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Planters' Punch
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Herbert G. deLisser
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Planters' Punch
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Kingston: Jamaica
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Content: 1. The Romance of An Idea. 2. Mr. E. R. Darnley (Head of the West Indies Department of the Colonial Office): An Impression. 3. In the Land of Bananas, Coffee and Volcanoes. 4. Where Was He: a Comedy in Six Chapters. 5. John Chinaman in Jamaica. 6. The White Slave: a Stirring Story of Piracy, and Seventeenth Century Life in Barbados and Jamaica. 7. The Mother of the Rain: a West Indian Story of Love and Superstition. 8. The Humour of the Babu. 9. OBI: a Murder Mystery and An Obeahman. 10. The Child, the Wife and the Father. 11. A Great Jamaican Business Organization.

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SVOL. 1, NO. 4


*- 1923-24.


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-The Romance of an Idea........
Mr, E. R. Darnley, [Head of the West Indies Department of the
Colonial Officel-an Impression ....
In'td Land of Bananas, Coffee and Volcanoes....
Where was He-a Comedy in Six Chapters....
John Chinaman in Jamaica ....
THE WHITE SLAVE a stirring tale of Piracy, and seventeenth


CONTENTS.
Page I. century life in Barbados and Jamaica-by Rafael Sabatini
THE MOTHER OF THE RAIN, a West Indian story of lbve
,, 3. and-superstition-by Eden Phillpotts ........
S 4. The Humour of the Bdbu ............
,, -6. OBI, a murder mystery and an obeahman-by Eden Phillpots
9. The Child, the Wife and the Father....
: A Great Jamaica Business Organization ....


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sat down briskly and threwof
out-the question: "How
S. long will it it.?" That in
4n~4W* asked by many others st
and tak wer to it, was distinctly
raging. "J. It" posed it plainly, with be
b`n4U light-hearted laugh. uh
A. irerybody knows who "J. H." is. Every- ot
EX.y' local, that is. But to the stranger in on
S Aeidt it may be explained that "J. H." is th
.4 Ho .Jseph Phil-lipps, member in the no
.LOj6It.Z Cfoncil for the parish of St. of
i'thma s, a man. for whom, at the present mo- m
.the island feels deep sympathy be- ad
iJ a recent loss. He had, at the time cll
rLemarks above refer, assisted in ot
i.i birth the. Jamaica Imperial fa
in ,, h sWas one of its original tblhty- m
i e members. Everybody wsa expressing th
,.?*ubts as to the life of this latest-born effort si
::: rgauise the brains, the energy and the re
,. plie spiritof Jamaica into one permanent in
andaftbinpuou.s movement.for the colony's im- sh
i emefht. -.teldeadure for a year, said te
~i ; for two years, Wi`ianoth;e "Haw long
last?" asked 4"J1 4 aT*i~1d swered his th
Sotpisation in characterif~ie fashion. TI
I-': 'it wil.ast," he continued, "as long as di
:thke an interest in it,ass lng as we do our k3
to achieve success. 'A. W.' insists that ARTHUR WILDMAN FARQUMAR3SON;
t: not to be a one-man concern; so we all Founder and Chairman of the Jamaloa Imperial Amssala..
got to do our part. Have a little cigar?" ton.
e ehksing invitation was also charac-
At expressed i' four words the gay pact of faith and hope and courage; he would
ul manner t b i bJ1t.'' so fre- launch yet another venture in Jamaica, make
still one more endeavour to organise and de-
.o ticaLt But those who. ire maisled velop on practical lines the public opinion of
the island; he would send forth a call for sup-
ia ianiner...into thinking that there is not
receive port and would devote himself whole-hearted-
UAri p en'th ari ely, to, receive
T b. ore is no man ly to the work to be done.
S p on. There is no man
perit br&P~.' uneHig from the He might fail? Well. that was what he
:dut for himself an,.'1H." did-not believe. I .H i the born optimist; the
oo~f the first to join the riove- type of man who, qace" possessed of an idea,
". few years, was. to. attract is so convinced q.ts praeticability. that he
the shores Ja'ica feels assured it be iealised" and must
'.his mind to do hbi *bt flourish abnMdt~ .. 'With. his own en-
thusidi he .iV all others; he creater,:a
o o contagion of confidence; e sweeps away all .
:of oAAsaon doubtUs. 1 r on reflection may .upervene, '
Ayig -doubts ity arise; but in his .presence they
,.mmercilk ar" e banished: j isimply do not exist. t
S~.sin .W au4W.in a, spirit that, one forenoon
Eiew'and so I ee n 4 he met those prominent
a th hadcome inresponse
i" .. i aa the formation. of a Ja-
4Si Msociatink.. Whe the
: thirtynine rmen had co
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optimistic endowed it with but a year or
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the Association's expressed aims and col-.
itution. The first was that this Associatio....
as to enlist the active services of its memnte-:
ers, who were to be asked continuously f ".
idertake work for the public interest; ir .:
her words, the Association was to be "no.
ie-man concern." The second fact ..
at the Association was not to be sectioW"n
at to think only of the particular inter
Planters, or of lawyers, or of commerfi l
en, and devote all its energies to obtai.iA.
[vantages and benefits for such a limltK
ass alone. It was to embrace all.these a
her classes in its membership, and: Wiij
irly by them all. And it should have. :iSlij
ore comprehensive' role. It was .iclude.
.e peasant farmer also, the-', a
mrple citizen, who had invariab...l..
guarded in every important. mnve tri
the past to establish an orjl aa.t i t.
iould represent the several i.ects anJA
rests of the colony's life. .:-':
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[ing appreciq; in. the .way
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Jcussion. requiring~ a,.
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ftedH," D'Costa, I'lugh Clarke, Rarri. if diff crent
_jon, S. 8 tedman, Cki7ence T,&pez F. 34- Vfth diff tere*- tq'*ho1nth0
-Kerr.Jv&xett, Altaniont 'Dacoka, Impe, fW enl- an effo*
Linde, P. Q,.Cor Williain Wilson, Horace, m And t
Vi4or Myiws and lliahi rrmdh; themseltes are ii" ve
thi also-of but we must, hundreds Upt Alone suffi-
Ali
from mentioning their efforts, since not a, piently illustr the
'two but a Wholelissue Of, s4p;14mterstl,`
vwe or, tion has tiken Upon t
Punc -",Wotdd:b.e requiked, for that purpo W trY, the place it oc
Perhaps so i tion
me dartherem 11 bola publiea Its:acti ities neve Be .
dealli4:_W0 ith t general: -Activitmb- of the f
at Jfi Sir JAslie Probyn
Associa. ion's members; we belit there wflP,:
_entAowi th*t be heofd from t t As
Rdt this Nol 131eteh. of the Jjjjj
be. a 1141
tion dst daily; this, of courser
Associiation, howevef, would, be co'nlilete exaggeration indulged m' 'for. the sak -and
abortthie: man -who alife but'it possewes a und.
pupose of
-A, arson's and a, dis-
long iijen d- cf 'Mf.Varquh
tion of- Obep' h. Forlj
ting h Jam&iea, has acted as,
s ed xitizen- of 71
ways I #ty,,,Occupied, and
MAociation% whenever Mr
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Farqubo wxt. Ne dl tb
take, WhUh,'t9,t*
ay,,.
ftmdirig fathers," scitions. It J4 011
And, t th"thework and
And, of CO
Sociated Chamber of Co
_Q14 N_ M 1 11 -1
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to-the A pi*l As n,
AR, -'0 some years ago by Sir Edwa avZon,
Mf.,LOONZL DEME:RCADO, sobiat'l,]OIL
headquarters, in Trinidad. It is ed
itor.;
with the West India Committee and th
membe r of thejami M Baggett oo, U e Bri-
Maica, the
Wiated al of,:Jamai flxh V= ix, Pro era Organisation, whose
f R v
ach t e' -7"
h se' societieg
on,
to send to th I e meetings at theAs-' leg.al pxo ;MN
on Awo representatives, aad *hiige 71
Vould have thoxiir ht t 0 speak
ed'aVe6t, Indies PArli
ootitjk o equa lity ith any othet"mernb
'Ho i;r o?
conslAingof members of the, Ho
This, Was, an e:Oirel new departutte for Ja-,,
and the House of Commons; of this Comrpit
10$L, and.con idere so fantastic-orr unne-
-tatken the. xhairman- is; the Viscount But jp4w,
4_lioEeary that'no. particular notice. WAA
jurd, Kf Ow
t, k the seere4wr is Mr," Tiny k,
'o the ablest and mostehergetic of rl
bf ts
'N' ex stin i
thethen I g Cit!ZPP87..Assotiations-L.-that
Df tern ry7--gr#a
Wes Ma, pQ with ary members of tle-%!i 4-1a'ica" n
Imp *91 'Asgo-s'
ible Am- th e Lad ke -it"-W,04Wobti4n,
_irom I jation. By means of this Parliamen q
i4ntified with a 'strong-, and
sh West Indiei
representi Committee the Briti
'Udi ng the business, the
some rea
tained I repr"entatl",,_*400
e d the commerceof this colony.
Houses .,,of PAr1iameat;,,,1J i%
At ,mce it applied f6i afb4tion, and others 4
p, j
follGived it's ekample Individ Is 'in'
IA^ M, such great
aw hastened to
ion as the D4
'0
;16'Undon Times, and the varn,
7 'iag Post. The Association aims, atfthe c OMM ,tv.L_
union of the britis4.- W,,.e ndiesat their1
1,11-J ine, to "Relvera'i bundre.4- To-doy it num-
Monious 60_ope041""
0,s it ywkj ends. A
'Wgre,,"O'We". f the 164MI
t#e samiatiqu v#xo bad heard,
One afthege
HON, Ji H. PMILLIPF*$, WLX.
fxr r, ond.d, 4,
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man 0 sileAl, grjaye, A6660 ted wi-Mr 'F degr" of
kd impert*` i4e he' pthe dutie 4nd Ulgain have they
W-* JU
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eupr f i 'Assoda" 'jn the very
entertaWing (if th
3i* inception, a4lk a#, cont ued to mutual YC4 o$11ht*1 a
Z,
over: aa It was there-
11 J-1 4orm theT e was some deep.'andendu
4, 1g to be d;*v4l4 hett we worth fore to, be apcoe ha 14r. Grarlltvouid b-
$9 llrst-liiuten t in
"The w the would come 'Mt. FarciOlfar5on. an
t "di
'*y. Wha d It ma- thpwork of the As8qdWU* A&A,
_i 2 IMMA to his )Uriowl6dge 44
Ujzg to,4 ng wM, grudged either hie.,Ume or
r', Rt pf QA& s abi ity
it tf U *te 4-46 As 'tion demand-
n the welfare,(
tiii; ,one, ed it Another man, wh" rtraft a
ir tc4vtiniiold life ar e1i 6 this page, -and who haA' pome
*'h 4id be'j e,- e tio
!O&e is frorts onbehalf of th Ai
im Iways pressed
bo4r er- teiii5- A A
p'other public "Ax
14D] '44tjes,, 'he has,
and again, Mt, aside
W77 6
and'' WrY4
through
foo onoprom*oit been called Upon to fulffl.
o th Amciation, eh"mr-mr esitatN a very' perusasive
bch his tirne, .hAntelligeaqe dry, searching humur which A eff
at PUbliC,
41W 40e it t4q4 mett$-g. -lie
tio4 hefihose men tlon,'as, a:p4ent':Uetor in
rajti' IllufftA04-Of this and, haa represeDt6d It&',"
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PLANTERS' PUNCH


. R. Darnley


KEONE has described the Colonial
Office as a sort of temple with corridors
r like lofty aisles, and with an atmos-
b'here chilling and repellent to those not of
S the inner sanctuary. And, in days not very
Ulu long ago, West Indians seeking for admission
: to the interior of the place found only too
Soften that though they might enter the great
States that shut it off from the thoroughfare
ide, they would reach no fErther unless
had obtained previously a .special ap-
ttmtent, which was of the nature of a diffi-
l fIt enterprise. It was not easy to see any-
I* one of any importance in the Colonial Office;
Sit is not easy now. But times have changed,
S' there is a new spirit abroad, and access to one
of the officials who rule so large a part of a
scattered Empire, and even to a Secretary of
State himself, does not now demand a patient
i- "waiting of days and weeks.
S Mr. E. R. Darnley is head of the West
I :; ,ndia Department of the Colonial Office, the
' ... department which has under its direct control
S..all the British West Indies, British Guiana,
Bermuda, and the Falkland Islands as well.
S wI went one day, in June of this year (1923),
i,:. by invitation, to see Mr. Ormsby Gore, and
S: after a conversation I mentioned that I should
;.: like to renew my acquaintanceship with Mr.
1 Wiseman, who had been in Jamaica some
Eighteen months before. Mr. Ormsby Gore
directed me to Mr. Wiseman's office, and for
si ome time I sat talking to the second in per-
"B zimanent command of West Indian affairs, the
Skeen-faced, pleasant, highly-intelligent young
.man who had accompanied Major Wood and
S. Major Ormsby Gore on their recent tour of
S:;the West Indies, and who had made such an
: excellent impression on all with whom he
itame in contact here. It was while we were


AR Impressive
of the West
ment of the (


I was much interested in my
For the head of the West India
of the Colonial Office is very mu(
rulers of these West Indies; h
whose opinion and advice carry
weight with the Secretaries ol
whose strong opposition to any
damage it irreparably. So mu
tion; now as to the personality o
No one could talk to Mr.
ley for ten minutes and have any
the essential sanity and shrew
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MR. E. R. DARNLEY, M.A.,
Head of the West India Department o
Office.


-:, ..tlking together on Jamaica affairs that\the mind. By disposition he is in
door opened and a short, strongly-built man positive, by official training thi
i::ame into the room. I glanced at him; his has been developed, but his in
rather reminded me of the late Presi- freely on the questions which
int Roosevelt; a strong face it was, and the him for decision, and even whili
e demeanour of the stranger indicated press dissent he is estimating
confidence and determination. I won- your counter-contention. The r
who this was. Then Mr. Wiseman strong minded though he is, he i
to him as "Darnley," and at once I ed also. But not flabbily so: hi
Iw mind of the man who wants t
Swas introduced. In a quiet voice Mr. truth of things, and who is abl
Dartey said: ."In five minutes' time, Wise- the truth in defiance of any preci
:.:man, if you will4brink Mr. deLisser in, I shall his own. I should imagine (i
*eI glad to see hin for a little while." At the sure ) that he does not often char
fi t he ought to be five minutes Mr. and that he is always slow to c
e p tlie into Mr. Darnley's room; his firmness is not obstinacy: he
7 e h'ad been seeing (an ad- facts and to a just representative
e-red, from some part of tion. Woe to anyone, however,
S) was still with him. He think to mislead him, to confu
eruption, though he said false data, to perplex him with b;
Ied. That look seemed I can see the cold grey-blue eye
,very strange; what is in scrutiny upon such a one, a'
Sth I made no.. remark, that might then appear to be lau
. though V .i .me interestifwg as ly, asking a few quiet disconcerti
i:.an indieti'fe ~~He4e, I thought, Aiid yon woutd never be trustee
s ii a man who h IIjIiwn way, one too more. For a man of this type w
t ho will not allo'~tto h bjtten what is due patience with fools, and an end
: k dignityy c"I-t is mty.falt, Darnley,". for deceivers.
Wiseman with a smile. "I thought He takes a high view of his
te." The visitot then took his ties. He does not mention the
.'ed to a chair, and soon Mr. should say that he would.never
fIllcing in that quiet, some- about himself. But after meet
>M tpice of hi s speaking come away with the feeling that
,~4.iiW tf uncon- to his work, proud of it, and deo
:Wth a 'filling his obligations to his cowu
400A0s part.!of the :'Rhplte which' h
govern.
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w, of the Head at the Colonial Office, at half-past four, to
Indies Depart- have a talk. Just before going up to his office
Colonial Office. I had taken a glance at a book kept Open on a
desk on the first floor of the building-in whiih
interlocutor, the time at which the officials go to work and
Department leave it is entered by themselves. All'hours.
ch one of the were set down; I noticed that these were very
ie is a man irregular. There was no general exodus at.
the greatest four, as the public firmly believes. Some men
f State, and would remain until six o'clock; I saw this.
scheme may hour pretty often set down against Mr. Darn--
ch for posi- ley's name. As it happened, I was with him
f the man. on this particular occasion until nearly six.
E. R. Darn- o'clock, and we were talking on West Indian
doubts about affairs. Not once did he show the slightest
dness of his desire that I should leave. -And no one who-
has met the head of the West Indian Depart-
ment at Downing Street would imagine for a
moment that he would abandon his day's-
work, if not completed, merely because the-
hour for adjournment had arrived.
He had never been to the West Indies,
yet I soon realized that he knew a great deal
about them. More; he knew a good deal
about the people of them prominent in the
public eye. He knew much about the pro-
ceedings of our Legislative Council-and,
remember, it is not Jamaica alone that he has
to deal with, but every colony in this part of
the world. I was frank: "Honestly," I said,
"I did not expect to find that you knew any-
thing whatever about us, except such statisti-
cal facts and general statements as come be--
fore you in official papers. But after our first.
conversation I changed my mind. I know
that you know." To which he smiled non-
committingly, and the talk took another turn.
He is a man of wide and solid reading,
with a firm, incisive style of writing. He-
has not written much, and yet he could, I am
convinced, have had a most successful career
B.SC., as an English journalist. For you read what
f the Colonial he writes with interest; there is a literary
flavour about it, a clarity that is typical of
clined to be character. "The style is the man," said Buf-
s disposition fon, and that is largely true; strength and
itellect plays precision and knowledge are suggested by
come before Mr. Darnley's writing, and those are his
e he may ex- characteristic qualities. It was a friend of
the force of his who mentioned to me an article by him
result is that, which had appeared recently in the Nine-
s open mind- teenth Century: I got hold of the magazine
s is the open and read that article, and though it treated of
o get at the a quite impersonal subject there were indica-
e to perceive tions there of the mind and character of its
conceptions of writer which confirmed my previous estimate
indeed I am of him. This friend told me that to see Mr.
nge his mind, Darnley at some open air excursion, sitting
change. But on wet logs, trudging through the mud, tak-
Swill yield to ing no thought about health and convenience,
[n of a situa- was to see another and a different aspect of
who should him. But his character is all of a piece: it is
ise him with because he throws himself wholeheartedly
ad argument. into what he has to do that he does not mind
s turned full mud or wet logs-or volumes of work, or ir-
nd the voice, regular hours and the like. He believes in
ghing slight- being thorough.
ng questions. Forty-seven years of age, a bachelor, a.
d by him any student of science, a lover of literature, ambi-
rill have little tious for his work's sake but not for himself,
during dislike withal a strong man who can be adamant
on occasion, I take it that he is the soft you
responsibili- would like to have with you in a tight corner:
im; indeed, I a very firm and faithful friend. As an
Scare to talk enemy, if he took the trouble to dislike you
ting him you actively (which it is doubtful if he would do),
he is devoted he could be formidable. Above all, a just
sirous of ful- man, I think, and one too conscientious and
Rtry and that proud e'.;er to think of stooping to *,ttinpas.
e assists to I am glad that I met him. That has bSeh onte.
of the pleasant experiences of my life.
ne afternoon id .D,

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SIn Costa Rica therr are some ten thousand Ja-
-' aicans. This little Republic has been the home of
-Jamaicans for at Irast thirty years. and its banana de-
velopment is due to the application of their muscular
-energy and to American enterprise and capital. Abore
a thirty mile belt from the Atlantic Coast, hoirever,
fewC Jamaica latourrrs are found.
This sketch contains the impressions of one who
visited Costa Rica in 191S and again an 192.3: in that
interval there have been many changes in the "Banaa
Rentblic," changes deeply interesting to the Costa
Ricans and to the Jamaicans also.
T HE cathedral bells rang out, calling the faithful
r to morning prayer and the sacrament; it was
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BLOCK OF PUBLIC BUILDINGS IN SAN J
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'ed in the park which all night long had stood open, a
place of refuge for those who might have no other
shelter in this city among the hills.
The air was sweet and cool, for here, in San Jose
Sof Costa Rica, one was some four thousand feet above
the level of the warm and steaming lowlands of the
Atlantic and Pacific slopes. Here one was in the
region of pale blue hills, skies of purest azure, green
plateaux through which rushed the waters of moun-
tain rivers, and shrubs and trees such as one does not
associate with tropical vegetation. To an immense
height grew the trees in the park spread out below
me, and upon whkih gazed from the narrow balcony
which fronts ana adorns tile window of every Spanish-
American house of any pretentious. Tall and grace-
ful, with a glorious wealth of yellow flowers, they
towered above the tiled paths and hospitable benches
of the chief public social rendezvous of San Jose; and
even as I gized the lights of the lamps faded suddenly
and San Jose awoke.
Through the park. side by side, came two girlish
figures, clothed In black, their heads draped in black
mantillas, just as though they were two nuns. They
emerged upon the street,-and one observed their feet
were bare: servant girls going home from mass they
seemed, white girls walking barefooted in this city as
they had doubtless done from their earliest youth, and
with no sense of it.convenience or shame. They pass-
ed out of sight. and then the reeking of a cart assail-
-d the ear. and one of the small box-like contrivances
they use for the carriage of goods in Costa Rica hove
in sight. Each drawn by two patient oxen, creat-
ing a tumult as they passed over the rough cobbles
with which San'Jose is paved, cart followed cart, each
with a guide who walked in front of or beside it,
directing his temm with his voice or with a little move-
ment of the long and cruel goad he carried. A thrust
of that steal-pointed stick into the side of the animal
that was slow or stupid was its master's mode of
admonition: a brutal mode it seemed. But through-
out Spanish America there Is little regard for thc feel-
Ings of the lower animals. They are beasts of burden
created solely for man's benefit, and why should they
not be tortured if they act as creatures without sense?
So the argument seems to run, and the stranger can
but register his protest beneath his breath. All day
long, in this city and in others of Costa Rica. he will
see these ox-carts, witness the callous treatment of
the oxen. and when he is beset with flies, as he will be
Sn even the best hotels of Costa Rica, he will remem-
ber that files frequent and breed in stables, and that
S the sleeping and feeding places of the cattle cannot be
ar ajwy
-QSIYLY the streets began to fill. Women s rolled
J qguetly home from church, men walked with
V:la#'t p ein to Work, the shops commenced to aoen
"tbrWi4ta, the normal life of San Jose was beginning,
as day by A,. had begun save when there was poll-



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IMPRESSIONS OF COSTA RICA, BY HERBERT C. de -ISSER,
AUTHOR OF "IN CUBA AND JAMAICA," Etc.


tical trouble and people knew it would not be safe to
be out upon the streets. On such occasions the
cautious kept their place of business closed, the timid
thought it wise to stay indoors, but the adventuresome
would venture forth, fired with excitement, wondering
what would happen, expecting anything, until a sud-
den movement somewhere would give the signal for a
general stampede or for a determined rush on the
part of some "heroes'' determined to strike for the
principles they professed. Thus it was that, but a
few years ago, the ladies of San Jose rose and trooped
out to Tinoco's palace, demanding of that usurping
President the release of their imprisoned relatives,



























OSE, HERE SOME OF THE GOVERNMENT
POST OFFICE. ARE HOUSED.
only to be driven back by the female criminals whom
he released from prison to do this work for him.
But this morning of May 24th, 1923, there was no
talk of revolution or of trouble of any kind in San
Jose. The city w-as peaceful; the elections were more
than six months off: the pressing problems of the
day were all connected with the depreciated and
fluctuating value of Costa Rican money. The dollar,
or "colon,"' which once had been worth two shillings,
was now worth something less than a shilling, and
day by day its value varied slightly. Enter a shop to
make a purchase, and the salesman would detain you
until, by a calculation done before your eyes on paper,
he had determined the difference between your Eng-
lish or American money and the Costa Rican currency
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STREET SCENE IN ONE OF THE POORE
IN THE PICTURE ARE THE CITY'S CH

to the stranger, and one disheartening to a people who
find that, by some mysterious law whkh they cannot
understand, their money decreases in-actual purchas-
ing power. Because of this depreciation in their
money the Costa Ricans are poorer to-day than when
I first visited that country some ten or eleven years
ago. Yet living is cheap in Costa Rica, cheaper by
far than it is in Jamaica, and there seems a plenitude
and a variety of commodities in the shops.
These shops are smaller than our own, but more
tastefully arranged, and as there is no dust in Sanm
Jose they have a fresher, brighter appearkme. They
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a stranger and they take him in. But the tourist ex-
pects this; his compensation is the new sensations'he
experiences In a city so old-world and charming.
He wanders from the business centre pf the city into
and about the narrow streets, between houses built low
because of earthquakes, watching the barefooted men
and women of the working classes, the dandies of the
better classes, the uniformed police all armed with
swords; and no matter in what direction he gazes he
will have glimpses of gardens rich with dowers, and
will see the mountain summits clear against the'blue
horizon, an horizon cloudless in the morning, but Inr
visible as the day draws to evening and the rain be-
gins to pour.
THERE are days when it does not rain in San Jose.
So I have been told, and it must be true, but I
have not known one of these. On the two occasions I
have been in that little capital city of some 4lu,000
souls, no afternoon passed but the clouds came up
from behind the bills and the country for miles
around was drenched; and fortunate it is for one if
the downpour cease with night. Then one can sally
forth to see something of the night life of San Jose,
the life of courtship at open doors or barred windows,
of promenades in the parks when the bands are play-,
ing, of walks in the spacious savannah just outside of
the city. where the races are run and the bull-fights
take place. Or one may go to the opera, if a company
happens to be performing rn San Jose. This is not
often, but some inferior Spanish theatrical troupes
frequently find their way to Costa Rica, and, in
wooden buildings provided for the purpose, give crude
performances upon stages with a minimum of fittings
and amenities. Yet these performances are well
patronised, even on rainy nights, by the better classes
of the people; in the boxes in the upper gallery (or
dress circle, I supposeP sit the girls with their mothers
or aunts: down below, in the pit, are grouped the
men. Only now and then do you see med and girls to-
gether, the law of the separation of the sexes holding
good, it would appear, even at a play or in a church.
I dislike this custom; but, on the other hand, there is
no unwritten regulation against staring: one may
gaze with open eyes of admiration at the beauties on
balcony, in theatre or in church. One may even mur-
mur aloud one's admiration: it is permitted by the
custom of the country. And the girls of San Jose are
well worthy of admiration. For the girls of San
Jose are renowned throughout Central America for
their beauty, and their men folk boast openly about it
as one of the merits of their country.
"Our girls are pretty," said a gentleman of San
Jose to the writer.
One cordially agreed; yet one could not but regret
that they had followed the foreign fashion of "bobbing"
their hair without the excuse for that fashion which
Europe had. Girls bobbed their hair during war time
when they had to be early and late at work; tresses
were then an inconvenience. To-day, in Europe, the
hair is again being grown. But Costa ica, far from


R STREETS OF SAN JOSE. THE OX-CARTS
IEF MEANS OF CONVEYING GOODS.

the outer world as it is. still bobs its hair, and thi.s-
a pity, for the girls of San Jose could boast 'aof luxlri-
ant tresses, black, brown, and of golden huae.

OSTA RICA is mainly a white country, but there
is some admixture of Indian and also of African
blood. There are pure Indians i the country; these
dwell on lands-of their own, odiy their own chies
while owning a-sort of allegiance to the Costa sRie : .
Government, and, on the whole, show themselvas'an-
tagontetic r .aIra renft to the Influences of diTflftk*
tion. You see some of them in San Jose and fXlQ;tr
towns of the republic; bronze-coloured, broad ofa fte.


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"As. all Indians have ever been. They
p.f work, and though, after some four
M, they have accepted the white man as
igtare of things, I have no doubt that they
themselves as the rightful owners of the
:mand the others as intruders. But they do
t for much in the political or economic life
s country; the workers in the highlands and on
Pacific slope of Costa Rica are white men or men
mixed blood; yet though Costa Rica is a country
l ve times the size of Jamaica, with wonderfully fer-
tile soil, and with a population not much more than
hi alf as numerous as ours, these peons are poor and
:landless. You see them, men and women, tilling the
elds and performing domestic duties; you see the
S' men working on the railroad, driving the Oxcarts,
-clearing the hillsides, and nearly all of them are bare-
ed and live from hand to mouth. The American
i;;.... to Costa Rica and acquires vast tracts of land.
.e Jamaican goes to Costa Rica, and, toiling on
'hik"e Atlantic littoral, at least earns a livelihood better
. .i. ;-t.h he earned in his own country. But the working
e -lasses of Costa Rica acquire no land and earn but
little. What is the explanation of this?
"They are not industrious; they have no ambi-
J -tlon," said the Costa Rican gentleman I have quoted
above. "They can get land by buying it; the price
is not'much. But they never work enough to save
i anything. They work only for what they need day
:by day."
"i' This may be true; but I know that all over Span-
A:. ish America the rule is that there are a minority of
S wealthy people and a mass of workers depending on
S -those few who are the owners of the soil. The land
is in the hands of the minority, no effort is made to
-make the majority in any way independent. Condi-
tions react upon disposition; to the natural indolence
-i-of the peon I add the circumstance that, strive he
never so hard, he yet would find It difficult to better
his position. So he does not strive. He is a labourer
.and a servant, a white man in the tropics going bare-
footed and living from hand to mouth. But perhaps
e' -he is happy: the climate is genial, his wants are few.
-.ne day, however, when the democratic, socialistic
tir of the world begins to be felt in Costa Rica there
may come a drastic change. A practically landless
people in a country with plenty of fertile -land is an
anomaly that will not fIrever endure.
S T Is. from Port Limon up to Sequires that you meet
I the Jamaica labourer, the black man of brawn
S and muscle, who made the development of this part
o Costa Rica possible. He is found in large num-
4o.edrs in Port Limon, and along the railway track for
some distance beyond that town. Only he or his like
k;,: .v-could have lived and worked in those dank, swampy,
terribly hot regious, where it rains almost every day
and where the jungle teems with poisonous snakes
-and with still more poisonous diseases. It seems im-
penetrable that jungle: the great trees towering over-
S head, their roots and trunks swathed in the grass and
-creepers that flourish with hideous profusion In the
;; sodden, steaming earth. The heat is intense, it would
S seem as though no ray of the sun could penetrate
those reeking depths, no breath of God's air find its
way through them to relieve the hideous odour of
.1 :ptrid vegetation. Yet men armed with machettes
havee cleared thousands of those fetid acres of wood
-and underbrush, have planted the suckers from which
come the golden fruit of commerce, and have built
r:'. -~Istation towns in which hundreds of people live. This
Ai :as been the work of the Jamaican labourer and the
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rency. But the hurricane's effects are at any rate not
permanent, and in 1923 conditions have been better in
Limon than they were in the latter half of 1922.
rt may be that bome remedy will be found for the
Panama Disease. It is said that after the land has
been allowed to lie fallow for seven years, it can be re-
planted out in fruit: they are doing this now and with
success, but it yet remains to be seen how long the
trees will continue to bear before they are again as-
sailed by the disease. They are experimenting, too,
with a new variety of banana from the East, a variety
believed to be immune from Panama Disease. That
may some day prove the salvation of countries like
Costa Rica. In the meantime there are some ten
thousand Jamaicans in that republic, and most of
them look forward to when they shall be able to re-
turn to their native land, better circumstanced than
when they left it. That hope they never abandon, and
because of it, and their pride in the British flag, they
insist that their children shall be taught English and
not Spanish In the elementary schools.
I like their feeling, but I know that many will


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THE TOWN OF PORT LIMON, WHICH IS I
HERE IT RAINS ALM
never come back to Jamaica, and that the children
born in Costa Rica will grow up as citizens of that
country; they would feel themselves strangers in Ja-
maica should they return. The land in which they
were born will claim them: they are being bound to
it by ties of association and habit: they are adapting
themselves daily to it: some day, when they are grown
to manhood, they will discover that they are Costa
Ricans and not.Jamaicans. For gooa or for ill, Costa
Rica has endowed herself, on her Atlantic slope, with
a permanent population of African descent. Such a
population you will find on the Atlantic littoral of all
Spanish America. This belt of black workers is from
twenty to thirty miles deep; beyond it you find other
races and habits of life. In Costa Rica the Jamaican
lives as far inland as Sequires, or thirty miles from
the seafront upon which stands the town of Port
Limon. Above that he is rarely to be found; and
above Sequires. too, as the traveller observes, the
scenery swiftly changes, the vegetation is different,
and the atmosphere, from hot and humid, becomes cool
and pleasing to the lungs of men.


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O,.'' N THE RAILROAD FROM PORT LIMON TO SAN JOSE. THIS PICTURE WAS TAKEN
NEAR REQUIRES. ABOUT 30 MILES FROM THE ATLANTIC COAST.


st, and to-day Port Limon is partly

tin Costa Rica is not as well off, and
t py, to-day as he was ten years
~blCosta Rica. There is less work
j times, though this will doubt-
bar on.
": tnt a-sorihIntem : swept over part of Limon
s"'aaBii d: u d. a :large number of banana
l C.A:" d-tOralA i' i that the steady abandon-
i Qfilt eultliin temdl been proceeding on the
T hki tedIsml t employment, and to this
: e added the consequeaoes oi a-depreciated cuar-


AS the train steams out of Sequires, which has
grown astonishingly in the last ten years, as
you leave behind you this settlement of wooden build-
ings with corrugated iron roofs, earth streets, and
dark-hued population, the country suddenly opens
wide and far-reaching to the view. Hitherto your
range of vision had been bounded mainly by the living
walls of the jungle through which the railway track is
cut. You had noticed that where, in former years,
there were bananas enly, you saw to-day fine planta-
tions of cocoa, which, alas, at present brings no price.
The skies were cloudy, the air heavy with moisture;
there ws littte pleasure 'n that'hot ride Ipfrlads


save what might be extracted from the sight of "tle
turbulent Reventazon roaring and foaming its *tay
down to the Caribbean Sea. But now; of a sudden as
it were, the scene Is changed. The dense forests give
place to wide stretches of blue hills with valleys in
between, the sky is of a bright and glorious blue, the
glow of the sun is less fierce, its radiance more spark-
ling, its light a mellow gold. Cooler and cooler grows
the atmosphere, steeper and steeper the ascent; preci-
pices and yet more precipices yawn to this side and to
that; great bridges span tremendous ravines; one
catches one's breath in apprehension as the train
shrieks and thunders across a chasm which ancient
earthquakes have ripped in the bowels of the earth.
How beautiful it is; how exhilarating; interesting,
too, in an economic sense, for you cannot fail to notice
the changes industrially that have taken place from
Sequires almost up to Cartago. For here are bananas
where formerly there were but trees of no economic
value; here are plantations of fruit where once Was
ruluate and waste. The Panama Disease has driven
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MAINLY INHABITED BY JAMAICANS.
OST EVERY DAY.
try, away from the hot lands, up into the hills where
it was once believed that bananas could never grow.
And now the scene on either side is changed.
Bananas are cultivated to-day at and even above
Turrialba, sixty-one miles from Port Limon. When
this fruit was first planted at an elevation of two
thousand feet In Jamaica (I think it was at the sug-
gestion, or by the direct action, of Captain List) fail-
ure was prophesied. There was no failure, and with
fruit growing at a much higher elevation in Costa Rica
to-day there is no failure. But there is great expense.
Every additional mile upward means a higher cost of
transportation, and I was told that some of the feeders
for the main line of this Costa Rican railway run some
forty miles laterally into the interior. The fruit, too,
at these heights, takes a longer time to mature than
on the lowlands. But I myself think its quality dis-
tinctly better; it is a finer type of fruit. I ate better-
flavoured bananas in Costa Rica in 1923 than I did
in 1913.
Some prosperity to this part of the country has
been brought by this extension of banana cultivation.
There are now settlements along the upper part of
the line which I did not observe in 1913: they may.
have been there, but they must then have been in-
significant in size. And the Costa Rican peasant who
happens to own a patch of land now grows bananas
for export, and the Costa Rican gentleman plants
bananas as shade trees for his coffee, and sells them
to the United Fruit Company, thus ensuring himself
a present as well as a future revenue. Hence Turrial-
ba, which was not much of a town ten years ago, but
which just now is situated well within the new banana
region, shows signs" of prosperity and has grown to
respectable proportions. I predict that, unless the
fruit entirely gives out here, and coffee is unprofitable,
Turrialba will increase as the years go on; it will be-
come one of the more important cities of Costa Rica.
It is well in the way of economic progress. Its growth
and development are assured. It will hold a bigger
place yet in the republic than Cartago holds to-day.
CARTAGO, the first capital of Costa Rica, built on a
plain surrounded by towering mountains, des-
troyed again and again by earthquake, but always re-
stored, has been rehabilitated since its last calamity
some twelve or thirteen years ago. Its streets are
wide and well laid-out, its cathedral dominates the
other buildings: it is in the heart of the best coffee-
producing district of Costa Rica, and under the shadow
of the volcano Irs.zu it pursues the peaceful tenor of
its way.
Under the shadow of Irazu; but that is a menace,
not a protection.
I stood one morning In a group on the savannah
outside of the city of San Jose. The eyes of us all
were fixed on the summit of a distant monxtain,"a
summit above which something that looked like 'a
bank of cloud rested and slightly moved. As we
watched, we saw this cloud rise higher and higher,
streaminla lowly away to the right; and always fritit
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WHERE WAS H S E?9 A COMEDY IN SIX CHAPTERS.
AB Sr .m Thosif Sm.rimam edbr od" u loto epy Thm"l s tRs y" foi r IMa
Esu, "Th. MdiimdH 'Prsm ta D.ril," "T' A&in ill af PermosI Aom E ..
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S"Planters' punch" has been fortunate to secure for
th issue the cxclusivre rights of Mr. S. T. Squalitone's
latest Jamaica story. fr. Squalitone himself has
modestly described it as a masterpiece and one des-
tined to win for him the fervent admiration of the
Scandinravian nations as soon as it shall have been
translated into their languages. He feels that Its pub-
lieation abroad will inaugurate another of those "new
eras," one of which Jamaica enjoys about every six
months.
The .scene oj the story is laid in Kingston, the
time apparently is the earlier part of the year 192S.
In those distant days we had a City Council, the At-
toney General was still among us, Sir John Pringle
was alive, and the GLEANER "Wants" were work-
tog wonders. This story, then, -may be said to hat'
historical as well as topical interest, and future sti
Sdents of Jamaica's development will doubtless per.t
Sit carefully in order to obtain a clear conspectus of the
habits and manners of a time long vanished.

CHAPTER ONE.

r. THE GOVERNOR'S DISAPPEARANCE.


was suggested that he should try the Colonial Secre-
tary's Office. Thither he hied; but there they knew
nothing whatever: they had not seen the Governor
that day. A telephone message to King's House
elicited the information that the Governor had not re-
turned home; then the Attorney General's Office was
tried, and the Treasury, and the Merchants' Exchange;
and after that the Telephone Exchange persisted in re-
fusing to answer any further calls, this being one of
the customs of the Telephone Exchange. An hour had
now elapsed but no alarm was yet engendered. An-
other hour passed; lunch was awaiting His Excel-
lency at home: and then it was that the chauffeur re-
membered that be had not been told when and where
to call for his master. All at once a horrible suspicion
sprang into being. Where was the Governor? What
had become of him? Was he murdered, or kidnapped;,
or had he fled from the island?
There was a mystery somewhere. The news got
about. All the Inspectors of the Police Force repaired
to Headquarters House, all the chief officials in King-
ston, all the members of the Legislative Council who
happened to be in Kingston-and most of them were
there. There could be no doubt about it: the Governor
had disapnpared. That was not one of his hahbita


with indignation at the alleged suggestion that t '
were not all earnest practising Christians.
The country mnembersa t the Legislative CotunclU,-, I:'.-.
who would ordinarily have departed to their homes
on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning, determined.
to remain in Kingston on ThurSday with the object of
finding out, from conversatiotW with .p l~le they knew
In the city, how their strong iMan in th ipterestd of
religion was regarded. The Goierno-, .ptpiidiately
after the adjournment'of the House ohiilWe..gday..
summoned a meeting of the Privy Couni.l ti pIus
what should be done. At that meeting he
that a committee should be appointed to inve
what he had said.
"I cannot," he said, "I cannot allow it to be:.
charged against me that I am a Deist; it must be a.
dreadful thing to be a Deist. A small committee,
with powers to summon witnesses and to take ev--
deuce on oath, should be appointed, and the whole .
question threshed ont. Perhaps Sir John Pringle
would preside,"
"My advice, Your Excellency," sid- Sir Jqhn, "Is-
to leave the matter alone. It will blow over. 1Only the,
other day I was called a philoaopher, butll tou Fa ,
notice of that; and now no one remembhlf'tltta -'''


LL Kington was disturbed by the news. It Something extraordinary had evidently occurred. An dent except myself."
Sran like wildfire through the city. At first Investigation was begun at once, with the Attorney "Besides," said Mr. William Morrison wet3 ,,
A no one believed it; It seemed incredible; General In charge, and Colonel Clark to see that the "we have got to determine what were the intentions of
never before had it been reported that a Gov- search was conducted along the lines most approved 'the man who said Your Excellency was a Deist. If
ernor was lost, murdered may be; yet this was the in all the detective stories he had read in his early those intentions were not bad*, the investigation would
story that passed from lip to lip and sent newspaper youth, be needless. If they were bad, the investigation
reporters rushing about in wild haste in the hope of would simply establish or fail to establish that fact,
learning that the report was true. CHAPTER TWO and after that we might have the trouble of being.
The facts that were known were few and simple. forced to proceed against him In form paupers or by-
At nine o'clock that morning His Excellency Sir Leslie WHAT LED UP TO IT. decree nist, and I am not sure that you can proceed
Probyn had left King's House, apparently with the in- against a member of the Legislative Council for any-
tention of going down to Headquarter House, where, N our first chapter the reader has been brought face
it was understood, he had to write some minutes on to face with the bare outlines of one of the most
the best and subtlest ways ol increasing the income thrilling mysteries that ever startled and per- HON, C. G. H. DAVIS
tax; granting an annuity to discharged prisoners as a plexed the people of Jamaica. Those outlines
reward for their services to the country, and inducing must now be filled In. A
the Legislative Council to deal with public matters in On the day previous to this strangp.dis.&p eape,
a reasonable frame of mind. So much he had made there had-been a sitting oa(he LegislativeColutxcil, at
known at the office the day before,,and the Clerk of which a most acrituoloua debate had taken place.
Sthe Council, Mr. Stern, had offered to assist him'if The questlon.being diac msed l..r Wethetr ,a car et
. such assistance would entail no sacrifice of time or for a akurchat Mount Tabernacle should be charged
any other inconvenience. duty -or' pot, the custom being that articles intended
But Sir Leslie had courteously refused to avail for the use of churches should be admitted free on the
himself of the Clerk's unexpected generosity; the next application of members of the Council. On this oc-
day, he had said on leaving, would be a very serious caslon, however, Mr. Ffrench, usually a very religious
one for himself, the country, and certain well-known man, had raised an objection: he did not, he said,
public men, and he wished to be by himself. This re- consider that a carpet was an article of religion, for
mark had not struck Mr. Stern, at the time, as being people usually wiped their feet on it. "That is what
particularly significant, for Mr. Stern's mind was just seems to be done with religion here," the Governor
then occupied with a bitter contemplation of the sins had observed, facetiously, according to Mr. William
of the Government Printing Office, which (he alleged) Morrison, but seriously, some of the elected members
would not send him proofs of Government Bills in thought. This unfortunate remark at once plunged
time. But to-day Mr Stern remembered it with start- the. whole House into a state of violent excitement,
ling vividness; coming so soon before the mysterious and the Rev. Mr. Young rose to move the adjournment
disappearance of His Excellency, the remark seemed of the House in order that he might resent His Ex-
fraught with sinister significance. Mr. Stern went cellency's words and also prove that the people of Ja-
about repeating it in strictest confidence to whoever maica had as high a regard for religion as any other
would listen. He found a ready audience, people, even though it might not have the slightest
At nine o'clock, then, on Thursday morning, Sir effect upon their lives.
Leslie had left King's House, presumably for Head- Mr. Young's speech was followed by others: there
quarter House. We say presumably, for it soon trans- was no maintaining order. Mr. Lightbody called the
pired that he had not told anyone, positively, that his Governor a Deist, and when challenged by Mr. Gideon
destination was Headquarter House. That destina- to say what a Deist wap, retorted that everybody
tion had been taken for granted; it was only after knew-"he wasa .man WVho did1 not hlieve n..-God."
everybody had consulted everybody else that it was (The word you ashuld halveused. was "Theosophist,"
discovered that the Governor had not taken anyone replied Mr. Gideo: 'with initite superiority, then f .
into his confidence as to where he was going that day. asked the orderly to.. ipg him a dictionary so that he
The Governor's chauffeur, when closely questioned might find out jusnawhat a hfosoplfist was. The
Sby no less a person than Colonel Clark, Inspector Gen- Rev. Mr. GF'aham Seemed to fancy that the founda-
eral, told a story that was almost incredible. He had tons of Christianity were being assailed, for he kept Auditor General and quoter of the claslatc. I.
been ordered by His Excellency, he said, to stop within calling out loudly, "woe is me, woe am I," being some-
a block of Headquarter House and return home at what doubtful as to which was exactly the grammati- The Hon. Davis, Auditor.General of Jal~nM.e.i ,
once. He had wondered vaguely at this, but felt that, cal way of voicing his woe, and wishing, by using both native of Demerara and a nomiatet u. .tpb r
as a good servant, it was his business to obey without expressions, to be on the safe side. Mr. Daris, the maica's Legislative Councif.l Wbp" w.f, w:lrst
S making reply, or reasoning why, since he had noticed Auditor General, on the strength of having presided came to Jamaica and assumed hit i*t d .lglsaa-
that argumentative chauffeurs had a habit of losing over one Salvation Army demonstration at the Ward tor, he thought to take an active r~l interest
their jobs. Colonel Clark showed at first a strong Theatre, rose and begged his honourable colleagues to in the affairs of the Co=flt ,,in some de-
disinclination to disbelieve the man's statement, and remember that religious and secular matters should bates, particularly o.p,iatt:wf h he was per-
cross-questioned him in a masterly manner that would be kept strictly part, religion having the right to fectly well acqualatedl s a, o o.: occasion, on his.
have lost the Police any case they took to court. But only one-seventh of ur time, the rest of which should happening to.quste I aflnthe4 A well-known tag about-
the man refused to alter what be said, even when it be devoted to profane pursuits. He suggested- that the shoemaker. "t'I itig talilislast, several.members of"'
was suggested to him that he did not know the Gov- church matters had already been sufficiently discussed the. House saplpati ay imagining that be was abusing
ernor, whom he had beeh driving for years. Nothing that day, and that the legislators had displayed all the them in.an unknown tongue) called out in expostulat-
could be done to shake his explicit assertion, which bitterness of spirit and malignity of feeling that could tion, .and: the Governor-President implored .hit jto.
the Inspector General hinted would be taken down fairly be expected from professing Christians. He speak in English. "The subsequent proceed i tb.itf-.
and used against him later on. He was warned not thouglit that now they would be well advised to pro- tested him no more." Or, If that is to say to ftm.:"
to say a word of all this to any person connected with ceed to deal with comparatively peaceful subjects such and it Is-it is nevertheless true that, eaialOtiti k:
the Press,. since the Police would like to retain for as the proposed Increase of the incomee tax. But no casioq, Mr. Davis's voice has very rar&lyabMi. pa4.
itself the distinction of misleading the newspapers. one would listen to him; and at length the Attorney in debate. He may relent later on.at O ag
The discovery of the loss of His Excellency had General, after a hasty consultation with the Governor, take part in those discussions wh.itC'proiidc "copy"
come about, it should be explained, In this way. At moved the adjournment of the House until the follow- for the newspapers; meanWhile ih. colleagea have
eleven o'clock on that historic Thursday, someone had ing Tuesday. come to regard him as a very, genial, pleasant man.
called at King's House to see the Governor. The This motion, was put and carried after debate, who shows a keen interest :14 Qmewaents outside
v- iitor was informed that the Governor was at Head- and the legislators trooped out of the chamber declar- the range and scope of strictly ffial life. He is
SQuarter House and had been there for a couple of ing in excited tones that, at last, a real crisis had liked by the many peiar0s who have met him in Ja ''
hour;. As the reason of his call was extremely im- delevoped in Jamaia. .The next day- ll was report- maica, his cordiality bei g qupte, unaffected. An4i-I,:
portant, the visitor hurried down to Headquarter ed, in great headlines.An the local Press, that His Ex- the Council'd.d not understand his Latin .QUoai .
S ..oumse, there to find only the assistant to the Clerk of celency had atsld th4L. Jaalca'a religion was a carpet that was.the Couaamil' fault. How could be gu
e Couno ad a servant or two: these assured him to be. walked uponmand men who would as soon- have the mminbers .would think he was lndulgip f jM "--
: .." t.bhad not been there that day. It lded as have given threepence to a church, were hot dalousl,.abi t..gyptian? ... -

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I.ns Council. The thing to do is bold-
..ti to repeat it outside of the Council,
he will not dare to do so. If, like a
repeat the remark, the wisest thing to do
d that you haven't heard it, for it may be
laWt to take him up on it then. If I may
.peetfultr sir-and I am willing to do what
i.xerellency may ultimately decide is the best
In the circumstances-if I may say so, I would
rs all the minor details of this disagreeable con-
-troversy, and, fixing my attention on what is essential
I: In the question, I would ask some fluent speaker on
the Government side of the House'to deliver one or
tW9 powerful speeches in defence of religion and of
.L: 'the necessity of cultivating the spirit of charity. I
:f" would ask that eloquent speaker to descant on the
y,' beauties of the religious life as it is practised at
AilgBt Town. and to pay a beautiful compliment to
i lBtatic expression of the member for St. Mary,
I.Et. and Hon. Graham, when he is incorrectly
'g a lext of Scripture. Finally, that powerful
S 'aiid eloquent speaker could make an appeal to the
Ni.Pi-patriotism of'Jamaicans, being himself a Jamaican-
:''':that]is important-and bid them, throwing all narrow-
!* nees aside, unite for the progress of our beloved coun-
:. I try. Hear! Hear!"
S "That Is all very well." said His Excellency, "but
; I have my character to think of. What would the Col-
S onial Office say if they knew I had been called a Deist,
-.and had made no attempt to investigate the charge?"
': "They will say nothing, sir," Mr. Gideon assured
.,, him. "They will know that you are above any such
I' '-thing' asDeism. I have always. I am proud to say,
regarded Your Esecellency as an Atheist, like the
Archbishop of Canterbury and the Patriarch of the
-Coptic Church. I have an excellent book on the Coptic
;.' Church at Port Antonio. I have had it for years. I
4 !: have never read it. If you like, sir, I should be glad'
-to lend it to you."
; 4 But the Governor shook his head. He saw that
l..' is Privy Council was not inclined to aid him to refute
-:-. those who had cruelly assailed him on the religious
S Ai" e He dismissed his advisers with the cryptic re-
mark that he would deal with this matter in his own
-fashion. That remark was now remembered by each
of them, with saddening effect. They feared the
;. worst.. They feared suicide.

,i"' *CHAPTER THIRD.

THE INVESTIGATION.
ST was, then, three o'clock in the afternoon, and
fl*. IHeadquarter House was crammed. A special
: 1' bulletin hail been issued by the Fleaner on the
Governor's disappearance. and thousands of copies
: t-. d been eagerly purchased. All the facts that were
k il. known were repeated in slightly different words again
:ii-".. aind again: the facts were few, the repetitions multi-
-:tidinous. The public was assured that it would be
Skpt informed of developments by an unsleeping and
.' vigilant Press, tully alive to the necassty of increas-
.:ldg its circulation. The public appeared much Im-
pressed by this striking evidence of disinterested de-
Pi otton to duty.
r '"'' By common consent, the Attorney General was
Ju:, dged to be the best man available to assume control
:.":...of.the situation. It was felt that his tact and urbani-
:' ty were qualities of which the country stodd in great
1 ~4ned Just now: everybody turned to him as the man of
th e" hour. He was not unappreciative of this univer-
:i." s ailcoefidence.
.' i. "The first thing we have got to do," he announced,
S-"lto find out if the Governor came here at any time
'. to4ay. That will give us a clue to start with. After
I.::-tHat we should go to tea"
.. "Tea!" exclaimed Mr. Lightbody in astonishment.
t:i.,C'. Did you say tea?"
I : "I am under the impression that I did." said Mr.
;t^!^aB-Durrant. "What did you think I said?"
L "I thought you said tea." replied Mr. Lightbody
ly. "I am distinctly under the impression that I
you say 'tea'."
V1"Well, so I did," agreed Mr Wells-Durrant. "What
It?"


'? 2;..


.;Y;i)PHew, Mr. Attorney General, how, at such a time
'A;tile; can you suggest tea?"
S""My dear Lightbody, if you want something
;-tronger I am not going to object; tea is a word that
.ean cover any sort of drink at four o'clock in the af-

.t la not that I meant, Mr. Attorney, and I am
a have so misunderstood me. There are times
will take a cup of tea like any other man, and
Swho knows it. But when we are looking
&'9rernor's body-now that he is no longer
l1 say the body of our late beloved Gov-
-not seem to me to be quite right and
to suggest that we should 'have tea.
n't. I never was one of those who
ior. but I could not think of tea
while withh us-TEA!"
S.Lighgtbody. that if we don't find
':.:'the rlll t o'clock to-night, we are not to
la sve .i the Attorney General, gazing
,at.the memar~James in surprise.
,' dono't.i sras that," said Mr. Lightbody.
A '"".At eight o'elde i'lil: be very hungry, and it will
M bt- elp the Gfo*wfii i I give myself indigestion.
iB't what I want to Bay ifathis: let us cut out tea for
i4sa one afteroon... It will not be such a great sacri-
fe;F **


flee, Mr. Attorney, and it will show that,-though we
are members of the Legislative Council, we have some
decent feelings left. I think that we ought to conduct
this investigation with unwearying persistence until
dinner time. It is the least we can do. Besides, I
never take tea."
"I have no objection," said the Attorney General,
"but what I am afraid of is that if we begin our work
with too much fervour and earnestness, we shall soon
grow weary of it. A calm and equable spirit Is what
we need just now, with plenty cf time for rest and
reflection. However, let us start. I think we should
question Mr. Stern. Mr. Stern, do you think you can
help us?"
"It all depends on what you mean by help," said
Mr. Stern. "As you know, I have not been given a
proper office since I became Clerk of the Council, and
yet I am expected to be responsible for all the docu-
ments here. Everybody can come into this place and
do what he likes. Yet when I ask for an office-"
"But all this has nothing to do with the Gov-
ernor," interrupted the Attorney General. "We want
to know, did you see the Governor this morning?"
'I am coming to that, but you don't give me a
chance," petulantly protested Mr. Stern. "If I had
had a proper office, I might have seen the Governor if
he had come here this morning, for he might have
come into my office."
"I gather, then, that you did not see him?"
"No; but when he was leaving yesterday, as I
may tell you in the strictest confidence, he said to me
that to-day would be a serious one for him and for the
country and for all those who had criticised him un-
justly. The moment be said it, a peculiar feeling
came over me. I am not a superstitious man, but I
can distinctly remember now that a peculiar feeling
came over me then. Referring to my office--"


HON. A. E. FFRENCH, M.B.E.


why has nobly set the Example of dressing In frockcoat
and top hat on the opening days of the Legislative
Council. Nobody follows his Example.
Uncle Freddie is the only member of t"he Legisla-
tive Council who carries a stick. This he bears ag-
gressively, Irishman fashion; but Uncle Fred. unless
he is stirred to temporary anger, is a most genial and
peaceful person, full of anecdotes about the past and
exhaling generally the utmost goodwill towards all
men. We are all told that the wages of sin is death.
But Mr Ffrench has a striking story, in which he
figures as the hero, which goes to prove that the re-
compense of wrongdoing, or what may by Puritans be
considered such, may be an excellent job leading to
great success in life! A man with such a kindly
philosophy is certain to be liked, and Uncle Fred in-
deed has hosts of friends. But some enemies also.
For under all his genuine kindliness and cordiality
there is a rugged independence of character, and this
comes out again and again in absolutely unfettered ex-
pression. Disturb his equanimity, open a fight with
him, and his stentorian voice will utter the thoughts
that arise within him. some of them extremely un-
pleasant for an opponent to hear. Uncle Fred some-
times denounces lengthy speeches in the Council in
speeches of inordinate duration; when he has 'ended
one of these, he goes out into the lobby and expresses
the opinion that he is "as bad as the rest." Although
Jamaica is a land where sharp attacks are in vogue,
he always makes it a point to remind his colleagues
that to attack some official personally, when it is
known that the man cannot reply, is not exactly a
heroic thing. He may justly be described as a per-
fectly companionable human being, and a jolly good
friend. He speaks like a radical but- is by disposition
a sane, progressive conservative.


"Mr. Stern," said. Mr. Lightbody gravely, "can
you describe that feeling to us?"
"Yes; that is very important," agreed Mr. Graham.
"How can you describe a feeling?" demanded Mr.
Stern. "It is not a chair or a piece of fish; it is a
feeling. How would you describe a feeling, Mr. Light-
body?"
"I asked you that question," gravely replied Mr.
Lightbody, "because all day to-day I have been having
a peculiar sort of feeling myself."
"Well, gentlemen," interposed the Attorney Gen-
eral, fearing a lengthy debate on the subject of feel-
ings, "Interesting as this conversation is, it won't
carry us much further. The police, I am informed
by Colonel Clark, have already searched the Governor's
private room but have found no traces of him. Still,
it won't do any harm for us to look for ourselves.
Will you please follow me?"
He led the way into the Governor's room. Every-
thing was as the housecleaner had left it that morn-
ing. There was still dust on the chairs, and the very
pen with which the Governor had written on the pre-
vious afternoon was on the table. The orders of the
Police had been strict. Nothing was to be disturbed,
was the stern command that had been Issued, and no-
thing had been touched for some hours. Mr. Sangster.
however, stepped quietly to the head of the table and
carefully lifted the blotting pad. He peered carefully
under the pad for a few seconds.
"Do you think His Excellency is under the pad,
Mr. Sangster?" the Attorney General asked.
"There is no saying," replied Mr. Sangster. "The
Government does such strange things at times that an
elected critic cannot he too careful. But what I am
really looking for are clues. If, for instance, we
could find His Excellency's necktie anywhere in this
room, we might safely argue from that that he had
hanged himself. If, on the other hand, we came upon
a minute advocating a new form of taxation, we might
be sure he was still alive. If we found a twig or a
leaf in this room we might reasonably conclude that
he had drowned himself through despair at ever
fathoming what I mean by my scheme of general af-
forestation."
"All that I found here this forenoon," interpolated
Iuspector-General Colonel Clark, "was a note to the
effect that His Excellency thinks most highly of the
Police Force of this island. I perused that note with
deep emotion."
"You would," said Mr. Wint thoughtfully; "but
the note itself, if it really existed, would suggest that
our Governor was suffering from mental aberration."
Colonel Clark drew himself up to his full height,
then rose on the tips of his toes to add another cubit
to his stature. After standing on the tips of his toes
for some moments, and finding that posture extremely
inconvenient, if not indeed painful, he sank back on
his heels and affected not to have heard Mr. Wint's
remark.
"What we have to do," observed Dr. Gifford, "Is
to hold a post mortem examination. Without that, I
don't see how we can come to any conclusion."
"You can't have a post mortem without a corpse,
can you?" ask Mr. Sangster testily.
"I don't see why we can't," said Dr. Gifford.
"Most of the post mortems I have attended have been
held when the people dead had been buried for days,
and none of the jury had seen them. If we assume
now that his Excellency is dead, we can, by means of a
post mortem examination, determine how he came by
his death. I believe myself that the Jamaica Im-
perial Association is responsible fot it, and if the
Coroner's jury finds that I am right, we can proceed
against the guilty parties."
"The procedure you recommend has much to com-
mend it," agreed the Attorney General, "but It is not
sufficiently legal to meet this case. We have no right
to assume that the Governor has been murdered,
though that is highly probable. He may have been
kidnapped. Or he may have decamped. Or he may
simply have determined to disappear for a time, so
that we may be able to realise our loss and pray for
his return. One of these theories we shall now have
to act upon. Which do you prefer, Mr. Nash?"
"Well, sir," said Mr. Nash, bowing to the Attorney
General, but courteously taking care to comprehend
in his salutation even those persons who were stand-
ing behind him. "since you have done me the extreme
honour of asking for my views, which is the first time
-I can remember your having done so, I do not mind
saying that I have been giving the matter my closest
and most earnest attention, and have been obliged to
come to the conclusion that, for once in my life, I have
no opinion to offer. This distresses me greatly; so
greatly does it distress me, indeed, that, as soon as I
return to my parish of Manchester, I shall call a re-
presentative meeting of my constituents, which will
probably be attended by as many as fifteen non-
electors and any person who may have a general
grievance or may want to borrow money, and place
before it my failure to grapple with the serious situa-
tion now confronting this colony, and offer to resign
if my constituency feels that I have not been perfectly
faithful to my trust."
Here Mr. Ffrench, who had always admired Mr..
Nash, was overcome by emotion, and Mr. Young re-
marked that the sentiments were worthy of a legisla-
tor who had no intention whatever of acting upon
them.
"Order, gentlemen," cried the Attorney General.


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w tpust leait plictte out of our live'tigation. I
think we .h.a.. done as much as we tma reasonably be
ezxiiMtt0,o-do ti tOay: We have oiiMloed the Clerk,
whi lugiidrt ua's mi h nse tif fMrintiba that leads
u'nb*f re: we have bea&rd S al ut Mt. Lightbody's
fwtimS", which never were felt, we hlte Colonel
Oflatk' opinions on the police, which, in a 1t of -ab.
pfintudedness, he aserlledd to the Governor; and we
lha'fad Dr. Gifierd confess that post mortem examin-
ations are a fraud. That is as far as we have got in
disebvering the wberebbouts of the Governor, and we
hae no reason to feel ashamed of our work. We may
nwg retire, to return to-morrow at about ten o'clock
to ~6ctinue our investigations. I think we could do
worse than drop in at the Club to drink His Excel-
lency's health. The bill, of course, should be charged
to the country."
At thls there was a burst of cheering, which, how.
wib d that


admit ltat,:tay:. tls.in the past. our years, be had
said otneword about the Governor that' could honestly
be: canstped as mnatbd oi bitter; or. a, indeed, aW-
thffig btt a slightly .hidden a 6oolmpsment; everyone
prdpaftid to indulge in an. orgy o pralee and regret,
and members of the Legislative Council made up their
minds irrevocably that they woufd attend a splendid
membnial Service for the late Governor on the under-
standing tiat nmotor cars for their conveyance would
be provided by the State.
'The sun sloped towards the west, the gentle
breezes of the'north stirred up the dust and made life
lntolerabhTe it was known that In another hour the
silver stars would peep forth In the sky, and a slender
sickle of moon would gleam in the blue heavens above.
Soon It would be night, sad night with her mantle of
darkness, with Her silence and calm, and a sor-
rowful Island would shudder at the tragedy which,
*hL ....A kn a %ab b."t hL d i At..


heiehd beek seen in Kingston driving In "e. i a.
the direction..ot his residence at about sevea o'lia;:
-he had bbai. een:on the Old Hope Road; morB~atl hatd
arrived at King&t' Rus. This was aato khbt ..
astounding, leredlble: no one wanted to beli ter*:.
Was a nic tte Ut tragedy, a exquisite bit of mr Lii:S .._
to be spoilt by the fact o i.al vival? Were regruetsii*i.
be proved vain, grteif Plemtnre, votes of condolence- '- .k.
unnecessary, intermnlm~ap inefwspper correspondenoea
nipped in the bud? Wfal tei tost ;a State Service,
were the good deeds 't thei~owerC o to be forgotten?
It seemed so. One editor, onbearltwaghe latest news,._
and being convinced that it wal~n th~atI st at down
immediately and began changing hist a-tiogy. to p.
tirade of fierce condemnation. He a:ua e.i @Q
here, a phrase there, a sentence eliewhlM S'ai:I.~-
stead of honey, his article bore a close reaiii~S
oil of vitriol. (This was not difficult, for e |0tl :


L J'v Wv was stU tLUe miiumenut It Was rememUeAu u IUe a t uae Icouu w no dou ut, uiaut UUUtLl itm. A. auI au areles for a uauy paper are so written thnat..
t occasion was a solemn one and must be treated fell upon the city, a deep buah broken only by mother can be changed into anything you like.) T fliH, ,,
acrwdlngly. cars blowing their horn loudly and. raising, along at elected members who were still in Kingston at one '
Then the gentlemen departed, leaving only the full speed, by dogs beginning their sentag hark,t bholl assembled together to draw up a series of questions--
Clerk in charge. The Clerk had another peculiar gans practising the laugh they laugh' In order to pr-S- relating to the Governor's extraordinary conduct- -
feeling. It was of anger that so much of his time had vent respectable residents from sleeping, by tram- not his disappearance, but his reappearance after
been taken up by the seekers after His Excellency. cars sounding their gongsa and-by cabmen rlnngin evpawyod had rsigned.himself to the inevitable and
.: -- their bells. Bat for these notes the silence was pro' was disposed. to.pise laurel wreaths on the departed's.
C HAPTER FOUR. found; it was the stlence of twilight, that time when mtimineit:l It rais ettat ld -vwrywhere that the
CHAPTER FOUpeace seems to steal over the earth, and thieves pre- couttry-had elite dnaiLmf:btyAritedi. e wiUlrknown
T E PUBI'B EMOTION pare to go forth and steal. The larger stores and, public man protested thit thtiswasvr wat'via to har -
S.. .. THE PUBLI EMOTION. shops nd oMfies had ctlosedtheir doors, the Chinamen been expected from any att-ptpt ;tm ehenSai t: i t ...
A was only to be expected, In the- afternoon had lit their lamps, the moving picture palaces were stituffon. -
groups of people assembled at the street tuning up their music, the policemen had disposed No one slept that night, except the vPtsi l*atlfl ..:;i
corners, in rumshops and bars, In the Cen- themselves at convenient points for indulgence in rest- of the city's inhabitants and all the policemen."- .il.-
tral Park, in offices and in clubs, to discuss ful repose. It was twilight; soon it would be night, rogues and the hooligans refused to sleep. i
th6 startling fact of the Governor's disappearance. and no one but felt that there was, as it were, a The Legislative Council, it was happily remem-
The school children had been given a holiday hours shadow hanging over Kingston. Everybody said he bered, would meet on the following Tuesday. Then,
before, the teachers feeling quite unfit to work in such fett that shadow. Some declared that it had been per- if not till then, the Governor would have to explain hia-.
extraordinary circumstances, and devoutly hoping ceptlble on the previous evening. conduct. A crisis was approaching. This, at any
that those circumstances would repeat themselves And then, somehow, through the city, a rumour rate, was some relief, for during the past two days.
every week without Intermission (save during the took its way. How it originated no one could say, there had only been one crisis, and the social an.
holidays). In drawing rooms, on tennis courts, at but it spread ann spread, and soon it was known ever- political situation had been ln danger of becoming .
the Liguanea and on the Constant Spring Golf-links, where that the Governor was found. Found? Ndt abnormal as a result.
there was, there could only be, one topic of conversa- exactly that, but he had made his appearance again;
tion. Where was His Excellency? Would he never APT V
come back to us? Had we, indeed, lost him for ever? A I
The general opinion was that we had. Mr. Hen- HON. P. W. SANGSTER THE-RE APPSAB ANCE
person Davis set himself to prepare a long letter to the
Press, giving his reasons for believing that never was Tueday foreaoon, at an air of ageigtaey
S again would Sir Leslie live and move about us, plant- I pervaded .THeadouftr oustc the hlistfrl, bt
tng Christmas Trees in the newspapers, issuing Memo- ing wherein met the Legislative Council otkf "
randa of reforms, and appealing. tall and sundry not maica, that deliberative assembly which has been
S to forget that though faith was good, and hope even so beautifully described as the step-son of Parlia--
better, yet the greatest thing in the world was charity. ments. All the elected members were present, and
S The Rev. Mr. Raglan Phillips, being In Kingston t each wore his characteristic expression, supplemenea
t-t. time, felt that the deep emotional mood of the by a look which seemed to indicate that the wearet it
people disposed them admirably to respond to an ap- that look was determined to probe to the very heart or'
peal to come to him to be saved, and set about making this mystery at any peril and danger.to himself-the
that appeal from the steps of Coke Chapel. One man latter being nil. All the official, members were in at-
I imedlately offered to come to him, but that man was tendance, and they too wore their customary expres-
deal, and had mistaken the invitation to salvation as sion, suggesting indifference tempered with a little
one to have a drink. Thus a noble effort to improve anxiety; and. the non-official nominated members had
the occasion was not precisely fruitful. all assembled, and they also looked as they always
SMr. T. R. MacMillan wondered whether it was not did-desirous of appearing at once as popular repre-
time for the City Council to hold an emergency meet- sentatives and as staunch supporters of the. Admintj-
ing and pass a vote of condolence on His Excellency's traction, and not certain whether the two, roles e re
death. Not that Mr. MacMillan rejoiced at death; he compatible. ..
merely rejoiced at the prospect of tendering a little The Hon. Horace Myers was thpea, i 4-
tribute to the dead man. Major Dixon, as represent- toned as to his health that mo V.ij'" it"
iIg a rival Board, felt that Mr. MacMillan had no right edly murmured. dmething~ b t ji tM-14.
to take so important a matter into his own band: on PuLch-:tanard on .the .mi.4,a, .p.wd ch caused
the principle of proportional representation, said the Hon. 3: i..lhif tia eai v mi that if he heard
a6lor Dixon, only three-fifths of Mr. MacMillan should I'. onBe~dFiW t*DslDtthtch Standard he would
move such a resolution, two-fifths of Major Dixon also l' an a ble. fli.iht. Mr. Hewitt to the fore. With
S doing likewise, thus securing that the two parishes in g- s tanxiety b..tt adamantine firmness he ired
which His Excellency had passed most of his time of Mr. Phillipps whether, in the event of r's-
should have a fairly proportionate part in recording screaming, the scream would be a lad. or a
S their grief. As the afternoon grew towards evening, medium or a quiet one; "for," he added, with patriotic
,. everyone became reminiscent, and then it was dis- earnestness. "my vote on the subject will entirely de-
covered that everybody had loved the Governor with pend on the nature of the'scream." But this exemplary
a surprising fervour (peculiarly expressed), and that ob d t r church bll wile e effort to throw water on a lighted match was without
S the Governor had not only been one of the best ad- ndulwed tin hi morning'sf ch h effect, for, with a haughty gesture, and seizing b, ;...,:
mislstratorq Jamaica had ever. known,: but had ac- of one of Mr. William Morrison's yellow gloi E ."
Scomplished a number of improvements which had Mr. Sangster is represented in the photograph ap- Myers flung it down before Mr. Phillipps,
never been hitherto mentioned or suspected. hearing above as being in the odour of sanctity. He knights of old were wont to do when they.
"He loved the poor," sobbed a well-known Labour seems to have stood right beneath a church window to an opponent to mortal combat..
S Leader; "he was SoHiitous for the welfare of those have his picture taken: was it that nothing less than Evidently Mr. Phillipps had.:i
:.. brave and Independent souls who are ashamed to beg, a religious edifice would serve the purposes of Peter? Patently the memory of romta ::~:elhead ead what
afraid to steal, add too proud to work." And yet It was he who once introduced a resolution time he stood upon .th. briak of ian.hood had been
"He was simple and courteous in his ways," into the Legislative Council with the aim of putting obliterated from his,.mid .F'or instead of picking.
groaned a street-corner philosopher; 'when that the a stop to churches ringtig their bells together at early up the glove (or gi sa et) and fiercely hurling an-
poor bath cried, Caesar bath wept. Ambition should hoars of the morning, his contention being that this othtr- at hisoeos, betur:ned .to Mr. Morrison with the- .
S be made of sterner stuff.'" disturbed the peace and rest of that very large section r tiirk:. "'sr Wiisam, Myers Is taking a shameful ad
The point of the allusion not being apparent, the of the community which did not want to go.to church, vanta:geao your one pair of gloves. He Is throwi-
Sphilosopher proceeded to iftforlnhis hearers that "lives He afterwards withdrew this resolution, so we may them al about the floor." This brought the H rpp.
Soff teat men all remind .us we can make our lives sub- assume that he .became converted; then he took bls Willie to the rescue at once, for It is known tiR ia ,
Sltme1 and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on portrait near a church, frontwhich we may legitimate- feel quite undressed in these days unless he J i- s
the sands of time." But someone else raised the argu- y conclude that he has his eye on holy orders. Mpet in his gloves. He stooped hurriedly to piVi
S ment ,that the Governor had left no footprints by persons, however, will prefer him as a. laysma. As challenge.that Horace had flung down with.k l
i w h be could be traced, upon which the philosopher such, in the Legislative Council, he has performed baughtiness and pride. This spil..t th.e .ae4t of
retiarked that His Excellency's fingeV prints -should some excellent public work. He is one of the. mt in- hat dramatic scene, which peeopivig, .ir. Myers
have been taken the moment he landed in the colony depbndelt members ot the House, combiing- courage strode fror- the lobby mitteung, will crush the
s ome yekrs betfre. with moderation and fearlessness with courtesy. Now Dutch Standard yet, or. write m.oreMu .tters about it,
-And in the newspaper offices lengthy obituaries, and then be gives signs of-obatinacy, but on the whole and I wiUl light such, a torch t J iJ i with Vulcan
.. we prepared, and all the virtues of the Governor he ia a very reasonable public m'an.oe. of the sort Matches as shall. not be put out.. by any heretical.
-, ;* re mentioned and -emphasteed, and bitter things- with whom- you can work, whether yeu agree with or Apostle from the. ast".- ...;
S m said about those. who bad ndu tly crittcised differ from him. Aasone- of the. lages landowners of It was thb that a welcome diversion oocmbc g.a:.,
S "lm. Indeed, it appeared nbo: that it had always Jamaica, he understands.the Vfewi and'the dimcuttie Solemnly through, thenp eaetons halls resoun '.
-,0- ..a.iee other person, who had eritilsed tb]he Go- of his class. Bat while.he endeavors toprotect Lheir 'rap of the Clerk'aS knacw klg pon the .able, t-
*.r..:' i or.. ly a process of exclalan it could be .pano inmtersts, he strives qua as strenuous to protect the cuitoaary, Bmnmaon to members .to be
": $ Ia no aoe in the slani had donk it. N one o would the inteirets:of other classes at.the easnuty Up wel. -. Coated on Puoe 18.) .


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-HN CHINAMAN IN JAMAICA


1 is an interesting though brief study of the
Sin Jamaica. It as written from close personal
itton extending over many years.
%:.

e JOIN," said I insinuatingly, "what are you study-

K'I.,. "1e no understand."
i:' h1at book you have in your hand, what is it?
'* ke;hines.? English?"
S "Me no understand.'
."Yes, you do," I persisted. "You understand very
.Indeed. What is the price of that?" I pointed to
Sof something on a shelf in the little shop.
"One-an'-tlupence.'
..;.And of that?"
"Two shillln'."
."That book now; how much would you sell it

But the young Chinaman merely grinned at me,
''if being another way of expressing his inability to
'tidlerstand anything connected with the little volume
i ,ieheld in his hand. He would not understand, my
e :.curiosity being something. which must have struck
;'llm as suspicious and therefore to be baulked. Yet, in
li' 6te of. his taciturnity on the subject, I knew quite
tii.-il what he was doing. He was studying English,
Aand. the book was some sort of Chinese-English dic-
'.'tionary which he conned in those brief intervals of
Slime when customers were lacking and a word or two
E'i, f English might be added to his vocabulary.
.I' TKHi shop was the usual type of place to which we
:':: 1 have become accustomed in Jamaica; it was not
*:'*43r a grocery but a sor-tof general store; it was a
i:: department store in little, and over it presided a
,lChinaman who had been some time in Jamaica and
a.'::l acquired a greater command of the local language
::tan his studious assistant. On the shelves were
i neatly stocked tins of peaches, of condensed milk,
; butter, sardines, salmon, fresh herrings and what not,
'.-bilth bottles of preserves, pickles, jam, marmalade,
I :ptmrunes; ale, beer and stout; cod liver oil, olives, and
I oe: bis Fruit Salts; everything, in short, that the
rik, -largest grocery purveys.
: Neat packs and packages of all sorts lined those
-,shelves: the eye alone could make no adequate inven-
:i.ttry of their contents. And there, in one corner, stood
0 boxes and barrels of salted herrings, fish, beef,
ik 'cornmeal, flour and rice that once formed the
titles of a Chinaman's retail establishment. A
,ithnaman's shop was once identified with these edibles
t. .iely and was patronised then by the poorer classes
-i. t1Cfhe population. But now, though he does an even
'kkBfter business in these things than before, they re-
*pesent but a part of his mercantile activities, but a
actionn of his stock-in-trade. His shop may be a
ery: so it is called. But it is something else as
tell It is everything. It is even a student's room,
-.0-.- does not John occasionally study English there
iiwhni the tide of custom ebbs a little while? Witness
ithat dictionary, so carefully thumbed by the Chinese
iutlemn who refused to understand d.
i;: It the large glass cases ranged along one side of
:othe three -bided shop I see set out articles of men and
:~~~~oladiea' apparel. Pyjamas, merTnoes, handkerchiefs,
p^e. lase powder, hair-combs, tooth brushes, arti-
l"lellj jewellery: all these are here, and more. Dolls
irom a shilling to sixteen shillings, jacks-in-the
-'ahd drums; and if you do not see them they will
reduced on demand from small and mysterious
behind the counter. It may be that you are
ewi. in search of new pots and pans, kettles,
knives and the like. Do not despair; these
'part of John Chinaman's grocery stock. If
dt epsom salts he will have it, or Mother
VJUP eor hairpins. And he sells studs and
s, and braces, and scented soap.
ow to the opposite counter. There, in tall
ijame you find loaves of bread baked this
ild cakes and buns, and crisply-fried salt-
|t *fP .Hiand fritters of flour, and.even fried-fish:
: yp wtlal notice that these goodies are patronized
b. little boys and girls who rush in excit-
q 9.Mny or two, buy a tiny bit of bread and
wolf them on the spot, or eat them
t. extract the last atom of enjoyment out
,4art to beg, borrow or steal more
r delicious meal. Fritters and
-,d hair-oil, It is all the same to
all. And if you happen to ask
l tay that he does not chance to
'his sorrow and makes a mental
Pas. that way a day or two
before you thaC very arti-
t has beei asked for; there-
-ibay be asked for again. He
'1not run the risk of los-
t.. I. PIAs in business for bual-
f11 he could, he would
in that same shop of
-hibt; nothing commer-
-'l tested in all things
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BY ONE VHO KNOWS HIM.

rightly, he sometimes sells hymn-books and bibles;
certainly he has playing cards for sale. And he can
work for twelve to fourteen hours a day. And he
never grows angry or loses his placid imperturbability.
YOUR Chinaman is secretive to a fault If he does
not comprehend your motive in questioning
him; he wants to know what is at the back of your
mind before he answers; he is afraid to.give himself
away. Butir he knows you, or believes that your in-
tentions are not inimical, he can become communica-
tive enough.
"You speak English fairly well," I said to a
Chinese boy. "Been long in Jamaica?"
"Sixteen month," be replied; "learnt little Eng-
lish in Hong Kong."
"And picked up the rest here?"
"Went to school here six month when I first
come," he admitted; 'learn more English at school."
So here was another illustration of these people's
determination to fit themselves for the work at hand.
They are not illiterate. They all can read and write
Chinese, and as I have heard that the Chidese alphabet
consists of some four thousand characters they must
have a devil's own Job in learning to write that lan-
guage. It is their patience that does it, I suppose,
their remarkable patience which looks towards the
end and does not flag or weary besmuse that end seems
far.
This Chinese boy had come to Jamaica from dis-
tant Hong Kong to be a shop assistant; he had learnt
some English there; bat most of them are masters of
no other tongue besides their own when they land in
this country. The first thing they have to do, then,
is to learn to understand and answer customers, and
this knowledge each sets himself to acquire. They are
taught by one another. The names of objects are told
to them and are carefully memorised. What matter if
r's become l's in pronunciation, and It the objective
pronoun Me is preferred to I? One does not need to
be grammatically perfect in disposing of a pound of
rice, nor does the latter deteriorate in. quality or sell
the less because it happens to be spoken of as "lice."
The Chinaman born In his own country will never
master our r, but he masters our trade. And that Is
what he set out from his land to accomplish, that
is the goal of his dreams and his ambition. For this
purpose he learns English sufficiently well to drive a
good bargain. And he knows that more potent than
correctitude of speech in business are cheapness, will-
ingness, unfailing good humour, and the making of
trifling presents.
SOHN believes in giving presents to customers and
in selling the smallest quantities of things for the
purchase of which a coin of the realm can be found.
It was he who, when first he entered the grocery busi-
ness in Jamaica, introduced the custom of presenting
each purchaser with a biscuit, a handful of dark sugar,
a bit of salt-fish, or something of the kind. The Ja-
maica buyer had long been accustomed to such gratui-
ties in kind; but not in the grocery line. There Is a
Spanish word. "barata," which means a barter, a bar-
gain, a reduction in price; it was current here a hun-
dred years ago; but in Jamaica the word had been cor-
rupted into "braster," and had come to mean the giv-
ing gratis of something on each purchase. You ob-
tained "braater" if you bought yams in the market, or
even fish and meat; a few nails at the Ironmongery
were braater, and this braater was your own. You
did not think of passing it on to the person whose
servant or agent you were; if he wanted it he must do
the buying himself. But the native grocers, it ap-
pears. were not enamoured of this system of com-
merce. They sternly set their faces against it, yield-
ing at times only to considerable pressure and with
obvious ill-will. Then came the Chinaman upon the
scene, and he elevated the system of braater into a
ritual as it were; it became a custom inviolate, a prin-
ciple whose validity there could be no questioning.
There was always something for him who purchased'
even three tarthings' worth of goods: only a handful
of biscuit dust it might be, but still something; and
there also were the facilities for purchase which the
Chinaman placed within your reach. A farthing was
once a coin not held in any regard. The ordinary unit
of purchase was penny-ha-penny some forty years ago,
and there were silver coins of this denomination in
common use. John made the farthing of importance.
He would not insist upon selling you so much of this
or that; if the article could be subdivided 'he sub-
divided it; he split boxes of matches, of cigarettes,
he made up tiny packets of salt, he invented minute
measures for kerosene oil. He trafficked largely In
farthings and In half-pence, but he knew he was not
wasting his time. Twelve farthings amounted to
threepedce, four threepences to a shilling, and these
who spent farthings also had shillings to sped .aome-
times and would naturally patronize that place where
farthings seemed as welcome as shillings. Trade fl-
owed. the fithing. It followed the birthing into tbl
Chinaman's hands. To-day Jainaleas groomoy trie is


controlled by Chinamen, and now they aim at bigger
things still.
"I will trust you it you have no money," said the.
young Chinaman. He was addressing ae; occasional-
ly I dropped in to buy cigars from him, for in his shop'
he sold cigars of all prices, as welt as pipes and tb-
bacco, and pocket knives and spectacles. He really
knew nothing about me: at any rate, I believed hot-
He had merely seen me a number of times, he was not:
even acquainted with my name. Seeing, on this oc-
casion, that I fruitlessly searched my pockets for Sil-
ver with which to pay him, he immediately made an
offer of credit. It was not in his mind that I should
be allowed to leave his establishment without the'
thing I wanted; I might go elsewhere and thus create
a new connection.
"But you do not know me," I objected.
"It all-light. You pay when you come back."
SHOULD not have been his only debtor. He has
many customers in the neighbourhood-any China-
man has--and these drift into the habit of taking:
goods on tick from him and paying at the end of the
week or month. He keeps curious accounts, and
probably does not know half the names of his debtors
correctly. But he has watched them for some time,
marked which of them patronise him regularly, en-
deavoured to estimate their financial position, and
realises that to refuse to give credit is to lose a cus-
tomer. He will not lose a customer rather than run
a risk; he is a stranger, very simple-looking, very
obliging, very hard-working, therefore one whom the
native might hold to be a proper subject for rob-
bery. But John is not defrauded very often, for with
all his readiness to extend his business he shrewdly
differentiates between those likely to pay and Those
who will not. He used to be taken for a fool. Only
fools consider him one in these days. He knows when
to cease giving credit, and when to begin to insist that
payment should be made.
In manner he is astonishingly democratic. I
never yet heard a Chinaman address anyone as "sir"
or "madam." He is disposed to offer you his hand
as atoken of good feeling towards you; if you refused
to accept it I hardly think he would show annoyance%
but he would probably regard you as a boor. He
meant well, why then should you take his action
amiss? He wants to be friendly: the Chinaman is by
nature a friendly individual, and generous. Also
laughter-loving and Intensely fond of enjoying him-
self. He is not boisterous in the expression of his
emotion; he scarcely ever laughs loudly; chuckles
rather, and wrinkles up his face in smiles. But he
loves to chuckle, finds much amusement in life, aid'
aspires to be well thought of in the community ii
which he lives. This may seem a surprising stste-
ment to'make, for the popular belief is that the China-
man cares only to acquire wealth and then to depart
to the land of his ancestors; yet those who know him
well are aware that his ambition is to be regarded as
a man with.aspirations towards an enjoyable and re-
spected social life. Go to a Chinese entertainment,
and you will notice that the behaviour is punctili-
ously correct: keen eyes watch the younger Chinamen
to see that they conduct themselves correctly; keen
eyes also scan the faces of the guests (but casually, so
that the scrutiny should not be observed) to discern
what may be their feelings and their thoughts on what
goes on around them. The hospitality is unstinted.
Everything is of the best. But thoughthere may be
a Chinese lady here and there, the se are but few, and
they are silent and constrained. A Chinese formal
dinner, to which outsiders are invited, is an affair for
men mainly: the Chinese woman is at home. This is
not because, out here in Jamaica, the Chinese custom
of keeping the woman in the background prevails:
It actually does not. That custom has gone the' way
of the pigtail in Jamaica. The Chinese woman in
this country is the helpmeet of.her man; she assists
him in his shop or in his laundry, she aids him in
buying as well as in selling; there have been Chinese
women here who have shown as much business ability
as their husbands. What restrains them from being
much in evidence at public functions is timidity; also
it is a sense of not fitting comfortably into any niche
of the larger social structure. So the woman remains
at home and attends to her household duties, leaving
the man free to represent his race and to enjoy him-
self at times at picture palaces, race courses, and other
places of entertainment.
BUT a problem emerges. There are about three
Chinese men to one woman in Jamaica, tie otal '
number of Chinese being about 4,500. Those of the
women who came to Jamaica as sisters or wives pre-
sent no problem; many of the girls who were born
here do.
S"It puzzles us to know what to do with these,"
said a very intelligent and sircessful Chtnaman to'lai.
one day. I had remarkel to him that some of thhir
younger Chinese girls were working as clerks and
typists In well-known establishamnst, and seemed to-
be getting on exceesdigly welL
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"Their marriage," he said. He hesitated a mo-
ment. "They don't want to marry Chinamen."
I offered no solution of the problem. It is one
that can only be solved by the girls for themselves,
and when these see an opportunity of doing it they
will ask and accept advice from no one, not even their
parents. For Chinese filial respect, so all-powerful
in China, will have been affected by western ideas of
what is due to the child as well as to the parent, and
the Chinese girl, born In the West Indies, thinks as a
West Indian and not as a Chinese. They may speak
Chinese. But they speak English better. They read
English, write in English; they think In English and
they mix with a good many West Indians. They do
not care to marry Chinamen, said this Chinese gentle-
man, but, after all, they have not been brought up in
a way to encourage them to do so. The young China-
men they might have chosen, or consented to take, are
probably still in the shop. They themselves have been
sent to a good school, have been put into an office, are
clerks and typists, and so, in the social scale, are high
above their possible Chinese suitors. There is a so-
cial gulf between them, there is certainly a difference
of outlook, and-a girl is a girl. She knows who and
What sort of folk are well thought of, and she wishes
one who is of the favoured caste. There may be no
problem for the elders if young Chinese men of edu-
cation and position are produced, as in course of time
they certainly will be; as, indeed, is already being
done. But the girls have been the first to receive the
advantages (or disadvantages) of English education
and employment, and their elders do not quite see
what is to become of them, matrimonially, if they re-
fuse to marry Chinese men. There are other men be-
sides.Chinese, however, and some marriages between
them and these girls will take place: that is the safest
of prophecies. And the number will increase as time
goes on. But, in the immediate future, for some of
these girls there may be only spinsterhood, a condition
abhorrent to orthodox Chinese ideas. Still, what would
you? In Jamaica. if not in China, the woman has a
voice in her own destiny. She may marry whom she
likes, or not marry at all if her suitors are not to her
liking.
SHAVE in my mind's eye as I write a picture of the
first Chinese women I ever saw in Jamaica. In
baggy trousers and loose jackets, with wide straw hats
-nothing in the dress to tell that the wearers were
women and not men---and with long poles slung across
their shoulders, from each end of which hung a well-
.laden basket, these women trudged along the streets
of our Jamaica towns selling the vegetables that they
had grown. Their faces were masses of wrinkles, It
was impossible to guess their ages. All of them look-
ed old: hard toil and meagre fare had done their work
upon them; they were as they would have been in
China, and in Jamaica they were a never-failing source
of wonder to the natives. A different picture presents
itself to. one's eyes in these later days. There is the
Chinese woman in her shop, but hardly in native cos-
tume now, and her face is plump and she looks con-
tented. Her children, if she is married, are bright,
black-eyed urchins who scarcely ever cry, who stare
at you with eyes preternaturally wise, who are cared
by their parents with a wealth of affection sur-
passed by no other fathers and mothers, who are the
hope and the joy of the home, which is often immedi-
ately behind the shop, but quite comfortable it not
as tidy as it might be. Perhaps you turn from this
woman and her children to glance out into the street;
a buggy or a motor car speeds past, and in it are some
Chinese ladies, dressed in the mode, fluent in good
English, thinking of Jamaica and not of China as
their home. The evolution has been fairly rapid. It
will continue. And yet, after a number of years, the
end of this evolution will be the assimilation of the
Chinese community by the Jamaica population. Only
one thing can effectually prevent that: the immigra-
tion into Jamaica of more and yet more Chinese to
keep these people a community apart, and this is what
recent local legislation has been attempting to prevent.
If it succeeds, the Chinese will not remain a race
apart. No race, comparatively few in numbers, with
the men much in the majority, and with its educated
women not caring as a rule to mate with their own
males, can maintain Itself in a strange country. Dif-
ferences of religion might help for a long while, but
the Chinese here, though they have a Temple of their
own, with appropriate dragons at the entrance, and
with statues of ancestors, or of Buddha-I am not sure
which-and though they burn incense in this Temple
and repair thither on special occasions such as Chinese
holidays, are fast becoming Christians, while the
Temple tends steadily to become a commodious alma-
house merely.
"I DON'T know if they are really Christians," T once
Heard a clergyman say. "What I mean is, I
don't know if they care anything about Christianity.
But many of them think it helps them to belong to a
church; adds to their personal importance, you see."
But if this Is true of Chinese born in China. I have
no doubt at all that Chinese born in Jamaica, and per-
haps even in Hong Kong, are quite as sincere in their
acceptance of Christianity as their religion as are the
majority of Christians. (This may not be saying
S much. I don't think it is myself.) But however this
ay be, the fact stands out that religion is no bar to
S /te Chinaman being absorbed in the community, and
ab. option will gradually but eventually take place it


new Immigrants are prevented from invading the-
country-in large numbers.
Meanwhile they are the smaller traders of Ja-
maica; they have won that position, and they will not
be dislodged from it. They are launders, restaurant
keepers; they flourish in callings that demand per-
sonal supervision, patience, untiring energy, limited
capital. But how is it in those lines of commerce
where imagination and daring are the requisites of
success?
Is the Chinaman anything more than a small re-


MR. J. A. SCOTT, J.P.


