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About Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922 | View Entire Issue (Sept. 18, 1904)
(Copyright. 1304. by William Hamilton
CHAI'TKll XIV. Continued.
I T "T M'tr, , . a klM
I to be. or Constitutional Smith, as
in- ir.ni imu uiiirr linn iu
fry. For ns be neared the shore
a portion of this thin. black
cluuil descended upon Mm and upon his
amnion, ami Immediately both were en
veloped In a thick, Mark covering of mos-tpiitocs-plaln,
old-fashioned Jersey mov
qultota, nothing else. Immediately they,
too, net up ft yelling. They, too, com
menced to beat their hands nnd broists
'Mosqultcxn'" yelled Smith. "Good lxrd.
let's pet out of this."
l!ut a half dozen men rushrd Into the
water nnd placing In the hands of Smith
and his man some fresh preen boughs they
dropped the boat niton (he beach.
"Oh Keefe." they cried, patting him upon
the bark. "Oh Keefe."
And then Smith observed a phenomenon.
Jin noted that the Instant the preen bough
Wan placed In Mm hand the nmsqultrr'
clewrtwd Mm. Not altogether, for now arel
then ono braver th in the rest would
swoop down upon hltn and Hmlth would
fliul It nocsrury to make a vicious div.f
with Ills linnd every other second. Ho
noted that the men all about him were
engaged la iloln;; tif.thlnn more r.or less
tli:n waving (he green boughs and killing
! ray mosquitoes.
Smith and hiH man wore covi red with
bi'cy. One i r the natives, howcvi r, crushed
a few of the. grr'n, tender leaves In his
band nnd rubbed them upon ti.o affected
rta. Tin' relief was Immediate.
Smith, of course, did not understand the
language of these men, but ho did recognize
two words, "O'Koefe" and "Sw.it." And lie
knew Unit for the present time he was In
pool hands, save wh'n the mosquitoes
became tinu:-ully fierce. Put gradually
bo learned to do as the others did, and ro
to manipulate Ms green lough In such
manner as to keep the lns"ct at bay. Ho
examined one or two of the mosquitoes
nnd found them In every way of the Pima
kind n?i the American vnrlety. Hut there
w.is one distinguishing; feature they were
much smaller and much more vicious, too.
The Inhabitants were noisy. Hut even
when their mouths were still. Smith's ears
wre nsnailcd with the constant swish
nnd flap uf hands against faces, breasts
"Swat, swot, swat," said Smith to hlm
elf, "that's all I teem to hear." Suddenly
ho r.inute bis thigh.
"Uy Ueoige, I've not it!" ho suddenly
exrlalmid. "Swat, that's how they named
the place. Damned if it ain't."
Smith was ri';lit. Tho ilerlvi."! of
names la usually un unknown quantity. In
this ciue It was very tiaipD. The island
Upon will -li Hialth hud landed had ever
been the hi me of Ihe m.s ici'.o. Its Inhab
itants naturally wire compelled constantly
to slap and clip anj slap. Tin; sound
which they made was swat, swat, swat.
Now Homo cniinds are difficult to fx press
In spoken Imigimg?. liut Charlo3 Ktade, In
a bit of fiction c.ill'd "Tho Itox Tuniu 1,"
him written Into tho Knglish the sound
that is made by n maxu.lm.,-fomriine ki a.
llo mys that that sound In plain Etrj.l h
Is nothing m' than "pweep." Perhaps ho
Is rlht, though the sound varl.s accord
ing to temperament und ardor. Hut he,
and ho alone, has turned it Into a written
Hut tho round mado by tho open bnnil
coming into ontact with any other por
tion of the human body (except when ad
ministered In u certain form by prudent
mothers; In which case It may be called
"whack") li always the came. It Is plain
"swat." And it saund the game in Kng
llsh as It does li Choctaw. The people of
Swat, having from time Immcmoriil been,
bothered by mosquitoes und having always
Indulged In thli shipping process, gradually
became to be known u the coplu of Swat.
