyw. ) If any ceo announced In the captain's room at Ilallett's that a man could leave that sanctum shortlr before turnk > j-out time , and be forthwith kidnapped In the open itrect * of South Shields , every muter mar iner within hearing would hvc jnit him donn contemptuously as a gratuitous liar. All opinions In the captaln'a room cro expressed - pressed strongly , nnJ with duo .uurltlmo force of language. The place seemed to Its frequenter * the embodiment of homeliness nnd aecurhy. There was a faint smell of varrl h In the atmosphere , and always had been , wi.bln the memory of the oldest habitue , mid ship master ! ) came back to the odor with a nigh of pleasure , ua men do return to the nelgh- torhooJ of an old and uoobtruslvc frlei.d. Captains mot In that room who traded to all parts of the globe , talkcJ , aiid soon found acquaintances In common. It was a sort of Informal club , with no subscription , and an unlimited membership. The holdIng - Ing of a master's "ticket" waa the only en trance qualification , and It was no : con sidered polite to ask your uelghbor whether ho was at that moment In or out of employ ment. U you were a genuine master mariner. but of ait unclubablo disposition , you did not go to the captain's room at Ilallett's a eco J time , and always made It a point of getting rather red , and speaking of It rather contemptuously , when the place was cncnttoned afterward. If you did not nold A' master's ticket , even If you were that dashing thing , a newly fledged mate , the oki- maid on gtiarJ spotted you c-.i the In stant , and said "that door was private , " and directed you to the nmokc room down ttho passage. Into this exclusive chamber Captain Owen Kettle had made his way that day after tea , and over two molest half pints of bitter beo. < hod done Ills eharo In the talk and llstcclns from 8 till 10:30 : of the clock. He had exchanged views with other shipmas ters on cargoes , crews , Insurances , climates and those other professional matters which the p-ofane world ( not llie shipping Inter est ) , finds eo dreary , and had been llotened to with deference. He was a man who com. mandcd attention : and though you might not llko what ho said , you would not dream of refusing to listen to It. That special eight , however , Captain Ket tle's personal views co maritime affairs were listened to with moro deference than usual. A large , red-haired man swung Into the captain's room some few minutes after Cap- .taln Kettle had seated himself , and after ordering his beverage aad a cigar , nodded with a whimsical smile In Kettle's direc tion , and asked him how be liked the neigh borhood of Valparaiso aa a residence. "I forget , " said the little sailor , dryly enough. "All right , captain ; " said tbo red-haired man , "don't you mln-d me. I never remem ber too much , myself cither. Only you did mo a coed turn out there , although you probably don't know It , anJ I'd be proud If you'd have a drink or a smoke with mo now In remembrance. " "You're very polite , captain. " "Don't mention It , captain , " said the red1- balrod man , and struck the bell. "Same ? Half a pint ot bitter please , miss , and one of your best fourpcnny smokes. " The general talk of the captain's room , which had halted for a moment , nent on again. Ono worthy mariner had recently failed to show a clean bill ot health In Bar celona , and 'had .been sent to do twenty daja' pcnanco at the quarantine station , which Is In Port Mahon , Minorca. As a natural con sequence , lie wanted to give his views on Spain and1 Spanish government with length ami bitterness , but somehow t'lio opportunity was denied htm. The rod-halrcd man put In a sentence or two , and a question , and It was Kettle's views on the question to whldh the captain's room founj Itself listen ing , A salvage question was brought up by a Btout gentleman In the Daltlc timber trade , who was anxious to air his scitl- mcnls , but the red-haired man skilfully In tervened , and "Kctllo on salvage" was a kcd for and heard. And so on all through the evening. The red-haired man did his work cleverly , and no one resented It. Now Kettle was a man who liked being listened to , cud there la no doubt that his vanity was tickled by all this deference from hU professional equals. There Is no doubl also that the snug security of Hullett's luljol his usual seneo of wariness , which may In part account for what happened afterwords And so without further excuse for him , It Is my painful duty to record that an hour after ho left the captain's room , the little sailor was entrappeJ anJ kidnapped by what to a man of his knowledge was o.io of the most vulgar of artlflccs. Ho emptied his tumbler , stood up , and Md | toe must be going. The rcd'-halred man Jocks I at the rounJ cablr clock on the wall , and mentioned that It was his time also ; nnd together they went outside Into the damp , dark main street of South E'hlelcls. "Golngr back to your eMp , captain ? " askei the .big stranger. J'Why no. captain , " said Kettle , "I live here , and I'm off home. " 'Then I suppose I must aay good night. Hope to meet you again , though. What boat ftfo you on now , captain ? " "Well , I'm putting In a bit of a rpcll eahore , Just now. captain. Fuel U , I haven't come across any employment quite to my taste lately. 