Certain qualities are Invariably associated with
what is fundamental in the English character: honesty
of purpose, strength of will, a balanced judgment, a
finely-tempered sense of justice, quiet humour, a bene-
volence which shuns emotional display.
No Englishman is exactly typical of all these
qualities; one has them in varying proportions, and
in some Englishmen some of them seem to be entirely
lacking. But they are English qualities, and if I were
asked to mention one man in whom I had discerned
them I should not hesitate to name the subject of this
sketch. The consensus of opinion will be with me.
I have known Mr Scott for years, I have been able
to estimate his character. And the esteem I have for
him is, I know, shared by all those who have come into
contact with him. For his is a personality that in-
spires both liking and respect.
He is one of the largest West Indian merchants,
with interests in Trinidad as well as Jamaica. The
businesses with which he is connected have branches
in South Africa and elsewhere also, with their head
offices in London. Mr. Scott Is President of the West
Indian section, elected to that permanent and import-
ant position because of his great experience and proved
business ability; nevertheless, in business as in pri-
vate life, a simpler, more modest man does not exist,
nor, I venture to say, a kindlier.
A part of his life is spent in Jamaica. It was
characteristic of him that, when the German submar-
ine menace was at its height during the war, and none
but those who were compelled to do so crossed the
ocean, since that was almost tantamount to taking
leave of life-it was characteristic of him, I say, that
he should at that time have paid his annual visit to
Jamaica. This was duty, and he did it; yet he might
easily have allowed that year to pass without a visit
to this side of the world. I am sure that those con-
nected with him in business urged him strongly not
to come. But it was duty, and that was all there was
to say about it. He himself said nothing; he merely
did what he had to do. And that is the man in a
single act.
There are some Englishmen who realise that by
the personal character -and attitude of one man a
whole nation is often judged. Such generalizations
are absurd, nevertheless they are constantly made, and
it is right that everyone should reallse this fully.
Whether Mr. Scott has ever consciously realized it or
not I cannot say; but if he had set out from earliest
youth with the determination to give a good impres-
sion of his people to everyone with whom he might
chance to come in touch, he could not better have suc-
ceeded. I am sure that every West Indian who knows
him likes Englishmen as a whole far'better for that'
experience, and that is the highest compliment t at.
one could pay to him. For he is English to the back-
bone, a devoted if undemonstrative lover of his coun-
try. He. belongs to that type of Engllaihmerchant
who, doing his duty in his own calling, haf helped to
make his country what it is.


tatler; has he the capacity for big business? 'CIs he-
the equal, say, of the Syrian, who is able to think not
merely in hundreds but in hundreds of thousands of"
pounds, and from quite small beginnings may build up-
considerable enterprises? A definite answer to thie-
question would be very interesting reading for Ja-
maicans.
Up to now the Chinese have not developed into
big business men according even to the moderate Ja-
maica standard, though many of them, once retailers,
are now wholesale merchants on a limited scale. Does
this indicate a circumscribed outlook in business, a
natural inability to attempt speculation on a consider-
able scale? Or is it that the Chinese who are here
are but quietly feeling their way onward, creeping
before they walk, as the old saying goes? China has
never been developed industrially by her own people,
It possesses great natural resources, but it is fee,
foreigner who is now endeavouring to exploit thes*;'
the Chinese did not set the example. So it may be
that the Chinamin, patient and industrious and hard--
working, like the Spaniard, is, like the Spaniard,
a man who thinks In small coins mainly, a man who
accumulates a competence by years of steady toil, not
one like the Englishman or the American who
launches forth upon colossal enterprises "to succeed
or bust." So it may be, and yet one must not be too*
certain. For there is something still to say.
I am told by Americans who have been to'
Shanghai, Canton and elsewhere that In those pro-
vinces there are great Chinese business houses which
thrive and grow rich; big Chinese banks: Chinesei
industries planned and conducted on a spacious and
generous basis. And in some of the American and
English colonies in the East the Chinese merchant lta
much more than a huckstering retailer. Besides,
countries that are now centres of industrialism were
once but agricultural communities; industrialism is
hardly more than a century old as yet. The big think-
ers in business, too, are comparatively few in every
country: so though the Chinese have as yet not de-
veloped on large lines in 'Jamaica I hesitate to say
that some of them will never do so. Yet I think that
their main strength as a people resides in small busi-
ness; In this, in Jamaica, they have already demon--
strated how powerful they can be. And when one re-
members that the Chinese as a people, in their own
land, have for scores of centuries been agriculturists.
mainly, and almost. entirely, one realises that what.
they have chiefly lacked in China is stimulus and oP-
portunity to develop in other directions.
They are a timid race, and yet a most venture-
some. Personally, a Chinaman shrinks from rushing
into danger; hence his character for being law-abid--
ing. Yet he will gamble with inveterate pertinacity:
the gambling laws of a country he ignores whenever
he dares do so. He risks his money; some Chinese
bankruptcies are due to taking risksaat the gaming
table. He risks his business; "some of the paupers.
we have to support made money but lost It in gamb-
ling," said an educated Chinese merchant not very
long ago. But the Chinaman does not gamble only
for the excitement gambling affords; he does so be--
cause he believes he will gain. He speculates with aA.
eye to ultimate profit. Thus he will embark upop
ventures from which most natives of this country.
would shrink. And often he succeeds.
ARE they honest business men?
"A Chinaman is naturally honest," said a China-:
man to me some years ago. "It is only when' he comes.
to western countries that he learns to be dishonest."
"How is that?" I asked.
"A Chinaman in his own country can never escape-
a debt. The debt is never extinguished till it is paid.
There is no such thing as going into bankruptcy in
China. 'It a man cannot pay, his whole family are-
responsible; and their children and children's children
are responsible; so a Chinaman, who cares for his
family, strives to pay his debts. He learns bad ways-
only when he goes to foreign lands."
Perhaps unfortunately for the natural virtue
of the Chinaman, Jamaica is a foreign land. And the-.
Chinese bankruptcies that have occurred here Ih1'W
that he is not above taking advantage of legal means
provided to rid himself of the burden of inconvenient.
debt. But I don't think he'is more dishonest than
other people. That has not been his reputation in.
the general world of business so far. He pays his rent
promptly and he sticks to bargains he has made. But
he is not above manipulating weights and measures to-
suit his interests. Still, he Is not singular in this re-
spect; such actions are confined to no one race or-
country, and, I suspect, were not unknown here before,
the advent of John Chinaman with his bland andl-
childlike smile and indefatigable perseverance. :
Meanwhile the Chinese (conscious df thebxSag'-
as a separate people) organise their own .elrltes,
establish their own hospital, and at one "time even
thought of founding here a Chinesea nepapaper to be.
printed in Chinese. They acquire house property,.
they deal in produce, and one or two of them have-
entered the learned professions. If they numbered
fifty thousand they would certainly dominate the.
business and professional life' of. the country. They'-
are less than five thousand, and already, in business,
they have made themselves a factor which has to be'
taken into account. Until they are completely aairmi--
lated they will always have to be taken into account.
They are a new social and financial Influence, withL
consciousness of power, in Jamaica.


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PLANTERS' PUNCH 11


IE WHITE SLAVE


By RAFAEL SABATINI,
AUTHOR OF "SCARAMOUCHR."' "THE TRAMPLING OF THE LILIES." ETC.


SBy special arrangement with Messrs. A. G. Watts,
iaj London, literary agents of AMr. Ralael Babatini, the
S. greoa novelist, "Planters' Punch" is able to present to
I' readers this year one of the most stirring stories of
.:, ,arly West Indian life ever given to the world.
S Barbados and Jamaica, and the seas between, are
S the region in which Captain Blood plays a wonderful
and heroic part. In this story the life of a slave convict
.-jho was sent out to these "plantations' is depicted by
Sm:aster pen: we see the white slave at work under
d e lash of his master In the sugar fields, we see him
as a bold and desperate pirate, and finally we see him
r :.--bu that is a secret which the reader must dis-
cover for himself.

:E CHAPTER I.

.HUMAN MERCHANDISE.
;;".: ETER BLOOD, bachelor of medicine and several
.. other things besides had a pleasant and vibrant
J -rvoice, whose metallic ring *as softened and muted by
-:i: -be Irish accent which in all his wanderings through
*u.:;:Irope he had never lost. It was a voice that could
I. iwo seductively and caressingly, or command in such
way as to compel obedience. Indeed, the man's
.' whole nature was in that voice of his. For the rest
*'*.*'(of .him, he was tall and spare, swarthy of tint as a
i:: gypsy, with eyes that were startlingly blue in that
-dark face and under those level black brows. In their
:'..' ,lance those eyes, flanking a high-bridged, intrepid
? Jose, were of singular penetration and of a steady
.' ha: ughtiness that went well with his firm lips.
,. It was the year 1685, and James the Second of
0'4 ].England was on the throne.' Monmouth, his illegitl-
-mate nephew, had raised the standard of rebellion and
.- ,had proclaimed himself rightful king, and the town
r.: .: "f. Bridgewater, where Peter Blbod had settled to
:.. practise medicine, was hot for Monmouth and the Pro-
testant religion. But Peter Blood saw the madness
:..and hopelessness of it all, and, in defiance of popular
':i sentiment, would have nothing to do with Monmouth's
I ,: movement. On the night that the fatal Battle of
:' .Sedgemoor was fought, Peter was in his house at
Bridgewater, had indeed retired to rest, when a loud
hiai'.: a ering at his door brought him down-stairs to
i: tnd young Jeremiah Pitt, a young man of the town
Ki.;' who had joined Monmouth's forces, covered with dust
: '.::'nd.blood and almost speechless.
"It is Lord Qildoy," panted Pitt. "He is sore
Iji*hnded .. at Ogtethrpe'a Farm by the river.
I bore him thither .. and he sent me for

SPeter Blood was no rebel, had indeed no sympathy
with the rebels; but he remembered he was a doctor
aid obliged by the ethics of his calling, to say nothing
f the dictates of humanity, to relieve human suffering.
r."T be sure, I'll come," said he.
He hastened to the wounded man's side. Engaged
a his work on the wounded body he was surprised by
e arrival of a detachment of Kirk's dragoons, but at
lie took no alarm; what, he asked himself, had
S A doctor performing his duty to fear? But the com-
i0nder of the soldiers laughed at his explanation, and
4Ear Blood found himself a prisoner on the charge
:i.;.'ldidag and encouraging rebels. Tried-it was a
: .i.9kit aery of a trial-by the infamous Judge Jeffreys,
.v wsa sentenced with young Pitt and another prison-
S .i.be hanged. But King James' favourites wanted
and so that Monarch ordered a thousand of
prisoners to be sold into slavery, for the space of
rs. Thus it happened that Peter Blood, and
SJeremy Pitt and Andrew Baynes, instead of
e, drawn and quartered as their sentences
're conveyed to Bristol and there shipped
.ty others aboard the Jamaica Merchant.
. gjanement under hatches, ill-nourishment
a sickness broke out amongst them,
: 7:j.dled. Many of the rest were saved
o. ;i:Of Dr. Peter Blood, and towards the
.middle o the Jamaica Merchant dropped
acho'r 1it 64Bay, Barbadoes, and put ashore the
d forty-two rebels-convict.
If these j tuinte had imagined-as many of
c;hem appear to itre done-that they were coming
f-ito some wild, savage country, the prospect, of which
'tby had a glimpse before they were hustled over the
,Jip's side Into the waiting boats, was enough to cor-
Atthe impression. They beheld a town of sufficient-
Sproportions composed of houses built upon
I tions of architecture, but without any of
i.n European cities. The spire of a
ntly above the red roofs, a fort
ote wide harbour, with guns
.b ween the crenels, and the
oeai e revealed itself
PLI above the.town.
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ceive them, and a crowd-attracted by their arrival-
which in dress and manner differed little from a crowd
in a seaport at home save that it contained fewer wo-
men and a great number of negroes.
To inspect them, drawn up there on the mole,
came Governor Steed, a short, stout, red-faced gentle-
man, in blue taffetas burdened by a prodigious amount
of gold lace, who limped a little and leaned heavily
upon a stout ebony cane. After himr in the uniform
of a colonel of the Barbadoes Militia, rolled a tall cor-
pulent man who towered head and shoulders above
the governor, with malevolence plainly writtili on his
enormous yellowish countenance. At his side, and
contrasting oddly with his grossness, moving with an
easy stripling grace, came a slight,young lady In a
modish riding gown. The broad brim of a grey hat
with a scarlet sweep of ostrich plume shaded an oval
face upon which the climate of the Tropic of Cancer
had made no impression, so delicately fair was its
complexion. Ringlets of red-brown hair hung to her
shoulders. Frankness looked Out from her hazel eyes
which were set wide, commiseration repressed now
the mischievousness that normally inhabited her fresh
young mouth.
Peter Blood caught himself staring in a sort of
amazement at that piquant face, which seemed here so
out of place, and finding his stare returned, he shifted
uncomfortably. He grew conscious of the sorry figure
that he cut. Unwashed, with rank and matted hair
and a disfiguring black beard upon his face, and the
erstwhile splendid suit of black camlet in which he
had been taken prisoner now reduced to rags that
would have disgraced a scarecrow, he was in no case
for inspection by such dainty eyes as these. Never-
theless, they continued to inspect him with round-
eyed, almost childlike wonder and pity. Their owner
put forth a hand to touch the scarlet sleeve of her
companion, whereupon with an ill-tempered grunt the
man-swung his great bulk round so that he directly
confronted her.
Looking up into his face, she was speaking to him
earnestly, but the colonel plainly gave her no more
than the half of his attention. His little beady eyes,
closely flanking a fleshly pendulous nose, had passed
from her and were fixed upon fair-haired sturdy young
Pitt, who was standing beside Blood.
The governor had also come to a halt, and for a
moment now that little group of three stood in con-
versation. What the lady said, Peter could not hear
at all, for she lowered her voice; the colonel's reached
him in a confused rumble; but the governor was
neither considerate nor indistinct; he had a high-
pitched voice which carried far, and believing himself
witty, he desired to be heard by all.
"But, my dear Colonel Bishop, it is for you to take
first choice from this dainty nosegay, and at your own
price. After that we'll send the rest to auction."
Colonel Bishop nodded his acknowledgment. He
raised his voice in answering. "Your excellency is
very good. But, faith, they're a weedy lot, not likely
to be of much value in the plantation." His beady
eyes scanned them again, and his contempt of them
deepened the malevolence of his face. It was as If he
were annoyed with them for being In no better condi-
tion. Then he beckoned forward Captain Gardner,
the master of the Jamaica Merchant. and for some
minutes stood in talk with him over a list which the
latter produced at his request.
Presently he waved aside the list and advanced
alone towards the rebels-convict, his eyes considering
them, his lips pursed. Before the young Somerset-
shire shipmaster he came to a halt, and stood an in-
stant pondering him. Then he fingered the muscles of
the young man's arm, and bade him open his mouth
that he might see his teeth. He pursed his coarse lips
again and nodded.
He spoke to Gardner over his shoulder.
"Fifteen pounds for this one."
The captain made a face of dismay. "Fifteen
pounds! It Isn't half what I meant to ask for him."
"It is double what I had meant to give," grunted
the colonel.
"But he would be cheap at thirty pounds, your
honour."
"I can get a negro for that. These white swine
don't live. They're not fit for the labour."
Gardner broke into protestations of Pitt's health,
youth and vigour. It was not a man he was discuss-
ing; it was a beast of burden. Pitt, a sensitive lad,
stood mute and unmoving. Only the ebb and flow of
colour in his cheeks showed.the inward struggle by
which he maintained his self-control.
Peter Blood was nauseated by the loathsome
haggle.
In the background, moving slowly away down the
line of prisoners went the lady in conversation with
the governor, who smirked and preened himself as he
limped beside her. She was unconscious of the loath-
ly buslneethe colonel was transacting. Was she,
wondered Sod, indifferent to It?
Colonel Bishop swung on his heel to pas on.


A Story of Extraordinary Liveliness, Deal-
ing with Piracy in West Indian Waters and
Seventeenth Century Life in Barbados and
Jamaica.


"I'll go as far as twenty pounds. Not a penny
more, and it's twice as much as you are like to get
from Crabston."
Captain Gardner, recognizing the finality of the
tone sighed and yielded. Already Bishop was moving
down the line. For Mr. Blood, as for a weedy youth
on his left, the colonel had no more than a glance of
contempt. But the next man, a middle-aged Colossus
named Wolverstone, who had lost an eye at Sedge-
moor, drew his regard, and the haggling was recom-
menced.
Peter Brood stood there in the brilliant sunshine
and inhaled the fragrant air, which whs unlike any air
.that he had ever breathed. It was laden with a
strange perfume, blend of logwood flower, pimento and
aromatic cedars. He lost himself in unprofitable
speculations born of that singular fragrance. He was
in no mood for conversation, nor was Pitt, who stood
dumbly at his side, and who was afflicted mainly at
the moment by the thought that he was at last about
to be separated from this man with whom he had stood
shoulder to shoulder throughout all these troublous
months, and whom he had come to love and depend
upon for guidance and sustenance. A sense of loneli-
ness and misery pervaded him by contrast with which
all that he had endured seemed as nothing. To Pitt,
this separation was the poignant climax of all bhis
sufferings.
Other buyers came and stared at them, and pass-
ed on. Blood did not heed them. And then at "he
end of the line there was a movement. Gardner was
speaking in a loud voice, making an announcement to
the general public of buyers that had waited until
Colonel Bishop had taken his choice of that human
merchandise. As he finished, Blood, looking in his
direction, noticed that the girl was speaking to Bishop,
and pointing up the line with a silver-hilled riding-
whip she carried. Bishop shaded his eyes with his
hand to look in the direction in which she was point
ing. Then slowly, with his ponderous rolling gait, he
approached again, accompanied by Gardner, and fol-
lowed by the lady and the governor.
On they came until the colonel was abreast of
Blood. He would'have passed on, but that the lady
tapped his arm with her whip.
"But this is the man I meant," she said.
"This one?" .Contempt rang in the voice. Peter
Blood found himself staring into a pair of beady brown
eyes sunk into a yellow fleshly face like currants into
a dumpling. He felt the colour creeping into his face
under the Insult of that contemptuous inspection.
"Bah! A bag of bones. What should I do with him?"
He was turning away when Gardner interposed.
"He may be lean, but he's tough; tough and
healthy. When half of them was sick and the other
half sickening, this rogue kept his legs and doctored
his fellows. But for him there'd ha' been more deaths
than there was. Say fifteen pounds for him, colonel.
That's cheap enough. He's tough, I tell your honour
-tough and strong though he be lean. And he's just
the man to bear the heat when it comes. The climate'I1
never kill him."
There came a chuckle from Governor Steed. "You
hear, colonel. Trust your niece. Her sex knows a
man when it sees one." And he laughed, well-pleased
with his wit. But he laughed alone. A cloud of an-
noyance swept across the face of the colonel's niece,
whilst the colonel himself was too absorbed in the
consideration of this bargain to heed the governor's
humour. He twisted his lip a little, stroking his chin
with his hand the while. Jeremy Pitt had almost
ceased to breathe.
'I'll give you ten pounds for him," said the colonel
at last.
Peter Blood prayed that the offer might be re-
jected. For no reason that he could have given you,
he was taken with repugnance at the thought of be-
coming the property of this gross animal, and In some
sort the property of that hazel-eyed young girl. But it
would need more than repugnance to save him from
his destiny. A slave is a slave, and has no power to
shape hisfate. Peter Blood was sold to Colonel Bishop
-a disdainful buyer-for the Ignominious sum of ten
pounds.


CHAPTER II.

ARABELLA BISHOP.
ONE sunny morning in January, about a month after
the arrival of the Jamaica Merchant at Bridge-
town, Miss Arabella Bishop rode out from her uncle's
fine house on the heights to the north-west of the city.
She was attended by two negroes who trotted after her
at a respectful distance, and her destination was Gov-
ernment House, whither she went to visit the gov-
ernor's lady, who had lately been ailing. Reaching
the summit of a gentle grassy slope, she met a tall
lean man dressed in a sober gentlemanly fashion, who
was walking in the opposite direction. He was a
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the island. And yet in some vague way he did not
seem-quite a stranger.
Miss.Arabella drew rein, affecting to pause that
Ssh night admire the prospect, which was fair enough
to warrant it. Yet out of the corner of those hazel
eyes she scanned this fellow very attentively as he
came nearer. She corrected her first impression of
Shis dress. It was sober enough, but hardly gentle-
manly. Coat and breeches were of plain homespun;
and if the former sat so well upon him it was more
by virtue of his natural grace than by that of tailor-
ing. His stockings were of cotton, harsh and lirin,
and the broad castor, which he respectfully doffed as
he came up with her, was an old one unadorned by
band or feather. What had seemed to be a periwig
at a little distance was now revealed for the man's
own lustrous coiling black hair.
Out of a brown, shaven, saturnine face two eyes
that were startlingly blue considered -her gravely. The
man would have passed on but that she detailed him.
"I think I know you, sir," said she.
SHer'voice was crisp and boyish, and there was
something of boyishness in her manner-if one can
apply the term to so dainty a lady. It arose perhaps
from an ease, a directness, which disdained the arti-
fices of her sex, and set her on good terms with all the
world. To this it may be due that Miss Arabella had
reached the age of five and twenty not tnerely un-
married but unwooed. She used with all men a sister-
ly frankness which in itself contains a quality of
- aloofness, rendering it difficult for any man to become
her lover.
Her negroes had halted at some distance In the
rear, and they squatted now upon the short grass until
t should be her pleasure to proceed upon her way.
The stranger came to a standstill upon being ad-
S dressed.
S"A lady should know her own property," said he.
"My property?"
S"Your uncle's, leastways. Let me present myself.
I am called Peter Blood, and I am worth precisely ten
pounds. I know it because that is the sum your uncle
paid for me. It is not every man has the same oppor-
S tunities of ascertaining his real value."
She recognized him then. She had not seen him
since that day upon the mole a month ago, and that
she should not instantly have known him again des-
pite the interest he had then aroused in her is not
urprlsing, considering the change that had been
wrought in his appearance, which now was hardly
that of a slave.
"My God!" said she. "And. you can laugh!"
"It's an achievement," he admitted. "But then, I
have not fared as ill as I might."
."I have heard of that," said she.
What she had heard was that'this rebel-convict
hagd been discovered to be a physician. The thing had
come to the ears of Governor Steed, who suffered
qs4mnably from the gout, and Governor Steed, had
borrowed the fellow from his purchaser. Whether by
skill or good fortune, Peter Blood had afforded the
S governor that relief which his excellency had failed
to obtain from the ministrations of either of the two
physicians practising in Bridgetown. Then the gov-
ernor's lady had desired him to attend her for the
nogrims. Mr. Blood had found her suffering from
nothing worse than peevishness-the result of a na.
tural petulance aggravated by the dullness of life in
Barbadoes to a lady of her social aspirations. But he
had prescribed for her none the less, and she had con-
celved herself the better for his prescription. After
that the fame of him had gone through Bridgetown,
and Colonel Bishop had found that there was more
profit to be made out of this new slave by leaving him
to pursue his profession than by setting him to work
on, the plantations, for which purpose he had been
originally acquired.
"It is yourself, madam, I have to thank for my
.cOmparatively easy and clean condition," said Mr.
Blood, "and I am glad to take this opportunity of
doing so."
The gratitude was in his words rather than in
his tone. Was he mocking, she wondered, and looked
a. him with the searching frankness that another
might have found disconcerting. He took the glance
for a question, and answered it.
"If some other planter bad bought me," he ex-
plained, "it is odds that the facts of my shining.abill-
ties might never have been brought to light, and I
should be hewing and hoeing at this moment like the
p. oor wretches who were landed with me."
"And why do you thank me for that? It was my
uncle who bought you."
"But be would not have done so bad you not
urged him. I perceived your interest. At the time I
resented it."
"Y~ resented it?" There was a challenge in her
boyish voice.
"I have had no lack of experiences of this mortal
lifi; but to be bought and sold was a new one, and I
was hardly in the mood to love my purchaser."
"If I irged you upon my uncle, sir, it was that I
commiserated you." There was a slight severity in
her tone, as if to reprove the mixture of mockery and
flippancy in which he seemed to be speaking.
She proceeded to explain herself. "My uncle may
appear to you a hard man. No doubt he is. They are
ll hard men, these planters. It Is the life, I suppose.
-B th A re are others here who are worse. There
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was there on the mele, waiting to buy my unelet%
leavings, and tf you had fallen into his hands .... A'
dreadful man. That is why."
He was a little bewildered.
"This interest in a stranger .. ." he began. Then
changed the direction of his probe. "But there were
others as deserving of commiseration."
"You did not seem quite like the others."
"I am not," said he.
"Ob!" She stared at him, bridling a little. "You
have a good opinion of yourself."
!'On the contrary. The others are all worthy
rebels. I am not. That is the difference. I was one
who had not the wit to see that England requires puri-
fying. I was content to pursue a doctor's trade in
Bridgewater whilst my betters were shedding their
blood to drive out an unclean tyrant and his rascally
crew."
"Sir" she checked him. "I think you are talking
treason."
"I hope I am not obscure," said he.
"There are those here who would have you flogged
if they heard you."
"The governor would.never allow it. He has the
gout, and his lady has the megrims."
"Do you depend upon that?" She was frankly
scornful.
"You have certainly never had the gout; probably
not even the megrims," said he.
She made a little'impatient movement with her
hand, and looked away from him a moment, out to sea.
Quite suddenly she looked at him again; and now her
brows were knit.
"But if you are not a rebel, how come you here?"
He saw the thing she apprehended: and he
laughed. "Faith now, it's a long story," said he.
"And one perhaps that you would prefer not to
tell?"
Briefly on that he told it her. -
"My God! What an infamy!" she cried, when he
had done.
"Oh, it's a sweet country, England under King
James! There's no need to commiserate me further.
All things considered I prefer Barbadoes. Here at
least one can believe in God."
He looked first to right then to left as he spoke,
from the distant shadowy bulk of Mount Hillbay to the
limitless ocean ruffled by the winds of heaven. Then
as if the fair prospect rendered him conscious of his
own littleness and the insignificance of his woes, he
fell thoughtful.
'"Is that so difficult elsewhere?" she asked him,
and she was very grave.
"Men make it so."
"I see." She laughed a little, on a note of sad-
ness, it seemed to him. "I have never deemed Bar-
badoes the earthly mirror of heaven," she confessed.
"But no doubt you know your world better than I."
She touched her horse with her little silver-hilted
whip. "I congratulate you on this easing of your mis-
fortunes."
He bowed, and she moved on. Her negroes sprang
up, and went trotting after her.
Awhile Peter Blood remained standing there,
where she left him, conning the sunlit waters of
Carlisle Bay below, and the shipping in that spacious
haven about wblch the gulls were fluttering noisily.
It was a fair enough prospect, he reflected, but it
was a prison, and in announcing that he preferred it
to England, he had indulged that almost laudable form
of boasting which lies in belltting our misadventures.
He turned, and resuming his way, went off ln-ong
swinging strides towards the little huddle of huts
built of mud and rattles,--a miniature village en-
closed in a stockade, which the plantation leaves in-
habited, and where he, himself, was lodged with them.
Through his mind sang the line of Lovelace:
"Stone walls do not a prison make,
Nor iron bars a cage."
But he gave it a fresh meaning, the very converse
of that which its author had Intended. A prison, he
reflected, was a prison, though it had neither walls
nor bars, however spacious it might be. And as he
realized it that morning so he was to realise it in-
creasingly as time sped on. Daily he came to think
more of his clipped wings, of his exclusion from the
world, and less of the fortuitous liberty he enjoyed.
Nor did the contrasting of his comparatively easy lot
with that of his unfortunate fellow-convicts bring him
the satisfaction a differently constituted mind might
have derived from it. Rather did the contemplation
of their misery increase the bitterness that was gather-
Ing in his soul.
Of the forty-two who had been landed with him
from the Jamaica Merchant, Colonel Bishop had'pur-
chased no less than twenty-five. The remainder had
gone to lesser planters, some of them to Speightstown
ahd others still farther north. What may have been
the lot of the latter he could not -tel, but amongst
Bishop's slaves Peter Blood came and went freely,
sleeping in their quarters, and their lot he knew to be
a brutalising misery. They toiled in the sugar planta-
tions from sunrise to sunset, and if their labours flagg-
ed there were the whips of the overseer and his men
to quicketn'them. They went in rags, some almost
naked, they dwelt in squalor, and they were ill-
*nourished on salted meat and maize du lilngs-food
which to many of them was for a seasd at least so
nauseating that two of them sickened and aed before


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Bishop remembered that their lives had a certain,
value in labour to him and yielded to Blood's inter-
cessions for. a better care of such as fell ill. curb-
insubordination, one of them who had rebelled against
Kent, the brutal overseer, was lashed to death by
negroes under his comrades' eyes, and another whbo
had been so misguided as to run away into the woods
was tracked, brought back, flogged and then branded
on the forehead with the letters F.T., that all might
know him for a fugitive'traitor as long as he lived.
Fortunately for him the poor fellow died as a conseL
quence of the flogging.
After that a dull, spiritless resignation settled
down upon the remainder. The most mutinous wer-
quelled, and accepted their unspeakable-lot with the--
tragic fortitude of despair.
Peter Blood alone, escaping these ezeelA ..uft-
ferings, remained outwardly unchanged, whil~t-
wardly the only change in him was a daily deeif-
hatred of his kind, a daily ddeper longing to escape-
from this place where man defiled so foully the lovely
work of his Creator. It was a longing too vague to
amount to a hope, Hope here was inadmissible. And
yet he did not yield to despair. He set a mask of
laughter on his saturnine countenance and went his-
way, treating the sick to the profit of Colonel Bishop,
and encroaching further and further upon the pre-
serves of the two other men of medicine in Bridge-
town.
Immune from the degrading punishmentscla; d ;i-
vations of his fellow-convicts, he was enabled to keeje
his self-respect, and was treated without harshness
even by the soulless planter to whom he had been
sold. He owed it all to gout and megrims. He had
won the esteem of Governor Steed, and-what Is even
more important-of Governor Steed's lady, whom he-
shamelessly and cynically flattered and humoured.
Occasionally he saw Miss Bishop, and they seldom
met but that she paused to hold him in conversation
for some moments,-evincing her interest in him. Him-
self, he was'never disposed to linger. He was not, he
told himself, to be deceived by her delicate exterior,
her sapling grace, her easy boyish ways and pleasant,
boyish voice. In all his life-and it had been very
varied-he had never met a man whom he accounted
more beastly than her uncle, and he could not dis-
sociate her from the man. She was his niece, of his
own blood, and some of the vices of it, some of the
remorseless cruelty of the wealthy planter must, he
argued, inhabit that pleasant body of hers. He argued
this very often to himself, as If -answering and con-
vincing some instinct that pleaded otherwise, and
arguing it. he avoided her when it was possible, and
was frigidly civil when it was not.
Justifiable as his reasoning was, plausible as it
may seem, yet he would have done better to have
trusted the instinct that was in conflict with it.
Though the same blood ran in' her veins as in those
of Colonel Bishop, yet hers was free of the vices that
tainted her uncle's, for these vices were not natural
to that blood; they were, in his case, acquired. Her
father, Tom Bishop-that same Colonel Bishop's
brother-had been a kindly, chivalrous, gentle soul,
who, broken-hearted by the early death of a young
wife, had abandoned the old world and sought an
anodyne for his grief in the new. He had come out
to the Antilles, bringing with him his little daughter,
then five years of age, and had given himself up to the
life of a planter. He had prospered from the firit,.
as men sometimes will w-bo care nothing for pros-
perity. Prospering, he had bethought him of his
younger brother, a soldier at home reputed somewhat
wild. He had advised him to come out to Barbadoes;
and the advice, which at another season William
Bishop might have scorned, reached him at a moment
when his wildness was beginning to bear such fruit
that a change of climate was desirable. Williamn
came, and was admitted by his generous brother to a
partnership in the prosperous plantation. Some sik
years later, when Arabella was fifteen, her father died,
leaving her in her uncle's guardianship. It waqv .--
haps his one mistake. But the goodness of hjfi-eW
nature coloured his views of other men; aoreiser,.
himself, he had conducted the eduetfba of his
daughter, giving her an indepenaence of character
upon which perhaps he counted undiily. As things
were, there was little love between uncle and niece.
But she was dutiful to him, and he was circumspect in
his belaviour before her. All his life, and for all his
wildness, he had gone,in a certain awe of his brother,
whose worth he had the wit to recognize; and now it
was almost as if some of that awe was transferred to
his brother's child, who was also, in a sense, his
partner, although she took no active part in theb- .
ness of the plantations.
Peter Blood judged her-as we are all t orone
to Judge-upon insufficient knowledge. *
He was very.soon to have cause to correct that
judgment.
One day towards the end of May; when the heat
was beginning to grow oppressive, there crawled into-
Carlisle Bay a wounded, battered English'ship, the
Pride of Devon. her freeboard scarred and broken, her-
coach a gaping wreck, her mizzen so shot away t.t
only a jagged stump remained to tell the place..w...-
it had stood, She lad been in action off M a1 i1e
with two Spanish treasure ships, and alth su".bher
captain.swbre that the Spaniards had beset .*iV with-
out provocation, it is difficult to avoid a suic that
the encounter had been brought about' quite other-


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utirds- bad ftd ftlorn the bo=- -)Dour tartdRvery fuiSlity to c*rftn and rafryollt: re- pafgning iu4he ffaftisli Netherlitnds had shovni 144% .
lievon 'had n6t given ehise It pair a stdW O*b6b eharactaNwhkhu haft ftuftif
she was by then in, no taite to-do But, 4oI'thW,, imythin& but 24*1rUble, Nevertheless lb perfbime4
sunk, bi2t nat befomllrt XnW_ hold over a 8mre of Euglish seamen aa battered &ad his doctor-s'' aM painstakingly, ir-,
rred to -her own hold a good deat broken as-the- sbIV hergem and, together with these amotionlessly,., and 1ven *1th a certain superficial
rd the Smilird. Xwaa, fiaL44;' some haddozeitt gj*Wds in like case, the anly snr friSnOJInfts-to*ards "6bbf his Patients. The3e were
ptratic0d affmyi whtr-,h were a perpetu;4 Tivtm of a boardingL pqrty from the -Spauloh galleon so surprieedathavingtbeir wounds healed Instead
ble between the emirts oft'St- James's; and t hat h4d inva4ed Vw English ghtip and, found itself bolug'suarmarily.h6nged aAt 0--ey =33iflasbo_A
aL,8OM!VIAJmtS emanating now fro ondand unablaturefisat. Tbesewoundednwirkw#reconvyed cillty very unusual in their kind, They w ere Shunned
other, 4Wo Lo a loThit'shed on-4114'Whart, and the nledictLl skflj,,of 40wdiarj, 'by all thase,. chttritably-di5posed inhabi-
Arowever, after the fasitiou of most Colonial ]3ridg*tVWn was stirftmoned to their aid. Peer Blodi tsaits of Bridgetown who flocked to the improvised,,
Was willing enqpo to'.."I his. vito so the waiordoied4o bear. a hand in this work, and pirtly howtal with 4ffts I of.frult And flowars ,And delieacles
ther English soamwo story"dis- he spojb Castillio-and. Be -spoke It as fluent- for the injurdd English smmen. hdoed, had tb*A
jilly-evi&uce that might belleft_.Reshared- ly- I aff-:hie own: native tongue -partly, because of his wishas of some of these inhabitanto been regarded,, tb
interior W,11dition as alalive, he.wall-given the Spani- Spaziards would have. been left to die 'no, yerzuirt
atim "d of this Peter Blood had an exataple
to men of Overy other n ards fori Ms patients at tbe
,Bah to the'. ki", New Blbo&baddo tauseto IoveSazllards. HIS very outset.
tht shelter I she ooggtiijkts:hAt- two years In a Spanish prison and his subsequent cam- 'With t he assistance of one, of the llegroes t to -


'T T, T that in mind when he moved the adjournment of the,.
House".
'W:a n V-4
E F J W A S ..,.,T "I bad, Sir, zaid Mr. Graham; "the people wanted
to knowthe motive."
"I will keep nothing from n. inembers," resumed"
(U6W49nkddz.Jrom Poors AJUr., *e-have got the tion--and I hope It will h
not be WtHilt4d- fr6v itst w-11I ba tizne'W, discuss the President. "MY motive was simple.. I wanted
!W receive. the, Govorn0r__ 1 the ;"qi*=, to be: away from all the world to pr
wbether, the people-in this-hRotance'are to be common ay for my, en6miao-
WO the Connell Chamber in the midstoLa aid 0 Implore, blessings upon those, that, speak Illof-
biviken only by the souAA, 9f t1wir.-foot. ,All,
no,'.' replUed.tbli3 President, Wagging his head meand. Asspitefully use, me -. that was my motive.
lkw. coughs from ikw aflltcted:.wlth colds "this Is' the I ti#9_,wheu we mixot, make that Spent the whole day In a little dark corner of te;
Ffrench'a voice demanding, to- ILROW It, this Kingston Parish Church, where I happily escaped ob,.
clear You see, w you Speak of the people with
to be a funeral or.: a 'brok a.. ugaa
_ULg 'Mr,'W, ..'' small p, You mean the-. people in the ordinary mose, servation, 4nd. I said enough. prayers. for. my foes to
WY enquirer it a "fimkoip" wgs'a sortof, butwheh- youspeak of them with, a big P, you mean
im make them thoroughly unhappy, for the rest of their:
v# .erexony. pr olnew fc. of., political de
them 1,4 extraordinarily sense. 'The hon. membr, I lives."
lout, I w Ich caused Mr., Ffreuc4 (p.- wqnder am sute,,, will: Bee,: the ME at once. In what Tbe members g4sped. Eye looked anxioqWvIntw
hayO beon lkvl,,#g all does he speak of the people?" eye, asAf questioning the President'B Sanity, But
"In. both sense* sir; lu, the. capital And in the there Was nothingabnormal about his attitude, imo dli-'
,not ray intentiou to wawry thlo reader WAIL a cOmmon:aeusei They are a most, common met of peo- ference could be observed in him.. Even Mr. Gideon's
an of the Rtocedure at the P" oi sitting, -9 plej,-but me _ot'tham aro 6apttll apprehensions speedily Wed away, and he %sad try
4gjslaturv- ThU wMb6 f in such publi- 'Wer- well," observed the'Preoldaut, and made a fj,2g to look as though he were not there.
,'as "The Life aad,. A,4ye4tqreS of Sir LeOlie 310 to of, the The President resumed, "I do riot an
,a High Appreciation, Py Himself,"' published "Therefore,, sir.ia demanding the adjournment, y to the unjust and unkind thin4W
volume; "SeekerB After Information,, by One the House, I obey the behesto of the people. You have said -about my acts. When a njan has been peculla
,,wp I a 11#ver Tired of It," by tb, e Hou. and Rev. -deeply they Are Stirred by the events na8ty'to me,'I goout of my way.to greet.blul cordial-
published in p4luplaet form auddedl- creased IY: that, Is one way of, turming the other cheek. It
of the past few days. Praedial larceny. b)%oln
`jb.the.nnlverse, "The yrtneiples of- Political in my. parish. At thb slightest encouragement make* him feet a0hamed ofhimse
and ft6pinet, Uint to Booginner*- in 6diai there." --again the ereoeando-'very mean; he ftanot looX
pages e4,c*), bry the- "()It a POJXJ GfL'40rder, ftir," Criod-Mr. Ewenj ris 9 himself la-the.eyb before a mirror. But batter tlmm
to tht"Tupt, the opftker, "JA theh4n. member movlIu kitidij.,giastings:'N prayer for. those who,. wrong YOW,
Aac'a azid ikt seierely upilead.,
the adjournmont of the House or tIvinz,:us-,_x.,stAto- that is whAtis called Aeaping coals offire on, the hea4s
a rAtl+ that dea'K. WIMUL'a 111 ment of him failure to teach the ptople of blo 0 to. of Your O*Uales, and -I heADed much, fire on every-
t
country, but rather a true and aut&ztl SO 4jlt: be. honest? I, also, -wan Information." bodY'SLhe&d last w4lkk. 1 forgave them all. I-prayed
me that. might.have. had international COA4. "I ]*ave filifshed 11hivitf'JiM]rL that they, might prosper exceedingly So. as not to, feel
nces If it had beelWofanycorkse4uence at all. Mr. Graham with quiet dignity, and.,,tahin.g no'notide the Income. tax-and an increase of: the income tax
We VLO*, t that hour and PJnute oftheinterruption. "Perhaps the informdtjo,.Ihavp would I may Bay, enable, us to build some. bAudrwe
tuary business uf.P:arh&ment hgv- ask'ed for will now he forthcoming." churches--that they mighj never falf ill, never hava
d, the Rev. Mr.. Gwr%"WrOse and any sorrows, never be unfairly criticized, and never.
of the RnuoD, "Hear, hear," from mem,
praised in theGleaner.."
the Rev. gomlemau'. moved CHAPTERSIX.
bers who djd not axpect to. be'pralzed, and 2who cofi
f JW did it With tended that prAise was the worst all calamities)..
deep I pray& that thtw, might have a beautiful deathbed
iUvr-ly-Mr. Phililbs bowed m4 %ad A's tho'li with rolativ*s, weeping at their prospective lose-, that
t to eug0e In prayer;. then pratoudvd w.b NDRiainthere:wAasil Members, glanced
at lone anoth4ar vith spec.dlativq eyes. 11 Would th-_ir tuperals might.he numerously attended, and that
4ar !a handkerchief that. had not drgj*64 to b
ZA ''the, Cdloi t -put. up,,to raply might, blo present at all the Interments. I prayed
V r Dixon gtWelied to attention. Mr. Sa g I I Oi4l.,Secra. wy be:. that they Shoold!all go to, heaven, though J felt tha
would the-At-toriley,,01exteral? -The latter liad,
'*V.bOs11Oech-:T I hae.to. hear us, llppod, outof I de I to smoke ta,,cjlgar .tbut was asking the Almighty too Much; doubtlew
pended'.upon to hurry back into the room And assure He will.not hear this or any other part of my prayers,
,13AC", tho adjournment.of the House,-sfr,-.th1k_ and that but that will not detract from my efforts on: behalfof-
membets that there. had, been
solemli voice Spoke,: '.'hi order that I may:enw MY op.ponents. Far hours I.prayed and fasted In that
Sappeared far one fu4l day' the Govier'nor. bad notdisappeared at. all but, bad 0111o
the Ooyerrlor di as it were, Wed. front -sight to r a time, which be. silent Churcliw having taken the precaution to oat,.*'
,Iv66k without giving4ntJi%"nOf his intention Ao was d ouWe breakfast. before leaving home,, and being -A!14
to. under. the terms of the IA* entitled
War. 1ama not, skyfzW, that W61 W, di"opeari with the'determination to, hive a heArty dinner. Aid
-am lath to !,On heBensflts of 4 iGoveruor making TUmselt
tW, not'"e hita. do, it Ayaf' attd-1 SoarcAV' But the House felt'that it, was.. only due, to wheml had ended my supplicatiods, -hcn. gentlelneuo_
ttlie country Abat the explanation should come- irom I lialt a new man: and, kneW that I ad. the advantage
wlut itif6rMation,,sir, on tbte most Import- ffiruself; therexp:ectod-'that It : ever else, .1 lgiilew thpt I had done good to-
ths Governor e would of ybody
ask for inforlnadolt, andVever. makke It. they did not expect In vitit. with a little them that hate, me, and been merciful to.thern that
what, to do, w4th:lt when, I ob"In It; NukLOO
,,*OkIqW is. auoughi and. enq4tries, prowrly Con" preliminary Ielearlng of the throat the preO4,e6f. rok' wish me ill, And so you now have the whole *xpJs;sa--_
and 41t eyAnwere centered upon hint, HO remained tion of my diaapperance. I wasin yaltir midst all tho-,
6ften"bri4i "to I lfjh.t. %ct and., knowledge time; I was In the only place that nol3ody, In Jami
The Rtandlag for one full minute without Saying a -word. Jim
not of the SlIgIltest. Value to awQne. I ct. would-. d6amoUarching for anybody-in a church.".
Thia'was intended to ingreiase.tbpe feekag of expe
louyzfr.was plus*ed Into tbA d S of, He essood
It. Succeeded.', Then li begaa ,Ad nut down,, and for a Space the Houm
beyrildermentwhou It 116ard tbat'Th11'Ux_ Y.
"It W. said that I dl Why, is'it said I w" paralyOW-with astonishment. Then the t" on
waa nowhQrs. td be fonud.: I was'-nat in King-
146"peareV PeFausel .1 did disappear. There is io, broke, WT. Ewen was hear& to sob loudly and to- dw-
day, behogone 6ni-Xw, me*bers ofAhis plaxp that never. in his life would, lie may*
difference of opinion on that fact,; we are all agreed stronger,
0 had : 1:J t6 flt hiome My'.4Uty disappoar-a s reach ad a com tltau
that I did, ad lxavhg thv speaches:against the Government and
FTom the city; therewere confirmation oar-
z luoq ground of agreement It be eAsy to -go on to he bad done in the past. Mr. Phillipjs howled with
arranged, for. But the MOUIeUt the neWO al point contrition and Mr. Young fainted. -Tbe, Attorney I Gen-
say why I disappeared. Very well. That ls-p
9 do'Fn to us'canveyed by. a motor trOINY,.
number, One, ehaselged the opportunity to go ouWde and smoke
or, a bgilly'Ift0ligent man, anno"ced "We now codietto I knother c igarette. Mr. Gideon seemed disposed to im--
ruor bAd deeamped frbin the lsla`nd;aftr polntnut4er &Fq.. Why dR,
ar?.. voice suddenly prwe'tho occAsionby delivering a sonorous apem
loose C"h.6ut 6fthe Treasury, 1 ftdie disappe _96h '
o t:bet croceW_6-Why 6 a 'yone ng the elected members what they must e
n'that R6taothiugof 4 m6nlontous na- rose t 0" A -dimp-plear? warni
Par three rewits. The 11' rat keasonjothat eistakeu, horeaftOr it they continued to, act as he himsel
urred which would necessitate Iny, setting Atax had-the couir-
forcibly awAy Now, nobody here' when he was an el&ted.member, and Major Dixon
lra of inquiries for Information in he
ge. to, tyke mo for4bly, away..or it would have been, m"huhically prepared to vote in opposition to auy re--
&n a6cident solution that. mia t forward_.hy bli Cot-
4oue long agp,..,ifhesoeond reason Is, that t be-brough
h(edbls voke. Ashe did ob.,PYWY mau, occurs. ..134t, leagues on the Governors disappearance
no accident happened to me,-br I.-could was
that an Iraprewlv&4ftnbuilcenlent rcpjyh4ve. tqrtled.up that Same evening unwathed that Mr. Gr4am rose again and, with thM tJtud#. of-
z*Oe,' "The people demand this Iul "( uA ll;e th b r 'bus wlllose.thlrst, for. Information had.,'brn' fullyr
d at that the metntier iia4 ar d. e no* Come, therefOre, to a t 1i
"And Wjtea", a" retso i to djoap- _4 cl. 1110 moved: that the: Holit": Shailld, ad*M,
Yog disappear because you wall uen
'I trust that, frnakb myWt.02tiu to th4 uLUI the following day;-No that each member ofijt
I-Olean, ]night- have. thp- rept-of the present'dw for Dftyer,
member for'St ry
intormod title President hasaly.: "Yes, sir,' replid Mr, Crab& btuft "ThW," safil Mr' Omhum, "to -iindbed, areforin Ili -
Me tt) luteMpt him for ing ug I i lot of, JnfQrn)AtIftO thp-rIght-d1r#4I0n..: We. now Poasoss-a new and ef-.
O*ke-lt,clear Iti in t"aking og "Mod. Now, bei4des. teWpg Y94.,71ly R MUIR*S- roctive, vhsapon against all -our enemies. G eAitbs
With a Noman P opWa,'if he_01s4ppears- 1, pu9t tell You, the Tuotive let ui.prfty.".,
biiiUrlying, W'fwlve tO dthapp"r. The two t clowd% his eyes its he-A W.h4j`n, OVeh
we, oUpt:, are different You want to d1sappeaLn, b* 'you also, Oeit fl-min later, alone w'
&Vo*,e, Nr W400* 40 4wxppw ww w" sleeping;-







PLANTERS'


PUNCH


the shed for the purpose, he was in the act of setting
a broken leg, when a deep gruff voice that he had come
to know and dislike as he had never disliked the voice
-of living man, abruptly challenged him.
"What are you doing there?"
Blood did not look up from his task. There was
.not the need. He knew the voice, as I have said.
"I am setting a broken leg," he answered, without
pausing in his labours.
"I can see that, fool." A bulky body interposed
between Peter Blood and the window. The half-
naked man on the straw rolled his black eyes to stare
up fearfully out. of a clay-coloured face at this in-
truder. A knowledge of English was unnecessary
-to inform him that here came an enemy. The harsh,
minatory note of that voice sufficiently expressed the
-fact. "I can see that, fool; just as I can see what the
rascal Is. Who gave you leave to set Spanish legs?"
"I am 'a doctor, Colonel Bishop. The man is
wounded. It is not for me to discriminate. I keep to
-my trade."
Do you, by God! If you'd done that, you wouldn't
now be here."
"On the contrary, it is because I did it that I am
here."
"Ay, I know that's your lying tale." The colonel
sneered, and then, observing Blood to continue his
-work.unmoved, he grew really angry. "Will you cease
-that,.and attend to me when I am speaking?"
Peter Blood paused, but only for an instant. "The
-man is in pain," he said shortly, and resumed his
-work.
"In pain, is he? I hope he is, the damned pirati-
-cal dog. But will you heed me, you insubordinate
Aknave?"
The colonel delivered himself in a roar, infuriated
by what he conceived to be defiance, and defiance ex-
pressing itself in the most unruffled disregard of him-
-self. His long bamboo cane was raised to strike.
Peter Blood's blue eyes caught the flash of it, and he
spoke quickly to arrest the blow.
"Not Insubordinate, sir, whatever I may be. I am
acting upon the express orders of Governor Steed."
The colonel checked, his great face empurpling.
His mouth fell open..
"Governor Steed!" he echoed. Then he lowered
his cane, swung round and without another word to
Blood rolled away towards the other end of the shed
-where the governor was standing at the moment.
Peter Blood chuckled. But his triumph was dic-
-tated less by humanitarian considerations than by the
reflection that he had baulked his brutal owner.
The Spaniard, realising that in this altercation,
-whatever its nature, the doctor had stood his friend,
ventured in a muted voice to ask what had happened.
'The doctor shook his head in silence, and pursued his
work. His ears were straining to catch the words now
passing between Steed and Bishop. The colonel was
blustering and storming, the great bulk of him tower
ing above the wizened little over-dressed figure of the
governor. But the little fop was not to be browbeaten.
His excellency was conscious that be had behind him
the force of public opinion to support him. Some
there might be, but they were not many, who held
such ruthless views as Colonel Bishop's. His excel-
lency asserted his authority. It was by his orders
that Blood had devoted himself to the wounded
Spaniards, and his orders were to be carried out.
There was no more to be said.
Colonel Bishop was of another opinion. In his
view there was a great deal to be said. He said it,
with great circumstance, loudly, vehemently, obscene-
ly-for he could be fluently obscene when moved to
anger.
"You talk like a Spaniard, colonel," said the gov-
ernor, and thus dealt the colonel's pride a wound that
*as to smart resentfully for many a week. At the
moment it struck him silent, and sent him stamping
out of the shed in a rage for which he could find no
words.
It was two days later when the ladies of Bridge-
town, the wives and daughters of her planters and
merchants, paid their first visit of charity to the
wharf, bringing their gifts to the wounded seamen.
Again Peter Blood was there, ministering to the
sufferers in his care, moving among those unfortunate
Spaniards whom no one heeded. All the charity, all
the gifts were for the members of the crew of the
Pride of Devon. And this Peter Blood accounted
natural enough. But rising suddenly from the re-
j ssing of a wound, a task In which he had beer
orbed for some moments, he saw to bis surprise
t one lady, detached from the general throng, was
placing some plantains and a bundle of succulent
sugar cane on the cloak that served one of his patients
-for a cov t. She was elegantly dressed-in lavender
silk an d followed by a half-naked negro carrying
a basket.
Peter Blood, stripped of his coat, the sleeves of
Ibls coarse shirt rolled to the elbow, and holding a
bloody rag in his hand, stood at gaze a moment. The
lady turning now to confront him, her lips parting in
a smile of recognition, was Arabella Bishop.
"The man's a Spaniard," said he, in the tone of
one who corrects a misapprehension, and also tinged
never so faintly by something of the derision that
was in his soul.
The smile with which she had been greeting him
withered on her lips. She frowned and stared at him
a moment, with increasing haughtiness.


"So I perceive. But he's a human being none the
less," said she
That answer, and Its implied rebuke, took him by
surprise.
"Your uncle, the colonel, is of a different opinion,"
said he, when he had recovered. "He regards them as
vermin to be left to languish and die of their fester-
ing wounds."
She caught the irony now more plainly in his
voice. She continued to stare at him.
"Why do you tell me this?
"To warn you that you may be incurring the
colonel's displeasure: If he had had his way I should
never have been allowed to dress their wounds."
"And you thought of course that I must be of my
uncle's mind?" There was a crispness about her
voice, an ominous challenging sparkle in her hazel
eyes.
"I'd not willingly be rude to a lady even in my
thoughts," said he. "But that you should bestow gifts
on them, considering that if your uncle came to hear
of It ." He paused, leaving the sentence unfinish-
ed. "Ah well-there It is," he concluded.
But the lady was not satisfied at all.
"First you impute to me inhumanity, and then
cowardice. Faith! For a man who would not willing
ly be rude to a lady-even In his thoughts it's none so
bad." Her boyish laugh trilled out, but the note of It
jarred his pars this time.
He saw her now, it seemed to him, for the first
time, and saw how he had misjudged her.
"Sure now how was I to guess that that
Colonel Bishop would have an angel for his niece?"
said he recklessly, for he was reckless as men often
are in sudden penitence.
"You wouldn't, of course. I shouldn't think you
often guess aright." Having withered him with that
and her glance, she turned to her negro and the basket
that he carried. From this she lifted now the fruits
and delicacies with which it was laden, and piled
them in such heaps upon the beds of the six Spaniards
that by the time she had so served the Ihst of them her
basket was empty, and there was nothing left for her
own fellow-countrymen. These, indeed, stood in no
need of her bounty-as she nodoubt observed-since
they were being plentifully supplied by others.
Having thus emptied her basket, she called her
negro, and without another word or so much as an-
other glance at Peter Blood, swept out of the place
with her head highland chin thrtiat forward.
Peter watched her departure. Then be fetched a


the top of that distant mountain the vapour rose and
streamed away until it was lost in the surrounding
atmosphere.
We were looking towards the crater of Irazu, and
the volcano was in eruption.
It has been in eruption for some time. "If It
ceased," said an American to the writer, "we should
probably have earthquakes; we prefer to see it smok-
ing."
Some day there may be a violent eruption. Not
long ago there was one; Irasu shot great volumes of
water up into the air, and a new lake was formed on
one of its slopes. Fed by the boiling liquid from the
volcano the lake grew and grew, and then the people
of Cartago realized that in a little while it might over-
flow its banks and a cataract might sweep down upon
their little city, deluging it in ruin and blotting it
out forever. From man no help was to he expected.
They piously turned to tthe supernatural. From the
cathedral the Image of Our Lady of Holy Angels was
brought forth and solemnly paraded through the
town; the Bishop officiated, the whole population join-
ed in the chorus of supplication; never were such
chanting and prayer heard in Cartago before. And,
so they tell you, the eruption ceased, the limits
of the lake were fixed, Cartago was saved. Another
miracle had been wrought by prayer to confound the
sceptic and to confirm in their beliefs the faithful of
that city and that land.
It may have been so, or it may be that the energy
of Irazu had spent Itself for the time, and that Carta-
go had never ueen in real danger of destruction by
water. Whatever the explanation, one cannot but
feel that to live under the shadow of Irazu is to live
in the certitude of future calamity. And there are
Poas and Turrialba, too, both active volcanoes, and
some day these also will vomit forth smoke and fames,
and the force of their eruption will convulse the
earth, and again a tale of woe will come from Costa
Rica to the ears of a sympathetic world. But in spite
of this constant menace the people go their ways un-
disturbed, happy In the esnshine and fertilty of their
native land, in their Interest In art and ia the things
of the mind (upon which they pride themselves);
proud of the beauty of their women, believing in the
valour of their men, confident that Costa Rica Is God's
country, the first among the Central American States,
the most peaceful of these, the most progressive.
SUT they are not satisfied with their Governments.
They say that each-Government plays ducks and


It startled him to discover that.the thought that
he had incurred her anger gave him coicerp. It could
not have been so yesterday. It became so only since
he had been vouchsafed this revelation of.her true
nature. "Bad cess to it now, it serves me right It
seems I know nothing at all of human nature.. But
how the devil was I to guess that a family that ca.&
breed a devil like Colonel Bishop should also breed a
saint like this?"


CHAPTER III.

PIRA TES.
AFTER that Arabella Bishop went:daily to the shed
on the wharf with gifts of. fruit, and later of
money and of wearing apparel, for the Spaatlh prison-
ers. But she contrived so to time her visits t atpeter
never again met her there. Thus the weary' ;:is .
went by, and Peter, moving among his fellow slav.:...,.
began to dream dreams of escape from the Island and
to enlist the despairing men in a scheme to break away
that he had planned with a man, James Nuttall by
name, a white man, free, but of the humbler class of
European settlers. Peter had managed to secure some
money secretly; with part of this he had bribed Nut-
tall to procure for him a serviceable wherry. But
Nuttall was known to be in debt, and the day after he
had secured this boat, questions from official sources
began to be asked as to how he proposed to obtain the
purchase money, questions that would become more
searching when it should be given out that the-wherry
had disappeared and with it certain of the white
slaves. Nuttall took fright: Blood must be warned
without delay that the plan'of escape must be aban-
doned. If it were discovered that he had been aiding
slaves in such a venture, he too might be condemned
to slavery..
So Mr. James Nuttall made all speed, regardless
of the heat, in his journey from Bridgetown to Colonel
Bishop's plantation, and it ever man was built for
speed in a hot climate that man was Mr. James Nut-
tall, with his short thin body, and bis long fleshless
legs. So withered was he that it was hard to believe
there were any juices left in him, yet juices there must
have been, for he was sweating violently by the time
he reached the stockade.
SAt the dhtrance he almost ran into the overseer,
Went, a squat bow-legged animal with the arms of a
Hercules and the jowl of a bulldog.
"I am seeking Dr. Blood," he announced breath-


drakes with the country's finances, though not on the
scale adopted in other republics; and since President
Tinoco ran away with all the gold and silver HIe
could lay his hands upon there has been financial de-
pression in the land. And yet-strange people-they
talk almost regretfully of Tinoco in these days; they
call him a strong man; some profess that had he been
recognized by America and Great Britain he would
have stolen nothing but have-made the country pros
perous! Some day he will beWallowed to return home
.from Spain, and so long.as a defaulting statesman
Knowstlat, it he can escapq, there is only some years
of exile awaiting him as punishment, there always
will be defaulters in high places.
There is one thing I wish some President would
try to do for Costa Rica; which is, give it the begin-
nings of a good system of roads. There are mule
tracks leading from one town to another, and trails
all over the country, but of good roads there are not
more than some twenty-eight miles in all the republics
fourteen from Cartago to San Jose, and fourteen moSmr
from San Jose to Heredia. And these are not iery
good.
The engineering difficulties are doubtoms formid-
able..But they are not insuperable. 'he cost of
extensive road making would he enormous. But the
country would be opened up andi.ts development ren-
dered easier. Roads, however, the Spaniards never
built, and their desendats .have stuck to their pecu-
liar custom. These depend upon railways constructed
by foreign companies; the railways of Costa Rica are
the real arteries of the country. I fancy that this
neglect of roads symbolizes the sectional, regional
spirit of all Spanish peoples; each man thinks of h.
own town or his own province much more than of tw
country as a whole; he does not seek to know minch
about the people a hundred miles away. This region-
alism will wear away gradually; a ra~d heie and
there will appear in Costa Rica, though perhaps not in
the immediate future. Meanwhile, oae who has visited
the country will always retail ot.it the most pleasant
of memories; one cannot .tf Ito' a people which
thinks so much of and has:Aiu d'6 much for popular
education, which interests ttaelf in things artistic
which cultivates politeneim and ts proud of its woment
The glorious blue of its skies have, too, a charm that-
one can never quite forget. The azure of its numgs
tains, the verdure of its valleys, its wealth of Aier
and the silver of Its rushing streams are to one who
has seen them a Tefreahmsnt and a joy forever.


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S "You are in a rare haste," growled Kent. "What
the devil is it? Twins?"
"Eh? Oh! Nay, nay. I'm not married, sir. It's
a cousin of mine, sir."
: "What is?"
f^:&;.a.' "He Is taken bad, sir"; Nuttall lied promptly upon
cue that Kent himself had afforded him. "Is the
tor here?"
H "That's his hut yonder." Kent pointed carelessly.
'If he's not there, he'll be somewhere else." And he
took himself off. He was a surly, ungracious beast at
i..: all times, readier with the lash of his whip than with
his tongue.
Nuttall watched him go with satisfaction, and
',-even noted the direction that he took. Then he
plunged into the enclosure, to verify in mortification
that Dr. Blood was not at home A man of sense might
have sat down and waited, judging that to be the
quickest and surest way in the end. But Nuttall had
no sense. He flung out of the stockade again, hest-
tated a moment as to which direction he should take,
and finally decided to go any way but the way that
Kent had gone. He sped across the parched savannah
towards the sugar plantation which stood solid as a
rampart and gleaming golden in the dazzling June
sunshine. Avenues intersected the great blocks of
ripening amber cane. In the distance down one of
these he espied some slaves at work. Nuttall entered
the avenue and advanced upon them. They eyed him
dully, as he passed them. Pitt was not of'their num-
bar, and he dared not ask for him. He continued his
search for best part of an hour, up one of those lanes
and then down another. Once an overseer challenged
him, demanding to know his business. He was look-
ing, he said, for Dr. Blood. His cousin was taken ill.
The overseer bade him go to the devil, and get out of
the plantation. Blood was not there. If he was any-
where he would be in his hut in the stockade.
Nuttall passed on, upon the understanding that
he would go. But he went in the wrong direction; he
went on towards the side of the plantation farthest
from the stockade, towards the dense woods that
fringed it there. The overseer was too contemptuous
and perhaps too languid in the stifling heat of ap-
preaching noontide to correct his course.
Nuttall blundered to the end of the avenue, and
S round the corner of it, and there ran into Pitt, alone,
toiling with a wooden spade upon an irrigation chan-
nel. A pair of cotton drawers, loose and ragged,
clothMd him from waist to knee; above and below he
was naked, save for a broad hat of plaited straw that
sheltered his unkempt golden head from the rays of
the tropical sun. At sight of him Nuttall returned
thanks aloud to his Maker. Pitt stared at him, and


the shipwright poured out his dismal news in a dis-
mal tone. The sum of it was that he must have ten
pounds from Blood that very morning or they were all
undone. And all he got for his pains and his sweat
was the condemnation of Jeremy Pitt.
"Damn you for a fool," said the slave. "If it's
Blood you're seeking why are you wasting your time
here?"
"I can't find him," bleated Nuttall. He was In-
dignant at his reception. He forgot the Jangled state
of the other's nerves after a night of anxious wake-
fulness ending in a dawn of despair. "I thought that
you ."
"You thought that I could drop my spade and go
and seek him for you? Is that what you thought?
My God! that our lives should depend upon such a
dummerhead. While you waste your time bert, the
hours are passing! And if an overseer should catch
you talking to me how'll you explain it?"
For a moment Nuttall was bereft of speech by
such ingratitude. Then he exploded.
"I would to Heaven I bad never had no hand in
this affair. I would so! I wish that ."
What else he wished was never known, for at that
moment round the block of cane came a big man in
biscuit-coloured taffetas followed by two negroes in
cotton drawers who were armed with cutlasses. He
was not ten yards away, but his approach over the soft
yielding marl had been unheard.
Mr. Nuttall looked wildly this way and that a
moment, then bolted like a rabbit for the woods, thus
doing the most foolish and betraying thing that in the
circumstances it was possible for him to do. Pitt
groaned and stood still, leaning upon his spade.
"Hi, there! Stop!" bawled Colonel Bishop after
the fugitive, and added horrible threats tricked out
with some rhetorical indecencies.
But the fugitive held amain, and never so much
as turned his head. It was his only remaining hope
that Colonel Bishop might not have seen his face; for
the power and influence of Colonel Bishop was quite
sufficient to hang any man whom he thought would
be better dead.
Not until the runagate had vanished into the
scrub did the planter sufficiently recover from his In-
dignant amazement to remember the two negroes who
followed at his heels like a brace of hounds. It was a
bodyguard without which he never moved in his plant-
atlons since a slave had made an attack upon him and
all but strangled him a couple of years ago.
"After him, you black swine," he roared at them.
But as they started he checked them. "Walt! Get to
heel, damn you!"
It occurred to him that to catch and deal with'the


fellow there was not the need to go after him, and per-
haps spend the day hunting him in that cursed wood.
There was Pitt here ready to his hand, and Pitt should.
tell him the identity of his bashful friend, and also
the subject of that close and secret talk he had dis-
turbed. Pitt might, of course, be reluctant. So much
the worse for Pitt. The ingenious Colonel Bishop
knew a dozen ways--some of them quite diverting-
of conquering stubbornness in these convict dogs.
He turned now upon the slave a countenance that
was inflamed by heat internal and external, and a.
pair of beady eyes that were alight with cruel intelli-
gence. He stepped forward swinging his light bamboo
cane.
"Who was that runagate?" he asked with terrible
suavity.
Leaning over on his spade, Jeremy Pitt hung his
head a little, and shifted uncomfortably on his bare-
feet. Vainly he groped for an answer in a mind that
could do nothing but curse the idiocy of Mr. James-
Nuttall.
The planter's bamboo cane fell on the lad's naked
shoulders with stinging force.
"Answer me, you dog! What's his name?"
Jeremy looked at the burly planter out of sullen,
almost defiant eyes.
"I don't know," he said, and In his voice there
was a faint note at least of the defiance aroused in
him by a blow which he dared not, for his life's sake,
return. His body had remained unyielding under it,.
but the spirit within writhed now in torment.
"You don't know? Well, here's to quicken your
wits." Again the cane descended. "Have you
thought of his name yet?"
"I have not."
"Stubborn, eh?" For a moment the colonel leered.
Then his passion nmstered him. "'Swounds! You im-
pudent dog! D'you trifle with me? D'you think I'm
to be mocked?"
Pitt shrugged, shifted sideways on his feet again,.
and settled into dogged silence. Few things are more-
provocative, and Colonel Bishop's temper was never
one that required much provocation. Brute fury now'
awoke in him. Fiercely now he lashed those defence-
less shoulders, accompanying each blow by blasphemy
and foul abuse, until, stung beyond endurance, the
lingering embers of his manhood fanned into moment-
ary flame, Pitt sprang upon his tormentor.
But as he sprang, so also sprang the watchful
blacks. Muscular bronze arms coiled crushingly
about the frail white body, and in a moment the un-
fortunate slave stood powerless, his wrists pinioned
behind him in a leather thong.
Breathing hard. his face mottled, Bishop pondered


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him t t. Then: "Fetch him along," he said.
.:?-:I.long avenue between those golden walls
ing some eight feet high, the wretched
m thrust by his black captors in the colonel's
at with fearful eyes by his fellow-slaves
there. Despair went with him. What tor-
might Immediately await him he cared little,
lIs though he knew they would be. The real
re of his mental anguish lay in the conviction that
die elaborately planned escape fromthls unutterable
b!-hell was frustrated now in the very moment of exe-
cution.
They came out upon the green plateau and headed
Sfor the stockade and the overseer's white house. Pitt's
eyes looked out over Carlisle Bay, of which this
plateau commanded a clear view from the fort on one
aide to the long sheds of the wharf on the other.
Along this wharf a few shallow boats were moored,
and Pitt caught himself wondering which of these was
ihe wherry in which with a little luck they might
have been now at sea. Out over that sea his glance
f tinged miserably.
In the roads, standing in for the shore before a
S gentle breeze that scarcely ruffled the sapphire surface
of the Caribbean, came a stately red-hulled frigate,
lying the English ensign.
Colonel Bishop halted to consider her, shading his
eyes with his fleshy hand. Light as was the breeze
the vessel spread no canvas to it beyond that of her
foresail. Furled was her every other sheet, leaving
a clear view of the majestic lines of her hull, from
towering sterneastle to gilded beak-head that was
flash In the dazzling sunshine.
So leisurely an advance argued a master indiffer-
ently acquainted with these waters, who preferred to
S creep forward cautiously, sounding his way. At her
present rate of progress it would be an hour perhaps
S before she came to anchorage within the harbour.
S And whilst the colonel viewed her, admiring perhaps
the gracious beauty of her, Pitt was hurried forward
into the stockade, and clapped into the stocks that
stood there ready for slaves who required correction.
Colonel Bishop followed presently, with leisurely
rolling gait.
"A mutinous cur that shows his fangs to his mas-
ter must learn good manners at the cost of.a striped
hide," was all he said before setting about his execu-
tioner's job.
." That with his own hands he should do that which
most men of his station would, out of self-respect, have
relegated to one of the negroes gives you the measure
of the man's beastliness. It was almost as If with re-
S ish, as if gratifying some feral instinct of cruelty,
.n. that he now lashed his victim about head and should-
era. Soon his cane was reduced to splinters by his
violence. You know, perhaps, the sting of a flexible
i amboo cane when it is whole. But do you realise its
i.'. trderous quality when it has been spilt into several
ig lithe blades, each with an edge that is of the
keenness of a knife?
When, at last, from very weariness, Colonel
SIishop flung away the stump and thongs to which his
S ane had been reduced, the wretched slave's back was
S bleeding pulp from neck to waist.
S As long as full sensibility remained, Jeremy Pitt
d made no sound. But in a measure as from pain
his senses were mercifully dulled, he sank forward in
the stocks, and hung there now in a huddled heap,
Saintly moaning.
Colonel Bishop set his foot upon the crossbar, and
S uned over his victim, a cruel smile on his full coarse

"Let that teach you a proper submission," said he.
.. And now touching that shy friend of yours, you shall
i ay here without meat or drink-without meat or
4f .ik, d'ye hear me?-until you please to tell me his
e and business." He took his foot from the bar.
n you've had enough of this, send me word, and
Shave the branding Irons to you."
i On that he swung on his heel, and strode out of
'stockade, his negroes following.
Pitt had heard him, as we hear things in our
-. At the moment so spent was he by his cruel
,nt and so deep was the despair into which
re K fallen, that he no longer cared whether he lived

74^ however, from the partial stupor which pain
idircilly induced, a new variety of pain aroused
b 1hls The stocks stood In the open under the full
gfla of the tropical sun, and its blistering rays
ed down upon that mangled, bleeding back
he felt as it flames of fire were searing it. And,
.tO this was added a torment still more unspeak-
ifle, the cruel flies of the Antilles, drawn by
of blood, descended In a cloud upon him.
wonder that the Ingenious Colonel Bishop,
Understood the art of loosening stubborn
nlot deemed it necessary to have recourse
et torture. Not all his fiendish cruelty
Stb ment more cruel, more unendurable
Io t Nature would here procure a man
In Pit ,
'... .~ieti S d a rl in his stocks until he was in
I' r e br ~if. g his limbs, and writhing, screamed

Thus was he found by Peter Blood, who seemed to
ubled vision to materialise suddenly before him.
blood .carried a large palmetto leaf. Having
away with this fhe les that were devouring
bank, he slungs it ib a strip of fibre tromn the

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MR. E. W. LUCIE-SMITH.


Mr. Lucie Smith once said to the writer that he
always impressed upon those working under him the
necessity and value of politeness. "It doesn't matter
with whom you have to deal," he remarked, "you can
lose nothing by being polite; it is not, indeed, merely
a duty, it is or ought to be a pleasure." An entirely
sensible dictum, and one that cannot be stressed too
often In any country where there is a disposition to
mistake arrogance for a sign of greatness. Mr. Lucie
Smith is himself a man of naturally excellent man-
ners; to be polite In dealing with others costs him no
effort; it would be unpleasant for him to be anything
else. Some qualities run in families. His two
brothers, the late Postmaster for Jamaica and the pre-
sent Chief Justice of Trinidad, have been known to
everyone who have met them as men of charming dis-
position, and it is not too much to say that the success
of the Colonial Bank in Jamaica is largely due to the
character and personality of its local head. He is,
too, a man eminent for discretion. He understands
his business of a banker from more than one point of
view. There is the purely financial end of it, there is
also the personal end; the man at the head of a bank
should, if possible, be liked, but must always be re-
spected; Mr. Lucie Smith is both respected and liked.
At times, as is inevitable, be has to say and even do
unpleasant things, yet no one not suffering from men-
tal myopia but will recognize that he only seeks to
perform his duty, and to perform it with as little
asperity as possible. He possesses a wide knowledge
of local conditions, but never takes part In movements
shvouring of a political character. To improve the
position of the Colonial Bank Is his metier, and to that
he devotes himself. No one will say that in this he
has not been eminently successful. And no one who
knows what the Colonial Bank stands for and has
stood for in this colony but must wish it and its Ja-
matic Manager still further success.

lad's neck, so that it protected him from further at-
tacks as well as from the rays of the sun. Next, sit-
ting down Leside him, he drew the sufferer's head
down on his own shoulder, and bathed his face from
a pannikin of cold water. Pitt shuddered and moaned.
on a long jndrawn breath.
"Drink!" he gasped. "Drink for the love of
Christ!"
The pannikin was held to his quivering lips. He
drank greedily, noisily, nor ceased until he had drain-
ed the vessel. Cooled and revived by the draught, he
attempted to sit up.
"My back!" he screamed.
There was an unusual glint in Mr. Blood's eyes;
his lips were compressed. But when he parted them
to speak, his voice came cool and steady.
"Be easy. now. One thing at a time. Your back's
taking no harm at all for the present, since I've cover-
ed it up. I'm wanting to know what happened to you.
D'ye think we can do without a navigator that ye go
and provoke that beast Bishop until he all but kills
you ?"
Pitt sat up and groaned again. But this time his
anguish was mental rather than physical.
"I don't think a navigator will be needed this
time, Peter."
"What's that?" cried Mr. Blood.
Pitt explained the situation as briefly as he could,
in a halting,-gasping speech. "I'm to rot here until
I tell him the identity of my visitor and his business."
Mr. Blood got up, growling in his throat. "Bad
cess to the filthy slaver!" said he. "But it must be
contrived, nevertheless. To the devil with Nuttall!
Whether he gives surety for the boat or not, whether


he explains It or .not, the boat remains, and we're go-
ing, and you're coming with us."
"You're dreaming, Peter," said the prisoner.
"We're not going this time The magistrates will con-
fiscate the boat since the surety's not paid, even if
when they press him Nuttall does not confess the
whole plan and get us all branded on the forehead."
Mr. Blood turned away, and with agony In his.
eyes looked out to sea over the blue water by which
he had so fondly hoped soon to be travelling back to,
freedom.
The great red ship had drawn considerably nearer
shore by now. Slowly, majestically she was entering.
the bay. Already one or two wherries were putting
off from the wharf to board her. From where he
stood, Mr. Blood could see the glinting of the brass
cannons mounted on the prow above the curving beak-
,tead, and he could make out the figure of a seaman in
the forecahins on her larboard side, leaning out to
heave the lead.
An angry voice aroused him from his unhappy
thoughts.
"What the devil are you doing here?"
The returning Colonel Bishop came striding into-
the stockade, his negroes following ever.
Mr. Blood turned to face him, and over that
swarthy countenance-which, indeed, by now was
tanned to the golden brown of a half-caste Indian-a
mask descended.
"Doing?" said he blandly. "Why, the duties of
my office."
The colonel, striding furiously forward, observed.
two things: the empty pannikin on the seat beside the
prisoner, and the palmetto leaf protecting his back.
"Have you dared to do this?" The veins on the
planter's forehead stood out like cords.
"Of course I have." Mr. Blood's tone was one of
faint surprise.
"I said he was to have neither meat nor drink-
until I ordered it."
"Sure, now, I never heard ye."
"You never heard me? How should you have-
heard me when you weren't here?"
"Then how did ye expect me to know what orders
ye'd given?" Mr. Blood's tone was positively ag-
grieved. "All that I knew was that one of your slaves
was being murthered by the sun and the files. AndL
I says to myself, this is one of the colonel's slaves, and
I'm the colonel's doctor, and sure it's my duty to be
looking after the colonel's properly. So I just gave
the fellow a spoonful of water and covered his back
from the sun. And wasn't I right now?"
"Right?" The colonel was almost speechless.
"Be easy now, be easy!" Mr. Blood implored him.
"It's an apoplexy ye'll be contracting if ye give way to-
heat like this."
The planter thrust him aside with an impreca-
tion, and stepping forward tore the palmetto leaf from
the prisoner's back.
"In the name of humanity, now ." Mr. Blood
was beginning.
The colonel swung upon him furiously. "Out of
this!" he commanded. "And don't come near him
again until I send for you, unless you want to be
served in the same way."
He was terrific in his menace. In his bulk, and in
the power of him. But Mr. Blood never flinched. It
came to the colonel as he found himself steadily re-
garded by those light-blue eyes that looked so arrest-
ingly odd in that tawny face-like pale sapphires set
in copper-that this rogue had for some time now been
growing presumptuous. It was a matter.that he must
presently correct. Meanwhile, Mr. Blood was speak--
ing again, his tone quietly insistent.
"In the name of humanity" he repeated, "ye'll
allow me to do what I can to ease his sufferings, or I
swear to you that I'll forsake at once the duties of a.
doctor, and that it's devil another patient will I attend
in this unhealthy island at all."
For an instant the colonel was too amazed to-
speak. Then:
"By God!" he roared. "D'ye dare take that tone
with me, you dog? D'ye dare to make terms with..
me?"
"I do that." The unflinching blue eyes looked
squarely into the colonel's, and there was a devil peep-
ing out of them, the devil of recklessness that is born
of despair.
Colonel Bishop considered him for a long moment
in silence. "I've been too soft with you," he said at.
last. "'But that's to be mended." And he tightened.
his lips. "I'll have the rods to you, until there's not.
an inch of skin left on your dirty back."
"Will ye so? And what would Governor Steed do-
then?"
"Ye're not the only doctor on the Island."
Mr. Blood actually laughed. "And will ye tell
that to his excellency, him with the gout in his foot
so bad that he can't stand? Ye know very well it's-
devil another doctor will he tolerate, being an intelli-
gent man that knows what's good for him."
But the colonel's brute passion thoroughly aroused.:
was not so easily to be baulked. "If you're alive when
my blacks have done with you perhaps you'll come to'
your senses."
He swung to his negroes to issue an order. But.
It was never issued. At that moment a terrific rolling
thunderclap drowned his voice and shook the very air.
Colonel Bishop jumped, his negroes jumped with him,.
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Blood. Then the four of them stared together sea-
wards.
Down in'the bay all that.could be seen of the great
ship, standing now within a cable's length of the fort,
were her topmasts thrusting above a cloud of smoke in
which she was enveloped. From the cliffs a flight of
startled seabirds bad ripen to circle in the blue, giving
tongue to their alarm, the plaintive curlew noisiest of
.all.
As those men stared from the eminence on which
they stood, not yet understanding what had .:aken
place, they saw the British Jack dip from the main-
truck and vanish into the rising cloud below. A m4o-
ment more, and up through that cloud to replace the
flag of England soared the gold and crimson banner of
Castile. And then they understood.
"Pirates!" roared the colonel ,and again, "Pirates!"
Fear and incredulity were blent In his voice. He
had paled under his tan until his face was the colour
of clay, and there was a wild fury In his beady -yes.
His negroes looked at him, grinning idiotically, all
teeth and eyeballs.

CHAPTER IV.