And Smith had discovered It, and he wua
"Swat," lie said, "la their name, and
Swat' their nature, too,"
Hut there Is ever a compensative element
In nsture. Provldi'iuce tempera the wind
to the shorn lamb. In marshes reeking
With malarial germ and miasma he had
placed the plant that yields tho drug Qui
nine the thing that cures malaria. In the
Island of Swat, swept us It was by the
larger germs, mosquitoes, he had placed
an antidote. This antidote consisted In tho
green trees from which Ihe boughs used by
the natives hud been torn. I. Ike curves
ke. Ths Island of Swat wm a breeder of
Luck of a Lucky Man By Wm. H. Osborne
mosquitoes, but It was death to Uem at
that. Hut the mosquitoes, always Just a
little ahead of tho gtni ', as they had giea
ri.o to the Bound of swat, had given rlae
also to the ra.Tie of Swat.
loiter Com titutlj: a! Smith had lime to
revolve all these cuiinu thlngi in his
mind. In the meantime, h-.wever, lie was
busy with the things ;,t hand.
Smllh found that the more prosperous In
the island kept their booies covered dur
ing the mofxulto icason. He, therefore,
was able without comment to kiep h:s
tattoo nuirkj and tin- slick! ia . er
A HO V K T11K PAIL.
vrhlcli still covered them In pots, well
hidden. O'KeeJe had ben there In tho
winter season. As he left. It will be re
membered, he, too, had been bitten by a
mosquito the first harbinger of avring.
Smith had arrived In the height of the
He found himself socially and politically
a lion. And there were still vague whispers
In the air that sounded like "Oh, Keefe
akoond." These whispers grew Into a
murmur and then rumbled on Into a shout.
The cry again was long and loud, "Oh,
Koefo, akoond of Swat."
It was the tribute of savagery to civiliza
tion. It was the compliment of a people
who had roughed It for conturles, to a
man who had Uuut them to enjoy life.
how to work and how to play. They wore
stupid, but they were appreciative.
The Akoond was all too pleased with this
tlIStsition on the part of his people. He
had disposed of O'Krcfe In secret s.irne
months ai;o. Ho would be only too glad
to do it In public. He strutted about with
a snille of triumph on his face. Ho did
more. He egged on the followers of
O'Keefc.. He urged that O'Kcefo be
come a candidate. He was magnimluio'is,
even to the point of suspicion. He sent
men into the field to "root" and how! for
O" Keefe. Ar.d they rooted nnd brwletl to
HOVERFTD A DARK CLOUD THAT APPEARED TO BE SMC KE.
their heart's content, and so did everybody
Constitutional Smith soon understood the
situation. He acquiesced. He said he
would run. He did not rare how soon.
Neither did the Akoond. The Akoond did
not even prepare himself as be had been
wont to do.
But the thing was arranged and a day
was set. This time, thought the Akoond,
O'Keefe'a day had surely come. This
time It was Just as well, perhaps, to make
a complete finish of him. The Akoond was
a fair man, but his rival had become per
sistent Tills time he would kill him and
have done with It It was easy enough.
Then there would be an end to this vague
Constitutional Smith spent his tlmo in
the interim In prospecting the island. lie
was looking for gold. He did not find any.
lie found nothing nothing at all, but a
superabundance of this fresh, green vegeta
tion that seemed doitli to the mosquiti e.
And he found marsh nftcr marsh which
was life to the mosquitoes. And he found
nothing else. The Isle of Swat was in
deed a Godforsaken place.
Hut Smith did not repine. He did not
rail at O'Kccfe. He knew that O'Koefe
had done him. but he did not acknowledge
that ' " ",i' Tr!r. vnt-a worsa
things than being upon the Isle of Ewa
and for the time being he was content.
Ho loafed nnd lived, ajid for tho present
that would do.
He almost forgot about the great battle
that was to take place. One day he hoard
a number of shouts In the village and he
saw men scurrying In every direction. He
was sitting under a tree.
"O'Keefc! O'Keefc!" they shouted,
"O' Keefe!" Then one of them saw hlm as
he stood up, and ran toward him, and
dragged him toward the village, shouting
probably that O' Keefe was found. Smith
entered the village and found that the army
wai drawn up about a spacious ring. On
one side of the ring stood the Akoond,
tuffln out his black chest Smith made mm
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