'Tkn't every ohlpowner I care to servo under. " "No , " said the red-haired man. They are fcruttB mont of them. Dut look here , captain -tfiero u to no offense In my getting you the refusal of a berld , would Ihero ? " Kettle fluohed. "Captain , " ho eild. "you'co very good. You see , I'm married , with cMiidrcn. and 1'vo never earned enough to put anything by. Between men. I don't mind telling you I m on my beamcnds. If I can't got holdof an advance note this week. It will niMn going to the ' pawnshop for Mrs. Ke'lle'a nxt Sunday's dinner. " The red-l.ulred sighed. " man . "Well , . cap. < aln , he raid , "you needn't thank me. Ifa Just my duty to my employers to put this thing In your way. But we'll not rpeak of K hero In the open. Come along off to mv eteamboat. "night. " eald Kettle. "Where have ( ot her ? " you "Sho's lying at a buoy 1n the river. We can get a beat from the stepa. " Nothing much more was saU between them 11 ' , Th.blgl . rea-hal d- man ssomed In disposed for further talk . , and Kettle was too .proud to ask questlora. Together they walked with their t-hort seaman's stride down the wet new ctrceta of the acaport. and Cap- that ? MUI ° mdo hU braln ' "ho by hoping woulJ not be another Item to add iiart ! ° "B ° f olllaK" > lntmentfl. ' ' ' * 6 y' 'T W 8M tor mnn.h E X months , und ho was In such straits for want of money that ho was growing desperate They got down to the steps and took ' a waterman's beat ; turned up the pl T 3 < J'tt ' > vhlch lay in the stern hrVand , at o the dry side ; and then puohed off Into the Th ° man pi ked up = Ml.d Kcttle"PlM ura ! " tdlsrv " . ' " Mld the "d-halred Off the waterman. Ibo.rd. ? "PUIn , and I'll pay again" ' ? better Walt to take me ashore I U put you ashore , u uut , w my own boats when you go. Now , captain , hero "wo " are. Come below In my room. " VYou'v * got iteam up. I § e . " nld Kettle. atthuy walked aft along the white ' PvK * 4 j "My order * , " laid tha red-balred mm. St. ' 18411 ioonT" t"S"May ' " atari * any minute. We never know. Vy. owner'a a. rare one for changing mind. " Uluh ! " Mid Kettle. 'ttllght be a < vemaB , " > n _ 'U "DevIlUti.'lIke ' a woman , " Mid the red- 'Uv - - ' - v , rjrly. MM4 a doer at ] ho font of the compaolonway , and turned n electric light switch. "This Is my room , captain , step right In. A drop of whisky woull bo a good thing to keep out ho cotd whilst r.o talk. Kxouso mo a nxvjte while ! 1 go and get a couple of tum- ) lera. I gueea the Rtcward'o turned In. " Kettle scaled himself on a velvet-covered lofa , and looked round at the elaborate flt- Ings of the cablo. "Satin wooJ panels , " 10 commented , "nickel battens to put the harts cii , glass-bnckoJ bookcase and silk mnk curtains ; no expense spared anywhere. . .anil who wouldn't sell a farm aad go to seaT But the old man tuld she wasn't ileasurol I wonder what his game Is ? Contraband , I guess ; mtny a yacht's great on that. Well , cnyway , I'vo got to hear. " The red-haired man came "back " with two i.ilf filled tumblers anJ a water jug. iHcro's the poison , " said ho. "Mix it ac- ordlOR to your own weight. " "That's rather more than my usual vhaek , " said Kettle , eying the tumbler , 'but It's a cold , < wet night , so hero's Dy ho way captain , I'm afraid I've forgotten : our namel" "My rame ? " said' the red-haired man. " 0 , fee , I'm Douglas , Captain Douglas. " "Captain Douglcs , " said Kettle , thought- 'ully. ' "No , "I c&a't say I recall It at pres ent. Well , sir , anj'Aoy , here's your very good health and prosperity. " "Same , " eald the re > l-halred men , and ab- "orbed his whisky and water with the dex- : erlty of on artist. Out of politeness , Cap- : aln Kettle finished his tumbler also ; there 3 an etiquette about these maUerfl. Sllenco ( IXyd the cabin for a mlnuto or eo , iroken only by the distant clatter or a shovel on a firebar , and Kettle looked at the cabin clock. It waa 11:30 : , and Mrs. Kettle would bo expecting him home. "Hullo ! " he saltf , "firing up ? 