SPANIARDS.
HE stately ship that had been allowed to sail so
leisurely into Carlisle Bay under her false colours
was a, Spanish privateer, cooling to pay off some of the
heavy debt piled up by the predacious Brethren of
the Coast, and the recent defeat by the Pride of Dc'ron
of two treasure galleons bound for Cadiz. ft'happen-
ed that the galleon which escaped In 'a more' or less
crippled condition was commanded by Don Diego de
Espinosa y Valdez, who was own brother to the- Span-
ish Admiral Don Miguel de Espinosa, and wv &Was
also a very hasty, proud and hot-tempered gent riia.
Galled by his defeat, and choosing to forge6 tiat
his own conduct had invited it, he had sworn to teach
the English a sharp lesson whi(h they should remem-
ber. He would take a leaf out of the book of Morgan
and those other robbers of the sea, and make a puni-
tive raid upon an English settlement. Unfortunately
for -himself and for many others, his brother the ad-
miral'was not at band to restrain him when for this
purpose he fitted out the Cinco Llqgas at San Juan de
Poito Rico. He chose for his objective 'the island
of Barbadoes, whose natural strength was e et to ren-
der her defenders careless. He chose'lt also 'because
thither had the Pride of Devon bepn traced by his
scouts, and he desired a measure of poetle justice to
invest his vengeance. And he chose a moment when
there were no ships of war at anchor'in Carlisle Bay.
He had succeeded so well in his intentions that he
had aroused no suspicion until he saluted the fort at
short range with a broadside of twenty guns. '
'And now the four gaping watchers in the stockade
on the headland beheld the great ship creep forward
under the rising cloud of smoke, her mainsail unfurled
to increase her steering way, and go about close-hauled
to bring her larboard guns to bear upon the unready
fort.
With the crashing roar of that second broadside,
Colonel Bishop awoke from stupefactlon'to a recollec-
tion of where his duty lay. In the town below, drums
w'te 'beating frantically, and a trumpet was bleating,
as if the peril needed further advertisIg.' AS com-
nlander of the Barbadoes Militia the pace b' Colonel
Bilbhp was at the head of his scanty troops, In that
fort which the Spanish guns were pounding' Into
rulible
Remembering it, he went off at the double, des-
pite his bulk and the heat, his negroes trotting after
him.
Mr. Blood turned4to Jeremy Pitt. He laughed
grimly. "Now that," said he, "is what I call a timely
interruption. Though what'll come of it," he added
as an afterthoniuht- "the devil himself ki~6ws."
As a third broadside was thundering forth he
ple'ked' up the palmetto leaf and carefully replaced it
on the back of his fellow-slave.
'And then Into the stockade, panting and sweating,
came Kent, followed by best part of a score of planta-
tion workers, some of whom were black and all of
whom were in a state of panic. He led them Into the
low white house, to bring them forth again, within a
moment, as it seemed, armed now with musketi'and
hangers and some of them equipped with band'diTbl*s.
By this time the rebeli-convlct were comiAg In inn
twos and threes, having abandoned their work upon
finding themselves unguarded and upon scenting the
general display.
Kent paused a moment, as his hastily-armed guard
dashed forth, to fling an order to those slaves.
"To the woods!" he bade them. "Take to the
woods, and il close there until this is over, and we've
gutted these Spanish swine."
On that he went off in haste after his men, who
were to be added to those massing In the town, so ai
to oppose and overwhelm the Spacish landing parties
The slaves would have obeyed him on the instant,
but for Mr. Blood.
"What need for haste, and in this heat?" quott
he. He was surprisingly cool, they thought. "Maybe
there'll be no need to take to the woods at all, a0d any
way it will be time enough to do so when the Spani
. ards are masters of the town."
And so, joined now by the other stragglers, and
numbering in all a round score-rebels-convict all-
they stayed to watch from their vantage ground the


fortunes of the .furious baLtle thit was being waged
below. ...- -
The landing was contested by the militia and by
Every Islander capabtpf' daring arms with the fierce
resoluteness of men who knew that no quarter was lo
be expected in defeat: The ruthlessness of Spanish
soldiery was a byword, and not at his worst had Mor-
gan or L'Ollonais ever perpetrated such horirs as
those of witch these Castilian gentlemen were capable.
But this Spanish commander knew bir,busiaess,
whlch'was more thah co$id truthfully be skid for the
Barl&does Militia. Having' gained the advantage of
a sutrprlse blow, which had put-tbe fort out of action,
he soon showed them that he was master of the situa-
tio His guns turned now upon the open space be-
hipd the mole. where -the incompetent Bishop hrft
m:rshalled nis men, tore the militia into bloody'rags,
* and covered the landing parties which were making
the shore in their own boats and n several of hose
which had rarely gone out to the great ship before
br identity was revealed. -
All through the scorching afternoon the battle
w~rt on, the rattle and crack of musketry penetrating
ever deeper into the town to show that the defenders,
we e being driven steadily back.. By sunset two bun-/
drec and ffty Spaniards were masters of Bridgetow'n/
the 'islanders were disarmed, and 'at Goverimen
House,- Governor Steed-his gout foigottfn n' is
panic--supported by Colonel Bishop add some lesser
oficers,'.was being informed by Don Diego, witll an
urbanity that was itself a mockery, of the sun)'that
would be iqquired in ransom.
For a bdndred thousaaqot pieces of 'gtt, and
fifty head of cattle, Don D.ego -4ould forear from



MR. RALPH CGUSHMAN.'
'


SGlance pt the portrait above ad youa.; li aopa,
no'tce the enquiring contracipI of theeyes; habfe lV P
will probably observe, is a man who likes to 'know
tfihgs, and Wfi "ra'kei a keei-and faTgrouiig in etiWfet'i
life. And that in truth is Ralph Cushman, who, born
in the State of Massachusetts (America's culture.'
State, has been domiciled in Jamaicai for over four-
teen-years now and is 'one of the best-liked bf our loe t
business maLs. He has an expansive character.' To
know him is to like him; even.if by some mischance
you quarrelled with him you would shortly fnd your-
self on friendly terms with him again; and if the
fault of the estrangement should happen to have been
on your side he would never permit you to go far in
admitti a, it. The right arm would immediately be
elevated in friendly expostulation:' "My dear boy,
don't think of it," and that would be the end of that.
"My dear boy": there ydu have his characteristic ex-
pression. Everybody seems dear to him. He will give
his opinions in downright, even vehement fashion, yet
theinatural kindliness of the man will be apparent all
the,'hile, and so differences of points of view- wil
mar the cordial relations existing between him and
his friends and acquaintances. He Is unconsciously
humorous. One night an Englishman with whom he
was talking remarked upon the absurdity of the Ameri-.
can'prbhibition law. Mr. Cushman Instantly remem-
bered that he was a good American and as such must
defend his country's institutions. "My dear boy," he
volleyed, "you don't know what you are talking about;
you don't know the vast amount of good prohibition
has '6ne for the people of the States. You should ac-
quaint yourself with such facts before speaking. What
will you have? Whisky and soda?" And he gravely
ordered drinks all round! One likes an American of
this type. "He is a fne fello#," is the verdict gen-
erally pronounced upon him in Jamaica. No truer
verdlct was ever returned.-


reducing the place to ashes. And what time that'
suave and courtly commander was settling these de-
talls with the apoplectic British Governor, the Spanl-'
ards were smashing and looting, teasting, drinking
and ravaging after the hideous manner of their kind.
S'Mr. Blood, greatly daring, ventured down at dusk:
into the town. What he saw there is recorded by.
Jeremy Pitt-to whom he subsequently related it-in
that voluminous log from which the greater part of
my narrative is derived. I have no intention of re-.
peating any of-it here. It is all too loathsome and
nauseating, incredible indeed that men, however'
abandoned, could ever descend such an abyss of bestial
cruelty and lust.
What he saw was fetching him in haste and white-'
faced out of that hell again, when in a naforn street
a girl hurtled into him, wild-eyed, her unbotid hair
streaming behind her as she ran. After her laOMfiri,
and cursing in a breath, came a heavy-booted S$d
ard. Almost he was upon her, when suddenly Mr.'
Blood got in his way. The doctor had taken a sword
from a dead man's side some little time before and'
armed himself with it against an emergency.
As the Spaniard checked in anger and surprise,
he caught in the dusk the livid gleam of that sword
which Mr. Blood had quickly unsheathed.
- "Ah, perro ingles?" he shouted, and flung forward
to his ddath.
"It's hoping I am ye're in a fit state to meet your
Maker," said Ml"l."'Blood, and ran him throughthe'
body. He did the'thing skilfhlly, with the combined
skill of swordsman and surgeon. The man sank in a'
hideous heap without so much as a grokn.
Mr. Blood -swung to the girl, who leaned panting
and sobbing against a wall. He caught her by the
wrist.
'Come!" he sad.
'But she hung''back, resisting him by her weight.
"Who are you?" she demanded wildly.
"Will ye wait to see' my credentials?" he snapped.1;
Steps' were clatferiiga towards them from beyond thb
coiner round''"hich'che had fled from that Spanish
ruiffdn. "'C'oAie,."'bl:'trged again. And this time, re-
assured perhaps by his clear English speech, she went L
witbeut furlhWf'luestidoi.'
rrFhey sped;dowi an alley dnd thed up another, by
grlat gobd fortune i'6nting no one, for already thby
were on the outskirts of the town. They won out':of'i
LIaoI'd t"at-e-dde b abbyiii.l sick, Mr. Bhod dt&gged
heYif molt at "a iund ip the 'l ll towatdM COdon6e Bfi-
h#p's house. He- told her briefly wh6 and what he was, .
ant thereafter there wa's no conversation between"
them until theyr~eached the bilkwhite house. It'wis
all in darkBesa, vJtich at least was reassuring. I tl;'r
SpSniards had reached it; there would be lights. IHdl
knocked, but bad'to knodk again and yet agatti'be-
f6Me he wasitinsered. Then it was'*by' voice fr6b'1
a window above. '
:' :""Who is there?"' The voice'was Miss Bishop's,,' jl
little tremulous, but unmistakably her own. '.
-' irw.-JBlood. almost flainted in relief. He had been
imagininni the unimaginable. He !had'pictured i'dil-
dowri iRU tht Bell- out of which he had just come.' Ie '
had conceived that she might have followed her unEle'
into Bridgetown', or committee l 'ome other Jmprud-
ence,'anl' he turned cold frbm head to toot at the tne'd'
thought orfwhbt might have halipined to ber. "'' I.
.'"It ts~1-4eter Blood-," be t-hdd.f :' r1
"What do you want?'! *- 'l:l
11a It'i doubt ful-tether s'h 4Wvd4l*8e' come dawn
WtBo.U For.a tfibl time agh'Whi- 'was no iW 'd
than likely that the wretched plantation slaves might '
beta revoit and ritv All -great A lan'ger-'as the Spani-
arti. BlNt t the 'sound of hrJtoicer'the girl Mr'.
Bldod aia rscued peered up tnhrdtgh the l'oom.'- "'i
r"Arabd@lal' she called. "Itl s IPMkry Traill.'lAtt"
S"Mary!"' The otlre ceased a'bove"f't that ,xclaflftif
tion, the head was withdrawn1. After a brief paud '
the door gaped wide." Beyond it fr'the rivt hall stood'
Miss Arabella. a slim virginal figurh't*-tvhtlt; mysthri-
ously revealed in the gleam df a single cadn'le wd t eb
she carried. .' .. ,
Mr. Blood strode in followed by hill distrtfall'
companion, who, falling upon Arabbila' sefle Ye"
bosom, surrendered herseelto a pasle=Ot''teare. 'Blt'1
he wasted no time > v '
"Whomr ha'vet y6u here ;ith- 3yilF'tit-'r-
vats?" he demamned sharply. 'n" li'" I
: The only male was'amels,1' did be\ro +o)m. I
S"The very man,"' sil. ]a16d. -"'iBd' him get tirt
ho ees. then away wit'byditrh SiSIkhlhitow'n,or- bvt
farther north;" were you will b 'safe.'- IHere'y t a
in dangdr--n dreadful danger. I ', .
iBut' I thought the fighting wad over ."' l
was beginning, pale and startled. "' 't
"So It ls. But the devilry's only beginili *..isn
Trail will tell you as you go.'- In God'i* a' dmim"d
take my word for it, and do-as I bid'ydiL" '' ""
"He he saved me," sobbed MilB'Piratl I" 't
S"Saved you?" Miss Bishop was Aihast. "SavrdW
ybn from what, Mary?'" -' ;. : ri2
"Let that walt," snapped Mr. Bloio almost ang.rli
1. "You've all the night for chattering 'then you're
out of this; and away beyond their: TeaTih. Will- 'yb1
please call James, and do as I say--and at once.'" it
"'(td're very peremptory." '
"Oh, my God! 'I am peremptory. Speak. d4illj
TrallM, tell her WhethAir I've-cause to be perebit~tty* .4
"P Y%, yes," the Akrl dried, shuddering. d 'lii.
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Bishop went off, leaving Mr. Blood and.Miss
again.
.I shall never forget what you did, sir,"
through her diminishing tears. She was a
slip of a girl, a child, no more.
've done better things in my time. That's why
hre," said Mr. Blood, whose mood seemed to be

She didn't pretend to understand him, and she
Ii'dn't make the attempt.
S"Did you did- you kill him?" she asked fear-

-Z' He stared at her ih the flickering candlelight. "I
i.hope so. It is very probable, and it doesn't matter at
Sl,11," he said.' "What matters is that this fellow James
shouldld fetch the horses." And he was stamping off to
.'geelerate these preparations for departure, when her
S'Lice arrested him.
"Don't leave me! Don't leave me here alone!"
Sshe cried in terror.
He paused. He turned and came slowly back.
.I Standing above her he smiled upon her.
S "There, there! You've no cause for alarm. It's
.tl over now. You'll be away soon-away to Spelghts-
tlown, where you'll be quite safe."
.' The horses came at last-four of them, for in ad-
ditlbn to James, who was to act as her guide, Miss
bishop had her woman, who was not to be left be-
i hind.
S Mr. Blood lifted the slight weight of Mary Traill
*.to. her horse, then turned to say good-bye to Miss
Bishop, who was already mounted. He said it, and
seemed to have something to add. But whatever it
a: rws it remained unspoken.
The horses started, and receded into the sapphire
.:. tarlit night, leaving him standing there before
.- Colonel Bishop's door. The last he heard of them
ifwas Mary Traill's childlike voice calling back on a
-'quavering note:
S "I shall never forget what you did, Mr. Blood. I
:: shall never forget."
But as it was not the voice he desired to hear the
ll. assurance brought him little satisfaction. He stood
t..,there in the dark, watching the fire-flies amid bhe
' rhododendrons, till the hoofbeats had faded. Then he
:sighed and roused himself. He had much to do. His
journey into the town had not been one of idle curi-
*' lty to see how the Spaniards conducted themselves
ia victory. It had been inspired by a very different
Wpnrpose, and-he had gained in the course of it all the
information he desired. He had an extremely busy
Tight before him, and must be moving.
:He went off briskly in the direction of the stock-


ad., we b fl a a h n d


ade, where bis fellow-slaves awaited him in deep
anxiety and some hope.

CHAPTER V.

THE REBELS-CONVICT.
THERE were, when the purple gloom of the tropical
night descended upon the Caribbean, not more
than ten men on guard aboard the Cinco Llagas, so con-
fident-and with good reason-were the Spaniards of
the complete subjection of the islanders. And when I
say that there were ten men on guard. I state rather
the purpose for which they were left aboard, than the
duty which they fulfilled. As a matter of fact, whilst
the main body of the Spaniards feasted and rioted
ashore, the Spanish gunner and his crew-who had
so nobly done their duty and Insured the easy victory
of the day-were feasting on the gun-deck upon the
wine and the fresh meats fetched out to them from
shore. Above, two sentinels only kept vigil, at stem
and stern. Nor were they as vigilant as they should
have been, or else they must have observed the two
wherries that under cover of the darkness came glid-
ing from the wharf, with well-greased rowlocks, to
bring up in silence under the great ship's quarter.
From the gallery aft still hung the ladder by
which Don Diego had descended to the boat that had
taken him ashore. The sentry on guard'in the stern,
coming presently round this gallery, was suddenly
confronted by the black shadow of a man standing be-
fore him at the head of the ladder.
"Who's there?" he asked, but without alarm, sup-
posing it one of his fellows.
"It is I," softly answered Peter Blood in the fluent
Castilian of whirh he was master.
"Is it you, Pedro?" The Spaniard came a step
nearer.
"Peter is my name; but I doubt I'll not be the'
Peter you're expecting."
"How?" quoth the sentry, checking.
"This way," said Mr; Blood.
The wooden taffrail was a low one, and the Spani-
ard was taken completely by surprise. Save for the
splash he made as he struck the water, narrowly miss-
ing one of the crowded boats that waited under the
counter, not a sound announced his misadventure.
Armed as he was with corselet, cuissarts and head-
piece, he sank to trouble them no more.
"Whist!" hissed Mr. Blood to his waiting rebels-
convict. "Come on now, and without noise."
Within five minutes they had swarmed aboard,
the entire twenty of them, overflowing from that nar-
row gallery and crouching on the quarter-deck'itself.
Lights showed ahead. Under the great lantern in the


prow they saw the black figure of the other sentry,
pacing on the forecastle. From below sounds reached
them of the orgy on the gun-deck: a rich male voice
was singing an obscene ballad to which the others
chanted in chorus:
"Y estos son loe uses de Castilla y de Leon!"
"From what I've seen to-day I can well believe
it," said Mr. Blood, and whispered: "Forward-
after me."
Crouching low, they glided, noiseless as shadows,
to the quarter-deck rail, and thence slipped without
cound down into the waist. Two-thirds of them were
armed with muskets, some of which they had found
in the overseer's house, and others supplied from the
.secret board that Mr. Blood had so laboriously as-
sembled against the day of escape. The remainder
were equipped with knives and cutlasses.
In the vessel's waist they hung awhile, until Mr.
Blood had satisfied himself that no other sentinel
showed above decks but that inconvenient fellow in
the prow. Their first attention must'be for him. Mr.
Blood, himself, crept forward with two companions,
leaving the others in the charge of that Nathaniel
Hagthorpe whose sometime commission in the King's
Navy gave him the best title to this office.
Mr. Blood's absence was brief. When he rejoined
his comrades.there was no watch above the Spaniard's
decks.
Meanwhile, the revellers below continued to mako
merry at their ease in the conviction of complete se-
curity. The garrison of Barbadoes was overpowered
and disarmed, and their companions were ashore in
complete possession of the town. glutting themselves
hideously upon the fruits of victory. What then, was
there to fear? Even when their quarters were in-
vaded and they found themselves surrounded by a
score of wild, hairy, half-naked men, who-save that
they appeared once to hive been white-looked like a
horde of savages, the Spaniards cauld not believe their
eyes.
Who could have dreamed that a handful of for-
gotten plantation-slaves could have dared to take so
much upon themselves?
The half-drunken Spaniards, their laughter sud-
denly quenched, the song perishing on their lips,
stared, stricken and bewildered at the levelled mus-
kets by which they were checkmated.
And then from out of this uncouth pack of sav-
ages that beset them, stepped a slim, tall fellow with
light blue eyes in a tawny face, eyes in which glinted
the light of a wicked humour. He addressed them in
the purest Castilian.
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:I. &ves my prisoners, and suffering your-
Seqetly bestowed out of harm's way."
S.i e of God!" swore the gunner, which did no
.'J-h.:at all to an amazement beyond expression.
4. : 6"1 t You please," said Mr. Blood; and thereupon
g. rkse gentlemen of Spain were induced without fur-
Aithr trouble beyond a musket prod or two to drop
htih rough a scuttle to the deck below.
After that the rebels-convict refreshed themselves
l with the good things in the consumption of which
they had I terrupted the Spaniards. To taste palat-
able Ct .Htlan food after months of salt fish and maize
f*dtva~Sis was in itself a feast to these unfortunates.
S. ajt there were no excesses. Mr. Blood saw to that,
altti. Oh it required all the firmness of which he was
A.: .'. .. e.
S Dispositions were to be "made without delay
,.a.inst that which must follow before' they could
aif~~ io nudon themselves fully to the enjoyment of their
" victory. This, after all, was no more than a prelimin-
ary skirmish, although it was one that afforded them
the key to the situation. It remained to dispose so
that the-utmost profit might be drawn from it. Those
-, dispositions occupied some very considerable portion
.of the night; but, at least, they were complete before
-the sun peeped over the shoulder of Mount Hillbay to
shed his light upon a day of some surprises.
It was soon after sunrise that the rebel-convict
who paced the quarter-deck in Spanish corselet and
headpiece, a Spanish musket on his shoulder, an-
S -nounced the approach of a boat. It was Don Diego
S-de Espinosa y Valdez coming aboard with four great
Treasure chests, containing each twenty-five thousand
pieces of eight, the ransom delivered to him at dawn
I: -by Governor Steed. He was accompanied by his son,
: Don Esteban, and by six men who took the oars.
Aboard the frigate all was quiet and orderly as it
-. -hould be. She rode at anchor, her larboard to the
Shore, and the main ladder on her starboard side.
S-Round to this came the boat with Don Diego and his
treasure, Mr. Blood had disposed effectively. It was
Pi not for nothing that he had served under de Ruyter.
'The swings were waiting, and the windlass manned.
Below, a gun-crew held itself in readiness under the
command of Ogle, who-as I have said-had been a
Sgunner in the Royal Navy before he went in for poli-
tis and followedthe fortunes of the Duke of Mon-
Smouth. He was a sturdy, resolute fellow who inspired
confidence by the very confidence he displayed in him-

Don Diego mounted the ladder and stepped upon
the deck, alone, and entirely unsuspicious. What
t'~dshobuld the poor man suspect?
I Before he could even look round, and survey this
.:tpad drawn up to receive him, a tap over the head
w:i'.lth a capstan bar efficiently handled by Hagthorpe
iil'it him to sleep without the least fuss.
B' He was carried away to his cabin, whilst the
teasure-chests, handled by the men he had left in
kl e boat, were being hauled to the deck. That being
tsfactorly accomplished, Don Esteban and the fel-
a who had manned the boat came up the ladder,
by one, to be handled with the same quiet eflicl-
Peter Blood had a genius for these things, and
i.eist,u I suspect, an eye for the dramatic. Dramatic,
ca.. lnly, was the spectacle now offered to the sur-
C40i's of the raid.
With Colonel Bishop at their head, and gout-rld-
^ 4ta Governor Steed sitting on the ruins of a wall be-
him, they glumly watched the departure of the
boats containing the weary Spanish ruffians
-ihad glutted themselves with rapine, murder and
poem unspeakable.
T They looked on, between relief at this departure
heir remorseless enemies, and despair at the wild
s which, temporarily at least, had wrecked the
tyand happiness of that little colony.
boats pulled away from the shore, with their
laughing, jeering Spaniards, who were still
...taunts across the water at their surviving
'T:hey had come midway between the wharf
ahip, when suddenly the air was shaken by
a gun.
hot struck the water within a fathom of
l, sending a shower of spray over its
paused at their oars, astounded into
t. Then speech burst from them
I Angrily voluble they anathema-
carelessness on the part of their
Kin^m ow better than to fire a salute
,with shot. They were still curs-
't'i:g -iiare; shot, better aimed than the
.east to runi n:Oe of the boats into splinters,
ifs t-ew, datjiu living, into the water.
if ft iBened these, it gave tongue, still more
Aesmaent and bewildered to the crews of the
t. llt. From each the suspended oars
over the water, whilst on their feet
j -r~a- screamed oaths at the
.1t to tnform them what
t her guns.
e:.s a thlrd shot, smash-
cgattn.F0 Followed
thi, !amonsgthose
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cularly as whilst they discussed and fumed-and cursed
two more shots came over the water to account for yet
a third of their boats.
The resolute Ogle was making eseellent practice,
and fully justifying his claims to know something of
gunnery. In their consternation the Spaniards had
simplified his task by huddling their boats together.
After the fourth shot, opinion was no longer
divided amongst them. As with one accord, they
went about, or attempted to do so, for before they had
accomplished it two more of their boats had been
sunk.
The three boats that remained, without concern-
ing themselves with their more unfortunate fellows,
who were struggling in the water, headed back for
the wharf at speed.
If the Spaniards understood nothing of all this,
the forlorn islanders ashore understood still less,
until to help their wits they saw the flag of Spain
come down from the mainmast of the Ginco Llagas,
and the flag of England soar to its empty place. Even
then some bewilderment persisted, and it was with
fearful eyes that they observed the return of their
enemies, who might vent upon them the ferocity
aroused by these extraordinary events.
Ogle, however, continued to give proof that his
knowledge of gunnery was not of yesterday. After
the fleeing Spaniards went his shots. The last of
their boats flew into splinters as it touched the wharf,
and its remains were buried under a shower of loosen-
ed masonry.
That was the end of this pirate crew, which not
ten minutes ago had been laughingly counting up the
pieces of eight that would fall to the portion of each
for his share In that act of villainy. Close upon three-
score survivors contrived to reach the shore. Whether
they had cause for congratulation, I am unable to say
in the absence of any records in which their fate may
be traced. That lack of records Is in itself eloquent.
We know that they were made fast as they landed, and
considering the offence they had given I am not dis-
posed to doubt that they had every reason to regret
their survival.
The mystery of the succour that had come at the
eleventh hour to wreak vengeance upon the Spaniards,
and to preserve for the island the extortionate ransom
of a hundred thousand pieces of eight, remained yet
to be probed. That the Cinco Llagas was now in
friendly hands could no longer be doubted after the
proofs it had given. But who, the people of Bridge-
town asked one another, were the men in possession
of her, and whence had they come? The only possible
assumption ran the truth very closely. A reislute
party of islanders must have got aboard during the
night, and seed the ship. It remained to ascertain
the precise identity of these mysterious saviours, and
do them fitting honour.
Upon this errand-Governor Steed's condition not
permitting him to go in person-went Colonel Bishop
as the governor's deputy, attended by two officers.
As he stepped from the ladder nto the vessel's
waist, the colonel beheld there, beside the main hatch.
the four treasure chests, the contents of one of which
had been contributed almost entirely by himself. It
was a gladsome spectacle, and his eyes sparkled in be-
holding it.
Ranged on either side, athwart the deck stood a
score of men in two well-ordered files, with breasts
and backs of steel, polished Spanish morions on their
heads, overshadowing their faces, and muskets order-
ed at their sides.
Colonel Bishop could not be expected to recognize
at a glance in these upright, furbished, soldierly
figures the ragged, unkempt scarecrows that but yes-
terday had been toiling in his plantations. Still less
could he be expected to recognize at once the courtly
gentleman who advanced to greet him-a lean, grace-
ful gentleman, dressed in the Spanish fashion, all in
black with silver lace, a gold-hllted sword dangling
beside him from a gold embroidered baldrick, a broad
castor with a sweeping plume set above carefully
curled ringlets of deepest black.
"Be welcome aboard the Cinco Liagas, colonel
darting," a voice vaguely familiar addressed the plant-
er. "We've made the best of the Spaniards' wardrobe
In honour of this visit, though it was scarcely yourself
we had dared hope to expect. You find yourself among
friends-old friends of yours, all."
The colonel stared in stupefaction. Mr. Blood
tricked out in all this splendour-indulgng therein ere
his natural taste-h face carefully shaven, his hair
as carefully dressed, seemed transformed Into a
younger man. The fact is he looked no more than the
thirty-three years he counted to his age.
"Peter Blood!" It was an ejaculation of amaze-
ment. Satisfaction followed swiftly. "Was It you,
then ?"
"Myself it waa-myself and these my good friends
and yours." Mr. Blood tossed back the fine lace from
his wrist, to wave a hand towards the file of men
standing to attention there.
The colonel looked more closely. "Gads my life!"
he crowed on a note of foolish jubilation, "and it was
with these fellows that you took the Spaniard and
turned the tables on those dogs! Oddswounds! It
was -hlIeroic!"
"Heroic. I It BDedad, Il's epic! Ye begin to per-
ceivp. the breadth and depth of my genius."
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'T amaze mef" he gasped. "Ot mysoul, ~ 'iamAe
me! To have recovered the treasure and to have
seized this fine ship and all she'll hold! It will be
something to set against the other leases we have sub ,
fered. As Gad's my life, you deserve well for this"
"I am entirely of your opinion."
"Damme! You all deserve well, and damme, you..
shall find me grateful."
"That's as it should be," said Mr. Blood. "The-
question is how well we deserve, and how grateful.
shall we find you?"
Colonel Bishop considered him. There was a
shadow of surprise in his face.
"Why-his excellence shall write home on account
of your exploit, and maybe some portion of your sewn
tences shall be rnmitted."
"The generosity of King James is well known."
sneered Nathaniel Hagthorpe, who was standing by.
and amongst the ranged rebels-convict someone er..
tured to laugh.
Colonel Bishop started up. -e was pervaded by
the first pang of uneasiness. It occurred to him that,
all here might not be as friendly as appeared.
"And there's another matter," Mr. Blood resumed.
"There's a matter of a flogging that's due to me. Ye're.
a man of your word in such matters, colonel-if not
perhaps in others-and ye said, I think, that ye'ld not
leave a square inch of skin on my back."

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The planter waved- the matter -aside. Almost it
seemed to offend him.
S"u'ushl! Tush! Afterthis splendid deed of yours,
de.you suppose I can be thinking of such things?"
"tL'al:gWe1ye.Jel like that about it. But I'm think-
ing it's mighty lucky for me the. Spanlards didn't
comq today Innptead of. yesterday; or. it's in the same
plight as Jeremy Pitt I'ld be this minute. And in
that--ase'where.was'ttble genius that would have turn-
ed the.rables on these rascally Spaniards?"-
"Why speak of it now?"
"I-must;:cplolpt darling.- Ye've worked a deal of
wickedness and cruelty in your time, and I want this
to.be lesson- to'you, a lesson that ye'll remember-
for the.sake.of others who may come after us.. There's
Jeremy up there in the round-house with a back that's
every colour of the rainbow; and the poor lad'll not
be himself again for a month. And if it hadn't been
fer the.Spaniards may be its dead he'ld be by now,
and maybe myself with him."
R Ha'gthorpe lounged forward. He was a fairly tall,
vigorous .lan with a clear-cut attractive face which in.
itself announced his breeding.
."Wiry 'wtlly.otr be wasting words on the hog?"
wondered that sometime officer in the Royal Navy.
"Fling him overboard and have done with him."
.The colonel's eyea-bhlged in bis head. "What the
devil do you Mean?"- he blustered.
"It's the'lucky man ye are entirely, colonel,
though ye don't guess the source of your good for-
tune."
And now another intervened-the brawny, one-
eyed Wolverstone, less mercifully disposed than his
more gentlemanly fellow-convict.
"String him up from the yard-arm," he cried, his
deep voice harsh and angry, and more than one of the
slaves standing to their arms made echo.
Colonel Bishop trembled. Mr. Blood turned. He
was quite calm.
"If you please, Wolverstone," said he, "I conduct
affairs in my. ovn way. That is the pact. You'll
please to remember it." His eyes looked along the
ranks, making 1 plain that he addressed them all. "I
desire that Colonel Bishop should have his life. One
reason is that I require him as a hostage. If ye insist
on hanging him ye'll have tollang me with him, or Iq
the alternative I'll go ashore."
He paused, There was no answer. But they
stood hang-dog and half-mutinous before him, save
Iagthorpe, who shrugged and smiled wearily. Mr.
Blood resumed: "Ye'll please to .understand that
aboard a ship there Is one captain. So." He swung
again to the startled colonel.
"Though I promise you your.,life, I must-as
you've heard-keep you aboard as a hostage for the
good behaviour of Governor Steed and what's left of
the fort until we put to sea."
S "Until you ." Horror prevented Colonel
Bishop from echoing the remainder of that incredible
speech.
"Just go," said Peter Blood, and he turned to.the
officers who had accompanied the colonel. --"The-boat
is waiting, gentlemen. You'll have heard what I said,
Convey it with my compliments.to his excellence."
"But, sir one of them began.
S"There is no more to be said, gentlemen. My
name is Blood-Captain Blood, it you please, of this
ship the Cinco LZagas, taken as a prize of war from
Don Diego de Espinosa y Valdez, who Is my prisoner
aboard. You are to understand that I have turned
te tables on more than the Spaniards. There's the
ladder. You'll find it more convenlent.than being
heaved over the side, which is.w.hat'll happen if you
longer."
I They went, though not-without some hustling, re-
gardless of the bellowings of Colonel Bishop, whose
monstrous rage was fanned by terror of finding him-
*sf at the mercy of these men of whose cause to hate
Uhm he was very fully conscious.
'A ha-lf-hosen of them, apart from Jeremy Pitt,
who was utterly incapacitated for the present, pog-
dsaed a superficial knowledge of seamanship. Hag-
t4orpe, although he had been a fighting officer, un-
trained in navigation, knew how to handle a ship, and
.jnder his directions they set about getting under way.
S The anchor catted, and the mainsail unfurled,
they stood out for the open before a gentle breeze,
withoutt interference from thi fdrt. .' -
As they were running close to the headland east
'o the bay, Peter Blood -returned-,to the colonel,. whoj
iader guard and panic-stricken, had dejectedly ret
simed his seat on the coamiigs of the main.hatch.
"Can ye swim, colonel?"
Colonel Bishop looked up..His great face-wad
yellow and seemed in that moment of a preternatural
*blhLnesa; his beady eyes were beadier than ever.
I "As yodr doctor now, I prescribe a swim to cool
the escessie. heat ot your humours." Bloqd delivered
tie explanatilu pleasantly, and receiving still nq
answer from the'colonel, continued: "It's a mercy$
flr you Tit not by nature as bloodthirsty afti ome of'
y friefida here.. And it's the devil's own labur I've'
dad to prevail uipbn- them not to be vitdiciVe. 1I
dubt If ye're worth the pains I've taken for you.",
He was lying. He had no doubt at all. Had h:
I lowed his own wishes and instincts, he would cer

eritorioua deed. It Was the thought of Arabella.
shop that had urged him to mercy, and had led himni
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slaves until he had been in danger of precipitating as
mutiny. It was entirely to the fact that the colonel
was her uncle, although he did not even begin to sus.
pect such a cause, that he owed such mercy as was
now being shown him.
"You shall have a chance to swim for it," Peter'
Blood continued. "It's not above a quarter of a mile
to the headland yonder, and with ordinary luck ye
should manage it. Faith, you're fat enough to float..
Come on! Now don't be hesitating or it's a long
voyage ye'll be going with us, and the devil knows
what may happen to you. You're not loved any more
than you deserve." .
Colonel Bishop mastered himself, and rose. A,
merciless despot, who had never known the need for
restraint in all these years, he was doomed by ironic
fate to practise restraint in the.yery moment when his"
feelings had reached their most violent intensity.
Peter Blood gave an order. A plank was run out
over the gunwale, and lashed down.
"If you please, colonel," said he, with a graceful
flourish of invitation.
The colonel looked at him, and there was hell Jn
his glance. Then taking his resolve, and putting the.
best face upon it, since no other could help him here,
he kicked off his shoes, peeled off his fine coat of bis-'
cuit-coloured taffetas, and climbed upon the"plank.
A moment he paused, steadied by a hand that
clutched the ratlines, looking dowp in terror at the
green water rushing past some five and twenty feet
below.
."Just take a little walk, colonel darling," said a
smooth, mocking voice behind him.
Still clinging, Colonel Bishop looked round in
hesitation and saw the bulwarks lined with swarthy
faces-the faces of men that as lately as yesterday
would have turned pale under his frown, faces that
were.now all wickedly agrin.,
For a moment, rage stamped out his fear. He
cursed them aloud venomously and incoherently, then
loosed his hold and stepped out upon the plank. Three
steps he took before he lost his balance and went
tumbling into the green depths below.
When he came to surface again, gasping for air,
the Cinco Llagas was already some furlongs to lee-
ward. But the roaring cheer of mocking valediction
from the rebels-convict reached him across the water,
to drive the iron of impotent rage deeper Into his soul.

CHAPTER VI.

THE MILAGROSA.
PETER BLOOD was now in possession of a fine ship
of war and in command of a band of desperate
men who knew that In no British island could they
fid as refuge, or even be certain of their lives. Yet tp
fight against England was not in their hearts, though
she had treated them so harshly. Spain was the na-
tural enemy of the English, and against Spain Freneh
buccaneers also contended with unremitting bitterness
in these southern seas. 'To Tortuga, off the coast of
Hayti, then, would Peter Blood take his ship and his
men; there, under the protection of its French Gov-
ernor, M.d'Ogeron would he establish his headquar-
ters; and thence would he issue, one of the numerous
privateers who wept the seas, to make war against
the might of Spain.
The captain of the Cinco Llagas. Don Diego de
Espinosa y Valdez, was no obstacle to his plans. That
commander, though he recovered from the blow he had
received when Peter boarded his ship, soon after died
of chagrin and terror. The Spanish sailors were set
free near the coast of San Domingo, and then Peter
set sail for Tortuga. His navigating officer was
Jeremy Pitt, his second in command was Wolverstone,
one of the escaped rebels-convict, and Ogle, another of
these, was made his master gunner.
( M. d'Ogeron, the Governor of Tortuga, received
Captain Blood, as he must now be called, with open
arms. And soon the fame of Blood and his men began
to spread, not only in the islands and along the Span-
ish Main, but in England and Spain itself. Both coun-
tries regarded him as a pirate. And Don Diego's
brother, Don Miguel de Espinosa, had sworn an oath
to capture and put to a cruel death the man who was
responsible for his brother's calamitous downfall and
end.
Peter Blood, now called Don Pedro Sangre.by the
Spaniards, had, however, won a good friend in M.
d'Ogeron because of a great service he was able to ren-
der to that governor's pretty, vivacious daughter. He
had rescued her from a French ruffian called Levas,
seur, and M. d'Ogeron was grateful. In Tortuga Cap-.
tain Blood would always find a. refuge.
His exploits surpassed those of the daring men
who had won fame in the Caribbpan; his ship, re-
named the Arabellu. after a girl in the little island of
Barbados, was-handled with-masterly skill by him and
his crew. He planned a great attack upon Maracaybo,
op.the Spanish Main, and carried it through, defeating
the Spanish Admiral who sought to defend the city;
he capture three Spanish ships of war, and with them
and the Arabella and another formed a fleet pf .his.
own. This.Spanish Admiral was no other than Don
Miguel de Espjposa whose brotherr had been defeated
by Captain Blood in the roadstead of Barbadoe.., The
Spanish Admiral had.-yorn to.capture Peter, and-now
three of his ships were in, Peter Blood's hands. .
After thisa.pliot Captain Blood returned, to Tor-
tuga, In 'Tortuga spring the; nontbhs.le spent.ttherp


refitting his new shipslbe found.hlnself, an objct.-of
woFship in the eyes of e 'wilai Brethren of tke.Cqptt,
all of whom now clamoured for the honedoAUuerying
under him. It placed him in the rare, postoqo .-,
ing able to.pick and choose the crews for his augment-
ed fleet, and he chose fastidiously. Wheg~,,ex t,..
sajled away it was with a fleet of five flne ships !q4.
which went something over a thousand men. ThuP
you behold .him not merely famous, but really formid-
able. The three captured Spanish vessels he had re- .
named with a certain scholarly humour the Clotho,
Lachesis and Alropos. a grimly jocular manner of con-
veying to the world that he made them the arbiters of
the fate of any Spaniards he should henceforth eqh.
counter upon the seas.
In Europe the news of this fleet, following upon
the news of the Spanish Admirarl's defeat Qf Maracay-
bo,. produced something of a sensation. Spain and
England were variously and unpleasantly exercised,'
and if you care to turn up the diplomatic correspond-:"
ence exchanged on the subject, you will find that it Is.
considerable and not always amiable.
And meanwhile in the Caribbean, the Spanish Ad-
miral Don Miguel de Esplnosa might be said-to use a
term not yet invented in his day-to have run amok.
The disgrace Into which he had fallen as a result of
the disasters suffered at the hands of Captain Blood
had driven the admiral all but mad. It is impossible,
if we dispose our minds impartially, to withhold a cer-
tain sympathy from Don Miguel. Hate was now this
unfortunate man's' daily bread, and the hope of ven-
geance an obsession to his mind. As a madman hb
went raging up and down the Caribbean seeking his
enemy, and in the meantime, as an hors-d'euvre to his
vindictive appetite, he fell upon any ship of England
or of France that loomed above his horizon.
I 'need say no more to convey the fact that this
illustrious sea-captain and great gentleman of Castile
had lost his head, and was become a pirate in.his turn.
The Supreme Council of Castile might anon condemn
him for his practices. But how should that matter
to one who already was condemned beyond redemp-
tion? On the contrary, If he should live to lay the-
audacious and ineffable Blood by the heels, it was
possible that Spain might view his present irregulari-
ties and earlier losses with a more lenient eye. "
And so, reckless of the fact that Captain Blood
Was.now in vastly superior strength, 'the Spaniard
sought him up and down the trackless ideas. But tor
a'whole year he sought him vainly. The circltn-
stances in which eventually they met are very curious.'
An Intelligent observation of tht fact of human,
existence will reveal to shallow-minded folk who sneer
at the use of coincidence in the arts of fiction and'
drama that life itself is little more'than' a'sertts of
coincidences. Open the history of the pis'ts' hatso-
ever page you will, and there you shall find coiheidence-
at work bringing about events that the mne'rest chthebc
might have averted. Indeed, coincidence may be de-
flied as the very tool used by Fate to shape the des-
tinies of men and nations.
Observe it now at work in the affairs of Captain'
Blood and of some others.
On the 15th September of the year 16SS-a memor-
able year in the annals of England-three hips were'
afloat upon the Caribbean which Inihetr- corning .con-'
junctions were to work out the fortundWs of Bseveratie-'
sons. .
The first of these was Captain Blodd's iflkgdhllIthe.
Arabella. which had been separated TfrT'&'The buc-'
caneer fleet in'a hurricane off the'iLsser'Antilles. In
somewhere about 17 N.Lat., and 'N*" Long., she was-
beating up for the Windward Passage, before the in-
termittent south-easterly breezes of that stifling sea-
son, homing for Tortuga, the natural rendevous of the
dispersed vessels.
The second ship was the great Spanish galleon,.
the Milagrosa. which accompanied by the smaller frl-'
gate Hidalgo, lurked off the Caymites, to the north.of
the long peninsula that thrusts out from the squth-
west corner of Hispaniola. Aboard the .Milagrosa
sailed the vindictive Don Miguel.
The third and last of these ship with whil, wV,
are at present concerned was an English ma8n-olf-ar,"
which on the date I have given *as at ancdlr in. the.
French port of St. Nicholas on the north-west coast q9
Hispaniola. She was on her way tryam Plymouth to
Jamaica, and carried on board.a very diqtnguishedr
passenger in the person of Lord Julian Wade, who
came charged by his kinsman, my Lord Sunderlaadf,
with a mission qf some consequence and.deliacy,d(-'
rectly arising out of that vea,.tiq s correspopdenDt.
between England and Spain. ."
The i rench Government, like Lhe .Eglih, xcef-
sively annoyed by the depredations of.Jle busca.rrs,.
apd the constant straining of relations .i, S .
that ensued, had sought in vain to ppt &th a1.lI.L
eqjoining the utmost severity against th~i upon.~er,
various overseas governprs. .'eftlw---
the Governor, of Tortuga- tSvbe 1of.0 1 aroely
tacit partnership wilb. .the(6 lbdstes. dr-lie,. oihe
Governor of French 1Hispaniol t tat pey'were
to be'encouraged as. chp ApoM the poVer n greed
of Spain, which, mlghkptqwl e aeertd 9 he dis--
aqvantage of the colohi&.i%--pttions .They Ii -,
ed.'indeed, with .apeap urs;o 4nsw.
vigorous measpr i gu i Ir vinlg manag
of the buccaaeer $,- e e- intig -un 4. t.itr
South Sea. .. .. '- .
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4pata, and in response to the Spanish Ambaisador's
-constant and grievous expostulations, my Lord Sun-
C.:Cland, the Secretary of State had appointed a strong
to the deputy-governorship of Jamaica.' This
.man was that Colonel Bishop who for some
w had been the most influential plahter in

ibolotel Bishop had accepted the post, and de-
ted from the plantations in which his great wealth
.taa being amassed, with an eagerness that had its
.roots in a desire to pay off a score of his own with
lter Blood.
From his first coming to Jamaica, Colonel Bishop
ad made himself felt by the buccaneers. But do what
he might, the one buccaneer whom he made his parti-
Scular-quarry-that Peter Blood who once had been his
slate-eluded him ever, and continued underterred
a d in great force to harass the Spaniards upon sea
.Aed land, and to keep the relations between England
P Sad Spain in a state of perpetual ferment, particularly
'dangerous in those days when the peace of Europe
was precariously maintained.
Exasperated not only by his own accumulated
'h::' 4hagrln, but- also by the reproaches for his failure
wi.::which reached him from London, Colonel Bishop
I n ually went so far as to consider hunting his quarry
Jn Tortuga itself and making an attempt to clear the
i land of the buccaneers it sheltered. Fortunately for
S Himself, he abandoned the notion of so insane an en,
terprise, deterred not only by the enormous natural
Strength of the place, btrt also by the reflection that a
mald upon what was, nominally at least, a French
4l ttlement, must be attended by grave offence to
Yrance. Yet short of some such measure, it appeared
S to Colonel Bishop that he was baffled. He confessed
S..gq much in a letter to the Secretary of State.
This letter and the state of things which it dis-
.. Iosed, made my Lord Sunderland deipipaiof solving
.@e.gexatious problem by.ordinary meas.-. ie turned
% the.consideration of extraordinary cnesi and'be-
: *tpughqt him of.the plan adopted -with: Morgan, who
qdI. been enlisted into the Kink's tertitee -'*n'der
4qMrJea II. It occurred to him that a.ssimilar-cdrse
:: igt b.esimilarly effeetive,with Captain Blood. His
:r p'hip did got omit therconsideratidot that Blood's
.. ent outlaw.r':nmghk well have been undertaken not
ftrom in linuonrbut under'.stres of sheer 'necessity,
'-Vat he had been forced Into.it by the'circumstances
Svo his transpotNatig,.. and that.ha would welJome the
s .*Plrtunity of emerging, from.. ... .
A..., ctlg upon this concluaiion, Sunderlhnd sent out
.l ikipppian, ,Lordl4 ,tlian Wade, with- some 'dotnmis-
slons made out in blank, and full'directions as to the
course which the Secretary considered It desirable to
g'.Risue-end yet.fuji discretion. in the Zastter'of 'pur-
H B'ning-.them.. The- craf'y Sunderland, master of alt
.4-7y athf of .intrigue.' advised his kinltat that in
Ol event of his flding.Blood intractable, or judging
4. -ether reasons that it was not desirable to enlist
hr ... inthe King's service, he should turn his'attehdton
%!the oftcerers serving under him,..and by seducing
tem away from him leave him.eo weakened that he,
itust fall an easy victim to Colonel Bishop's fleet.
'rhoe Roypw stay-rtbe vessel eating that iMngeni-
tolerably accomplished, mildly dissolute, entirely,
L envoy of my Lord Snnderland'si-made a good
e to St. Nicholas.. er last port of call beTbre
mica. It was understood that as a preliminary-
SJulian should report himself to the-deputy-gov-
t' al Port Royal, whence at need -he might have.
i MP:. ii conveyed to Tortuga. Now it happened that
.'. e;Aputy-gqvernor's niece had come to- St. Nicholas
'; e "months'earlier on a visit to some relatives, and.
t 1' | shBe might oscape,the insufferable beat of Ja-
Sica ha that season. The tite for her returarbeing;
AtwJit.mnil. a passage was sought (or her .'.board thbe
oo' 'ji lary, and in view of her uncle's rank nd iosi-
'p. mrnptly accorded.
S'ord ulban hailed her advent with satisfaction.
e ('voy e' that had beep full of interest for him
Spice that it required to achieve perfection as
rieni i His lordship was one dt xour.' lilants
pxlstbece'ihat is pot graced by a~gnkinq
.4? ihes Wfi' stagnation
Ailbella 'ibhop-this straight up and down
il lth er firather boyish voice and her al-
h se A" tnovemint-was nbot''pehads n.
: i England would hate coinmatided much
S 2tlti Iord's discerning ej4s, His very sophlsti-
fSidAdiAtiiBi y 'educated 'tastes in such matters In-
ldined hfaiit~oirds the plump, the languishing and the
qhfl sealretpte.sly. feminine. Miss Bishop'A charms Aere
SifMlentable.'- 'Bt they were such that It would take
s Irieate-mlided an to'appreciate them; and my
-SdJulian, whilst of a mind that was very far. from
n ot li~eses the necessary'degree of d.flcacy.
J thl* be uitderstood to'imiplyanb1thing'
T
n* that Miss Blsh6dp as a
Sj't and it'the latitudA into
ithft'was a'ahenornnoh
'4 ..d'i attention. On ils tide,
'i|th hl:sIti i :ict oa 3ij, permonal grace and the
o-a;oI abdoi ..he.re. about him the
ei ftf atb m lt Uwhich' normally he".
Mls.heii-.e s-v a" Wa litt. more Lhad 'r.
to'her,. rt4:: -i t i~t. ifle in- the-
H Wiui-tl. is. ndt..tifri uitt i firey'

taidwB asq;a im a t ot ti;NS .toi0 WFisp


-could--till-the- ethel' much upon which the other de-
sired informaItion. He could regale her'imaginatidn
with stories of St. James's--in many-of which he as-
*ftghed blinmelt-a heroic, or at least a distinguished
part-and she could enrich his mind with information
boncerning-this n6w-world to which.he.had come.
Before they were out of sight of St. Nicholas they
were good friends, and 'his lordship was beginning to
correct his first impressions of her and to discover the
-charm of that frank straight-forward attitude of com-
.rdeship.which made her treat every man as a brother.
Considering how his mind was obsessed with the
business of his mission, it is.not wonderful that he
should have come to talk to her of Captain Blood. In-
deed, there was a circumstance that directly led to it.
"I wonder now," he said, as they were sauntering
on the poop, "if you ever saw this fellow Blood, who
was at one time on your uncle's plantations as a slave."
Miss Bishop halted. She leaned upon the taffrail
looking out towards the receding land, and it was a
moment before she answered in a steady level voice:
"I saw him often. I knew him very well."
"Ye don't say!" His lordship was slightly moved
out of an imperturbability that he had studiously cul-
tivated. He was a young man of perhaps eight-and-
twenty, well above the middle height in stature and
appearing taller by virtue of his exceeding leanness.
.He had a thin, pale, rather pleasing hatchet-face,
framed in the curls of a golden periwig, a sensitive
mouth and pale blue eyes that lent his countenance a
dreamy expression, a rather melancholy pensiveness.
But they were alert, observant Ayes notwithstanding,
although they failed on this occasion to observe the .


MR. LINDSAY DOWNER.


slight change of colour which his question.had brought r. Lindsay Downer refuses to subscribe to thf
to Miss Ehahop's cheeks Dr the auspiciously excessive assertion that "we have ho bananas to-day."' It is his
composure of her answer. business to have bananas; as manager of one of thd
"Ye don't say!" he repeated, and came to lean be- fruit companies trading in and with Jamaica, he hai
pide her. "And what manner of man did you find to and bananas fqr his ships every week; and this hi
him ?" "b a h ships evr... .and
him?" does with marked success. Still a young man, he i1
t "In those days I esteemed him for an unfortunate one of the mojt genial personalities in Kingston. H4
gentleman." has much of his lat4 father's charm of manner-and
S"You were acquainted with his story?" no one in Jamaica was better loved than the Vei.
(t "He told it me. That i, why I esteemed him-for Archdeacon Downer; he is tactful and energetic; ha-
the calm fortitude with which he bore adversity. ing to. .git.a .srts of persons, he has gaine"
Since then, considering wht- he has done, I have al-- experience of me, and this experience he pus gto te
most come to doubt if what he tolme e of himself was service of his company. For many years now he has!
une. been engaged in getting knd having bananas. That iq
S"'f you mean of the wrongs he suffered at the hisvocation. His hobby is amateur acting, and an e-
inds of the Royal Commission that tried the Mon- excellent amateur actor he makes. Mr. Downer has;
touth rebels, there's little doubt that it would be.true g;r4ped te fact that'to be"'stagy" is not to act well;t
enough. He was never out wih.ontio ; that e id ce on the stage be is.Lindsay Downer impersonate
certain. He was convicted on a point of law of which ing-'particular character, and the result is no strained.
he may well have been ignorant when he committed eff t a uate satisfator, piece of acting. By dis.
what was construed into treason. But faith: ,eb' bad tifeL but a qute satisfator.piece of acting. By dim-1
hat was construed into treason. But faith had position humorous, he chooses humorous parts, andl
That re.en e after a fashion. voiee, th' unfor- he.never hesitates to.take for himself quite a minok.
That." she said in A mall.voiee ,i the' unfor.- role"if by so doing he can give some time to trainingK
givable thing. It has deItsyed him'-deservedly." the other members of the amateur troupe who may bei
"Destroyed him?" His' lordship laughed a little, cited with him -H ight have done well on th
associated with him -He.inipht have done well on thb-P
"Be none so sure of that.' fae-has grown riCh, I hear- professional stage ad h .noT gone into business; bu"
He has translated, so it is said, his Spanish spoils into pthntere quality huiotosnes which he displays
Prench gold, which is beink-treasured p for him 4a tha te amateur itage h s ess him immensely in bust
France. His future father-in-law, M. d'Ogeron, has ne- Th pleasant hwerf and genial laugh will no
sben to that." ness. The pleasant 'aner, nd denial laugh will nul
sseen to that. only turn away wrathibut may win many a client O
S"His future father-in-law?" said she, and stared at his company In these days of strenuous competiti
hfm round-eyed, with parted lips.. Then aided: 'M.' Fo rpersoaalLtyRconti for tich in the world of pra
d-Ogerona The Go*ernor oo Tihtunaewl pre.
d'Ogeron? The Governor-o) Toptuga,' ti alaffahlT, and 'Mr. Drwner possesses a pleasantY
"The same. You see the fellow'd well protected.. persoaity
It's a piece of news I gathered in St. Nicholas;.i I a
not sure that I welcome it, for I am not sure that it
makes any easier a task upon which my kinsman,
Lord Sunderland, has sent e-hitter: BW. there it is.
Tpu didn't know?"
She shook her head without replying. She had --
averted her face, and her eyes were staring 'dhw'at .' -ea .SupOrt.I ,
the gently heaving water. After a moment she spoke,
l'r voice steady and perfectly controlled. THE
S"But surely, if this were true, there would haveECT ES DIA
been an end to his piracy by now..'If te ...if e. -,WE. .... .e
loVed a woman and was betrothed and was also rich CILE O.,-LTD
as you say, surely he would have abandonedd this des- ,
perate.life, and '" r
"Why, so I thought,"' his lordship interr.uted, .ineers of
"until I had the explanatip. 'D'Ogeron is avaridCdus '
for himself and for his .lid '. Rn as for the gV .' *j RATES
I'm told she's a wild, fie.,Atlmate for such a man as .
Blood. Almost I marvel thatJhe doesn't marry her:'.'i i -.r ',
aqd take her a-roving wjt him. dt would be no new ,, LM'' c
eerience 'for her. AM. I.'martel, too, at Blood's ''-
tience. He killed a alh to win her." .' ,.1 "
"He killed a mannpriti.eng oyou say?" There '.
s horror now in her voice. e .
"Yes-a French buc apee t ir d Levasseur..'He
Sthe girl's love'fi'tn BlbAd' adiolate on a venture.; I '
coveted the girl' 'nd-I'itWdeevasseur to wir 'c L 0
Pah! It's an unsavory, talp, I own. B;ptmen r .
le by different codes'out In these'parts ." -
S She had turned to fa ifti. Sne was pale to thp /
1ts, and her hazel eyes yTre baziig, as she qut ito -
hh apologies for Bloo,,, .
4 "They must, indeed,'] his their associates aplo- .
ed.him to live after tWiA." .I"' -
S"Oh, the thing wgs'dointiniiffight, I am told.'ri7 > '
i ."Who told you?" '.. : ( / ReadOfce
.* "A man who sail with. tibmn, a Frenchmj ..: pd Broad St.
iyxed Cahusac, whom rifA.nd in p.'waterside tavern' c '
in St. Nicholas. He wabievasmhbis lieutenant, and -', i ". HMGSTON, JA.
lie was present on the islanlwlpragi he ting happefja-i 'I r', !. *..' Mail a Bldg.,
eds and when Levasseur was killed." kf 8 Port Royal Street.
"And .th.ekJlrJ .._DidJe.ar the.irl waesn t,. ..... ..
tfly ;aC).lm aia SaaJa* sgjg&.AL


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PLANTERS' PUNCH


1923-24


.Yes. She was a witness of the encounter.
Blood carried'her off when he had disposed of his
brother-buccaneer."
"And the dead man's followers allowed it?" He
Caught the note of incredulity in her voice, but missed
e ote of relief with' which it was blent. "Oh, I
lon't believe the tale. I won't believe it!"
AI honour you for that, Miss Bishop. It strained
y own belief that men should be so callous, until
a Cahusac afforded me the explanEtlon."
"What?" She checked her unbelief, an unbelief
that had uplifted her from an inexplicable dismay.
Plutching the rail, she swung round to face his lord-
Ship with that question. Later he was to remember
*nd perceive In her present behaviour' a certain odd-
aee which went disregarded now.
"Blood purchased their consent, and his right to
ayrry the girl off. He paid them in pearls that were
worth more than twenty thousand pieces of eight."
its lordship laughed again with a touch of contempt.
4A handsome price! Faith, they're scoundrels all-
$ast thieving, venal curs. And, faith, it's a pretty tale
this for a lady's ear."
She looked away from him again, and found that
her sight was blurred. After a moment in a voice less
steady than before she asked him:


Kingston
Morant Bay
Port Antonio
St. Ann's'Bay
Falmouth
Montegq Bay
Lucea
Sav-la-Mar
Black River
Mandeville
May Pen
Spanish Town
Port Maria
Half-way Tree
Chapel ton
Alley
Lin tead
Buff Bay
Port Royal
Guy's Hill
Cross Roads


"Why should this Frenchman have told you such
a tale? Did he hate this Captain Blood?"
"I did not gather that," said his lordship slowly.
"He related it. .. oh, just as a commonplace, an in-
stance of buccaneering ways."
"A commonplace!" said she. "My God! A com-
monplace!"
"I dare say that we are all savages under the
cloak that civilisation fashions for us," said Ais lord-
ship. "But this Blood, now, was a man of consider-
able parts, from what else this Cahusac told me. He
was a bachelor of medicine "
"That is true, to my own knowledge."
"And he has seen much foreign service on sea and
land." C.husac said-though this I hardly credit-
that he had fought under de Ruyter."
"That also is true," said she. She sighed heavily.
"Your Cahusac seems to have been accurate enough.
Alas!"
"You are sorry, then?"
She looked at him. She was very pale, he noticed.
"As we are sorry to hear of the death of one we
have esteemed. Once I held him In regard for an un-
fortunate but worthy gentleman. Now..." .
She checked and smiled a little crooked smile.
"Such a man is best forgotten."


Highgate
Golden Grove
Brown's Town
Balaclava
Stony Hill
Richmond
Porns
Annotto Bay
Catadupa
Old Harbour
Smith's Village
Newcastle
Hector's River
Trinityville
Manchioneal
Monearue
Alex-indria
Frankfield
Darliston
Petersfield


Maggotty
Adelphi
Duncans
Ulster Spring
Gayvie
Christiana
Ocho Rios
Oracabessa
Mocbo
Crooked Uiver
Stewart Town
Santa Cruz
Hope Bay
Riverside
Cambridge
Bethel Town
Port Morant
Mile Gully
SpaldiRugH
Point Hill
Newport


And upon that she passed at once to speak or
other things.
The friendship, which it was her great gift to-
command in all she met, grew steadily between those
two in the little time remaining, until the event be-
fell that marred what was promising to be the pleae-
antest stage of his lordship's voyage.
The marplot was the mad-dog Spanish Admiral,.
whom they encountered on'the second day out, when
half-way across the Gulf of Gonaves. The captain of
the Royal Mary did not choose to be intimidated even
when Don Miguel opened fire on him. Observing the
Spaniard's plentiful seaboard towering high above the-
water and offering him so splendid a mark, the Eng--
lishman was disposed to be ecornful. If this Don
who flew the banner of Castile wanted a fight, the-
Royal Mary was just the ship to.oblige him. It may
be that he was justified of his gallant confidence, and
that he would that day have put an end to the Wi..
career of Don Miguel de Espinosa, but that a luck'
shot from the Milagrosa got among some powder
stored in his forecastle, and blew up half his ship al-
most before the fight had started. How the powder
came there will never now be known, and the gallant
captain himself did not survive to inquire into it.
Before the men of the Royal Mary had recovered
from their consternation, their captain killed and a
third of their number destroyed with him, the ship
yawing and rocking helplessly in a crippled state, the-
Spaniards boarded her.
In the captain's cabin under the peop, to' Whiho
Miss Bishop had been conducted for safety, Lord
Julian was seeking to comfort and encourage her, with-
assurances that all would yet be well, at the very mo-
ment when Don Miguel was stepping aboard. Lord
Julian himself was none so steady, and his face was
undoubtedly pale. Not that he was by any means a
coward. But this cooped-up fighting on an unknown
element in a thing of wood that might at any moment.
founder under his feet Into the depths of ocean was
disturbing to one who could be brave enough ashore.,
Fortunately Miss Bishop did not appear to be in des-
perate need of the poor comfort he was in case to offer.
Certainly she was pale, and her hazel eyes may have
looked a little larger than usual. But she had herself"
well in hand. Half sitting, half leaning on the cap-
taln's table, she preserved her courage sufficiently to
seek to calm the octoroon waiting-woman who was-
grovelling at her feet in a state of terror.
And then the cabin-door was flung open, and Don
Miguel himself, tall, sunburned, and aquiline of face-
strode in. Lord Jullan spun round to face him, and
clapped a hand to his sword.
The Spaniard was brisk and to the point.
"Don't be a fool," he said in his own tongue, "or-
you'll come by a fool's end. Your ship is sinking."
There were three or four men in morlons behind
Don Miguel, and Lord Julian realized the position-
He released his hilt, and a couple of feet or so of steel
slid softly back into the scabbard. But Don Miguel
smiled, with a flash of white teeth behind his grizzled-
beard, and held out his hand.
"If you please," he said.
Lord Julian hesitated. His eyes strayed to Miss
Bishop's.
"I think you had better,' said that composed
young lady, whereupon with a shrug hia lordship maO4e
the required surrender.,-..
"Come you---all oft-'uS-aboard'my ship," Don
Miguel Invited them, and'.-rode out.
They went, of course. For Oati thing the Spanlardt
had force to compel them; fbr aftrther a ship which
he announced to be sinking offered' them little induce-
ment to remain. They stayed no longer than was,
necessary to enable Miss Bishop to collect some spare
articles of dress and my lord to snatch up his valise.
As for the survivors in that ghastly shambles
that had been the Royal Mary, they were abandoned
by the Spaniards to their own resources. Let them.
take to the boats, and If those did not suffice them, Iet
them swim or drown. If Lord Jultan and Miss Bl abep
were retained, it was because Don Miguel perceived
their obvious value. He received them in his cabi.
with great urbanity. Urbanely he desired to have the*
honour of being acquainted with their names.
Lord Julian, sick with horror of the spectacle he
had just witnessed, commanded himself with difficulty
to supply them. Then haughtfly he demanded to
know in his turn the name of their aggressor. He-
was in an exceedingly ill-temper. He realized that if
he had done nothing positively discreditable in the
unusual and difficult position Into which Fate had'
thrust him, at least he had done nothing creditable.
This might have mattered less but that the spectator
of his indifferent performance was a lady. He wa.d.-
termined if possible to do better now. ."'
"I am Don Miguel de Espinosa," be was apitered.
"Admiral of the Navies of the Catholic King."
Lord Julian gasped. If Spain made such a hub--
bub about the depredations of a runagate adventurer
like Captain Blood, what could not England answer
now?
"Will you tell me then, why you behave like a..
damned pirate?" he asked. And added: "I hope yoe.
realise what will be the consequences, and the strict-
account to which you ball be brought for .this day's.
work, for the blood you have murderously shed, and
for your violence to this lady and to myself."
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.gias only the man who holds the trumps can smile.
Sthe contrary, I have saved your lives ."
j"Saved our lives!" Lord Julian was momentarily
a before such callous impudence.
what of the lives you have destroyed in wan-
r? By God, man, they shall cost you dear."
uel s smile persisted. "It is possible. All
ire possible. Meantime it is your own lives that
b.ot you dear. Colonel Bishop Is a rich man; and
milord, are no doubt also rich. I will consider
d ix your ransom."
"So that you're just the damned murderous pirate
:".was supposing you," stormed his lordship. "And
Ay have the impudence to call yourself the Admiral
5 sithe Navies of the Catholic King. We shall see what
o: ur Catholic King will have to say to it."
The admiral ceased to smile. He revealed some-
S, in of the rage that had eaten into his brain. "You
i:;'i not understand," he said. "It Is that I treat you
ieptilmh heretic dogs just as you English heretic dogs
'*i.e treated Spaniards upon the seas-you robbers
nab'ththieves out of hell! I nave the honesty to do it
iH:Ly own name-but you, you perfidious beats, you
your Captain Bloods, your Hagthorpes and your
ns against us and disclaim responsibility for
I niit they do. Like Pilate. you wash your hands."
f'e laughed savagely. "Let Spain play the part of
':Plate, Let her disclaim responsibility for me, when
.our ambassador at the Escurial shall go whining to
'.*t. Supreme Council of this act of piracy by Don
0t1Rutel de Espinosa."
i: "Captain Blood and the rest are not admirals of
t'iland," cried Lord Julian.
.:..'. "Are they not? How do I know? How does Spain
boli~w? Are you not liars all, you English heretics?"
"r!" Lord Julian's voice was harsh as a rasp,
:!e i yes flashed. Instinctively he swung a hand to
i. place where his sword habitually hung. Then he
ungged and sneered. "Of course," said he. "i! sorts
S~ith all I have heard of Spanish honour and all that
thf ve seen of yours that you should insult a man who
I. unarmed and your prisoner."
The admiral's face flamed scarlet. He half raised
thihand to strike. And then, restrained perhaps by
tp very words that had cloaked the retorting insult,
I turned on his heel abruptly and went out without
pering

CHAPTER VII.
.' THE MEETING.
A S the door slammed after the departing admiral,
P Lord Julian turned to Arabella, and actually
lad. He felt that he was doing better, and gather-
f!rom it an almost childish satisfaction-childish in
,the circumstances. "Decidedly I think I had the
word there,' he said, with a toss of his golden
aa
Mins Bishop, seated at the cabin table, looked at,
steadlly, without returning his smile. "Does it
t, 'then, so much, having the last word? I am
Ing of those poor fellows on the Royal Mary.
of them have had their last word, indeed. And
t? A fine ship sunk. a score of lives lost. thrice
ber now in jeopardy, and all for what?
are overwrought, ma'am. I
wroughtt' she uttered a single sharp note
er. "I assure you I am calm. I am asking
eton, Lord Julian. Why has this Spaniard
this? To what purpose?
-beard him." Lord Julian shrugged angrily.
," he explained shortly.
S;'"i -lust ?" she asked. She was amazed. "Does
sitb ag thing exist then? It is insane, monstrous."
.. lendish," his lordship agreed. "Devil's work."
"I don't understand. At Bridgetown three years
ago there was a Spanish raid and things were done
at should have been impossible to men. horrible, re-
w altin things which strain belief, which seem when
.I .think of them now like the illusions of some evil
I. L Are men just beasts?"
h"ti' said Lord Julan staring. "Say Spani-
Xfl -c'agree." He was an Englishman speak-
y tfoes. And yet there was a measure
the said. "This ic the Spanish way in
w tl. Faith, almost it justifies such men
.they do."
Sheb..I ed..ase if cold, and setting her elbows
f. the table, I_0e took her chin in her hands, and sat
staring before. her.
I:. .Observing her, his Icrdship noticed how drawn
K.:td while her face had grown. There was reason
aou'*ngh for that, and for worse. Not any other woman
i'.: his acquaintance would have preserved her self-
Ig-,qntrol in such an ordeal; and of fear, at least, at no
tia had Miss Bishop shown any sign. It is impos-
O that he did not find her. admirable.
;: A'Spatlb.hteward entered bearing a silver cboco-
bT4YJair lia a box of Peruvian candies, which he
Etalitb~~fore the lady.
Wt'i: 1ithi Adt~ StIT homage," he said, then bowed,
:.x;sa aBli ttik no heed of him or his offering,
'ootti tttl o tltar 'beafte her, lost in thought.
t Jlian took 4 tWt in the long, low cabin, which
gkltst By A.flh plt ibdve and great square Win-
..tersn. It" W' IUizriiol"y appointed: there
Sateria ort "O e t.Siar, well-filled book-
s '-ranXltmt at* tuiwsk.: ma, there was a
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a long low chest standing under the middle stern port
lay a guitar that was gay with ribbons. Lord Julian
picked it up, twanged the strings once as if moved by
nervous irritation, and put it down.
He turned again to face Miss Bishop.
"I came out here," he said, "to put down piracy.
Butr-blister me!-I begin to think that the French
are right in desiring piracy to continue as a curb
upon these Spanish scoundrels."
He was to be strongly confirmed in that opinion
before many hours were past. Meanwhile their treat-
ment at the hands of Don Miguel was consloerate and
courteous. It confirmed the opinion contemptuously
expressed to his lordship by Miss Bishop that since
they were to be held to ransom they need not fear any
violence or hurt. A cabin was placed at the disposal
of the lady and her terrified woman, and another at
Lord Julian's. They were given the freedom of the
ship, and bidden to dine at the admiral's table;- nor
were his further intentions regarding them mentioned
nor yet his immediate destination.
The Milayiroa. with her consort the Hidalga roll-
ing after her, steered a south by westerly course, then
veered to the south-ast round Cape Tiburon, and
thereafter, standing well out to sea, with the land no
more than a cloudy outline to larboard, she headed
directly east. and so ran straight into the arms of
Captain Blood, who was making for the Windward pas-
sage. as we know. That happened early on the fol--
lowing morning. After having systematically hunted
his enemy in vain for a year Don Miguel chanced upan
him in this unexpected and entirely fortuitous fashion.
But that is the ironic way of Fortune. It was also the
way of Fortune that Don Miguel should thus come
upon the Aralrll.7 at a time when separated from the
rest of the fleet she was atone and at a disadvantage.
It looked to Don !.iguel as if the luck which so long
had been on Blood's side, had at last veered in his
own favour
Miss Bishop, newly-risen, had come out to take
the air on the quarter-deck with his lordship in attend-
ance-as you would expect of so gallant a gentleman-
when she beheld the big red ship that had once been
the C'nro Llagas out of Cidiz. The vessel was bearing
down upon them, her mountains of snowy canvas belly-
ing forward, the long pennon with the cross of St.
George fluttering from her maintruck in the morning
breeze, the gilded portholes in her red hull, and the
gilded beak-head aflash in th! morning sun.
Miss Bishop was not to recognize this for that
same Cinco Llanas which she had seen once before-
on a tragic day in Barbadoes three years ago. To her
it was just a great ship that was heading resolutely,
majestically, towards them, and an Englishman to
judge by the pennon she was flying The sight thrill-
ed her curiously: it awoke in her an uplifting sense of
pride that took no account of the danger to herself in
the encounter tmat must now be inevitable.
Beside her on the poop, whither they had climbed
to obtain a better view, and equally arrested and at
gaze, stood Lord Julian. But he shared none of her
exultation. He had been in his first sea-fight yester-
day, and he felt that the experience would suffice him
for a very considerable time. This, I insist, is no re-
flection tiopn his courage.
"Look," said Miss Bishop. point Y: and to his
infinite amazement be observed that ner eyes were
sparkling. Did she realize, he wondered, what was
afoot? Her nest sentence resolved his doubt. "She
is English. and she comes resolutely on. She means
to dght."
"God help her, then." said his lordship gloomily.
"Her captain must he mad. What can he hope to do
against two such heavy hulks as these? If they could
so easily blow the Riyal Mary out of the water, what
will they do to this vessel? Look at that devil Don
Miguel. He's utterly disgusting in his glee."
From the quarter-deck where he moved amid the
frenzy of preparation, the admiral had turned to flash
a backward glance at his prisoners. His eyes were
alight, his ft-ce transfigured. He flung out an arm to
point to the advancing rhip. and bawled something in
Spanish that was lost to them in the noise of the la-
bouring crew.
They advanced to the poop-rail, and watched the
bustle. Telescope in hand on the quarter-deck, Don
Miguel was issuing his orders. Already the gunners
were kindling their matches: sailors were aloft. tak-
ing in sail; others were spreading a stout rope net
above the waist, as a protection against falling spars.
And meanwhile Don Miguel had been signalling to
his consort, in response to which the Hidalga had
drawn steadily forward until she was now abeam, of
the Milagrosa, half a cable's length to starboard, and
from the height of the tall poop my lord and Miss
Bishop could see her own bustle of preparation. And
they could discern signs of it now aboard the advanc-
ing English ship as well. She was furling tops and
mainsail, stripping in fact to mizzen and sprit for
the coming action. Thus almost silently without chal-
lenge or exchange of signals, had action been mutually
determined.
Of necessity now, under diminished sail, the ad-
vance of the Arabella was slower; but It was none the
less steady. She was already within saker shot, and
they could make out the figures stirring on her fore-
castle and the brass guns gleaming on her prow. Th?
gunners of the Milagrosa raised their linstocks and
blew upon their smouldering matches, looking up im-
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SBut the admiral solemnly shook his head.
"Patience," he exhorted them. "Save your fire
until we have him. He is coming straight to his doom
-straight to the yard-arm and the rope that have been
so long waiting for him."
"Stab me!" said his lordship. "This Englishman
may be gallant enough to accept battle against such
odds. But there are times when discretion is a better
-quality than gallantry in a commander."
"Gallantry will often win through, even against
-overwhelming strength," said Miss Bishop He looked
Sat her, and noted in her bearing only excitement. Of
fear he could still discern no trace. Hi lordship was
past amazement. She was not by any means the kind
of woman to which life had accustomed him.
"Presently," he said, "you will suffer me to place
you under cover."
"I can see best from here," she answered him.
And added quietly: "I am praying for this English-
man. He must be very brave."
Under his breath Lord Julian damned the fellow's
bravery.
The Arabella was advancing now along a course
which, if continued, must carry her straight between
the two Spanish ships. My lord pointed it out. "He's
crazy surely!" he cried. "He's driving straight into
a death-trap. He'll be crushed to splinters between
the t.wo. No wonder that blackfaced Don is holding
his fire. In his place, I should do the same."
But even at that moment the admiral raised his
hand: in the waist, below him, a trumpet blared, and
immediately the gunner on the prow touched off his
guns. As the thunder of them rolled out, his lordship
saw ahead beyond the English ship and to larboard of
her two heavy splashes. Almost at once two succes-
sive spurts of flame leapt from the brass cannon on
the Arabclrn's beak-head, and scarcely had the watch-
-ers on the poop seen the shower of spray where one of
the shots struck the water near them, than with a
rending crash and a shiver that shook the Milagrosa
from stem to stern, the other came to lodge in her
forecastle. To avenge that blow, the Hilalga blazed
-at the Englishman with both her forward guns. But
-even at that short range-between two and three hun-
-dred yards-neither shot took effect.
At a hundred yards the Arabclln's forward guns,
which had meanwhile been reloaded, fired again at the
Milagro. and thiA time smashed her bowsprit into
splinters; so that for a moment she yawed wildly to
port. Don Miguel swore profanely, and then, as the
helm was put over to swing her back to her course,
his own prow replied. But the aim was too high, and
whilst one of the shots tore through the Arabclla's
shrouds and starred her mainmast, the other again
went wide. And when the smoke of that discharge
had lifted, the English ship was found almost between
the Spaniards, her bows in line with theirs and coming
steadily. on into what his lordship demeed a death-
-trap.
Lord Julian held his breath, and Miss Bishop
gaasped, clutching the rail before her. She had a
glimpse of the wickedly grinning face of Don Miguel,
and the grinning faces of the men at the guns in the
waist At last the Araboll was right between the
Spanish ships prow to poop and poop to prow. Don
Miguel spoke to the trumpeter, who had mounted the
quarter-deck and stood now at the admiral's elbow.
The man raised the silver bugle that was to give the
signal for the broadsides of both ships. But even as
he placed it to his lips, the admiral seized his arm, to
arrest him. Only then bad he perceived what was so
.Obvious-or should have been to an experience sea-
ighter: he had delayed too long and Captain Blood
had out-manePuvred him. In attempting to fire now
upon the Englishman, the Milogrosp and her consort
Would also be firing into each other. Too late he or-
dered his helmsman to put the tiller bard over and
swing the ship to larboard, as a preliminary to man-
eauvring for a less impossible position of attack. At
that very moment the .lrIbtlla seemed to explode as
the swept by. Eighteen guns from each of her flanks
emptied themselves at the point-blank range into the
bulls of the two Spanish vessels.
Half-stunned by that reverberating thunder, and
thrown off her balance by the sudden lurch of the ship
under her feet. Miss Bishop hurtled violently against
Lord Julian, who kept his feet only by clutching the
rail on which he had been leaning Billowing clouds
ef smoke to starboard blotted out everything, and its
acrid odour, taking them presently in the throat set
them gasping and coughing.
From the grim confusion and turmoil in the waist
below arose a clamour of fierce Spanish blasphemies
and the screams of maimed men. The Milogrosa stag-
gered slowly ahead, a gaping rent in her bulwarks;
her foremast was shattered, fragments of the yards
hanging in the netting spread below. Her beak-head
was in splinters, and a shot had smashed through into
the great cabin reducing it to wreckage.
Don Miguel was bawling orders wildly, and peer-
ing ever and anon through the curtain of smoke that
was drifting slowly astern, in his anxiety to ascertain
how it might have fared with the Hidalgo.
Suddenly, and ghostly at first through that lifting
haze, loomed the outline of a ship; gradually the lines
of her red hull became more and more sharply defined
as she swept neater with poles all bare save f t the
spread of canvas on her sprit.
Instead of holding to her course as Don Miguel
lhad confidently expected, the Arabella had gone about


under cover of the smoke, and sailing now In the same
direction as the Milugrosa. was converging sharply
upon her across the wind, so sharply that almost be-
fore the frenzied Don Miguel had realized the situa-
tion, his vessel staggered under the rending impact
with which the other came hurtling alongside. There
was a rattle and clank of metal as a dozen grapnels
fell, and tore and caught in the timbers of the Mila-
grosa. and the Spaniard was firmly gripped in the
tentacles of the English ship.
Beyond her and now well astern the veil of Bmoke
was rent at last and the Htdnlga was revealed in des-
perate case. She was bilging fast, with an ominous
list to larboard, and it could be no more than a ques-
tion of moments before she settled down. The at-
tention of her hands was being entirely given to a
desperate endeavour to launch the boats in time.
Of this Don Miguel's anguished eyes had no more
than a fleeting, but comprehensive glimpse before bis
own decks were invaded by a wild, yelling swarm of
boarders from the grappling ship. Never was con-
fidence so quickly changed into despair, never was
hunter more swiftly converted into helpless prey.
For helpless the Spaniards were. The swiftly-executed
boarding maneuvre had caught them almost unawares
in the moment of confusion following the punishing
broadside they had sustained at such short range. For
a moment there was a valiant effort by some of Don
Mliguel's officers to rally the men for a stand against
these invaders. But the Spaniards, never at their
best in close-quarter fighting, were here demoralised
by knowledge of the endmies with whom they had
to deal. Their hastily formed ranks were smashed



MR. T..N. AGUILAR.


You can teach business methods in colleges, no
ddubt: that is what some institutions exist to do these
days. But when you have been taught all that a col-
lege can impart there Is still something you must have,
and that is not to be acquired if you are to develop
into a highly successful business man. It is some-
thing that must be born in you; if it is, you will learn
much about business and its methods in that great
-chool which we call Experi?nce or Life. Of all ".he
business men of Jamaica, one of the most eminently
successful is Mr. T. N. Aguilar. There is no one with
a more equable temperament, a more placid de-
meanour" we once heard him described as a man
who seemed to be thinking of abstract things, ponder-
ing upon imponderable problems. Yet he is known
and admitted to be a business man of marked ability,
a shrewd, far-seeing appraiser of facts and conditions,
one with a just and wise appreciation of circumstances.
He has been greatly helped by a long experience. But
the original talent to benefit by experience must have
been in him; behind that placid, philosophical look
a keen, alert intellect has been functioning for de-
cades. Blessed with a remarkable vitality, excellent
health, and a temperament that accepts calmly both
good fortune and ill, the subject of this sketch has
steadily won to an enviable position in the colony's
business life; as Chairman of the Victoria Mutual
Building Society and member of any number of busi-
ness boards he helps to direct the policy of enterprises
which carry the hall-mark of success. Withal a
modest man. easy of approach, pleasant to converse
with, appreciative of others, and still an indefatigable
worker. He will never be an old man, though he live
to be a hundred. He will always be active in spirit
and in mind. His interest in the sport of racing,
which he has personally done so much to encourage,
shows a side of his character which anyone not a
narrow Puritan must appreciate. His love of a hearty
laugh is like'salt: it savours his existence and helps
to keep it whole.


1923-24


before they could be steadied; driven across the waist
to the break of the poop on the one side, and'up to the
forecastle bulkheads on the other, the fighting resolved
itself into a series of skirmishes between groups. And
whilst this was doing above, another horde of buc-
caneers swarmed through the main hatch to the deck
below to overpower the gun-crews at their stations
there.
On the quarter-deck, towards which an over-
whelming wave of buccaneers was sweeping, led by a
one-eyed giant, who was naked to the waist, stood Don
Miguel, numbed by despair and rage. Above and be-
hind him on the poop, Lord Julian and Miss Bishop
looked on. his lordship aghast at the fury of this
cooped-up fighting, the lady's brave calm conquered at
last by horror so that she heeled there sick and faint.
Soon, however, the rage of that brief fight was
spent. They saw the banner of Castile come flutter-
ing down from the masthead. A buccaneer had slash-
ed the halyard with his cutlass. The boarders were
in possession and on the upper deck groups of disarm-
ed Spaniards stood huddled now like herded sheep.
Suddenly Miss Bishop recovered from her nausea,
to lean forward staring wild-eyed, whilst if possible
her cheeks turned yet a deadlier hue than they had
been already.
Picking his way daintily through that shambles
in the waist, came a tall man with a deeply tanned
face that was shaded by a Spanish headpiece. He was
armed in back-and-breast of black steel beautifully
damascened with golden arabesques. Over this, like
a stole, he wore a sling of scarlet silk, from each end
of which hung a silver-mounted pistol. Up the broad
companion to the quarter-deck he came, moving with
easy assurance, until he stood before the Spanish Ad-
miral. Then he bowed stiff and formally. A crisp,
metallic voice, speaking perfect Spanish reached those
two spectators on the poop, and increased the admir-
ing wonder In which Lord Julian had observed the
man's approach.
"We meet again at last, Don Miguel," it said. "I
hope you are satisfied. Although the meeting may not
be esartly as you pictured it, at least it has been very
ardently sought and desired by you."
Speechless, livid of face, his mouth distorted and
his breathing laboured, Don Miguel de Espinosa re-,
ceived the irony of that man to whom be attributed
his ruin and more beside. Then he uttered an Inarti-
culate cry of rage, and his hand swept to his sword.
But even as his fingers closed upon the hilt, the other's
closed upon his wrist to arrest the action.
"Calm, Don Miguel!" he was quietly, but firmly
enjoined. "Do not recklessly invite the ugly extremes
such as you would,' yourself, have practised had the
situation been reversed."
A moment they stood looking into each other's
eyes.
"What do you intend by me?" the Spaniard in-
quired at last, his voice hoarse.
a Captain Blood shrugged. The firm lips smiled a
little. "All that I intend has been already accomplish-
ed. And lest it increase your rancour, I beg you to
observe that you have brought it entirely upon your-
self. You would have it so." He turned and pointed
to the boats, which his men were heaving from the
boom amidships. "Your boats are being launched.
You are at liberty to embark in them with your men
before we scuttle this ship. Yonder are the shores
of Hispaniola. You should make them safely And
if you'll take my advice, sir, you'll not hunt me again.
I think I am unlucky to you. Get you home to Spain,
Don Miguel, and to concerns that you understand bet-
ter than this trade of the sea."
For a long moment the defeated admiral continued
to stare his hatred in silence, then, still without speak-
ing he went down the companion, staggering like a
drunken man. his useless rapier clattering behind
him. His conqueror, who bad not even troubled to
disarm him, watched him go, then turned jnd laced
those two immediately above him on the poop. Lord
Julian might have observed, had he been less taken
up with other things, that the fellow seemed suddenly
to stiffen, and that he turned pale under his deep tan.
A moment he stood at gaze; then, suddenly and swift-
ly, he came up the steps. Lord Julian stood forward
to meet him.
"Ye don't mean, sir, that you'll let that Spanish
scoundrel go free?" he cried.
The gentleman in the black corselet appeared to
become aware of his lordship for the first time.
"And who the devil may you be?" he asked, with
a marked Irish accent. "And what business may it
he of yours, at all?"
His lordship conceived that the fellow's trucu-
lence and utter lack of proper deference must be cor-
rected. "I am Lord Julian Wade," he announced,
with that object.
Apparently the announcement made no impres-
sion.
"Are you indeed! Then perhaps ye'll explain
what the plague you're doing aboard this ship?"
Lord Julian controlled himself to afford the de-
sired explanation. He did so shortly and impatiently.
"He took you prisoner, did he-along with Miss
Bishop there?"
"You are acquainted with Miss Bishop," cried his
lordship, passing from surprise to surprise.
But this mannerless fellow had stepped past him.
and was making a leg to the lady, who on her side-
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acorn. Observing this, he turned to answer Lord
.- Julian's question.
"I had that honour once," said he. "But it seems
that Miss Bishop has a shorter memory."
His lips were twisted into a wry smile, and there
Wa.. pain in the blue eyes that gleamed so vividly
I :i tALr his black brows, pain blending with the mock-
W'ty of his voice. But of all this it was the mockery
:alone that was perceived by Miss Bishop; she resent-
ed it.
"I do not number thieves and pi'%tes among my
acquaintance, Captain Blood," said she, whereupon
his lordship exploded in excitement.
"Captain Blood!" he cried. "Are you Captain
]': Blood?"
"What else were ye supposing?"
Blood asked the question wearily, bis mind on
other things. "I do not number thieves and pirates
among my acquaintance." The cruel phrase filled his
P. brain. re-echoing and reverberating there.
But Lord Julian would not be denied. He caught
him by the sleeve with one hand, whilst withthe other
he pointed after the retreating, dejected figure of Don
Miguel.
"Do I understand that ye're not going to hang
". that Spanish scoundrel?"
"What for should I be hanging him?"
"Because he's just a damned pirate, as I can prove,
as I have proved already."
"Ah!" said Blood, and Lord Julian marvelled at
the sudden haggardness of a countenance that had
been so devil-may-care but a few moments since. "I
am a damned pirate, myself; and so I am merciful
with my kind. 'Don Miguel goes free."
Lord Julian gasped. "After what I've told you
that he has done? After his sinking of the Royal
Nary? After his treatment of me-of us?" Lord
Julian protested Indignantly.
"I am not in the service of England, or of any
nation, sir. And I am not concerned with any wrongs
S her flag may suffer."
His lordship recoiled before the furious glance
that blazed at him out of Blood's haggard face But
the passion faded as swiftly as it had arisen. It was
in a level voice that the captain added:
"If you'll escort Miss Bishop aboard my ship, I
shall be obliged to you. I beg that you'll make haste.
We are about to scuttle this hulk."
He turned slowly to depart. But again Lord


Julian Interposed. Containing his indignant amaze-
ment, his lordship delivered himself coldly. "Captain
Blood, you disappoint me. I had hoped of great things
for you."'


"Go to the devil." said Captain Blood. turning on
his heel, and 3o departed.

CHAPTER VIII.

THIEF IND PIRATE.
APTAIN BLOOD paced the poop of his ship alon?
in the tepid dusk, and the growing golden radi-
ance of the great poop lantern in which a seaman had
just lighted the three lamps. About him all was peace.
The signs of the day's battle had been facede, :he
decq-s had been swabbed, and order was restored above
and below. A group of men squatting about ,be main
hatch vere drowsily chanting. their hardened natures
softened perhaps by the calm und beauty of :he eight.
They were the men of the larboard watch, waiting f'or
*ight bells which .vas imminent.
Captain Blood did not hear them. he did not hear
anything save the echo Jf those cruel words which
had dubbed him bhief and pirate.
Thief and pirate!
It is an odd fact of human nature that a man may
for years possess the knowledge that a certain thing
must be .of a certain fashion, and yet be shocked to
discover through his own senses that the fact is in
perfect harmony with his beliefs. When first, three
years ago, at Tortuga he bad been urged upon the ad-
venturer's course which he had followed ever since,
he had known in what opinion Arabella Bishop must
hold him if he succum')ed. Only the conviction that
already she was for ever lost to him, by introducing
a certain desperate recklessness into his soul. had sup-
plied the final impulse to drive him upon his rover's
course.
That he should ever meet her again had not en-
tered his calcOiations, had found no place in his
dreams. They were, he conceived, irrevocably and
for ever parted. Yet in spite of this. in spite oven of
the persuasion that to her this reflection that was his
torment could bring no regrets, he had kept the
thought of her ever before him in all those wild years
of filibustering. He had used it as a curb not only
upon himself. but also upon those who followed him.
Never had buccaneers been so rigidly held in hand,
never had they been so firmly restrained, never so de-
barred from the excesses of rapine and lust that were
usual in their kind as those who sailed with Captain
Blood. It was, you will remember, stipulated in their
articles that in these as In other matters they must
submit to the commands of lheir leader. And because
of the singular good fortune which had attended his
leadership, he had been able to Impose that stern con-
dition of a discipline unknown before among buc-


caneers. How would not these men laugh at him now
if he were to tell them that this he had done out of
respect for a slip of a girl of whom he had fallen
romantically enamoured? How would not that laugh-
ter .swell if he added that this girl had that day in-
tormed him that she did not number thieves and pi-
rates among her acquaintance.
Thief and pirate'
How the words clung, how they stung and burnt
his brain!
It did not occur to him, being no psychologist, nor
learned in the tortuous workings of the feminine
mind, that the fact that she should bestow upon him
thore epithets in the very moment and circumstances
of their meeting was in itself curious He did not per-
ceive the problem thus presented; therefore he could
not probe it. Else he might have concluded that if in
a moment in which by delivering her from captivity
he deserved her gratitude. yet she expressed herself
in bitterness, it must he because that bitterness was
anterior to the gratitude and deep-seated. She had
been moved to it by hearing of the course he had taken.
Why' It was what he did not ask himself, )r iome
ray of light might have come to brighten his dark. his
utterly evil despondency. Surely she would never
have been so moved had she not cared-had she not
felt that in what he did there was a personal wrong
to herself. Surely, le might have reasoned, nothing-
short of this could, have moved her to such a degree
of bitterness and scorn as that which she had display-
ed.
That is how you will reason. Not so. however,
reasoned Captain Blood. Indeed that night he reason-
ed not at all. His soul was given up to conflict be-
tween the almost sacred love he had borne her in .ll
theee years, and the evil passion which she bad now
awakened in him. Extremes touch, ind in touching
may for space become confused, indistinguishable.
And the extreme of love and hate were to-night so con-
fused in the soul of Captain Blood that in their fusion
they made up I monstrous passion.
Thief and pirate!
That was what she deemed him, without qualifica-
tion. oblivious of the deep wrongs he had suffered,
the desperate case in which he found himself after his
esLjpe from Barbadoes, and all the rest that had gone
to mike him what he was That he should have con-
ducted his filibustering with hands as clean as were
possible to a man engaged in such undertakings had
also not occurred to her as a charitable thought with
which to mitigate her judgment of a man she had once
esteemed. She had no charity for him, no mercy.
She had summed him up, .-onvicted him ind Jentenced
him in that one phrase. He was thief and pirate in


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.a r eyes; nothing more, nothing less. What then
was she? What are those who have no charity? be
asked the stars.
Well, as she had shaped him hitherto, so let her
pe him now. Thief and pirate she had branded
She should be justified. Thief and pirate
d he prove henceforth; no more, no less; as
elless, as remorseless as all those others who had
served those names. He would cast out the maudlin
ideals by which he had sought to steer a course; put
an end to this idiotic struggle to make the best of
two worlds. She had shown him clearly to which
world he belonged. Let him now justify her. She
was aboard his ship, in his power, and he desired her.
He laughed softly, jeeringly, as he leaned on the
taffrall, looking down at the phosphorescent gleam in
I: the ship's wake, and his own laughter startled him
.by its evil note. He checked suddenly, and shivered.
A sob broke from him to end that ribald burst of
S mirth. He took his face in his hands and found a
chill moisture on his brow.
Meanwhile, Lord Julian, who knew the feminine
part of humanity rather better than Captain Blood,
was engaged In solving the curious problem that had
S so completely escaped the buccaneer. He was spurred
-to it, I suspect, by certain vague stirring of jealousy.
I -' Miss Bishop's conduct In the perils through which
they had come had brought him at last to perceive
that a woman may lack the simpering graces of cul-
-tured feminity and yet because of that lack be the
more admirable. He wondered what precisely might
have been her earlier relations with Captain Blood,
and was conscious of a certain uneasiness which urged
him now to probe the matter.
His lordship's pale dreamy eyes had, as I have
said, a habit of observing things, and his wits were
tolerably acute.
h* e was blaming himself now for not having ob-
served certain things before, or, at least, for not hav-
ing studied them more closely, and he was busily con-
:." necting them with more recent observations made that
S very day.
He had observed, for instance, that Blood's ship
Wt, was named the Arabella, and he knew that Arabella
was Miss Bishop's name. And he had observed all
the odd particulars of the meeting of Captain Blood
HE and Miss Bishop, and the curious change this meeting
Iad wrought in each.
The lady had been monstrously uncivil to the cap-
tain.- It was a very foolish attitude for a lady in
her circumstances to adopt towards a man in Blood's;
and his lordship could not imagine Miss Bishop as
normally foolish. Yet in spite of her rudeness, in
4 spite of the fact that she was the niece of a man whom
SBlood must regard as his enemy, Miss Bishop and his
l-ordship had been shown the utmost consideration
aboard the captain's ship. A cabin had been placed at
Sthe disposal of each, to which their scanty remaining
belonging and Miss Bishop's woman had been duly
transferred. They were given the freedom of the
,. great cabin, and they had sat down to table with Pitt,
the master, and Wolverstone, who was Blood's lieu-
S tenant, both of whom had shown them the utmost
courtesy. Also there was the fact that Blood himself
la. d kept almost studiously from intruding upon them.
His lordship's mind went swiftly but carefully
adown these avenues of thought, observing and connect-
:' g. Having exhausted them, he decided to seek ad-
,ditional information from Miss Bishop. For this he
1:. -Mmust wait until Pitt and Wolverstone should have
S-withdrawn. He was hardly made to wait so long, for
a.; s Pitt rose from table to follow Wolverstone, who had
4A.i ready departed, Miss Bishop detained him with a
4" question:
"Mr. Pitt," she asked, "were you not one of those
who escaped from Barbadoes with Captain Blood?"
:I was. I too was one of your uncle's slaves."
".:.."And you have been with Captain Blood ever

i .Jshipmaster always, ma'am."
M'Ubded. She was very calm and self-contain-
:iJlrdaship Observed that she was usually
.n-sidering what she had that day un-
tihorded no matter for wonder.
"1d:S i'l'eer' sail with a Frenchman named
Cahuaao?" o
S "Cahuase?"Pitt p lghed. The name evoked a
ridiculous memory. "Ay. He was with us at Mara-
-caybo."
"And another Frenchman named Levasseur?"
His lordship marelled :at her memory of these
names.
"Ay. Cahusac was Levasseur's lieutenant, until
S be died."
"Until who died?"
"Levasseur. He was killed on one of the Virgin
Islands two years ago.'"
There was a pause. Then in an even quieter voice
-than before, Miss Bishop asked:
"Who killed him?"
Pitt answered readily. There was no reason why
'he should not, though he-began to find the catechism
-Intriguing.
"Captaiq Blood killed him."
"Why?"
Pitt hesitated. It was not aTale for a maid's ears.
S "They quarrelled," he said shortly.
',..: "Was it about a lady?" Miss Bishop relent-
Spiii. rsued him.
i"ten, mtlght put It that way."


"What was the lady's name?"
Pitt's eyebrows went up; still he answered.
'*Miss d'Ogeron. She was the daughter of the
Governor of Tortuga. She had gone off with this
fellow Levasseur, and and Peter delivered her
out of his dirty clutches. He was a black-hearted
scoundrel, and deserved what Peter gave him."
"I see. And and yet Captain Blood has not
married her?"
"Not yet," laughed Pitt, who knew the utter
groundlessness of the common gossip in Tortuga
which pronounced Mademoiselle d'Ogeron the cap-
tain's future wife.
Miss Bishpp nodded in silence, and Jeremy Pitt
turned to depart, relieved that the catechism was end-
ed. He paused in the doorway to impart a piece of
information.
"Maybe it'll comfort you to know that the captain
has altered our course for your benefit. It's his in-
tention to put you both ashore on the coast of Jamaica,
as near Port Royal as we dare venture. We've gone
about, and If this wind holds ye'll soon be home again,
mistress."
"Vastly obliging of him," drawled his lordship,
seeing that Miss Bishop made no shift to answer.
Sombre-eyed she sat, staring into vacancy.
"Indeed ye may say so," Pitt agreed. "He's tak-
ing risks that few would take in his place. But that's
always been his way."
He went out, leaving his lordship pensive, those
dreamy blue eyes of his intently studying Miss Bish-
op's face for all their dreaminess; his mind increas-
ingly uneasy. At length Miss Bishop looked at him,
and spoke.
"Your Cahusac told you no more than the truth,
it seems."
"I perceived that you were testing it," said his
lordship. "I am wondering precisely why."
Receiving no answer, he continued to observe her
silently, his long tapering fingers toying with a ring-
let of the golden periwig in which his long face was
set.
Miss Bishop sat bemused, her brows knit, her
brooding glance seeming to study the fine Spanish
point that edged the tablecloth. At last his lordship
broke the silence.
"'He amazes me, this man," said he, in his slow
languid voice that never seemed to change its level.
"That he should alter his course for us is in itself
matter for wonder but that he should take a risk on
our behalf-that he should venture into Jamaica
waters It amazes me, as I have said."
Miss Bishop raised her eyes, and looked at him.
She appeared to be very thoughtful. Then her lip flick-
ered curiously, almost scornfully it seemed to him.
Her slender fingers drummed the table.
"What is still more amazing is that he does not
hold us to ransom," said she at last.
"It's what you deserve."
"Oh, and why, if you please?"
"For speaking to him as you did."
"I usually call things by their names."
"Do you? Stab me! I shouldn't boast of it. It
argues either extreme youth or extreme foolishness."
His lorship, you see, belonged to my Lord Sunder-
land's school of philosophy. He added after a mo-
ment: "So does the display of ingratitude."
A faint colour stirred in her cheeks. "Your lord-
ship is evidently aggrieved with me. I am discon-
solate. I hope your lordship's grievance is sounder
than your views of life. It is news to me that in-
gratitude is a fault only to be found in the young and
the foolish."
"I didn't say so, ma'am." There was a tartness
in his tone evoked by the tartness she had used. "If
you would do me the honour to listen, you would not
misapprehend me. For if, unlike you, I do not al-
ways say precisely what I think, at least I say precise-
ly what I wish to convey. To be ungrateful may be
human; but to display it Is childish."
"I I don't think I understand." Her brows
were knit. "How have I been ungrateful and to
wvhom?"
"To whom? To Captain Blood. Didn't he come
to our rescue?"
'Did he?" Her manner was frigid. "I wasn't
aware that he knew.of our presence aboard the Mila-
prose."
His lordship permitted himself the slightest ges-
ture of impatience.
"You are probably aware that he delivered us,"
said he. "And living as you have done in these savage
places of-the world, you can hardly fail to be aware of
what is known even in England: that this fellow
Blood strictly confines himself to making war upon
the Spaniards. So that to call him thief and pirate
as you did was to overstate the case against him at a
time when it would have been more prudent to have
understated it"
"Prudence?" Her voice was scornful. "What have
I to do with prudence?" .
"Nothing-as I perceive. But, at least, study
generosity. I tell you frankly, ma'am, that in Blood's
place I should never have been so nice. Sink me!
When you consider what be has suffered at the hands
of his fellow-countrymen, you may marvel with me
7aat he should trouble to discriminate between Span-
ish and English. To be sold into slavery! Ugh!" His
lordship shuddered. "And to a damned colonial


planter!" He checked abruptly. "I beg your pardon,
Miss Bishop. For the moment ."
"You were carried away by your heat in defence
of this sea-robber." Miss Bishop's scorn was al-
most fierce.
His lordship stared at her again. Then he half-
closed his large, pale eyes, and tilted his head a little.
"I wonder why you hate him so," he said softly.
He saw the sudden scarlet flame upon her cheeks,
the heavy frown that descended uopn her brow. He
had made her very angry, he judged. But there was
no explosion. She recovered.
"Hate him? Lord! What a thought! I don't
regard the fellow at all."
"Then ye should, ma'am." His lordship spoke his
thought frankly. "He's worth regarding. He'd be an
acquisition to the King's navy-a man that can do the
things he did this morning. His service under de
Ruyter wasn't wasted on him. That was a great sea-
man, and-blister me!-the pupil's worthy the master
if I am a judge of anything. I doubt if the Royal
Navy can show hia-equal. To thrust himself deliber-
ately between those two, at point-blank range, and so
turn the tables on them! It asks courage, resource,
and Invention. And we land-lubbers were not the
only ones he tricked by his manoeuvre. That Spanish
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and Blood held him in check. A great man, Miss
Bishop. A man worth regarding."
Miss Bishop was moved to sarcasm.
"You should use your influence with my Lord Sun-
derland to have the King offer him a commission."
,His lordship laughed softly. "Faith, it's done al-
ready. I have his commission in my pocket." And
he increased her amazement by a brief exposition of
the circumstances. In that amazement he left her,
and went in quest of Blood. But he was still intrigued.
If she were a little less uncompromising in her atti-
tude towards Blood, his lordship would have been
happier.
He found the captain pacing the quarter-deck, a
man mentally exhausted from wrestling with the
devil, although of this particular occupation his lord-
ship could have no possible suspicion. With the
amiable familiarity he used, Lord Julian slipped an
arm through one of the captain's, and fell into step
beside him.
"What's this?" snapped Blood, whose mood was
fierce and raw. His lordship was not disturbed.
"I desire, sir, that we be friends," said he suave-
ly.
"That's mighty condescending of you!"
Lord Julian ignored the obvious sarcasm.
"It's an odd coincidence that we should have been
brought together in this fashion, considering that I
came out to the Indies especially to seek you."
"Ye're not by any means the first to do that," the
other scoffed. "But they've mainly been Spaniards,
and they hadn't your luck."
"You misapprehend me completely," said Lord
Julian. And on that he proceeded to explain himself
and his mission.
When he had done, Captain Blood, who until that
moment had stood still under the spell of his astonish-
ment, disengaged his arm from his lordship's, and
stood squarely before him.
"Ye're my guest aboard this ship," said he, "and
I still have some notion of decent behaviour left me
from other days, thief and pirate though I may be.
So I'll not be telling you what I think of you fbr dar-
ing to bring me this offer, or of my Lord Sunderland-
since he's your kinsman-for having the impudence to
send M. But it does not surprise me at all that one
who is a minister of James Stuart's should conceive
that every man is to be seduced by bribes into betray-
ing those who trust him." He flung out an arm in
the direction of the waist, whence came the half-melan-
choly chant of the lounging buccaneers.
"Again you misapprehend me," cried Lord Julian,
between concern and indignation "That is not in-
tended. Your followers will be included in your com-
mission."
"And d'ye think they'll go with me to hunt their
brethren-the Brethren of the Coast? On my soul,
Lord Julian, It is yourself does the misapprehending.
Are there not even notions of honour left in England?
Oh, and there's more to it than that, even. D'ye think
I could take a commission of King James's? I tell
you I wouldn't be soiling my hands with it-thief
and pirate's hands though they be. Thief and pirate
is what you heard Miss Bishop call me to-day--a thing
of scorn, an outcast. And who made me that? Who
made me thief and pirate?"
"If you were a rebel ?" his lordship was be-
ginning.
"Ye must know that I was no such thing-no
rebel at all. It wasn't even pretended. If it were, I
could forgive them. But not even that cloak could
they cast upon their foulness. Oh no; there was no
mistake. I was convicted for what I did, neither more
nor less. That bloody vampire Jeffreys-bad cess to
him-sentenced me to death, and his worthy master,
James Stuart, afterwards sent me into slavery, because
I had performed an act of mercy: because compassion-
ately and without thought for creed or politics I had
sought to relieve the sufferings of a fellow-creature;
because I had dressed the wounds of a man who was
convicted of treason. That was all my offence. You'll
find it In the records. And for that I was sold Into
slavery: because, by the law of England, as adminis-
tered by James Stuart in violation of the laws of God,
who harbours or comforts a rebel is himself adjudged
guilty of rebellion. D'ye dream, man, what it Is to be
a slave?"
He checked suddenly at the very height of his
passion. A moment he paused, then cast it from him
as if it had been a cloak. His voice sank again. He
tittered a little laugh of weariness and contempt.
"But there! I grow hot for nothing at all. I ex-
plain myself, I think, and God knows, it is not my
custom. I am grateful to you, Lord Jullan, for your
kindly intentions. I am so. But ye'll understand,
perhaps. Ye look as if ye might."
Lord Julian stopd still. He was deeply stricken
by the other's words, the passionate eloquent outburst
that in a few sharp, clear-cut strokes had so convinc-
iqgly presented the man's bitter case against humani-
ty, his complete apologia and justification for all that
could be laid to his charge. His lordship looked at
that keen intrepid face gleaming lividly in the light
of the great poop lantern, and his own eyes were
troubled. He was abashed.
He fetched a heavy sigh. "A pity," he said slow-
ly. "Oh, blister me-a cursed pity!" He held out his
hand, moved to it on a sudden generous impulse.
"But no offence between us, Captain Blood."
"Oh, no offence. But .. I'm a thief and a


pirate." He laughed without mirth, and disregarding
the proffered hand, swung on his heel.
Lord Julian stood a moment, watching the tall
figure as it moved away towards the taffrail. Then
letting his arms fall helplessly to his sides in dejec-
tion, he departed.
Just within the doorway of the alley leading to
the cabin, he ran into Miss Bishop. Yet she had not
been coming out, for her back was towards him, and
she was moving in the same direction. He followed
her, his mind too full of Captain Blood to be concern-
ed just then with her movements.
In the cabin he flung into a chair, and exploded,
with a violence altogether foreign to his nature.
"Damme if ever I met a man I liked better, or
even a man I liked as well. Yet there's nothing to be
done with him."
"So I heard," she admitted in a small voice. She
was very white, and she kept her eyes upon her folded
hands.
He looked up in surprise, and then sat conning
her with brooding glance. "I wonder now," he said
presently, "If the mischief Is of your working.- Your
words have rankled with him. He threw them at me
again and again. He wouldn't take the King's com-
mission; he wouldn't take my hand even. What's to
be done with a fellow like that? He'll end on a yard-
arm for all his luck. And the quixotic fool is running
into danger at the present moment on our behalf."
"How?" she asked him, with a sudden startled
interest.
"How? Have you forgotten that he's sailing to Ja-
maica, and that Jamaica is the headquarters of the
English fleet? True, your uncle commands it. ."



MR. J. M. NETHERSOLE


A keen searching glance, the lines of the mouth
suggesting a smile in the mind, a smile not unkind
but a trifle cynical-the smile of a man who knows
far too much about human nature to expect too much
of it-that is tne first impression one forms from Mr.
Nethersole's portrait, and, so far as it goes, it is a true
impression. As official Trustee In Bankruptcy what
experiences he must have had! How many enemies
at one time or other must he not have made! There
can surely be no more painful or unpleasant duty than
to have to deal with men who fail through no fault
of their own, with men who have failed deliberately,
with all classes of debtors, with every variety of
lawyer fighting for his client's interests This is a
wonderful experience of human nature, but not of the
finest side of human nature, and yet, after years and
decades of It, one finds the Administrator General not
a mere misanthrope or a dry withered mentality, but a
man still with a good deal of the enthusiasm and
optimism of adolescence. By disposition he was fitted
for public life. He is of the type that naturally turns
to the region of ideas and their practical application
In communal affairs: he has, too, a market adminis-
trative ability which would have been quickened by
the handling of problems relating to a city or a coun-
try. With his gift of fluent and persuasive expression,
he would have won to a very high place in political
life; but circumstances made of him a Government
official, and it is in the sphere of officialism that he
has won from a minor position to be head of one of
the largest departments in the Government Service.
Here he has found some scope for his natural talents;
some. but not full scope. And If the character of his
duties have inevitably made for him enemies, he has
also numerous friends who, understanding him, have
for him a sincere and enduring appreciation. He asks
no more than that.


She leaned across the table to interrupt him, and
he observed that her breathing had grown laboured,.
that her eyes were dilating in alarm.
"But there is no hope for him in that," she cried.
"Oh, don't imagine It. He has no bitterer enemy in
the world. My uncle is a hard, unforgiving man. I
believe that it was nothing but the hope of taking and
hanging Captain Blood that made my uncle-leave his
Barbadoes plantations to accept the deputy-governor- a
ship of Jamaica. Captain Blood doesn't know that,
of course ... She paused with a little gesture
of helplessness.
'I can't think that It would make the least differ-
ence if he did," said his lordship gravely. "A man
who can forgive such an enemy as Don Miguel and
take up this uncmopromising attitude with me, isn't
to be judged by ordinary rules. He's chivalrous to
the point of idiocy."
"And yet he has been what he has been, and dom.
what he has done in these last three years," said sh-..
but she said it sorrowfully now, without any of her"'fl
earlier scorn.
Lord Julian was sententious, as I gather that he
often was. "Life can be infernally complex," he sighed.


CHAPTER IX.

THE SERVICE OF KING TAMES.
M ISS ARABELLA BISHOP was arouse4 iery ontly.
on the following morning by the brazen voice of'
a bugle and the insistent clanging of a bell ih the shipn's
belfry. As she lay awake, idly watching the rippled
green water that appeared to be streaming past the
heavily glazed porthole, she became gradually aware of
the sounds of swift laboured bustle-the clatter of
many feet, the shouts of hoarse voices and the persist-
ent trundlings of heavy bodies in the ward-room imme-
diately below the deck of the cabin. Conceiving these
sounds to portend a more than normal activity, she sat
up pervaded by a vague alarm, and roused her still
slumbering woman.
In his cabin on the starboard side Lord Jullan,.
disturbed by the same sounds, was already astir and
hurriedly dressing. When presently he emerged under
the break of the poop, he found himself staring up
into a mountain of canvas. Every foot of sail that
she could carry had been crowded to the Arabella's-
yards, to catch the morning breeze. Ahead and on
either side, stretched the limitless expanse of ocean,.
sparkling golden in the sun, as yet no more than a
half-disc of flame upon the horizon straight ahead.
About him in the waist, where all last night had
been so peaceful, there was a frenziedly active bustle-
of some three score men. By the rail, immediately
above and behind Lord Jullan, stood Captain Blood
in altercation with a one-eyed giant, whose head was
swathed in a red cotton kerchief, whose blue shirt.
hung open at the waist. As his lordship, moving for-
ward, revealed himself, their voices ceased, and Blood
turned to greet him.
"Good-morning to you," he said, and added: "Ive-
blundered badly, so I have. I should have known bet-
ter than to come so close to Jamaica by night. But I.
was in haste to land you. Come up here. I have
something to show you."
Wondering, Lord Julian mounted the companion.
as he was bidden. Standing beside Captain Blood, he
looked astern, following the Indication of the captain's.
hand, and cried out in his amazement. There, not
more than three miles away, was land-an uneven
wall of vivid green that filled the western horizon.
And a couple of miles this side of it, bearing after
them, came speeding three great white ships.
"They fly no colours, but they're part of the Ja-
maica fleet." Blood spoke without excitement, almost
with a certain listlessness. "When dawn broke we-
found ourselves running to meet them. We went.
about, and it's been a race ever since. But the Ara-
tellna' been at sea these four months, and her bottom's.
too foul for the speed we're needing."
Wolverstone hooked his thumbs inth -his broart
leather belt, and from his great height lhqold' down
sardonically upon Lord Julian, tall maln though his.
lordship was. "So that you're like to be;n yet an-
other sea-fight afore ye've done wl' ships, my lord."
"That's a point we were Just arguing," said Blood.
"For I hold that we're in no case to fight against such
odds."
"The odds be damned." Wolverstofe thrust out
his heavy jowl. "We're used to odds. The odds was.
heavier at Maracaybo: yet we won out, and took three-
ships. They was heavier yesterday when we engaged:
Don Miguel."
"Ay-but those were Spaniards."
"And what better are these?-Are ye afeard of a
lubberly Barbadoes' planter? Whatever ails you,
Peter? I've never known ye scared afore."
A gun boomed out behind them.
'That'll be the signal to lie to," said Blood, In the-
same listless voice: and be fetched a sigh.
Wolverstone squared himself defiantly before his:
captain.
"I'll see Colonel Bishop in hell or ever I lies to-
for him." And he spat, presumably for purposes of
emphasis.
His lordship intervened.
"Oh, but-by your leave-surely there is nothing
to be apprehended from Colonel Bishop. Considering:


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b vice tou hase rendered to his niece and to
Wolverstone's horse-laugh Interrupted him. "Hark
t gentleman!" he mocked. "Ye don't know Col-
Bishop, that's clear. Not for his niece, not for
hter,not for his own mother would he forego
d that he thinks due to him. A drinker of
ie is. A nasty beast. We knows, the cap'n
tli We been his slaves."
'"But there ts.myself," said Lord Julian, with great
-Aignity.
SWolverstone laughed again, whereat his lordship
-S.bhed. He was moved to raise his voice above its
1m0aW languid level.
:.', "ILassure you that my word counts for something
.ii ngland."
ii::. "Oh ay-in England. But this ain't England,
; 'Came the roar of a second gun, and a round shot
hodihed the water less than a half a cable's length
i*PBrn. Blood leaned over the rail to speak to the fair
isung man immediately below him by the helmsman
Athe whipsta ff.
"Bid them take In sail, Jeremy," be said quietly.
r e lie to."
V'' But Wolverstone interposed again.
.:':"Hold there a moment, Jeremy!" he roared.
S'alit!" He swung back to face the captain, who had
'3iz ad a hand on his shoulder and was smiling, a
tB i'e wistfully.
::.Steady, Old Wolf! Steady!" Captain Blood ad-
'jabnmshed him.
.. "Steady yourself, Peter. Ye're gone mad! Will
'% doom us all to hell out of tenderness for that cold
lbof a girl?"
.'"Stop!" cried Blood in sudden fury.
i.: But Wolverstone would not stop. "It's the truth,
Sfool. It's that cursed petticoat's making a coward
' yis:ou. It's for her that ye're afreard-and she,
fficoel Bishop's niece! My God, man, ye'll have a
!tlny aboard, and I'll lead it myself sooner than sur-
Sdifer to be hanged in Port Royal."
7.::. Their glances met, sullen defiance braving dull
toer, surprise and pain.
:Ii "There is no question," said Blood, "of surrender
any man aboard save only myself. If Bishop can
rt to England that I am taken and hanged, he will
ify himself and at the same time gratifyhis per-
I rancour against me. That should satisfy him.
:l: end him a message offering to surrender aboard
i shJiip, taking Miss Bishop and Lord Julian with me,
only on condition that the Aroablla is allowed to
'ddeed unharmed.. Its a bargain that he'll accept, if
Bilow him at all."


"It's a bargain"he'll never be offered." retorted
Wolverstone, and his earlier vehemence was-as no-
thing to his vehemence now. "Ye're surely daft even
to think of it, Peter!"
"Not so daft as you when you talk of fighting
that." He flung out an arm as he spoke to indicate
the pursuing ships, which were slowly but surely
creeping nearer. "Before we've run another half-mile
we shall be within range."
Wolverstone swore elaborately,, then suddenly
checked. Out of the tail of his single eye, he had
espied a trim figure in grey silk that was ascending
the companion. So engrossed had they been, that they
had not seen Miss Bishop come from the door of the
passage leading to the cabin. And there was some-
thing else that those three men on the poop and Pitt
immediately below them had failed to observe. Some
moments ago Ogle, followed by the main body of his
gun-deck crew, had emerged from the booby hatch, to
fall into muttered, angrily-vehement talk with those
who, abandoning the guntackles upon which they
were labouring, had come to crowd about him.
Even now Blood had no eyes for that. He turned
to look at Miss Bishop, marvelling a little, after the
manner in which yesterday she had avoided him, that
she should now venture upon the quarter-deck. Her
presence at this moment, and considering the nature
of his altercation with Wolverstone, was embarrassing.
Very sweet and dainty she stood before him in her
gown of shimmering grey, a faint excitement tinting
her fair cheeks and sparkling in her clear, hazel eyes,
that looked so frank and honest. She wore no hat,
and the ringlets of her gold-brown hair fluttered dis-
tractingly in the morning breeze.
Captain Blood bared his head and bowed silently
in a greeting which she returned composedly and
formally.
"What is happening, Lord Julian?" she inquired.
As if to answer her a third gun spoke from the
ships towards which she was looking intent and won-
deringly. A frown rumpled her brow. She looked
from one to the other of the men who stood there so
glum and obviously ill at ease.
"They are ships of the Jamaica Fleet," his lord-
ship answered her.
It should in any case have been a sufficient et-
planation. But before more could be added, their at-
tention was drawn at last to Ogle, who came bounding
up the broad ladder, and to the men lounging aft in
hie-wake, in all of which, Instinctively they appre-
hended a vague menace.
SAt the head of the companion, Ogle found his
progress barred by Blood, who confronted him, a sud-
den sternness in his face and in every line of him.


"What's this?" the captain demanded sharply.
"Your station is on the gun-deck. Why have you left
it?"
Thus challenged, the obvious truculence faded
out of Ogle's bearing, quenched by the old habit Of
obedience and the natural dominance that was the
secret of the captain's rule over his wild followers.
But it gave no pause to the gunner's intention. It
anything it increased his excitement.
"Captain," he said, and as he spoke he pointed to
the pursuing ships. "Colonel Bishop holds us. We're
in no case either to run or fight."
Blood's height seemed to increase, as did his
sternness.
"Ogle," said he, in a voice cold and sharp as steel,
"your station is on the gun-deck. You'll return to it
at once, and take your crew with you, or else .-. "
But Ogle, violent of mien and gesture, interrupt-
ed him.
"Threats will not serve, captain."
"Will they not?"
It was the first time in his buccaneering career
that an order of his had been disregarded, or that a
mah had failed in the obedience to which he pledged
all those who joined him. That this insubordination
should proceed from one of those whom he most trust-
ed, one of his old Barbadoes' associates, was in itself
a bitterness, and made him reluctant to that which
instinct told him must be done. His hand closed over
the butt of one of the pistols slung before him.
"Nor will that serve you," Ogle warned him, still
more fiercely. "The men are of my thinking, and
they'll have their way."
"And what way may that be?"
"The way to make us safe. We'll neither sink
nor bhhg whiles we can help it."
From the three or four score men massed below
in the waist came a rumble of approval. Captain
Blood's glance raked the ranks of those resolute fierce-
eyed fellows, then it came to rest again on Ogle. There
was here quite plainly a vague threat, a mutinous
spirit he could not understand.
"You come to give advice then, do you?" quoth
he, relenting nothing of his sternness.
"That's it, captain. Advice. That girl, there."
He flung out a bare arm to point to her. "Bishop's
girl, the Governor of Jamaica's niece .We want
her as a hostage for our safety."
"Aye!" roared in chorus the buccaneers below,
and one or two of them elaborated the affirmation.
In a flash CAptain Blood saw what was in their
minds. And for all that he lost nothing of his out-
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"And how," he asked, "do you imagine that Miss
Bishop will prove such a hostage?"
"It's a providence having her aboard; a provi-
dence. leave to, captain, and signal them to send a
boat, and assure themselves that Miss is here. Then
1et them know that if they attempt to hinder our sail-
ing hence, we'll hang the doxy first and fight for it
after. That'll cool Colonel Bishop's heat maybe."
"And maybe it won't." Slow and mocking came
Wolverstone's voice to answer the other's confident
excitement, and as he spoke he advanced to Blood's
side, an unexpected ally. "Some o' them dawcocks
may believe that tale." He jerked a contemptuote
thumb towards the men in the waist, whose ranks
were steadily increased by the advent of others from
the forecastle. "Although even some o' they should
know better, for there's still a few was on Barbadoes
with -us, and are acquainted like me and you with
*Colonel Bishop. If ye're counting on pulling Bishop's
heartstrings, ye're a bigger fool, Ogle, than I've al-
ways thought you was with anything but guns.
There's no heaving to for such a matter as that unless
you wants to make quite sure of our being sunk.
Though we had a cargo of Bishop's nieces it wouldn't
make him hold his hand. Why, as I was just telling
his lordship here, who thought like you that having
Miss Bishop aboard would make us safe, not for his
mother would that filthy slaver forego what's due to
him. And if ye weren't a fool, Ogle, you wouldn't
need me to tell you this. We've got to fight, my
lads "
"How can we fight, man?" Ogle stormed at him,
furiously battling the conviction which Wolverstone's
argument was imposing upon his listeners. "You may
be right, and you may be wrong. We've got to chance
it. It's our only chance "
The rest of his words were drowned in the shouts
of the hands insisting that the girl be given up to be
held as a hostage. And then louder than before roar-
ed a gun away to leeward, and over on their starboard
beam they saw the spray flung up by the shot, which
had gone wide.
"They are within range," cried Ogle. And lean-
ing from the rail, "Put down the helm," he command-
-ed.
Pitt, at his post beside the helmsman, turned in-
trepidly to face the excited gunner.
"Since when have you commanded on the main
,deck, Ogle? I take my orders from the captain."
"You'll take this order from me, or by God,
you'll ... ."
"Wait!" Blood bade him, interrupting, and he set
a restraining hand upon the gunner's arm. "There is,
I think, a better way."
He looked over his shoulder, aft, at the advancing
ships, the foremost of which was now a bare quarter
of a mile away. His glance swept, in passing, over
Miss Bishop and Lord Julian standing side by side
some paces behind him. He observed her pale and
tense, with parted lips and startled eyes that were
fixed upon him, an anxious witness of this deciding
of her fate. He was thinking swiftly, reckoning the
chances if by pistolling Ogle he were to provoke a
Iutiny. That some of the men would rally to him,
Swas sure. But he was no less sure that the main
iody would oppose him, and prevail in spite of all
that he could do, taking the chance that holding Miss
Bishop to ransom seemed to afford them. And if they
did that, one way or the other, Miss Bishop would be
lost. For even If Bishop yielded to their demand, they
would retain her as a hostage.
Meanwhile Ogle was growing Impatient. His arm
still gripped by Blood, he thrust his face into the
captain's.
"What better way?" he demanded. "There Is
none better. I'll not be bubbled by what Wolverstone
has said. He may be right, and he may be wrong.
WTe'll test it. It's our only chance I've said, and we
must take it."
The better way that was in Captain Blood's mind
was the way that already be had proposed to Wolver-
stone. Whether the men in the panic Ogle had
aroused among them would take a different view from
Wolverstone's ne did not know. But he saw quite
clearly now that if they consented, they would not on
that account depart from their intention in the mat-
er of Miss Bishop: they would make of Blood's own
surrender merely an additional card in this game
against the Governor of Jamaica.
"It's through her that we're in this trap," Ogle
-stormed on. "Through her and through you. It was
-to bring her to Jamaica that you risked all our lives,
and we're not going to lose our lives, as long as there's
a chance to make ourselves safe, through her."
He .ws turning again to the helmstua below,
when Bl5od's grip tightened on his arm. Ogle
wrenched It free, with an oath. But Blood's mind was
now made up. He had found the only way, and re-
pellent though it might be to him, he must take it.
"That is a desperate chance," he cried. "Mine is
the safe and easy way. Wait!" He leaned over the
rail. "Put the tierm down," he bade Pitt. "Heave her
'to, and signal to them to send a boat."
A silence of astonishment fell upon the ship-of
astonishment and suspicion at this sudden yielding.
But Pitt, although he shared it, was prompt to obey.
His voice rang out, giving the necessary orders, and
after an instant's pause, a score of hands sprang to
-execute them. Came the creak of blocks and the rattle
.of slatting satis as they swung weather, and Captain


Blood turned and beckoned Lord Julian forward. His
lordship, after a moment's hesitation, advanced in sur-
prise and mistrust-a mistrust shared by Miss Bishop,
who like his lordship and all else aboard, though in a
different way, had been taken aback by Blood's sudden
submission to the demand to lie to.
Standing now at the rail, with Lord Julian beside
him, Captain Blood explained himself.
Briefly and clearly he announced to all the object
of Lord Julian's voyage to the Caribbean, and he In-
formed them of the offer which yesterday Lord Julian
had made to him.
"That offer I rejected, as his lordship will tell
you, deeming myself affronted by it. Those of you
who have suffered under the rule of King James will
understand me. But now in the desperate case in
which we find ourselves-outsailed, and likely to be
outfought, as Ogle has said-I am ready to take the
way of Morgan; to accept the King's commission and
shelter us all behind it."
It was a thunderbolt that for a moment left them
all dazed. Then Babel was re-enacted. The main
body of them welcomed the announcement as only men
vwho have been preparing to die can welcome a new
lease of life. But many could not resolve one way
or the other until they were satisfied upon several
questions, and chiefly upon one which was voiced by
OgXW
"Will Bishop respect the commission when you
hold it?"
It was Lord Julian who answered.
"It will go very hard with him if he attempts to
flout ..the King's authority. And though he should
dare attempt it, be sure that his own officers will not
dare to do other than oppose him."
"Aye," said Ogle, "that is true."
But there were some still in open and frank re-
volt against the course. Of these was Wolverstone,
who at once proclaimed his hostility.
"I'll rot in hell or ever I serves the King," he
bawled in a great rage.
But Blood quieted him and those who thought as
he did.
"No man need follow me into the King's service
who is reluctant. That is not in the bargain. What
is In the bargain is that I accept this service with
such of you as may choose to follow me. Don't think
I accept it willingly. For myself, I am entirely of
Wolverstone's opinion. I accept it as the only way to
save us all from the certain destruction into which
my own act may have brought us. And even those of
you who do not choose to follow me, shall share the
immunity of all, and shall afterwards be free to de-
part. Those are the terms upon which I sell myself
to the King. Let Lord Julian, the representative of
the Secretary of State, say whether he agrees to them."
Prompt, eager and clear came his lordship's agree-
ment. And that was practically the end of the mat-
ter. Lord Julian, the b d now of good-humouredly
ribald jests and half-derisive acclamations, plunged
away to his cabin for the commission, secretly rejoic-
ing at a turn of events which enabled him so credit-
ably to discharge the business on which he bad been
sent.
Meanwhile, the'bo'sun signalled to the Jamaica
ships to send a boat, and the men in the waist broke
their ranks and went noisily flocking to line the bul-
warks and view the great stately vessels that were
racing down towards them.
As Ogle left the quarterdeck, Blood turned, and
came face to face with Miss Bishop. She had been
observing him with shining eyes, but at sight of his
dejected countenance, and the deep frown that scarred
his brow, her own expression changed. She approach-
ed him with a hesitation entirely unusual to her, She
set a hand lightly upon his arm.
"You have chosen wisely, sir," she commended
him, "however much against your inclinations."
He looked with gloomy eyes upon her for whom
be had made this sacrifice.
"I owed it you-or thought I did," he said quietly.
She did not understand. "Your resolve delivered
me from a horrible danger," she admitted. And she
shivered at the memory of it. "But I do not under-
stand why you should have hesitated when first it was
proposed to you. It is an honourable service."
"King James's?" he sneered.
"England's," she corrected him in reproof. "The
country is all, sir. the sovereign naught. King James
will pass; others will come and pass; England re-
mains, to be honourably served by her sons, whatever
rancour they may hold against the men who rule her
in their time.'
He showed some surprise. Then he smiled a
little. "Shrewd advocacy," he approved It. "You
should have spoken to the crew."
And then, the note of raillery deepening in his
voice: "Do you suppose, now, that this honourable
service might redeem one who was a pirate and a
thief?"
Her glance fell awly Her voice faltered a little in
replying. "If he needs redeeming. Perhaps .
perhaps he has been judged too harshly."
The blue eyes flashed, and the firm lips relaxed
their grim set.
"W#:.. if ye think that," he said, considering
her, an'dd hunger in his glance, "life might have its
uses after all, and even the service of King James
might become tolerable."
Looko n beyond-bhe-.acroes.tb water, he observed


a boat putting off from one of the great ships, which.
hove to now, were rocking gently some three hundred
yards away. Abruptly his manner changed. He was
like one recovering, taking himself in hand again. "If
you will go below,and get your gear and your woman,
you shall presently be sent aboard one of the ship of
the fleet." He pointed to the boat as he spoke.
She left him, and thereafter, with Wolverstone,
leaning upon the rail, he watched the approach of that
boat. manned by a dozen sailors, and commanded by
a scarlet figure seated stiffy in the sternsheets. He
levelled his telescope upon that figure.
"It'll not be Bishop himself," said Wolverstone,
between question and assertion.
"No." Blood closed his telescope. "I don't know
who it is."
"Ha!" Wolverstone vented an ejaculation fisneer-
ing mirth. "For all his eagerness, Bishop'd be none
so willing to come himself. He's been aboard thai
hulk afore, and we made him swim for it that time.
He'll have his memories. So he sends a deputy."
This deputy proved to be an officer named Calver-
ley, a vigorous self-sufficient fellow, comparatively
fresh from England, whose manner made it clear that
he came fully instructed by Colonel Bishop upon the
matter of how to handle the pirates.
His air, as he stepped into the waist of the Ara-
bela, was haughty, truculent and disdainful.
Blood, the King's commission now in his pocket,
and Lord Julian standing beside him, waited to.reoeivg
him, and Captain Calverley was a little taken aback
at finding himself confronted by two men so very dif-
ferent outwardly from anything that he had expected.
But he lost none of his haughty poise, and scarcely
deigned a glance at the swarm of fierce, half-naked
men lounging in a semi-circle to form a background.
"Good-day to you, sir," Blood hailed him pleasant-
ly. "I have the honour to give you welcome aboard
the Arabella. My name is Blood-Captain Blood, at
your service. You may have heard of me."
Captain Calverley stared hard. The airy manner
of this redoubtable buccaneer was hardly what he had
looked for in a desperate fellow, compelled to ignomi-
nious surrender. A thin sour smile broke on the offi-
cer's haughty lips.
"You'll ruffle it to the gallows, no doubt," he said
contemptuously. "I suppose that is after the fashion
of your kind. Meanwhile, it's your surrender I re-
quire, my man, not your impudence."
Captain Blood appeared surprised, pained. He
turned in appeal to Lord Julian.
"D'ye hear that now? And did ye ever hear the
like? But what did I tell ye? Ye see. the young
gentleman's under a misapprehension entirely. Per-
haps it'll save broken bones if your lordship explains
just who and what I am."
Lord Julian advanced a step and bowed perfunc-
torily and rather disdainfully to that very disdainful
but now dumb-founded officer. Pitt, who watched
the scene from the quarter-deck rail, tells us that his
lordship was as grave as a parson at a hanging. But
I suspect this gravity for a mask under which Lord
Julian was secretly amused.
"I have the honour to inform you, sir," he said
stiffly, "that Captain Blood holds a commission in .he
King's service under the seal of my Lord Sunderland,
his Majesty's Secretary of State."
Captain Calverley's face empurpled; his eye.
bulged. The buccaneers in the background chuckled
and crowed and swore among themselves in their
relish of this comedy. For a long moment Calverley
glared in silence at his lordship, observing the costly
elegance of his dress, his air of calm assurance and
his cold, fastidious speech, all of which savoured dis-
tinctly of the great world to which he belonged.
"And who the devil may you be?" he exploded at
last.
Colder still and more distant than ever grew his
lordship's voice.
"You're not very civil, sir, as I have already
noticed. My name is Wade-Lord Julian Wade. :
am his Majesty's envoy to these barbarous parts, anl
my Lord Sunderland's near kinsman. Colonel Bishob
has been notified of my coming."
The sudden change in Calverley's manner at Lord
Julian's mention of his name showed that the notifica-
tion had been received, and that he had knowledge of
it.
"I I believe that be has," said Calverley be-
tween doubt and suspicion. "That is: that he has
been notified of the coming of Lord Julian Wade. But
.. but .. aboard this ship .. ?" The officer
made a gesture of helplessness, and, surrendering to
his bewilderment, fell abruptly silent.
"I was coming out on the Royal Mary .. "
"That is what we were advised."
"But the Royal Mary fell a victim to a Spanish
privateer, and I might never have arrived at.all, but
for the gallantry of Captain Blobd, who rescued me."
Light broke upon the.darkness of Calverley'a
mind. "I see. I understand."
"I will take leave to doubt it." His lordship's
tone abated nothing of its asperity. '-But that can
wait. If Captain Blood will show you his commission
perhaps that will set all doubts at rest, and we may
proceed. I shall be glad to reach Port Royai."
Captain Blood thrust a parchment under Calveir
ley's bulging eyes. The officer scanned it, particularly
the seals and signature. He stepped back, a baffled,
impotent man. He bowed helplessly.


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"I must return to Colonel Bishop for my orders,"
i':. I e informed them.
; At that moment a lane was opened in the ranks
S of the men, and through this came Miss Bishop follow-
ed by her octoroon woman. Over his shoulder Cap-
tain Blood observed her approach.
"Perhaps, since Colonel Bishop is with you, you
will convey bis niece to him. Miss Bishop was aboard
Sthe Royal Mary also, and I rescued her together with
his lordship. She will be able to acquaint her uncle
with the details of that and of the present state of
affairs."
S Swept thus from surprise to surprise, Captain
r" Caverley could do no more than bow again.
"As for me," said Lord Julian, with intent to
make Miss Bishop's departure free from all interfer-
ence on the part of the buccaneers, "I shall remain
aboard the Arabclla until we reach Port Royal. My
compliments to Colonel Bishop. Say that I look for-
Ward to making his acquaintance tirre."

CHAPTER X.
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HOSTILITIES.
IN the great harbour of Port Royal, spacious enough
to have given moorings to all the ships of all
the navies of the world, the Arabella rode at anchor.
'Almost she had the air of a prisoner, for a quarter of
a mile ahead, to starboard, rose the lofty massive
i ingle round tower of thd fort, whilst a couple of
cables' length astern, and to larboard, rode the six
men-of-war that composed the Jamaica Squadron.
: Abeam with the Arabella. across the harbour,
Were the flat-fronted white buildings of that imposing
city that came down to the very water's edge. Behind
these the red roofs rose like terraces, marking the
gentle slope upon which the city was built, dominated'
here by a turret, there by a spire, and behind these
: again a range of green hills with for ultimate back-
ground a sky that was like a dome of polished steel.
S On a cane day-bed that had been set for him on
Sthe quarter-deck, sheltered from the dazzling, blister-
I ltg sunshine by an improvised awning of brown sail-
cloth, lounged Peter Blood, a calf-bound well-thumbed
copy of Horace's Odes neglected in his hands.
From immediately below him came the swish of
mops and the gurgle of water in the scuppers, for it
was still early morning, and under the directions of
S Hayton, the bo'sun, the swabbers were at work in
the waist and forecastle. Despite the heat and the
S stagnant air, one of the toilers found breath to croak
a ribald buccaneering ditty:
S"For we laid her board and board,
And we put her to the sword,
I And we sank her in the deep blue sea.
So It's heigh-ho, and heave-a-ho!
SWho'll sail for the Main with me?"
Blood fetched a sigh, and the ghost of a smile
played over his keen, lean, sun-tanned face. Then the
;- black brows came together above the vivia blue eyes,
: an d thought swittly closed the door upon his imme-
diate surroundings.
Things had not sped at all well with him in the
Past fortnight since his acceptance of the King's com-
nmission. There had been trouble with Bishop from
Sthe moment of landing. As Blood and Lord Julian
had stepped ashore together they had been met by a
:. ina who took no pains to dissemble his chagrin
.the turn of events and his determination to change
It. He awaited them on the mole, supported by a
'group of officers.
"You are Lord Julian Wade, I understand," was
his truculent greeting. For Blood at the moment he
ad nothing beyond a malignant glance.
Z Lord Julian bowed. "I take it I have the honour
t~ address Colonel Bishop. Deputy-Governor of Ja-
maica." It was almost as if his lordship were giving
the colonel a lesson in deportment. The colonel ac-
: qepted it, and belatedly bowed, removing his broad
S hat. Then he plunged on.
."You have granted, I am tbld, the King's commis-
.-tthis man." His very tone betrayed the bitter-
,b-.raneour. "Your motives were no doubt
yr::yur gratitude to him for delivering you
But the thing itself is unthink-
... tl' c"i commission must be cancelled."
.`t .... B itk I understand," said Lord Julian
distantly.
T "To be suanrs a'nt, or you'd never ha' done it.
The fellow's bubblet.yora Why, he's first a rebel, then
S an escaped slave, and lauly a.bloody pirate. I've been
hunting him this year ast."
S "1 assure you, sir, that I was fully informed of all.
I do not grant the King's commission lightly."
"Don't you, by God! And what else do you call
this? But as his Majesty's Deputy-Governor of Ja-
maica, I'll take leave to correct your mistake in my
Sown way."
., "Ah! And what way may that be?"
:': "I '" ere's a gallows waiting for this rascal here in
Port Ryal" Blood would have intervened at that,
:. .but ~lar. ulan ftorestalled him.
"I see, air,:that you do not yet quite apprehend the
il :~rmieasa ; -t it t a..mistake to grant Captain
.I.ood a e~tmslt lon, -the miatmae Is not mine. I am
actingg upon thE ii b tntis :a' Sraderland;
.nt .wlth a full n lkwiesga ot-eUateiad hts lord-
iazXpr'esdly dealgiial WS-Staili Seea-r-the cam-
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Colonel Bishop's mouth fell open in'surprise and
dismay.
"Lord Sunderland designated him?"
"Expressly."
His lordship waited a moment for a reply. None
coming from the speechless deputy-governor, he asked
a question: "Would you still venture to describe the
matter as a mistake, sir? And dare you take the risk
of correcting it?"
"I I had not dreamed .
"I understand, sir. Let me present Captain
Blood."
Perforce Bishop must put on the best face he could
command. Put that it was no more than a mask for
his fury and his venom was plain to all.
From that unpromising beginning matters had
not improved, rather had they grown worse.
Blood's thoughts were upon this and other things
as he lounged there on the day-bed. He had been a
fortnight in Port Royal, his ship virtually a unit now
In the Jamaica Squadron. And when the news of It
reached Tortuga and the buccaneers who awaited his
return, the name of Captain Blood, which had stood
so high among the Brethren of the Coast, would be-
come a byword, a thing of execration, and before all
was done his life might pay forfeit for what would be


accounted a treacherous defection. And for what had
be placed himself In this position? For the sake of a
girl who avoided him so persistently and intentionally
that he must assume that she still regarded him with
aversion. He had scarcely been vouchsafed a glimpse
of her in all this fortnight, although with that in view
for his main object he had daily haunted her uncle's.
residence, and daily braved the unmasked hostility
and baffled rancour in which Colonel Bishop held
him. Nor was that the worst of it. He was allowed
plainly to perceive that it was the graceful, elegant
young trifler from St. James's, Lord Julian Wade, to
whom her every moment was devoted. And what.
chance had he, a desperate adventurer with a record
of outlawry, against such a rival as that, a man of
parts moreover, as he was bound to admit?
You conceive the bitterness of his soul. He be-
held himself to be as the dog in the fable that had
dropped the substance to snatch at a delusive shadow.
He sought comfort in a line on the open page be-
fore him: "*lerius fit patientla quicquid rorrigere est
ncfai." Sought it, but hardly found, it.
A boat that had approached unnoticed from the
shore tame scraping and bumping.against the great
red hull of the Arabella. and a raucous voice sent up
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notes rang clear and sharp, and a moment or two
later the bo'sun's whistle shrilled a long wall.
The sounds disturbed Captain Blood from his
disgruntled musings. He rose, tall, active and arrest-
ingly elegant in a scarlet, gold-laced coat that adver-
tised his new position, and slipping the slender volume
into his pocket, advanced to the carved rail of the
quarter-deck, just as Jeremy Pitt was setting foot
upon ihe companion.
"A note for you from the deputy-governor," said
the master shortly, as he proffered a folded sheet.
Blood broke the seal, and read. Pitt, loosely clad
in shirt and breeches, leaned against the rail the
while and watched him. unmistakable concern im-
printed on his fair, frank countenance.
Blood- uttered a short laugh, and curled his lip.
"It Is a very peremptory summons," he said, and pass-
ed the note to his friend.
The young master's grey eyes skimmed it.
Thoughtfully he stroked his golden beard.
"You'll not go?" he said, between question and
assertion.
"Why not? Haven't I been a daily visitor at the
iort .?"
"But it'll be.about the old Wolf that he wants to
see you. It girv him a grievance at last. You know,
Peter, that it is Lord Julian alone has stood between
Bishop and his hate of you. If now he can show
that ."
"What if he can?" Blood interrupted carelessly.
"Shall I be in greater danger ashore than aboard, now
that we've but fifty men left, and they lukewarm
rogues who would as soon serve the King as me?
Jeremy, dear lad, the Arabrlla's a prisoner here, bedad,
twixtt the fort there and the fleet ytnder. Don't be
forgetting that."
Jeremy clenched his hands. "Why did ye let Wol-
verstone and the others go?" he cried, with a touch of
bitterness. "You should have seen the danger."
"How could I in honesty have detained them? It
was in the bargain. Besides, how could their staying
have helped me?" And as Pitt did not answer him:
"Ye see?" he said, and shrugged. "I IT be getting my
hat and cane and sword, and go ashore in the cock-
boat. See it manned for me."
"Ye're going to deliver yourself into Bishop's
hands," Pitt warned him.
"Well, well, maybe he'll not find me quite so easy
to grasp as he imagines. There's a thorn or two left
on me." And with a laugh Blood departed to his
.cabin.
Jeremy Pitt answered the laugh with an oath. A
moment he stood irresolute where Blood had left him.
'Then slowly, reluctance dragging at his feet, he went


down the companion to give the order for the cock-
boat.
"If anything should happen to you, Peter," he
said, as Blood was going over the side, "Colonel
Bishop had better look to himself. These fifty lads
may be lukewarm at present, as you say, but-sink
me!-they'll be anything but lukewarm if there's a
breach of faith.' '
"And what should be happening to me, Jeremy?
sure now, I'll be back for dinner, so I will."
Blood climbed down into the waiting boat. But
laugh though he might, he knew as well as Pitt that
in going ashore that morning he carried his life in his
hands. Because of this, it may have been, that when
he stepped on to the narrow mole, in the shadow of the
Ehallow outer wall of the fort through whose crenels
were thrust the black noses of its heavy guns, he gave
order that the boat should stay for him at that spot.
He realized that he might have to retreat in a hurry.
Walking leisurely, he skirted the embattled wall,
and passed through the great gates into the courtyard.
Half a dozen soldiers lounged there, and in the shadow
cast by the wall, Major Mallard, the commandant, was
slowly pacing. He stopped short at sight of Captain
Blood, and saluted him, as was his due, but the smile
that lifted the officer's stiff moustachios was grimly
Eardonic. Peter Blood's attention, however, was else-
where.
On his right stretched a spacious garden, beyond
which rose the white house that was the residence of
the deputy-governor. In that garden's main avenue,
that was fringed with palm and sandalwood, he had
caught sight of Miss Bishop alone. He crossed the
courtyard with suddenly lengthened stride.
"Good-morning to ye, ma'am," was his greeting as
he overtook her; and hat in hand now, he addea on a
note of protest: "Sure it's nothing less than un-
charitable to make me run in this heat."
"Why do you run, then?" she asked him coolly,
standing slim and straight before him, all in white
and very maidenly save in her unnatural composure.
"I am pressed," she informed him. "So you will for-
give me if I do not stay."
"You were none so pressed uutil I came," he uro-
tested, and if his thin lips smiled, his blue eyes were
oddly hard.
"Since you perceive it, sir, I wonder that you
trouble to be so insistent."
That crossed the swords between them, and it
was against Blood's instincts to avoid an engagement.
"Faith, you explain yourself after a fashion," said
he. "But since it was more or less in your service
that I donned the Kfng's coat, you should suffer it to
cover the thief and pirate."


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She shrugged and turned aside, in some resent-
ment and some regret. Fearing to betray the latter,
she took refuge in the former. "I do my best," said
she.
"So that ye can-be charitable in some ways!" He
laughed softly. "Glory be now, I should be thankful
for so much. Maybe I'm presumptuous. But I can't
forget that when I was no better than a slave in your
uncle's household in Barbadoes, ye used me with a
certain kindness."
"Why not? In those days you had some claim
upon my kindness. You were jut in unfortunate
gentleman then."
"And what else would you be calling me now?"
"Hardly unfortunate. We have beard of your
good-fortune on the seas-how your luck has passed
into a byword. And we have beard other tbfitg; .f
your good fortune in other directions."
She spoke hastily, the thought of Mademoisells
d'Ogeron in her mind. Aud instantly would have re-
called the words had she been able. But Peter Blood
swept them lightly aside, reading into them none of
her meaning, as she feared he would.
"Ay-a deal of lies, devil a doubt, as I could prove
to you."
"I cannot think .why you should trouble to put
yourself on your defence," she discouraged him.
"So that ye may think less badly of me than you
do."
"What I think of you can be a very little matter
to you, sir."
This was a disarming stroke. He abandoned com-
bat for expostulation.
"Can ye say that now? Can ye say that, behold-
ing me in this livery of a service I despise? Didn't
.e tell me that I might redeem the past? It's little
enough I am concerned to redeem the past save only
in your eyes. In my own I've done nothing at all
that I am ashamed of, considering the provocation 1
received.'
Her glance faltered, and fell away Defore his own
that was so intent.
"I I can't think why you should speak to me
like this," she said, with less than her earlier assur-
ance.
"Ah now, can't ye indeed?" he cried. "Sure then
I'll be telling ye."
"Oh, please." There was real alarm in her voice.
"I realise fully what you did, and I realise that partly,
at least, you may have been urged by consideration
for myself. Believe me, I am very grateful. I shall
always be grateful."
"But .if it's also your intention always to think
of me as a thief and a pirate, faith ye may keep your
gratitude for all the good tis' like to do me."
A livelier colour crept into her cheeks. There
was a perceptible heave of the slight breast that faint-
ly swelled the flimsy bodice of white silk. But If she
resented his tone and his words, she stifled her resent-
ment. She realized that perhaps she had, herself,
provoked his anger. She honestly desired to make
amends.
"You are mistaken," she began. "It isn't that."
But they were fated to misunderstand each other.
Jealousy, thit trouble of reason, had been over-busy
with his wits, as it had with hers.
"What is it then?" quoth he, and added the-ques
tion: "Lord Julian?"
She started, and stared at him blankly, indignant
now.
"Och, be frank with me," he urged her, unpardon-
ably. "'Twill be a kindness, so it will."
For a moment she stood before him with quicken-
ed breathing, the colour ebbing and flowing in her
cheeks. Then she looked past him, and tilted her chin
forward.
"You you are quite insufferable," she said.
"I beg that you will let me pass."
He stepped aside, and with the broad feathered
hat bhich he still held in his hand, he waved her on
towards ihe house.
"I'll not be detaining you any longer, ma'am. ASL
ter all, the (ursed thing I did for nothing ean m-an-
done Ye'll remember afterwards that it -was your
hardness drove me."
She moved to depart, then checked, and faced him
again. It was she now who was on her defence, her
voice quivering with indignation.
"You take that toge! You dare to take that
tone!" she cried, astounding him by her sudden
vehemence. "You have the effrontery of upbraid me
because I will not take your hands, when I know how
they are stained, when I know you for a murderer
and worse?
He stared at her open-mouthed. .i
"A murderer-I?" he said at last.
"Must I name your victims? Did you not murder
Levasseur?"
"Levasseur?" He smiled a little. "So they've
told you about that!"
"Do you deny it?"
"I killed him, it is true. I can remember killing
another man in circumstances that were very similar.
That was in Bridgetown on the night of the Spanish
raid. Mary Traill would tell you of it. She was
present."
He clapped his hat on his head with a certain
abrupt fierceness, and strode angrily away, before she
could answer or even grasp the full significance of
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CHAPTER XL held out a friendlyhanA to help him over the latest
and most difficult obstacle which Blood himself had
HOSTAGES. enabled Bishop to place in the way of his redeption.
Unfortunately the last person from whom Peter Blood
LOOD stood in the pillared portico of Gov- desired assistance at that moment was this young
it House, and with unseeing eyes that were nobleman, whom he regarded with the Jaundlcea eyes
ain and anger, stared out across the great of Jealousy.
Port Royal to the green hills rising from "Anyway," he answered, with a suggestion of de-
ihore and the ridge of the Blue Mountains fiance and more than a suggestion of a sneer, "It's the
ring hazily'through the quivering heat. most ye should expect from me; and certainly it's
aroused by the return of the negro who the most he'll get."
announce him, and following now this His lordship frowned, and dabbed his lips with a
de his way through the house to the wide handkerchief.
d it, in whose shade Colonel Bishop and "I don't think that I quite like the way you put
ian Wade took what little air there was. it. Indeed, upon reflection, Captain Blood, I am sure
e come," the deputy-governor hailed him, that I do not."
d the greeting by a series of grunts of "I am sorry for that, so I am," said Blood Im-
pparently ill-humoured import. pudently. "But there it is. I'm not on that account
not trouble to rise, not even when Lord concerned to modify it."
.ng the instincts of finer breeding, set him His lordship's pale eyes opened a little wider.
From under scowling brows the wealthy Languidly he raised his eyebrows.
planter considered his sometime slave, "Ah!" he said. "You're a prodigiously uncivil
hand, leaning lightly upon his long berib- fellow. You disappoint- me, sir. I had formed the
revealed nothing in his countenance of the notion that you might .be a gentleman.'
Swas being steadily nourished by this "And that's not your lordship's only mistake,"
option. Bishop cut In. "You made a worse when you gave
with scowling brow and in self-sufficient him the King's commission, and so sheltered the ras-
1l Bishop delivered himself. cal from the gallows I had prepared for him in Port
sent for you, Captain Blood, because of Royal."
that has just reached me. I am inform- "Ay-but the worst mistake of all in this matter
erday evening C frigate left the harbour of commissions," said Blood to his lordship, "was the
boardd your associate Wolverstone and a one that made this greasy slaver deputy-governor of
I of the hundred and fifty that were 3erv- Jamaica instead of its hangman, which Is the office for
uo. His lordship and I shall be glad to which he's by nature fitted."
planation of how you came to permit that "Captain Blood!" said his lordship sharply in
reproof. "Upon my soul and honour, sir, you go much
?" quoth Blood. "I ordered it." too far. You are. ."
wer left Bishop speechless for a moment. But here Bishop interrupted him. He had heaved
himself to his feet, at last, and was venting his fury
lered it?" he said in accents of unbeblief, in unprintable abuse. Captain Blood, who had also
Julian raised his eyebrows. "Swounds! risen, stood apparently impassive, for the storm to
'11 explain yourself. Whither has Wol. spend itself. When at last this happened, he address-
e?" ed himself quietly to Lord Julian as if Colonel Bishop
tuga. He's gone with a message to the had not spoken.
landing the other four ships of the fleet "Your lordship was about to say?" he asked, with
ting me there, telling them what's hap- challenging smoothness.
by they are no longer to expect me." But his lordship had by now recovered his habi-
great face seemed to swell and its high tual composure, and was again disposed to be concilia-
bpen. He swung to Lord Julian tory. He laughed and shrugged.
ir that, my lord? Deliberately he has let "Faithtr here's a deal of unnecessary heat," said
loose upon the seas again-Wolverstone, he. "And God knows this plaguey climate provides
all that gang of pirates after himself. I enough of that. Perhaps, Colonel Bishop, you are a
rdship begins at last to perceive the folly little uncompromising; and you, sir, are certainly a
he King's commission to such a man as deal too peppery. I have said, speaking on behalf of
all my counsels. Why this thing is my Lord Sunderland, that I am content to await the
iny treason? By God! It's matter result of your experiment."
artial." But Bishop's fury had by now reached a stage in
u cease your blather of mutiny and trea- which it was not to be restrained.
rts-martial?" Blood put on his hat, and "Are you indeed?" he roarea. "Well then, 1 am
bidden "I have sent Wolverstone to in- not. This is a matter in which your lordship must
rpe and Christian and Yberville and the allow me to be the better judge. And. anyhow, I'll
ds that they've one clear month in which take the risk of acting on my own responsibility."
Example, quit piracy and get back to Lord Julian abandoned the struggle. He smiled
s or their logwood, or else sail out of wearily, shrugged and waved a hand in implied re-
n Sea. That's what I've done." eignation. The deputy-governor stormed on.
Smen?" his lordship interposed in his "Since my lord here has given you a commission,
d voice. "This hundred men that Wol- I can't regularly deal with you out of hand for piracy
taken with him?' as you deserve. But you shall answer before a court-
re those of my crew who haVe no taste martial for your action in the matter, of Wolverstone,
ties' service, and have preferred to seek and take the consequences."
r kinds. It was in our compact. my lord, "'I see," said Blood. "Now we come to it. And
would be no constraining of my men." it's yourself as deputy-governor will preside over that
remember it," said his lordship, with sin- same court-martial. So-that ye can wipe off old scores
by-banging me, it's little ye care how ye do it!" He
oked at him in surprise. Then he laughed, and added: "Pramonitus, praemunilus."
Faith. I'm not to blame for your lord- "What shall that mean?" quoth Lord Julian
emory. I say that it was so; and I don't sharply.
rer found it necessary. In any case ye "I had Imagined that your lordship would have
D supposed that I should consent to any- had some education."
nt." He was at pains, you see, to be provocative.
a the deputy-governor exploded. "It's not the literal meaning I am asking, sir,"
W given those damned rascals in Tortuga said Lord Julian, with frosty dignity. "I want to
ft;that they may escape. That is what know what you desire me to understand?"
Wii-ilt Is how you abuse the commis- "I'll leave your lordship guessing," said Blood.
| fiir own neck!" "And I'll be wishing ye both a very good-day." He
red him steadily, his face im- swept off his feathered hat, and made them a leg very
i :.... :. elegantly.
B~ii o,..-hesaid at last, very quietly, "Before you go." said Bishop, "and.to save you
-d lt'd Was-leaving out of account from any idle rashness, I'll tell you the harbour-ma~-
ietites i~ll ,'B everyone knows, are just ter and the commandant have their orders. You don't
langman-t-o :rid' the Caribbean of buc- leave Port Royal, my One gallows bird. Damme, I
w, I've taken the.imest effective way of ac- mean to provide you with permanent moorings here,
that object The itkowledge that I've in Execution Dock."
King's service should in itself go far to- Peter Blood stiffened, and his vivid blue eyes
ding thedleet of which I was Until lately stabbed the bloated face of his enemy. He passed his
long cane into bis left hand, and with his right thrust
sneered the deputy-governor malevolent- negligently into the breast of his doublet, he swung to-
It does not?" Lord Julian, who was thoughtfully frowning.
fttine enough then to consider what else "Your Lordship, I think, promised me immunity
1' from this."
ea.t 'AlIigtlfed a fresh outburst on the "What I may have promised," said his Lordship,
ig:!-'e -..- -. "your own conduct makes it difficult to perform." He
hij 't he iltidAl, "that my Lord S nder- rose. "You did me a service, Captain Blood, and I
ia ;- iei ed::i that tlh .solution is had hoped that we might be friends. -But since you
:. ""' .. .- prefer to have it otherwise He shrugged, and
Wi.:.i tfgeL -waved a hand towards the deputy-governor.
''- EIB B u r Blood completed the sentence in his own way:
.:..t "Ye mean that ye haven't the strength of charac-
:'p-i--tto restit the urgings tt a -bully." "4tf was apparent-

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SI aid before-premonitus, praetunittu. I'm afraid
that ye're no scholar, Bishop, or ye'S know that it
means forewarned, forearmed."
"Forewarned? Ha!' Bishop almost snarled. "The
warning comes a little late. You do not leave this
house." He took a step in the direction of the door-
way, and raised his voice. "Ho there he was
beginning to call.
Then with a sudden audible catch in his breath,
he stopped short. Captain Blood's right hand had re-
emerged from the breast of his doublet, bringing with
it a long pistol with silver mountings richly chased,
which he levelled within a foot of the deputy-gov-
ernor's head.
"And forearmed," said he. "Don't stir from
where you are, my lord, or there may be an accident."
And my lord, who had been moving to Bishop's
assistance, stood instantly arrested. Chap-fallen, with
much of his high colour suddenly departed, the
deputy-governor was swaying on unsteady legs. Peter
Blood considered him with a grimness that increased
his panic.
"I marvel that I don't pistol you without more ado,
ye fat blackguard. If I don't, it's for the same reason
that once before I gave ye your life when it was for-
feit. Ye're not aware of the reason, to be sure; but
it may comfort ye to know that it 8ists. At the
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o i-p' W w etet-aW the anmeast -in
my t'rii. e mean to hang me, atd since
at'l. te- iorst that eai happen to me anyway, you'll
nhri i i t'1'W not bgggie at increasag the account
bt.y p~lg'yont nasty blood." He east his cane from
S n,' thus dlsenkagng his left hind. "Be good enough
Sto jve me- your arm, Colonel Bishop. Come, come.
!'atn, your arm."
Under the eemffpeln of that sharp tone, those
resolute eyes and tiat gleaming pistol, bishop obeyed
without demur. 'ilf recent foul tolubility was
stemmed. He iOMld net trust himself to speak. Cap-
ta fi tled"tucked his left arm through the deputy-
governor's proffered right. Then he thrust his awn
right hand with its pistol back into the breast of his
double.
"Though invisible, it's aiming at ye none the less,
and I give you my word of honour that I'm shoot ye
dead upon the very least provocation', whether that
provocation Is yours or another. 'Yell bear that in
mind, Lord Julian. And now, ye greasy hangman,
step out as brisk and lively as ye can, and behave as
naturally as ye may, or it's the black stream of Cocy-
tus yell be contemplating."
Arm-in-arm they psed through the house, and
down the' g&ldel, where Arabella lingered, awaiting
Peter Bfbod'if return.
GOnMleatt6n of his parting words had brought
her first turmoil of mind, then a clear perception of
what might be indeed the truth of the death of Levap-
sour. She perceived that the particular inference
drawn from it, might similarly have been drawn
from Blood's deliverance of Mary Traill. When a
man so risks his life for a woman, the rest is easily
assumed. For the men who will take such risks with-
out hope of personal gain are few. Blood was of
those few, as he had proved in the case of Mary Traill.
It needed no further assurances of his to convince
her that she had done him a monstrous injustice. She
remembered words he had used-words overheard
aboard his ship (which he had named the Arabella)
on the night of her deliverance from the Spanish Ad-
miral; words he had.uttered when she had approved
his acceptance of the King's commission; the words
he had spoken to her that very morning, which had
but served to move her indignation. All these as-
sumed a fresh meaning in her mind, delivered now
from its unwarranted preconceptions.
Therefore she Lingered there in the garden, await-
ing his return that she might make amends; that se
might set a term to all misunderstanding. In im-
patience she awaited him. Yet her patience, it seemed,
was to be tested further. For when at last he came,
It was in company-unusually close and intimate com-
pany-with her uncle. In vexation she realized that
explanations must be postponed. Could she have
guessed the extent of that postponement, vexation
would have been changed into despair.
He passed, with his companion, from that fra-
grant garden into the courtyard of the fort. Here the
commandant, who had been instructed to hold him-
self in readiness with the necessary men against the
need to effect the arrest of Captain Blood, was amazed
by the curious spectacle of the deputy-goverter of Ja-
maica strolling forth arm-in-arm and apparently on
the friendliest terms with the intended prisoner. For
as they went, Blood was chatting and laughing brisk-
ly.
SThey passed out of the gates unchallenged, and
so came to the mole where the cock-boat from the
Arabella was waiting. They took their places side by
side in the stern-sheets, and were pulled away to-
sgether, always very close and friendly, to the great
red ship where Jeremy Pitt so anxiously awaited
news.
You conceive the master's amazement to see the
deputy-governor come toiling up the entrance ladder,
with Blood following very close behind him.
"Sure I walked into a trap, as ye feared, Jeremy,"
Blood hailedl..m. "But I walked out again, and
fetched the trapper with me. He loves his life, does
this fat rascal."-
Colonel Bishop stood in the waist, his great face
blanchedd to the colour of clay, his mouth loose, al-
'~wmost afraid to look at the sturdy ruffians who lounged
about the shot-rack on the main hatch.
Blood shouted an order to the bo'sun, who was
leaning against the forecastle bulkhead.
"Throw me a rope with a running noose over the


ydtd-arm there., Ai f the he uii -i.: E' dottwI&I
alarming yourself, Colostel da njii: tl ;X m th
a provision agatist your blld iiree.aamlt wileb
I am sure ye'Rt lt. be. We'll" tall the. matter ver
whiles we at- dining, for I truto-ye'll not rehfse to
honour my .table by your company."
He led away the will-les, cowed bully to the great
ablin. Benjamin, the negro steward, in white
drawers and cotton shirt made haste by his command
to serve dinner.
Colonel Bishop collapsed on the locker under the
stern ports, and spoke now for the first time.
"May I ask wha what are your Intentions?"
he quavered.
'Why, nothing sinister, colonel. Although ye
deserve nothing less than that same rope and yard-
arm, I assure you that it's to be employed only as a
last resource. Ye've said his lordship made a mis-
take when he handed me the commission which the
Secretary of State did me the honour to design for me.
I'm disposed to agree with you; so I'll take to the sea
again. Cras ingens iterabimus astior. It's the fine
Latin scholar ye'll be when I've done with ye.. Ill be
.getting back to Tortuga and my buccaneers, Wh6 at
least are honest, decent fellows. So I've fetched ye
aboard as a hostage."
"My God!" groaned the deputy-governor. "Ye .
ye never mean that ye'll carry me to Tortuga!"
Blood laughed outright. "Oh, I'd never serve ye
such a bad turn as that. No, no. All I want ts that
ye ensure my safe departure from Port Royal. And,
it ye're reasonable, I'll not even trouble you to swim
for It this time. Ye've given certain orders to your
harbour-naster, and others to the commandant of
your plaguey fort. Ye'U be so good as to send for
them both -aboard here, and inform them in my pre-
sence that the Arabella is leaving this afternoon on
the King's service and is to pass out unmolested. And
so as to make quite sure of their obedience, they shall
go a little voyage with us, themselves. Here's what
you require. Now write-unless you prefer the yard-
arm?"
Colonel Bishop heaved himself up in a pet. "You
constrain me with violence ." he was beginning.
Blood smoothly interrupted him.
"Sure now, I am not constraining you at all. I'm
giving you a perfectly ree choice between the pen.and
the rope. It's.a matter .p. you lraself ta ."
kighaqpoigiaa- tiwat ua syi~ he
.^Mtae4 thep 0.s w at the ta11ble I an u-
.atur.iman4.s e-wMot that summons to his. ociters.
.~rldai atchd it ashore; and then hade his unwill-
ing guest. to table.
"I trust, colonel, your appetite is as stout as
usual."
The wretched Bishop took the seat to which he
was commanded. As for eating, however, that was
not easy to a man in his position; nor did Blood press
him. The captain himself, fell to with a good appe-
tite. But before he was midway through the meal,
came Hayton to inform him that Lord Julian Wade
had just come aboard, and was asking to see him in-
stantly.
"I was expecting him," said Blood. "Fetch him
in."
Lord Julian came. He was very stern and digni-
fied. His eyes Look in the situation at a glance, as
Captain Blood rose to greet him.
"It's mighty friendly of you to have joined us, my
lord."
"Captain Blood," said his lordship with asperity,
"I find your humour a tittle forced. I don't ksaw
what may be your intention; but I wonder do you
realase the risks you are running."
"And I wonder does your lordship realise the risk
to yourself In' following us aboard as I had counted
that yem-would."
"What shall that mean, sir?
Blood signalled to Benjamin, who was standing
behind Bishop.
"Set a chair for his lordship. Hayton, send his
lordship's boat ashore. Tell them he'll not be return-
ing yet awhile."
"What's that?' cried his lordship. "Blister me!
D'ye mean to detain me? Are ye mad?"
"Better wait, Hayton, In case his lordship should
turn violent," said Blood. "You, Benjamin, you heard
the message. Deliver it."


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"WIR you tell me what you intend,. at.zi1" s -Nil:-
ed his lordship, quivering with anger.
"Just to make .amyeS f and my lads here atet foram
Colonel. Bishop's g~lows. I've said that I trusted W-
y par gtrntryf not to leave him in the lurch, but to
t~falw hiatMrthir, -and there's a note from his hand
gone akear tm. Bnaw e the harbour-master and the
commandant of thv-.ift. Once they are aboard I
shatl have all thtIeba i~ n I need for our safety."
"You scoundrels?" iadC.t N .lordship through his
teeth. .
"Sure now that's entiretyhmaiatter of the point of
view." said Blood. "Ordiartly ::t I: t.the kind ofe
name I could suffer any man to ap-'aa me. Still.
considering that ye willingly did. me a:~ta i.once,
and that ye're likely unwillingly to do .ameitlether
now, I'll overlook your discourtesy, ad I s L'i...-.: .
His lordship laughed. "You fool," he atl':
you dream that I came aboard your pirate sbillg.tr "
out taking my measures? I informed the command-
ant of exactly how you had compelled Colonel Bishop
to accompany you. Judge now whether be or the har-
boor-master will obey the summons, or whether you
will be allowed to depart as you imagine.'
S'B"oid' face became grave. "I'm sorry for that,"'
said he.
*.-. I-th sa t.'nnwc; tsi I#Ea#nlWiig Aua! lordship.
"Oh, bunt n, tWgan-fiown aWpfW .hl' *t,
-governor there I'm irf RW 0 'leSP1
done? Sure now, y*se 'err liafkely-bwsqjAMl
"My God!" cried-pishop in a sudden .acrewL of.


panic.
"If they so much as put a shot across my bows, up -
goes their deputy-governor to the yard-arm. Your-
only hope, colonel, lies in the fact that I shall send.
them word of that Intention. And so that you may
mend as far as you can the harm you have done, it's
yourself shall bear them the message. my lord."
"111 see you damned before I do," fume& his lord-
ship.
"Why that's unreasonable and unreasoning. But.
If ye insist, why another messenger will do as well,
and another hostage aboard-as I had originally in-
tended-will make my hand the stronger."
Lord Julian stared at him, realising exactly what
he had refused.
"You'll think better of it now that ye nador-
tsatT"k?" SlethfB : 4 ., ,,*> ..* ,.:, .: I
Ar, l:ia ,N G W.s 'i .0,. *w- -4saf,,- :s ,
alshoh "ad make yowrsel bfsi4.- Thip:. amned
witet has me by the throat."
His lordship surveyed him with an eye that was
not by any means admiring. "Why, if that Is your
wish he began. Then he shrugged, and turned:
again to Blood.
"I suppose I can trust you that no harm will.
come to Colonel Bishop if you are allowed to sail?"
"You have my word for it," aid Blood. "And:
also that I shall put him safely ashore again without.
delay."
Lord Julian bowed stiffly to the cowering deputy-
governor. "You understand, sir, that I do as you de-
sire," he said coldly.
"Ay, man, ay!" Bishop assented hastily.
"Very well." Lord Julian bowed again and took:
his departure. Blood escorted him to the entrance
ladder at the foot of which still .swug the A .p.l'w-
own cock-boat. ..
"It's good-bye, my lord," maid Blood "And there's-
-another thtng." He proGered a parchment that be
had dwn. from. his pocket. "It's the commission-
Blishopwes-right when he said it was a mistake."
S.. Lord Jtlian considered him, and considering him-
his expression softened.
"I am sorry," he said sincerely.
"In other circumstances ." began Blood. "Oh,.
but there! Ye'll understand. The boat's wailing."
Yet with his foot on the first rung of the ladder..
Lord Julian hesitated.
"I still do not perceive-blister me if I do!--W p.:
you should not have found someone else to carry. ytW.
message to the commandant, and kept me.a.ll&, i.
an added hostage for his obedience to ...
Blood's vivid eyes looked .lag l I that
were clear and honest, and he amlAjiiStwli wistful-
ly. A moment he seemed. teo,;eq-at Then he ex-
plained himself quite ftul:.
"Why shouldn't I ti:Ka It's the same reason
that's besn urgim:--qN.At fatok a quarrel with you so-
that I qight blhAi.b,*eattfaction of slipping a couple
of eet :ut.di t atOe your vitals. When I accepted your
.copsar~ntste I was moved to think it might redeem.
me In he eyes of Miss Bishop-for whose sake, as ye.a
.may haq guessed, I took it. But I have disCovrred
.th3t.sneh a thing is beyond accomplishment. ISIould
have known it for a sick man's dream. I haire dis-
severed also that if she's choosing you, asthI;lieve she-
is, she's choosing wisely between us,. ad that's why
I'll not have your life risked by keeQing you aboard
whilst the message goes by another who might bungle-
it. And now perhaps ye'l] 'undesand."
Lord Julian stared tt him bewildered. His long:
uristocratic face was very pale.
"My God!" he said. "And you tell me this?"
'". tell you because .. Oh, plague on it!-so that.
ye may :ell her; sp that she may be made to realise-
that. there's saitithing of the unfortunate gentlempa
left under the thi~f and pirate she accounts me, sad
that her own good Is my. supreme desire. Knowing
that,.. a may fith, she may remember me mori


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ityr-4f it's only in her I prayers. That'sll iiy
,orad."
PI Lord Julian continued to look at the bucanneer in
:.Llelnce. In silence, at last, he held out his hand: and
-in.J silence Blood took it.
"I wonder whether you are right," said his lord-
I' sip, "and whether you are not the better man."
"Where she is concerned see that you make sure
;-that I am right. Good-bye to you."
Lord Julian wrung his hand in silence, went down
-' the ladder, and was pulled ashore. 'From the distance
'"ie waved to Blood who stood leaning on the bulwarks
S-watching the receding cock-boat.
. 'The Arabella sailed within the hour, moving lazily
-.before a sluggish breeze. The fort remained silent
Sand there was no movement from the fleet to hinder
-her departure. Lord Julian had carried the message
.- effectively, and had added to it his now personal com-
i. nands.

I" CHAPTER XII,

"WAR.
i IVE miles out at sea from Port Royal, whence the
Details of the coast of Jamaica were losing their
harnesses, the Arabella hove to, and the sloop she had
Seen towing was warped alongside.
Captain Blood escorted his compulsory guest to
the head of the ladder. Colonel Bishop, who for two
'li urs and more had been in a state of mortal anxiety,
A breathed freely at last; and as the tide of his fears
,'- .receded, so that of his deep rooted hate of this auda-
. kfous buccaneer resumed its normal flow. But he
practised circumspection. If in his heart he vowed
-that once back In Port Royal there was no effort he
-would spare, no nerve he would not strain, to bring
Peter Blood to final moorings in Execution Dock, at
Jeast be kept that vow strictly to himself.
Peter Blood had no illusions. He was not, and
:%ever would be, the complete pirate. There was not
.another buccaneer in all the Caribbean who would
Shave denied himself the pleasure of stringing Colonel
Bishop from the yard-arm, and by thus finally stifling
I the vindictive planter's hatred have increased his own
Security. But Blood was not of these. Moreover, in
|. -the case of Colonel Bishop there was a particular rea-
i-.on for restraint. Because he was Arabella Bishop's
Sucle, his life must remain sacred to Captain Blood.
E And so the captain smiled into the sallow, bloated
lace and the little eyes that fixed him with a malevo-
Sence not to be dissembled.
"A safe voyage home to you, colonel darling." said
:le in valediction, and from his easy smiling manner
I u.- ou would never have dreamt of the pain be carried
in his breast. "It's the second time ye've served me
f for a hostage. Ye'll be well advised to avoid a third.
1 h:-' i not lucky to you, colonel, as you should be per-
.il Nving."
Jeremy Pitt, the master, lounging at Blood's
elbow, looked darkly upon the departure of the deputy-
Sgovernor. Behind them a little mob of grim, stalwart,
*tian-tanned buccaneers were restrained from cracking
S.eshop like a flea only by their submission to the
ftsminant will of their leader. They had learnt from
Plttt while yet In Port Royal of their Captain's danger,
\isd whilst as ready as he to throw over the King's
im.- vice which had been thrust upon them, yet they
SaBented the manner in which this had been rendered
l:taessary, and they marvelled now at Blood's restraint
.-rHere Bishop was concerned. The deputy-governor
9:igked round and met the lowering hostile glances of
~ t$,se fierce eyes. Instinct warned him that his life
. tia .that moment was held precariously, that an in-
lcious word might precipitate an explosion of
tired from which no human power could save him.
"Therefore he said nothing. He inclined his head in
aleance to the captain, and went blundering and stumb-
r! 11tg in his haste down that ladder to the sloop and its
.s-m'ti:ng negro crew.
:- :They pushed off the craft from the red hull of the
-':,lbent to their sweeps, then, hoisting sail,
tk for Port Royal, intent upon reaching it
should come down upon them. And
tiaik of him huddled in the stern-
01: black brows knitted, his coarse
.]Mp p .wuraM,itie aad vindictiveness so whelm-
ing now li'fltt:pauife, that he forgot his near
escape of the yard-arm and.the running noose.
S On the mole att Prt Royal,.under the low em-
battled wall of the fort, Major Mallard and Lord
Julian waited to receive him, and it was with infinite
-~. llief that they assisted him from the sloop.
S: Major Mallard was disposed to be apologetic.
"Glad to see you safe, sir," said be. "I'ld have
sktk Blood's ship in spite of your excellency's being
*board, but for your own orders by Lord Julian, and
S3h lordship's assurance that he had Blood's word for
B:'trthat no harm should come to you so that no harm
I: me to him. I'll confess I thought it rash of his
hardship to accept therword of a damned pirate "
"I have found it as good as another''," said his
rship, cropping the major's too eager eloquence.
spoke with an unusual degree' f that frosty digni-
'he could asAisu upon occait 'l6 i e act that
lordship was in an exceedialrjlyi"l H tlSIt aV-
w written jubilantly home to the itar f State
Mission had succeeded, he was row taetdwith
It of writing again to confess that his suc-
em en- ephemeral. And beeaase Major Mal-


'`t 's. crisp moestiA were lied by a sneer at the
notion of a bucannier's word being acceptable, he
added still more sharply: "My justification is here
in the person of Colonel Bishop safely returned. As
against that, sir, your opinion does not eight fto very
much. You should realise it."
"Oh, as your lordship says." Major Mallard's
manner was tinged with irony. "To be sure here is
the colonel safe and sound. And out yonder is Cap-
tain Blood, also safe and sound, to begin his piratical
ravages all over again."
"I do not propose to discuss the reasons with you,
Major Mallard."
"And, anyway, it's not for long," growled the
colonel, finding speech at last. "No, by- He em-
phasised the assurance by an unprintable oath. "It
I spend the last shilling of my fortune and the last
ship of the Jamaica feet, I'll have that rascal in a
hempen necktie before I rest. And I'll not be long
about it." He had empurpled in his angry vehemence,
and the veins of his forehead stood out like whip-
cord. Then he checked.
"You did well to follow Lord Julian's instruc-
tions," he commended the major. With that he turn-
ed from him, and took his lordship by the arm.
"Come, my lord. We must take order about this, you
and I." ,-q.i
They went off together, skirting the redoubt, and
so through courtyard and garden to the house where
Arabella waited anxiously. The sight of her uncle
brought her infinite relief, not only on his own ac-
count, but on account also of Captain Blood.
"You took a great risk, sir," she gravely told Lord
Julian after the ordinary greetings had been ex-
changed.
But Lord Julian answered her as he had answered
Major Mallard. "There was no risk, ma'am."
She looked at him in some astonishment. His
long aristocratic face wore a more melancholy pen-
sive air than usual. He answered the inquiry in her
glance.
"So that Blood's ship were allowed to pass the
fort, no harm could come to Colonel Bishop. Blood
pledged me his word for that."
A faint smile broke the set of her lips, which
hitherto had been wistful, and a little colour tinged
her cheeks. She would have pursued the subject,
but the deputy-governor's mood did not permit it. He
sneered and snorted at the notion of Blood's word be-
ing good for-anything, forgetting that he owed to it
his own preservation at that moment.
At supper, and for long thereafter, he talked of
nothing but Blood-of how he would lay him by the
heels, and what hideous things he would perform
upon his body. And as he drank heavily the while,
his speech became increasingly gross and his threats
increasingly horrible, until in the end Arabella with-
drew, white-faced and almost on the verge of tears.
It was not often that Bishop revealed himself to his
niece. Oddly enough, this coarse, overbearing plant-
er went in a certain awe of that slim girl. It was as
if she had inherited from her father the respect in
which he had always been held by his brother.
Lord Julian, who began to find Bishop disgusting
beyond endurance, excused himself soon after, and
weut in quest of the lady. He had yet to deliver the
message from Captain Blood, and this, he thought,
would be his opportunity. But Miss Bishop had re-
tired for the night, and Lord Julian must curb his
impatience-it amounted by now to nothing less--
until the morrow.
Very early next morning, before the heat of the
day came to render the open intolerable to his lord-
ship, he espied her from his window moving amid the
azaleas in the garden. It was a fitting setting for one
who was still as much a delightful novelty to him in
womanhood as was the azalea among flowers. He
hurried forth to join her, and when, aroused frnm her
pensiveness, she had given him a good-morrow, smil-
ing and frank, he explained himself by the announce-
ment that he bore her a message from Captain Blood.
He observed her little start and the slight quiver
of her lips, and observed thereafter not only her pallor
and the shadowy rings about her eyes, but also that
unusually wistful air which last night had escaped
his notice.
They moved out of the open to one of the terraces,
where a pergola of orange trees provided a shaded
sauntering space that was at once cool and fragrant.


As they want, he caaMBg ,brAEffmatt~ r a, M M~natr-
velled at himself that it should have taken him so
long fully to realise her slim, unusual grace, and to
"find her, as he now did. so entirely desirable, a wo-
man whose charm must Irradiate all the life of a man,
and touch its commonplaces into magic.
He noted the sheen of her red-brown hair, aid
how gracefully one of its heavy ringlets coiled hpOm.
her slender milk-white neck. She wore a gown of
shimmering grey silk, and a scarlet rose, fresh-gather-
ed, was pinned at her breast like a splash of blood.
Always thereafter when he thought to her it was as
he saw her at that moment, as never, I think, until
that moment had he seen her.
In silence they paced on a little way into the
green shade. Then she paused and faced him.
"You said something of a message, sir," she re-
minded him, thus betraying some of her impatience,
He fingered the ringlets of his periwig, a little
embarrassed how to deliver himself, considering how
he should begin.
"He desired me," he said at last, "to give you a
message that should prove to you that "there is still
something left in him of the unfortunate gentleman
that that .. for which once you knew him."
"That is not now necessary," said she very grave-
ly.
He misunderstood her, of course, knowing no-
thing of the enlightenment that yesterday had come
to her.
"I think nay, I know, that you do him an in-
justice," said he.
Her hazel eyes continued to regard him.
"If you will deliver the message, it may enable
me to judge." CI
To him, this was confusing. He did not immedi-
ately answer. He found that he had not sufficiently
considered the terms he should employ, and the mat-
ter after all was of an exceeding delicacy, demanding
delicate handling. It was not so much that he was
concerned to deliver a message as to render it a
vehicle by which to plead his own cause. Lord Julian,
well-versed in the lore of womankind and usually at
his ease with ladies of the beau-monde, found himself
oddly constrained before this frank and unsophisti-
cated niece of a colonial planter.
They moved on in silence and as if by common
consent towards the brilliant sunshine where the per-
gola was intersected by the avenue leading upwards
to the house. Across this patch of light fluttered a
gorgeous butterfly that was like black and scarlet vel-
vet and large as a man's hand. His lordship's brood-
ing eyes followed it out of sight before he answered.
"It is not easy. Stab me, it is not. He was a
man who deserved well. And amongst us we have
marred his chances: your uncle, because he could not
forget his rancour; you because having told him
that in the King's service he would find his redemption
of what was past, you would not afterwards admit to
him that he was so redeemed. And this although
concern to rescue you was the chief motive of his em-
bracing that same service."
She had turned her shoulder to him so that he
should tat see her face.
"I know. I know now," she said softly. Then
after a pause she added the question: "And you?
What part has your lordship had in this-that you
should incriminate yourself with us?"
"My part?" Again he hesitated, then plunged
recklessly on, as men do when determined to perform
a thing they fear. If I understood him aright, if he
understood aright, himself, my part though entirely
passive was none the less effective. I implore you
to observe that I but report his own words. I say no-
thing for myself." His lordship's unusual nervous-
ness was steadily increasing. "He thought, then-
so he told me-that my presence here had contributed
to'his inability to redeem himself in your sight; and
unless he were so redeemed then was redemption no-
thing."
She faced him fully, a frown of perplexity bring-
ing her brows together above her troubled eyes.
"He thought that you had contributed?" she
echoed. It was clear she asked for enlightenment.
He plunged on to afford it her, his glance a little
scared, his cheeks flushing.
"Ay, and he said so in terms which told me some-
thing that I hope above all things, and yet dare not
believe, for God knows, I am no coxcomb. Arabella.