0 , I fuppcse you've cot to keep steam in the donkey 'boiler ' whilst rou're In the hanior to run your dynamo. 3y the 'way , you were talking about some employment you could put In my way , cap A\n \ , " he added suggestively. "Kmploymont , " eald Douglas uneasily. 'O , was I ? Employment yes , to bo sure. Well , you eco , capta'n , it was my owner I was fpeaklng for , and I've been thinking it over , and perhaps , on the wliole , you'd bet ter see her for yourself. " 'Her ! " said Kettle. "Is there a woman at the head of this concern ? " ! , 'A lady , call her. But look here , captain , rou're getting sleepy. Why not turn In here for the night , and see her yourself In. the morning ? " - v Kettle yawned and ha ! head noMed. "I am sleepy , and that's a fact , though I don't ( now why I should 'be. But It wouldn't do 'or me to turn In hero for the night. Mrs , Kettlo'o expecting mo at homo , and I've never broken , word to her slrwe I was mar ried. I should , take It as kind , capMIn , If you couM glvo me some notion about this plcco of employment how , so that I could see whethe ? It's worth" Ho yawned again and struggled with his heavy eyelids. "You must understandplease , captain , that time [ o scarce with mo. I muat get employment at once. I can't stcnd by and see my missis and youngsters hungry. " Captain Douglao swore and hit the table with his fist. "Ifa beastly hard , " he said , "and I hate myself for bringing you here. " "Wtat'o that nolso overhead ? " said Ket tlo. "What are your crew do'.ng on deck ? " Ho tried jto rise , but fell back stupidly on the sofa. Aharsh bell clanged from some where beneath and the slop of water came to him through "tho yacht's side. "Sho's swinging ronnd In the stream and someone's rung 'standby' to the engine room. " "Sounca like It , " the red-haired man ad mitted. Agala Kettle tried to rk'e , and , with an Immecso effort tottered to hs ! feet , but he had teen , given a drug too powerful' ' for oven his iron will to fight , against , and he swayed , and' then pitched helplessly slde- wajs to the carpet. The last fllckxsrlnpr gleams or conscious ness were pa-oln away from him , but the truth of what had * happened had flashed upon , him at last. "Shanghaied , " he mur mured ; "by St. Janus , yen , shanghaied ; that's what this mcaaa , Well , I pity the man that shanghaied me. By James yes. " He breathed stcntorously a time or two more , oj though tr > lng to get out other words , and then dropped off Into a deathly stupor. ' Then the door of tho'state coom cccaked alyly open and ttio red-haired man started violently. Ho turned and raw a tall , dark woman Just crossing the threshold. "Donna Clotlldel" he said nervously , "I thought you ware ashare. Then It was by your or ders " "That the yacht was got under weigh ? SI senor , I saw you come on beard with the man wo hOjVo besn hunting for these t two years dhd an 63cei as the pair of you got below -J cent word to the mate to call all l-andii and get out of Ihe Tyno as soon ca the pilot could manage It " Ue knelt besldo Kettle's prostrate body and passed her ha'nd caressingly over Ills damp .forehead. "You are sure you have nat over done It ? " she.aekcd. 'T am euro of * nothing like that. " he uinwcrcd grimly. "But , I gave the dose you mewured cut yourselfso ; , what's done ls your own aff lr . I only added enough whisky _ todrown .tbo taste and the poor llttlo beggar drank It all down at one mouthful. " _ , , "I dori'-t ecs'you need pity him much. He will bo all rightwhen , he wakes. " " \\hen ho wakes It will be at sea and I h'ivo ' h-card him speak ot his wife nnd kids. That's why I pity hlcn , Donna Cloflldc. In cidentally , I'm'a bit sorry for myself. " Ho stooped over the prostrate msu and took a revolver from the back pocket of hlu trous ers. "Look there ! You flee the fellow took a gun with him. voven to Hallett'a. It's grown to be a habit with him. He's a dead thot. too. and doesn't mind shjotlng. " "I didn't think yqu 'wcro a coward ? " "You know quite well I'm not , senorlta. But th's ' Captain Kettle will remember that I was the fellow that decoyed him on beard and he'll be pretty" anxious to square Up the account when ho wakes. " "You arc well paid on purpose to cover onrlflks , " eatd the woman with some con tempt. I "And I r.hall be earning my pay. " the red-haired man. doggedly. "Ths ! smil ! peraon hero's a holy terror. Well , I must be getting on deck to eco the pilot take her down the river. Here. I'll put him on the bed before I go. He'll sleep It off moro comfortably there. " "You shall not touch him , " said Donna Clotildc"I will do all that's needful , have waited for this moment for three long years. " "Well , you must