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777

W si,.rmes > Arety l nmen tell y nou nn haw: In *A w:K e Cu ld av wny other maty ea-s, gif Imu se n wstiqha mon viwofIs effect .suponthi Couna isp A, 64rnr-mue.ea
I,'adtmo ard his sheip. toe demandt th oe insant Gently was coming ooutnag e ante hye to th WestIndeies int6ien of
sre ried f our unle whotm he ltheld catie. Hnetobe "Tis mater thate cncrernsngA myselfh esse t, and alm Lord Wiloghyan1 l that. with
-aftghbd asf tue.Cooenly Bishoprbeud. bera ehestaged fture, rehison very cloely.dThis et hing thaet Blo"erTher csommnd obfAdmira va de Kule to
--t I hi tt. ByIsl've nttldy urn s a boad hew ish ship,,n lIev thate prompendhim .o .ou mylodBt- tayou l "Yeeinfrce t uhel J maica fleet ag ainteventualites.
Taffedd bI inod myt owns pereson rye anotherhsage not rIndhiffrn.om." Bishoperealisedethatti utmente.d
.*flahderatlastnsdolne -Bihp Ye ebd He s eithe 'fai faescae chattrnge dowornd abou hi sYupre jsmed atoriyee thoug headt) od eon





o no t fhe the feat ofm leavinf hein a once more. s id, ior Port Ro yaly aduty-governo o r Julian, i
Wel'hn:hesw n eon womae tim h as erno czmb You? trsa, "omehyno. thtWe thelack ofwirec newsledge."~ i nt nw ha
-whom ha he ofsse ud that hehaom--eto fesind. dtestbe have been un oderst nd. whe ofshall contrinedsoIhope, itd migth mentowle .Btdegeben"'cls
And thislfor the veyratstaon. hbtade killconernu tW8 nhspwe oo ed my lore." aoin nd confidentiaheel wiha Coonfele Bitto regadig i
for my saeaty. mightft GAt e an eas yg owih olodfindsal H6lantrs nbetween disay hoes ofbrabeaand Coloanel Bishop, more than ever
"In do s n thunerstand," sh e said, asl thnhe pasd. eandbttercoldness. "It e i s ntore friendsi on l he thrats I r enow tapoitia evens pthe i i ae d anger ofebeingt
-1 o the aurcondp traditio InItself? ask, Araabea You beard whae Iefeaid, what Ipk reprt rredhetired, was anxousne wto eno the danaesohvn
W hit; meen s eoonly. Th e d fat isAabela this un- eod. You -willno msayen thaPeer. Blodw a war on? a man ofLr uia'eene efrhs eaie
trtiaemahs theta .e ..theteer ity an ton love myo. Giemsaentl sha e sough to disenagen her hadteeleinmgoasopee nestnig nte
/,Sh driedot atlow that, and clthed hrikta.. bras troubrde hIn sl her obacoIncre asing.Ammn he r esinste atr n odJla icoe l hth nw
-w ose calmwag souddnl disThtubd Hr eyes wolatd othe tow lard is what he i d, he set haer fre. "Ter iss onrosaceinorlatsi h.
-as she stareathefad at hirm.e hesa tins broel sheo r ied o n apnulte wa of s oudd n pain. "atimlod-h ilI noewt i.
'"Id. .t. I'vestartled you,"si he, owit concrn. "lI have friend dsi for yutk ou, myhlrd.~ But ony" esrlaad"cideihpdhe ehd
Ifeared, Isould. Ball it wae cesrys theater you fr i endIship." reovre speech.
-ay understand. Hsls cass f hth bd e Ptler of hopes camed cattering down about "Yuaejsiedoth smpl adhs
"Goon, shep bade ha im.epu hihom, lneravigtt- itt l stunned.or Ashs44 0. liehad said odhpdlfly Bt* apnt esnadt
"elthe loeda he switn me oestt who madei wit I.he wastnoi cxcmb.Ye ther was soetin tha he spakwihknwldg.
_pssbe that he shoul witowr so her said.aTh ere-h i d not uderstno d.' She cofs sed to frtiens hp an "Wih nowede?
fore he ould wihel stfaiont haekle e u twa his powe hadto offerher a gretise pos itin one "rblahslfascnseditom.
-,eue mydeth might, Aabela yo pain, ecas hpies yu tobewhichrola shea olnily pne'st nieet h owever "h rze agge yGdIlnrighrt
s ird heo surrendweredta atohs urne f Ti she ra erjected, yet. lspok tof friendhp Peter Boo who goend iha hp
sttwhic h. mytiue persontl to rded hm.rI his de-h Brelotod had othen misaen, ndthen. Howfarhad ohe been
partn shuld es hindered and hu d loe y ifse meistaken? Hadu hour been las itae n In her feeingsit
inw m ight foards h se l a s he obi o






that ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ eem i you Might mour me. That ris he wouBldHE no oarshslodhp I ht6)eHs el
A~~~~~ke~~a. Him yo deeme ah thefan a piae he sad In rk hr.T pclt a owudhm
and n addtat- am givin yo hi own word al- sefi anemst know Therfe hei askedJ UL
tha t hai f in chsnbetwhercousdtwo, youranchoiceasi he wtgrmf ankess
heblmvd woldfal otne co meathens w erled' you 4in t hi "Is it Peter Blod?
,opinion c hooin rwsely. Becausee of that hei bad me "Peerg Blod? sh ecod tfirt shtea ddnth
-la e hsshiand t had! mh rid Hepu didr#. unders! mm tbeand thepurori pt e of his question Whentun-
looked atay him wthroues that wlnere clster ith something chame waflsh sufuse her fiace.Ireet
AerB He took astepn towan rees sher a oke catc in chr" o niceiot kne ow," shesaid, faltern a ltte.h
brath, Ialiharnd h aeld out. h Thisewa hardlya trthfu anfieao iat7seswr For as if aocens AErESnoldLNGb
"Wastt he ig. ht, for aba Myife's whappinesslobscurin veil had suddtenl been rentht that mornginge
'hngs upon you anser.'lly shein wa prtle I.M ermitt egd at lasth tose Pa etder BlMood Thn hisadL
But she. coninued slentl to raegardly heime wthly true rhelatitonsl to ote mn Adthpatn sight, a vuhafe
't"-henrse ey ues dithntlapmk is secu and unish herl twenyfu hour oetoo ate filleed her wioth pit &eal Compa
40 tivns d a n beo rfnytotoeq wh a nd ri egrebt and ryearning. hmeft adadae W ieS a i
god I i tor treUy ito whih mean whipmthen. Arbli'Junle n khe plnogheo women tot be left in (SAUHE 86
r i to iaistyoo hne~t psaow 'd mutha-kown, adadig the no'4to obizt., r Hehoe migo:ht eadsothatbhlINSOyJMIA
iVae~ at tha t oft alrayleni that he haid tben tonly, tgd-a ebe txdwt t-hth o
-.tingthtla oodYed her co n diou Atfo ll othLeraconsideratiyons weasd Dl St conoduct h And beeu te slateuo inlousyinf sthoii.i
as w i t reare hesl. isi Iu ie ecdra no hn msofU-the am taic n fleet Lu or se ta n tome tehat*T ed i
"He said wtha t!" ao de sheh cred "H did th oat!r Oh"Lorn Jblgan, almos insite Cofoimelf 'sho pracisie-
Seture wy anbtrought obl~ m the slede o clusterin sometinal thautuwas akin 'tot vilanly. I tregret toSE M HP A E T
-tuns ofd the bouldern orange trees smhelooled ouho niced fith of onem for whom-ifI hae doepuy himi ee
-thedsant hils. Thus for a little wdhie m lordhi someesteem. But theatruthl Is tatd the linerihong re-
stnigsify fafly atn frfle eea mains of heregardhins which hen had hel Peter Bloo Th elnaie
l ionote m intd. BAt last it itamer, slowl, delbeatewoly, weres choke byr th desire Yto suplatanda desgtro a
Inattr i voi e thath hat moet bashl-utffocathed "oLdst rival H e haadto o pasedrhswo rdl tos; Aabe that hemo
migt wenmy unl displayedhm he is rancou aend hi woulduse hiscpoerfulinflutwenctem bonBod's behal.Teemrso ie
-evil rageuit begasokn to bebrninpnme tati such I deploret of stritndown that nost onlyrwdid hae -freet
-vinictienes canbelon onl tom bthmous e wh have hs mposlede butwseetl -se t hoSsimselfr taibedin and ae
-wronged.o Ititefenz int whi-ch men whip othe- Thael' huncl In theplan he claied forhthe trapin THhieStrLie
selestojutiy n evi passio.Imustl hae knwnl b andinola acing o the buccndeer. Pe might rasn ablye- EPE T
the Ifhd nt areay lart ite thatk I hadne-mn too tha e urged-hadrhe bee taxe d with it-tato w che eo-Thae Z a a d h p
-cedlos ofall taghe unpaalohngs attribt erd tow duced himsel preiey as his duty demn.anded. Butea e rheantd
Petr lodYesterday I3g had ) is own expainactionich monthatf hemigttnhave been answeed tha duoty Wit pngCotd
that taeo wLev er thatmyoum e ard in mSt. Nio la' himwasbu ther slveo jeaous initn themtems is.ueignw
A n ino thirs.. .Yue a thibugve ts mecnfirmation of Whe thla e Ja aiaf le put. tho seeac so mefw asThrariie. eervg
'hi struh ,an worth. To atscoundrellsho much a I w&s too, lter, Lrduiane saoilesd w pithClne Bih op Ine Vie-na
readil brugt wao bteatievte o him, the act pfwicht YOU t ios cragueud todfelagtheip. ve N otmny a there nod m
haveimjtsattdroveehwmuldohav chbeenhimpossible. .noineedsfor etherKn of Fthnem togodu there deasty ThworseieGee
"Tuhat is cauy own opinio ," said hi."s l ordsi whereo~ dtie s actual y a d emaondedr o thabe bshould re-
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"Don't be a fool, Bishop." His lordship's con-
tempt did more than any argument to calm the col-
onel. "That's not the way with a girl of Arabella's
spirit. Unless you want to wreck my chances for all
time, you'll hold your tongue, and not interfere at
all."
"Not interfere? My God, what then?"
S"Listen, man. She has a constant mind. I don't
think you know your niece. As long as Blood lives,
she will wait for him."
"Then with Blood dead, perhaps she will come to
her silly senses."
"Now you begin to show intelligence," Lord Jullan
commended him. "That' is the first essential step."
"And here is our chance to take it." Bishop
warmed to a sort of enthusiasm. "This war with
France removes all restrictions in the matter of Tor-
tuga. We are free to invest it in the service of the
crown. A victory there and we establish ourselves
in the favour of this new Government."
*"Ah!" said Lord Julian, and he pulled thought-
fully at his lip.
"I see that you understand." Bishop laughed
coarsely. "Two birds with one stone, eh? We'll hunt
this rascal in his lair, right under the beard of the
King of France, and we'll take hint this time, if we
reduce Tortuga to a heap of ashes."
On that expedition they sailed two days later-
which would be some three months after Blood's de-
parture-taking every ship of the fleet, and several
lesser vessels as auxiliaries. To Arabella and the
world in general it was given out that they were going
to raid French Hispaniola, which was really the only
expedition that could have afforded Colonel Bishop
any sort of justification for leaving Jamaica at all at
such a time. His sense of duty, indeed, should have
kept him fast in Port Royal; but his sense of duty was
smothered in hatred-that most fruitless and corrup-
tive of all the emotions. In the great cabin of Vice-
Admiral Craufurd's flagship, the Imperator. the
deputy-governor got drunk that night to celebrate his
conviction that the sands of Captain Blood's career
were running out.

CHAPTER XIII

THE SERVICE OF KING WILLIAM.
MEANWHILE, some three months before Colonel
Bishop set out to reduce Tortuga, Captain
Blood, bearing hell in his heart, had blown into its
rockbound harbour ahead of the winter gales, and two
days ahead of the frigate in which Wolverstone had
sailed from Port Royal a day before him. In that
sound anchorage he found his fleet awaiting him-
the ships which had been separated from him in that
gale off the Lesser Antilles. They gave him right
royal welcome, but It was a changed man whom they
welcomed; the iron had entered still more deeply into
his soul.
From a man who cared much for his appearance,
Peter became a sloven. And when he was not dicing
or drinking in the taverns of Tortuga, keeping com-
pany that in his saner days he had loathed, he was
shut up in his cabin aboard the Arabella. silent and
uncommunicative. Then one day the Governor him-
self, M. d'Ogeron, came to him to inform him that
war, formal war, had broken out between France and
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under the flag of the French commander, M. de Rlvarol,
who was coming out with a fleet to carry ou the war
with Spain in the New World. He was indifferent;
but this, after all, was not piracy that was being pro-
posed. It was honourable employment in the service
of the French King. After a little while he accepted
M. d'Ogeron's offer. It did not matter to him, he told
one of his officers, whether they entered the service of
Louis XIV or of Satan.
With two ships the Arabella and the Elizabeth, he
joined the French fleet, under Baron de Rivarol, at
Petit Goave. and in the middle of March the great
squadron sailed for Cartagena. Narrowly they miss-
ed the Jamaica fleet with Colonel Bishop, which sailed
north for Tortuga two days after M. de Rivarol's
southward passage.
Then came the famous attack upon Cartagena by
the French. which would have failed but for the great
military qualities of Peter Blood. He knew the place;
he planned and executed the manoeuvre that com-
pelled the Spaniards to accept the teims of the at-
tacking party. The city offered a great ransom to
save itself from destruction, and M. de Rivarol ac-.
cepted it. There followed a dispute with the French
commander as to the division of this ransom; Blood
wanted none of it; for this, in spite of what he had
been assured, was nothing but piracy conducted under
another name. But his men were clamorous for
their rights, and under threat of an encounter with
Blood's ships the Frenchman promised that if Cap-
tain Blood and his officers would wait upon him on
board his flagship, the Victorieuse to-morrow morn-
ing, the treasure would be produced, weighed in their
presence, and their share surrendered there and then
into their own keeping.
When the sun rose the next morning the French
ships were gone. They had been quietly and secretly
warped out of the harbour under cover of night, and
three sails, faint and small, on the horizon to west-
ward was all that remained to be seen of them. The
Arabella and the Elizabeth gave chase.
What remained to do? Peter Blood was sick of
piracy, sick of the treachery of which he had been the
victim. "What now? What remains?" he groaned.
"Loyal service with the English was made impossible
for me. Loyal service with France has led to this;
and that is equally impossible hereafter. What re-
mains, then? Piracy? I have done with it. Egad,
if 1 am to live clean, I believe the only thing jt to go
and offer my sword to the King of Spain."
But something'remained--the last thing that he
could have expected-something towards which they
were rapidly sailing over the tropical sunlit sea. All
this against which he now inveighed so bitterly was
but a necessary stage in the shaping of his odd des-
tiny.
Setting a course for Hispanlola, since they judged
that thither must Rivarol go to refit before attempt-
in to cross to France, the Arabella and the Elizabeth
ploughed briskly northward with a moderately favour-
able wind for two days and nights without ever catch-
a glimpse of their quarry. The third dawn brought
with it a haze which circumscribed their range of
vision to something between two and three miles, and
deepened their growing vexation and their apprehen-
sion that M. de Rivarol might escape them altogether.
Their position then-according to Pitt's log-
was approximately 75" 30'W.Long., by 17' 45'N.Lat.,
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thirty miles to westward; and, indeed, away to the
north-west faintly visible as a bank of clouds, appear--
ed the great ridge of the Blue Mountains whose peaks
were thrust into the clear upper air above the low-
lying haze. The wind, to which they were sailing very
close, was westerly, and it bore to their ears a boom-
Ing sound whcih in less experienced ears might have
passed for the breaking of surf upon a leesbore.
"Guns!" said Pitt, who stood with Blood upon the
quarter-deck. Blood nodded, listening.
"Ten miles away, perhaps fifteen-somewhere off
Port Royal, I should judge," Pitt added. Then he
looked at his captain. "Does it concern us?" he asked.
"Guns off Port Royal that should argue Col-
onel Bishop at work. And against whom should he
be in action but against friends of ours? I think it
may concern us. Anyway, we'll stand in to investi-
gate. Bid them put the helm over."
Close-hauled they Lacked weather, guided by the
sound of combat, which grew in volume and definition
as they approached it. Thus for an hour perhaps.
Then, as, telescope to his eye, Blood raked the haze,
Expecting at any moment to behold the battling ships,
the guns abruptly ceased.
They held to. thpir course, nevertheless, with all
hands on deck, eagerly, a xniquly. scanning the tea
ahead. And presently an. obhjet loomed into view,
which soon defined itself for a grea~t.sp hip in.re. As-
the Arabella, with the Elizabeth follo i.g i.Loely,.' "
raced nearer on their north-westerly tack the outlines-
of the blazing vessel grew clearer. Presently her
masts stood out sharp and black above the smoke nad
flames, and through his telescope Blood made out
plainly the pennon of St. George fluttering from her
maintop.
"An English ship!" he cried.
He scanned the seas for the conqueror in the
battle of which this grim evidence was added to that
of the sounds they had heard, and when at last as
they drew closer to the doomed vessel they made out
the shadowy outlines of three tall ships, some three
or four miles away, standing in towards Port Royal,.
the first and natural assumption was that these ships
must belong to the Jamaica fleet, and that the burning
vessel was a defeated buccaneer, and because of this
they sped on to pick up the three boats that were
standing away from the blazing hull. But Pitt who
through the telescope was examining the receding
squadron observed things apparent only to the aye
of the trained mariner, and made the incredible an-
nouncement that the largest of these three vessels
was Rivarol's Victorieuse.
They took in sail and hove to as they came up
with the drifting boats laden to capacity with :ur-
vivors. And there were others adrift on some of the
spars and wreckage with which the sea was strewn,
who must be rescued.

CHAPTER XIV

THE SERVICE OF KING WTILLIAM.
NE of the boats bumped alongside the Arabella.
and up the entrance ladder came first a slight,
spruce little gentleman in a coat of mulberry satin
laced with gold. whose wizened, yellow, rather peev-
ish face was framed in a heavy black periwig. His
modish and costly apparel had nowise suffered by
the adventure through which he had passed, and he-
carried himself with the.easy assurance of a man of
rank. Here, quite clearly, was no buccaneer. He
was closely followed by one who in every particular,
save that-of age, was his physical opposite, corpulent
in a brawny vigorous way, with a full round, weather-
beaten face whose mouth was humorous and whose
eyes were blue and twinkling. He was well-dressed
without fripperies, and bore with him an air of vigor-
ous authority.
As the little man stepped from the ladder into
the waist, whither Captain Blood had gone to receive
him, his sharp, ferretty dark eyes swept the uncouth..
ranks of the assembled crew of the Arobella. .
"And where the devil may I be now?" he.dsan--
ed irritably. "Are you English, or what. the'devil
are you?"
"*Myself, I have the honour to be Irish, sir My
name is Blood-Captain Peter Blood, and this my
ship the Arabella, all very much at-your service."
"Blood!" shrilled'the little man. "O'Sblood! A
pirate!" He swung to the colossus who followed him
-"A damned pirate, Van der Kuylen. Rend my vitals,
but we're coma from Scylla to Charybdis."
"So?" said the other gutturally. and again "So?"
Then the humour of it took him, and he yielded to.
it.
"Damme! What's to laugh at, you porpoise?"
spluttered mulberry-coat "A fine tale this'll make at
home: Admiral Van der Kuylen first loses his fleet
In the night, then has his flagship fired under him by
a French squadron, and ends all by being captured by
a pirate. I'm glad you find It matter for laughter.
Since for my sins I happen to be with you, I'm.
damned if I do."
"There's a misapprehension, if I may make so-
bold as to point it out." put in Blood quietly. "You
are not captured, gentlemen: you are rescued. When
you realise it, perhaps It will occur to you to acknow-
ledge the hospitality I am offering you. It may be-
poor, but it is the best at my disposal."
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I Damme.! Do you permit yourself to be ironical?" he thought fit to appoint: an .epitome of its misrule,
-4isapproved him; and possibly with a view to correct- damme!" He leaves Port Royal unguarded save by a
ing any such tendency, proceeded to introduce him- ramshackle fort that can be reduced to rubble in an
self. "I anm Lord Willoughby, King William's Gov- hour. Stab me! It's unbelievable!"
Sernor-General of the West Indies, and this is Admiral The lingering smile faded from Blood's face. "Is
Van der Kuylen, commander of his Majesty's West Rivarol aware of this?" he cried sharply.
Indian fleet, at present mislaid somewhere in this It was the Dutch Admiral who answered him.
-damned Caribbean sea." "Vould he go dere if he were not? M. de Rivarol he
: King William?" quoth Blood, and he was con- take some of our men prisoners. Berhape dey dell
scious that Pitt and Dyke, who were behind him, now him. Berhabs he make dem tell. Id is a great obbor-
came edging nearer, sharing his own wonder "And dunidy."
S who may be King William, and of what may he be His lordship snarled like a mountain-cat. "That
K. ing?" rascal Bishop shall answer for it with his head it
"What's that?" In a wonder greater than his there's any mischief done through this desertion of
own, Lord Willoughby stared back at him. At last: his post. What if it were deliberate, eh? What it
t... "I am alluding to his Majesty, King William III.- he is more knave than fool? What if this is his way
S William of Orange-who, with Queen Mary, has been of serving King James, from whom he held his office?"
ruling England for two months and more." Captain Blood was generous Hardly so much!
There was a moment's silence, until Blood realized It was just vindictiveness that urged him. "It's my-
-what he was being told. self he's hunting at Tortuga, my lord. But, I'm
"D'ye mean, sir, that they've roused themselves thinking that while he's about it, I'd best be looking
..at home, and kicked out that scoundrel James and his after Jamaica for King William." He laughed, with
gang of ruffians?" more mirth than he had used In the last two months.
Admiral Van der Kuylen nudged his lordship, a "Set a course for Port Royal, Jeremy, and make
humorous twinkle in his blue eyes. all speed. We'll be level yet with M. de Rivarol, and
"His politics are fery sound, I dink," he growled, wipe off some other scores at the same time."
His lordship's smile brought lines like gashes Both Lord Willoughby and the admiral were on
-into his leathery cheeks. "'Slife! Hadn't you heard? their feet.
Where the devil have you been at all?" "But you are not equal to it, damme!" cried his
"Out of touch with the world I.or the last three lordship. "Any one of the Frenchman's three ships is
months," said Blood. a match for both yours, my man."
"Stab me! You must have 'been. And in that "In guns-ay," said Blood, and he smiled. "But
-three months the world has undergone some changes." there's more than guns that matter in these affairs.
Briefly he added an account of.them. -King James If your lordship would like to see an action fought at
was fled to France. and living under the protection of seat as an action should be fought, this is your op-
King Louis, wherefore, and for other reasons, England portunity."
-had joined the league against her, and was now at Both stared at him. "But.the odds!" his lordship
w; ar with France. That was how it happened that insisted.
-the Dutch Admiral's flagship had been' attacked by "I'd is impossible," said Van der Kuylen, shaking
:M. de Rivarol's fleet that morning, from which it his great head. "Seamanship is imbordand. Bud
-clearly followed that in his voyage from Cartagena, guns is guns."
the Frenchman must have spoken some ship that gave "If I can't defeat him, I can sink my own ships
him the news. in the channel, and block him in until Bishop gets
. After that, with renewed assurances that aboard back from his wild-goose chase with his squadron, or
is ship they should be honourably entreated, Captain until your own fleet turns up."
S Blood lle the governor-general and the admiral to his "And what good will that be, pray?" demanded
t.N t .work at...Sel,,.went on .The Willoughby.
Mco .:isef. .h"s n, ed'' i aasL a- pr- "Ill be after telling you. Rivarol is a fool to
.: sP.-tjs: wasW* b t tkeitnlit chance, eGonldating what he's got aboard;
a t an ia1 t3.a his.. bi ut tlan4tA AIiti -:N IOl* his p -th the treasure plundered frbm
sharp ilan" earlier attempt to drive out that t iAiF tF tpaIOaM 0f itswa 1lirea." They
It became possible for him to return home aqndetke u Iufpged at thjaentih i.o tht toleSai liai "fe.has
up his life again at the point where it was so un- gone int6 P6~t Royal with Wl it h he defeats
fortunately interrupted four years ago. He was me or not, he doesn't come out of Port Royal with it
S-dazzled by the prospect so abruptly opened out to again, and sooner or later that treasure shall find its
him. The thing so filled his mind, moved him so w.iy into King William's coffers, after, say, one-tenth
.deeply, that he must afford it expression. In doing share shall have been paid to my buccaneers. Is that
so, he revealed of himself more than he knew or in- agreed, Lord Willoughby?"
tended to the astute little gentleman who watched His lordshipistood up, and shaking hack the cloud
him so keenly the while. of lace from his wrist, held out a delicate white hand.
"Go home. if you will," said his lordship, when "Captain Blood, I discover greatness in you," said
Blood paused. "You may be sure that none will he.
.harass you on the score of your piracy, considering "Sure it's your lordship has the fine sight to per-
what it was that drove you to it. But why be in ceive It," laughed the captain.
haste? We have heard of you, to be sure. and we "Yes, yes! Bud how vill you do id?" growled Van
know of what you are capable upon the seas. Here der Kuylen.
is a great chance for you, since you declare yourself "Come on deck, and it's a demonstration I'll be
S sick of piracy. Should you choose to serve King Wil- giving you before the day's much older."
S liam out here during this war, your knowledge of the
West Indies should render you a very valuable ser- CHAPTER XV
S vant to his Majesty's Government, which you w*uldad
not find ungrateful. You should consider it.:-i hae, THE LAST FIGHT OF THE "ARABELLA."
sir, I repeat: it is a great chance you-arge ni' IVlHY do you valt, my friend?" growled Van der
S "That your lordship gives me," Blood afltinded. V Kuylen,
"I am very grateful. But at the moment, I conftess, "Ay-- in God's name!" snapped Willoughby.
I can consider nothing but this great news. It alters t was the afternoon of that same day, and the
the shape of the world. I must accustom myself to two buccaneer ships rocked gently with idly capping
view it as it now Is, before I can determine my own sails under the lee of the long spit of land forming
pl e in it." the great natural harbour of Port Royal, and less than
: Pitt came in to report that the work of rescue a mile from the straits leading Into it, which the fort
at an end, and the men picked up-some forty- commanded. It was two hours and more since they
'i1.At all-sate aboard the two buccaneer ships. He had brought up thereabouts, having crept thither un-
trorders. Blood rose. observed by the city and by M. de Rivarol's ships, and
"'4 m"it.itigligent of your lordship's concerns in all the time the air had been a-quiver with the roar
my tildtfite ofn a my own. You'll be wishing me of guns from sea and land, announcing that battle
to land yb' rit Port Royal." was joined between the French and the defenders of
"At Port Afot'" FThe little man squirmed wrath- Port Royal. That long inactive waiting was strain-
fully on his teeat. W'i thfiuly and at length he in- ing the nerves of both Lord Willoughby and Van der
formed Blood that they had put Into Port Royal last Kuylen.
evening to find its deputy-governor absent. "He had "You said you vould show us zome vine dings.
gone on some wild-goose chase to Tortuga after buc- Vhere are dese vine dings?"
cancers, taking the whole of thefleet with him." Blood faced them, smiling confidently. He was
Blood stared in surprise a moment, t'fil _. yildad arrayed for battle, in back-and-breast of black steel.
to laughter. "I'll not be trying your patience much longer. In-
"He went I suppose, before news reached him of deed, I notice already a slackening in the fire. But
the change of Government at home, and the war with it's this way, now: There's nothing at all to be gain-
France?" ed by precipitancy, and a deal to be gained by delay-
"He did not," snapped Willoughby. "He was in- ing, as I shall show you, I hope."
S formed of both, and also of my coming before he set Lord Willoughby eyed him suspiciously. "Ye
ut." think that in the meantime Bishop may come back or
"Oh, impossible!" Admiral Van der Kuylen's fleet appear?"
"So I should have though. But I have the in- "Sure now, I'm thinking nothing of the kind.
-formation from a Major Mallard whom I found in Port What I'm thinking is that in this engagement with
Royal. apparently governing in this fool's absence." the fort, M. de Rivarol, who's a lubberly fellow, as I've
"But is he mad, to leave his post at such a time?" reason to know, will be taking some damage that may
Blood was amazed. make the odds a trifle more even. Sure, it'll be time
"Taking the whole fleet with him, pray remember, enough to go forward when the fort has shot its bolt."
S*nd leaving the place open to French attack. That is "Ay, ay!" The sharp approval came like a cough
;the sort of deputy-governor that the- late Government from the little goveraor-genera. "I perceive your oh-


ject, and I believe ye're entirely right. Ye have the
qualities of a great commander, Captain Blood. I beg
your pardon for having misunderstood you."
"And that's very handsome of your lordship. Ye
see, I have some experience of this kind of action, and
whilst I'll take any risk that I must, I'll take none
that I needn't. But .. ." He broke off to ItHten.
"Ay, I was right. The fire's slackening. It'll mean
the end of Mallard's resistance in the fort. Ho there,
Jeremy!"
He leaned on the carved rail and Issued orders
crisply. The bo'sun's pipe shrilled out, and in a mo-
ment the ship that had seemed to slumber there
awoke to life. Came the padding of feet along the
decks, the creaking of blocks and the hoisting of sail.
The helm was put oyer hard, and in a moment they
were moving, the Elizaleth following, ever in obedi-
ence to the signals from the Arabella. whilst Ogle the
gunner, whom he had summoned, was receiving
Blood's final instructions before plunging down to his
station on the gun-deck.
Within a quarter of an hour they had rounded
the head, and stood in to the harbour mouth, within
saker shot of Rivarol's three ships, to which they now
abruptly disclosed themselves.
Where the fort had stood they now beheld a
smoking rubbish heap, and the victorious Frenchman
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Was sweeping forward to snatch the rich prize whose
defenses he had shattered.
Blood scanned the French ships, and chuckled.
The Tictorteuse and the Medusa appeared to have
taken no more than a few scars; but the third ship,
the Baleinr, listing heavily to larboard so as to keep
the great gash in her starboard well above water, was
out of account.
"You see!" he cried to Van der Kuylen, and with-
out waiting for the Dutch'man's approving grunt, he
shouted an order: "Helm hard-a-port!"
The sight of that great red ship with her gilt
beak-head and open ports swinging broadside on must
have given check to Rivarol's soaring exultation. Yet
before he could move to give an order, before he could
well resolve what order to give, a volcano of fire and
metal burst upon him from the buccaneers, and his
docks were swept by the murderous scythe of the
broad-side. The Arabella held to her course, giving
place to the Elisabeth, which following closely, exe-
outed the same manoeuvre. And then whilst still the
Frenchmen were confused, panic-stricken by an al-
tack that took them so utterly by surprise, the Arabella
had gone about, and was returning in her tracks, pre-
senting now her larboard guns, and loosing her sec-
ond broad-side in the wake of the first. Came yet
another broadside from the Elizabeth, and then the
Arablrla's trumpeter sent a call across the water,
which Hagthorpe perfectly understood.
"On now, Jeremy;' cried Blood. "Straight into
them before they recover their wits. Stand by there!
Prepare to board! Hayton the grapnels! And
pass the word to the gunner in the prow to fire as
fast as he can load."
He discarded his feathered hat, and covered him-
self with a steel head-piece, which a negro lad brought
him. He meant to lead this boarding-party in per-
son. Briskly he explained himself to his two guests.
"Boarding is our only chance here. We are too
heavily out-gunned."
Of this the fullest demonstration followed quick-
ly. The Frenchmen having recovered their wits at
last, both ships swung broadside on, and concentrat-
ing upon the Arabella as the nearer and heavier and
therefore more immediately dangerous of their two
Sepinients, volleyed upon her jointly at almost the
Same moment.
a hhk the bucaneers, who had fired high to
Sd.lp th their enemies above decks, the Freneh fired
low to smash the hull of their assailant. The Arabella
rocked and staggered under that terrific hammering,
although'Pitt kept her headed towards the French so
that she should offer the narrowest target. For a
moment she seemed to hesitate, then she plunged for-
ward again, her beak-head in splinters, her forecastle
smashed, and a gaping hole forward, that was only
Just above the water-line. Indeed to make her safe
from bilging, Blood ordered a prompt jettisoning of
the forward guns, anchors and water-casks and what-
ever else was moveable.
Meariwtile, the Frenchmen going about, gave the
like reception to the Elizabeth. The Arabella. indif-
ferently served by the wind, pressed forward to come
to grips. But before she could accomplish her object,
the Victorieuse had loaded her starboard guns again,
and pounded her advancing enemy with a second
broadside at close quarters. Amid the thunder of
cannon, the rending of timbers, and the screams of
maimed men, the half-wrecked Aratella plunged and
reeled into the cloud of smoke that concealed her
prey, and then from Hayton went up the cry that she
'Ias going down by the head.
SBlood's heart stood still. And then In that very
fomentet of his despair, the blue and gold flank of the
ictorieuse loomed through the smoke. But even as
Se caught that enheartening glimpse he perceived, too,
how sluggish now was their advance, and how with
every second it grew more sluggish. They must sink
before they reach her.
SThus. with an oath, opined the Dutch Admiral,
S: : d. from Lord Willoughby there was a word of blame
i ,, 'S.'.. -Blood's seamanship in having risked all upon this
Z eiiblsr'asthrow of boarding.
'."Th.re was no other chance!" cried Blood, in
S roke-hearted frenzy. "If ye say it was desperate
and fooNhad,: .why :o it was; but the occasion and
the masr deatS .noh thing less. I fail within an
ace of victory."
But they ha1l not 'yet completely tailed. Hayton
himself and a score of sturdy rogues whom his whistle
had summoned, were crouching for .shelter amid the
Wreckage of the forecastle with grapnels ready.
Within seven or eight yards of the Tlctorieese. when
their way seemed spent, and their forward deck al-
frady awash under the eyes of the jeering, cheering
Frenchmen, those men leapt up and forward, and
I rled their grapnels across the chasm. Of the forn
S they flung two reached the Frenchmen's decks, and
S hastened there. Swift as thought itself, was then the
action of those sturdy, experienced buccaneers. Un-.
hesitatingly all threw themselves upon the chain of
se of those grapnels, neglecting the other, and heaved
1Upon it with all their might, to warp the ships to-
: ether. Blood, watching from his own quarter-deck,
I ent out his voice in a clarion call:
"Musketeers to the prow!"
The musketeers at their station at the waist,
:I-. eyed him with the speed of men who know that
I, ibselease l t the only hOpe of life. Pitty of them
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dashed forward instantly, and from the ruins of the
forecastle they blazed over the heads of Hayton's men,
mowing down the French soldiers who, unable to dis-
lodge the irons, firmly held where they had deeply
bitten into the timbers of the Vtctorieuse, were them-
selves preparing-to tre upon the grapnel crew.
Starboard to starboard the two ships swung
against each other with a jarring thud. By then Blood
was down in the waist, judging and acting with the
hurricane speed the occasion demanded. Sail.had been
lowered by slashing away the ropes that held the
yards. The advance guard of boarders, -a hundred
strong, was ordered to the poop, and his grapnel-men
were posted, and prompt to obey his command at the
very moment of impact. As a result, the foundering
Arabella was literally kept afloat by the half-dozen
grapnels that In an Instant moored her firmly to the
Tictorieuse.
Willoughby and Van der Kuylen on the poop had
watched in breathless amazement the speed and pre-
cision with which Blood and his desperate crew had
gone to work. And now he came racing up, his bugler
sounding the charge, the main host of the buccaneers
following him, whilst the vanguard, led by the gunner
Ogle, who had been driven from his guns by water in
the. gun-deck, leapt shouting to the prow of the Vic-
torleuse, to whose level the high poop of the water-
logged Arabella had sunk. Led now by Blood himself,
they launched themselves upon the French like hounds
upon the stag they had brought to bay. After them
went others, until all had gone and none but Willough-
by and the Dutchman were left to watch the fight
from the quarter-deck of the abandoned Arabella.
For fully half an hour that battle raged aboard
the Frenchman. Beginning in the prow it surged
through the forecastle to the waist, where it reached
a climax of fury. The French resisted stubbornly,
and they had the advantage of numbers to encourage
them. But for all their stubborn valour, they ended
by being pressed back and back across the decks that
were dangerously canted to starboard by the pull of
the water-logged Arabella. The buccaneers fought
with the desperate fury of men who know that re-
treat is impossible, for there was no ship to which
they could retreat, and here they must prevail and
make the Victorieuse their own, or perish.
And their own they made her in the end, and at a
cost of nearly half their numbers. Driven to the
quarter-deck, the surviving defenders, urged on by
the anfuriated Riol, maintained awhile their des-
perate realstpace. BUt in the end. iivarol west down
with a bullet in his bead, and the French remnant,
numbering scarcely a score of whole men, called for
quarter.
Even then, the labours of Blood's men were not
at an end. The Elisabeth and the Medusa were tight-
locked, and Hagthorpe's followers were being driven
back aboard their own ship for the second time.
Prompt measures were demanded. Whilst Pitt and
his seamen bore their part with the sails, and Ogle
went below with a gun-crew, Blood ordered the grap-
nels to be loosed at once. Lord Willoughby and the
admiral were already aboard the Tictorieuse. As they
swung off to the rescue of Hagthorpe, Blood, from
the quarter-deck of the conquered vessel, looked his
last upon the ship that had served him so well, the
ship that had become to him almost as a part of him-
self. A moment she rocked after her release, then
slowly and gradually settled down, the water gurgling
and eddying about her topmasts, all that remained
visible to mark the spot where she had met her death.
As he stood there, above the ghastly shambles in
the waist of the Tictoricuse, someone spoke behind
him. "I think, Captain Blood, that It is necessary I
should beg your pardon for the second time. Never
before have I seen the impossible made possible by
resource and valour, or victory so gallantly snatched
from defeat."
He turned, and presented to Lord Willoughby a
formidable front. His headpiece was gone, his breast-
plate dinted, his right sleeve a rag hanging from his
shoulder about a naked arm. He was splashed from
head to foot with blood, and there was blood from a
scalp-wound that he had taken matting his hair and
mixing with the grime of powder on his face to render
him unrecognisable.
But from that horrible mask two vivid eyes looked
out preternaturally bright, and from those eyes two
tears had ploughed each a furrow through the filth of
his cheeks.

CHAPTER XVI

HIS EXCELLENCE THE GOVERNOR.
WHEN the cost of that victory came to be counted,
It was found that of three hundred ind twenty
buccaneers who had left Cartagena with Captain
Blood, a bare hundred remained sound and whole.
The Elizabeth had suffered so seriously that it was
doubtful if she could ever again be rendered sea-
worthy, and Hagthorpe, who had so,gallantly com-
manded her in that last action, was dead. Against
this, on the other side of the account, stood the facts
that with a far inferior force and by sheer skill and
desperate valour, Blood's buccaneers had saved Ja-
maica from bombardment and pillage, and they had
captured the fleet of M. de fivarol, and seized for the
benefit of King William the splendid treasure which
she carried.


It was not until the evening of the following day
that Van der Knylen's truant fleet of nine ships came-
to anchor in the harbour of Port Royal, and its off--
cers, Dutch and English, were made acquainted with
their admiral's true opinion of their worth.
Six ships of that fleet were instantly refitted for
sea. There were other West Indian settlements de--
manding the visit of inspection of the new governor-
general, and Lord Willoughby was in haste to sail for
the Antilles.
"And meanwhile," he complained to his admiral,
"I am detained here by the absence of this fool of a
deputy-governor."
"So?" said Van der Kuylen. "But vhy should dad
dedain you?"
"That I may break the dog as he deserves, and
appoint his successor in some man gifted with a sense
of where his duty lies, and with the ability to per-
form it."
"Aha! But id is not necessary you remain for
dat. And meantime de Vrench vill haf deir eye on
Barbadoes, vhich is nod veil defended. You haf here
chust de man you vant. He vill require no Insdrue-
shons, dis one. He vill know how to make Port
Royal safe, bedder nor you or me."
"You mean Blood?"
"Of course. Could any man be bedder? You hat
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"You think so too, eh? Egad! I had thonght of
it; and,,rip me, _why not? He's a better man than
Morgan, and Morgan was made governor."
Blood was sent for. He came, spruce and de-
bonair once more, having exploited the resources of
Port Royal so to render himself. He was a trifle
dazzled by the honour proposed to him, when Lord
Willoughby made it known. It was so far beyond
anything that be had dreamed, and he was assailed
by doubts of his capacity to undertake so onerous a
charge.
"Damme!" snapped Willoughby. "Should I offer
it unless I were satisfied of your capacity? If that's
your only objection .. "
"It is not, my lord. I had counted upon going
home, so I had. I am hungry for the green lanes of
England." He sighed. "There will be apple-blossoms
in the orchards of Somerset."
"Apple-blossoms!" His lordship's voice shot up
like a rocket, and cracked on the word. "What the
devil ? Apple-blossoms!" He looked at Van der
Kuylen.
The admiral raised his brows and pursed his
heavy lips. His eyes twinkled humorously in his
great face.
'So!" he said. "Fery boedical!"
My lord wheeled fiercely upon Captain Blood.
"You've a past score to wipe out, my man!" he ad-
monished him. "You've done something towards it,
I confess, and you've shown your quality in doing it.
That's why I offer you the governorship of Jamaica in
his Majesty's nadie-because I account you the fittest
man for the office that I have seen."
Blood bowed low. "Your lordanip is very good.
But "
"Tchah! There's no 'but' to it. If you want your
past forgotten, and your future assured, this is your
-chance. And you are not to treat it lightly on ac-
count of apple-blossoms or any other damned senti-
mental nonsense. Your duty lies here, at least for
as long as the war lasts. When the war's over, you
may get back to Somerset and cider or your native
Ireland and its potheen; but until then you'll make
the best of Jamaica and rum."
Van der Kuylen exploded into laughter. But
from Blood the pleasantry elicited no smile. He re-
mained solemn to the point of glumness. His thoughts
"were on Miss Bishop, who was somewhere here in
this very house in which they stood, but whom he
had not seen since his arrival. Had she but shown
him some compassion .. .
And then the rasping voice of Willoughby out in
again, upbraiding him for his hesitation, pointing out
to him his incredible stupidity in trifling with such a
golden opportunity as this. He stiffened and bopied.
"My lord, you are in the rigSt. I am a fobl.L But
don't be accounting me an ingrate as well. If I have
hesitated it is because there are considerations with
which I will not trouble your lordship."
"Apple-blossoms, I suppose?" sniffed his lordship.
This time Blood laughed, jut there was still a
lingering wistfulness in his eyes.
"It shall be as you wish-and very gratefully,
let me assure your lordship. I shall know how to
earn his Majesty's approbation. You may depend
upon my loyal service."
"If I didn't, I shouldn't offer you this governor-
ship."
S Thus it was settled. Blood's commission was
made out and sealed In the presence of Mallard, the
commandant, and the other officers of the garrison,
who looked on in round-eyed astonishment, but kept
their thoughts to themselves.
"Now ve can aboud our business go," said Van
der Kuylen.
"We sail to-morrow morning," his lordship an-
nounced.
SBlood was startled.
"And Colonel Bishop?" he -asked.
"He becomes your affair. You are now the gov-
-ernor. You will deal with him as you think proper
on his return. Hang him from his own yard-arm.
He deserves it."
"Isn't the task a trifle invidious?" wondered
Blood.
"Very well. I'll leave a letter for him. I hope
hq'll Uke it."
Captain Blood took up his duties at once. There
was much to be done to place Port Royal in a proper
state of defence, after what had happened there. He
made an inspection of the ruined fort, and issued In-
structions for the work upon it, which was to be
started immediately. Next he ordered the careening
of the three French vessels that they might be ren-
dered sea-worthy once more. Finally, with the sanc-
tion of Lord Willoughby he marshalled his buccaneers
and surrendered them one-fifth of the captured treas-
ure, leaving it to their choice thereafter either to de-
part or to enrol themselves in the service of King
William.
A score of them elected to remain, and amongst
these were Jeremy Pitt, Ogle and Dyke, whose out-
lawry, like Blood's, had come to an end with the
downfall of King James. They were-saving'old
Wolverstone, who had been left behind at Cartagena
-the only survivors of that band of rebels-convict
who had left Barbadoes over three years ago in the
Citnco Llagas. ,
On the following morning, whilst Van der Kuy-


end's fleet was making finally ready for sea, Blood sat
in the spacious white-washed room that was the gov-
ernor's reice, when Major Mallard brought him word
that Bishop's homing squadron was in sight.
"That is very well," said Blood. "I am glad he
comes before Lord Wlloughby's departure. The
orders, major, are that you place him under arrest the
moment he steps ashore. Then bring him here to me.
A moment." He wrote a hurried note. "That to
Lord Willoughby aboard Admiral Van der Kuylen's
flagship."
Major-Mallard saluted and departed. Peter Blood
sat back in his chair and stared at the ceiling, frown-
ing. Time moved on. Came a tap at the door, and
an elderly negro slave presented himself. Would his
Excellency receive Miss Bishop?
His Excellency changed colour. He sat quite still,
staring at the negro a moment, conscious that his
pulses were drumming in a manner wholly unusual
to them. Then quietly he assented.
He rose when she entered, and if he was not as
pale as she was, it is because his tan dissembled it.
For a moment there was silence between them, as
they stood looking each at the other. Then she moved
forward, and began at last to speak, haltingly, in an
unsteady voice, amazing In one usually so calm and
deliberate.
"I .. I .Major Mallard has just told me..."
"Major Mallard exceeded his duty," said Blood,
and because of the effort he made to steady his voice
it sounded harsh and unduly loud.
He saw her start, and stop, and Instantly made
amends. "You alarm yourself without reason, Miss
Bishop. Whatever may lie between me and your
your uncle, you may be sure that I shall not follow
the example he has set me. I shall not abuse my posi-
tion to prosecute a private vengeance. On the con-
trary, I shall abuse it to protect him. Lord Willough-
by's recommendation to me is that I shall treat him
without mercy. My own intention is to send him back
to his plantation in Barbadoes."
She came slowly forward now. "I .. I am glad
that you will do that. Glad above all for your own
sake." She held out her hand to him.
He considered it critically. Then he bowed over
it. "I'll not presume to take it in the hand of a thief
and a pirate," said he bitterly.
"You are no longer that," she said, and strove to
smile.
"Yet I owe no thanks to you that I am not," he
answered. "I think there's no more to be said, unless
it be to add the assurance that Lord Julian Wade has
also nothing to apprehend from me. That, no doubt,
will be the assurance that your peace of mind re-
quires?"
"For your own sake-yes. But for your own
sake only. I would not have you do anything mean
or dishonouring."
"Thief and pirate though I be?"
SShe clenched her hand, and made a little gesture
of 'espair and impatience.
"Will you never forgive me those words?"
"I'm finding It a trifle hard, I confess. But what
does it matter, when all is said?"
Her clear hazel eyes considered him a moment
wistfully. Then she put out her hand again.
"I am going. Captain Blood. Since you are so
generous to my uncle, I shall be returning to Barba-


-does with him. We are not like to meet again-ever'
Is it impossible that we should part friends? Once I
wronged you, I know. And I have said that I am
sorry. Won't you won't you say 'good-bye'?"
He seemed to rouse himself, to shake off a mantle
of deliberate harshness. He took the hand she prof-
fered. Retaining it, he spoke, his eyes sombrely,
wistfully considering her.
"You are returning to Barbadoes?" he said slowly.
"'Will Lord Julian be going with you?"
"Why do you ask me that?" she confronted him
quite fearlessly.
"Sure now, didn't he give you ny message, or
did he bungle it?"
"No. He didn't bungle it. He gave it me in your
own words. It touched me very deeply. It made me
see clearly my error and my injustice. I owe it to
you that I should say this by way of amend. I Judged
too harshly where It was a presumption to judge at
all."
He was still holding her hand. "And Lord
Julian. then?" he asked, his eyes watching her, bright
as sapphires in that copper-coloured face.
"Lord Julian will. no doubt be going home to
England. There is nothing more for him to do out
here."
"But didn't he ask you to go with him?"
"He did. I forgive you the impertinence."
A wild hope leapt to life within him.



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"And you? Glory be, ye'll not be telling me ye
refused to become my lady, when .. "
"Oh! You are insufferable!" She tore her hand
tree, and backed away from him. "I should not have
come. Good-bye!"
She was speeding to the door. He sprang after
her, and caught her. Her face flamed, and her eyes
stabbed him like daggers.
"These are pirate's ways, I think! Release me!"
"Arabella!" he cried on a note of pleading. "Are
ye meaning it? Must I release ye? Must I let ye go
and never set eyes on ye again? Or will ye syay and
make this exile endurable until we can go home to-
gether? Och, ye're crying now! What have I said
to make ye cry, my dear?"
"I thought you'd never say it," she mocked
him through her tears.
h'Well, now, ye see there was Lord Julian, a fine
figure of a .. "
"There was never, never anybody but you. Peter."
They had, of course, a deal to say thereafter, so
much indeed that they sat down to say it, whilst time
sped on, and Governor Blood forgot the duties of his
office. He had reached home at last. His odyssey
was ended.
And, meanwhile, Colonel Bishop's fleet had come
to anchor, and the colonel had landed on the mole, a
disgruntled man to be disgruntled further yet. He
was accompanied ashore by Lord Julian Wade.
A corporal's guard was drawn up to receive him,
sad in advance of this stood Major Mallard and two
others 'who were unknown to the deputy-governbr:
one slight and elegant. the other big and brawny.
Major Mallard advanced. "Colonel Bishop, I have
orders to arrest you. Your sword, sir!"
Bishop stared, empurpling. "What the devil .!
Arrest me, d'ye say? Arrest me?"
"By order of the Governor of Jamaica," said the
elegant little man behind Major Mallard. Bishop
swung to him.
"The governor? Ye're mad!" He looked from
one to the other. "I am the governor."
"You were," said the little man dryly. "But we've
changed that in your absence. You're broke for
abandoning your post without due cause, and thereby
Imperilling the settlement over which you had charge.
It's a serious matter, Colonel Bishop, as you may find.
Considering that you held your office from the Gov-
ernment of King James, it is even possible that a
charge of treason might lie against you. It rests with
your successor entirely whether ye're hanged or not."
Bishop caught his breath, rapped out an oath, and
then shaken by a sudden fear: "Who the devil may
you e?"' he asked.


"1 am Lord Willoughby, Governor-General of his
Majesty's colonies in the West Indies. You'pere in-
formed, I think, of my coming."
The remains of Bishop's anger fell from him like
a cloak. He broke into a sweat of fear. Behind him
Lord Julian looked on, his handsome face suddenly
white and drawn.
"But. my lord," began the colonel.
"Sir, I am not concerned to hear your reasons,"
his lordship interrupted him harshly. "I am on the
point of sailing and I have not the time. The gov-
ernor will hear you, and no doubt deal justly by you."
He waved to Major Mallard, and Bishop, a crumpled,
broken man. allowed himself to be led away.
To Lord Julian. who went with him, since none
deterred him, Bishop expressed himself when present-
ly he had sufficiently recovered.
"This is one more item to the account of that
scoundrel Blood," he said, through his teeth. "My
God, what a reckoning there will be when we meet!"
Major Mallard turned away his face that he might
conceal his smile, and without further words led him
a prisoner to the governor's house, the house that so
long had been Colonel Bishop's own residence. He
was left to wait under guard in the hall, whilst Major
Mallard went ahead to announce him.
Miss Bishop was still with Peter Blood when
Major Mallard entered. His announcement startled
them back to realities.
"You will be merciful with him. You will spare
him all you can for my sake, Peter," she pleaded.
"To be sure I will." said Blood. "But I'm afraid
the circumstances won't.'
She effaced herself, escaping into the garden, and
Major Mallard fetched the colonel.
"His excellence the governor will see you now,"
said he, and threw wide the door.
Colonel Bishop staggered in, and stood waiting.
At the table sat a man of whom nothing was
visible but the top of a carefully curled, black head.
Then his head was raised, and a pair of blue eyes
solemnly regarded the prisoner. Colonel Bishop made
a noise in his throat, and paralysed by amazement,
stared Into the face of his excellency the Deputy-
Governor of Jamaica. which was the face of the man
he had been' hunting in Tortuga to his present un-
doing.
The situation was best expressed to Lord Wil-
loughby by Van der Kuylen as the pair stepped aboard
the admirals flagship.
"Id is fery boedigal!" he said, his blue eyes
twinkling. "Cabdain Blood is lond Of boedry-you
remember de abble-blossoms. So? Ha, ha!"
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FAMOUS CATCH-PHRASES.

They ask me sadly why I am down hearted:
_What secret sorrow' corrugates my brow;
I answer: "'Jrs., our glory has departed;
Wee hve no catchword now!"
So sang a poet some fifteen years ago, and cer-
tainly at that time there was no current phrase so uni-
versally popular as "Yes. we have no bananas" is to-
day.
The necessary qualifications for a popular catch-
phrase would seem to be Simplicity and Stupidity, and
without a doubt those two ingredients abound in the
phrases that have tickled the senses of the people dur-
ing the last hundred years. In 1830 the small boy
of the period would rudely remark to his elders. "How
are you off for soap?" or, more rudely still, "Go to
Bath and get your head shaved." Some five years
later the slogan became, "Go it, ye cripples," while in
1838 a phrase was coined that remained topical for
two generations. That was the famous "Does your
mother know you're out?"
SWhere did you get that hat?"
Catch-phrases. by the way, in the form of ques-
tions have frequently reached a high degree of popu-
larity. as witness the one invented in 1840, "Do you
see any green in my eye?" In the 'nineties, "Have
you seen the Shah?" and "Where did you get that
hat?" attained an equally wearisome vogue.
The year 1830 gave to the world the classic
"Jump, Jim Crow," while in 1841 the advent of the
first public soup-kitchens led to "That's the ticket
for soup."
No further meteoric phrase occurred till 1850,..
when "All serene" lit up the comic firmament; and
after that there is a long and blessed wait of ten years.
But the year 1860 was a true vintage year. In those
short twelve months were coined such universal fa-
vourites as "Keep your hair on," "Like a bird" (both
topical to-day 1, "Not for Joe," and "How's your poor
feet?"-an absolutely unique collection.
In 1865 the social verbal pleasantry was "Not to-
day, baker," which had its origin in a music-hall song,
and there were many more in the "seventies and
'eighties. But with the arrival of the 'nineties they
blossomed thick and fast. In 1890 "Mind the step"
instantly achieved immortality, and then in quick
succession through the following years came those
world-beaters: "Get your hair cut," "Now we sha'n't
be long," "Let 'em all come," "What ho! she bumps,"
rising to the classic pinnacle of "Pip-pip" and "There's
hair!"-J. O'L's Weekly.


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Mr.n Edoen Phlpotts is, on o V the bo*tkmto etIda-Soyof Lowck cooksin ling hat cards m~ cnenderatelhe letSometie of gbiy


4Wite and BPindle." i'. PERhiN ts was 2nuch in- Here Nick met old Solomon as he led in a Bar- ed Martin with the lighters, when a steamer was in
terested 4 1th fliPJ66 6ijtli Of'ah-Weet Indian super- bados cw. and merchandise awaited her.
-stition-n hi eat stories deal with the quaint be-.% Pete Solomon was asurvival-atful-bloode 'd on of He knew Brown-indeed he knew everybody; but
lies and fcinof'te 'Wes Indiean native's mind. slavea-one who lauded the Ethiopian and mistrusted his 'reputation was such that none much cared to be
21), eito of 1 Planters' Punch," while in Eng- all white men. He was full of quirks and cranks and, seen in his company.
lad his V ear, was fortunate enough to secure frol ncetllafmblevrithMoerfteRin Now he looked at Nick's fine clothes.
-ant Rkichards, Mr. Phillpotts's agenst OWS "What you want dressed out so smart, Marge "'Where you steal that lot?" he asked.
te estInianrihtsoftro o Mr'PIPBrown?" asked the fruit-grower. He was a -little "I-dam sick," answered Nhoa."I gib Samuel
jot'tales. These appear in this issue. negro with grey wool, a wrinkled face and a bent back. Martin hell. He done me out wid Annie Solomon.w
"I come to you, oar, and I pay you respects and "What should such a fine, rich gurl want with a
dress smat tI ubMiss Annie, and she no' hat me; worthless buimmer likeyou?",
PARTI1. but I no' do udidh till yod friendly to me, Mrgte "I not a worfls bummer. IfI been abit quickker,
W "BRE Nature Nag spent her fury in oldm n TeOd man shook his head doubtfully. "Lr yo ano to be sdandlzthn."
Pies oftn ar ye t e se evidences of "I want her to marry a black man, but I 'trald "Yo' smartest man in San George, gar--ebbery-
ders, man bringlifge dreames and main ybu'se toodlate, Nicholas. Anudder gem'man courkting body know dat. How I cut out deswaine? I gib my

Afoe potentda in the afeist ofhmndity.ik cts y bright-eyed maiden In white, with a scarlet hithdker- you'dt giv me."
AatvGenaa.,g In o the WestIdireslike aouat's, teye chief tied over her curly head, and young half-caste "Marse Solomoen, himt eighty-free year old,' explain
41mmrngu fo the Grad Eanalitlelae mountmallnsura, bthee -by no means such a fie fellow is Nick to the eye. ed Nick; "andt all him folk dead but Annie. Her,
111tthe Grand Eang, ainttle larkes of smallsurae butl He had a simple, cheerfull face and his father's grey fadder was drowned an' her mudder .die ob yellow
migtyr depth; andInther drns of th o ana sre stitll eyes. He was the son of an old seaman, who married .fever ten year ago. So she hab de gardens and de
bncrnig womthenegoe an Gaibshed tat hea black wife, settled at Grenada, and died there when stone house and all."
-wasrever ready to reward the good and punish the evil- MSa nwMartinhad no ie obe aemn n that' a c dwt ata h ontmr
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The Grand litang is a gem set $in fligree of gold he owned two big lighters, wi ch came and went to "If yo' help me wid Martin, I do yo' plenty good


-Olen peaep among volcanic crgs -ery fit dwellin Boia h D innsamblhi seemed to stab thd big pegro with
I ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ hl Nic h ohrofteRiadth le e k grinned also and swept off his straw hat "You're not tough enough," he said., "You're ndl
erti kows o the Mothere Dof te-Ri, and torhep oldragen toAnieade of the stuff to be any good, nor yet partickIeil
.eaitos. ofthey will tell pepe, whtho wayorsthip str*ang He doubted. not that the lighterdie would socon. bad. You're the squashyb sort of mess that wata
-gAs Theyse wilhell you t hat the li ady of thelak mayt take second place when he: began to make love inr everything for nothilng-too lazy to be anything but
-yet eseenowhn night hies ther lt~and and e a flmoon earnest; but 'e was wrong, and when Pete and his lazy-not hot enough to help stoke hell, and not clas
nshines d eown upo @Bn th De wae.At suhtimes eye ofr cow had passed on their way, Annie broke the news. enough for anywhere else."
ma shal behod as rsudde rippler andt mar the feorm "Ilse terrible happy gal,. Marge Brown, because "I -stoke hell for Marge Maftin," promised Nick.
often godessrtlmising fromt hegoto in the m depth s.* Fee gwine tmarry Marge Martin." "I no'. lazy 'bout dis job. I take plenty trouble, and If
.anid the chance beholder Is rewarded, or punished, ae- .er I 'M 5 0 hel~dp me' to'goaK Adstl away from dat beast, I no
-crding to his deers.Many ire te leendso h Samuel looked astonised, and turnd@ lif fsab t o "Tyha you won't, my son. Well, Peter Solomon's
handed down from their grandfathers, of how the Ani.shoes--eh? And a corner for me and the run of my
bucanersfro te Sansh ainusd te oddss You no' talk so, oar," she said. "Marge Martin, teeth and a bit of the ready when I want it.!
for their own purpose, traded upon the local dread of witeman." e'aa'fawy ay mrYA "o tagtt m;Isrih oya"si
to ~ eo dn ehe p anrene' "White!" cried Nick, with scorn. .Dat fing "ou'r the sort of one-hosis blackguard that al
keet wite il no whtean'he e' lac An heno ways wants a worse man to help him.l I'll think about
keeping. I damn good. An' you no' marry hlimif, I can help it, it; and don't you say you've been talking to me.It
To-day the mystery grows thin and Quashie has because I make you a better husband dan him." that dirt-coloured boy's barges were on the market-
-ceased to fear those sequestered waters; but, -fifty The other was conciliatory. perhaps I-- But--no, Nick, you're not hard enough
-years ago, when these things happened, faith wats still "You make berry good husband, bMarsie Brown in a the gizzard. You'd want me to do all the work."
qick in negro hearts and the extraordinary vet to but Annie lub:me, so I better man for her," argued
-etold brought new lustre to the .fading falme of the Martin calmly.
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GadEtang. .For how could she-the Rain Mother~- "I soon make her lub me den! I make her forget
besleeping or departed who knew so well and won- all about a pusson like you!" threatened Nick. NNIE SOLOMON had fond that her grand-
iosyto guard virtue and punish him who contrived Then Annie ended the conversation. father was less plead with Samuel Martin
-ei?"Ise heard nuff ob dis. You berry flue man, A than might have been wished. For Pete was
Not that- Nick Brown had any evil record; other- Marse Brown, and if dar was no Sam Martin, den I no a full-bilooded larohiself, and hise gran-
wise, when he Manie atoutig old Solomon's va Ind- want nobody finer; but 84muel is my man, so dar's-de daughter a pure negre ss and while she an he e"
daughter, he had quickly been sent about his business.' end ob It." eration valued white blood, It happened tThat Mast
But he belonged to the doubtful sort., He waa, Ja ey9 "He only want you for your gran'tadder'B money," Solomon preferred purte Ethiopian and was distincl
1,ollow, and he did neither good nor hM 1Ut50Jqstag 4dOtsred Nick, and Mr. Martin protested. prejudiced against the "Che-che," a generic term ft
-,wled away his life, smoking on the wharves, drthk* gtzmosdt wicked Marge Brown! I have plenty anbdwth Etpndrmeet lri i
in the bars, dreaming dreams of prosperity, work-astfr nt. Cmoiin
in. three days a week for such comforts as he re- i' "Then, seeing that he had to do with a very simple "I no' quarrel wid Marge Martlin," he said t6
mureande plannng ae moIatrimonial allanc that soul, Miarge Brown calmed his rage and became more Annie. "He berry good man; but Marge Brown-hin
shul mkeitposiletolie n dlnes orevr. dplomatic 99negro. An' I -wih you lub him steaid of Marge Mar
He was a big negro, six foot tall and finely get up; "'. sany no more., I too sad. Mhy 11te all gone to tin. Yo' gals all tink if man got streak of white a;
:and the black maidens thought a good deal of him, yet hell. I nuffin left 'it Annie took away. My Gard! in him he .better dan black man; an' I ay not so-1
'Vot as much as he thought of himself. What I do now?" him mostly worse.,,
9: Annie was pretty and friendly and the apple of her "Find anudder gal. Dar plenty udder gals, mar," "Mariee Martin work harder dn Marse Nick, ah
*andftather's eye; while he--old Pete Solomon-stood said Samuel. he tink great tings ob you, gran'fadder."
among the most prosperous coloured gentlemen in "I killed dead," declared Marse Brown. "Dar ."So Marse Nick-he tla 'great tings obl mleto.
rend D~ck.away hpeulwhre isow lck nuffin more to say, and I wish yeo U berry good-eben- He berry civil gem'man. I wish yo make uddr r-
-as concerned wout to see Marse Solomon and ask, in jug, An nie." .rangemenditsAniae. Buit yo o hab It all yo own
ighy godagh y tabia, f h miht ay is d- "Berry good ebening, den. An' Marie Martin way wid Marse Martin. I must get second opinion

abPetec Soomnwas a 'fruit an i adeas"E n s t a iha etha n.'o*bb ybody tell same 'bouit him-hatabotur-maste
-ed them through a grove of Woonut pa ilms, with grey,. rage in his heart. For this Vas bitter disappointment. and ebberybody."
-curved trunks, all bent deliqstelY,,a I t might seem, He had felt hopeful that Annie would be proud to win "Yo' laugh, yo' children,.because yo' fools,"said
by the weight of their great liegd& The1 re bran e a man. so, popular with the sex, und he. had'decided Pete. "Y' lkaugh at wht weol flk know de solemn
the drooping fronds, green above, goldon-biiroyn e to follow in Marse Solomon a shoes anid sit under his troof. And when I siay get second opinion, I don't
-4eath; they were full of fruit, too, in all atggeB of, orange-trees.' Nick went his way, and chance threw mean udder people; I mean de spirits."
Jbuth and maturity.- Upon some the -nuts clustered him into the path of a very big rascal. "'Oh, my! How we know wha~t de spirits tink
ilp,.wappd i thir uskcass; n oher thy sill "De debbil send him," thought Marge Brown. "But ob Marse Martin?"
jemalined green; while many bore sprigs of infant' If he help me to get Annie, I no' care who send him." ...Cause if .we call on dem, dey tell us, Annie. D
#uts that looked like huge golden acorns. 'Bolivar' Blinns was an elderly, medium-sized Mudder ob de Rain am de great Spirit dat lives in do.
9 Through a litter of mealy husks, piles of forage .white man, concerning whom no good could be record- Grand Eteag."
aind fruit-crates, Nick proceeded. Then he passed a- ed. He bad a pock-marked, hairless face on a scraggy Annie's eyes grew round.
plantation patch and came to the fruit-trees--shad- neck, coldglue eyes set curiously wide apart, a low "She Negro Spirit,"- he continued, "an', she kno*
-docks, mandarins, limes and citrons, their boughs brow and a very heavy, fighting chin. He looked as to markde soiheep from de goats. An' she tell negroes
-bending beneath a green and red and yellow harvest. itch like a reptile as a man, and one almost expected many ti gs dey better for knowing. She terrible wis
Above them lofty inango-trees were In flower, anid little Ao see a forked tongue flicker when he opened hie nar- and strong. An' dis I say. If Marse Martin agod
nhmia-birds darted about among the masses .row mouth. His left hand lacked two figers--the man, ihen' fear de Spiit an' if he bad man, den 3b4l
*ef hummiscnge In the shadows the tiny birds were middle and fore. That was a Trinidad story; and af- soon treat him rough an' show him up."
J94&., but like emeralds they flashed. through the ter Bolivar had lost those digits under a bowle knife, "People frightened to go to Grand Etang bY_
danhilte, which fell like doom upon them when he was signal- night," said Annie.









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"Why? Because dey mostly bad; an' dey know
de Mudder ob de Rain catch 'em out," he answered.
"But she nebber do hard tings to a good man; and if
Marse Samuel so wonnertul good as he say, den she
reward him; but if he be lying an' hi wicked man,
den we nebber see him no more."
Annie reflected over this tremendous proposition.
Marse Martin was- a Christian and went to church.
She had never heard him talk about the Mother of the
Ftain and she felt little doubt that Samuel did not be-
lieve in the lady. But he was superstitious, as most
negroes are, and, for all she knew, might refuse any
such ordeal. On the other hand, he might be braver
than she suspected.
"I tell him what you say," she promised, and a
day later she went to the wharf and broke the news
to Samuel.
He stood among a dozen ragged fellows who were
loading one of his lighters with coco-nuts and boxes
of raw cocoa.
She explained that her grandfather believed in
the goddess of the island lake and desired an expert
opinion on the subject of Marse Martin.
"If you good as you are good," said Annie, "den
gran'fadder say de spirit reward you; an' if you no'
good, den he say you no' come back 'gain."
The matter-of-fact Samuel stared and his brown
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"De Mudder ob de Rain!" he said. "Dar no such
pusson, Annie!"
"Ole man sure dar are. An' It dar aren't, den yo'
all right, an" if dar are, den yo' all right stll-'cause
you so good Samuel."
"I berry good, an' I Jesus Christ's man an' I no'
frightened oh nobody.'
"Den yo' go up when de moon full, Samuel. An'
I tell old man yo' go."
Nick Brown wandered along at this moment. He
had come to see Mr. Binns, who was helping to load a
lighter, but, on observing Annie, Ignored his fellow-
conspirator. Despite his reverse, he had preserved a
show of friendship with both Samuel and his sweet-
heart; he had even apologised and expressed regret
that he should have been rude to his successful rival.
"I see yo' terrible busy, Marse Martin," he said;
"I take off my coat and lend a hand, sar, if you
please."
"Do you tink de Mudder ob de Rain in de lake In
de mountains, Marse Brown?" asked Annie. "Because
my gran'tadder say she am."
"Den I say she am," declared Wilk-sttotly.
"He say de spirit plenty short and sharp wid had
man and plenty kind to good man'" explained Ainie;
"and she know sure If Marse Martin is good."
"De power ob de Lord hab made me good," ex-
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night. Marse Solomon want me to go up dar at full
moon an' see what happen. So I go."
"Would you do dat, Nick?" asked Annie.
"If Marse Solomon say me go, den -l go," vowetu
Nicholas.
Then Marse Martin was called to his laden lighter
and put off with her to a steamer lying half-a-mile
from shore.
Annie, full of pride at Samuel's rare courage, went
home to tell her grandfather that he accepted the
ordeal, and when she was out of eight, Nick strolled
over to Bolivar Blnns, who was resting from his la-
bours until Samuel's second lighter returned empty
from the steamer.
"I come yo" house to-night," he said. "I hear a
tale plenty interesting 'bout dat Martin."
They were out of earshot, and Binns spoke:
"I was turning over if I could give the boy a bit
of jolt some night coming back from a cargo boat after
dark, as we often do."
"I tell yo' all I know to-night, Marse Binns,"
promised Nick, and then he strolled off.
The negro had seen Bolivar several times of late,
and suffered in reputation accordingly. He had also
suffered in his soul. His empty mind left him un-
armed against this hardened black-guard, and from a
ffrit dread and fear at the character of Bolivar's sug-
gestion, Marse Brown gradually worked himself up
into a kindred, cutthroat ferocity. He liked talking
big, but Binns knew the average negro Ia not to be
trusted with single-handed crime, and as yet felt qo-
temptation to put confidence in his accomplice. it
amused him to terrify Nicholas and see his temper
triumphing over his native cowardice. Bolivar was
already calculating whether it would pay him best to -
assist Brown, or turn traitor and warn Martin against
him.
It Is certain, at this stage of the adventure that
Mr. Binns had no Id6a of soiling his hands with blood.
At best the game was not worth the candle. But now
that happened to Inspire a more sinister view. The
means to do an evil deed had from time to time pre-
sented themselves'to Bolivar Binns, and it cannot be
said that he often neglected his opportunities.
Now came Marse Brown by night, and brought
the news that old Solomon still stood in doubt .on-
cerning Samuel, and had proposed the nocturnal ordeal.
of a visit to the Grand Etang.
"Ole man Solomon, he say de rirti.t .p dar still
be tell Martin him go an' see what she do. to him;.
'cause she good to the good an' mighty bad to the bad."
"He won't go," said Bolivar. He'll just creep off
and play 'possum, and next morning he'll sail round
to show he's all right."
"He say him go.'
"He don't funk it?"
"Not him-no more dan a calf funk de butcher.'"
Binns considered.
"And if he don't come back?"
"Dat all right. Dat show he not so good as he-
pretend. If he no' come back-den de Spirit wipe him
out an' no more said. Den I come along."
"And what does the gurl think?"
"She no' feared, 'cause she reckon Samuel hab
plenty angels to look after him."
Bolivar now permitted his thoughts to take a.
darker colour. But he knew what looks easy is often
difficult at a pinch. The future centred on Nicholas
and how far he might be trusted. Mr. Binns saw one
thing clearly enough. If this was tq happen, it must
leave Marse Brown in his power, and not place him
Mi the power of Marse Brown.
"Waal, old son, and what d'you think about it?"
he asked. "Of course this is your pigeon-not mine.
You've got everything to gain, and once ithis psalm-
singing bloke is out of the way you win in a :anter.
The old man likes 'em all black better than brindled,
and he'd be very willing for you to be his trand-
daughter's husband, so I'm told. So h N does it strike
on your thinking-box?" V
Mlarse Brown replied:
"Fust place, dar no such pusson as de Mudder oil',. .
de Rain -
"That's so. We can rule out conjuringtV B'
"He come all alone, free mile away froi t near--
est house."
"Right."
"An' if yo' see him in del-mobilight and tink him
a loup garou--euch a dead shot wid your revolver as
Marse Binns! How *at?"
"Fine, Nick! And you stop at home in bed, do
you shan't be drawn in. And I come back and say
I've had a shocking accident In the bush."
"Me Gard! A splendid plan-you too clebber,.
Marse Binns!"
"Too clever to do your job, anyway No, nig; we
won't pretend nothing. If this is going to happen, you
and me don't come into the picture, no more than
Samuel will afterwards. No dead bodies around for
me. If there was brains wanted for this, I'd say leave
it alone; if it could go wrong any sort of how, I'd
take darnation good care not to meddle with it or let
you; but it's about the greatest cert I ever struck since
-no mater when. Your star's up, Nick.'
"Whar yo' come in, den?" asked the negro.
'I come in at the death-see? You win the trick
and take the stakes--Anne Solomon and the fortune-
and I'm at your elbow to see you through and do allt
that's to be done."
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his Y~es, Wo'tll f aup in he publi eyeu ctil Judgmet hR4 a%@ d stuc it l ric h. o6h odapaen" hry'gny'Blvr hry'gny
brililian moonl helped i him andpoued i gh thouh
Day o Preset ly It gets othe' missaging and went~el uph G oldcikd tou hiosr oke fhre'om r ott n y si-lik othaI o o oebakbir on u


.the woods, while, with prodigi s c hoe've camed.it
-.11m and e tver leverl, and guess the' duilsrowned, an many hremained tbedscovre d; bumhatokwssserraderrt"tegetstn nte laig
"I ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ n thel hol thatt-- was, after aarle tons! bThe aotht grave.o Gd' ake
nthathivnk aotimeh e'll fl oa 't; b t- n bo u s ir Hew nt mo re l lar gre .t Hie buriaed hi and s igt ran d brougt H a h ok a atlo ig aed h n
floth an y mo red th ank o elfc ly.n aTreey o' find hmng thermtup fulls. Already Br' nam helpe tomae i pogeslackr.fr
Andk Pthee' S olo on 'wimet at onsfll swea thauets gnt the Mot; hero they Nihlaret n Blvr ag ed the
Rain's. got himan o~inie w u ill seehe teren'tuso goo roli ase8'stuff" the tesaid "We'ves ea tookte trick he bega to sig H IaseTED.rs ,adeiet
_aso ash thught and seen be hreaT rday to le t yu taken hish thijor ey Workeie hell, before It'si dark-iget ti tebsto piis
t'll ~~~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ e too, hae forgotteno theY* blacksmith -ofg Samuel~ite tervocs on

"Yest'll sab- Wo al-rihat, alnd yhouh can' makes lae 'c naus delfolkfared toa coe stood in place."GTNJA A A
t. Bolivar? If yo' not come back berr soon Io run offysm tiglietet huad oto fgl.
reno l m istk fyut the ironu againsthm.Tl his crhoes "Theyht old truen fo6or oness.b iTheres no moneyhliem
randpllte trigger and' all you w d 've got to, Ah I'll tohismovn inyhdott h btmo the world nowaays.
lookg afteth fulmonidroltan reafdthbuia l n service. "Wetshared an'tin suhae, moblos Ten h l
"I k61 i debad-i kiolatl hi, aae Btinns! "Th.- i ar t's a so-thats brnso. But fo God's sak be ke
henh ep yo rtued, and keeliyor mouth, shtrand you moruthy shu ecab out it. Donia't le nface soul."e
-dnt the uinks aout ii-rdseD on' ti nkaouytan i5tt% mor e y Thie great pile pinceae and bnigh t sroeadl fas
ths an you'd, tithink ofcimbinga Got'reevolvr mnoes over the hils.Aledthpamwreikbck D SO V E E
Luck ptheresn o longte im to wara io t. Moortrn's ful onA sihoete agais bt the sk, heres atheybrke the
d, of th rumtillafte. Ju t hberoln ma sse s of theand ie sbgnttw kl
abuts sul ndsePA hreT husa night ; Then adlsh bthei tren fros started their pureal ing the
I'll have the otapinreandy. blawhr Ircksmit Perhogs ofGenaalifted their vches round g
"I wate hmwrse blaed, e mobbl Inhatethi, Be their lak. e widnth musica cakngs oblkehames fr alling 29 I rAG STE ,
help me"s ore N ick. upon dista nt anvils.






to hi bons. But you mind not morsay oo.the mighty sometinog lkel twrent thousand pon ds-m ofr gold. Itne o he lb e
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friendly ift youirun up agirnst him. Tellhmoe hwe'ts a mgh rpreNhlsen "Ebbe rlesnbu dife nt owasamgt u
braves fman, and ay youtl woud' goto the Gnewetran t Yo hi.Theny hadgtt h bto o f thechstwic
lete atrfulldmoon. for a, sackof dhiamon iads. ereMarsed nothing bu thoe di a oubloos Then Ohe lite
"It tel b him ad rat" poblack arit e.fn Bwalow t cigarette. n used his br a ins, An i le nw Nic gotBarbble
blThenhie dearted and Belvn t ~ nsru''p heerfully. -~ mae an douowla d not so eeBod.Ala' fae Togeters somebodyil
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Nicholas oil hris iing gav. Colt's reole oonf liegin akona ln neresodnw ie
less man, looked hundre,,,,..1Uby,















do pte rn sultedtto operations h atwsort ran e. mae k"e so now. ht eklld dlotthe Othr' Age cie a c ted
Toote te t kild ouh ul tacktht irle nt 14t Biike Viay-no moe? Manufacturers, Brewt on
At Caneoaa PlARTs III.ysml e tohe hm~ateIn handlmnto. De rs.
and hil on tel t th-stiRY gd@'We o"Th i s bitrolf fun heats s avedu then trouble of 619
8and bottlers.















NWcHENlas h y~adpoed hand they sunald ltturnedt gh.andepr"hsa;"btwmut wide aad bitdoit
Za wet o ve 'the GrndEand butag wher B i t WA I s reckn. erhp fowe' i kll tap anohrchs t ifow e gowSO
Nee rttwatersbae, liemy oltn. meale inlheir dowan. W he s needn' leavbe any doublonsfr Sammy.I1
settdof ing of pr eciprice ande foDust-two D men i a nyway.tur Heiwon't. wan 'em."te
were boodsynot far from themairgin of.the lakou. A "I no' kill hmaasMtarti nowm ayir n !"re
















rough path skirteopad -the tarn ads reoved t wel n ty t swore Nicholas -Blender ofaenl. the celeanboranted AD
ros e ae l mp of porhyy o l lifted ten fa iue n tliit ie!t "I big mian oll il- i l e btiia oihiiei i iton: i i i itm b man d

















blievelrud It woasae ston e e wrh ereou l izrd Were Marse Mar tin.tI too bigue m~t t a nt o kei ll d ahsmid n ChecO
wont toaske and greaat blac and hlemn, swaleloew-taled tno. I to i g aci to marpryAne nw Ig to Barba -4.e anewta 0y
buterfiesh sh ikt and suln themevs oTher mas shaink dos noewht mand be som reboy Alniggiers somebttt-ody t68
ito thve him, Id, anide at its d fote Bolivar half-eande hat h lc anhdpitd u.BtM. in n
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They unbe gn tog h, foiir r et to mmn It irhel oin w k made Nick
"Dar nheo Benso nocw. Why wek if hed ...... Agencies i aeii ccehpted.eouliihiieiw ihlhiern









the wohrk stad' Inith forkd-at ofe e a dadtresha oer
lookedthe bu sand the rough mule trackthat cirle d not in ourowayno mo re? He ce now. oI s pton .i









it.e Chanctentf minute-b ws of y-mal a y eticoldthi eandolysd the wonderoo. Deytbrash." vrtht
nthe coimbead to the ork sc Iof t ohe l tuhtn aboutt"I'elsmoke Ra cigan d turmon hIt over," sadBonlivar.
eand w ihil ne toile I the ll o re e rb r tio o i r "e'll r justa strolld orn e the path a d t hin k r ound thiso.lin
smoke cigariettes it ec h ised on the iBut prete. tl everihtiadi no luck goeiin ba romiai thingione myi
Niho las had supposed thr at ithey -woud f tilingtheir mi nd w m e up to d o n ik.
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h.ere ma Ant gor eous n un et o oand, but d M r.Bnjheld "Iets murde r fory nfin if Imid illof it e Brown th ngow.
wIt tatrdribn f rne6lu thfe views "Iy sfeebnk that You-fe don'te want hwsal ah Idn'twr THE SPORTETSNTIE
"w lNg e fvertrust w na t her mysn.Water playeds a at his litrnghtereas n ouw. Mabehe' boetter live IUA ANTED
friend orfty min e adrty rikon ce 'Dust to Dust' iso ab just tunlit ove -and mopre oain' it Sammy Threeatenet he smhdll hae, no'nmbssntro umonMre. COMPLET GENTS' diUTFulERS.
an w'lotr ailut h gro in weeseve hmthdfling a ls "Quieted rgt.hIm ntel ling How northeyging. Y ou'reS & H
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woodsand wter.Therewas n graious wiligt riple, nd te refectedmoonseeme to foatlike SUIT MAD TO M ASUR
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Sid all d doubloon!" warbled Nicholas; and Mr.
Binns, availing himself of the melody, pushed forward
rapidly, and was behind the rock before the negro THE HUMOUR 'OF
drew breath. He heard Marse Brown chinking the
gold; then he cocked his revolver and crept on his The Babu is the unconscious humorist of the
stomach to the edge of the boulder. East. With well-chosen words and phrases he helps
Half-a-mile away there marched solemnly Marse to lighten the monotony of our official life in India.
SMartin to his ordeal. He carried a big stick, but no Like Mrs. Malaprop, he is a firm believer in a 'nice
other weapon save his own unconquerable belief in derangement of epitaphs'; and not Infrequently he
righteousness. Already the Grand Etang had glinted is a poet of florid imagination who, above all things
in his eyes as he walked the white fodtpath. He was and at all. costs, must have his rhyme.
calm and untroubled, for he felt not the least fear Probably more than one English lady in India
and had no belief whatever in the Mother of the Rain. has received a letter beginning "Holy Mother"; but
S But then, mellowed by distance, he heard the sound it was reserved for a well-known general, who was
of singing. There could be no doubt about it. Some at the time head of the Mule Transport Corps at
S ort of melody floated to Samuel's ears, and he stood Simla, to be addressed as "Almighty Ass-Master."
S still and his jaw fell. Equally quaint was a letter sent to a certain Deputy
For a few moments he did not move; then he Commissioner in the Punjab, which commenced with
S gripped his stick, shut his mouth, and pushed forward "My ord, my saviour and my what-not," and con-
S briskly. cluded with "May the Almighty give you everlasting
"I in de Lord's hands," said Marse Martin to him- L. S. D."
S self, "an', wedder or no, de Spirit nebber known to Our friend the Babu, anxious to obtain some post
S be cross wid a good religious pusson." in an office, may possibly begin his petition with the
SHe stood again to listen, but the drone of the song assertion that in attending to his duties he has al-
had stopped. ways been "punctual as a tick". Undue modesty
f "Berry like it a frog," he told himself. 'is not in the nature of his composition; and he will
He was within two hundred yards of the lake go on to detail his numerous virtues and accomplish-
-when another unexpected sound fell on his ear for he ments, not omitting to mention how "on the advent
-heard the thin, whip-like crack of small-arms. Little of the Great War" he "took the sword, and became
4-n itself, the noise was caught up by the hills and clerk in Military Accounts Department."
S echoed, back and forward, from one side of the lake He invariably has a large number of relations de-
.to the other. A second shor followed; then came an pendent on him-his 'family members'-and it may
interval of twenty seconds and a third and last shot be that he will inquire how 'on his exiguous salary'
rang out. he can 'make the two ends of his grandmother meet'.
Though amazed at such an astounding incident, The question wolnd seem to be unanswerable.
SMartin felt no alarm before it. Where there was a It is his policy to assume that something will be
preolver, there were men; and.he was a white man's done for him; and he will write to his patron:
oe a4 .5ft.ant .tstr m o. Hes ~lase ts a he IooUt Honored Sir:-During my father's life-time hav-
;.i th'e .;a-t.~.a. Jpi.r r tsalIt lag been well-petted and well-breaded, I now knock
fwa .the till air and saw-a little, .t layer at your honour's.mercy clean and clothed In white.
14,;:'- iteke hbeantng low over the jungle.oi the left of In short I depend on you and God, having no cousin
'."i: :1e path. But all was silent. or other relation.
What had happened may be soon told. As Binns The letter of a clerk in an Indian firm of tailors
S lifted his revolver, the man he meant to murder had t customer who had complained that his breeches,
heard a sound and chanced to be looking exactly instead of being patched Inside and fine-drawn, had
S where the other lay concealed. Then Nicholas saw been repaired with a large circular patch of bright-
the moonlight flash on the barrel and the hand that coloured hairy flannel applied to the outside, ran as
S held it. His mind moved quickly and his body too. follows:
He leapt up, and so got the first bullet in his shoulder We warn your Honour that if trousers be washed,
instead of his head. A strong and heavy man, he the flannel of new seats will fade to old colour.. But
knew that if he could reach the traitor he might yet your Honour does not approve new annel n old
If your Honour does not approve new flannel in old
save himself: but as he came with a rush like a bull, seats, we will remove it and return the trousers
Binns fired again, and hit Nicholas through his lung trithout seats.
above the heart. The wound was mortal, yet it did Curious misunderstandings of English words
not drop the negro, andBolivar, being on his stomach were those of the gentleman who explained that be
S at the time, could not escape. Marse Brown fell on ad at present no son, because his wife was "impreg-
him, bleeding at the breast and mouth, and n hisnable, and of the Indian veterinary surgeon who
dying agony crushed Binns like a dead stick under wrote:
him, tore the revolver out of his hand and fired it into I have brought the horse time and again for your
S his face. The pair thus perished simultaneously and Honour's perusal, I think he is prone to suckle wind.
S .their death occupied far less time than it takes to The description of a lady as "a female woman
.record it. of the opposite sex" is perhaps- surpassed in excel-
Marse Martin, guided by the smoke, crept to the lence by the description of a baker of English bread
scene of the tragedy, and there in the little clearing as a "European Loafer."
under the great stone, the moonlight showed him two Letters concerned with domestic matters afford
9'. blood-spattered corpses gripped together, a big hole a fruitful hunting ground for Bibuisms, and are fre-
S In the ground and a pile of glittering gold. He rubbed quently somewhat embarrassing. The present writer
S his eyes, called upon his Saviour to protect him, and hs before him a lpIter to a friend which includes
examined the dead men. He recognized them, stood thll remarkable passage:
: or ten minutes staring at the treasure, then smelled "I would suggest of you finding a respectful lady
S the reek of the shambles and shivered, for marriage, because it is absolutely necessary for
He touched nothing, and by two o'clock in the everybody to hand over charge of the world to his
: morning had aroused the police of St. George. Here- sonS; and in the absence of a wife children are not
'j ::-atter the forensic and detective skill of Grenada was expected."
occupiedupid with the incident for many days. Certain 'Best salaams to the prolonged baby' occurred in
points appeared sufficiently clear. One or both of the a letter of congratulation to a young couple recently
dead men had found a treasure, and one, in mur- blessed with twins; but whether the writer Intended
during his rival, or accomplice had also met his own to congratulate them on the advent of the 'longed-for
death. Bolivar Binns was known to possess the re- baby' or meant to imply that twin babies placed end
volver, and the accepted theory of what had happened to end were greater In length than a single gift from
eamne very near to the fact. But how the precious the Stock, we shall never know.
i-sir. had discovered the money could not be easily No one save a Bengali student could have writ-
-:iM.at ,though even this accident, thanks to certain ten (in a college magazine), "With a last lingering
y,..was guessed at. look at the abode of his birth he gave motion to his
r Ti.e.l elM.ngrP -who waited on Binns made a con- legs with a gesticulation rather automatically with-
:i4iagl;l. 3enditopping, he had heard his master and out aim or destination." The person in question must
i cholaeS Brd1~ plfttia to do away with somebody. have possessed curious extremities, for further on.
Who the Victim might-be he knew not; and havin- we read: "The former giant in structure, but short in
S ascertained so much, he grew frightened for himself, sight, saluted his friend with a dash of his legs."
S and kept silent for fear of trouble. The ancient was The excuse of a firm of polo-stick-makers for non-
S intelligent, and his explanation seemed to fit the facts. compliance with an order Is amusing: 'The delay is
For in connection with it there came outthe midnight due to the death of our grandmother, which is to be
a visit of Samuel to the lake and the knowledge that excused. For when the Maker calls the Make, what
Nicholas Brown desired to replace him la-the affection can we be doing?'
S of Annie Solomon. The mail-bag of the Collector of a District often
Samuel, then, it was who should have perished yields strange communications, usually anonymous.
but for the accident of the doubloons; and the men One writer may complain of the conduct of certain
who dug his grave for him were now in their own. rowdy young students "engaged in a becterious plot
"It all come 'long ob me being such a mighty good to tease women and young chaps," adding the warn-
p" on," explained Marse Martin to his future grand- ing that "if these young bacteria are not stunted
father-in-law after his great escape. "When ties fall in their infancy, they will be highly perilous." An-
dlritB at's whar de honest folk come in. An' de money other anonymous correspondent may request that ac-
a-lse by de law ob de land, 'cause I de last live man tion be taken on the ground- that
lwho found it an' no man hab no claim-dey 'splain "We have prayed for this man's destruction, but
at e Governmnent House to-day." not a single hair of his head has become curved.
t "DeMudder eb de Rain done ebberyting, Samuel," Having sucked our blood, be now proceed to squeeze
old ee, "an' don't yo' forget it." our bones. If you do not believe me, then cut my
itiKlndia .'. b1 rd, mnsa--ander de Lord. throat and the throat of all my faAlly members with
g i ei.w S. bAt i atO lM' -. tour own fair hands."
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pabulum for the diligent collector of Babuisms. He-
dearly loves the railway regulations, which he knows
by heart; but he can be relied upon to get over. a
difficulty:
"How much shall I have to pay for freight?" Was
asked by an inquirer anxious to despatch by train
an artificial leg sewn up in sacking. "There is no
special provision for such goods, sir.' was the reply,
"but I am booking as musical instrument."
Among Babuisms from the law-courts are these:
"My opponent, feeling that he has gone too far, has
cleverly burnt his boots," and "My client is not a
shuttlecock running from pillar to post." The writ-
ten argument of counsel for the defence in an -assault
case contained this paragraph:
"The slight and trifling injuries of this Hindu
lady indicate that they were not caused by the ap-
pellants. my clients. They seem to be the result of
blows given by brotherly hands (or band I who had
maternal love behind to dwindle the face of anger."
The Indian press and the Indian politician some-
times add to one's collections. In the advertisement
columns of a newspaper we find a Rajput Hindu
widower seeking "a lady of kind habits, healthy and
most attractive, without any kind of sorrow. Widow
from infancy or unmarried woman will do."
Another advertiser makes inquiries for "respect-
able Parents having an Intelligent Noble Daughter"
for "an enlightened Son-in-Law (England-returned).
Sure millions income. Will prove rare Son-in-Law,
really True-Companion."
A somewhat drastic suggestion was that of a
speaker on the Habitual Offenders Bill, who declared:
"If a man be convicted of a crime, let him be nailed
to the counter."
It is however in matters ceremonial and in his
poetry that the unconscious humour of the Babu ap-
pears in all its glory. 'Tell Father We Are Happy,'
was the legend over a triumphal arch which much
amused our King and Queen when they visited La-
hore during their tour of India some years ago, in
addition to which there was a large "Welcome" over
the European Cemetery.
"God bless Mr. Smith!" was the gratifying qx-
pression of good-wishes on an arch erected In honour
of the visit of a popular deputy commissioner to a
small town, and further on, as a compliment to his
lady, "God help Mrs. Smith!"
Sometimes the City Fathers, with a commendable
desire to save public funds, will exercise thrift in the
matter of the decorations; and on one occasion an
arriving governor of the Bombay Presidency (who
landed a few days after his predecessor, owing to-
illness, had been obliged to sail for England), was.
somewhat astonished at being greeted with "God
Speed You Home To Your Firends!" With an eye
to economy, the city fathers had made the same set
of decorations serve for both the departure and the
arrival.
When, like Mr. Wegg, our friend the Babu "drops
into poetry,' his main endeavour is to find a rhyme-
a rhyme of some sort! The classic illustration of his
fertility of resource in this direction is the verse:-
Oh come, my Love, oh come!
Of Love you are the sum!
I love you to Heart's bot-tom!
Come!
Eastern hospitality to a guest is proverbial: add,.
when Mr. Montagu last visited India, the bard of an
'Indian State, where a great shooting party had been
arranged, announced that
The animals, too, in honour of Secretary of
State,
Were ready to sacrifice their lives-at any rate!
This assurance on behalf of the animals may
have been due to mere poetic license, but the bard
achieved his rhyme.
At another festivity, printed on cotton pocket-
handkerchiefs, and handed round to the principal
guests, wcs this effusion:
Each year God bless you more and more
With Garden Parties from his bounteous store!
But. without doubt, the gem of the present writ-
er's collection is a fragment from a poem written on
"The Death of Her late Majesty, Queen Victoria." If
ever there was a Queen beloved of her people, that
queen was Victoria, and the people the people of
India. At the present day, even In the most truculent
organs of extremist opinion, the Queen-Empress is
invariably referred to as "the Good Queen" or "the
Great White Queen:" and we must believe that the
poet wrote with the utmost respect and reverence-
when he penned the extraordinary couplet:
Dust to dust, and ashes to ashes!
Into the Tomb the Good Queen dashes!
Anything more foreign to the habits of the Great
White Queen it would be difficult to conceive, but the
poet required a rhyme.