bo pretty keen on him If you ecu sit by him , when ho does noi know you. " "I bavo loved him since the first momenl wo met and he > knows"lt and I do not mine who else knows It also , I am entirely with out shame In the matter ; I glory In It ; I tin not one of your cold-blooded European women. " "V.'ell. " ho said , "you're paying me to run this yacht , and I must bo oft to cee the pilot takes her out of the river with out losing us nny paint. " And he went out of his room and left Donna Clotllde La Touche alone with thla man by whom she was so fiercely attracted. The yacht steamed out between Tyne pier heads and the pilot left her In the coble which had been towing stern first alongside Her destination was the Mediterranean , hu she did not porf her helm at once. Insteai ebo held on straight out jnto the North sea and then turned off to make Iho Mediterra nean north about that Is , through the Pent- land and round Scotland. She kept clear o Ireland also , making a course for hersel through the deeper wildernesses of the North Atlantic , avoldlnc the north and south traf fic of the bay. and in fact sighting scarcely a elnsle vessel till the red-hatred men at last t rbpardpjl hla helm and put her eas for the straits. The voyage was not one of monotony Captain Kettle lay for the first twenty-four hours In a state ot snoring unconiclouenere and when he did come to his wits agalt found himself ( n a cabin alone. He got up and stretched. His limbs were heavy am languid , but he wai not conidoua of having received any hurt. He clapped a hand to tbo region ot his loins and nodded Ills grim head alenlftcantly. His pfetol waa raining He looked In th * gUaa and taw that hii Caw above ta r4 tOTped * beard wu draw * ind whl\ ( and that his eyes were framed n black , dissipated looking rlngi. There wu an evil taste In his mouth , too , which even a bottlefut of water did not allay , lowcvcr , all ot these wcro mlnof details ; they might be , repaired afterwards. His first cuulrcincnt was revenge on the nwn who had lured him aboard. His natural Instincts of tldynrss made ilm go through the ceremony of toilet , and .hen ho put on hlfl cap , and , spruce , and pale , went out through the luxurious cabin and lassagowayi ot tbo yacht and found his way on deck. The tlmo was night , the cold air was 'nil of moonshine and fortune favored him insomuch that the red-haired man whom ho sought was himself standing a watch. Ho walked up to him without any concealment , and then , ewlft as light , clung out his right 1st , sending every ounce of his weight after It. nnd caught the rej-halred man squarely on the peak of the jaw. Ttto fellow went down as It he had been x > lcaxed and Kettle promptly on top o ! Urn. The three other bands of the watch on deck wcro coming fast lo thelc big cap tain's oEAlgtanco and Kettle made the most of hid time. Ho had been brought up In a ichocl where ho waa taught to hit hard and lit first and keep on hitting , and , moreover , ho was anatomically skilled enough to know where to hit with meet effect. Ho had no tlmo Ihcn for punctilious fighting ; he In- ; ended to mark hLi man In return for value tecelved and ho did It. Then ( ho three lusty deck hands of the watch came up and wrenched him oft and held him for their officer In turn to take vengeance on. Kettle stood In their grip , panting and pale and exultant. "You great , ugly , red-pollecl beggar1 ho oald , "I've made your face match your head , jut you needn't think mo for It. You'd dare to lhanghal mo , would you ? By James , I'll make jour ship a perfect hell tll | I'm off It. " "You lilt a man when ho'a not looking. " "Liar , " said Kettle. "You eaw mo plain enough. If you wcro hair a sailor you'd never have been hit. " "You'co half my size. I ODuIdn't fight you. " "Tell your hands to set tno adrift and try. " The big man was -tempted , but ho swal- He turned deliberately away from her , walked forward , and wtnt below ; and after a llttlo wattlpg Donna Clotlldo shivered r.nd went back to her own luxuriousetato room. But It the was content to spend the real of the night In mere empty longing , Cap tain Kettle was > putting his tlmo to moro practical use. Ho was essentially a tain ot action. Cautiously ho found his way to the stew- ard'a trtore room , filled a case with meat tins and biscuit , and then coming on deck again , stowed It away In the lifeboat which hung In davits out boardi without being no ticed.'V.h equal success ho took the boat'd breaker forward , filled It from a water tank , and got It fixed on Its chocks ngntn still without being seen. The moon was behind clouds , and the tlarkncss favored him. Ho throw down the -tolls o ! the davit on deck , cast off one from where It was belayed , took a turn , and carried Uhc bight to the other davit so that ho could lower away both tackles at once. But ho was not i allowed to get much further. The dtoused blocks screamed llko a parcel of cats as the ropes rendered through them ; thcro was a shrill whistle from the officer cf 'the ' watch and halt a dozen men from various parts ot the deck came bounding along to Interfere. Captain Kcttlojlct go both falls to over haul as they chose , and picked up a green- heart belaying pin tout ot the pin rail and stood en the defensive. But the forward fall kinked and Jammed , and though the llt tlo man fought llke a demon to keep oft the watch till he gel It clear , they ivero too manv for htm. andi Urove him to the deck by sheer weight of numbers. Ho had cracUsd one man's forearm In the Ecufllc , laid open another's face and smashed In the front teeth of a third , and they were rather Inclined to treat him roughly , but the rcd- halrcd skipper carnu up , and by sheer super ior strength picked htm up , kicking and struggling , nnd hustled him oft below , whether ho liked It or no. The lifeboat dangled , half-swamped , from the forward davit tackle , and all hands had to bo piped before they could get her on board again ; and by the time they had completed this Job there was another mat ter handy to occupy their attention. A fire man came up from below , white-faced and "YOU AUB SURE YOU HAVE NOT OVERDONE ) IT ? " SHE ASKRD. lowed down his Inclination. Ho ord-ered the men who were holding Captain Kettle to set him free and go away .forward again and then ho thrust his own fists resolutely In his pocketQ. "Now , " he said , , when they were alone , "I'll own up to having earned what you've given mo an3 I hope that'll suit you , for , by Jove , If it doesn't I'll chopt you llko a rat with your own gun. You've handled me In a way no-other/man has done before and so you can 'tlcklo your pride with that and simmer down. It you , want to1 know I was a icon like yourself , hard up ; and I wan paid to kidnap you and I'd have kidnapped the devil for money Just then. " "I know nothing about the devil , " said Kettle , acidly , "but you've got me and you couldn't very well flad a worse bargain. If you are Tiot a fool you will set mo ashore at once. " "I shall act entirely by my owner's or ders. " "Then trot out your owner and I'll pass the tlms'of day with him next. I'm not particular. I'll kill the whole blooming ship's company. If I don't get my own way. " " "Man , don't bo o fool. You can't bit a woman. " "A woman ? " "Yec ; 1 told you before. Dcnca Clotllde. You know her well enough. " "Donna Clotlldo who ? " "La Touche. " The stiffening seemed suddenly to go out of the little mtn. lllo stepped wearily across the deck , and leaned his elbows cm the yacht's polished topgallant rail. "By James , " ho murmured to "the arch of the" night , "by James , that that woman. What a ruddy mtea. " And then h brolco off Into dreary musing. He had known this Donua Clotlldo La .Touche before ; had entered her revolutionary schemes by capturing a war ship for her. In return she had conceived a mad Infatuation for him. But all the while ho regarded her merely as his employer. In the cod he had been practically set adrift at sea in an open boat as a penance for not divorcing his own wife and marrying her. I And now she was come to add to his other troubles by'beginning ' to ipersecuito him again. It was hard , bitterly hard. By some subtle transference ot thought , the woman in her berth below becoming con scious of his regard , grew restless , woke , got moro restless , dressed , came on dock and saw this man with whom she was so fiercely enamored staring gloomily over the bul warks. With her lithe silent walk she stepped across the dewy decks trader the moonlight , nd without his hearing her , leaned on the rail at his side , and Hung an arm across his shoulders , Capta'n Kettle woke from his musing with a start , stepped coldly aside , and saluted form&C'ly. ' Ha hid an eye for a good-looking woman , and thl.j . ono wan deltcloualy hand some ; ho was always chivalrous towards the other sex , whatever might be their characters ; but the fact of his own kid napping at 'the moment of Mrs. Kettle'o pres sing ne3d , made him almost as bard cs though a man o'.ooi before him as hla enemy. "Mies La Touche , " he eald , "do you wish me to remember you with hatred1. "I do not wish you to have need to re member mo at all. As you know , I wish you to stay with me always. " "That , as I told you before , miss. Is Im- pccslble , for more reasons than , one. You bivo done me infinite