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August, 1922.


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W ESTON WYNNE rode a hired horse through
the wild lands lying behind Scarborough,
In Tobago. He constantly fell into thought
and forgot the surrounding scene; but, if
he did so, the lazy creature under him appeared myste-
riously to know it. 'Napoleon.' instantly aware when
his rider's attention deserted him and his operations,
slowed down and occasionally stopped dead, with his
nose in the green luxuriance of the wayside. Then
Wynne returned to himself once more, rated 'Napo-.
leon' and pushed forward again.
They came to a fair place presently, where streams
of pure, bright water wound through the woods and
flashed like silver under the gorgeous colours of a
tropical wilderness. Great trees decked with veils of
lichen and adorned with white orchid blossoms hung
over the rivulet; anthuriums, vast-leaved philodendra,
ferns and trailing parasites innumerable covered the
banks with a tangle of lush life; and upon many a
bough and branch, where their flying seeds had fasten-
ed, there clustered little grey dog-pines in sprightly
companies. The hill-side was rich in wild plantain,
wild Indigo, guinea grass, cotton, cashew palms and
cabbage palms; one tree on the stream brink glawed
-with purple flowers, and other lesser shrubs beneath
it flashed feathery red-gold through the green. A
king-bird like a little image of new bronze, sat on a
stone by the water, and sugar-birds and humming-
birds made the hot air glitter with their sparkling
shapes.
The stream itself reminded the young traveller of
little rivers iu his native land. He had seen such in
Devon, though here another sort of volcanic boulder
took the place of the granite. The waters bustled
merrily along with whirls and eddies, with flashing
falls and still, placid reaches that mirrored the flam-
ing flora of the banks; but, instead of brake and
bramble and heather, here were ferns and tangles of
stephanotis or allananda.
Weston Wynne was come to the West Indies on a
sad errand. Roland Wynne, his father, the overseer
-of the Fort King George Sugar Factory, had suddenly
disappeared from his home. That accidental death
had overtaken him appeared certain, for ample evi-
dences of the fact were recorded. All particulars
re'tched the dead man's son by letter and since Riland
Wynne had many Interests in Tobago, and the lawyers
seemed unwilling to wind up his affairs, Weston
Wynne, a partner in a London stockbroking firm, de-
termined to go abroad and settle matters on the spot.


R. A. MORRIS,
156 Harbour St.,
Kingston, Jamaica, B.W.I.


A sum of ten thousand pounds was involved, and he
alone had interest in the estate.
The young man hardly knew his father, for he
bad been sent home soon after his third year, and
with the exception of a visit to Tobago when he left
school at fifteen years old and before he went into an
office, he had never seen him. That was twelve years
ago, and he only remembered a brown, taciturn man
who spoke little, but was always kind and generous.
He recollected their excursions together. The father
had ridden everywhere with his boy, showed him the
works and the various enterprises in which he was
interested, had taken him to see his few friends, who
left no impression on his mind and to visit an ancient
native Obi man-an experience that the lad never for-
got. Toby Pierce the strange creature was called, and
V'ynne remembered still his den-a grotesque place
full of things that to the lad's intelligence had seemed
weird and horrible Indeed.
Weston recollected how Toby Pierce had been
useful to his father, for the cult of Obeah was a living
myth yet, and the youth remembered what his father
told him on that former visit. His memory even re-
called the identical words spoken, though as a boy he
had missed their irony.
"Time has not rooted his primitive faith out o,
the Ethiopian's mind. Quashle treasures his aborigi-
nal gods and demons quite as much as any that the
missionaries have presented him with. But our
negroes mix their creeds and take what, they like from
each When a man or woman dies, the "loup-garou' "
has to be reckoned with, you know-a vampire crea-
ture that is drawn to a dead nigger like a cat to fish.
I've often heard the mourners singing through a long
night to scare away loups-garou with Hymns Ancient
anud Mlodern. So ancient and modern join bands and
superstition is justified of her children from genera-
Lion to generation. tioups-garou take off their skins
when at work and hidq them attbe 'troot of a flilk-
cotton tree, NaturallY' t is very desltal te to and
these skins, because without tNent the monsters die-
catch a chill, I expect. I've never found one yet, but
perhaps you will, Weston, if you hunt carefully. My-
self, I have the greatest respect for Obi and Pierce is
an old friend of mine. We used to have epidemics of
thievery in this island, and Christianity and the
Eighth Commandment were powerless to stop them.
The cane disappeared by the hundred-weight till Toby

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Pierce came to me and promised to settlethe matter
for a stilf consideration. And he kept his word. The
old black devil put Fort King George plantation
under Obeah-a high-sounding performance, though it
merely consisted in tying empty bottles and bright-
coloured rags and rubbish on sticks all round the
estate. But he was rght---we never lost another
cane."
Weston Wynne had spent two months with the
harbour-master oT Tobago, an old-friend of his father,
and now, his affairs completed, was-about to return
home. The properties that accrued to'iim on Roland
Wynne's death were not to his taste as investments,
and he had already completed operations tor the sale
of shares in % large local, agave-hemp estate; f tad a
purchaser for a grove of coco-nut paldta belrde.:the
sea, and sold considerable gardens of cocoa and'.Mt-
meg, which local men were willing to take Wiff 'i.
hands. Jn the course of his business with certat:"'
merchants and magnates of the island, Wynne had
detected a general attitude not wholly friendly to his
vanished parent. Himself, he was still under thirty-
a frank and straightforward young man the- junior
partner in a prosperous business-and Roland Wynne
it was who had bought him the partnership and laid
the foundations of a suceessful'career. Half the dead
man's capital went to that enterprise, and the son
entertained nothing save regard for the memory of a
generous father; but he f6dnd his own natural affec-
tion not widely reflected at Ttibago. None, indeed, in
his hearing spoke an evltwotrd'against the dead; but,
at best, his former' companions were indifferent; at
worst, they implied to Weston's sensitive ear a meas-
ure of dislike and disrespect. His host was evasive
-when he remarked 6n this experience.
"Think nothing of it," said Teddy Rice, the har-
bour-master, an Irishman. "Your father kept himself
to himself and neither sought nor cultivated friends.
In business he was frankly a hard man. He let no-
thing he could shift or circumveht come between him
and his purpose. He was too clever for us here, and
there are men among us who have a long memory for
a bad deal. Nobody has any quarrel with you. at any
rate and I can assure you that most of us were sorry
enough when he came by his tragic end-sorry enough
and surprised enough." ...
The tala.g off aoRland WNP.ai te'lb b raWl.,
.and ht:toas-Tound a lo al A .B l6 b etS .:Msto)
nrnner of itt dte red widely .iai th~tauth.::
For twb days the vanished planter was reported
missing from his home; then his clothes were found
on a lonely beach at the north side of the Island.
They lay on a rock fifty yards from the limit of the
sea and from this spot footmarks extended to the
water. These left no distinct impression in the soft'
sand, but suggested that Wynne, suddenly tempted to
bathe, had followed his inclination and never returned
to the shore. His horse stood tethered under the
shadow of trees a quarter of a mile distant, and it was
through the neighing of the creature that searchers
had first been drawn to the spot. Once in the sea,
Wynne might have died of cramp or shock, or he
might have been destroyed by a -lbark'. But the. im-
probability of the overseer riding to-this lonely spot
and deliberately entering the water seemed soes--
treme that none felt satisfied thab-the einedMstantisl
evidence could be trusted..; '. -
The harbour-maeter dllated -on trts subject for.
the benefit of Roland Wynne'as son.
"If his watch and purse had-been missing,-then.
we might fairly have argued a crime; but they weren't.
He had, isyou know, ten pounds in gold in his pocket
and his gold watch and chain as well. Also that
pocket-book you had. Some men thought..and still
think, that your father did away with himself; but
I'm not one of them. He wasn't that sort at all and-
I'm sure found his life very well worth living. But to
me the grand mystery is why on earth he wanted to go
bathing. That was a most fantastic and unlikely
amusement for a man of his age and habits."
'"That's a question of fact I suppose? He m :'.:.
have done it," said Weston. "He may have:beqn :*:.
fearing from the heat and taken a suddena,%W tEoa.
swim, for I remember when I was a lbo WO el* e one
winter he taught me to swim inthe a.thi f pool."
"He never suffered from heartit t-1 e" answered
Rice, "and no more did another: -na: who came to an
end in exactly the same way. That's another story
fifteen years old-and yet we ancient Tobagans were
reminded'of it by-your father's death, because it is an
identical mystery and was never explained and never
will be. Yea, it' fifteen years ago at least since Ber-
tram Stockley vanished off Tobago. And he went bath-
ing toq, and hi clothes were found not half-a-mile
from where thy found your father's. Stockley Wq
a coco-nut grower-an amiable sort of chap witheat ::
enemies. And then, again, he was well oversventy
- when he disappeared-a man as likely to. g bathing
as a land crab. Everything appeared.quite straight-
forward at his death, too, and the. tragedies are
parallel in almost all particulars, save that In Stock-
ley's case no horse was involved. He lived on that
side of the island and his home wasn't a milb from .
where he disappeared."
"Is there any poselble way of connecting the two .
Incidents?" inquired the young man: but the other
shook his head .
"I wondered the samething, but nobody here-e '
any link, except that In both cases the cirteumstattal
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.' mien go into the water with comparative ttiipUhiy,
though they've been snapped up sometimes; but that
an experienced white should take the chances, and
above all such men as these, is wildly improbable.
For my part, I doubt if either of them ever went near
the water."
So the matter stood, and while Wynne mourned
his father's end and would have made every effort to
solve the problem had opportunity offered, it was Im-
possible that he could feelany deep emotion or reach
such sorrow as be must have endured- In different cir-
cunmstances. His father was no more than a well-
loved name to him, not a personality.
He rode now on an excursion to amuse himself
and the little stream reminded him that here, in his
boyhood, he bad come with his father to see a famous
S wizard who lived near by. To his youthful eyes Toby
Pierce had seemed a creature of infinite age, and for-
getting the point of view, he doubted not that the
negro was long dead.
Some negresses were filling calabashes with water
at the river, and Weston, drawing up his lazy horse,
chatted with them. They loved to talk and were full
of local information, for the most part untrustworthy.
Sometimes they contradicted each other and argued
shrilly together. Once or twice the rider confounded
them himselfi ad vsehlteered the truth respecting
the names of plants ind other things When he did
so, the girls foll in with his opinion at once, and
agreed that he was right' and they were wrong.
S. .I "!Dt so, Massa-Massa too clebber!" they said.
S : :. f-aHe.asked them whether they knew anybody called
| ,, ';.'hy Pierce
I "He used to live out this way: though I expect
that was before your time," said the visitor; but then
the water-carriers all spoke at once and assured him
they knew Tob. and that he was very much alive.
"Him terrible ole, secret man, sar-most danger-
oatis4-l 'pa~-you no' go near him-he Obi man an'
do ~'arful "ings!"
"''m, not. afraid of him, Jane," answered Weston,
S "he on'tY hurt me. "I thought he must be dead years
ago:"
"Obi man him nebber die, sar-de Debble look
after him,' said another girl.
"Where does he live, that's what I want to know?"
They pointed the way and, giving them money
to buy cakes, WeEton'left the pl ty,' rode=on and fol-
lowed a rough -trac that presently abandoned the
stream to climb up a little secluded knoll at the very
S ige of the Jungle. On the summit there stood a
egro dwelling-one somewhat larger than most. Its
walls were dirt colour and the roof was thatched with
palm leaves. The place came back to the traveller's
vision unchanged after the absence of years, and he
well remembered arriving there on a pony beside his
father.
The spot was silent, the house of the Obi doctor
very lonely. No sign of life appeared before the open
door. but fragments of things that had lived adorned
it, for on either side of the entrance lay a bullock's
skull bleached silver-white by the suns of many years.
A' patch of sweet potatoes and a pomegranate-tree
stood beside the hut, and the estate of Toby Pierce also
comprised a few banana clumps, where hung some
heavy clusters of fruit. His boundaries were marked
by a wire fencing on which danced feathers and de-
pended old beer bottles at intervals of three yards.
Within this zone no man might enter uninvited, and
it is certain that no black man would have done so;
S but Weston Wynne felt no fear. His only interest was
psychological and centred in the consciousness that
these things, .ong faint in memory, now flashed sharp-
"; out again. He tethered his horse at the fence,
't.. tieltde'over it and walked towards the hut. Then he
`.aited his voice and shouted:
"Massa Pierce-Massa Toby Pierce!"
He was answered, and a very singular human
S being appeared from behind the hut. The creature
carried an old rifle and wore nothing but a pair of
Scattered pants and a necklace of white teeth. He was
S ery ancient and his ribs made a gridiron of his lean
S ...Beati His Limbs were leather and bone, and 30 thin
S he'that the bones threatened to break the .kin.
.' oiicdaty wool' yas reduced to white tufts over his
Siafl i:t a tugledd:,etwork of furrows and deep lines
scarred hie shlik kesi face over which shone the dame
of his skull. HElf de*86ated black eyes shone bright-
ly, and his conntenance was alert and Intelligent, des-
pite its ugliness. i
"Who want Toby?" he asked. "Who you, sar? Dis
my land yo" walk on.'
"You don't remember me? How should you?
Yet I've been in your house before to-day, Toby."
S "I no' 'member, massa," he answered, looking in-
tently at the visitor.
"But you remember my poor father. It was he
who brought me to see you ten years and more ago,
when I was a youngster.'
"What his name, den?"
S v"'-1 Tobir'showddrt good deal of independence and was
Snot much interested in the stranger. But soon his
'mhnnea' chaiiaitl, and on hearing that the son of
...jblalna..Wynne. stood, before him, he became much
-;.' more alive.
S"My father died strangely, you know, and I came
: 'Ot here to settle his atairs. And I remember that he
s.ht a& lot of you, Toby, so I decided that I'd look
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"I am. He brought me here to see you when I
was a child, and told me how clever you were in fright-
ening the niggers away from the sugar-cane."
"Well, well! Yo' Marse Wynne's boy-dat so?
Poor gem'man. Berry sad him die."
"I can't understand it Toby. What did you make
of it?"
Toby reflected and shook his withered head.
"A dam bad business, ear. I say nuffn, but I flnk
a lot."
"And another chap, they tell me, disappeared in
the same way years ago."
"Dey 'member 'bout dat? Him go same way as
po' Marse Wynne. Dar's wicked men In Tobago sure
'nuff."
Toby appeared to be full of mystery, and the other
scented light. He began to wonder whether he
might be on the track of his father's murderers, and
even imagined that the ancient man before him knew
more than he chose to tell.
"If there was foul play, Toby, I'd pay a pretty
long price to get to the bottom of it. Those who knew
my father best don't for a moment believe he ever
went -down to bathe in the sea."
Toby Pierce nodded and mumbled to himself.
"Dar plenty hid; but who care what one ole man
say?"
"You know something. Toby?"
"Wait here. Marse Wynne," answered the other.
"You go see yo' horse him tie tip safe-den you come
in and I tell you what happen to yo' harder. I know-
I know-I know whar him am dis minute!"
"Good God! Not alive'?
"No, sar-him gone plenty dead. I tell you 'bout
him an' I tell you who kill him. You wait dar an' I
tall you in one, two minute."
The ancient hopped off into his den, leaving the
rifle at the door. He was lame, but moved with .great
agility. The young man felt dazed before the thought
of a coming revelation, and marvelled what it might
be. Already he wondered if one among those he had
met in Tobago would prove to be his father's enemy.
Had he already shaken the hand responsible for
Roland Wynne's death? But the negro might know
nothing, and lie to gain some private end or make
some money.
Toby had hardly disappeared before he was back
again.
S Already Wynne's hopes cooled, for nothing but
patent greed now sat in the old man's face.
"One ting 'fore you come in my house," he said.
"You pay me for what I tell?
"Yes, I will. If you can bring me face to face
with my father's murderer and prove it, I'll give you
plenty of money."
"Hundred pound, sar?"
"Yes. Toby "
"I Obi man-[ wise. Nobody done quarrel wid
m?-dey frighten'."
"I'm not frightened-nor was my father. He was
your friend. Obi's all humbug, and you know it is,
Toby."
Toby laughed-a loud, cracl-ed chuckle.
"Dat so. mass--you too clebber for poor ole
nigger. But you no' tell de folk I humbug dem."
"They wouldn't believe me if I did."
They entered and it was some mo-nents before
the visitor's eyes grew accustomed to the gloom. Then
weird and bizarre objects thrust upon his gaze from
every side. Dead creatures haunted the place .inu
were propped in corners or hung on Lie walls with a
hideous semblance of living. Festoons of eggs nd
empty bottles depended from the roof; skins of .mi-
mals and birds littered the floor; strange, malodorous
smells greeted Wynne's nostrils.
There was a square of red glass let into the ceil-
'Ing, and from it across the velvet gloom fell a .laming
eye of light upon a three-legged table with i copper
face. A lump of glass lay here and flashed as though
red-hot. Filth, mystery and darkness shared the hole,
and across one corner was hung a curtain which con-
cealed Arcanum-the holy of holies. Near it squatted
a little, black almost naked woman, with a dirty ed
garment drawn over her middle. Her eyes were 7hut,
and the visitor perceived her face shrunken, with an
appearance of Infinite age. She sat quite motionless
and appeared to be as dead as the other fragments of
animal mortality--shrivelled apes and bloated reptiles
-perched around her.
So. indeed, it proved.
"Dat my po' wife. sar-she mummy-she die. an' I
lub her too well to put her in de ground, so I stuff po'
Mamie-an' dar she sit. She always berry quiet lady;
but now she nebber say nuffin-po' gal!'
Weston stared at the corpse and edged farther
away from it. Obi was doubtless all rubbish, as he
had affirmed and Toby allowed; but he could well un-
derstand the psychological effect of such a den on any
Ignorant mind. He liked it little himself. There was
something magnetic and mesmeric about Toby. Wynne
felt It.
Drawing a chair, Massa Pierce dusted it and
begged his visitor to be seated. Then he cleared the
little brass table.
"I fetch gem'man a drink, den I tell him who kill
his harder." said Toby. "I tank God Him send Marse
Wynne's son to hear,'bout it."
He brought out two calabash bowls, a bottle of
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into the bowls, he added -water and drank from his.
own.
"Good luck an' berry long life mar. An' now L
tell him dat it Marse Teddy Rice, de harbour-massa
-dat dam villain kill your larder I prove bout it..
Him pretend him friend, an' he kill him."
"Rice! Good Lord, Toby, what a mad idea! Thr
last person on earth to do such a thing-my father's
best friend in Tobago."
"I hab de proof, sar. I fetch dem for you. Drink
de Hollands-yo' harder gib me dat bottle an'plenty
udder bottles. I no' get no more now him gone."
.Toby emptied his own calabash, then rose and
went behind the curtain. Weston heard a door shut.
He sat bewildered, and felt that he was breathing
some creepy essence. He gasped and felt his blood
beating through his arteries.
It seemed unspeakably mad to suggest that Rice
could have bad any hand in his father's death; and
-yet the knowledge that no accident had destroyed
Roland Wynne did not astonish the young man. His
mind moved slowly, heavily.
Something in the foul air of Toby's den made him
drowsy. He felt thirsty, too, for his own flask had
been emptied long ago. He lifted his calabash. Toby
had not returned, but he heard the sound of a man dig-
ging outside. Then he prepared to drink, and the
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to fall on the mummy of the woman In the corner, and
;' e saw that her eyes were open.
A moment before they had been glued together
in the puckered and withered face; a moment after-
wards they were glued together again. Not a sign
-or tremor of life was revealed by the creature, but he
,-could have sworn that she had looked at him.
Something as near to fear as he had ever felt took
_young Wynne at his waistband. He knew by a sud-
-den, deep premonition that he stood In great danger,
and panic terror nearly lifted him from his seat and
.jent him flying to his horse.
But he mastered it, called upon his reason, and
.made that play servant to the intuition that now
warned him of peril. What the peril might be and
.how he had incurred it he could not guess. For a mo-
ment his mind flew to the other extreme and he was
inclined to laugh at himself and his hallucination.
r But reason saved the situation, 1fr he was a rea-
Ssonable man, without much imagination or power of
-dreaming in his waking hours. He believed himself
in danger, yet knew not in the least its nature. Yet
She could trust his eyes. The creature in the corner
by the curtain was alive, and she had certainly been
-watkhing him.
SShe must not know that be had marked hbr; he
must proceed as though unsuspicious. He turned his
back on her, took out his flask poured some of the
-contents of the calabash into it, whistled cheerfully,
-and.. then shouted out to Toby:
i'Oome on, old boy; I want another drink."
S-Then he lifted the calabash to his mouth and
S made a sound as though emptying the contents down
: his throat, though in reality he avoided doing so.
His manoeuvre met with an immediate and terri-
.fying response. He heard a scream behind him, and
.turned to see Toby's wife leap from her chair and
rush away. The little monster yelled at him:
"Yo' dead! Yo' dead man!'
S Then she cried to Toby:
"Him drink-him drink de calabash. Dig him
.grave, Toby!"
He heard a laugh outside, and Massa Pierce went
.on with his operations.
Wynne's first instinct was to fight; but he knew
mnot what powers the Obi doctor might have in re-
S .serve. He made a bolt, therefore dashed after Mamie,
who had joined her husband, and, running to the
fence, mounted his horse and flogged the astonished
;steed into a gallop.
It seemed however, that be was not to escape, for
Alhs hasty departure and power to mount the horse told
.the enemy that no drop from the fatal calabash had
.passed his victim's lips.
He snatched up his rifle, which stood at the door,
.and at a range of less than fifty yards fired at Wynne
just as his steed broke into a gallop. The horse rear-
-ed and the man fell off. Then the frightened crea-
ture galloped away, and Massa Pierce, putting another
-cartridge into his weapon, came limping down to
finish the victim if necessary.
But from this moment fortune ceased to smile on
-the Obi man, and Wynne, in a fury of passion, leapt
from the ground at his approach, dashed upon him,
and tore the gun from his hand. It was the horse,
not the rider that had been hit, and, with the muzzle
-of his own rifle at the small of his back, Toby was now
.driven to trudge the six long miles that separated his
habitation from the port.
The negro passed the time for his captor, and
poured undying hate and the reason for it into the
.young man's ear. It was not a long story, and that
might, when Toby lay safe in Scarborough gaol and
Jh-at-dozen black policemen had set out to catch
S'*'|[tme qnd find the stricken horse, Wynne gave the
iarbour-master particulars of his adventure, and then
proceeded to Toby's own narrative.
"I hope the old devil was lying," he said, "for he's
-told me something that will darken my days for ever,
if it's true. It may be, though nobody can prove the
-truth of it now my father is dead.
"For some time, when he found the game was up,
-the old brute said nothing. Our progress was slow,
because he is lame and could only crawl. He wanted
iight to come down and give him a chance to make a
bolt; but we fell in with a couple of policemen, and
-though they were evidently frightened out of their
wits at Toby, they did as I bade them and kept me
-company till I got him to the station and saw him
under lock and key.
"It seems, according to him, that he and my
.father were very thick many years ago, and that he
was very useful to my father in all sorts of blackguard
ways. I never will believe it, for if it's true there
-must have been a side to my father I neither knew
-nor guessed at-or anybody else I should hope. But
-he says that he and my father were hand and glove,
and that he did many a dirty trick and was useful to
Smy father over and over again, and put away more
than one nigger for him. He asked me who bought
B-ertram Stockley's coco-nut grove when he was sup-
posed to be drowned fifteen years ago, and, of course,
:" 3 knew that my father did. Then he swore he put
Sway Stockley, and that the man never went near the
L. .but lies buried in his own compound outside his
- dn. And-it's horrible, Rice-he says my father fell
ott with him a month before he died, and turned on
ii ., and stopped certain payments and so on, knowing
ii~t' l eabit 'Bt.word could dba him fto harm and wruild
it.h-tbeb.elleved against him. If that's true, It's terribly


clear that my father did not guess how strong and"
agile the old wretch is still. At any rate, he doomed
himself by that quarrel. Toby waited his time and
cringed, and never let my father guess what he meant
to do. Then, after stalking him for some weeks, he
got him on a lonely ride and shot him through the
head, as he tried to shoot me. He took his horse and
his clothes where they were found, and buried him
with the other. That can be proved or disproved, of
course."
"And why did he want to poison you?" asked
Teddy Rice.
"Because I am my father's son. As soon as he
heard that, he hated me, and was determined to settle
me too. So he got me in and hatched the yarn about
you to distract my mind and make me forget him.
What kept me from drinking was the accidental glint
in that old hag's eye. He'd set her to watch that I
drank, because, no doubt a mouthful would have had
me down and out in a twinkling, and when she shut
her eyes again, not guessing I'd seen them open, I
tumbled to it all in a flash, and acted accordingly.
Some of the liquor he meant for me is still in my flask.
And one thing's certain-the money I had for the coco-
nut trees must be given to any heirs of poor Stockley
who are known to exist."
"Your father paid for the trees my boy."
"It's an awful thing-hard to believe for a son."
"A man doesn't choose his own father, anyhow.
But don't be too inquiring, my dear Wynne. Natural-
ly the people here weren't going to speak against the
dead to you; and for my part I liked Roland very
well, though I couldn't help knowing he was a bit of
a buccaneer in his methods. He was always straight
enough with me. But you can speak of him as you
found him, and think of him as you remember him."
"He was a rare good father anyway, Rice."
"Then let it go at that. We can prove whether
Toby was lying, though I don't think he was, myself.
We shall get at the truth when he is tried at Trini-
dad."
But Toby Pierce was never tried. He escaped
judgment and sentence, for a negro warder peeping
into his solitary cell after midnight, found the old
reprobate had strangled himself with his waistbelt.
Teddy Rice was wont to tell the end of the tale
in his own fashion.
"In death they were not divided, and after Mamie
saw her husband marched away bj young Wynne she
knew the game was up, and had poisoned herself be-
fore the boys got to her.
"As for the rest, they found the Obi man's garden-
patch a proper bone-yard. There was poor Roland
Wynne right enough with a bullet-hole bored through
his head. alongside a skeleton we took to be Stockley's.
And half-a-dozen niggers slept their last sleep close at
hand Toby, sure of his prey, was already digging
another grave for our young friend when he gave him
the slip. No, we haven't encouraged Obi since then.
Any nigger starting that racket in Tobago will get
himself disliked. This is a very advanced island
nowadays. As for me, I was only sorry for the visitor.
It's a nasty jar to find your father such a shady cus-
tomer-especially if you're dead straight yourself.
A pity every way, because Weston Wynne will always
he a bad advertisement for the West Indies, and we
need all the friendship we can get from England in
these hard times. We're like my native Ulster-want
to stick to her, if she'll let us. But there'll be the
deuce to pay if she tries to square her American debts
with us. Faith Tobago won't stand for it! She'll rise
like one man."


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He was travelling in a first-class smoking compart-
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the carriage, smoking cigars. One of them, in an
offensively loud voice, said to his friend, 'What bad
form it is for a man to smoke a pipe in a first-class
compartment! Lockwood said nothing at the time,
but when he had finished his-pipe, he knocked out the
ashes, and, turning to the speaker, he said, "That re-
mark of yours, sir, bears only one Interpretation-
that you intend to offer me a cigar.' The stranger,
very much taken aback, produced his cigar-case and
handed It to Lockwood, who examined each cigar,
holding it to his ear and cracking it; then, after
smelling the case, he handed it back to its owner,
saying: 'Thank you, sir; I prefer my pipe.'

IT HAD TO BE HOT.

Mr. Choate, the United States Ambassador to
Great Britain from 1899 to 1905, lawyer and scholar,
was distinguished for his ready wit. When a
friend, calling upon him on a broiling summer day,
found him working in an office with a big fire burn-
ing, and told him that the place was as hot as an
oven, be expressed his regret, but added that it ought
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The Child, the Wife, and the Father


HOW A PARENT'S AND HUSBAND'S (OBLIGATIONS ARE BROUGHT HOME.
A GREAT AND (ROWVING INSURANCE AGAINST THE FUTURE.


MANY a man, on entering a house or a
business office in Jamaica, must have
noticed a large and attractive calen-
dar on the wall, with a striking illustration
which rivets the attention at once. It may
be that the picture is of a little girl, bright,
chubby, with heaven in her eyes, with beauty


R. B. HARRIS.
in her countenance. One looks, admiring,
and then one reads the writing on this calen-
dar. This is daddy's little girl, he reads, and
what will become of her if daddy dies and
leaves her penniless? A question to make a
father pause! The moral leaps out at him.
He is advised, warned, to see that his life is
adequately insured for the sake of those
whom he should love far better than himself.
And repeated admonitions of this kind, with
pictures showing a wife distressed, a family
with no hope in the world, bring home to
many a man's mind his duty towards those
for whose future he is so much responsible.
It is in this way, and in others, that the
Imperial Life Assurance Company of Canada
advertises; in this way that it has brought
thousands of people to insure against death,
old age, the contingencies of the days to
come. It is a wonderful organisation; it has
grown greatly and is growing. It does an
immense amount of business in Jamaica.
And it will do still more.
It has been extremely fortunate in many
respects. It is fortunate in its local agents.
These are Messrs. Manton & Hart, a firm of
lawyers and insurance agents whose name
stands high in the local business world, and
whose personality has been so great a factor
in building up the Company's Jamaica busi-
ness.
Twenty-nine years ago the Imperial As-
surance Company was incorporated in Cana-
da. and for nearly twenty years it has been
operating in Jamaica. All this time it has
given complete satisfaction, as much by its
methods in Jamaica as by its immensely
strong position in the Insurance world. The
Policyholders' net surplus fund over all liabi-
lities amounts to-day to more than two and a
quarter million dollars, and far exceeds the
surplus held by other companies of longer
S standing in the Dominion. Ninety per cent.
of the Company's surplus arising from parti-
cipating policies is apportioned among its
policyholders. Thus each policyholder is a
partner in an institution which combines the
strength of a stock company with the benefits
of a mutual organisation.


The local office of the company is author-
ised and equipped to transact all the local
business of the company. Immediately after
medical examination, policies are issued here;
they may also be surrendered here and the
surrender value obtained in cash. There is
no tedious delay due to reference to Head
Office. Claims on proof of death are paid
without any such reference. The Imperial
Assurance Company of Canada acts on the
spot as promptly as it would in Canada. The
local arrangements are perfect. Every-
thing is done with a smoothness and speed
which betokens a perfection of business
method.


IMPERIAL LIFE BUILDING, TORONTO, CANADA.

The great objection which some persons
have urged against insuring in a company
with its Head Office in some other country is
the delay they may experience if they want a
loan on their policies. There is no delay with
the Inmperial Assurance Company of Canada.
Their agents, Messrs. Manton & Hart, can
deal immediately with any loan. And one
may borrow as much as 94 per cent. of the
surrender value of a policy.
The capital of this company is one mil-
.lion dollars. From its inception it has paid
all its death claims from its interest earnings
alone. Its investments have been sound and
profitable; thus it has been able to strengthen
its financial position until to-day it is un-
shakable. It has acquired a great reputation
in this island. Its policyholders are to be
found among every class of our population,
and each one of them is an enthusiastic agent
on the company's behalf.
Its local canvassers, Mr. Braham Harris


and Mr. R. A. Figueroa, whose portraits ap-
pear on this page, are known in every part of
Jamaica. They are energetic, intelligent,
obliging young men, who made a special
study of the Theory of Life Insurance, who
spare no pains in explaining what would-be.
clients would like to know, and make it part
of their business to facilitate such persons
in every other way. Patience as well as
assiduity mark their relations with the pub-
lic. This the public highly appreciate, and
they have practically demonstrated their ap-
preciation.
"Your biggest creditors is your family,
They should be adequately secured by life in-
surance." Thus runs one of "wise saws" of
the Imperial Assurance Company of Canada.
And here is another: "Every day's delay in
insuring your life may mean many years of
misery to your family." And yet another:
"The man who will not insure his life for the
benefit of his wife doesn't deserve to have a
wife."
Quite true!
Every year Mr. S. J. Mackie, who is well
known in Jamaica, visits this island as the
superintendent of the local agency. The
President and the Managing Director of the
Company, Mr. G. A. Morrow, and Mr. F. J.
Weston, have also been here. They will come
again, for it is the policy of the Imperial As-
surance Company of Canada to keep in per-
sonal touch with countries like this which
do so large an amount of insurance business
with it. and which promises to do a great deal
more.
Messrs. Weston and Morrow are greatly
impressed with the natural wealth of the soil
in Jamaica: and one result of their visits has
been the decision to make prudent invest-
mr.ents on real estate loans in Jamaica. This.






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R. A. FIGUEROA.
Company not only endeavours to get business
in Jamaica but also to assist in the colony's
development. This is impotrant. Jamaica,
naturally, does not like a great part of its
capital to leave the island; she knows that she
still needs money for development. Recog-
nising and sympathising with this feeling, the
Imperial Life Assurance Company now ad-
vances money on estate here. This is greatly
appreciated.
The building of the Imperial Life As-
surance Company, a photograph of which
we print on this page, is well known in
Toronto. Jamaicans visiting that city should
pay this handsome edifice a visit.


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THE SUGAR WHARF : : : :
HOW IT HAS GROWN AND
WHAT IT IS AT PRESENT.
IN another few years the firm
of Messrs. Fred L. Myers &
Son will celebrate its jubilee.
It was founded in 1879 by the
late Mr. Fred. L. Myers, it is be-
ing carried on by his son, the
Hon. Horace Victor Myers, and
when its centenary arrives a
Myers-direct descendant of its
present chief-will doubtless be
found at its head. For at the
present time Mr. Eustace Myers,
the only son of this branch of the
family, is studying at a commer-
cial college of the University of
Pennsylvania with a view to en-
tering the Jamaica business as
soon as his college course shall
have been completed.
The idea of the.Myerses has
been to establish a business
which should have the stability
and reputation of an institution.
This was the ambition of the
founder of the firm, and his son,
Horace, was brought up with
that ambition in his mind. The
late Mr. Fred L. Myers had seen
many a commercial house de-
velop during the lifetime of one
man, and disappear shortly af-
ter the death of that man; there
had been no continuity about


them, no permanence, unless
they happened to have been converted into
limited liability companies. His aim was dif-
ferent; he believed that commerce, honour-
ably conducted, was a calling worthy of any
man, and he wanted his son to follow in his
footsteps. Happy in that his eldest boy was
not only a young man of keen commercial
aptitude, but had received a liberal education
and was endowed with great energy and in-
telligence, Mr. Fred L. Myers was assured
before his death that the wish of his life
would be fulfilled. It will, indeed, be fulfilled
far beyond his most sanguine expectations.
For the position of the firm is infinitely su-
perior to-day to what it was when its founder
retired. Its development has been enormous,
thanks to the driving power and quick appre-
ciation of conditions which are characteristic
of Mr. Horace Myers.
The latter has always realized that a big
business is not to be built upon narrow
foundations. Its chief must not only devote
himself to his commercial affairs, but also be
a man of the world, coming into close and
varied contact with all sorts and classes of
people, taking an interest in matters not di-
rectly connected with trade, and avoiding
that form of selfishness which consists in be-
lieving that nothing save the direct making
of money should be the pursuit of the busi-
ness man. The consequence is that we find
-the.present head of Messrs. Fred L. Myers
-& Son a member of the Jamaica Legislative
Council, anr active worker on various com-
mittees formed for social and philanthropic
purposes, a man ever-ready to give some of
his time to public duties. In war work he
was. conspicuous;. for his activities at that
time, and the-successful efforts he made to
enable the Bahamas to send over contingents


4 brief Sketch of the firm of Messrs Fred L. Myers & Son, which,
established in 1879, has steadily deoelnped since until to-day it is
one oJ the Largest and aest Known West Indian Business Houses.


THE LATE MR. FRED. L. MYERS, J.P., FOUNDER OF THE FIRM
OF FRED. L. MYERS & SON.


of men to join the Jamaica Regiments raised
for the War, he was rewarded by his Sover-
eign with Membership of the Order of the
British Empire. But he had no thought of
reward when he embarked upon the task of
aiding his country to take a proper part in
the struggle which was to decide the fate of
the British Empire. What he did was in
obedience to patriotic impulse and sense of
duty.


Of a sunny, hopeful disposition, on the
happier side of fifty, blessed with excellent
health and with remarkable tenacity of pur-
pose, Mr. Horace Myers, it is safe to say, will
continue to develop his business for very
many years yet, and will hand it on to his son
so established that it will stand for what, in
older days, some of the great West Indian
Houses sfood for in the Mother Country. In-
deed, it has already won to that representa-
tive position. "The Sugar Wharf" is a name
widely known outside of Jamaica, and even
in distant Australia "Myers' Rum," has won
deserved popularity:
The Sugar Wharf, situated to the west
end of Harbour Street, in the city of King-
ston, embraces a large area of land to-day.
It was nothing like its present size when
Messrs. Fred L. Myers & Son, after the great
earthquake of 1907, removed thither their
business, which had previously been conduct-
in Port Royal Street; but Mr. Horace Myers
adopted the policy of adding steadily to the
premises by judicious purchases of neigh-
bouring property; in so doing he was think-
ing of the future as well as of the present, for
it is his firm conviction that Jamaica must
progress and that all local business will de-
velop with such progress. A wharf means
piers with a capacity to accommodate ships
of a decent size; it should also have a suitable
seawall; it should possess, if possible, facili-
ties for quickly transporting the goods
brought to it from various sources. But The
Sugar Wharf, orginially, was very poorly if
at all equipped with any of these modern con-
veniences. It had only the possibilities of
them-land and the sea in front of that land.
But here was an excellent opportunity of
making a modern West Indian Wharf, and
Mr. Myers embraced that opportunity with
joy. The pier was lengthened and strength-
ened; which is only another way of saying
that the pier was rebuilt. Work was begun
on a seawall. For this purpose a large tract
of land had to be reclaimed from the sea, and
the contingent expense was considerable.
But the firm takes a "long view" of such mat-
ters as expenditure for desirable objects. It


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IL r ,.,jJIII..49...53..,54...59...60.Page 11.I; I IJ'Allcodes ;i PRICE:0ESHILLINGKINGSTON,JAMAICA./1. century life inBarbados andJamaica-byRafael Saba(mi(" THEMOTHEROFTHERAIN,a West Indian storyofbve (, 3. and superstition-by EdenPhillpoUs( .4. 5 The Humollr ofthe Babu()6. OBI, a murder mystery andanobeahman-byEden Phillpotlsh 9. 5 TheChild, the Wife and the Father nAG J.B'0.. ; reat amalcausmessrgamzatJon..Page1923--24.CONTENTS. IMPORtERS EXPORTERSufIslandProduce."GRAKENGO,"Jamaica:GENERALCOMMISSIONMERCHANTS.ofeverydescriptionofGeneralProvisions.Correspondence so;1i;::it withHousesabroadfortheimportation of goods intoJamaica, anu:1.,. exportation ofSUGAR,RUM,COFFEE,etcCableaddress:62-64HARBOUR STREET.VOL. I, NO.4The RomanceofanIdeaMr.E.R.Damley, [Headofthe WestIndiesDepartmentoftheColonialOffice]-anImpressionIntheLandofBananas, Coffee and Volcanoes Wherewas He--a ComedyinSixChapters .JohnChinamaninJamaicaTHEWHITE SLAVEa stining taleofPiracy, and seventeenth

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PLANTERS'PUNCH1923-24LascellesdeMercado&Coy.,=========-Limited.==========GENERAL MERCHANTS&COMMISSION AGENTS.onand ofSUGARWESPECIALIZEINTHESELLING BEHALFOFESTATE PROPRIETORS.LascellesDeMercado&Co,Ltd.Lascelles deMercado&Company, Ltd.,14& 14t PORTROYALSTREET, KINGSTON,JAMAICA.

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FOUXDED BYHERBERTG.DELtSSER,C.M.G.Vol.I.No.4I 0-0"04001r"t(:....n;..(:n:r<:n:."...n-n: eRomance if' an Idea,or From. THEORGANIZATIONOF JAMAICA'StoManyThousandsInSIXYears.BRAINS,ENERGYANDPUBLIC SPIRIT.MR.W.BAGGETTGREY,OneoftheFirst39MembersoftheJamaicaImperialAssociation.couldformsocietiesfortheexpression or theirviewsandtherepresentationof local questions,theycould establish Citizens' Associations which could be affiliatedwiththeJamaicaImperialAssociation,thehumblestoftheirmembersbecoming,bythismethodoptimistic endoweditwithbutayearortwooflife.Butthepublichadoverlooked twofactsintheAssociation's expressedaimsandcon stitution.ThefirstwasthatthisAssociationwastoenlisttheactive servicesofitsmem bers, whowereto be asked contiIwously toundertakeworkforthepublicinterest;inotherwords,theAssociationwastobe"noone-man concern."ThesecondfactwasthattheAssociationwasnotto be sectional,nottothinkonlyoftheparticularinterestsofplanters,oroflawyers,orofcommercial men,anddevote allitsenergiestoobtainingadvantagesandbenefits.forsuch a limited class alone.Itwasto embrace alltheseandotherclasses initsmembership,andtodealfairlybythemall. Anditshouldhave a stillmore comprehensive role.Itwasto includethepeasantfarmeralso, the artisan,thesimple citizen, whohadinvariablybeen disregardedineveryimportantmovementmadeinthepasttoestablish an organisation -that shouldrepresenttheseveral aspectsandinterestsofthecolony's life. Such persons couldnotaffordtopayanythingappreciable inthewayofsubscription.Theycouldnotbe expectedtotakepartindiscussionsrequiringa wideortechnicalknowledgeofbusinessandfinance.But theyARTHURWILDMANFARQUHARSON,FounderandChairmanoftheJamaicaImperialAssociatlon.pactoffaithandhopeandcourage;he would launch, yetanotherventureinJamaica,makestill one more endeavour toorganiseandde velop onpracticallinesthepublic opinionoftheisland;he would sendfortha callforsupportandwould devote himself whole-hearted ly totheworktobe done. Hemightfail ? Well,thatwaswhathe didnotbelieve.Heisthebornoptimist; the typeofmanwho, once possessed ofanidea, is so convincedofitspracticabilitythathe feelsassureditmustbe realisedandmustflourish abundantly.Withhisown enthusiasmheinfectsallothers;hecreatesa contagionofconfidence; he sweepsawayall doubts.Lateron reflectionmaysupervene, doubtsmayarise;butinhispresencetheyarebanished:theysimply donotexist.Itwasinandwiththisspiritthat,one forenoon in December 1917, hemetthoseprominentmenofthecolony whohadcome in responsetohis calltodiscusstheformationofaJamaicaImperialAssociation. Whenthegatheringdispersedthirty-ninemenhadpledged themselvestoundertakethedutiesthatshould falltothemas members ofthisAssociation.Thepublicwereinterested,buta trifle incredulousofresults."Howlong willitlast?"theyasked.Andthemost "J. H."satdownbrisklyandthrewoutthequestion:"Howlong willitlast?"Thatquestionwasbeingaskedbymanyothersquietly,andtheanswertoitwasdistinctlydiscouraging."J.H."poseditplainly,withhis usuallight-heartedlaugh. Everybody knows who"J.H."is.Everybody local,thatis.Buttothestrangerinourmidstitmaybeexplainedthat"J.H."istheHon.JosephPhillipps,memberintheLegislative CouncilfortheparishofSt. Thomas, amanforwhom,atthepresentmo ment, alltheisland feels deepsympathybe causeofhisrecentloss.Hehad,atthetimetowhichtheremarksaboverefer,assistedinbringingtothebirththeJamaicaImperialAssociation, hewasoneofitsoriginalthirtyninemembers.Everybodywasexpressingdoubtsastothelifeofthislatest-born efforttoorganisethebrains,theenergyandthepublicspiritofJamaicainto onepermanentandcontinuousmovementforthecolony's im provement.Itwouldendureforayear,said one;fortwo years, saidanother."Howlong 'willitlast?"asked"J.H.,"andansweredhis own question incharacteristicfashion."Itwilllast,"he continued,"aslongaswetakeaninterestin it,aslongaswe doourbest to achieve success. 'A. W.'insiststhatitisnottobe a one-manconcern;soweall havegotto doourpart.Have alittlecigar?"Theclosing invitationwasalsocharacteristic;itexpressedinfourwordsthegayandfancifulmannerin which"J.H."sofrequently conductsthegravestmatter,commercialorpolitical.Butthose whoaremisled bythismannerintothinkingthatthereisnotreal seriousnessbeneatharelikelytoreceive asharpsurpriselateron.Thereis nomanmorepersistent,moreundeviatingfromthepath hehaslaidoutforhimself,than"J.H."And hewasoneofthefirst tojointhemove ment which, in afewyears,wastoattractattentionfarbeyondtheshoresofJamaica.And hehadmadeuphis mind to dohisbesttobringittosuccess. Hehadmentioned "A.W."The ideaofforminganAssociation bich, whilebusyingitselfwithpromotingtheproducing, commercial, socialandpublic :terestsofJamaica,should also keeptheIm J!lriallis' tic idealinviewandso shouldstrivee Jamaica"playaworthypartintheelopmentoftheEmpire,"wasMr. A. W. Farquharson's. Heknewhowoftensimilarassociations had beenstartedand hRd failedinthese West Indies; howattheverymomenttheywere brought intobeingtheprophecyoftheirearlydeceasehadb enuttered.Heknewhow, one by one,mostofthose prophe:" hadbeen fulfilled.Yethewasall com-

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2MR.LIONELDEMERCADO.anaffiliated memberoftheJamaicaImperialAssociation.Eachofthese societies would be entitled to send tothemeetings oftheAs sociation two representatives,andthese would havetherightto speakandvote on a footingofequalitywithanyothermember.Thiswasanentirely newdepartureforJamaica,andconsidered sofantasticorunnecessarythatnoparticularnoticewastakenofit.Buttheablestandmost energeticofthethenexistingCitizens'Associations-thatofWesternSt.Mary-graspedwithadmirable clearnesstheadvantageitwould obtainfrombeing identifiedwithastrong'andpowerfulbodyrepresentingthebusiness,theprofessionsandthecommerceofthiscolony.Atonceitappliedforaffiliation,andotherssoon followeditsexample. Individualsineverycallingofcolonial life alsohastenedto join,andthusattheendofthefirstyearofitsexistencetheJamaicaImperialAssociation'smembershiphadincreasedfromthirtynine to several hundreds. To-dayitnumbersmanythousands,andstillitgrows.Therewereothersofthe"foundingfathers"oftheAssociation whohadheardtheprophesyofitsspeedy end. Oneofthesewas its honorarytreasurer,Mr. Lionel de Mercado. Amanstrongandsilent,graveandimperturbable,hetook upthedutiesoftreasureroftheAssociation inthevery firstmonthofitsinception,andhascontinued to performthemeversince.Herewassomethingto be done which hethoughtwellworth.doing."They"saidtheAssociation would die? Well,letthemsay.Whatdiditmatter?Thethingto dowastoget'alongwiththework, to doitto the ofone's ability,nevertorelaxone'sefforts-andthenone would seewhethercontinued lifeorearlydeathwould betheconsequence!Thereisnootherpublic bodywithwhich Mr. deMer cado is sointimatelyconnected.Hehasno .ambition towinapplauseasa speaker, no in -clination toparticipateinthose effortsthatbringoneprominentlybeforethepublic eye.ButtotheAssociation hehasneverhesitatedtodevote bothhistimeandhisintelligence, .and hehasdoneitsignal service. Wecanbutmentionherethose men portraitsappearin illustrationofthis.article;itis impossibletospeakofthehun dreds ho have beenworkingwithunstintedenergyanddevotionforthesociety whose 'Powerfor good isoftheirmaking,andwhosemanyandvariedeffortsforthewelfareofPLAKTERS'. PUNCH Jamaicahave been crownedwithsuch abundantsuccess. Wethinkofsuch menasAlfredH. D'Costa,HughClarke,A.E.Harrison, S. S. Stedman, Clarence Lopez,F.M.Kerr-Jarrett,Altamont DaCosta,PercyLindo,P.C.Cork, William Wilson, Horace Victor MyersandWilliamMorrison;wethinkalsoofothers,butwemustrefrainfrommentioning'theirefforts, sincenota pageortwo,buta whole issueof"Planters'Punch,"would be requiredforthatpurpose. 'Perhapssome daytherewill be a publication dealingwiththegeneral activitiesoftheAssociation'smembers;we believetherewill be.Butthis'bytheway. No sketchof the Association, however, would be completewerenothing l:!3-id aboutthemanwho, a life longfriendofMr.Farquharson's,anda dis tinguished citizenofJamaica,hasactedasChairmanoftheAssociation whenever Mr. .Farquharsonhasbeen absent. Needless to say, he tooisoneof"thefoundingfathers."Andhetoo isutterlydevoted tothework and totheinterestsoftheJamaicaImperialAs sociation. Mr.BaggettGrayistheoldest solicitorofJamaica,the doyenof hisbranchofthelegal profession.For deca;des hehasbeenHON.J.H.PHILLIPPS,M.L.C.associatedwithMr.Farquharson.Againandagainhavetheyworked together, eachentertainingoftheotherahighopinion,theirmutualrelationships being informedbya deepandenduringfriendship.Itwas there fore to be expectedthatMr.Graywould be come Mr.Farquharson'sfirstlieutenantintheworkoftheAssociation,andhehasnevergrudgedeitherhis timeorhisknowledge whenthewelfareof the Association demand ed it.Anotherman, whoseportraitappearsonthispage,andwhohasmade somebrilliantefforts on behalfoftheAssociation,isMr. Lewis Ashenheim. Always pressedbyhisprofessional duties, hehasnevertheless,againandagain,setaside a wholedaytotakeupandcarry 'chrough some function hehasbeen called upon 'co fulfil. Mr. Ashenheim is averyperusasive speaker,withafundofdry, searchinghumourwhichisveryeffectiveatpublic meetings. HeregardstheAssocia tionasa potentfactorinthelifeofJamaica,andhasrepresenteditsviewsandpolicieswithmarkedsuccessatconferenceswiththeelected oftheLegislative Council.Ofhim,asofMr. Lionel de Mercado,itmaytrulybe saidthattheJamaicaImperialAsso ciation istheonly public bodyinthecolony1923--24IIwithwhichhe is intimatelyidentified. Here, then,arefive men,ofwidely-differingtemperament,ofdifferentages,andwithdifferent interests,towhomtheJamaicaImperialAssociationrepresentsaneffortandmovementof thefirst importance.And they themselvesarein t}1is therepresentativesofhundredsofothers. Thisfactalone suffi cientlyillustratesthehold whichtheAssocia tionhas taken uponthepublic lifeof the country,theplaceitoccupiesinJamaica.Itsactivitiesnevercease.TheGovernorofJamaica,SirLeslieProbyn,saidinarecent speechthatheheardfromtheAssocia tion almost daily; this,ofcourse,wasanexaggeration indulgedinforthesakeandpurposeofemphasis,butitpossesses a found ationofsobertruth.Forthissocietyis al waysatwork, is incessantly occupiedandconstantlyit'finds something newtoundertakewhich isthedestinyof all activeorgani-,.sations.Itis oneoftheWestIndianAs sociated ChambersofCommerce established someyearsagobySirEdwardDavson, with headquartersin Trinidad.ItisaffiliatedwiththeWestIndiaCommitteeandtheBritishEmpireProducersOrganisation, whoseheadquartersareinLondon; inJamaicaitis the accreditedrepresentativeofthose bodies.Ithasbeeninstrumentalingettingestablish ed aWestIndiesParliamentaryCommittee consistingofmembersoftheHouseofLordsandtheHouseofCommons;ofthisCommit teethechairmanistheViscountBurnham,theSecretaryis Mr.PercyHurd,M.P., ofitsmembersareex-SecretariesofStatefortheColonies,andall its membersarehonorarymembersoftheJamaicaImperial Asso ciation.BymeansofthisParliamentaryCommitteetheBritishWestIndies have obtainedsome realrepresentationinbothHousesofParliament;theyhavealso ac quired,throughLordBurnham,Mr.J.J.Astor,andLordAspley, a voiceinsuchgreatorgansofEnglishpublic opinionastheDaily Telegraph,theLondon Times,andthe Morn ingPost.TheAssociation aimsatthecloserunionoftheBritishWestIndies,attheirharmonious co-operationforcommon beneficial ends. And,inspiteoftheinsularfeelingnaturallyexisting in small communitiesseparatedfromoneanotherbyconsiderable distances,ithasalreadysucceededinbringingabouta living movementtowardsWestIndianco-operation,andagreaterdegreeofWestIndianunity. MF\:. LEWISASHENHEIM.

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1923-24PLATERS'PUNCH3attheColonial Office,athalf-pastfour,tohavea talk.Justbefore goinguptohisofficeIhadtakena glanceata bookkeptopen on a desk onthefirst floorofthebuildinginwhichthetimeatwhichtheofficials gotoworkandleaveitisenteredbythemselves. Allhoursweresetdown;I noticedthatthesewereveryirregular.Therewasno gener:;tl exodus four,asthepublic firmly believes. Somemenwouldremainuntilsixo'clock; IsawthishourprettyoftensetdownagainstMr.Darnley's name. Asithappened, Iwaswithhimonthisparticularoccasionuntilnearlysixo'clock,andweweretalkingonWestIndianaffairs.Notonce did he showtheslightestdesirethatI should leave.Andno one who hasmettheheadoftheWest .Indian DepartmentatDowningStreetwouldimagineforamomentthathewouldabandonhisday'swork,ifnotcompleted, merely becausethehourforadjournmenthadarrived.Hehadneverbeen totheWestIndies,yetI soon realisedthatheknewagreatdealaboutthem.More;heknewa good dealaboutthepeopleofthemprominentinthepublic eye.Heknewmuchaboutthepro ceedingsofourLegislativeCouncil-and,remember,itisnotJamaicaalonethathehasto deal with,buteverycolony inthispartof'theworld. Iwasfrank:"Honestly,"I said,"Ididnotexpecttofindthatyouknewanythingwhateveraboutus, except suchstatisticalfactsandgeneralstatementsascome be fore you in officialpapers.Butafterourfirst. conversation I changedmymind. Iknowthatyou know." To whichhesmiled non committingly,andthetalktookanotherturn.Heis amanofwideandsolidreading,witha firm, incisive styleofwriting.Hehasnotwrittenmuch,andyethecould, Iamconvinced, havehada most successfulcareerasanEnglishjournalist.Foryoureadwhathewriteswithinterest;thereis aliteraryflavouraboutit, aclaritythatis typicalofcharacter."Thestyle istheman,"saidBuffon,andthatislargelytrue;strengthandprecisionandknowledgearesuggestedbyMr.Darnley'swriting,andthosearehischaracteristicqualities.Itwasafriendof'his who mentionedtomeanarticlebyhimwhichhadappearedrecentlyintheNine teenth Century,.Igotholdofthemagazineandreadthatarticle,andthoughittreatedofa quite impersonal subjed therewereindica tionsthereofthemindandcharacterofitswriterwhich confirmedmypreviousestimateof him. Thisfriendtold methattosee Mr.Darnleyatsome openairexcursion,sittingonwetlogs,trudgingthroughthemud,takingnothought about healthandconvenience,.wasto seeanotheranda differentaspectofhim.Buthischaracteris allofa piece:itis.because hethrowshimselfwholeheartedlyintowhathehasto dothathe doesnotmindmudorwetlogs-orvolumesofwork,orirregularhoursandthelike.Hebelievesinbeingthorough.Forty-sevenyearsofage, a bachelor, astudentofscience, a loverofliterature,ambi tiousforhiswork'ssakebutnotforhimself,withalastrongmanwho can beadamant on occasion, Itakeitthathe isthe sort you would like to havewithyou in a tightcorner:averyfirmandfaithfulfriend.Asanenemy,ifhe tookthetroubletodislike you actively (whichitis doubtfulifhe would do) he could be formidable. Above all, ajust.man, Ithink,andone too conscientiousandproud ever tothinkofstoopingtopettiness.IamgladthatI met him.Thathasbeen oneofthepleasantexperiencesofmylife.H.G.D.,jIwasmuchinterestedinmyinterlocutor.FortheheadoftheWestIndiaDepartmentoftheColonial Office isverymuch oftherulersoftheseWestIndies;heis amanwhose opinionandadvicecarrythegreatestweightwith'theSecretariesofState,andwhosestrongoppositiontoanyschememaydamageitirreparably.So muchforposition;nowastotheperso,nalityoftheman. No one couldtalktoMr.E.R.Darnleyfortenminutesandhaveany douhts abouttheessentialsanity anS\.)hrewdness ofhisM ERDIAn Impression of theHead .of theWestIndies Depart-r...arneYmentoftheColonialOffice.OMEONEhasdescribedtheCol.onialOfficeas asortoftemplewithcorridorslike lofty' aisles,andwithanatmos phere chillingandrepellenttothosenotofthe inner sanctuary. And,indaysnotverylong ago, WestIndiansseekingforadmissiontotheinterioroftheplace found only too oftenthatthoughtheymightenterthegreatgatesthatshutitofffromthethoroughfareoutside,theywouldreachnofurtherunless they had obtained previously a special ap pointment, whichwasofthenatureofa diffi cult enterprise.Itwasnoteasy to seeanyone ofanyimportanceintheColonial Office;itis not easy now.Buttimeshavechanged, there is a newspiritabroad,andaccesstoone of the officials whorulesolargeapartofa scattered ,Empire,andeventoaSecretaryofStatehimself, doesnotnow demand apatientwaitingofdaysandweeks. Mr.E.R.DarnleyisheadoftheWestIndiaDepartmentoftheColonial Office,thedepartmentwhichhasunderitsdirectcontrol alltheBritishWestIndies,BritishGuiana, Bermuda,andtheFalklandIslandsaswell. .I went one day,inJuneofthisyear(1923),byinvitation,tosee Mr. OrmsbyGore,andaftera conversation I mentionedthatI should like torenewmyacquaintanceshipwithMr. Wiseman, whohadbeeninJamaicasome eighteenmonthsbefore. Mr.OrmsbyGore directed me to Mr.Wiseman'soffice,andforsome time Isattalkingtothesecondinpermanent commandofWestIndianaffairs,thekeen-faced, pleasant, highly-intelligentyoungman whohadaccompaniedMajorWoodandMajor Ormsby Gore ontheirrecenttouroftheWest Indies,andwhohadmadesuchanMR.E.R.DARNLEY,M.A.,B.SC.,excellent impression on allwithwhom heHeadoftheWestIndiaDepartmentoftheColonialcame in contact here.ItwaswhilewewereOffice.talkingtogetheronJamaicaaffairsthat\themind.Bydispositionheis inclinedtobe door openedanda short, strongly-builtmanpositive,byofficialtrainingthisdisposition came intotheroom. I glancedathim;hishasbeen developed,buthisintellect plays faceratherreminded meofthelatePresi-freelyonthequestions which comebeforedent Roosevelt; astrongfaceitwas,andthehimfordecision,andeven while hemayex whole demeanourofthestrangerindicatedpressdissenthe isestimatingtheforce of self-confidenceanddetermination. I won-yourcounter-contentIOn.Theresultisthat,dered whothiswas.ThenMr. Wisemanstrongmindedthoughhe is, he is open mind spoke to himas"Darnley,"andatonce I ed also.Butnotflabbily so:hisistheopen knew. mindofthemanwhowantstogetattheI was introduced.Ina'quiet voice Mr.truthofthings,andwho is abletoperceive Darnleysaid:','In fiveminutes'time, Wise-thetruthin defiance ofanypreconceptionsofman,ifyou willbring Mr. deLisser in, I shall his' own. I should imagine (indeed I am be glad to see hiTforalittlewhile."Atthesure)thathe doesnotoftenchange his mind, endofwhathethoughtto be five minutes Mr.andthathe is always slow to change.ButWiseman took me into Mr.Darnley'sroom;his firmness isnotobstinacy:hewill yieldtobutthevisitor hehadbeen seeing(anad-factsandto ajustrepresentationof asituaministrator, I gathered,fromsomepartoftion. Woe to anyone, however, who shouldtheBritish world) 'was stillwithhim.Hethinktomislead him,toconfusehimwithdid not liketheinterruption,thoughhesaid falsedata,to perplex himwithbadargument.nothing. Hejust Jooked. Thatlook seemed I can seethecold grey-blue eyesturnedfulltosay:"Well,thisisverystrange;whatis inscrutiny upon such.aone, and'the voice,themeaningof It?" Imadeno.remark,thatmightthenappearto belaughingslightthoughthe glailee was to me interesting-as._ .ly,askinga few quiet questions.anindication Here, Ithought, And you wooed neverbetrustedbyhimanyisa man who WIllhave his own way, one too more.Foramanofthistypewillhavelittlewho willnot allow: to beforgottenwhatis due patiencewithfools,andanenduringdisliketohis dignity;c"ltismyfault,Darnley,".fordeceivers.saidMr. Wisemanwitha smile."IthoughtHetakesahighviewofhis responsibiliyouwere alone."Thevisitorthentookhisties.Hedoesnotmentionthem;indeed, I leave, Iwasasked to a chair,andsoonMr.'shouldsaythathe would .nevercaretotalkDarnleywasspeakinginthatquiet, some-abouthimself.Butaftermeetinghimyoutimesalmost inaudible voiceofhis,speakingcomeawaywiththefeelingthatheis devotedasthoughheweighedeveryworduncontohiswork,proudofit,anddesirousofful sciously,andyet,atthesametime,witha fillinghisobligationstohis couRtryandthatfranknesswhich one doesnotusuallyaS80-partofthe: Empirewhich' heassiststociatewithwhatone sooftenhearsaboutun-. govern.necessaryofficial reticence.AthisinvitationI called oneafternoon

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4 TERS'PUNCH1923-24 @] Iastrangerandtheytakehimin.Butthetouristexpectsthis;hiscompensationisthenewsensationsheexperiencesinacitysoold,worldandcharming.Hewandersfromthebusinesscentreofthecityintoandaboutthenarrowstreets,betweenhousesbuiltlowbecauseofearthquakes,watchingthebarefootedmenandwomenoftheworkingclasses,thedandiesofthebetterclasses,theuniformedpoliceallarmedwithswords;andnomatterinwhatdirectionhegazeshewillhaveglimpsesofgardensrichwithflowers,andwillseethemountainsummitsclearagainstthebluehorizon,anhorizoncloudlessinthemorning,butinvisibleasthedaydrawstoeveningandtherainbeginstopour.THEREaredayswhenitdoesnotraininSanJose.So Ihavebeen told,anditmustbetrue,butIhavenotknownone of these. OnthetwooccasionsIhavebeeninthatlittlecapitalcityofsome40,000souls,noafternoonpassedbutthecloudscameupfrombehindthehillsandthecountryformilesaroundwasdrenched;andfortunateitisforoneifthedownpourceasewithnight.ThenonecansallyforthtoseesomethingofthenightlifeofSanJose,thelife ofcourtshipatopendoorsorbarredwindows,ofpromenadesintheparkswhenthebandsareplaying,ofwalksinthespacioussavannahjustoutsideofthecity,wheretheracesarerunandthebull-fightstakeplace.Oronemaygototheopera,ifacompanyhappenstobeperforming I'n SanJose.Thisisnotoften,butsomeinferiorSpanishtheatricaltroupesfrequentlyfind their waytoCostaRica,and,inwoodenbuildingsprovidedforthepurpose,givecrudeperformancesuponstageswithaminimumoffittingsandamenities.Yettheseperformancesarewellpatronised,evenonrainynights,bythebetterclassesofthepeople;intheboxesintheuppergallery(ordresscircle, Isuppose)sitthegirlswiththeirmothersoraunts;downbelow,inthepit,aregroupedthemen. Onlynowandthendoyousee meriandgirlstogether,thelawoftheseparationofthesexesholdinggood,itwouldappear,evenataplayorinachurch.Idislikethiscustom;but,ontheotherhand,thereIsnounwrittenregulationagainststaring;onemaygazewithopeneyes ofadmirationatthebeautiesonbalcony,intheatreorinchurch.Onemayevenmurmuraloudone'sadmiration:itispermittedbythecustomofthecountry.AndthegirlsofSanJosearewellworthyofadmiration.ForthegirlsofSanJosearerenownedthroughoutCentralAmericafortheirbeauty,andtheirmenfolkboastopenlyaboutitasone ofthemeritsoftheircountry."Ourgirlsarepretty,"saidagentlemanofSanJosetothewriter.Onecordiallyagreed;yetonecouldnotbutregretthattheyhadfollowedtheforeignfashionof"bobbing"theirhairwithouttheexcuseforthatfashionwhichEuropehad.Girlsbobbedtheirhairduringwartimewhentheyhadtobeearlyandlateatwork;tresseswerethenaninconvenience.To-day,inEurope,thehairisagainbeinggrown.ButCostaRica,farfromtheouterworldasitis,stillbobsitshair,andthisIsapity,forthegirlsofSanJosecouldboastofluxurIanttresses,black,brown,andofgoldenhue.COSTARICAismainlyawhitecountry,butthereissomeadmixtureofIndianand alse ofAfricanblood.TherearepureIndiansinthe country;these dwellonlandsoftheirown,obeytheirownchiefswhileowningasortofallegiancetotheCostaRicanGovernment,and,onthewhole,showthemselvesantagonisticorIndlt1'erenttotheinfluencesofcivilisation.You seeBOmeoftheminSanJoseandinothertownsoftherepublic;bronze-coloured,broadofface. @] ISTREETSCENEINONEOFTHEPOORERSTREETSOFSANJOSE.THEOX,CARTSINTHEPICTUREARETHECITY'SCHIEFMEANSOFCONVEYINGGOODS.ticaltroubleandpeopleknewitwouldnotbesafetobeoutuponthestreets.Onsuchoccasionsthecautiouskepttheirplace ofbusinessclosed,thetimidthoughtitwisetostayindoors,buttheadventuresomewouldventureforth,firedwithexcitement,wonderingwhatwould happen, expectinganything,untilasuddenmovementsomewherewouldgivethesignalforageneralstampedeorforadeterminedrushonthepartofsome"heroes"determinedtostrikefortheprinciplestheyprofessed.Thusitwasthat,buta fewyearsago,theladiesofSanJoseroseandtroopedouttoTinoco's palace, demandingofthatusurpingPresidentthereleaseoftheirimprisonedrelatives,onlytobedrivenbackbythefemalecriminalswhomhereleasedfromprisontodothisworkforhim.Butthismorningof May' 24th, 1923,therewasno hlk ofrevolutionoroftroubleofanykindinSanJose.Thecitywaspeaceful;theelectionsweremorethansixmonthsoff;thepressingproblemsofthedaywereallconnectedwiththedepreciatedandfluctuatingvalueofCostaRicanmoney.Thedollar,or"colon," 'which oncehadbeenworthtwoshillings,wasnowworthsomethinglessthanashilling,anddaybydayitsvaluevariedslightly.Enterashoptomakeapurchase,andthesalesmanwoulddetainyouuntil,byacalculationdonebeforeyoureyes onpaper,hehaddeterminedthedifferencebetweenyourEnglishorAmericanmoneyandtheCostaRicancurrencyattheday'srateofexchange.'Tisatediousprocesstothestranger,andonedishearteningtoa peoplewhofindthat,bysomemysteriouslaw theycannotunderstand,theirmoneydecreasesinactualpurchasingpower.BecauseofthisdepreciationintheirmoneytheCostaRicansarepoorerto-daythanwhenIfirstvisitedthatcountrysometenorelevenyearsago.YetlivingischeapinCostaRica,cheaperbyfarthanitisinJamaica,andthereseemsaplenitude and avarietyofcommoditiesintheshops.Theseshopsaresmallerthanourown,butmoretastefullyarranged,andasthereIsno dqst inSan,Tosetheyhaveafresher,brighterappearance.Theychargethetouristmorethantheydothenative;heisBLOCKOFPUBLICBUILDINGSINSANJOSE,HERESOMEOFTHEGOVERNMENTOFFICES,INCLUDINGTHEPOSTOFFICE,AREHOUSED.I. InCostaRicathel'e aI'e someten thousand la-AUTHOROF "IN CUBAANDJAMAICA,"Etc.'lItaicans.Thislittle Rep1Lblic has beenthe home of Ja'l1taicans foratleast thiliy years,anditsbananade,velopmentis due totheapplication0/theil' 'I1tusculal' enel'gyandtoAmericanentel'ZJriseandcaZJital.Abovea thi1'ty milebelt /1'om theAtlanticCoast,howevel',fewJamaica laboul'ersaI'e founcl. ThissketchcontainstheilnpressionsatonewhovisitedCostaRicain1913andagainin1923;inthatintel'valthel'ehavebeenmanychangesinthe"BananaRepublic;'changes cleeply intel-estingtotheCostaRicansandtotheJamaicansalso.THEcathedralbellstangout,callingthefaithfultomorningprayerandthesacrament;itwas.sixoftheclock,yet ehe greatelectriclampsstillglow-ed intheparkwhichallnightlonghadstoodopen, a place ofrefugeforthosewhomighthavenoother .. shelterinthiscityamongthehills.Theairwassweetandcool,forhere,inSanJose-ofCostaRica,onewassomefourthousandfeetabove "the level ofthewarmandsteaminglowlandsoftheAtlanticandPacific slopes.Hereonewasintheregionofpalebluehills,skiesofpurestazure,greenplateauxthroughwhichrushedthewatersofmountainrivers,andshrubsandtreessuchasonedoesnotassociatewithtropicalvegetation.Toanimmensebeightgrewthetreesinthepark'spreadoutbelow me,anduponwhichIgazedfromthenarrowbalconywhichfrontsanaadornsthewindowofeverySpanishAmericanhouseofanypretentions.Tallandgraceful,withagloriouswe3.lth ofyellowflowers,theytoweredabovethetiledpathsandhospitablebenches -(Jf thechiefpublicsocialrendezvousofSanJose;andevenasI gazed thelightsofthelampsfadedsuddenlyandSanJoseawoke.Throughthepark,sidebyside,cametwogirlishfigures,clothedinblack,theirheadsdrapedinblackmantillas,justasthoughtheyweretwonuns.They ilmerged uponthestreet,andoneobservedtheirfeetwerebare:servantgirlsgoinghomefrommasstheyseemed,whitegirlswalkingbarefootedinthiscityastheyhaddoubtlessdonefromtheirearliestyouth,andwithnosenseofihconvenienceorshame.Theypassedoutofsight,andthenthecreekingofacartassailedtheear,andone ofthesmallbox-likecontrivancestheyuse forthecarriageof goodsinCostaRicahaveinsight.Eachdrawnbytwopatientoxen,creatingatumultastheypassedovertheroughcobbleswithwhich San'Jo:;;e ispaved,cartfollowedcart,eachwithaguidewhowalkedinfrontoforbesideit,directinghiste3.mwithhisvoiceorwithalittlemove,mentofthelongandcruelgoadhecarried.Athrustofthatsteal,pointedstickintothesideoftheanimal -that wassloworstupidwasitsmaster'smodeofadmonition:abrutalmodeitseemed.ButthroughoutSpanishAmericathereislittleregardfor the:. feelingsoftheloweranimals.Theyarebeastsofburdencreatedsolelyforman'sbenefit,andwhyshouldtheynotbetorturediftheyactascreatureswithoutsense?Sotheargumentseemstorun,andthestrangercanbutregisterhisprotestbeneathhisbreath.Alldaylong,inthiscityandinothersofCostaRica,hewillseetheseox-carts,witnessthecalloustreatmentoftheoxen,andwhenheisbesetwithflies,ashewillbeineventhebesthotelsofCostaRica,hewillrememberthatfliesfrequentandbreedinstables,andthatthesleepingandfeedingplacesofthecattlecannotbefaraway.SLOWLYthestreetsbegantofill.Womenstrolledquietlyhomefromchurch,menwalkedwithplacidmeintowork,theshopscommencedtoopen -their doors,thenormallife ofSanJosewasbeginning, as daybydayIthadbegun save whentherewaspol!-

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1923-24PLANTERS'PUNCH5ONTHERAILROADFROMPORTLIMONTOSANJOSE.THISPICTUREWASTAKENNEARSEQUIRES,ABOUT30MILESFROMTHEATLANTICCOAST.THETOWNOFPORTLIMON,WHICHISMAINLYINHABITEDBYJAMAICANSHEREITRAINSALMOSTEVERYDAY. [Q] IIsavewhatmightbe ex;tracted fromthesightof'theturbulentReventazonroaringandfoamingitswaydowntotheCaribbeanSea.Butnow, of asuddenasitwere,thesceneischanged.Thedenseforestsgiveplacetowidestretchesofbluehillswithvalleysinbetween,theskyisof abrightandgloriousblue,theglow ofthesunislessfierce,itsradiancemoresparkling,itslighta mellow gold. Coolerandcoolergrowstheatmosphere,steeperandsteepertheascent;precipicesandyetmoreprecipicesyawntothissideandtothat;greatbridgesspantremendousravines;onecatchesone'sbreathinapprehensionasthetrainshrieksandthundersacrossachasmwhichancientearthquakeshaverippedinthebowelsoftheearth.Howbeautifulitis;howexhilarating;interesting,too,inaneconomic sense,foryoucannotfailtonoticethechangesindustriallythathavetakenplacefromSequiresalmostuptoCartago.Forherearebananaswhereformerlytherewerebuttreesofnoeconomicvalue;hereareplantationsoffruitwhereoncewasruinateandwaste..ThePanamaDiseasehasdriventheAmericanenterpreneur into theheartofthecoun-try,awayfromthe.hotlands,upintothehillswhereitwasoncebelievedthatbananas could nevergrow.Andnowthesceneoneither side ischanged.Bananasarecultivatedto-dayatandevenaboveTurrialba,sixty-onemilesfromPortLimon.WhenthisfruitwasfirstplantedatanelevationoftwothousandfeetinJamaica(Ithinkitwasatthesuggestion,orbythedirectaction, or CaptainList)failurewasprophesied.Therewasnofailure,andwithfruitgrowingatamuchhigherelevationinCostaRicato-daythereisnofailure.Butthereisgreatexpense.Everyadditionalmileupwardmeansahighercostoftransportation,andIwastoldthatsome ofthefeedersforthemainlineofthisCostaRicanrailwayrunsomefortymileslaterally ionto theinterior.Thefruit,too,attheseheights,takesalongertimetomaturethanonthelowlands.ButImyselfthinkitsqualitydistinctlybetter;itisa finertypeoffruit.IatebetterflavouredbananasinCostaRicain1923thanIdidin1913.Some-prosperitytothispartofthecountryhasbeenbroughtbythisextensionofbananacultivation.TherearenowsettlementsalongtheupperpartofthelinewhichIdidnotobservein1913:theymayhavebeenthere,buttheymustthenhavebeeninsignificantinsize.AndtheCostaRicanpeasantwhohappenstoownapatchoflandnowgrowsbananasforexport,andtheCostaRicangentlemanplantsbananasasshadetreesforhiscoffee,andsellsthemtotheUnitedFruitCompany,thusensuring himseU apresentaswellasafuturerevenue.HenceTurrialba,whichwasnotmuchofatowntenyearsago,butwhichjustnowissituated weil withinthenewbananaregion,shows signs ofprosperityandhasgrowntorespectableproportions.Ipredictthat,unlessthefruitentirelygivesouthere,andcoffeeisunprofitable,Turrialbawillincreaseastheyearsgoon;itwill be come one ofthemoreimportantcitiesofCostaRica.Itiswellinthewayof economicprogress.Itsgrowthanddevelopmentareassured.ItwillholdabiggerplaceyetintherepublicthanCartagoholdsto-day.CARTAGO,thefirstcapitalofCostaRica,builton a plain surrpundeu bytoweringmountains,destroyedagainandagainbyearthquake,butalwaysrestored,hasbeenrehabilitatedsinceitslastcalamitysometwelveorthirteenyearsago. Its streetsarewideandwell laid-out,itscathedraldominatestheotherbuildings;itisintheheartofthebest coffee produCing districtofCostaRica,andundertheshadowofthevolcanoIrazuitpursuesthepeacefultenorofitsway.UndertheshadowofIrazu;butthatisamenace,notaprotection.I stoodonemorninginagrouponthesavannahoutsideofthecityofSanJose.Theeyesofusallwerefixedonthesummitof a mOUJltain, asummitabovewhichsomethingthatlookedlikeabankofcloudrestedandslightlymoved.Aswe'watched,wesawthiscloudrisehigherandhigher,streamingslOWlyawaytotheright;andalways from(Continuedon. Page 11,.)I @ nevercome back toJamaica,andthatthechildrenborninCostaRicawillgrowupascitizensofthatcountry;theywould feelthemselvesstrangersinJamaicashouldtheyreturn.Thelandinwhichtheywerebornwillclaimthem;theyarebeingboundtoitbytiesofassociationandhabit;theyareadaptingthemselvesdailytoit:someday,whentheyaregrowntomanhood,theywilldiscoverthattheyareCostaRicansand not. Jamaicans.Forgoodorfor ill,CostaRicahasendowedherself,onherAtlanticslope,withapermanentpopulationofAfricandescent. Silchapopulationyouwill findontheAtlanticlittoralofallSpanishAmerica.Thisbeltofblackworkersisfromtwentytothirtymilesdeep;beyondityoufindotherracesandhabitsof life.InCostaRicatheJamaicanlivesasfarinlandasSequires,orthirtymilesfromtheseafrontuponwhichstandsthetownofPortLimon.Abovethatheisrarelytobefound;andaboveSequires,too,asthetravellerobserves,thesceneryswiftlychanges,thevegetationisdifferent,andtheatmosphere,fromhotandhumid,becomes coolandpleasingtothelungsof men. rency.Butthehurricane'seffectsareat ;:.ny ratenotpermanent,andin1923conditionshavebeenbetterinLimonthantheywereinthelatterhalfof1922.ItmaybethatsomeremedywillbefoundforthePanamaDisease.Itissaidthatafterthelandhasbeenallowed toliefallowforsevenyears,itcanbe replantedoutinfruit:theyaredoingthisnowandwithsuccess,butityetremainstobeseenhowlongthetreeswillcontinuetobearbeforetheyareagainassailedbythedisease.Theyareexperimenting,too,withanewvarietyofbanana from theEast,avarietybelievedtobeimmunefromPanamaDisease.ThatmaysomedayprovethesalvationofcountrieslikeCostaRica.InthemeantimetherearesometenthousandJamaicansinthatrepublic,andmostofthemlookforwardtowhentheyshallbeabletoreturntotheirnativeland,bettercircumstancedthanwhentheyleftit.Thathopetheyneverabandon,andbecauseofit,andtheirprideintheBritishflag,theyinsistthattheirchildrenshallbetaughtEnglishandnotSpanishintheelementaryschools. Iliketheirfeeling,butIknowthatmanywillAsthetrainsteamsoutofSequires,whichhas .. grownastonishinglyinthelasttenyears,asyou leavebehindyouthissettlementof wooden buildingswithcorrugatedironroofs, earth streets,anddark-huedpopulation,thecountrysuddenly'openswideandfar-reachingtotheview.Hithertoyourrangeofvisionhad been boundedmainlybythelivingwallsofthejunglethroughwhichtherailwaytrackiscut. Youhadnoticedthatwhere,informeryears,therewerebananasonly,yousaw to-day fineplantationsof cocoa,which,alas,at present' bringsno price.Theskieswerecloudy,theairheavywithmoisture;therewaslittlepleasureinthathotrideupwards @] IIIIIAmerican capitalist,andto-dayPortLimonispartly-a WestIndian town. TheJamaicaninCostaRicaisnotas well off, :lnd thereforenotashappy;to-dayashewastenyearsago.NooneisinCosta Rica.Thereislesswork "there now,andhardertimes,thoughthiswilldoubtJesschangealittlelateron.Last year ahurricanesweptoverpartofLimonProvinceanddestroyed alargenumberofbanana -trees. And foryearsbeforethatthesteadyabandonmentoffruitcultivationhadbeenproceedingonthe]owlands.Thishasaffectedemployment,andtothis ;must beaddedtheconsequences of adepreciatedcur-.stolid-looking,asallIndianshaveeverbeen.They are notfond of work,andthough,aftersomefourhundredyears, theyhaveacceptedthewhitemanas part ofthenatureofthings,Ihavenodoubtthatthey_ -atill regardthemselvesastherightfulownersofthe -country, and theothersasintruders.Buttheydonotcount for muchinthepoliticaloreconomiclifeofthe country;theworkersinthehighlandsandonthePacific slope of CostaRicaarewhitemenormenofmixed blood;yetthoughCostaRicaisacountryfive times the size ofJamaica,withwonderfullyfertilesoil,andwithapopulationnotmuchmorethan.halfasnumerousasours,thesepeonsarepoorandlandless. You seethem,menandwomen,tillingthefieldsandperformingdomesticduties;youseethemenworkingontherailroad,drivingtheoxcarts,clearing thehillsides,andnearlyallofthemarebarefooted and livefromhandtomouthTheAmerican goes to CostaRicaandacquiresvasttractsofland.TheJamaicangoestoCostaRica,and,toilingontheAtlanticlittoral,atleastearnsalivelihoodbetter -than heearnedinhisowncountry.Buttheworking classes ofCostaRicaacquirenolandandearnbutlittle.Whatistheexplanationofthis?"Theyarenotindustrious;theyhavenoambition," saidtheCostaRicangentlemanIhavequoted.above."Theycangetlandbybuyingit;thepriceis not much.Buttheyneverworkenoughtosaveanything.Theyworkonlyforwhattheyneedday by day."Thismaybetrue;butIknowthatalloverSpanjshAmericatheruleisthatthereareaminorityofwealthy peopleandamassofworkersdependingon thosefewwhoaretheownersofthesoil.Thelandisinthehandsoftheminority,no effortismadeto -make themajorityinanywayindependent.Conditionsreactupondisposition;tothenaturalindolenceofthepeonIaddthecircumstancethat,striveheneversohard,heyetwouldfinditdifficulttobetterhis position. Sohedoesnotstrive.Heisalabourerandaservant,awhitemaninthetropicsgoingbarefootedandlivingfromhandtomouth.Butperhaps he ishappy:theclimateisgenial,hiswantsarefew. ,{lne day,however,whenthedemocratic,socialistic.stir oftheworldbeginsto befeltinCostaRicathere -may come adrasticchange.Apracticallylandlesspeopleinacountrywithplentyoffertile.landisan.anomalythatwillnot endure.ITisfromPortLimonuptoSequiresthatyoumeettheJamaicalabourer,theblackmanofbrawnand muscle,whomadethedevelopmentofthispart -of CostaRicapossible.HeisfoundinlargenumbersinPortLimon,andalongtherailwaytrackforsomedistancebeyondthattown.Onlyheorhislikecouldhavelivedandworkedinthosedank,swampy,terriblyhotregions,whereitrainsalmosteverydayandwherethejungleteemswithpoisonoussnakes andwithstillmorepoisonous diseases.Itseemsimpenetrablethatjungle:thegreattreestoweringover head,theirrootsandtrunksswathedinthegrassand creepersthatflourishwithhideousprofusioninthesodden,steamingearth.Theheatisintense,itwouldseemasthoughnorayofthesuncouldpenetratethosereekingdepths,nobreathof God'sairfinditswaythroughthemtorelievethehideousodourofputridvegetation.Yetmenarmedwithmachetteshaveclearedthousandsofthosefetidacresof woodandunderbrush,haveplantedthesuckersfromwhichcomethegoldenfruitof commerce,andhavebuiltstationtownsinwhichhundredsof people live.This_has beentheworkoftheJamaicanlabourerandthe ,