mischief already. I might have found employment by thla clmo bad I stayed In South Shields , and mean while my wife and children are hungry. Be content with that and set me ashore. " "I repeat the offer I made you In South America , Come with me , get a divorce , and your wife chall have m Income such as she never dreamed of , an3 men as you never could have got her In all your life otherwise. You know I am not boasting. As you must know by this. I am one of the richest women In the world. " "Theok you , but I do not accept the terms. Mcney Is not everything. " "And meanwhile , remember , I keep you on board here , whether you like It or not , and until you give way tp what I want , your wife may starve. So It she and your children are In painful stralta you must recollect that It Is entirely your fault. " "Quito eo , " said Kettle. "Sho will be con tent to starve when eho knovti Ihe reason. " Donna Clotllde's eyes began to glitter. "There are not many men who would re fuse It I offered them myself. " "Then , miss ; I muat remain curious , " She stamped her foot. "I have hungered for you all thla time , and I will not give you up for mere words. You will come to love mo In time as I love you. I te-M youyou will , you must , you shall. I have got you now. and I will not let you go again. " "Then , raise , " ild Kettle grimly. "I chall bavo to ebow you that I am 4oo hot to hold. " She faced him with heaving" breaeti. "We will eo who wins. " ahe cried. "Probably , " said Captain. Kettle , and took off hi * cap. "Good ) night , mUw , for the preaent. We know bow we stand ; the' gamete to bc la between < w U * m MW > " trembllnc. ' "The yacht's , hajf full of. water ! " ho said. said.Now Now that their attention was called to it , they noticed the tluggish way she rode the water. "Sho must have started a plate or some thing , " the fireman went on excitedly. "We got both bilge pumps running , and they won't look at' ' It. . .Tha water's coming In llUo n alulcc. " > > " ' c "Carpenter , " aung out the red-haired man , "ccmo below withl-me and see If we can find anything , " and ho led the. way to the companion. Between decks they could hear the water slopping about under the flooring. It seemed a bad. an almost hopeless case. Instinctively the ired-halred man went to his own room to pocket bis valuables , and by a chance he was. moved to lift up the door of the floor which Covered the bath beneath It. Ah. there wasthe mischief. The sea cock which fllleditho bath was turned on to the full , and the 'Iron ' tub waa gushing water on every side. 'The ntxt state room was empty , but the bath cock there was also turned on to thelfull ; and after going round the ship and finally entering Kettle's room ( and covering him ! with a revolver ) , and turning off his water supply , ho found that the sea had been pouring Inboard from no less than eight separate apertures. "And this U your work , you little devil , I suppose. " said the red-haired man savagely. "Certainly , " said Captain Kettle. "Shoot mo If you like , put mo ashore If you choose , but don't grumble If you find me a deuced ugly passengerIm ! not In the habit of be ing made to travel where I don't wish. " That afternoon Kettle contrived to set the yacht an re. In three separate places , and a good deal of damage was done ( and night had fallen again ) before the sacred crew managed to extinguish the flames ; and this time Donna Clotllde Intervened. She asked for Kettle's parole that he would attempt no further mischief ; and when this was flatly refused , incontinently put him in irons. The lady was somewhat tigerish in her affec tions. [ " A second time Captain Kettle managed to THE FELLOW WENT DOWN AS IP HE HAD BEBN POLEAXED. get the yacht In a blaze , at the Imminent peril of immolating himself , and then from lack ot further opportunity to make himself obnoxious , lay quiet In his lair till such time as the yacht would ot necessity go Into har bor to coal. .The exasperated crew would cheerfully have , murdered him it they bad been given tbo chance , but Donna Clotllde would not permit him to be harmed. She was a young woman , who , up to this , bad always contrived to have her own way , and fho firmly believed that she would tame Kettle In time. When the yacht passed the straits she had only four days' more coal on board and the executive ( and Kettle ) expected that she would go Into QlbtiiUar and lay alongside a hulk to rebunkcc.But Donna Clotllde had other notions. 8b < * had 'the ' yacht run down the Morocco coast and brought to an anchor. 80 long as ehe 'htfl Captain Kettle in her company upon the waters fihe did not vastly care whether ebe > HM moving or at a stand still. still."You "You cannot icope me here , " she mid to him -when the cable bad roared from the house plpo and > the dandy steamer , had swung to a rwt. "The yacht U victualled for a year and I' can n'.ay faere aa long at you choose.1 You/had tar better be phllo- eophlcal. and glvd In. - ( Marry me now and liking will come taftcnward. " Kettle looked at Iihtf tigerish tore and re- rent men t which blued from her black eye * and answered wlthicold polltenpav that time would show whati happened , though , to tell the truth , Indomitable though be waa aa a general 4hlng , h waa at that time feeling 4h t cecape waa aJawstdmposalble. Aad to for the while ha , i ro or lea resigned him- elf to captivity. Under the baking blue of a Mediterranean Icy thta one-aided courtship progreaaed , Ovaoa Clotilda alternating her eoatacle * of florca endearment by paroxyams of Invective and Kettle enduring both In equal' ' coldness and Immobility. The crew ot the yacht looked on stolidly non-lnterfecent and were kept by their officers at cleaning and paint ing as uecwrary occupiers of the mind. But ono or other of them , of their own free will , always kept an yo on their guest , whether ho wts on deck or below. Ho had given them a wholesome tattc ot his quality and they had an abject dread of what ho might bo up to next 1f ho Tnaa lePt alone. They qulto understood that he would destroy the I yacht and all hands It by doing1 so ho could rcgiiln his personal liberty. But others , It Kerns , besides these already mentioned In thta narrative , were taking a lively Intcreot in Ihe loiart yacht and htc people. She was at anchor In the bay off the Rift coast and the gentry who Inhabited the beach vlllgei' , and the villages In 'tho ' hills behind the beach , had always looked upon anybody and anything 1hcy could grab as their Just und 'lawful ' prey. The sultan of Morooo , the war ships of France , Spain and elsewhere and the emlmarlca of c > thr > r Cowcrj had tlmo after time endeavored to Dshocl them In the science of civilization without effect , and so they still remain today , the only regular practicing pliates In the western world. The yacht was sighted firet from the hills ; was reporteJ to the beach villages , and \\ct reconnoltered under cover of night by a tiny flsh'cig ' boat. The report was pleasing , andi word went round. Bearded brown men collected at an appointed spot , each 'With the arms to which he wao best accustomed , and when darknees fell four large bcato wcro Tim down to the feather edge ot the surf. There waa no Indecent hurry. They did their work with method and careful ness , like men who are used to U , and they arrived alongElde the yacht at 3 a. m. and confidently expected to take her 'by ' surprise. But the crew of the yacht , thanks to Cap tain Kettle's vagaries , were not lei the habit of sleeping over ssunily ; they never know what piece of dangerous mischief their little captive might turn hla willing hand to next ; and , as a consequence , when the- anchor watch sung out his flret alarm , not many seconds elapsed before every man aboard wag on deck. The yacht was well supplied with revolvers and cutlaesca , and half a mlnuto sufficed : to get these up from bctow and dis tributed , so that when the RlflUas at tempted to board the de'endero were quits ready to do them battle. Bo this how It may , however , there Is no doubt as to which side got the flret ad vantage. The yacht's low forcboard made but a email obstacle to a climber from the largo beats alongside , and neither the deck- httids nor the stokebold crew were any of thorn tralnsd fighting men. In their 'prentice hands the kicking revolvers threw high , and were only u.rcful . as knuckledusters , and' ' till they had thrown them down and got their cutlcsscfl Into pay ! they eld hardly any exe cution to speak about. The Riff men , on the other hand , had been bred and born In the atmcsphero of skirmish , and made ground steadily. At , an early point otthe scuffle Captain Kettle came on deck with a cigar la hla mouth and hands lnhls _ pockets , and watched matters with a critical Interest , but did 'not ' offer to Interfere ona way or the other. It was quite a new sensation to him to watch an active fight without 'being called upon to assist or arbitrate. Aart then came up from .below . Donna Clotlldo la Touche , dressed and weaponed , end , without a bit of hesitation , flung her self Into the turmoil. he saw Kettle standing on ono side , but neither bDJought nor commanded him. She would have died sooner than ask for his help and then be met with a refusal. Into the mclco the went , knlfo and pistol , cad thcro la no