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6PLANTERS'PUNCH1923-24HON..C.G.H.DAVISINSIXCHAVfERS.AuditorGeneralandquoleroftheclassics.TheHon. DaVis,AuditorGeneralofJamaica,is a nativeofDemeraraandanominatedmemberofJa-maica'sLegislative Councir. WhenMr."DavisfirstcametoJamaicaandassumedhisdutiesas a legisla-tor,hethoughttotakeanactiveandpersonalinterestinthe affairs oftheCouncil.Hespokeinsomedebates,particularlyonmatterswithwhichhewasper fectly wellacquainted.Butononeoccasion,on his. happeningtoquoteinLatinthewell-knowntagabouttheshoemakerstickingto his last,severalmembersoftheHouse(apparentlyimaginingthathewasabusingtheminanunknowntongue)calledoutinexpostula-tion,andtheGovernor-PresidentimploredhimtospeakinEnglish."Thesubsequentproceedingsinter-estedhimno more." Or,ifthatistosaytoomuchanditis-itisneverthelesstruethat,sincethat occasion, Mr.Davis'svoicehasveryrarelybeenheardindebate.He' may relentlateronandonceagaintakepartinthosediscussionswhichprovide"copy" forthenewspapers;meanwhilehiscolleages have come toregardhimasaverygenial,pleasantman,who shows akeeninterestinmovementsoutsidetherangeandscopeofstrictlyofficial life.Heislikedbythemanypers.onswhohavemethiminJamaica,hiscordialitybeingquite, un!lffected. Andif'theCouncil didnotunderstandhisLatin quotationr thatwastheCouncil'sfault.Howcouldheguess .hat thememberswouldthinkhewasindulgingin scan dalouslyabusiveEgyptian?ACOMEDYCHAPTERTWO.WHATLEDUPTOIT.INourfirstchapterthereaderhasbeenbroughtface to facewiththebareoutlinesof oneofthemostthrillingmysteriesthateverstartledandper plexedthepeople ofJamaica.Thoseoutlinesmustnow be filled in. Onthedayprevioustothisstrangedisappearance,therehadbeenasittingoftheLegislativeCouncil,atwhichamostacrimoniousdebatehadtakenplace.Thequestionbeingdiscussedwaswhetheracarpetfor achurchatMountTabernacleshouldbechargeddutyornot,thecustombeingthatarticlesintendedfortheuseofchurchesshouldbeadmittedfreeontheapplicationofmembersoftheCouncil.Onthisoc casion, however, Mr.Ffrench,usuallyaveryreligiousman,hadraisedanobjection:hedidnot,hesaid,considerthatacarpetwasanarticleofreligion,for peopleusuallyWiped,theirfeetonit."Thatiswhatseemstobedonewithreligionhere,"theGovernorhadobserved, facetiously,accordingtoMr.WilliamMorrison,butseriously,some oftheelectedmembersthought.ThisunfortunateremarkatonceplungedthewholeHouseintoastateof 'Violentexcitement,andtheRev. Mr. YoungrosetomovetheadjournmentoftheHouseinorderthathemightresentHisExcellency'swordsandalsoprovethatthepeopleofJamaicahadashigharegardforreligionasanyotherpeople,eventhoughitmightnothavetheslightest effect upontheirlives. Mr. Young's speechwasfollowed byothers:therewasnomaintainingorder.Mr.LightbodycalledtheGovernor aDeist,andwhenchallengedby Mr. GideontosaywhataDeistwas,retortedthateverybodyknew-"hewasamanwhodidnotbelieveinGod.""Thewordyoushouldhaveuscdwas"Theosophist,"repliedMr. Gideonwithinfinitesuperiority,thenaskedtheorderlytobringhimadictionarysothathemightfindoutjustwhataTheosophistwas.TheRev. Mr.GrahamseemedtofancythatthefoundationsofChristianitywerebeingassailed,forhekeptcallingoutloudly, "woe is me, woeamI,"beingsomewhatdoubtfulastowhichwasexactlythegrammaticalwayofvoicinghiswoe,andwishing,by using bothexpressions,tobeonthesafeside. Mr. Davis,theAuditorGeneral,onthestrengthofhavingpresidedoveroneSalvationArmydemonstrationattheWardTheatre,roseandbeggedhishonourablecolleaguestorememberthatreligiousandsecularmattersshouldbekeptstrictlyapart,religionhavingtherighttoonly one-seventhofourtime,therestofwhichshouldbe devotedtoprofanepursuits.Hesuggestedthatchurchmattershadalreadybeen sufficientlydiscussedthatday,andthatthelegislatorshaddisplayedallthebitternessofspiritandmalignityoffeelingthatcouldfairlybe expectedfromprofessingChristians.HethougIitthatnowtheywouldbe welladvisedtopro ceedtodealwithcomparativelypeacefulsubjectssuchastheproposedincreaseoftheincometax.Butnoonewouldlistentohim;andatlengththeAttorneyGeneral, aftjlr ahastyconsultationwiththeGovernor, movedthe,adjournmentoftheHouseuntilthefollowingTuesday.Thismotionwas put andcarriedafterdebate,andthelegislatorstroopedout of thechamberdeclaringinexcitedtonesthat,atlast,arealcrisishaddelevopedinJamaica.Thenextdayitwasreported,in great headlinesinthelocalPress,thatHisEx ceBencyhad said that JaJIlaica'.s religionwasacarpettobewalkedupon, and menwhowouldassoonhavediedashavegiven' toa c,hurch,werehotCHAPTERONE.THEGOVERNOR'S DISAPPEARANOE. WHEREWASHE? BySqlimasn....pIlil ... oolhor 01 "HoOl10Happy n.oughHungry," "BorroOlinl/ wy,"Propntia 010 Drinlr,"Principia of .. unal Abo .. ," Elc. o!,=====================:++ "Plante/'s' Punch" has been torhtnate tosecuretorwassuggestedthatheshouldtrytheColonial Secre-withindignationattheallegedsuggestionthatthey'thisissuetheexclusiverightsotMr. S. T.Squalitone'stary'sOffice.Thitherhehied;buttheretheyknewwerenotallearnestpractisingChristians.latestJamaicaStOI'Y. }Ir.Squalitone himselthasnothingwhatever:theyhad not seentheGovernorThecountrymembersoftheLegislative Councilr _modestlydescribeditas a mastenJiece andone des-thatday. AtelephonemessagetoKing'sHousewhowouldordinarilyhavedepartedtotheirhomes'tinedtowin'torhimthetel'ventaclmirationottheelicitedtheinformationthattheGovernorhadnotre-onThursdayafternoonorFridaymorning,determine
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1923-24PLANTERS'PUCH7.thinghemay say inCouncil.ThethingtodoisboldlytochallengehimtorepeatitoutsideoftheCouncil, -feelingsurethathe willnotdaretodo so.If,likea fool,hedoes repeattheremark,thewisestthingtodo 1stopretendthatyouhaven'theardit,for'itmaybe Tetty inconvenient totakehimuponitthen.IfImay. ay so respec fuli'Y, sir-andIamwillingtodowhatYourExcellencymayultimatelydecideisthebestthingin thecircumstances-ifImaysayso, Iwouldignore all theminordetailsofthisdisagreeablecon troversy, and, fixingmyattentiononwhatisessentialinthe question, I wouldasksomefluentspeakerontheGovernmentsideoftheHousetodeliveroneortwo powerful speechesindefenceofreligionandofthenecessity ofcultivatingthespiritofcharity.1 would askthateloquentspeakertodescantonthebeauties ofthereligiouslifeasitispractisedatAugust Town,andtopayabeautifulcomplimenttothe eestatic expressionofthememberforSt.Mary,the Ret. andHon.Graham,when he isincorrectlyquoting a text of.Scripture.Finally,thatpowerfulandeloquentI speaker couldmakeanappealtothepatriotismof'Jamaicans,beinghimselfaJamaicanthatisimportant-andbidthem,throwingallnarrowDessaside,unitefortheprogressofourbeloved coun try. Hear!Hear!""Thatisallverywell,"saidHisExcellency,"but1 have mycharactertothinkof. What wouldtheCol onialOfficesayiftheyknew1hadbeencalledaDeist,andhadmadenoattempttoinvestigatethecharge?""Theywillsaynothing,sir,"Mr. Gideonassuredhim."TheywillknowthatyouareaboveanysuchthingasDeism. Ihavealways,1amproudtosay,regardedYourExecellencyasanAtheist,liketheArchbishop ofCanterburyandthePatriarchofthe,.coptic Church. 1haveanexcellentbookontheCoptic -Church atPortAntonIo. Ihavehaditforyears.I have neverread it ..Ifyoulike,sir,1shouldbeglad'to lendittoyou."But the Governorshookhishead,HesawthathisPrivyCouncilwasnotinclinedtoaidhimtorefutethose whohadcruellyassailedhimonthereligious si,de. Hedismissedhisadviserswiththecrypticre thathewoulddealwiththismatterinhisownfashion.That rem'lrk wasnowrememberedbyeach ,of them, with saddening effect.'(They fearedtheworst.Theyfearedsuicid'e. .CHAPTERTHIRD.T1IEINVESTIGATION.IT was,then,threeo'clockintheafternoon, and HeadquarterHousewascrammed.Aspecialbulletin' had beenissuedbythe Gleaner ontheGovernor'sdisappearance,andthousands.of copies .bad beeneagerlypurchased.Allthefactsthatwere:knownwererepeatedinslightlydifferentwordsagainandagain:thefactswerefew,therepetitionsmultitudinous.ThepublicwasassuredthatitwouldbekeptinformedofdevelopmentsbyanullsleepingandvigilantPress,tullyalivetothe nec('ssity ofincreasingitscirculatibn.Thepublicappeared-muchim pressed bythisstrikingevidence of disinterestedde votion toduty.By commonconsent,theAttorneyGeneralwasjudged to bethebestmanavailabletoassumecontrol,ofthesituation,Itwasfeltthathis tact andurbanitywerequalitiesofwhichthecountrystoodingreatneedjustnow;everybodyturnedtohimasthemanofthehour.Hewasnotunappreciativeofthisuniversal confidence."Thefirst thing wehavegottodo,"heannounced,"Is to findoutiftheGovernorcamehereatanytimetoday.Thatwillgiveusa cluetostartwith.Afterthatwe should gototea""Tea!"exclaimedMr.Lightbodyinastonishment."Tea! Didyousaytea?""Iam theimpressionthatI did,"said Mr. Wells-Durrant."WhatdidyouthinkIsaid?""Ithoughtyousaidtea,"repliedMr.Lightbodysternly."Iam dif;tinctly undertheimpressionthatI heard yousay'tea'.""Well, so I did,"agreedMrWells-Durrant."Whatabout it?" "How, Mr.AttorneyGeneral,how,atsuchatimeasthis, can yousuggesttea?" "My dearLightbody,ifyouwantsomethingstrongerIamnotgoingtoobject;teaisawordthatcan coveranysortofdrinkatfouro'clockintheaf -ternoon." ."ItisnotthatImeant,Mr.Attorney,andIam,sorry youhavesomisunderstoodme.Therearetimeswhen I willtakeacupoftealikeanyotherman,andI don't care whoknowsit.Butwhenwearelookingforour Governor'sbody-nowthatheisnolongerwithus, I willsaythebody ofourlatebeloved Governor-itdoesnotseemtometobequiterightandproper for anyone tosuggestthatweshould'havetea.0,sir.Itdoesn't. Ineverwasoneofthosewhoflattered the Governor,'butI couldnotthinkofteawhenheIBno morewithus-TEA!""Do you mean, Lightbody,thatifwedon'tfindtheGovernor by eight o'clockto-night, we arenotto 'nave dinner?"enquiredtheAttorneyGeneral,gazingatthememberfor St.Jamesinsurprise."Idon'tgoasfarasthat,"saidMr.Lightbody. "At eighto'clock I shallbeveryhungry,anditwillnothelptheGovernorifIgivemyselfindigestion.Butwhat1wanttoBayisthis:letUBcutoutteafor -this oneafternoon.Itwillnotbesuchagreatsacri-fice, Mr.'Attorney,anditwillshowthat,thoughwearemembersoftheLegislativeCouncil.wehavesomedecentfeelings left. I think thatweoughttoconductthisinvestigationwithunwearyingperBistenceuntildinnertime.Itistheleastwecando.Besides,Inevertaketea.""Ihaveno objection,"saidtheAttorneyGeneral,"butwhatIamafraidofisthatifwebeginourworkwithtoomuchfervourandearnestness,weshallsoongrowwearyof it. Acalmandequablespiritiswhatweneedjustnow,withplentyoftimeforrest alld reflection.However,letusstart.1thinkweshouldquestionMr.Stern.Mr.Stern,doyouthinkyoucanhelpus?""Italldependsonwhatyoumeanbyhelp,"saidMr.Stern."Asyouknow,Ihavenotbeengivenaproperofficesince1becameClerkoftheCouncil,andyet1amexpectedtoberesponsibleforallthedocumentshere.Everybodycancomeintothisplaceanddowhathelikes.YetwhenIaskforanoffice-""ButallthishasnothingtodowiththeGov ernor,"interruptedtheAttorneyGeneral."Wewanttoknow,didyouseetheGovernorthismorning?""Iamcomingtothat,butyoudon'tgivemeachance,"petulantlyprotestedMr.Stern."If1hadhadaproperoffice, ImighthaveseentheGovernorifhehadcomeherethismorning,forhemighthavecomeintomyoffice.""Igather,then,thatyoudidnotseehim?""No;butwhenhewasleavingyesterday,asImaytellyouinthestrictestconfidence,hesaidtomethatto-daywouldbeaseriousoneforhimandforthecountryandforallthosewhohad himunjustly.Themomenthesaidit,apeculiarfeelingcameover m,e. 1amnotasuperstitiousman,butIcandistinctlyremembernowthatapeculiarfeeling overmethen.Referringtomyoffice-"HON. A.E.FFRENCH.M.B.E.whohasnoblysettheExampleofdressingIn'irockcoatandtophatontheopeningdaysoftheLegislativeCouncil.Nobody hisExample.UncleFreddieistheonlymemberof t'he LegislativeCouncilwhocarriesastick.Thishebearsaggressively,Irishmanfashion;butUncleFred,unlessheisstirredtotemporaryanger,isamostgenialandpeacefulperson,full ofanecdotesaboutthepastandexhalinggenerallytheutmostgoodwilltowardsallmen. Wearealltoldthatthewagesofsinisdeath.ButMr.Ffrenchhasastrikingstory,inwhichhefiguresasthehero,whichgoes toprovethatthere compense ofwrongdoing,orwhatmaybyPuritansbeconsideredsuch,maybeanexcellentjobleadingtogreatsuccessinlife! Amanwithsuchakindlyphilosophyiscertaintobeliked,andUncleFredin deedhashostsoffriends.Butsomeenemiesalso.Forunderallhisgenuinekindlinessandcordialitythereisaruggedindependenceofcharacter,andthiscomesoutagainandagaininabsolutelyunfetteredexpression.Disturbhisequanimity,opena fightwithhim,andhisstentorianvoicewillutterthethoughtsthatarisewithinhim,some ofthemextremelyunpleasantforanopponenttohear.UncleFredsometimesdenounceslengthyspeechesintheCouncilinspeeches ofinordinateduration;when,hehas'endedoneof these,hegoesoutintothelobbyandexpresseBtheopinionthatheis"asbadastherest."AlthoughJamaicais alandwheresharpattacksareinvogue,healwaysmakesitapointtoremindhiscolleaguesthattoattacksome officialpersonally,whenitisknownthatthemancannotreply,isnotexactlyaheroicthing.Hemayjustlybedescribedasa per fectlycompanionablehumanbeing,andajollygoodfriend.Hespeakslikearadical but isbydispositionasane,progressiveconservative."Mr. Stern,"saidMr.Lightbodygravely,"canyoudescribethatfeelingtous?""Yes;thatisveryimportant,"agreedMr.Graham."Howcanyoudescribeafeeling?"demanded Mr. Stern."Itisnotachairora piece of fish;itisa feeling.Howwouldyoudescribea feeling, Mr.Lightbody?" "I askedyouthatquestion,"gravelyrepliedMr.Lightbody,"becausealldayto-day Ihavebeenhavingapeculiarsortoffeelingmyself.""Well,gentlemen,"interposedtheAttorneyGeneral,fearingalengthydebateonthesubjectoffeelings,"interestingasthisconversationis,itwon'tcarryus D;luch further.Thepolice, IaminformedbyColonelClark,havealreadysearchedtheGovernor'sprivateroombuthavefoundnotracesofhim.Stm,itwon'tdoanyharmforustolookforourselves.Willyoupleasefollowme?"HeledthewayintotheGovernor'sroom.Everythingwasasthehousecleanerhadleftitthatmorning.Therewasstilldustonthechairs,andtheverypenwithwhichtheGovernorhadwrittenonthepreviousafternoonwasonthetable. Tne ordersofthePolicehadbeenstrict.Nothingwastobedisturbed,wasthesterncommandthathadbeenissued,andnothinghadbeentouchedforsomehours.Mr.Sangster.however,steppedquietlytotheheadofthetableandcarefullyliftedtheblottingpad.Hepeeredcarefully under thepadfora few seconds."DoyouthinkHisExcellencyisunderthepad,Mr.Sangster?"theAttorneyGeneralasked."Thereisnosaying,"repliedMr.Sangster."TheGovernmentdoessuchstrangethingsattimesthatanelectedcritic.cannotbetoocareful.Butwhat1amreallylookingforareclues.If,forinstance,wecouldfindHisExcellency'snecktieanywhereinthisroom,wemightsafelyarguefromthatthathehadhangedhimself.If,ontheotherhand,wecameuponaminuteadvocatinganewformoftaxation,wemightbesurehewasstillalive.IfwefoundatwigoraleafinthisroomwemightreasonablyconcludethathehaddrownedhimselfthroughdespairateverfathomingwhatImeanbymyschemeofgeneralafforestation.""Allthat1foundherethisforenoon,"interpolatedInspector-GeneralColonelClark,"wasanotetotheeffectthatHisExcellencythinks'mosthighlyofthePoliceForceofthisisland.Iperusedthatnotewithdeepemotion.","Youwould,"saidMr.Wintthoughtfully;"butthenoteitself,ifitreallyexisted,wouldsuggestthatourGovernorwassufferingfrommentalaberration."ColonelClarkdrewhimself UP tohisfullheight,thenroseonthetipsofhistoestoaddanothercubittohisstature.Afterstandingonthetipsofhistoesfor somemoments,andfindingthatpostureextremelyinconvenient,ifnotindeedpainful,hesankbackonhisheelsandaffectednottohaveheardMr.Wint'sremark."Whatwehavetodo,"observedDr. Gifford,"istoholdapostmortemexamination.Withoutthat,Idon'tseehowwecancometoanyconclusion.""Youcan'thaveapostmortemwithoutacorpse,canyou?"askMr.Sangster testilY."I don'tseewhywecan't,"saidDr. Gifford. "MostofthepostmortemsIhaveattendedhavebeenheldwhenthepeopledeadhadbeenburiedfordays,andnoneofthejuryhadseenthem.IfweassumenowthathisExcellencyisdead,wecan,bymeansofapostmortemexamination,determinehowhecamebyhisdeath.1 believemyselfthattheJamaicaImperialAssociationisresponsiblefOJ;it,andiftheCoroner'sjuryfindsthatIamright,wecanproceedagainsttheguiltyparties.""Theprocedureyourecommendhasmuchtocommendit,"agreedtheAttorneyGeneral,"butitisnotsufficientlylegaltomeetthiscase.WehavenorighttoassumethattheGovernorhasbeenmurdered,thoughthatishighlyprobable.Hemayhavebeenkidnapped.Orhemayhavedecamped.Orhemaysimplyhavedeterminedtodisappearforatime,sothatwemaybeabletorealiseourlossandprayforhisreturn.Oneofthesetheoriesweshallnowhavetoactupon.Whichdoyouprefer,Mr.Nash?""Well,sir,"saidMr.Nash,bowingtotheAttorneyGeneral,butcourteouslytakingcaretocomprehendinhissalutation even thosepersonswhowerestandingbehindhim,"sinceyouhavedonemetheextremehonourofaskingformyviews,whichisthefirsttimecanrememberyourhavingdoneso, IdonotmindsayingthatIhavebeengivingthemattermyclosestandmostearnestattention,andhavebeenobligedtocometotheconclusionthat,for onceinmylife, Ihavenoopiniontooffer.Thisdistressesmegreatly;sogreatlydoesitdistressme,indeed,that,assoonasIreturntomyparishofManchester,1shallcalla representativemeetingofmyconstituents,whichwillprobablybeattendedbyasmanyasfifteennonelectorsandanypersonwhomayhaveageneralgrievanceormaywanttoborrowmoney,andplacebeforeitmyfailuretograpplewiththeserioussituationnowconfrontingthiscolony,andoffertoresignifmyconstituencyfeelsthatIhavenotbeenperfectlyfaithfultomytrust."HereMr.Ffrench,whohadalwaysadmiredMr.Nash, was overcomebyemotion,andMr.Youngremarkedthatthesentimentswereworthyofalegislatorwhohadnointentionwhateverofactinguponthem."Order,gentlemen,"criedtheAttorney General"

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8PLANTERS'PUNCH1923-24"wemustleavepoliticsoutofourinvestigation.Ithinkwehavedoneas much aswecanreasonablybe expeCted todo to-day.WehavequestionedtheClerk,whohasgivenusmuchusefulinformationthatleadsusnowhere;wehaveheardallaboutMr.Lightbody'sfeelings,whichneverwerefelt;wehaveColonelClark'sopinionsonthepolice,which,ina fit of ,absentmindedness,heascribedtotheGovernor;andwehavehadDr, Gifford confessthatpostmortemexaminationsareafraud.ThatisasfaraswehavegotindiscoveringthewhereaboutsoftheGovernor,andwehavenoreasontofeelashamedofourwork.Wemaynowretire,toreturnto-morrowataboutteno'clocktocontinueourinvestigations.IthinkwecoulddoworsethandropinattheClubtodrinkHisExcellency'shealth.Thebill, of course,shouldbechargedtothecountry."Atthistherewasaburstofcheering,which,however,wasstifiedthemomentitwasrememberedthattheoccasionwasasolemnoneandmustbetreatedaccordingly.Thenthegentlemendeparted,leavingonlytheClerkincharge.TheClerkhadanotherpeculiarfeeling.ItwasofangerthatsomuchofhistimehadbeentakenupbytheseekersafterHisExcellency.CHAPTERFOUR.THEPUBLIC'SEMOTION.Aswasonlytobeexpected,intheafternoongroupsof peopleassembledatthestreetcorners,inrumshopsandbars,intheCentralPark,inofficesandinclubs,todiscussthestartlingfactoftheGovernor'sdisappearance.Theschoolchildrenhadbeengivenaholidayhoursbefore,theteachersfeelingquiteunfittoworkinsuchextraordinarycircumstances,and,devoutlyhopingthatthosecircumstanceswouldrepeatthemselveseveryweekwithoutintermission(saveduringtheholidays).Indrawingrooms,ontenniscourts,attheLiguaneaandontheConstantSpringGolf-links,therewas,therecouldonlybe,onetopic of conversation.WherewasHisExcellency?Wouldhenevercomebacktous?Hadwe,indeed,losthimforever?Thegeneralopinionwasthatwehad.Mr.HendersonDavissethimselftopreparealonglettertothePress,givinghisreasonsforbelievingthatneveragainwouldSirLeslieliveandmoveaboutus,plantingChristmasTreesinthenewspapers,issuingMemorandaofreforms,andappealingtoallandsundrynottoforgetthatthoughfaithwasgood,andhopeevenbetter,yetthegreatestthingintheworldwascharity.TheRev. Mr.RaglanPhillips,beinginKingstonatthetime,feltthatthedeepemotionalmoodofthepeopledisposedthemadmirablytorespondtoanappealtocometohimtobesaved,andsetaboutmakingthatappealfromthestepsofCokeChapel.Onemanimmediately oft'ered to cometohim,butthatmanwasdeaf,andhadmistakentheinvitationtosalvationasonetohaveadrink.Thusanoble eft'ort toimprovetheoccasionwasnotpreciselyfruitful.Mr.T.R.MacMillanwonderedwhetheritwasnottimefortheCityCounciltoholdanemergencymeetingandpassavoteof condolenceonHisExcellency'sdeath.NotthatMr.MacMillanrejoicedatdeath;hemerelyrejoicedattheprospectoftenderingalittletributetothedeadman.MajorDixon,asrepresentinga'rivalBoard,feltthatMr. MacMillanhadnorighttotakesoimportantamatterintohisownhand:ontheprincipleofproportionalrepresentation,said Major Dixon,onlythree-fifthsof Mr. MacMillanshouldmovesucharesolution,two-fifthsofMajorDixonalsodoinglikewise,thussecuringthatthetwoparishesinwhichHisExcellencyhadpassedmostofhistimeshouldhaveafairlyproportionatepartinrecordingtheirgrief.Astheafternoongrewtowardsevening,everyonebecamereminiscent,andthenitwasdiscoveredthateverybodyhadlovedtheGovernorwithasurprisingfervour(peculiarlyexpressed),andthattheGovernorhadnotonlybeenoneofthebestadministratorsJamaicahadeverknown,buthadaccomplishedanumberofimprovementswhichhadneverbeenhithertomentionedorsuspected."Helovedthepoor,"sobbed awell-knownLabourLeader;"hewassolicitousforthewelfareofthosebraveandindependentsoulswho ashamedtobeg,afraidtosteal,andtooproudtowork."''Hewassimpleandcourteousinhisways,"groanedastreet-cornerphilosopher; 'whenthatthepoorhathcried,Caesarhathwept.Ambitionshouldbemadeofsterner stuft'.''' Thepointoftheallusionnotbeingapparent,thephilosopherproceededtoinformhishearersthat"livesofgreatmenallreminduswecanmakeourlivessublime,and,departing,leavebehindus,footprintsonthesandsof time."ButsomeoneelseraisedtheargumentthattheGovernorhadleftnofootprintsbywhichhecouldbetraced,uponwhichthephilosopherremarkedthatHisExcellency'sfinger'prints'shouldhavebeentakenthemomenthelandedinthecolonysomeyearsbefore.Andinthenewspaperofficeslengthyobituarieswereprepared,andallthevirtuesoftheGovernorwerementionedandemphasised,andbitterthingsweresaidaboutthosewhohadunjustlycriticisedhim.Indeed,itappearednowthatithadalwaysbeensomeotherpersonwhohadcriticisedtheGov ernor. Byaprocessofexclusionitcouldbeprovedthatnooneintheislandhaddoneit.Noonewouldadmitthat,atanytimeinthepastfouryears,hehadsaidonewordabouttheGovernorthatcouldhonestlybeconstruedasunkindorbitter,oras,indeed,anythingbutaslightlyhiddencompliment.Everyonepreparedtoindulgeinanorgyofpraiseandregret,andmembersoftheLegislativeCouncilmadeuptheirmindsirrevocablythattheywouldattendasplendidmemorialserviceforthelateGovernorontheunderstandingthatmotorcarsfortheIrconveyancewouldbe prOVided bytheState.Thesunslopedtowardsthewest,thegentlebreezesofthenorthstirredupthedustandmadelifeintolerable,Itwasknownthatinanotherhourthesilverstarswouldpeepforthinthesky,andaslendersickle of moonwouldgleamintheblueheavensabove.Soonitwouldbenight,sadnightwithhermantle of darkness,withhersilenceandcalm,anda sorrowfulislandwouldshudderatthetragedyWhich,therecouldnow be nodoubt,hadbefallenit.Ahushfelluponthecity, adeephushbrokenonlybymotor caTS blowingtheirhornsloudlyandrushingalongatfull speed, by dogsbeginningtheireveningbark,hooliganspractisingthelaughtheylaughinorderto pre ventrespectableresidentsfromsleeping,bytramcarssoundingtheirgongs,andbycabmenringingtheirbells.Butforthesenoisesthesilencewasprofound;itwasthesilenceoftwilight,thattimewhenpeaceseemstostealovertheearth,andthievespreparetogoforthandsteal.Thelargerstoresandshopsandofficeshadclosed-theirdoors,theChinamenhadlittheirlamps,themovingpicturepalacesweretuninguptheirmusic,thepolicemenhaddisposedthemselvesatconvenientpointsforindulgenceinrestful repose.Itwastwilight;soonitwouldbenight,andnoonebutfeltthattherewas,asitwere, ashadowhangingoverKingston.Everybodysaidhefeltthatshadow.Somedeclaredthatithadbeenperceptibleonthepreviousevening.Andthen,somehow,throughthecity,arumourtookitsway.Howitoriginatednoonecouldsay,butitspreadanaspread,andsoonitwasknown eveq wherethattheGovernorwasfound.Found? Ndt exactlythat,buthehadmadehisappearanceagain;HON.P.W.SANGSTERwhoonceobjectedtotheringingofchurchbellswhileheIndulgedInhismorning's nap. Mr.SangsterisrepresentedinthephotographappearingaboveasbeingIntheodourofsanctity.Heseemstohavestoodrightbeneathachurchwindowtohavehispicturettaken:wasitthatnothinglessthanareligiousedifice wouldservethepurposes of Peter?AndyetitwashewhoonceintroducedaresolutionintotheLegjslatlveCouncilwiththeaim of puttingastoptochurchesringingtheirbellstogetheratearlyhours of themorning,hiscontentionbeingthatthisdisturbedthepeaceandrestofthatverylargesectionofthecommunitywhichdidnotwantto gotochurch.Heafterwardswithdrewthisresolution,sowemayassumethathebecameconverted;thenhetookhisportraitnearachurch,fromwhichwe m3.Y legitimatelyconcludethathehashiseyeonholyorders.Mostpersons,however,willpreferhimasalayman.Assuch,intheLegislativeCouncil,hehasperformedsomeexcellentpublicwork.HeIsoneofthemostindependentmembers of theHouse,combiningcouragewithmoderationandfearlessnesswithcourtesy.Nowandthenhegivessignsofobstinacy,butonthewholeheisaveryreasonablepublic m3.n, oneofthesortwithwhomyoucanwork,whetheryouagreewithor differ fromhim.As one ofthelargerlandowners of Jamaica,heunderstandstheviewsandthedifficultiesofhisclass.Butwhileheendeavourstoprotect .. heirinterests,hestrivesquiteasstrenuouslytoprotecttheinterestsofotherclassesofthecountryaswell.hehadbeenseeninKingstondrivingIna cabinthedirection of hisresidenceataboutseveno'clock;hehadbeenseenontheOldHopeRoad;more,hehadarrivedatKing'sHouse.Thiswasastonishing._astounding,Incredible:noonewantedtobelieveit.Wasa nicelittletragedy,aexquisitebit of mystery.tobespoiltbythefactofsurvival?Wereregrets tl> beprovedvain,griefpremature,votes of condolenceunnecessary,interminablenewspaper correspondence nippedinthebud?WastheretobenoStateService.werethegooddeedsoftheGovernortobeforgotten r Itseemed so. Oneeditor,onhearingthelatestnews andbeingconvincedthatitwasauthentic,satdownimmediatelyandbeganchanginghiseulogyinto a. tiradeof fiercecondemnation.Healteredawordhere,aphrasethere,asentenceelsewhere,until,insteadofhoney,hisarticleborea closeresemblance tl> oil of vitriol.(Thiswasnotdifficult,foreditorial foradailypaperaresowrittenthat they canbechangedintoanythingyoulike.)ThoseelectedmemberswhowerestillinKingstonat onceassembledtogethertodrawupaseriesofquestionsrelatingtotheGovernor'sextraordinaryconductnothisdisappearance,buthisreappearanceaftereverybodyhadresignedhimselftotheinevitableandwasdisposedtoplacelaurelwreathsonthedeparted'smonument.Itwasfeltandsaideverywherethatthe'countryhadbeenshamefullytreated.Onewell-knownpublicmanprotestedthatthiswaswhatwastohave.beenexpectedfromanyattempttochangetheConstitution.Noonesleptthatnight,exceptthevastmajorityofthecity'sinhabitantsandallthepolicemen.The'roguesandtheho,oligansrefusedtosleep.TheLegislativeCouncil, It washappilyremembered,wouldmeetonthefollowingTuesday. Then. ifnottillthen,theGovernorwouldhavetoexplainhis.conduct. Acrisiswasapproaching.This,at any rate,wassome relief,forduringthepasttwodaystherehadonlybeenonecrisis,andthesocialandpoliticalsituationhadbeenindangerofbecomingabnormalasaresult.CHAPTERFIVE.THE REAPPF4ARANOE.IT wasTuesdayforenoon,andanairof expectancy pervadedHeadquarterHouse,thehistoricbuildingwhereinmettheLegislativeCouncilofJamaica,thatdeliberativeassemblywhichhas been. sobeautifullydescribedasthestep-son of Parliaments.Alltheelectedmemberswerepresent,andeachworehischaracteristicexpression,supplementedbyalookwhichseemedtoindicatethatthewearer or thatlookwasdeterminedto probe totheveryheart of thismysteryatanyperilanddangertohimself-thelatterbeingnil.Alltheofficialmemberswereinattendance,andtheytooworetheircustomary'expression, indifferencetemperedwithalIttlanxiety;andthenon-officialnominatedmembershadallassembled,andtheyalso lookedasthey always. did-desirous of appearingatonceaspopularrepresentativesandasstaunchsupporters of theAdministration,andnotcertainwhetherthetworoles were compatible.TheHon.HoraceMyerswasthere.Whenques-tionedasto his healththatmorning,heabsent-mindedlymurmuredsomethingaboutthe eft'ect ofthe IS. DutchStandardonthemind,aremarkwhichcausedtheHon.J.H.Phillippstoexclaimthat if heheardonewordthatdayabouttheDutchStandardhewouldscream.ThisbroughtMr.Hewitttothefore. With greatanxietybutadamantinefirmnesshe enquired. ofMr.Phillippswhether,inthe event ofthelatter'sscreaming,thescreamwould be a loud,or a. mediumoraquietone;"for,"headded,with patriotic earnestness,"myvoteonthesubjectwillentirelydependonthenature of thescreJ.m."Butthisexemplar effort tothrowwateron alightedmatchwaswithouteffect, for,withahaughtygesture,andseizinghold of one of Mr.WilliamMorrison'syellow gloves, Mr. Myers fiungitdownbeforeMr.Phillipps,asthe'knights of oldwerewontto dowhentheychallengedanopponenttomortalcombat.EvidentlyMr. PhilliPlls hadforgottenhishistory.Patentlythememory of romanceshehadreadwhattimehestooduponthebrinkofmanhoodhadbeenobliteratedfromhismind.Forinsteadofpickinguptheglove(orgauntlet)andfiercelyhurlinganotherathisfoe,heturnedtoMr.Morrisonwith theremark:"Sir'Villiam,Myersistakingashamefuladvantageofyouronepair of gloves.Heisthrowingthemallaboutthefioor."ThisbroughttheHon.Willietother.escueatonce, foritisknownthathefeelsquiteundressedinthesedaysunlessheisgarbedinhisgloves.Hestoopedhurriedlytopickup thechallenge.thatHoracehadfiungdownwith80muchhaughtinessandpride.Thisspoiltthe eft'ect ofthat dram:itic scene,whichperceiVing, Mr.Myersstrode fro-:, thelobbymuttering,"Iwillcrush the DutchStandardyet,orwritemorelettersaboutit,andI willlightsuchatorchinJamaicawithVulcan'Matchesas notbeputoutbyanyhereticalApostlefromtheEast."Itwasthenthata welcomediversionoccurred.Solemnlythroughthosespacioushallsresoundedthe'rapoftheClerk'sknucklesuponthetable,this being. thecustom:rysummonstomemberstobein their. 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1923-24PLANTERS'PUNCH9controlledbyChinamen,andnowtheyaimatbiggerthingsstill.,"Iwilltrustyouifyouhavenomoney,"saidtheyoungChinaman.Hewasaddressing me; occasionallyIdroppedintobuycigarsfrom him, forinhisshop'hesoldcigarsofall prices; aswellaspipesand to bacco,andpocketknivesandspectacles.He reany,' knewnothingaboutme:atanyrate,Ibelievednot.Hehadmerelyseenmeanumberoftimes,hewasnot'evenacquaintedwithmyname.Seeing,onthisoccasion,thatIfruitlesslysearchedmypocketsforsUverwithwhichtopayhim,he'immediatelymadeanoffer ofcredit.ItwasnotinhismindthatIshouldbeallowedtoleavehisestablishmentwithoutthethingIwanted;Imightgoelsewhereandthuscreateanewconnection.. ."Butyoudonotknowme,"Iobjected."Itall-light. Youpaywhenyoucome back."ISHOULDnothavebeenhisonlydebtor.Hehasmanycustomersintheneighbourhood-anyOhina-,manhas-andthesedriftintothehabitof takinc goodsontickfromhimandpayingattheendoftheweekormonth.Hekeepscuriousaccounts,andprobably does notknowhalfthenamesofhisdebtorscorrectly.Buthehaswatchedthemforsometime,markedwhichofthempatronisehimregularly, en deavouredtoestimatetheirfinancialposition,andrealisesthattorefusetogivecreditistolosea cus tomer.Hewillnotlose acustomerratherthanrunarisk;heisastranger,verysimple-looking, very obliging,veryhard-working,thereforeonewhomthenativemightholdtobe apropersubjectfor rob bery.ButJohnisnotdefraudedveryoften,forwithallhisreadinesstoextendhisbusinessheshrewdlydifferentiatesbetweenthoselikelytopayandthosewhowillnot.Heusedtobetakenfora fool.Onlyfoolsconsiderhimoneinthesedays.Heknowswhen to ceasegivingcredit,andwhentobegintoinsistthatpaymentshouldbemade.Inmannerheisastonishinglydemocratic.IneveryetheardaChinamanaddressanyoneas"sir"or"madam."Heisdisposedtoofferyouhishandasa-tokenofgoodfeelingtowardsyou;if xou refusedtoacceptitIhardlythinkhewouldshowannoyance,buthewouldprobablyregardyouas a boor.Hemeantwell:whythenshouldyoutakehisactionamiss?Hewantstobefriendly:theChinamanisbynatureafriendlyindividual,andgenerous.Alsolaughter-lovingandintenselyfondofenjoyinghimself.Heisnotboisterousintheexpressionofhisemotion;hescarcelyever'laughsloudly; chucl,les rather,andwrinklesuphisfaceinsmiles.Buthelovestochuckle,findsmuchamusementinlife,andaspirestobe. wellthoughtof,inthecommunity )n. whichhelives.Thismayseemasurprisingstatementtomake,forthepopularbeliefisthattheChinamancaresonlytoacquirewealthandthentodepart.totheiandofhisancestors;yetthosewho know himwellareawarethathisambitionistoberegardedas. a manwith.aspirationstowardsanenjoyableandrespectedsociallife. GotoaChineseentertainment,andyouwillnoticethatthebehaviourispunctiliouslycorrect:keeneyeswatchtheyoungerChinamentoseethattheyconductthemselvescorrectly;keeneyesalsoscanthefacesoftheguests(butcasually,so'thatthescrutinyshould not beobserved)todiscern.whatmaybetheirfeelingsandtheirthoughtsonwhatgoesonaroundthem.Thehospitalityisunstinted.Everythingisofthebest.ButthoughtheremaybeaChineseladyhereandthere,thesearebutfew,andtheyaresilentandconstrained.AChineseformal.dinner,towhichoutsidersareinvited,isanaffair for menmainly:the Chinese womanisathome.Thisisnotbecause,outhereinJamaica,theChinesecustomofkeepingthewomaninthebackgroundprevails:itactually doe8 not.ThatcustomhasgonethewayofthepigtailinJamaica.TheChinesewomaninthiscountryisthehelpmeetofherman;sheassistshiminhisshoporinhislaundry,sheaidshiminbuyingaswellasinselling;therehavebeenChinesewomenherewhohaveshownasmuchbusinessabilityastheirhusbands.Whatrestrainsthemfrombeingmuchinevidenceatpublicfunctionsistimidity;alsoitisasenseofnotfittingcomfortablyintoanynicheofthelargersocialstructure.So .thewomanremainsathomeandattendstoherhouseholdduties,leaving,themanfreetorepresenthisraceandtoenjoyhimselfattimesatpicturepalaces,racecourses,andotherplacesofentertainment.BUTaproblememerges.ThereareaboutthreeChinesementoonewomaninJamaica,thetotal'numberofChinesebeingabout4,500.ThoseofthewomenwhocametoJamaicaassistersor wives presentnoproblem;manyofthegirlswhowerebornheredo. ,"Itpuzzlesustoknowwhattodowiththese,"saidaveryintelligentand sllc.cessful Chinamantomeoneday. Ihad remarkf"l tohimthatsomeof the youngerChinesegirlswereworkingasclerksandtypistsinwell-knownestablishments,andseemed to' begettingonexceedinglywell."Youmean?"rightly,he sometim$ls sellshymn-booksand bibles,; certainlyhehasplayingcardsforsale.Andhecanworkfortwelvetofourteenhoursaday.Andhenevergrowsangryorloseshisplacidimperturbability.YOURChinamanissecretivetoafaultifhedoesnotcomprehendyourmotiveinquestioninghim;hewantstoknowwhatisatthebackofyourmindbeforeheanswers;heisafraidtogivehimselfaway.Butifheknowsyou,orbelievesthatyourintentionsarenotinimical,hecanbeeomecommunicativeenough.."YouspeakEnglishfairlywell,"IsaidtoaChineseboy."BeenlonginJamaica?""Sixteenmonth,"hereplied;"learntlittleEnglishinHongKong.""Andpickeduptheresthere?""WenttoschoolheresixmonthwhenIfirstcome,"headmitted;"learnmoreEnglishatsehool." Soherewasanotherillustrationofthesepeople'sdeterminationtofitthemselvesfortheworkathand.Theyarenotilliterate.TheyallcanreadandwriteChinese,andasIhaveheardthattheChinesealpbabetconsistsofsomefourthousandcharacterstheymUlthaveadevil'sownjobinlearningtowritethatIanguage.Itistheirpatiencethatdoesit,Isuppose,theirremarkablepatiencewhichlookstowardstheendanddoesnotflagorwearybecausethatendBeems jar. ThisChinese boyhad cometoJamaicafrom dis tantHongKongtobe ashopassistant;hehadlearntsomeEnglishthere;butmostofthemaremastersofnoothertonguebesidestheirownwhentheylandinthiscountry.Thefirstthingtheyhavetodo,then,istolearntounderstandandanswercustomers,andthisknowledgeeachsetshimselftoacquire.Theyare byoneanother.Thenamesofobjectsaretoldtothemandarecarefullymemorised.Whatmatterifr'sbecomel'sinpronunciation,andiftheobjectivepronounMeispreferredtoI?Onedoesnotneedtobegrammaticallyperfectindisposingofapoundofrice,nordoesthelatterdeteriorateinqualityorsellthelessbecauseithappenstobespokenofas"lice."TheChinamanborninhisowncountrywillnevermasterourr,buthemastersourtrade.Andthatis.whathesetoutfromhislandtoaccomplish,thatisthe'goal' ofhisdreamsandhisa.mbition.Forthispurpo'sehelearnsEnglishsufficiently welltodrivea goodbargain.Andheknowsthatmorepotentthancorrectitudeofspeechinbusiness are cheapness,Willingness,unfailinggoodhumour,andthemakingoftriflingpresents.JOHN believesingivingpresentstocustomersandinsellingthesmallestquantitiesofthingsforthepurchaseofwhichacoinoftherealmcanbefound.Itwashewho,whenfirstheentered the grocery busi nessinJamaica,introduced thecustomofpresentingeachpurchaser with abiscuit,ahandfulofdarksugar,abitofsalt-fish,orsomethingofthekind.TheJamaicabuyerhadlongbeenaccustomedtosuchgratuitiesinkind;butnotinthegroceryline.ThereisaSpanishword,"barata,"whichmeansabarter,abargain,areductioninprice;it was currenthereahundredyearsago;butinJamaicathewordhadbeencorruptedinto"braater,"andhadcometomeanthegivinggratisofsomethingoneachpurchase.You obtained"braater"ifyouboughtyamsinthemarket,orevenfishandmeat;a fewnailsattheironmongerywerebraater,andthisbraaterwasyourown.Youdidnotthinkofpassingitontothepersonwhoseservantoragentyouwere;ifhewantedithemustdothebuyinghimself.Butthenativegrocers,itappears,werenotenamouredofthissystemof com merce.Theysternlysettheirfacesagainstit,yieldingattimesonlytoconsiderablepressureandwithobvious ill-will.ThencametheChinamanuponthescene,andheelevatedthesystemofbraaterintoaritualasitwere;itbecame acustominviolate,aprinciple whosevaliditytherecould benoquestioning.Therewasalwayssomething for himwhopurchasedeventhreefarthings'worthofgoods:onlyahandfulofbiscuitdustitmightbe,butstillsomething;andtherealsowerethefacilitiesforpurchasewhichtheChinamanplacedwithinyourreach.Afarthingwasonce acoinnotheldinanyregard.Theordinaryunitofpurchasewaspenny-ha-pennysomefortyyearsago,andthereweresilvercoinsofthisdenominationincommonuse.Johnmadethefarthingofimportance.Hewouldnotinsistuponsellingyousomuchofthisorthat;ifthearticlecould besubdividedhe sub dividedit;hesplitboxes ofmatches,ofcigarettes,he m'lde uptinypacketsofsalt,heinventedminutemeasuresforkeroseneoil.Hetraffickedlargelyinfarthingsandinhalf-pence,butheknewhewasnotwastinghistime.Twelvefarthingsamountedtothreepedce,fourthreepencestoashilling,andthosewhospentfarthingsalsohadshillingstospena,sometimesandwouldnaturallypatronisethatplacewherefarthingsseemedaswelcomeasshillings.Tradefol lowedthefarthing.ItfollowedthefarthingintotheChinaman'shands.To-dayJamaica'sgrocerytradeIsThisis aninteresting th01tgh bl'ief study ofthe ..(Jhinese inJamaica.Itis 1V1'ittenfront closepersonal obsermtion extendingover many ,years."JOHN,"saidIinsinuatingly,"whatareyoustudying?" "Me no unde'stand.""Thatbook youhaveinyourhand,whatisit? '{;hinese? English?""Me nounde'stand.'"Yes, you do," Ipersisted."Youunderstandvery well indeed.Whatisthepriceofthat?"Ipointedtoatinofsomethingon it shelfinthelittleshop. "One-an'-tlupence.' "And ofthat?""Two shillin'.""Thatbooknow;howmuchwouldyousellit-for?"ButtheyoungChinamanmerelygrinnedatme,thisbeinganotherwayofexpressinghisinabilitytounderstandanythingconnectedwiththelittlevolumehe heldinhishand.Hewouldnotunderstand,my .curiosity beingsomethingwhichmusthavestruckhimassuspiciousandthereforetobebaulked.Yet,inspite ofhistaciturnityonthesubject,Iknewquitewellwhathewasdoing.HewasstudyingEnglish,andthebookwassomesortofChinese-Englishdictionarywhichheconnedinthosebriefintervalsof-timewhencustomerswerelackingandawordortwo -of Englishmightbeaddedtohisvocabulary.THEshopwastheusualtypeof placetowhichwehavebecomeaccustomedinJamaica;itwasnot. only agrocerybuta sort ofgeneralstore;itwasadepartmentstoreinlittle,andoveritpresidedaChinamanwhohadbeensometimeinJamaicaandnadacquiredagreatercommandofthelocallanguagethanhisstudiousassistant.Ontheshelveswereneatlystockedtinsofpeaches, {If condensedmilk,butter,sardines,salmon,freshherringsandwhatnot,withbottlesofpreserves,pickles,jam,marmalade,prunes;ale,beerandstout;codliveroil, olives,andEno'sFruitSalts;everything,inshort,thatthelargestgrocerypurveys.Neatpacksandpackagesofallsortslinedthose :shelves; theeyealonecouldmakenoadequateinventory oftheircontents.Andthere,inonecorner,stoodtheboxesandbarrelsofsaltedherrings;fish, beef, pork, cornmeal,flourandricethatonceformedthe liltaples of aChinaman'sretailestablishment.A --Chinaman's shopwasonceidentifiedwiththeseedibles mainly andwaspatronisedthenbythepoorerclasses of 'the population.Butnow,thoughhedoesaneven'biggerbusinessinthesethin'gsthanbefore,theyre p'resentbutapartofhismercantileactivities,butafractionofhisstock-in-trade.Hisshopmaybea grocery: soitiscalled.Butitissomethingelseaswell.It is everything.Itiseven astudent'sroom,for doesnotJohnoccasionallystudyEnglishtherewhenthetideofcustomebbs alittlewhile?Witnessthatdictionary,socarefullythumbedbytheChinese ,gentlem'ln whorefusedtounderstand.Inthelargeglass cases rangedalongonesideof -the three-sidedshopI seesetoutarticlesofmenandof ladies'apparel.Pyjamas,merinoes,handkerchiefs,laces, face powder, hair-combs,toothbrushes,artificial jewellery: allthesearehere,andmore. Dolls priced from ashillingtosixteenshillings,jacks-in-the 'box anddrums;andifyoudonotseethemtlieywill De produced on d-emandfromsmallandmysterious -recesses behindthecounter.Itmaybethat -you area housewifeinsearchofnewpotsandpans,kettles,1lpoons,knivesandthelike. Donotdespair;these1.00arepartofJohnChinaman'sgrocerystock.If -you wantepsomsaltshewillhaveit,orMotherSeigel's syrup,orhairpins.Andhesellsstudsandsleeve buttons,andbraces,andscentedsoap.Turnnowtotheoppositecounter.There,intallboxeBof glass you findloavesofbreadbakedthismorning, andcakesandbuns,andcrisply-friedsaltfish fritters,andfrittersof flour,and,evenfried-fish; :and you will noticethatthesegoodiesarepatronised-extensively bylittleboysandgirliJwhorushinexcit witha penny 'or two,buyatinybitofbreadanda littlefritter,wolfthemonthespot,oreatthem -slowly 'soastoextractthelastatomofenjoymentout .of them,thendeparttobeg,borroworstealmorepennies foranotherdelicious meal.Frittersand ....-nce, saltfishandhair-oil,itisallthesameto .John. Hehasthemall.Andifyouhappentoask'himfor something to-daythathe doesnotchanceto stock, heexpresseshissorrowandmakesamentalnoteof your request.Passthatwayadayortwo nence and J-ohnwill placebeforeyouthafveryarticleoItIs somethingthathasbeenaskedfor;therefore It Issomethingthatmaybeaskedforagain.He "has losta sale once.Hewillnotruntheriskof los'lngasimilarsale again.Heisinbusinessforbusi ness, foranykindof businesB;ifhecould,he would 'sell you a houBeandaplantationinthatsameshopof'his.Nothingcomesamiss ttl him;nothingcommer -cial iBallentohismind.HeiBinterestedinallthings .out ofwhicha profit may be made.IfIrememberIJOHN IN BY ONE ,\VHO HIM.

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10PLANTERS'PUNCH1923-24newimmigrantsarepreventedfrominvadingthecountryinlargenumbers.MeanwhiletheyarethesmallertradersofJamaica;theyhavewonthatposition,andtheywillnotbedislodgedfromit.Theyarelaunders,restaurantkeepers;theyflourishincallingsthatdemandpersonalsupervision,patience,untiringenergy,limitedcapital.Buthowisitinthoselinesofcommercewhereimaginationanddaringaretherequisitesof.success?IstheChinamananythingmorethanasmallre-taller;hashethecapacityforbigbusiness?Ishe'theequal,say,oftheSyrian,whoisabletothinknot.merelyin.h'undredsbutinhundredsofthousandsof.pounds,andfromquitesmallbeginningsmaybuildup.considerableenterprises?Adefiniteanswertothisquestionwouldbeveryinterestingreadingfor Jamaicans.Up tonowtheChinesehavenotdevelopedintl)bigbusinessmenaccordingeventothemoderateJamaicastandard,thoughmanyofthem,onceretailers,arenowwholesalemerchantsonalimitedscale. Does-,. thisindicateacircumscribedoutlookinbusiness,anaturalinabilitytoattemptspeculationonaconsider-.ablescale? OrisitthattheChinesewhoarehere'::[arebutquietlyfeelingtheirwayonward,creeping: beforetheywalk,astheoldsayinggoes?Chinahas.neverbeendevelopedindustriallybyherownpeople.Itpossessesgreatnaturalresources,butitistheforeignerwhoisnowendeavouringtoexploitthese;theChinesedidnotsettheexample.Soitmaybethatthe Chinam3.n, patientandindustrious and hard-working,liketheSpaniard,is,like the Spaniard,amanwhothinksinsmallcoinsmainly,aman who> accumulatesa competence fiy yearsofsteadytoil, not.oneliketheEnglishmanortheAmerican who launchesforthuponcolossalenterprises"to succeed:' orbust."Soitmaybe,andyetonemustnotbe too certain.Forthereissomethingstilltosay. IamtoldbyAmericanswhohavebeen to>, Shanghai,Cantonandelsewherethatinthose pr<> vincestherearegreatChinesebusinesshouseswhich.thriveandgrowrich;bigChinesebanks;Chinese'industriesplannedandconductedonaspaciousandgenerousbasis.Andinsome oftheAmerican and. EnglishcoloniesintheEasttheChinesemerchant is.. muchmorethanahucksteringretailer.Besidescountriesthatarenowcentresofindustrialismwereoncebutagriculturalc.ommunities;industrialism is.' hardlymorethanacenturyoldasyet.Thebig think ersinbusiness,too,arecomparativelyfewineverycountry;sothoughtheChinesehaveasyetnotdevelopedonlargelinesin'JamaicaIhesitatetosaythatsome ofthemwillneverdo so. Yet Ithinkthattheirmainstrengthasa peopleresidesinsmallbusiness;inthis,inJamaica,theyhavealreadydemon-stratedhowpowerfultheycanbe.AndwhenoneremembersthattheChineseasa people,intheirown bnd, haveforscoresofcenturiesbeen agriculturists. mainly,andalmostentirely,onerealisesthatwhat.theyhavechieflylackedinChinaisstimulusandop_portunitytodevelopinotherdirections.Theyareatimidrace,andyetamostventure-some.Personally,aChinamanshrinksfromrushing-_intodanger;hencehischaracterforbeinglaw-abiding. Yethewillgamblewithinveteratepertinacity:thegamblinglawsof acountryheignoreswheneverhedaresdo so.Heriskshismoney;someChinesebankruptciesareduetotakingrisksatthegaming:table.Heriskshisbusiness;"someofthe paupers wehavetosupportmademoneybutlostitingambling,"saidaneducatedChinesemerchantnotverylongago.ButtheChinamandoesnotgambleonlyfortheexcitementgamblingaffords;hedoes sobe-causehebelieveshewillgain.Hespeculateswithan .. eye toultimateprofit.Thushewillembark upon venturesfromwhichmostnativesofthis countryc wouldshrink.Andoftenhesucceeds.AREtheyhonestbusinessmen?"AChinamanisnaturallyhonest,"saidaChina-:mantomesomeyearsago."Itisonlywhenhecomestowesterncountriesthathelearnstobedishonest.""Howisthat?"Iasked."AChinamaninhisowncountrycanneverescape-' a debt.Thedebtisneverextinguishedtillitispaid.ThereisnosuchthingasgoingintobankruptcyinChina.'Ifamancannotpay,hiswholefamily are-' responsible;and their childrenandchildren'schildrenareresponsible;so aChinaman,whocaresforhisfamily,strivestopayhisdebts.Helearnsbadways.onlywhenhegoestoforeignlands."PerhapsunfortunatelyforthenaturalvirtueoftheChinaman,Jamaicaisaforeignland,And the Chinesebankruptciesthathaveoccurredhereshowthatheisnotabovetakingadvantageoflegalmeans'providedtoridhimselfoftheburdenofinconvenient.debt.ButIdon'tthinkhe'ismoredishonestthanotherpeople.Thathasnotbeenhisreputation in.. thegeneralworldofbusinesssofar.Hepayshisrent,promptlyandhestickstobargainshehasmade.Butheisnotabovemanipulatingweightsandmeasuresto,suithis interestl!, Still,heisnotsingularinthisre-spect;suchactionsareconfinedtono onerace01'country,and,Isuspect,werenotunknownherebefore,theadventofJohnChinamanwithhisblandand!childlikesmileandindefatigableperseverance.MeanwhiletheChinese(conscious Of themselves'asaseparatepeople)organisetheirowncharities,establishtheirownhospital,andatonetimeeventhoughtoffoundinghereaChinesenewspapertobe.printedinChinese.Theyacquirehouseproperty,.theydealinproduce,andoneortwoofthem enteredthelearnedprofessions.Iftheynumberedfiftythousandtheywouldcertainlydominatethe,businessandprofessionallifeofthecountry.They':arelessthanfivethousand,andalready, 'in Business,theyhavemadethemselvesafactor whicll hastobe'takenintoaccOimt.Untiltheyarecompletelyassimi--latedtheywillalwayshavetobetakenintoaccount.Theyareanewsocialandfinancial influence, with...consciousnessof power,inJamaica.MR.J.A.SCOTT,J.P.CertainqualitiesareinvariablyassociatedwithwhatisfundamentalintheEnglishcharacter:honestyofpurpose,strengthofWill, abalancedjudgment,a 'finely-temperedsenseofjustice,quiethumour,a bene volencewhichshunsemotionaldisplay.NoEnglishmanisexactlytypicalofallthesequalities;onehastheminvaryingproportions,andinsomeEnglishmensome ofthemseemtobeentirelylacking.ButtheyareEnglishqualities,andifIwereaskedtomentiononemaninwhomIhaddiscernedthemIshouldnothesitatetonamethesubjectofthissketch.Theconsensusofopinionwillbewithme. IhaveknownMrScottforyears,Ihavebeenabletoestimatehischaracter.AndtheesteemIhaveforhimis, Iknow,sharedbyallthosewhohavecomeintocontactwithhim.Forhisisapersonalitythatinspiresbothlikingandrespect.HeisoneofthelargestWestIndianmerchants,withinterestsinTrinidadaswellasJamaica..ThebusinesseswithwhichheisconnectedhavebranchesinSouthAfricaandelsewherealso,withtheirheadofficesinLondon.Mr.ScottisPresidentoftheWestIndiansection,electedtothatpermanentandimportantpositionbecause ofhisgreatexperienceandprovedbusinessability;nevertheless,inbusinessasinprivatelife, asimpler,moremodestmandoesnotexist,nor,Iventuretosay,akindlier.ApartofhislifeisspentinJamaica.Itwascharacteristicofhimthat,whentheGermansubmarinemenacewasatitsheightduringthewar,andnonebutthosewhowerecompelledtodo socrossedtheocean,sincethatwasalmosttantamounttotakingleaveoflife-itwascharacteristicofhim,Isay,thatheshouldatthattimehavepaidhisannualvisittoJamaica.Thiswasduty,andhedidit;yethemighteasilyhaveallowedthatyeartopasswithoutavisittothissideoftheworld. Iamsurethatthoseconnectedwithhiminbusinessurgedhimstronglynottocome.Butitwasduty,andthatwasalltherewastosayaboutit.Hehimselfsaidnothing;hemerelydidwhathehadtodo.Andthatisthemaninasingleact.TherearesomeEnglishmenwhorealisethatbythepersonalcharacterandattitudeofonemanawholenationisoftenjudged.Suchgeneralisationsareabsurd,neverthelessthey'areconstantlymade,anditisrightthateveryoneshouldrealisethisfully.WhetherMr.ScotthaseverconsciouslyrealiseditornotIcannotsay;butifhehadsetoutfromearliestyouthwiththedeterminationtogivea goodimpressionofhispeopletoeveryonewithwhomhemightchanceto comeintouch,hecouldnotbetterhavesuc ceeded. IamsurethateveryWestIndianwhoknowshimlikesEnglishmenasawholefarbetterforthatlexperience,andthatisthehighestcompliment that onecouldpaytohim.ForheisEnglishtotheback-'bone, adevotedifundemonstrativeloverofhiscountry.He.belongstothattypeofEnglishmerchantwho,doinghisdutyinhisowncalling,hahelpedtomakehiscountrywhatitis."Theirmarriage,"hesaid.Hehesitateda moment."Theydon'twanttomarryChinamen."I offered nosolutionoftheproblem.Itisonethatcanonlybe solvedbythegirlsforthemselves,andwhentheseseeanopportunityofdoingittheywillaskandacceptadvicefromno one,noteventheirparents.ForChinesefilialrespect,soall-powerfulinChina,willhavebeenaffectedbywesternideasofwhatisduetothechildaswellastotheparent,andtheChinesegirl,bornintheWestIndies,thinksasaWestIndianandnotasaChinese.TheymayspeakChinese.ButtheyspeakEnglishbetter.TheyreadEnglish,writeinEnglish;theythinkinEnglishandtheymixwitha goodmanyWestIndians.TheydonotcaretomarryChinamen,saidthisChinesegentleman,but,afterall,theyhavenotbeenbroughtupin a waytoencouragethemtodo so.TheyoungChinamentheymighthavechosen,orconsentedtotake,areprobablystillintheshop.Theythemselveshavebeensenttoa good school,havebeenputintoanoffice,areclerksandtypists,andso,inthesocial scale,arehighabovetheirpossibleChinesesuitors.Thereisa socialgulfbetweenthem,thereiscertainlya differenceofoutlook,and-agirlisagirl.Sheknowswhoand'whatsortof folkarewellthoughtof,andshewishesonewhoisofthefavouredcaste.TheremaybenoproblemfortheeldersifyoungChinesemenofeducationandpositionareproduced,asincourseoftimetheycertainlywillbe;as,indeed,isalreadybeingdone.Butthegirlshavebeenthefirsttoreceivetheadvantages(ordisadvantages)ofEnglisheducationandemployment,andtheireldersdonotquite' seewhatistobecome ofthem,matrimonially,iftheyreofusetomarryChinesemen.Thereareothermenbesides.Chinese,however,andsomemarriagesbetweenthemandthesegirlswilltakeplace:thatisthesafestofprophecies.Andthenumberwillincreaseastimegoeson.But,intheimmediatefuture,forsome ofthesegirlstheremaybeonlyspinsterhood,aconditionabhorrenttoorthodoxChineseideas.Still, what wouldyou?InJamaica,ifnotinChina,thewomanhasavoiceinherowndestiny.Shemaymarrywhomshelikes,ornotmarryatallifhersuitorsarenottoherliking.IHAVEinmymind'seyeasIwriteapictureofthefirstChinesewomenIever saw inJamaica.Inbaggytrousersandloosejackets,withwidestrawhats-nothinginthedresstotellthatthewearerswerewomenandnotmen-andwithlongpolesslungacrosstheirshoulders,fromeachendofwhichhunga well.ladenbasket,thesewomentrudgedalongthestreetsofourJamaicatownssellingthevegetablesthattheyhadgrown.Theirfacesweremassesofwrinkles,itwasimpossibletoguesstheirages. All ofthemlookedold;hardtoilandmeagrefarehaddonetheirworkuponthem;theywereastheywouldhavebeeninChina,andinJamaicatheywereaneverfailingsourceofwondertothenatives.Adifferentpicturepresentsitselfto.one'seyesintheselaterdays.Thereis 1lhe Chinesewomaninhershop,buthardlyinnativecostumenow,andherfaceisplumpandshelookscontented.Herchildren,ifsheismarried,arebright,black-eyedurchinswhoscarcelyevercry,whostareatyouwitheyespreternaturallywise,'whoarecared.bytheirparentswith a wealthofaffectionsurpassedbynootherfathersandmothers,whoarethehopeandthejoyofthehome,whichisoftenimmediatelybehindtheshop,butquitecomfortableifnotastidyasitmightbe.Perhapsyouturnfromthiswomanandherchildrentoglanceoutintothestreet;abuggy'01'amotorcarspeedspast,andinitaresomeChineseladies,dressedinthemode,fluentingoodEnglish,thinkingofJamaicaandnotofChinaastheirhome.Theevolutionhasbeenfairlyrapid.Itwillcontinue.Andyet,afteranumberofyears,theendofthisevolutionwillbetheassimilationoftheChinesecommunitybytheJamaicapopulation.Onlyonethingcaneffectuallypreventthat:theimmigrationintoJamaicaofmoreandyetmoreChinesetokeepthesepeople acommunityapart,andthisiswhatrecentlocallegislationhasbeenattemptingto prevent. Ifitsucceeds,theChinesewillnotremainaraceapart.Norace,comparativelyfewinnumbers,withthemenmuchinthemajority,andwithitseducatedwomennotcaringasaruletomatewiththeirownmales,canmaintainitselfinastrangecountry.Differencesofreligionmighthelpforalongwhile,buttheChinesehere,thoughtheyhaveaTempleoftheirown,with'appropriatedragonsattheentrance,andwithstatuesofancestors,orofBuddha-Iamnotsurewhich-andthoughthey bu.n incenseinthisTempleandrepairthitheronspecialoccasionssuchasChineseholidays,are fallt becomingChristians,whiletheTempletendssteadilytobecome acommodiousalmshousemerely."IDON'Tknow if theyarereallyChristians,"I onceheardaclergymansay."WhatImeanis, Idon'tknowiftheycareanythingaboutChristianity.Butmanyofthemthinkithelpsthemtobelongtoachurch;addstotheirpersonalimportance,yousee."ButifthisistrueofChineseborninChina,IhavenodoubtatallthatChineseborninJamaica,andperhapseveninHongKong,arequiteassincereintheiracceptanceofChristianityastheirreligionasarethemajorityofChristians.(Thismaynotbesayingmuch.Idon'tthinkitismyself.)Buthoweverthismaybe,thefactstandsoutthatreligionisnobartotheChinamanbeingabsorbedinthecommunity,and abs'orption willgraduallybuteventuallytakeplace if

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1923-24PLANTERS'PUCH11 flif'i f'i f'i ByRAFAELSABATINI,AUTHOROF "SCARAliOUCHE," "THETRAlIlPLINGOFTHELILIES,"ETC.THEWHITESLAVE ARABELLA BISHOP.ONEsunnymorninginJanuary,aboutamonthafterthearrivaloftheJamaioaMerchantat Bridge town,MissArabellaBishoprodeoutfromheruncle'sfinehouseontheheightstothenorth-westofthecity.Shewasattendedby twonegroeswhotrottedafterheratarespectfuldistance,andherdestination was GovernmentHouse,whithershewenttovisitthegOYernor'slady,whohadlatelybeenailing.Reachingthesummitofagentlegrassyslope,shemetatallleanmandressedinasobergentlemanlyfashion,whowaswalkingintheoppositedirection.Hewas a.. stranger to her,andstrangerswererareenough iI,1A StoryofExtraordinary Liveliness, 'Deal ingwith PiracyinWestlndian Waters andSel1enleenthCenturyLifeinBarbados and Jamaica,CHAPTERII. t"'---------------..... "I'llgoasfarastwentypounds.Notapennymore,andit'stwiceasmuchasyouareliketogetfromCrabston."CaptainGardner,recognising the finalityofthetonesighedandyielded.AlreadyBishopwasmovingdowntheline.ForMr. Blood,asforaweedyyouthonhisleft,thecolonelhadnomorethanaglanceofcontempt.Butthenextman,a middle-aged ColossusnamedWolverstone,whohadlostaneyeat Sedge moor,drewhisregard,andthehagglingwasrecom menced.PeterBroodstoodthereinthebrilliantsunshineandinhaledthefragrantair,which was unlikeanyair.thathehadeverbreathed.Itwasladenwithastrangeperfume,blend of logwood flower,pimentoandaromaticcedars.Helosthimselfinunprofitablespeculationsbornofthatsingularfragrance.Hewasinnomood forconversation,norwasPitt,whostooddumblyathisside,andwhowasafflictedmainlyatthemomentbythethoughtthathewasatlastabouttobeseparatedfromthismanwithwhomhehad sterod shouldertoshoulderthroughoutallthesetroublousmonths,andwhomhehadcometoloveanddependuponforguidanceandsustenance.Asenseof lonelinessandmisery pervaped himbycontrastwithwhichallthathehadenduredseemedasnothing.ToPitt,thisseparationwasthepoignantclimaxofallhissufferings.Otherbuyerscameandstaredatthem,andpass ed on. Blooddidnotheedthem.Andthenat the endofthelinetherewasa movement.Gardnerwasspeakingina loud voice,makinganannouncementtothegeneralpublicofbuyersthathadwaiteduntilColonelBishophadtakenhischoice ofthathumanmerchandise.Ashefinished, Blood,lookinginhisdirection,noticedthatthegirlwasspeakingtoBishop,andpointingupthelinewithasilverhiltedridingwhipshecarried.Bishopshadedhiseyeswithhishandtolookinthedirectioninwhichshewaspointing.Thenslowly,withhisponderousrollinggait,heapproachedagain,accompaniedbyGardner,andfol lowedbytheladyandthegovernor. OntheycameuntilthecolonelwasabreastofBlood.Hewouldhavepassedon,but that theladytappedhisarmwithherwhip."ButthisisthemanImeant,"shesaid."Thisone?".Contemptranginthevoice.PeterBlood foundhimselfstaringintoapairofbeadybrowneyessunkintoa yellow fleshly facelikecurrantsintoadumpling.Hefeltthecolourcreepingintohisfaceundertheinsult of thatcontemptuousinspection."Bah!Abagof bones.WhatshouldI dowithhim?"HewasturningawaywhenGardnerinterposed."Hemaybelean,buthe'stough;toughandhealthy.Whenhalfofthemwassickandtheotherhalfsickening,thisroguekepthislegsanddoctoredhisfellows.Butforhimthere'dha'beenmoredeathsthantherewas.Sayfifteenpoundsforhim,colonel.That'scheapenough.He'stough,Itellyour honolM' -toughandstrongthoughhebelean.Andhe'sjustthemantobeartheheatwhenitcomes.Theclimate'llneverkillhim."TherecameachucklefromGovernorSteed."Youhear,colonel.Trustyourniece.Hersexknowsamanwhenitsees one."Andhelaughed,well-pleasedwithhiswit.Buthelaughedalone. A cloudofannoyancesweptacrossthefaceofthecolonel's niece,whilstthecolonelhimselfwastooabsorbedintheconsiderationofthisbargaintoheedthegovernor'shumour.Hetwistedhislipalittle,strokinghischinwithhishandthewhile.JeremyPitthadalmostceasedtobreathe."I'llgive youtenpoundsforhim,"saidthecolonelat l!!-st. PeterBloodprayedthattheoffermightbe re jected.Fornoreasonthathecouldhavegivenyou, wastakenwithrepugnanceatthethoughtof be comingtheproperty of thisgrossanimal,andinsomesortthepropertyofthathazel-eyedyounggirl.Butitwouldneedmorethanrepugnancetosavehimfromhisdestiny.Aslaveisa slave,andhasnopowertoshapehisfate.PeterBloodwassoldtoColOnelBishop-adisdainfulbuyer-fortheignominioussumoftenpounds. ceivethem,andacrowd-attractedbytheirarrivalwhichindressandmannerdifferedlittlefromacrowdinaseaportathomesavethatitcontainedfewer womenandagreatnumberof negroes.Toinspectthem,drawnupthereonthemole,cameGovernorSteed, ashort,stout,redfacedgentleman,inbluetaffetasburdenedby aprodigiousamountof gold lace,wholimpedalittleandleanedheavilyuponastoutebony cane.Afterhim,intheuniformofa colonel oftheBarbadoesMilitia,rolledi.tallcorpulentmanwhotowered head andshouldersabovethegovernor,withmalevolenceplainlywrittenonhisenormousyellowishcountenance.Athisside,andcontrastfngoddlywithhisgrossness,movingwithaneasystriplinggrace,cameaslightyoungladyinamodishridinggown.Thebroadbrimofagreyhatwithascarletsweepofostrichplumeshadedanoval faceuponwhichtheclimateoftheTropicofCancerhadmadenoimpression,sodelicatelyfairwasitscomplexion.Ringletsofred-brownhairhungtohershoulders.Franknesslooked tlut fromherhazeleyeswhichweresetWide,commiserationrepressednowthemischievousnessthatnormallyinhabitedherfreshyoungmouth.PeterBioodcaughthimselfstaringinasortofamazementatthatpiquantface,whichseemedheresooutof place,andfindinghisstarereturned,heshifteduncomfortably.Hegrewconscious ofthesorryfigurethathecut.Unwashed,withrankandmattedhairandadisfiguringblackbearduponhisface,andtheerstwhilesplendidsuitofblackcamletinwhichhehadbeentakenprisonernowreducedtoragsthatwouldhavedisgraceda scarecrow,hewasinnocaseforinspectionbysuchdaintyeyesasthese.Nevertheless,theycontinuedtoinspecthimWithroundeyed,almostchildlikewonderandpity.Theirownerputforthahandtotouchthescarletsleeveofhercompanion,whereuponwithanilltemperedgruntthemanswunghisgreatbulkroundsothathedirectlyconfrontedher.Lookingupintohisface,shewasspeakingtohimearnestly,butthecolonelplainlygavehernomorethanthehalfofhisattention.Hislittlebeady eyes, closelyflankinga fleshlypendulousnose,hadpassedfromherandwerefixeduponfairhairedsturdyyoungPitt,whowasstandingbeside Blood.Thegovernorhadalso cometoahalt,andfor amomentnowthatlittlegroupofthreestoodinconversation.Whattheladysaid,Petercouldnothearatall, forsheloweredhervoice;thecolonel'sreachedhimina confusedrumble;butthegovernorwasneitherconsiderateriorindistinct;hehadahighpitchedvoicewhichcarriedfar,andbelieVinghimselfwitty,hedesiredtobeheardbyall."But,mydearColonel Bishop,itisforyoutotake first choicefromthisdaintynosegay,andatyourownprice.Afterthatwe'll sendtheresttoauction."ColonelBishopnoddedhisacknowledgment.Heraisedhisvoiceinanswering."Yourexcellencyisverygood.But,faith,they'reaweedylot,notlikelytobe ofmuchvalueintheplantation."Hisbeadyeyesscannedthemagain,andhiscontemptofthemdeepenedthemalevolence ofhisface.Itwasasifhewereannoyedwiththemforbeinginnobettercondi tion.ThenhebeckonedforwardCaptainGardner,themas(eroftheJamaicaMel'chant,andfor someminutesstoodintalkwithhimoveralistwhicht11elatterproducedathisrequest.Presentlyhewavedasidethelistandadvancedalonetowardstherebels-convict,hiseyesconsideringthem,hislipspursed.BeforetheyoungSomersetshireshipmasterhecametoahalt,andstoodaninstantponderinghim.Thenhefingeredthemusclesoftheyoungman'sarm,andbadehimopenhismouththathemightseehisteeth.Hepursedhiscoarselipsagainandnodded.HespoketoGardneroverhisshoulder."Fifteenpoundsforthisone."Thecaptainmadea faceofdismay."Fifteenpounds!It isn't halfwhatImeanttoaskforhim.""ItisdoublewhatIhadmeanttogive,"gruntedthecolonel."Buthewouldbecheapatthirtypounds,yourhonour.""Icangetanegroforthat.Thesewhiteswinedon'tlive.They'renotfit fOT thelabour."GardnerbrokeintoprotestationsofPitt'shealth,youthandvigour.Itwasnotamanhewasdiscussing;itwasabeast of burden.Pitt,asensitivelad,stoodmuteandunmoving.Onlytheebbandflow of colourinhischeeksshowedtheinwardstrugglebywhichhemaintainedhisselfcontrol.PeterBloodwasnauseatedbytheloathsomehaggle.Inthebackground,movingslowlyawaydownthelineofprisonerswenttheladyinconversationwiththegovernor,whosmirkedandpreenedhimselfashelimpedbesideher.Shewasunconsciousoftheloathlybusinessthecolonelwastransacting.Wasshe,wonderedod,indifferenttoit?ColonelBishopswungonhisheeltopasson.CHAPTER1.Byspecialarrangement with Messrs. A. G.Watts,ofLondon,literaryagen.tsofMr.RafaelSabatini, the great novelist, "Plantm's'Punch" isabletopI'esentto its I'eaders this yearoneofthe?nost stilTing storiesof .early WestIndianlifeevergiventothe world. BarbadosandJamaica,andtheseas between,aretheregion in whichCaptain Blood playsa wonderful andheroicpart.In this storythe life ofaslaveconvict who was sent out to these"plantations"isdepicted by a mastel' pen,.wesee thewhite slaveatwork underthelash ofhismastel'in thesugal' fielcls, weseehimasa bold and desperate pilate, andfinally weseehim,as-but that isa secret which the"eader must dis', -covel' foi'himself.HUMANMERCHANDISE.,pETERBLOOD,bachelorofmedicineandseveralotherthingsbesideshadapleasantandvibrantvoice, whosemetallicringwas andmutedby .the IrishaccentwhichinallhiswanderingsthroughEuropehehadneverlost.Itwasa voicethatcouldwooseductivelyandcaressingly,orcommandinsuch_a wayastocompel obedience.Indeed,theman'swholenaturewasin that voiceofhis.Fortherest of him,hewastallandspare,swarthyoftintasa gypsy,witheyesthatwerestartlinglyblueinthat .dark faceandunderthoselevelblackbrows.Intheirglance those eyes,flankingahigh-bridged,intrepid.nose,wereofsingularpenetrationandofasteady..haughtinessthatwentwellwithhisfirmlips.Itwastheyear1685,andJamestheSecondofEnglandwasonthethrone.Monmouth,hisillegitimatenephew,hadraisedthestandardofrebellionandhadproclaimedhimselfrightfulking, and thetown ,of Bridgewater,wherePeter Blood hadsettledtopractise medicine,washotforMonmouthandtheProtestantreligion.ButPeterBloodsawthemadness..and hopelessness ofitall,and,indefianceofpopular sentiment,wouldhavenothingtodowithMonmouth's.movement. OnthenightthatthefatalBattle of .Sedgemoorwasfought,PeterwasinhishouseatBridgewater,hadindeedretiredtorest,whenaloudhammeringathisdoorbroughthimdown-stairsto ..find youngJeremiahPitt,ayoungmanofthetownwho hadjoinedMonmouth'sforces, coveredwithdustand bloodandalmostspeechless."ItisLordGildoy,"pantedPitt."Heissorewounded ..atOglethorpe'sFarmbytheriver.I borehimthither..and..hesentmefor you." PeterBloodwasnorebel,hadindeednosympathywiththerebels;butherememberedhewasadoctor .and obligedbytheethicsofhiscalling,tosaynothing -of thedictatesofhumanity,torelievehumansuffering. '''To besure,I'llcome,"saidhe. Hehastened 1'0 thewoundeetman'sside.EngagedInhisworkonthewoundedbodyhewassurprisedby-thearrivalofadetachmentofKirk'sdragoons,butatflrst lie tooknoalarm;What,heaskedhimself,had.adoctorperforminghisdutytofear?Butthecommanderofthesoldierslaughedathisexplanation,andPeterBlood foundhimselfaprisoneronthecharge.ofaidingandencouragingrebels.Tried-itwas a mockery of atrial-bytheinfamousJudgeJeffreys,be was sentencedwithyoungPittandanotherprison -ertobe hanged.ButKingJames'favouriteswantedmoney,andsothatMonarchorderedathousandoftheseprisonersto be soldintoslavery,forthespaceoften 1ears. ThusithappenedthatPeterBlood, an1i withhimJeremyPittandAndrewBaynes,insteadof .Jletng hanged,drawnandquarteredastheirsentencesdirected, were conveyed toBristolandthereshippedwithBOmeflftyothersaboardtheJamaicaMerchant. From close confinementunderhatches,ill-nourishmentandfoul water, asicknessbrokeoutamongstthem,ofwhich eleven died. Many oftherestweresaved bytheskill of Dr.PeterBlood,andtowardsthemiddle of DecembertheJamaicaMel'chantdropped.anchorinCarlisle Bay,Barbadoes,andputashorethefortytwosuryivlngrebels-convict.Iftheseunfortunateshadimagined-asmanyofthemappeartohavedone-thattheywerecoming.intosome Wild, savagecountry,theprospect, of Whichtheyhada glimpse beforetheywerehustledoverthe...ship's side Intothewaitingboats,wasenoughtocorrecttheimpression. They beheld atownofsufficientlyimposingproportionscomposed ofhousesbuiltuponEuropeannotions ofarchitecture,butwithoutanyof huddleusualInEuropeancities.Thespireofa rosedominantlyabovetheredroofs, afort,guardedtheentranceofthewideharbour,withguns:thrustlngtheirmuzzles betweenthecrenels,andthewidefacade of GovernmentHouserevealeditself -dominantly placedonagentlehlllabovethetown.'ThishillwasVividlygreenasIsanEnglishhillinApril,andtheday'WassuchadayasAprilgivestoEngland,theseasonofheavyrainsbeingnewlyended.On awidecobbled spaceonthesea-frontthey10und aguardofred-coatedmilitiadrawnupto re