doubt that her example and the fury of her rush animated the yacht's crew , and made them stronger to drive the wall of their assailants back. To glvo Donna Clotlldo her due , ahe was as bravo as the bravest man and moreover she was a certain shot at moderate range. But after her re volver was empty , and the press clcscd around her , It was not long before an expert hand twisted the knife from her gnysp , and then the ead came quickly. An evil-smelling man noted her glorious beauty ead mafked her out as his especial loot. Ho clapped a couple of sinewy arms around her and bore her away toward the bulwarks and his boat. ' Some ctio had switched on the electrls deck lights and the fight was In a glow of radi ance. Everything was to be clearly seen. Donna Clotlldo waa being dragged , resisting , along the decks , and Kettle looked on placidly , smoking his cigar. She was heaved upon ( ho bulwarks. In another moment the would be gone from hla path forever. Still her lips made no sound , though her great black eyed were full of wild entreaty. But the eyca were moro than Kettle could stand. He stooped and picked up a weapon frqm among the litter on deck and curhed , 'lorward and gave a blow and the ruffian dropped limply , nd Donna Clotlldo stood by the yacht's bulwarks , breathless and gasp- Ing."Now "Now you get away below , " be ordered , curtly. "I'll soon clear this rabble over the Bide. " He watched to see her obey him and ehc did It meekly. Then he gave his attention to the fight. He broke a packet of car tridges which lay on the deck planka , picked up and loaded a revolver and commenced to make himself useful to the yacht'a crew , and from that mccnent the fortune of the battle turned. Captain Owen Kettle was ( and Is ) a beau tiful fighter end this wan just hla fight. Against his cool-headed ferocity the Rtffians gave way like sand before waves. He did not mien a blow , he did not waste a shot ; all his efforts went home with the deadliest effect. His voice , too , was a splendid ally. The yacht's crew had been doing their ut- mcst already ; they had been fighting for their bare lives. But with Kettle's poison ous tongue to lash them they did far more ; they raged like -wild beasts at the brown men who had Invaded their sicrcd decking and drove them back with reslstles * fury. "Hump yourselves , you lazy dogs , " Kettle shouted. "Keep them on the move. Drive them over the bows. Mucder those you can reach. Am I to do ell this job myself ? Come on , you mongrels. " The red cutlasses stubbed and hacked , and .the shrieks and yells acid curses of the fight grew to a climax , and then the Rlfllans , with a sudden panic , gave way , and ran for the side , and tumbled over Into their boats. There was no quarter asked or given. The exasperating yachtsmen cut down all they could reach , even whilst they wcro escaping ; anl when the sound had gcrve , they threw after > them the wounded to be rescued or lost as they chose. Afterwards , having a moment's respite , they picked up their re volvers again , loaded them , and kept up a spattering Ill-aimed fire till the boats were out of reach. Then , when they turned to look after their own killed and hurt , they found a new crisis awaiting them. Captain Kettle was on the top of the deck house , which served as a navigating bridge , ostentationsly closing up the breach of his revolver after reloadlog It. He wished for a hearing , and after what they bad seen of his deadly markmanthlp they gave It to him without demur. His needs were simple. Ho wanted steam as soon as the engineers could glvo It to him , and he Intended to take the yacht Into Gibraltar right away. Had anybody aay objection to raise ? The red-haired man made himself spokes man. "We should have to go to Qlb any- wai , " said he. "Some ofus , want a doctor badly , and three of us want a parson to read the funeral service. Whether you can get ashore once we do run Into Qlb , cap tain , Is your own concern. " "You can leave that to me Jafely , " said Captain Kettle. "It will be something big that stops mo from having my own way now. " The men dispersed about their duties , the decks' were hcsed down , and the deck lights switched off. After Awhile Donna Clotllde came' gliding up out of the darkness , aad stepped up' the ladder to the top of the deck house. Kettle regarded her uneasily. To .bis surprise ahe knelt down , took his hand and smothered It with burning ktosei. Then she went bark to the head ot the lad der. "My dear , " she said. "I will never see you again. I made you bate mo , and yet you saved my life. 1 wish I thought I could ever forget you. 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