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12PLATERS'PUCH1923-24theisland.Andyetinsomevaguewayhedidnotseemquiteastranger.MissArabelladrewrein,affectingtopausethatshemightadmiretheprospect,whichwasfairenoughtowarrantit.Yetoutofthecornerofthosehazeleyesshescannedthisfellowveryattentivelyashecamenearer.Shecorrectedherfirstimpressionofhisdress.Itwassoberenough,buthardlygentlemanly.Coatandbreecheswere of plainhomespun;and if theformersatsowelluponhimitwas more byvirtue ot his naturaf gracethanbythatoftailoring.Hisstockingswere of cotton,harshand pia'in, andthebroadcastor,whichherespectfullydoffedashecameupwithher,wasanoldoneunadornedbybandorfeather.Whathadseemedtobe aperiwigatalittledistancewasnowrevealedfortheman'sownlustrouscoilingblackhair.Outof abrown,shaven,saturninefacetwoeyesthatwerestartlinglyblueconsideredhergravely.Themanwouldhavepassedonbutthatshedetainedhim."IthinkIknowyou,sir,"saidshe.Hervoicewascrispandboyish,andtherewassomethingofboyishnessinhermanner-ifonecanapplythetermtosodaintya lady.Itaroseperhapsfromanease, adirectness,whichdisdainedthearti ftces ofhersex,andsetherongoodtermswithalltheworld.TothisitmaybeduethatMissArabellahadreachedtheageof fiveandtwentynotmerelyunmarriedbutunwooed.Sheusedwithallmenasisterlyfranknesswhichinitselfcontainsaqualityofaloofness,renderingitdifficultforanymantobecomeherlover.Hernegroeshadhaltedatsomedistanceintherear,andtheysquattednowupontheshortgrassuntilitshouldbeherpleasuretoproceeduponherway.Thestrangercametoastandstilluponbeingad-dressed."Aladyshouldknowherownproperty,"saidhe."Myproperty?""Youruncle's,leastways.Letmepresentmyself. IamcalledPeterBlood,andIamworthpreciselytenpounds. Iknowitbecausethatisthesumyourunclepaidforme.ItisnoteverymanhasthesameQpportunitiesofascertaininghisrealvalue."Sherecognisedhimthen.Shehadnotseenhimsincethatdayuponthemole amonthago,andthatsheshouldnotinstantlyhaveknownhimagaindespitetheinteresthehadthenarousedinherisnotsurprising,consideringthechangethathadbeenwrOUghtinhisappearance,whichnowwashardlythatof a slave. "MyGod!"saidshe."Andyoucanlaugh!""It'sanachievement,"headmitted."Butthen,IhavenotfaredasillasImight." "Ihaveheardofthat,"said sl;le. Whatshehadheardwasthatthisrebel-convicthadbeendiscoveredtobe aphysician.ThethinghadcometotheearsofGovernorSteed,whosuffereddamnablyfromthegout,andGovernorSteed,hadborrowedthefellowfromhispurc!iaser.Whetherbyskillorgoodfortune,PeterBloodhad affOl"ded thegovernorthatreliefwhichhisexcellencyhadfailedtoobtainfromtheministrationsofeitherofthetwophysicianspractisinginBridgetown.Thenthegovernor'sladyhaddesiredhimtoattendherforthemegrims.Mr. Bloodhadfoundhersufferingfromnothingworsethanpeevishness-theresultofa naturalpetulanceaggravatedbythedullnessoflifeinBarbadoesto aladyofhersocialaspirations.Buthehadprescribedforhernonetheless,andshehadcon ceivedherselfthebetterforhisprescription.AfterthatthefameofhimhadgonethroughBridgetown,andColonelBishophadfoundthattherewasmoreprofitto bemadeoutofthisnewslavebyleavinghimtopursuehisprofessionthanbysettinghimtoworkontheplantations,forwhichpurposehehadbeenoriginallyacquired."Itisyourself,madam,Ihavetothankformycomparativelyeasyandcleancondition,"saidMr. Blood,"andIamgladtotakethisopportunityofdoingso."Thegratitudewasinhiswordsratherthaninhistone.Washemocking,shewondered,andlookedathimwiththesearchingfranknessthatanothermighthavefounddisconcerting.Hetooktheglance for aquestion,andansweredit."Ifsomeotherplanterhadboughtme,"heexplained,"itisoddsthatthefactsofmyshining.abilitiesmightneverhavebeenbroughttolight,andIshouldbehewingandhoeingatthismomentlikethepoorwretcheswhowerelandedwithme.""Andwhydoyouthankmeforthat?Itwasmyunclewhoboughtyou.""Buthewouldnothavedone sohadyounoturgedhim.I perceivedyourinterest.AtthetimeIresentedit.""Youresentedit?"Therewasachallengeinherboyishvoice."Ihavehadnolackofexperiencesofthismortallife;buttobeboughtandsoldwasanewone,andIwashardlyinthemoodtolovemypurchaser.""IfIurgedyouuponmyuncle,sir,itwasthatIcommiseratedyou."Therewasaslightseverityinhertone,asiftoreprovethemixtureofmockeryand ftippancy inwhichheseemedtobespeaking. Sheproceededtoexplainherself."Myunclemayappeartoyou ahardman.Nodoubtheis.Theyareallhardmen,theseplanters.Itisthelife, I suppose.Butthereareothersherewhoareworse.There 18 Mr.Crabston,forinstance,upatSpeightstownHewasthereonthemole,waitingtobuymyuncle'sleavings,and if youhadfallenintohishands...Adreadfulman.Thatiswhy."HewasalittlebeWildered."This interE!st inastranger..."hebegan.Thenchangedthedirectionofhisprobe."Buttherewereothersasdeservingofcommiseration." "Youdidnotseemquiteliketheothers.""Iamnot,"saidhe."Oh!"Shestaredathim,bridlingalittle."Youhavea goodopinionofyourself." thecontrary.The others areallworthyrebels. Iamnot.Thatisthedifference. IwasonewhohadnotthewittoseethatEnglandrequirespurifying.Iwascontenttopursueadoctor'stradeinBridgewaterwhilstmybettersweresheddingtheirbloodtodriveoutanuncleantyrantandhisrascallycrew." "Sir'"shecheckedhim."Ithinkyouaretalkingtreason.""Ihope Iamnotobscure,"saidhe."Therearethoseherewhowouldhaveyoufloggediftheyheardyou.""Thegovernorwould.neverallowit.Hehasthegout,andhisladyhasthemegrims." "Doyoudependuponthat?"ShewasfranklyscornfuL "Youhavecertainlyneverhadthegout;probablynoteventhemegrims,"saidhe.Shemadealittleimpatientmovementwithherhand,andlookedawayfromhimamoment,outtosea.Quitesuddenlyshelookedathimagain;andnowherbrowswereknit. "Butifyouarenota rebel,howcome youhere?"Hesawthethingsheapprehended;andhelaughed."Faithnow,it'salongstory,"saidhe."Andoneperhapsthatyou wouldprefernottotell?" Brieflyonthathetoldither."My God!Whataninfamy!"shecried,whenhehaddone. "Oh,it'sasweetcountry,EnglandunderKingJames!There'snoneedtocommiseratemefurther.AllthingsconsideredIpreferBarbadoes.HereatleastonecanbelieveinGod."Helooked first torightthentoleftashespoke,fromthedistantshadowybulkofMountHillbaytothelimitlessocean ruffledbythewindsofheaven.Thenasifthefairprospectrenderedhimconsciousofhisownlittlenessandtheinsigniflcanceofhiswoes,hefellthoughtful."Isthatso difficultelsewhere?"sheaskedhim,andshewasverygrave."Menmakeitso.""I see." Shelaughedalittle,onanoteofsadness,it seemed tohim."IhaveneverdeemedBarbadoestheearthlymirrorofheaven,"sheconfessed."ButnodoubtyouknowyourworldbetterthanI."Shetouchedherhorsewithherlittlesilver-hiltedwhip."Icongratulateyouonthiseasingofyourmis fortunes."Hebowed,andshemoved on.Hernegroessprangup,andwenttrottingafterher.AwhilePeterBloodremainedstandingthere,whereshe left him,conningthesunlitwatersofCarlisleBaybelow,andtheshippinginthatspacioushavenaboutwhichthegullswereflutteringnoisily.Itwasafairenoughprospect,hereflected,butitwasaprison,andinannouncingthathepreferredittoEngland,hehadindulgedthatalmostlaudableformofboastingwhichliesinbelittingourmisadventures.Heturned,andresuminghisway,went off inlongswingingstridestowardsthelittlehuddleofhutsbuiltofmudandwattles,-aminiaturevillageen closedinastockade,whichtheplantationslavesinhabited,andwherehe,himself,waslodgedwiththem.ThroughhismindsangthelineofLovelace:"Stonewallsdonotaprisonmake,Norironbars'a cage."Buthegaveitafreshmeaning,theveryconverse ofthatwhichitsauthorhadintended.Aprison,hereflected,wasaprison,thoughithadneitherwallsnorbars,howeverspaciousitmightbe. Andasherealiseditthatmorningsohewastorealiseitincreasingly-astimespedon.Dailyhecametothinkmoreofhisclipped Wings,ofhisexclusion fromtheworld,andless ofthefortuitouslibertyheenjoyed.Nordidthecontrastingofhiscomparativelyeasylotwiththatofhisunfortunatefellow-convictsbringhimthesatisfactionadifferentlyconstitutedmindmighthavederivedfromit.RatherdidthecontemplationoftheirmiseryincreasethebitternessthatwasgatheringinhissouL Oftheforty-twowhohadbeenlandedwithhimfromtheJamaicaMerchant,Colonel Bishophad 'pur chasednolessthantwenty-five.Theremainderhadgonetolesserplanters,some ofthemtoSpeightstown and othersstillfarthernorth.Whatmayhavebeenthelotofthelatterhecouldnottell,butamongstBishop'sslavesPeterBloodcameandwentfreely,sleepingintheirquarters,andtheirlotheknewtobe abrutalisingmisery.Theytoiledinthesugarplanta tions fromsunrisetosunset,and if theirlaboursflaggedtherewere the whipsoftheoverseerandhismentoquickenthem.Theywentinrags,somealmostnaked,theydweltinsqualor,andtheywereill'nourishedonsaltedmeatandmaizedumplings-foodwhichtomanyofthem wasfor aseasonatleast 30 nauseating -that twoofthemsickenedand Med beforeBishop remembered thattheirliveshada certaiD.! valueinlabourtohimandyieldedtoBlood'sinter-cessionsforabettercareofsuchasfellill.To insubordination,one ofthemwhohadrebelledagainstKent,thebrutaloverseer,waslashedtodeathbynegroesunderhiscomrades'eyes,andanother hadbeen somisguidedastorunawayintothe woods wastracked,broughtback, floggedandthenbrandedontheforeheadwiththelettersF.T.,thatallmightknowhimfor a fugitive'traitoraslongashelived.Fortunatelyforhimthepoor fellowdiedasa quenceoftheflogging.Afterthata dull,spiritlessresignationsettleddownupontheremainder.Themostmutinous were quelled,andacceptedtheirunspeakablelotwith the-' tragicfortitudeofdespair..PeterBlood alone,escapingtheseexcessive ferings,remainedoutwardlYunchanged,whilstin wardly theonlychangeinhimwasadaily deeper hatredofhiskind,adailydeeperlongingto escape fromthisplacewheremandefiled so foullythe lovelyworkofhisCreator.Itwasalongingtoovague to amounttoa hope,Hopeherewasinadmissible. And yethedidnotyieldtodespair.Hesetamask or laughteronhissaturninecountenanceandwent his. way,treatingthesicktotheprofit of ColonelBishop,andencroachingfurtherandfurtheruponthepreservesofthetwoothermenofmedicineinBridgetown.Immunefromthedegradingpunishmentsandprivationsofhisfellow-convicts,hewasenabledto keep hisself-respect, ang wastreatedwithoutharshnessevenbythesoullessplantertowhomhehad been. sold.Heoweditalltogoutandmegrims.HehadwontheesteemofGovernorSteed,and-whatisevenmoreimportant-ofGovernorSteed'slady,whom he shamelesslyandcynicallyflatteredandhumoured.OccasionallyhesawMissBishop,andtheyseldoD1metbutthatshepausedtoholdhiminconversationfor somemoments,evincingherinterestinhim.Him SE'lf, hewasneverdisposed tolinger.Hewasnot,hetoldhimself,tobe deceived byherdelicateexterior,hersaplinggrace,hereasyboyishwaysand ple:lsant, boyishvoice.Inallhislife-andithadbeenveryvaried-hehadnevermetamanwhomheaccountedmorebeastlythanheruncle,andhecouldnotdis-sociateherfromtheman.Shewashisniece,ofhisownblood,andsome ofthevices ofit,someoftheremorselesscrueltyofthewealthyplantermust, he argued,inhabitthatpleasantbody ofhers.He argued thisveryoftentohimself,as if answeringandconvincingsomeinstinctthatpleadedotherwise, and. arguingit,heaVOidedherwhenitwaspossible,andwasfrigidlycivilwhenitwasnot.Justifiableashisreasoningwas,plausibleasitmayseem,yethewouldhavedonebettertohavetrustedtheinstinctthatwasinconflictwithit.ThoughthesamebloodraninherveinsasinthoseofColonel Bishop,yetherswasfreeofthevicesthattaintedheruncle's,fortheseviceswerenotnatural to thatblood;theywere,inhiscase, acquired. Her father,TomBishop-thatsameColonelBishop'sbrother-hadbeenakindly,chivalrous,gentlesoul ... who,broken-heartedbytheearlydeathofayoungWife,hadabandonedtheoldworldandsoughtananodyneforhisgriefinthenew.HehadcomeouttotheAntilles,bringingwithhimhislittledaughter,thenfiveyearsof age,andhadgivenhimselfupto the life of aplanter.Hehadprosperedfromthefirst, aEt mensometimeswill wh9 carenothingforprosperity.Prospering,hehadbethoughthimofhisyoungerbrother,asoldierathomereputedsomewhatwild.Hehadadvisedhimto comeoutto B:lrb3.does; andtheadvice,whichatanotherseasonWilliamBishopmighthavescorned,reachedhimatamomentwhenhiswildnesswasbeginningtobearsuchfruitthatachangeofclimatewasdesirable. WilliaIn! came,andwasadmittedbyhisgenerousbrotherto a.. partnershipintheprosperousplantation.Some siX: yearslater,whenArabellawasfifteen,herfatherdied,leavingherinheruncle'sguardianship.Itwas per hapshisonemistake.Butthegoodnessofhisownnll.ture colouredhisviewsofothermen;moreover .... himself,hehadconductedtheeducationofhisdaughter,givingheranindependenceofcharacteruponwhichperhapshecountedunduly.Asthingswere,therewaslittlelovebetweenuncleandniece.Butshewasdutifultohim,andhewascircumspectinhisbehaviourbeforeher.Allhislife,andforallhisWildness,hehadgoneinacertainaweofhisbrother,whoseworthhehadthewittorecognise;andnowitwasalmostasifsomeofthatawewastransferred to-' hisbrother'schild,whowasalso,ina sense,his pllrtner, althoughshetook noactivepartinthebusinessoftheplantations.PeterBlood judgedher-aswearealltooprone'tojudge-uponinsufficient knOWledge.Hewasverysoontohavecausetocorrectthatjudgment.Onedaytowardstheendof May,whentheheatwasbeginningtogrowoppressive,therecrawled into>' CarlisleBayawounded,batteredEnglish's'hip, tl;J.e P1'ide01Devon.herfreeboardscarredandbroken,he'r' coach agaping'wreck,hermizzensoshotawaythatonly ajaggedstumpremainedtotelltheplacewhere'ithadstood.Shehadbeeninactionoff Martinique' withtwoSpanishtreasureships,andalthoughhercaptainsworethattheSpaniardshadbesethimwithoutprovocation,itisdifficulttoavoidasuspicionthattheencounterhadbeenbroughtaboutquiteother-

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,WHEREWASHE?ANDagaintherewassilence.Membersglanced at oneanotherwithspeculativeeyes.WouldtheColonial Secret:lrybe putuptoreply;wouldtheAttorneyGeneral?Thelatterhad l:llipped. outsidetosmokeacigarette,butcouldbedependedupontohurrybackintotheroomandassuremembersthattherehadbeenamistakeandthattheGovernorhadnotdisappearedatall,buthadonly,asitwere,fadedfromsightforatime,whichhewasentitledtodounderthetermsoftheLawentitled"OntheBenefitsofaIGovernormakingHimselfScarce."ButtheHousefeltthatitwasonlyduetothecountrythattheexplanationshouldcomefromtheGovernorhimself;theyexpectedthathewouldmakeit.Theydidnotexpectinvain.WithalittlepreliminaryclearingofthethroatthePresidentrose,andalleyeswerecentreduponhim.Heremainedstandingforonefullminutewithoutsayingaword. rhis wasintendedtoincreasethefeelingofexpectancy.Itsucceeded.Thenhebegan."ItissaidthatIdisappeared.WhyisitsaidIdisappeared? Because Ididdisappear.Thereis no differenceofopiniononthatfact;weareallagreedthatIdiddisappear,andhavingthusreacheda com.mongroundofagreementit will beeasytogoonto whyIdisappeared.Verywell.Thatispointnumberone."Wenowcometopointnumbertwo.WhydidIdisappear?Why"-HisExcellency'svoicesuddenlyrosetothecrescendo-"Whyaoesanyonedisappear?Forthreereasons.Thefirstreasonisthatheistakenforciblyaway.Now,nobodyherehashadthecour age. totakemeforciblyaway,oritwouldhavebeendonelongago.Thesecondreasonisthat an accidentoccurs.Butnoaccidenthappenedtome,orIcouldscarcelyhaveturnedupthatsameeveningunscathedandunharmed.Wenowcome,therefore,tothethirdreason.Youdisappearbecauseyouwanttodisap pear: ItrustthatImakemyselfp.laintothehon.memberforSt.Mary?""Yes, sir," replied Mr.Grahamgratefully,"youaregivingusalotofinformation.""Good. Now,besidestellingyouwhyamandisappearsifhedisappears,Imusttellyouthemotiveunderlyinghisresolvetodisappear.Thetwothingsaredifferent..Youwanttodisappear,butyoualso'haveamotiveforwantingtodisappear.Whatwas iny motive?Lpresumethatthehon.memberhad13paigningintheSpanishNetherlandshadshownhimasideoftheSpanishcharactewhichhehadfoundanythingbutadmirable.Neverthelessheperformedhisdoctor'sdutieszealouslyandpainstakingly,if'emotionlessly,andevenwithacertainsuperficialfriend.linesstowardseachofhispatients.Theseweresosurprisedat h:l.ving theirwoundshealedinsteadofbeingsummarilyhangedthattheymanifested a docilityveryunusualintheirkind.Theywereshunnedhowever,byallthosecharitably-disposedinhabi t:mts ofBridgetownwhoflockedtotheimprovisedhospitalwithgiftsoffruitandflowers and delicaciesforthe Englishseamen.Indeed,hadthewishesof someof theseinhabitantsbeenregarded, the Spaniardswouldhavebeenlefttodielike Yermin, andofthisPeterBloodhadanexamplealmost :.I.t theveryoutset.Withthe :l.ssistance ofoneofthenegroessenttothatinmindwhenhemovedtheadjournmentoftheHouse?""Ihad,sir,saidMr.Graham;"thepeoplewantedtoknowthemotive.""Iwillkeepnothingfromhon.members,"resumed'thePresident."Mymotivewassimple.Iwantedtobeawayfromalltheworldtoprayformyenemiesandtoimploreblessingsuponthosethatspeakillof" meanddespitefullyuseme:thatwasmymotive.IspentthewholedayinalittledarkcorneroftheKingstonParishChurch,whereIhappilyescapedobservation,andIsaidenoughprayersformyfoestomakethemthoroughlyunhappyfortherestoftheirlives."Themembersgasped.Eyelookedanxiouslyintoeye,asifquestioningthePresident'ssanity.Buttherewasnothingabnormalabouthisattitude,no dif ferencecouldbeobservedinhim.EvenMr.Gideon'sapprehensionsspeedilyfadedaway,andheceasedtryingtolookasthoughhewerenotthere.ThePresidentresumed."Idonotanswermycritics;Ineverreplytotheunjustandunkindthingssaidaboutmyacts.Whenamanhasbeenpeculiarlynastytome, I gooutofmyway.togreethimcordially:thatisonewayofturningtheothercheek.Itmakeshimfeelashamedofhimself;hefeelsmean"-againthecrescendo-"verymean;hecannotlookhimselfintheeyebeforeamirror.Butbetterthankindlygreetingsisprayerforthosewhowrongyou:thatiswhatiscalledheapingcoalsof fireontheheads ofyourenemies,andIheapedmuchfireoneverybody'sheadlastweek.Iforgavethemall. Iprayedthattheymightprosperexceedinglysoasnottofeeltheincometax-andanincreaseoftheincome tax... would,Imaysay,enableustobuildsomehandsome chui'ches-that theymightneverfallill,neverhaveanysorrows,neverbeunfairlycriticised,andneverpraisedinthe.Gleaner."("Hear,hear,"frommemberswhodidnotexpecttobepraised,andwhocontendedthatpraisewastheworstofallcalamities).Iprayedthattheymighthaveabeautifuldeathbed,withrelativesweepingattheirprospectiveloss;thattheirfuneralsmightbenumerouslyattended,and that Imightbepresentatalltheinterments.Iprayedthattheyshouldallgotoheaven,thoughIfeltthatthatwasaskingtheAimightytoomuch;doubtlessHewillnothearthisoranyotherpartofmyprayers,butthatwillnotdetractfrommy efforts onbehalfof my opponents.ForhoursIprayedandfastedinthatsilent churcb", havingtakentheprecautionto ')3.t:ldouble breakfastbefore le:lving home,andbeingfilledwiththedeterminationto have aheartydinner.AndwhenIhadendedmysupplications,hon.gentlemen,Ifeltanew m:ln andknewthatIhadtheadvantageofeverybodyelse;IknewthatIhaddonegood to themthathatemeandbeenmercifultothemthatwishmeill.Andsoyounowhavethewholeexplanationofmydisappearance.Iwasinyourmidstallthetime;Iwasintheonlyplacethatnobodyin Jam3.ica woulddreamofsearchingforanybody-ina church."He ceaeed andsatdown,andforaspacetheHousewasparalysedwithastonishment.Thenthetensionbroke.Mr.Ewenwasheardtosobloudlyandtodeclare th3.t neverinhislifewouldhemakestrongerspeechesagainsttheGovernmentandGovernorthanhe had doneinthepast.Mr.PhillippshowledwithcontritionandMr.Youngfainted.TheAttorneyGeneralseizedtheopportunitytogooutsideandsmokeanothercigarette.Mr.Gideonseemeddisposedtoim-provetheoccasionbydeliveringasonorousspeechwarningtheelectedmemberswhattheymustexpecthereafteriftheycontinuedtoactashehimselfdidwhenhewasanelectedmember,andMajorDixonmechanicallypreparedtovoteinoppositiontoanyresolutionthatmightbebroughtforwardbyhiscol-leaguesontheGovernor'sdisappearance.nitwasthatMr.Grahamroseagainand,withthtitudeof'onewhosethirstforinformationhad beim fullyquenched,hemovedthattheHouseshouldadjournuntilthefollowingday,sothateachmemberofitmighthavetherestofthepresentdayforprayer."This,"saidMr.Graham,"isindeedareformintherightdirection.Wenowpossessanewandef-fectiveweaponagainstallourenemies.Gentlemen,letuspray."Heclosedhiseyesashespoke.WhenheopenedUlem fiveminuteslater,heandtheClerkalonewereintheroom, theClerkwassleeping.(THEEND.)PUNCHPLANTERS'Afterwehavegottheinformation-andIhopeitwillnotbewithheldfromus-itwillbetime to discusswhetherthepeopleinthisinstancearetobecommonorcapitalletters." "Ah,no,"repliedthePresident,wagginghisheadsagely;"thisisthetimewhenwemustmakethatclear.You see,whenyouspeakofthepeoplewitha small p,youmeanthepeopleintheordinary Gense, butwhenyouspeakofthemwithabigP,youmeanthemin an extraordinarysense.Thehon.member,Iamsure,willseethedifferenceatonce.Inwhatsensedoeshe spe:lk ofthepeople?""Inbothsenses,sir;inthecapitalandinthecommonsense.Theyareamostcommonsetofpeo pie,butsomeofthemarecapitalfellows.""Verywell,"observedthePresident,andmadeanoteofthereply."Therefore,sir,indemandingtheadjournmentoftheHouse,I obeythebehestsofthepeople. Youhavenoidea,sir,howdeeplytheyarestirredbytheeventsofthepastfewdays.Praediallarcenyn'asincreasedinmyparish.Attheslightestencouragementpraediallarcenyincreasesthere.""Onapointoforder,sir,"criedMr.Ewen,risingtointerruptthespeaker,"Isthehon.membermovingtheadjournmentoftheHouseorgivingusastatementofhisfailuretoteachthepeopleofhisparishtobehonest?I,also,wantinformation.""IhavefinishedwhatIhavetosay,sir,"resumed'Mr.Grahamwithquietdignity,andtakingnonoticeoftheinterruption."PerhapstheinformationIhave asked forwillnowbe forthcoming."CHAPTERSIX.EXPLANATION.bourandeveryfacilitytocareenandcarryoutrepairs.Butbeforeitcametothis,theyfetchedfromherholdoverascoreofEnglishseamenasbatteredandbrokenastheshipherself,andtogetherwiththesesomehalf-dozenSpaniardsinlikecase,theonlysurvivorsof aboardingpartyfromthe'SpanishgalleonthathadinvadedtheEnglishshipandfounditselfunabletoretreat.Thesewoundedmenwereconveyedtoalongshedonthewharf,andthemedicalskillofBridgetownwassummonedtotheiraid.PeterBloodwasorderedtobearahandinthiswork,andpartlybecause.hespokeCastilian-and lie spokeitasfluentlyashisownnativetongue--partlybecauseofhisinferiorconditionasaslave,hewasgiventheSpaniardsforhispatients.Now BloodhadnocausetoloveSpaniards.HistwoyearsinaSpanishprisonandhissubsequentcamwise. QneoftheSpaniardshadfledfromthecombat.andifthe Pride otD'evonhadnotgivenchaseit was probablybecauseshewasbytheninnocasetodo eo. Theotherhadbeensunk,butnotbeforetheEng IIahship hadtransferredtoherownholda gooddeal Of thetreasureaboardtheSpaniard.Itwas,infact, ene of thosepiraticalaffrayswhichwere a perpetual 80Urce of troublebetweenthecourtsofSt.James's and theEscurial,complaintsemanatingnowfromoneandnow fromtheotherside.Steed, however,afterthefashionofmostColonialgovernors,waswillingenQughtodullhiswitstotheextent ofacceptingtheEnglishseaman'sstory,disregardinganyevidencethatmightbelieit.Hesharedthehatredsorichlydeserved'by'arrogant,overbearingSpainthatwascommontomenofeveryothernationfromtheBahamastotheMain.ThereforehegavethePrideotbevon.thesheltershesoughtinhishar-1923-24(ContinuedtromPage8.) placestoreceivetheGovernor.AllthemembersfiockedintotheCouncilChamberinthemidstofa dead silencebrokenonlybythesoundoftheirfoot steps, a fewcoughsfromthoseafflictedwithcolds,andMr.Ffrench'svoicedemandingtoknowifthiswasgoingtobe afuneralora"brokings."Mr.Wiganwhisperinglyenquiredifa"brokings"was'asortofJ:eligiousceremonyora'newformofpoliticaldemonstration,whichcausedMr.FfrenchtowonderwhereMr.Wigancouldpossiblyhavebeenlivingalltheseyears.Itisnotmyintentiontowearythereaderwithadescriptionoftheptocedureattheopeningofasitting of ourLegislature.'Thiswillbefoondinsuchpubli cationsas"TheLifeandAdventuresofSirLeslieProbyn: aHighAppreciation,byHimself,"publishedinonevolume;"SeekersAfterInformation,byOneWhowasneverTiredofIt,"bytheHon.andRev.G.W.Graham," pUblishedinpamphletformanddedi catedtotheuniverse;"ThePrinciplesofPoliticalOratory,aBriefandSuccinctHinttoBeginners,"insixlargevolumes(twothousandpageseach),bytheHon.AlfredNash;andotherworkswhichhavebeengreatlypraisedinJamaicaandleftseverelyunread.Thisisnotanarrativethatdealswiththehistoryofthiscountry,butratheratrueandauthenticstoryofanoccurrencethatmighthavehadinternationalconsequencesifithadbeenofanyconsequenceatall.Therefore,proceedwenowtothathourandminutewhen,allthepreliminarybusinessofParliamenthavingbeendespatched,theRev. Mr.GrahamroseandmovedtheadjournmentoftheHouse.TherewasahushastheRev.gentlemanmoved the adjournmentoftheHouse.Hediditwiththegravityanddeepearnestnessofoneannouncingatext.InstinctivelyMr.Phillippsbowedhis he:ldas thoughabouttoengageinprayer,thenpretendedtobelookingfor ahandkerchiefthathadnotdroppedtothefloor.MajorDixonstiffenedtoattention.Mr.Sangsterdevoutly murmuhd: "webeseechTheetohearus, goodLord."."ImovetheadjournmentoftheHouse,sir,"thedeepandsolemnvoicespoke,"inorderthatImayenquirewhytheGovernordisappearedforonefulldaylastweekwithoutgivingintimationofhisintentiontodisappear.Iamnotsayingthathediddisappear,for Ididnotseehimdoitmyself;andIamlothtoaccuseanyoneofdoingathingifIdidnotseehimdoit. Ionlywantinformation,sir,onthismostimport ant point.Ialwaysaskforinformation,andneverknowwhattodowithitwhenIobtainit;butthemereaskingisenough,andenquiriesproperlycon ductedwilloftenbringtolightfactsandknowledge that arenotoftheslightestvaluetoanyone.Thewhole colony,sir,wasplungedintothedepthsofwoeandbewildermentwhenitheardthatHisEx cellency wasnowheretobefound.IwasnotinKing ston thatday,beingoneofthefewmembersofthisHouse whohadreturnedtotheirhomes.Mydutycalled mefromthecity;therewereconfirmationservices to bearrangedfor.Butthemomentthenewscamefiashingdowntous,conveyedbyamotortrolley,whosedriver,ahighly'intelligentman,announcedthattheGovernorhaddecampedfromtheislandafter alltheloosecashoutoftheTreasury,Icame to theconclusionthatsomethingofamomentousnature 1I1ld occurredwhichwouldnecessitatemysettingout.onacampaignofenquiriesforinformationinthe Dame ofthepeople."Thespeakerpausedforamo thenraisedhisvoice.Ashedidso,everyman ta thatroomknewthatanimpressiveannouncement ,.as abouttobemade."Thepeopledemandthisin formation, sir,"hevolleyed,andatthatthemember for St.Jamescried"hear,hear!""AndwhenIsay 4hepeoJlle, Imeanthepeople. Imean-""One moment,"interruptedthePresidenthastily: thehon.memberpermitmetointerrupthimformoment.Wouldhemakeitclear if, inspeakingof :people, hespeaksofthepeoplewithacommonp iWlth acapitalP?Weoughttobeclearaboutthat.""iagree, sir,"saidMr.Graham,"thatweought be clearaboutthat.But-surelythatquestiondoes alise justnow. Iamonlyaskingforinformation.

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14 PLANTERS'PUCH1923-24(ContinuedtromPage 5.)IntheLandofBananas, Colfeeand theshedforthepurpose,hewasintheactofsettingabrokenleg,whenadeepgrul!voicethathehadcometoknowanddislikeashehadneverdislikedthevoice -()f livingman,abruptlychallengedhim."Whatareyoudoingthere?"Blooddidnotlookupfromhistask.Therewas ..not theneed.Heknewthevoice,asIhavesaid."ramsettingabrokenleg,"heanswered,withoutpausinginhislabours."Icanseethat,fooL" AbulkybodyinterposedbetweenPeterBloodandthewindow.The hali nakedmanonthestrawrolledhisblackeyestostareupfearfullyout. of a clay-coloured faceatthisintruder.AknowledgeofEnglishwasunnecessary "to informhimthatherecameanenemy.Theharsh,minatorynoteofthatvoice sufficientlyexpressed the fact."Icanseethat,fool;justasIcanseewhattherascalis.Whogavey,ouleavetosetSpanishlegs?""Iam'adoctor,ColonelBishop.Themaniswounded.Itisnotformetodiscriminate.Ikeepto-mytrade."Do you,byGod!Ifyou'ddonethat,youwouldn'tnowbehere.""Onthecontrary,itisbecauseIdiditthatIam J:1ere." "Ay,Iknowthat'syourlying hie." Thecolonelsneered,andthen,observingBloodtocontinuehis -work unmoved,hegrewreallyangry."Willyoucease "that, andattendtomewhenIamspeaking?"PeterBloodpaused,butonlyforaninstant."Themanisinpain,"hesaidshortly,andresumedhiswork."In pain, ishe?Ihopeheis,thedamnedpiratical dog.Butwillyouheedme,youinsubordinateknave?"Thecoloneldeliveredhimselfinaroar,infuriated oy whatheconceivedtobe defiance,anddefiance expressingitselfinthemostunrul!leddisregardofhimself.Hislongbamboocanewasraisedtostrike.PeterBlood'sblueeyescaughttheflash ofit,andhe:spokequicklytoarresttheblow."Notinsubordinate,sir,whateverImaybe. I am actingupontheexpressordersofGovernorSteed."Thecolonelchecked,hisgreatfaceempurpling.Hismouthfell open."GovernorSteed!"heechoed.Thenheloweredhiscane,swungroundandwithoutanotherwordtoBloodrolledawaytowardstheotherendoftheshed -where the .governor wasstandingatthemoment.PeterBloodchuckled.Buthistriumphwasdic "tated lessbyhumanitarianconsiderationsthanbythe -reflection thathe hadb3.ulked hisbrutalowner.TheSpaniard,realisingthatinthisaltercation,'whateveritsnature,thedoctorhadstoodhisfriend,'venturedinamutedvoice toaskwhathadhappened.'Thedoctorshookhisheadinsilence,andpursuedhis'work.HisearswerestrainingtocatchthewordsnowpassingbetweenSteedandBishop.Thecolonelwas'blusteringandstorming,thegreatbulkofhimtower ing abovethewizenedlittleover-dressedfigure ofthe .:governor. Butthelittlefopwasnottobebrowbeaten.Hisexcellencywasconsciousthathehadbehindhim 'the force ofpublicopiniontosupporthim.Some 'there mightbe,buttheywerenotmany,whoheld -such ruthlessviewsasColonelBishop's.Hisexcellencyassertedhisauthority.Itwasbyhisorders 'that BloodhaddevotedhimselftothewoundedSpaniards,andhisordersweretobecarriedout.'Therewasnomoretobesaid.ColonelBishopwasofanotheropinion.Inhis'viewtherewasagreatdealtobesaid.Hesaidit, with greatcircumstance,loudly,vehemently,obscenely-forhecouldbefluentlyobscenewhenmovedto anger. "YoutalklikeaSpaniard,colonel,"saidthegov andthusdealtthecolonel'sprideawoundthatwastosmartresentfullyformanya week.Atthemomentitstruckhimsilent,andsenthimstampingoutoftheshedinarageforwhichhecould findnowords.ItwastwodayslaterwhentheladiesofBridgetown,thewivesanddaughtersofherplantersandmerchants,paidtheirfirstvisitofcharitytothewharf,bringingtheirgiftstothewoundedseamen.AgainPeterBloodwasthere,ministeringtothe :sul!erers inhiscare,movingamongthoseunfortunateSpaniardswhomnooneheeded.Allthecharity,allthegiftswereforthemembersofthecrewofthePrideotDevon.AndthisPeterBloodaccounted 'Datural enough.Butrisingsuddenlyfromthere odressing of awound,ataskinwhichhehadbeerr .absorbed forsomemoments,hesawtohissurprisethatonelady,detachedfromthegeneralthrong,wasplacingsomeplantainsandabundleofsucculent-sugarcaneonthecloakthatservedoneofhispatients'for acoverlet.Shewaselegantlydressed'inlavender1Illkandfollowedbyahalf-nakednegrocarryingabasket.PeterBlood,strippedofhiscoat,thesleevesofthiscoarseshirtrolledtotheelbow,andholdingabloodyraginhishand,stoodatgazeamoment.Theladyturningnowtoconfronthim,herlipspartingin.asmileofrecognition,wasArabellaBishop."Theman'saSpaniard,"saidhe,inthetoneof .one whocorrectsamisapprehension,andalsotingedneversofaintlybysomethingofthederisionthatwasinhissoul.Thesmilewithwhichshehadbeengreetinghim -withered onherlips.Shefrownedandstaredathim a moment,withincreasinghaughtiness."SoI perceive.Buthe'sahumanbeingnonetheless,"saidsheThatanswer,anditsimpliedrebuke,tookhimbysurprise."Youruncle,thecolonel,isofadil!erentopinion,"saidhe,whenhehadrecovered."Heregardsthemasverminto belefttolanguishanddieoftheirfesteringwounds."Shecaughttheironynowmoreplainlyinhisvoice.Shecontinuedtostareathim."Whydoyoutellmethis?"Towarnyouthatyou may beincurringthecolonel'sdispleasure.IfhehadhadhiswayIshouldneverhavebeenallowedtodresstheirwounds.""AndyouthoughtofcoursethatImustbeofmyuncle'smind?"Therewasacrispnessabouthervoice,anominouschallengingsparkleinherhazeleyes."I'dnotWillingly be rudetoaladyeven'inmythoughts,"saidhe."Butthatyoushouldbestowgiftsonthem,consideringthatifyourunclecametohearofit..."Hepaused,leavingthesentenceunfinished."Ahwell-thereitis,"heconcluded.Buttheladywasnotsatisfiedatall."Firstyouimputetomeinhumanity,andthencowardice.Faith!Fora man whowouldnotwillinglyberudetoaladyeveninhisthoughtsit'snonesobad."Herboyishlaughtrilledout,butthenoteofitjarredhis p.ars thistime.Hesawhernow,itseemedtohim,forthefirsttime,andsawhowhehadmisjudgedher."Surenowhowwas,Itoguessthat...thatColonelBishopwouldhaveanangelforhisniece?"saidherecklessly,forhewasrecklessasmenoftenareinsuddenpenitence."Youwoudn't,of course. Ishouldn'tthinkyouoftenguessaright."Havingwitheredhimwiththatandherglance,sheturnedtohernegroandthebasketthathecarried.Fromthissheliftednowthefruitsanddelicacieswithwhichitwasladen,andpiledtheminsuchheapsuponthebedsofthesixSpaniardsthatbythetimeshehadsoservedthe hst ofthemherbasketwasempty,andtherewasnothingleftforherownfellow-countrymen.These,indeed,stoodinnoneedofherbounty-asshenodoubtobserved-sincetheywerebeingplentifullysuppliedbyothers.Havingthusemptiedherbasket,shecalledhernegro,andwithoutanotherwordorsomuchasanotherglanceatPeterBlood,sweptoutoftheplacewithherheadhighandchinthrustforward.Peterwatchedherdeparture.Thenhefetchedasigh.thetopofthatdistantmountainthevapourroseandstreamedawayuntilitwaslostinthesurroundingatmosphere.WewerelookingtowardsthecraterofIrazu,andthevolcanowasineruption.Ithasbeenineruptionforsometime."Ifitceased,"saidanAmericantothewriter,"weshouldprobablyhaveearthquakes;weprefertoseeitsmoking."Somedaytheremaybe aviolenteruption.Notlongagotherewasone;Irazushotgreatvolumesofwaterupintotheair,andanewlakewasformedononeofitsslopes.Fedbytheboilingliquidfromthevolcanothelakegrewand grew, andthenthepeopleofCartagorealisedthatinalittlewhileitmightoverflowitsbanksandacataractmightsweepdownupontheirlittlecity,delugingitinruinandblottingitoutforever.Frommannohelpwastobeexpected.Theypiouslyturnedtotthesupernatural.FromthecathedraltheimageofOurLadyofHolyAngelswasbroughtforthandsolemnlyparadedthroughthetown;theBishopofficiated,thewholepopulationjoinedinthechorusofsupplication;neverweresuchchantingandprayerheardinCartagobefore.And,sotheytellyou,theeruptionceased,thelimitsofthelakewerefixed,Cartagowassaved.Another.miraclehadbeenwroughtbyprayertoconfoundthescepticandtoconfirmintheirbeliefsthefaithfulofthatcityandthatland.Itmayhavebeenso,oritmaybethattheenergyof1razuhadspentitselfforthetime,andthatCartagohadneveroeeninrealdangerofdestructionbywater.Whatevertheexplanation,onecannotbutfeelthattoliveundertheshadowofIrazuistoliveinthecertitudeoffuturecalamity.AndtherearePoasandTurrialba,too,bothactivevolcanoes,andsomedaythesealsowillvomitforthsmokeandflames,andtheforceoftheireruptionwillconvulsetheearth,andagainataleofwoewillcomefromCostaRicatotheearsof asympatheticworld.Butinspiteofthisconstantmenacethepeople gotheirwaysundisturbed,happyinthesunshineandfertilityoftheirnativeland,intheirinterestinartandinthethingsofthemind(uponwhichtheypridethemselves);proudofthebeautyoftheirwomen,believinginthevalouroftheirmen,confidentthatCostaRicaisGod'scountry,thefirstamongtheCentralAmericanStates,themostpeacefulofthese,themostprogressive.BUTtheyarenotsatisfledwiththeirGovernments.TheysaythateachGovernmentplaysducksandItstartledhimtodiscoverthatthethoughtthathehadincurredherangergavehimconcern.Itcouldnothavebeensoyesterday.Itbecame soonlysincehehadbeenvouchsafedthisrevelationofhertruenature."Badcesstoitnow,itservesmeright.ItseemsIknownothingatallofhumannature.ButhowthedevilwasItoguessthatafamilythatcanbreedadevillikeColonelBishopshouldalsobreed a saintlikethis?"CHAPTERIII.PIRATES.AFTERthatArabellaBishopwentdailytotheshedonthewharfwithgiftsoffruit,andlaterofmoneyandofwearingapparel,fortheSpanishprisoners.ButshecontrivedsototimehervisitsthatPeterneveragainmetherthere.Thusthewearyweekswentby,andPeter,movingamonghisfellowsiaves.begantodreamdreamsofescapefromtheislandandtoenlistthedespairingmeninaschemetobreakawaythathehadplannedwithaman,JamesNuttallbyname,awhiteman,free,butofthehumblerclassofEuropeansettlers.Peter had managedtosecuresomemoneysecretly;withpartofthishehadbribedNuttalltoprocureforhimaserviceablewherry.ButNuttallwasknowntobeindebt,andtheday hehadsecuredthisboat,questionsfromofficialsourcesbegantobeaskedastohowheproposedtoobtainthepurchasemoney,questionsthatwouldbecomemoresearchingwhenitshouldbegivenoutthatthewherryhaddisappearedandwithitcertainofthewhiteslaves.Nuttalltookfright;Bloodmustbewarnedwithoutdelaythattheplan'ofescapemustbeabandoned.Ifitwerediscoveredthathehadbeenaidingslavesinsuchaventure,hetoomightbecondemnedtoslavery.So Mr.JamesNuttallmadeallspeed,regardlessoftheheat,inhisjourneyfromBridgetowntoColonelBishop'splantation,andifevermanwasbuiltforspeedinahotclimatethatmanwasMr.JamesNuttall,withhisshortthinbody,andhislongfleshlesslegs. Sowitheredwashethatitwashardtobelievetherewereanyjuicesleftinhim,yetjuicestheremusthavebeen, forhewassweatingviolentlybythetimehereachedthestockade.Attheentrancehealmostranintotheoverseer,Kent,asquatbow-leggedanimalwiththearmsof a Herculesandthejowlofabulldog."IamseekingDr.Blood,"heannouncedbreathlessly.Volcanoes.drakeswiththecountry'sfinances,thoughnotonthescaleadoptedinotherrepublics;andsincePresidentTinocoranawaywithallthegoldandsilverhecouldlayhishandsupontherehasbeenfinancial de pressionintheland.Andyet-strangepeople-theytalkalmostregretfullyofTinocointhesedays;theycallhimastrongman;someprofessthathadhebeenrecognisedbyAmericaandGreatBritainhewouldhavestolennothingbuthavemadethecountry pros perous!Somedayhewillbeallowedtoreturnhome.fromSpain,andsolongasadefaultingstatesman knows that,ifhecanescape,thereisonlysomeyearsofexileawaitinghimaspunishment,therealwayswillbedefaultersinhighplaces.ThereisonethingIwishsomePresidentwouldtrytodoforCostaRica;whichis, giveitthebeginningsofa goodsystemofroads.Therearemuletracksleadingfromonetowntoanother,,andtrailsalloverthecountry,butof goodroadstherearenotmorethansometwenty-eightmilesinalltherepublic.fourteenfromCartagotoSanJose,andfourteenmorefromSanJosetoHeredia.Andthesearenotverygood.Theengineeringdifficultiesaredoubtlessformidable.Buttheyarenotinsuperable.Thecost of extensiveroadmakingwouldbeenormous.Butthecountrywouldbeopenedupanditsdevelopmentrenderedeasier.Roads,however,theSpaniardsneverbuilt,andtheirdescendantshavestucktotheirpeculiarcustom.Thesedepend upon railwaysconstructedbyforeigncompanies;therailwaysofCostaRicaaretherealarteriesofthecountry.Ifancythatthisneglectofroadssymbolisesthesectional,regionalspiritofallSpanishpeoples;eachmanthinksofhisowntownorhisownprovincemuchmorethanofthecountryasawhole;hedoesnotseektoknowmuchaboutthepeople ahundredmilesaway.Thisregionalismwillwearawaygradually;aroadhereandtherewillappearinCostaRica,thoughperhapsnotintheimmediatefuture.Meanwhile,onewhohasvisitedthecountrywillalwaysretainofitthemostpleasantofmemories;onecannotbutlikeapeoplewhichthinkssomuchofandhasdonesomuchforpopulareducation,whichinterestsitselfinthingsartistic,whichcultivatespolitenessandisproudofitswomen.Thegloriousblueofitsskieshave,too, acharmthatonecanneverquiteforget.Theazureofitsmountains,theverdureofitsvalleys,itswealthof flowers andthesilverofitsrushingstreamsaretoone hasseenthemarefreshmentandajoyforever. 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1923-24PLANTERS'PUCH15"Youareinarare.haste,"growledKent."Whatthe devilisit?Twins?""Eh?Oh!Nay,nay.I'mnotmarried,sir.It'sa cousin ofmine,sir.""Whatis?""Heistakenbad,sir";Nuttallliedpromptlyuponthe cuethatKenthimselfhadaffordedhim."Isthedoctorhere?""That'shishutyonder."Kentpointedcarelessly. "If he'snotthere,he'llbesomewhereelse,"Andhetookhimself off. Hewasasurly,ungraciousbeastatalltimes,readierwiththelash of hiswhipthanwithhis tongue.Nuttallwatchedhimgowithsatisfaction,andevennotedthedirectionthathetook.Thenheplungedintotheenclosure,toverifyinmortificationthatDr.BloodwasnotathomeAman of sensemighthavesatdownandwaited,judgingthattobethequickestandsurestwayintheend.ButNuttallhadno sense.Heflungout of thestockadeagain,hesitatedamomentastowhichdirectionheshouldtake,andfinallydecidedtogoanywaybutthewaythatKenthadgone.HespedacrosstheparchedsavannahtowardsthesugarplantationwhichstoodsolidasarampartandgleaminggoldeninthedazzlingJunesunshine.Avenuesintersectedthegreatblocks of ripeningamber'cane.Inthedistancedownone of theseheespiedsomeslavesatwork.Nuttallenteredtheavenueandadvanceduponthem.Theyeyedhimdully,ashepassedthem.Pittwasnot of theirnumber,andhedarednotaskforhim.Hecontinuedhissearchforbestpartofanhour,uponeofthoselanesandthendownanother.Onceanoverseerchallengedhim,demandingtoknowhisbusiness.Hewaslook ing,hesaid,forDr. Blood.Hiscousinwastakenill.Theoverseerbadehimgotothedevil,andgetoutoftheplantation.Bloodwasnotthere. If hewasanywherehewouldbeinhishutinthestockade.Nuttallpassedon,upontheunderstandingthathewouldgo.Buthewentinthewrongdirection;hewentontowardsthesideoftheplantationfarthestfromthestockade,towardsthedensewoodsthatfringeditthere.Theoverseerwastoocontemptuousandperhapstoolanguidinthestiflingheatofapproachingnoontidetocorrecthiscourse.Nuttallblunderedtothe'endoftheavenue,androundthecornerofit,andthereranintoPitt,alone,toilingwithawoodenspadeuponanirrigationchannel. Apairofcottondrawers,looseandragged,clothedhimfromwaisttoknee;aboveandbelowhewasnaked,saveforabroadhat of plaitedstrawthatshelteredhisunkemptgoldenheadfromtheraysofthetropicalsun.AtsightofhimNuttallreturnedthanksaloudtohisMaker.Pittstaredathim,and Y.CHAS.Y.CHAS.IN''.ALLAN'V. theshipwrightpouredouthisdismalnewsina dismaltone.ThesumofitwasthathemusthavetenpoundsfromBloodthatverymorningortheywereallundone.Andallhegotforhispainsandhissweatwasthecondemnation of JeremyPitt."Damnyoufora fool,"saidtheslave. "If it'sBloodyou'reseekingwhyareyouwastingyourtimehere?" "I can'tfind him,"bleatedNuttall.Hewasindignantathisreception.Heforgotthejangledstate of theother'snervesafteranightofanxiouswakefulnessendinginadawn of despair. "I thoughtthatyou..,""YouthoughtthatIcoulddropmyspadeandgoandseekhimforyou?Isthatwhatyouthought?My God!thatourlivesshoulddependuponsuchadummerhead.Whileyouwasteyourtimehere,thehoursarepassing!Andifanoverseershouldcatchyou talking tomehow'llyouexplai'nit?"ForamomentNuttallwasbereftofspeechbysuchingratitude.Thenheexploded. "I wouldtoHeavenIhadneverhadnohandinthisaffair. Iwouldso! Iwjshthat..,"Whatelsehewishedwasneverknown,foratthatmomentroundtheblock of canecameabigmaninbiscuit-colouredtaffetasfollowedbytwonegroesincottondrawerswhowerearmedwithcutlasses.Hewasnottenyardsaway,buthisapproachoverthesoftyieldingmarlhadbeenunheara.Mr.Nuttalllookedwildlythiswayandthatamoment,thenboltedlikearabitforthewoods,thusdoingthemostfoolishandbetrayingthingthatinthecircumstancesitwaspossibleforhimtodo.Pittgroanedandstoodstill,leaninguponhisspade."Hi,there!Stop!"bawledColonelBishop :lfter thefugitive,andaddedhorriblethreatstrickedoutwithsomerhetoricalindecencies.Butthefugitiveheldamain,andneversomuchasturnedhishead.ItwashisonlyremaininghopethatColonelBishopmightnothaveseenhisface;forthepowerandinfluence of ColonelBishopwasquitesufficienttohanganymanwhomhethoughtwouldbebetterdead.Notuntiltherunagatehadvanishedintothescrubdidtheplantersufficientlyrecoverfromhisindignantamazementtorememberthetwonegroeswhofollowedathisheelslikeabrace of hounds.Itwasabodyguardwithoutwhichhenevermovedinhisplantationssinceaslavehadmadeanattackuponhimandallbutstrangledhima couple of yearsago."Afterhim,youblackswine,"heroaredatthem.Butastheystartedhecheckedthem."Wait!Gettoheel,damnyou!"Itoccurredtohimthattocatchanddealwiththefellowtherewasnottheneedtogoafterhim,andperhapsspendthedayhuntinghiminthatcursedwood.TherewasPittherereadytohishand,andPittshould.tellhimtheidentityofhisbashfulfriend,andalsothesubjectofthatcloseandsecrettalkhehaddis-turbed.Pittmight,ofcourse,bereluctant.Somuch.theworseforPitt.TheingeniousColonelBishopknewa dozenways-someofthemquitedivertingoiconqueringstubbornnessintheseconvictdogs.Heturnednowupontheslaveacountenancethatwasinflamedbyheatinternalandexternal,anda.pairofbeadyeyesthatwerealightwithcruelintelli-gence.Hesteppedforwardswinginghislight bamboo cane."Whowasthatrunagate?"heaskedwithterrible'suavity.Leaningoveronhisspade,JeremyPitthunghisheadalittle,andshifteduncomfortablyonhisbarefeet.Vainlyhegropedforananswerinamindthat.could donothingbutcurse the idiocy of Mr.JamesNuttall.Theplanter'sbamboocanefellonthelad'snakedshoulderswithstingingforce."Answerme,youdog!What'shisname?"Jeremylookedattheburlyplanteroutofsullen,.almostdefianteyes. "I don'tknow,"hesaid,andinhisvoicethere'wasafaintnoteatleastofthedefiancearousedinhimby a olow whichhedarednot,forhislife'ssake,return.Hisbodyhadremainedunyieldingunderit,.butthespiritwithinwrithednowintorment."Youdon'tknow?Well,here'stoquickenyour'wits."Againthecanedescended."Haveyou.thoughtofhisnameyet?" "I havenot.""Stubborn,eh?"Foramomentthecolonel leered.Thenhispassionmasteredhim."'Swounds!You im-pudentdog!D'youtriflewithme?D'youthinkI'mtobemocked?"Pittshrugged,shiftedsidewaysonhisfeetagain,_andsettledintodogged silence.Fewthingsaremoreprovocative,andColonelBishop'stemperwasneveronethatrequiredmuchprovocation.Brutefury now awokeinhim.Fiercelynowhelashedthosedefence-lessshoulders,accompanyingeachblowbyblasphemyandfoulabuse,until,stungbeyondendurance,thelingeringembers of hismanhoodfannedintomoment-aryflame,Pittspranguponhistormentor.Butashesprang,soalsosprangthewatchfulblacks.Muscularbronzearmscoiled crushingly aboutthefrailwhitebody,andinamomentthe un fortunateslavestoodpowerless,hiswristspinioned liehind himinaleathernthong.Breathing'hard,hisfacemottled,BishopponderedCABLE AOOMSS:r"ISHe:R,JAMAICA. CODES:WE5 rE",N UNION. BENTLEYS. DUKESTREETWHARFKINGSTON, JAMAICA.B.W.I.MR. 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1923-24PLANTERS'PUNCH17himamoment.Then:"Fetchhimalong,"hesaid.Downthelongavenuebetweenthosegoldenwallsofcanestandingsomeeightfeethigh,thewretchedPittwasthrustbyhisblackcaptorsinthecolonel'swake,staredatwithfearfuleyesbyhisfellow-slavesatworkthere.Despairwentwithhim.Whattormentsmightimmediatelyawaithimhecaredlittle,horriblethoughheknewtheywouldbe.Therealsource ofhismentalanguishlayintheconvictionthatthe elaboratelyplannedescapefromjhisunutterablehell wasfrustratednowintheverymomentofexecution. Theycameoutuponthegreenplateauandheadedfor thestockadeandtheoverseer'swhitehouse.Pitt'seyes lookedoutoverCarlisleBay,ofwhichthisplateaucommandedaclearviewfromthefortononesidetothelongshedsofthewharf.ontheother.Alongthiswharfa fewshallowboatsweremoored,andPittcaughthimselfwonderingwhichofthesewasthewherryinwhichwithalittlelucktheymighthave beennowatsea.Outoverthatseahisglancerangedmiserably.Intheroads,standinginfortheshorebeforea gentle breezethatscarcelyruffledthesapphiresurfaceoftheCaribbean,cameastatelyred-hulledfrigate,flyingtheEnglishensign.ColonelBishophaltedtoconsiderher,shadinghiseyeswithhisfleshyhand.Lightaswasthe I1reeze thevesselspreadnocanvastoitbeyondthatofherforesail.Furledwashereveryothersheet,leavingaclearviewofthemajesticlinesofherhull,fromtoweringsterncastletogildedbeak-headthatwasatlashinthedazzlingsunshine.. Soleisurelyanadvancearguedamasterindiffer,entlyacquaintedwiththesewaters,whopreferredtocreepforwardcautiously,soundinghisway.Atherpresentrateofprogressitwouldbeanhourperhapsbeforeshecametoanchoragewithintheharbour.Andwhilstthecolonelviewedher,admiringperhapsthegraciousbeautiyofher,Pittwashurriedforwardintothestockade,andclappedintothestocksthatstoodtherereadyforslaveswhorequiredcorrection.ColonelBishopfollowedpresently,withleisurelyrollinggait."Amutinouscurthat shows hisfangstohismastermustlearngoodmannersatthecostof astripedhide,"wasallhesaidbeforesettingabouthisexecutioner'sjob.Thatwithhisownhandsheshoulddothatwhichmostmenofhisstationwould,outof self-respect,haverelegatedtooneofthenegroesgivesyouthemeasureoftheman'sbeastliness..Itwasalmostasifwith re llsh,asifgratifyingsomeferalinstinctofcruelty,thathenowlashedhisvictimaboutheadandshoulderStSoonhiscanewasreducedtosplintersbyhisviolence. Youknow,perhaps,thestingofa' flexible bamboocanewhenitiswhole.Butdoyourealiseitsmurderousqualitywhenithasbeensplitintoseverallonglitheblades,eachwithanedgethatisofthekeennessofaknife?When,atlast,fromveryweariness,Colonel Bishop flungawaythestumpandthongstowhichhiscanehadbeenreduced,thewretchedslave's back wasbleedingpulpfromnecktowaist.Aslongasfullsensibilityremained;JeremyPitthadmadenosound.Butinameasureasfrompainhissensesweremercifullydulled,hesankforwardin.thestocks,andhungtherenowinahuddledheap,faintlymoaning., ColonelBishopsethisfootuponthecrossbar,andleanedoverhisvictim,acruelsmileonhisfullcoarse,face."Letthatteachyouapropersubmission,"saidhe."Andnowtouchingthatshyfriendofyours,youshallstayherewithoutmeatordrink-withoutmeatordrink,d'yehearme?-untilyoupleasetotellmehisnameandbusiness."Hetookhisfootfromthebar."Whenyou'vehadenoughofthis,sendmeword,and'we'llhavethebrandingironstoyou." Onthatheswungonhisheel, and strodeoutof the stockade,hisnegroesfollowing.Pitthadheardhim,aswehearthingsinourdreams.Atthemomentsospentwashebyhiscruelpunishmentandsodeepwasthedespairintowhichhehadfallen,thathenolongercaredwhetherhelivedordied. Soon,however,fromthepartialstuporwhichpainhadmercifullyinduced,anewvarietyofpainarousedhim.Thestocksstood in theopenunderthefullglareofthetropicaisun,anditsblisteringraysstreameddownuponthatmangled,bleedingbackuntilhefeltasifflames of fireweresearingit.And,soon,tothiswasaddedatormentstillmoreunspeakable.Flies,thecruelflies oftheAntilles,drawnbythescentof blood,descendedinaclouduponhim.SmallwonderthattheingeniousColonelBishop,who10wellunderstoodtheartoflooseningstubborn tongues, hadnotdeemeditnecessarytohaverecoursetoothermeansoftorture.Notallhisflendishcrueltycoulddevise atormentmorecruel,moreunendurablethanthetormentsNaturewouldhereprocureamaninPitt'scondition. .Theslavewrithedinhisstocksuntilhewasin'dangerofbreakinghislimbs,andwrithing,screamedinagony.ThuswashefoundbyPeterBlood,whoseemedtohistroubledvisiontomaterialisesuddenlybeforehim.Mr. Bloodcarriedalargepalmettoleaf.Havingwhiskedawaywiththistheflies tllat weredevouring.Jeremy'sback,heslungitbyastripofflbrefromtheMR.E.W.'LUCIE-SMITH.Mr.LucieSmithoncesaidtothe writer thathealwaysimpresseduponthoseworkingunderhimthenecessityandvalueofpoliteness."Itdoesn'tmatterwithwhomyouhavetodeal,"heremarked,"youcan'losenothingbybeingpolite;itisnot,indeed,merelyaduty,itisoroughttobea pleasure."Anentirelysensibledictum,andonethatcannotbestressedtooofteninanycountrywherethereisadispositiontomistakearroganceforasignofgreatness.Mr.LucieSmithishimselfamanofnaturallyexcellentmanners;tobepolitein withotherscostshimnoeffort;itwouldbeunpleasantforhimtobeanythingelse.Somequalitiesruninfamilies.His two brothers,thelatePostmasterforJamaicaandthepresentChiefJusticeofTrinidad,have Deen knowntoeveryonewhohavemetthemasmenofcharmingdisposition,anditisnottoomuchtosaythatthesuccessoftheColonialBankinJamaicaislargelyduetothecharacterandpersonalityofitslocalhead.Heis,too, amaneminentfordiscretion.Heunderstandshisbusinessof abankerfrommorethanonepointofview.Thereisthepurelyfinancialendofit,thereisalsothepersonalend;themanattheheadofabankshould,ifpossible,beliked,butmust :llways be i'e spected;Mr.LucieSmithisbothrespectedandliked.Attimes,asisinevitable,hehastosayandevendounpleasantthings,yetnoonenotsufferingfrommentalmyopiabutwillrecognisethatheonlyseekstoperformhisduty,andtoperformitwithaslittleasperity as possible.Hepossessesa Wideknowledgeof localconditions,butnevertakespartinmovements sILvouring of a politicalcharacter.ToimprovethepositionoftheColonialBankishismetier,andtothathedevoteshimself.Noonewillsaythatinthishehasnotbeeneminentlysuccessful.AndnoonewhoknowswhattheColonialBankstandsforandhasstoodforinthiscolonybutmustwishitanditsJa maic3. Managerstillfurthersuccess.lad'sneck,sothatitprotectedhimfromfurtherattacksaswellasfromtheraysofthesun.Next,sittingdownbesidehim,hedrewthesufferer'sheaddownonhisownEhoulder,andbathedhisfacefromapannikinof coldwater.Pittshudderedandmoaned.onalongindrawnbreath."Drink!"hegasped."DrinkfortheloveofChrist!"Thepannikinwasheldtohisquiveringlips.Hedrankgreedily,noisily,norceaseduntilhehaddrainedthevessel. Cooledandrevivedbythedraught,heattemptedtositup."Myback!"hescreamed.TherewasanunusualglintinMr.Blood'seyes;hislipswerecompressed.Butwhenhepartedthemtospeak,hisvoicecamecoolandsteady."Beeasy,now. Onethingatatime.Yourback'stakingnoharmatallforthepresent,sinceI'vecover editup.I'mwantingtoknowwhathappenedto you. D'yethinkwecandowithoutanavigatorthatyegoandprovokethatbeastBishopuntilheallbutkillsyou?"'.Pittsatupandgroanedagain.Butthistimehisanguish'wasmentalratherthanphysical."Idon'tthinkanavigatorwillbeneededthistime,Peter.""What'sthat?"criedMr. Blood.Pittexplainedthesituationasbrieflyashecould,inahalting,'gaspingspeech."I'mtorothereuntil I-tell himtheidentityofmyvisitorandhisbusiness." ., Mr.'Bloodgotup,growlinginhisthroat."Badcesstothefilthyslaver!"saidhe."Butitmustbecontrived,nevertheless.TothedevilwithNuttall! Whether hegivessuretyfortheboatornot,whetherheexplainsitornot,theboatremains,andwe're go ing,andyou'recomingwithus.""You'redreaming,Peter,"saidtheprisoner."We'renotgoingthistimeThemagistrateswillconfiscatetheboatsincethesurety'snotpaid,evenifwhentheypresshimNuttalldoesnotconfessthewholeplanandgetusallbrandedontheforehead." Mr. Bloodturnedaway,andwithagonyinhis,eyeslookedouttoseaoverthebluewaterbywhichhehadsofondlyhopedsoontobetravellingbackto freedom.Thegreatredshiphaddrawnconsiderablynearer'shor.ebynow. Slowly,majesticallyshewasentering:thebay.Alreadyoneortwowherrieswereputting:offfromthewharftoboardher.FromwherehestOOd,Mr.Bloodcouldseetheglintingofthebrasscannonsmountedontheprowabovethecurvingbeakhead,andhecouldmakeoutthefigureof aseamanintheforecahinsonherlarboardside,leaningouttoheavethelead.Anangryvoicearousedhimfromhis unhappy' thoughts."Whatthedevilareyoudoinghere?"ThereturningColonelBishopcamestriding into-. thestockade,hisnegroesfollowingever.Mr. Bloodturnedtofacehim,andoverthatswarthycountenance-which,indeed,bynowwas.tannedtothegoldenbrownof ahalf-casteIndian-a.maskdescended."Doing?"saidheblanaly."Why,theduties or: myoffice."Thecolonel,stridingfuriouslyforward, twothings:theemptypannikinontheseatbeside the" prisoner,andthepalmettoleafprotectinghisback."Haveyoudaredtodothis?"Theveinsontheplanter'sforeheadstoodoutlikecords."OfcourseI have... Mr.Blood'stonewasone of faintsurprise."Isaidhewastohaveneithermeatnordrink.untilIorderedit.""Sure,now, Ineverheardye.""Youneverheardme?Howshouldyouhaveheardmewhenyouweren'there?""Thenhowdidyeexpectmetoknowwhatordersye'dgiven?"Mr.Blood'stonewaspositivelyag-grieved."AllthatIknewwasthatoneofyourslaveswasbeingmurtheredbythesunandtheflies. And.. Isaystomyself,thisisoneofthecolonel'sslaves,andI'mthecolonel'sdoctor,andsureit'smydutytobelookingafterthecolonel'sproperty.So Ijustgave,thefellow aspoonfulofwaterandcoveredhisbackfromthesun.Andwasn'tIrightnow?""Right?..Thecolonelwasalmostspeechless."Beeasynow, beeasy!"Mr.Bloodimploredhim."It'sanapoplexyye'llbecontractingifyegivewayto'heatlikethis."Theplanterthrusthimasidewithanimprecation,andsteppingforwardtorethepalmettoleaffromthepris'oner'sback."Inthenameofhumanity,now..."Mr.Bloodwasbeginning.Thecolonelswunguponhimfuriously."Out ofthis!"hecommanded."Anddon'tcomenearhimagainuntilIsendforyou,unlessyouwanttobeservedinthesameway."Hewasterrificinhismenace,inhisbulk,and in. thepowerofhim.ButMr. Bloodneverflinched.It,cametothecolonel .ashefoundhimselfsteadilyregardedbythoselight-blueeyesthatlookedsoarrest-inglyoddinthattawnyface-likepalesapphiressetincopper-thatthisroguehadforsometimenowbeen"growingpresumptuous.Itwas a matterthathemust.presentlycorrect.Meanwhile,Mr. Bloodwasspeakingagain,histonequietlyinsistent."Inthenameofhumanity,"herepeated,"ye'llallowmetodowhatIcantoeasehissufferings,orI.sweartoyouthatI'llforsakeatoncethedutiesof a_ doctor,andthatit'sdevilanotherpatientwillIattendinthisunhealthyislandatall."Foraninstantthecolonelwastooamazed tospeak.Then:I"ByGod!"heroared."D'yedaretakethat tone-' withme,youdog?D'yedaretomaketerms with_ me?""Ido that."Theunflinchingblueeyeslookedsquarelyintothecolonel's,andtherewasadevil peep" ingoutofthem,thedevilofrecklessnessthatisbornofdespair.ColonelBishopconsideredhimforalongmomentinsilence."I'vebeentoosoftwithyou,"hesaid at, last. that'stobe mended."Andhetightened,hislips."I'll therodstoyou,untilthere'snotaninch'ofskinleftonyourdirtyback.""Willyeso?AndwhatwouldGovernorSteeddothen?""Ye'renottheonlydoctorontheisland."Mr.Bloodactuallylaughed."Andwillyetellthattohisexcellency,himwiththegoutinhisfootsobadthathecan'tstand?Yeknowverywell it's> devilanotherdoctorwillhetolerate,beinganintelli-,gentmanthatknowswhat'sgoodforhim."Butthecolonel'sbrutepassionthoroughlyaroused ,: wasnotsoeasilytobebaulked."Ifyou'realivewhenmyblackshavedonewithyouperhapsyou'llcome to' yoursenses."He'swungtohisnegroes,toissueanorder.Butitwasneverissued.Atthatmomentaterrificrolling',thunderclapdrownedhisvoiceandshooktheveryair.. ColonelBishopjumped,hisnegroesjumpedwithhim ... andsoevendidtheapparentlyimperturbable Mr_'

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]8PLAN 'I' ER S':r;;P UNCH 1923-24 r ---,':'.. !:",;-.,.... .' t;.)1::1 I1 ({ ,Gl,anceatthe, ,portraft above ani.-, you oce.': noticethe of ,willprobablyobserve,is y DonDiego, witly anMaker,"saidMr': :Blood, andranhimthroughthe ':urbanity"'\hat wasitselfamockery,ofthe sunt'that bOdy.'Hedidthethingskilfully,withthecombined:wouldbe' inransom..skill'ofswordsmanand su'rgE!On. Themansankin11.1Fora hundred thousand,pieces of andhideousheapwithoutsomuchasa groan..'; fiftyheadof 'Cattl.e, Don .:otegowouldfpr'bear from., Mi'; Blood,swungtothegirl,wholeaned panfing.'....."sr.!t' and .-sobbing againsta wall.Hecaughtherby the) wrIst.' !,j!COme!" 'he said: ,;, ,lEutshe'hungiback,pesisWig himbyherweight. "Who are ,you?" shedemanded wildly.'" ""Will ye'waitto'see'my credentials1"hesnapped.l ; SHips'werec!att,ering;towards' themfrombeyond the: copner round'''whiclJ.f!ihehaa fledfromthat Spanish,:niffulri:,"'Go'Jhe,':dJ'e:'urged again.Andthistime, t;e assuredperhapsbyhisclear Enl?lish speech,she weJit ( witfHfu(further-question.'1' ,, i',e.They sped down analley'andtherl, l1P 'another, byJ!gteatgoOd',for'ttine "meeting' nO one, fat'alrea-'pen. For-atP'gtRihit timel li}s.!tlliilW'was no rtllorei thanlikelythatthewretchedplantationslaves migli'f'l be Inrevolt and iJrovea's great-a:danger'.'as 'the'Spaniarffs. BUt 'at'the 'sound of-'giil:Mr,"Bldod'hita-peered' up' th'rdtJghthegloom.';she 'called. ';'ItTstfiMltr""Mary! ""The '-v.oi-ce:ceaSed a'bove-'6ti that tion,the'head: waswfthdravfft. '!,\fter a brief.paus'e 'the door gaped wide.:'Beyond if.iilthe'iviliehanstoOd rMissArabella:a'slimvirgi'nal ouslyrevealedinthe'gleam df asingle 'can'dle w-hich Ushe'1::arried.' :. J ..:, :i : Mr. Bloodstrodeinfollowed by his companion,Who,fallinguponArabella's slerllle\lff bosom, surrenderedhersel'bto a 'passion.'6f.1.eil.l'!f ..1 Bbtri hewastednotime 'II) :'"Whomhave"youhere;w-lth-va:hts?" he d'ema:nlledsharply.;'"I"'a',I;'" rl The only male was'.fameis,ilinii{"'The 'veryman;" saidBrood:;;"JBid Jh'im!get''6trt''lhorses. Thenaway wifh1you--t:b farthernorth,whereyouwill beH-erih,.oq-atijJl indanger-indreadful danger':"" .. : "n,,1,':',rL,:", ["But Ithoughtthefighting was'&Ter '.". ':"she': wasbeginning, pale' andstartled.''), 'Ie.'1f'l ,"Soitis.But the"aevilry's only beginning:" ,:Miss Trail i-ill tellyouas'you go.': IIi God's,nam:e';fuiidlilii;r. takemywordforit,and doasI billyou."r "He...he savedme:'sobbed M'iss"IFrit'ilC',:r;o ot, !. "Savedyou?" Miss Bishopwas aghast:'''Savertl,1you fromwhat,Mary?'" .. "..:: :' RiC "Letthatwait,"snappedMr. Blootl 1 lY.' '''You'vealf'the nightfor ''\'(Theniou're outofthis;andawaybeyond their:fea'Ch.; "W'ill"ybiif> pleasecallJames,anddoasIsay-andat once!' ", ;ul'''Yoii''lue very petemptory.'" ,,', ,!';', ""Oh,myGod! 'j am peremPt'ory.Speak;MlsB:( tell,her I've'causetobe "Y-es,yes,"thetlrl cried,shuddering: :""D6 lis'he.' says-Qh, for,pity's'sa.ke,Arabella:'" ,.,: ,;: I.... _";1.,[:,. CHAPTERIV.( SPANIARDS.THEstately ,ship that"hadbeenallowedtosail30 leisurelyintoCarlisleBayunderherfalse wasaSpanishprivateer,comingto payoff someoftheheavydebtpiledup'bythepredacious Br'ethren oftheCoast,andtherecentdefeatbythe I:ride 01 Devon' oftwotreasuregalleonsbound for' Cadiz.It'happened that thegalleonwhichescaped fnla'moreor lesscrippledconaition wascOI)lmanded by Don"Diego de Espinosa y Valdez, whowasown brothertotb'e-Span ishAdmiralDonMigueldeEspinosa, an'dwho')vas alsoavery h9.sty,proud andhot-tempered gendMnan. Galledbyhisdefeat,andchoosingto hisownconducthadinvited'it,hehadswornto theEnglishasharplessonwhichtheyshould 'JIemem:: bel'.He wO]lld takeaieafoutofthebook of Morganandthose-otherrobbersofthesea,andmake'apuni-,(tiveraiduponanEnglishsettlement.Unfortunately'for ;himself andformanyothers,hisbrotherthead miTal'wasnotathandtorestrainhim wp.eri forthispurposehefittedoutthe OincoLlq.gasat San Jijan de. Porto Rico.Hechoseforhis obJective theisland ()f Barbadoes,whosenaturalstrengthwas a,Pt toren -del' herdefenjerscareless.Hechose'it also becausetnitherhadthePrideatDevon beentracked byhisscouts,andhe liesired ameasure justice toinvesthisvengeance.Andhechose'amomentwhenthere were noshipsofwarat anchor"{n Carlisle Bay. He had succeededso wellinhisintentionsthathehadarousednosuspicionuntilhe,salutedthefort at shortrangewithabroadsideoftwenty guns: ''Arid n
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1923-24 PLANTER'S' PUNCH19MissBishopwentoff,leavingMr. BloodandMissTrailaloneagain."I..Ishallneverforgetwhatyoudid,sir," said she,throughherdiminishingtears.Shewas a slightwisp of agirl,achild,nomore."I've donebetterthingsinmytime.That's why I'm here,"saidMr. Blood,whosemoodseemedtobe snappy. Shedidn'tpretendtounderstandhim,andshedidn'tmaketheattempt."Didyou...didyoukillhim?"sheaskedfear fully. Hestaredatherintheflickeringc:llldielight."Ihope so.Itisveryprobable,anditdoesn'tmatteratall," he said."WhatmattersisthatthisfellowJamesshould fetchthehorses."Andhewasstampingofftoacceleratethesepreparationsfordeparture,whenhervoicearrestedhim."Don'tleaveme!Don'tleavemeherealone!"she criedinterror.Hepaused.Heturnedandcameslowlyback.Standingaboveherhesmileduponher."There,there!You'venocauseforalarm.It'sall over now. You'llbeawaysoon-awaytoSpeightstown,whereyou'llbequitesafe."Thehorsescameatlast-fourofthem,forinadditiontoJames,whowastoactasherguide,MissBishophadherwoman,whowasnottobeleftbe hind. Mr. BloodliftedtheslightweightofMaryTrailltoherhorse,thenturnedtosaygood-byetoMissBishop,whowasalreadymounted.Hesaidit,andseemedtohavesomethingtoadd.Butwhateveritwasitremainedunspoken.Thehorsesstarted,andrecededintothesapphirestarlitnight,leavinghimstandingtherebeforeColonelBishop'sdoor.ThelastheheardofthemwasMaryTraill'schildlike voice' callingbackonaquaveringnote:"Ishallneverforgetwhatyoudid,Mr. Blood. I shallneverforget."Butasitwasnotthevoicehedesiredtohearthe assuralice broughthimlittlesatisfaction.Hestoodthereinthedark,watchingthefire-fliesamid the rhododendrons,tillthehoofbeatshadfaded.Thenhesighedandrousedhimself.Hehadmuchtodo.Hisjourneyintothetownhadnotbeenoneofidlecuri osjty toseehowtheSpaniardsconductedthemselvesinvictory.Ithadbeeninspiredbyaverydifferentpurpose,and-hehadgainedinthecourseofitalltheinformationhedesired.Hehadanextremelybusynightbeforehim,andmustbemoving.Hewentoffbrisklyinthedirectionofthestockade,wherehisfellow-slavesawaitedhimindeepanxietyandsomehope.CHAPTERV,THEREBELS-CONVICT.THEREwere,whenthepurplegloomofthetropicalnightdescendedupontheCaribbean,notmorethantenmenonguardaboardtheCincoLlagas,so confident-andwithgoodreason-weretheSpaniardsofthecompletesubjectionoftheislanders.And when Isaythatthereweretenmenonguard,Istateratherthepurposeforwhichtheywereleftaboard,thanthedutywhichtheyfulfilled. As amatterof fact,whilstthemainbody oftheSpaniardsfeastedandriotedashore,theSpanishgunnerandhiscrew-whohadsonoblydonetheirdutyandinsuredthe eal;iy victoryoftheday-werefeastingonthegun-deckuponthewineandthefreshmeatsfetchedouttothemfromshore.Above,twosentinelsonlykeptvigil,atstemandstern.Norweretheyasvigilantastheyshould have been,orelsetheymusthaveobservedthetwowherriesthatundercoverofthedarknesscameglidingfromtheWharf,withwell-greasedrowlocks, to bringupinsilenceunderthegreatship'squarter.From galleryaftstillhungtheladderbywhichDon Diegohaddescendedtotheboatthathadtakenhimashore.Thesentryonguard'inthestern,comingpresentlyroundthisgallery,wassuddenlyconfrontedbytheblackshadowof amanstandingbe forehimattheheadoftheladder."Who'sthere?"heasked,butwithoutalarm,supposingitone ofhisfellows."ItisI,"softlyansweredPeterBloodinthefluentCastilian cfwhir.h hewasmaster."Isityou,Pedro?"TheSpaniardcame a stepnearer."Peterismyname;butIdoubtI'llnotbethe'Peteryou'reexpecting.""How?"quoththesentry,checking."Thisway,"saidMr. Blood.Thewoodentaffrailwasa low one,andtheSpaniardwastakencompletelybysurprise.Saveforthesplashhemadeashestruckthewater,narrowlymissingoneofthecrowdedboatsthatwaitedunderthecounter,notasoundannouncedhismisadventure.Armedashewaswithcorselet,cuissartsandheadpiece,hesanktotroublethemnomore."Whist!"hissedMr. Bloodtohiswaitingrebels convict. "Come on now,andwithoutnoise."Withinfiveminutestheyhadswarmedaboard,the'entiretwentyofthem,overflowingfromthatnarrowgalleryandcrouchingonthequarter-deckitself.Lightsshowedahead.Underthegreatlanternintheprowtheysawtheblackfigureoftheothersentry,pacingontheforecastle.Frombelowsoundsreachedthemoftheorgyonthegun-deck:arichmalevoicewassinginganobsceneballadtowhichtheotherschantedinchorus:"YestossonlosusosdeCastillaydeLeon!""FromwhatI'veseento-dayI c:m wellbelieveit,"saidMr. Blood,andwhispered:"Forwardafterme."Crouchinglow,theyglided,noiselessas shado;vs, tothequarter-deckrail,andthenceslippedwithout e;ound downintothewaist.Two-thirdsofthemwerearmedwithmuskets,someofwhichtheyhadfoundintheoverseer'shouse,andotherssuppliedfromthe.secrethoardthatMr. Bloodhadsolaboriously :lS sembledagainstthedayof escape.Theremainderwereequippedwithknivesandcutlasses.Inthevessel'swaistthey hung awhile,untilMI'.Bloodhadsatisfiedhimselfthatnoothersentinelshowedabovedecksbutthatinconvenientfellowintheprow. \Thelrfirstattention must' be forhim.Mr. Blood,himself,creptforwardwithtwocompanions,leavingtheothersinthechargeofthatNathanielHagthorpewhosesometimecommissionintheKing'sNavygavehimthebesttitletothisoffice. Mr. Blood'sabsencewasbrief.WhenherejoinedhiscomradestherewasnowatchabovetheSpaniard'sdecks.Meanwhile,therevellersbelowcontinuedtomakemerryattheireaseintheconvictionofcomplete se curity.ThegarrisonofBarbadoeswasoverpoweredanddisarmed,andtheircompanionswere ashore incompletepossessionofthetown,gluttingthemselveshideouslyuponthefruitsofvictory.Whatthen, was theretofear?Evenwhentheirquarterswereinvadedandtheyfoundthemselvessurroundedby a scoreofwild,hairy, half-n:lked men,who-savethattheyappearedoncetohavebeenwhite-lookedlike a hordeofsavages,theSpaniardsc:mldnotbelievetheireyes.Whocouldhavedreamed.thatahandfulGfforgottenplantation-slavescouldhavedaredtotakesomuchuponthemselves?Thehalf-drunkenSpaniards,theirlaughtersuddenlyquenched,thesongperishingontheirlips,stared,strickenandbewildered.atthelevelled musketsbywhichtheywerecheckmated.Andthenfromoutofthisuncouth p:lck of savagesthatbesetthem,steppedaslim,tallfellowwithlightblueeyesinatawnyface,eyesinwhich glinted thelightof awickedhumour.HeaddressedtheminthepurestCastilian."Youwillsaveyourselvespainandtroubleby re-Hasstoodtheseveresttestof Time. PROTECTIVE.SECURE.MUTUALINPRACTICE 7'9 YEARS.-PROGRESSIVE. SrrABLE. ESTABLISHED 184,. PROSPEROUS.SOLID.MUTUALINPRINCIPLETheJamaicaMutual Life AssuranceSociety ..r first-class Society-first-Class Contracts-first-class Security first-class Record-first-class Service-first-class Business.TheJamaicaMutualLifeAssuranceSTANDSOUTASTHESOCIETYINWHICHTOPLACEYOURASSURANCE.SocietyForallparticulars vvrite: SPENCERTHOMSONTravellingAgent.orw.D.SOUTAR,Asst.TravellingAgent.I ERNEsrr B.NETHERSOLE,Secretary.

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20PLANTERS'PUNCH1,923-24Acknowledged AmongtheWorld'sBestSmokes.AnatmosphereofDistinction is associated witheveryGOLOFINAandLATROPICALJAMAICACIGAR.Madeoftheveryfinestleafselectedandblended withtheutmostcare.KnownthroughouttheEmpirefortheirmellowflavouranddelightful'aroma.Thesamehighstandardismaintainedthroughoutthemanysizesandshapesinwhichthesecigarsaremade.MANUFACTUREDBYB.&J.B.MACHADOTOBACCOCO.,LTD.,KINGSTON, JAMAICA, B.W.I.AFEWOFTHEVARIOUSSIZES AND SHAPES.GOLOFINACabinet Extm Florde Colbeck PC1'fectosElegantesNineteenTen LondTes Imperial LA TROPICALGentlemen Fl()1' de Machado Pe1'fectos C1'emasEighteenNinetyOneLondres

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1923-24PLATERS'PUNCH21RegularfreightandPassengerservicesbytheabovelines toandfrom:-NewYork,Montreal, Nassau,BelizeandNewOrleans; also'byconnecting lines to Glasgow, Liverpool, London,aswellastoAus-.tralia,NewZealandandBritishWestIndianIslands.AGENTSFOR:DiGiorgioFruitCorporation-NewYork.CanadianGOY't.MerchantMarine,Ltd.Montreal.OrrFruit &. SteamshipCo.,Inc.NewOrleans.EXPORTERSOF:BANANAS&OTHERTROPICALFRUITS&.PRODUCTS.ANDSHIPPING CO., LTD. 64 HARBOURSTREET, llKGSTOlt JA'MAICAFRUIT"Y'amazeme!"hegasped."Onmysoul, '1' amazeme!Tohaverecoveredthetreasureandtohaveseizedthisfineshipandallshe'llhold!Itwillbesomethingtosetagainsttheotherlosseswehavesuf fered. AsGad's my life,youdeservewellforthis.""Iamentirely of youropinion.""Damme!Youalldeservewell,anddamme, you shallfindmegrateful.""That'sasitshouldbe,"saidMr. Blood."Thequestionishowwellwedeserve,andhowgrateful,shallwefindyou?"ColonelBishopconsideredhim.Therewasashadow of surpriseinhisface."Why-hisexcellencyshallwritehomeonaccount of yourexploit,andmaybesomeportion of yoursentencesshallber.emitted.""Thegenerosity' of KingJamesiswellknown,"sneeredNathanielHagthorpe,whowasstandingby,andamongsttherangedrebels-convictsomeoneventuredtolaugh.ColonelBishopstartedup.'Hewaspervadedbythefirstpang of uneasiness.It occuTl'ed tohimthatallheremightnotbeasfriendlyasappeared."Andthere'sanothermatter,"Mr. Bloodresumed."There'samatter of a fioggingthat'sduetome.Ye'reamanofyourwordinsuchmatters, colonel-if notperhapsinothers-andyesaid,Ithink,thatye'ldnotleave asquareinchofskinonmyback.",cularlyaswhilsttheydiscussedandfumedandcursedtwomoreshotscameoverthewatertoaccountforyetathird of theirboats.TheresoluteOglewasmakingexcellentpractice,andfullyjustifyinghisclaimstoknowsomethingofgunnery.IntheirconsternationtheSpaniardshadsimplifiedhistaskbyhuddlingtheirboatstogether.Afterthefourthshot,opinionwasnolongerdividedamongstthem.Aswithoneaccord,theywentabout,orattemptedtodo so, for beforetheyhadaccomplishedittwomore of theirboatshadbeen sunk.Thethreeboatsthatremained,withoutconcerningthemselveswiththeirmoreunfortunatefellows,whowerestrugglinginthewater,headedbackforthe wharf atspeed. If theSpaniardsunderstoodnothing of allthis,theforlornislandersashoreunderstoodstillless,untiltohelptheirwitstheysawthefiag of Spaincomedownfromthemainmast of theOincoLlagas,andthefiagofEnglandsoartoitsemptyplace.Eventhensomebewildermentpersisted,anditwaswithfearfuleyesthattheyobservedthereturn of theirenemies,whomightventuponthemtheferocityarousedbytheseextraordinaryevents.Ogle,however,continuedtogiveproofthathisknowledge of gunnerywasnotofyesterday. After thefieelngSpaniardswenthis'shots.Thelastoftheirboatsfiewintosplintersasittouchedthewharf,anditsremainswereburledunderashower of loosenedmasonry.Thatwastheend of thispiratecrew,whichnottenminutesagohadbeenlaughinglycountingupthepiecesofeightthatwouldfalltotheportionofeachforhisshareinthatact of villainy.Closeuponthreescoresurvivorscontrivedtoreachtheshore.Whethertheyhadcauseforcongratulation,Iamunabletosayintheabsenceofanyrecordsinwhichtheirfatemaybetraced.Thatlackofrecordsisinitselfeloquent.Weknowthattheyweremadefastastheylanded,andconsideringthe offence theyhadgivenIamnotdis posedtodoubtthattheyhadeveryreasontoregrettheirsurvival.ThemysteryofthesuccourthathadcomeattheeleventhhourtowreakvengeanceupontheSpaniards,andtopreservefortheislandtheextortionateransom of ahundredthousandpieces of eight,remainedyettobe probed.ThattheOincoLlagaswasnowinfriendlyhandscouldnolongerbedoubted after theproofsithadgiven.ButWho,thepeopleofBridgetownaskedoneanother,werethemeninpossession of her,andwhencehadtheycome?Theonlypossibleassumptionranthetruthveryclosely. Aresolutepartyofislandersmusthavegotaboardduringthenight,andseizedtheship.Itremainedtoascertainthepreciseidentityofthesemysterioussaviours,anddothemfittinghonour.Uponthiserrand-GovernorSteed'sconditionnotpermittinghimtogoinperson-wentColonelBishopasthegovernor'sdeputy,attendedbytwo officers. Ashesteppedfromtheladderintothevessel'swaist,thecolonel beheldthere,besidethemainhatch,the four treasurechests,thecontents of one of whichhadbeencontributedalmostentirelybyhimself.Itwasa gladsome spectacle,andhiseyessparkledinbeholdingit.Rangedoneitherside,athwartthedeckstooda score of menintwo well-ordered files,withbreastsandbacksofsteel, polishedSpanishmorionsontheirheads,overshadowingtheirfaces,andmusketsorderedattheirsides. ColonelBishopcouldnotbe expectedtorecogniseataglanceintheseupright,furbished,soldierlyfigurestheragged,unkemptscarecrowsthatbutyesterdayhadbeentoilinginhisplantations.Stilllesscouldhebe'expectedtorecogniseatoncethecourtlygentlemanwhoadvancedtogreethim-alean,grace ful gentleman,dressedintheSpanishfashion,allinblackwithsilverlace, a gold-hiltedsworddanglingbesidehimfroma goldembroideredbaldrick,abroadcastorwithasweepingplumesetabovecarefullycurledringletsofdeepestblack."BewelcomeaboardtheOincoLlagas,colonel darling," a voicevaguelyfamiliaraddressedtheplanter."We'vemadethebestoftheSpaniards'wardrobeinhonourofthisvisit,thoughitwasscarcelyyourselfwehaddaredhopetoexpect. You findyourselfamongfriends-oldfriendsofyours,all."Thecolonelstaredin'stupefaction.Mr. Bloodtrickedoutinallthissplendour-indulgingthereinhisnaturaltaste-hisfacecarefullyshaven,hishairascarefullydressed,seemedtransformedintoayoungerman.Thefactishelooked nomorethanthethIrty-threeyearshecountedtohisage."PeterBlood!"Itwasanejaculation of amazement.Satisfactionfollowedswiftly."Wasityou,then...?" "Myselfitwas-myselfandthesemygoodfriendsandyours." Mr. Blood tossedbackthefine lacefromhiswrist,towaveahandtowardsthefile of menstandingtoattentionthere.Thecolonel lookedmoreclosely."Gadsmylife!"hecrowedonanote of foolishjubilation,"anditwaswiththesefellowsthatyoutooktheSpaniardandturnedthetablesonthosedogs! Oddswounds!Itwasheroic!""Heroic,isit!Bedad,it'sepic! Yebegintoper ceivethebreadthanddepthofmygenius." ColonelBishopsathimselfdownonthehatchcoaming,took off hisbroadhat,andmoppedhisbrow."gardlngyourselves myprisoners,andsufferingyourselvestobequietlybestowedout of harm'sway." "Nameof God!"sworethegunner,whichdidno,justiceatalltoanamazementbeyondexpression. "If you please,"saidMr. Blood;andthereuponthosegentlemen of Spainwereinducedwithoutfurthertrouble beyond amusketprodortwotodropthroughascuttletothedeckbelow. Afterthattherebels-convictrefreshedthemselveswiththegoodthingsintheconsumption of whichtheyhadinterruptedtheSpaniards.Totastepalat .able Christian foodafter months of saltfishandmaize.dumpllngswasinitselfafeasttotheseunfortunates.Buttherewere no excesses. Mr. Bloodsawtothat,althoughitrequiredallthefirmness of whichhewas. capable. Dispositionsweretobemadewithoutdelayagainstthatwhichmustfollow beforetheycouldabandonthemselvesfullytotheenjoymentoftheirvictory,This, after all,wasnomorethanapreliminaryskirmish,althoughitwasonethataffordedthem,thekeytothesituation.Itremainedtodisposesothattheutmostprofitmightbedrawnfromit.Those dispositions occupied someveryconsiderableportion o()f the nigh't; but,atleast,theywerecompletebefore'thesunpeepedovertheshoulder of MountHillbaytoshedhislightupon aday of somesurprises.Itwassoon after sunrisethattherebel-convict who pacedthequarter-deckinSpanishcorseletand'headpiece,aSpanishmusketonhisshoulder,an-nouncedtheapproach of a boat.Itwas Doli Diego deEspinosay Valdezcomingaboardwithfourgreattreasurechests,containingeachtwenty-fivethousandpieces ofeight,theransomdeliveredtohimatdawn'byGovernorSteed.Hewasaccompaniedbyhisson, DonEsteban,andbysixmenwhotooktheoars.Aboardthefrigateallwasquietandorderlyasit: should be.Sherodeatanchor,herlarboardtotheshore,andthemainladderonherstarboardside.'RoundtothiscametheboatwithDonDiegoandhistreasure.Mr. Bloodhaddisposed effectively.ItwasnotfornothingthathehadservedunderdeRuyter.Theswingswerewaiting,andthewindlassmanned.Below, a gun-crewhelditselfinreadinessunderthe,command of Ogle,who-asIhavesaid-hadbeena '.gunner intheRoyalNavybeforehewentinfor politicsandfollowedthefortunes of theDukeofMon-'mouth.Hewas'asturdy,resolutefellow whoinspiredconfidencebytheveryconfidencehedisplayedinhim, self. Don Diegomountedtheladderandsteppeduponthedeck, alone,andentirelyunsuspicious.Whatshouldthepoormansuspect?Beforehecould even lookround,andsurveythis: guarddrawnuptoreceivehim,atapovertheheadwithacapstanbarefficientlyhandledbyHagthorpeputhimtosleepwithouttheleastfuss.Hewascarriedawaytohiscabin,whilstthetreasure-chests,handledbythemenhehadleftin'theboat,werebeinghauledtothedeck.Thatbeingsatisfactorilyaccomplished,DonEstebanandthefel :Iows whohadmannedtheboatcameuptheladder, one by one,tobehandledwiththesamequietefficiency.PeterBloodhadageniusforthesethings,andalmost, I suspect,aneye forthedramatic.Dramatic,. certainly,wasthespectacle now offeredtothesurvivors oftheraid.WithColonelBishopattheirhead,andgout-rid -den GovernorSteedsittingontheruins of awallbe side him,theyglumlywatchedthedepartureofthe boatscontainingthewearySpanishruffians who hadgluttedthemselveswithrapine,murderand-vIolencesunspeakable.They looked on,betweenreliefatthisdeparture '-of theirremorselessenemies,anddespairatthewild'ravages which,temporarlyatleast, 'had wreckedtheprosperityandhappinessofthatlittlecolony. The boats pulledawayfromtheshore,withtheir-loads of laughing,jeeringSpaniards,whowerestill1I1ngingtauntsacrossthewaterattheirsurviving -vIctims. Theyhadcomemidwaybetweenthewharfandtheship,whensU,ddenlytheairwasshakenby "the boom of a gun. A roundshotstruckthewaterwithinafathomof "the foremost boat,sendingashowerofsprayoverIts -occupants. They pausedattheiroars,astoundedinto'silence for a moment.Thenspeechburstfromthem'!fkeanexplosion.Angrilyvolubletheyanathematlsedthisdangerouscarelessnessonthepart of their'gunner,who should knowbetterthantofire asalute1roma loadedwithshot.Theywerestillcurs "inghimwhena secondshot,betteraimedthanthe'first cametocrumple oneoftheboatsintosplinters, :1tinglng Itscrew, andliving,intothewater.But if It silenced these,itgavetongue,stillmore aJigry, vehementandbewilderedtothecrews of the 'Other seven boats.Fromeachthesuspendedoars 'Stood outpoised overthewater,whilstontheirfeet-intheexcitementtheSpaniardsscreamedoathsattheship, beggingHeavenandhelltoInformthemwhatmadmanhadbeenletlooseamongherguns. Plump intotheirmiddlecame athirdshot,smash 'tug a secondboat with fearfulexecution.Followed again a momeBtOf awfulsilence,then,amongthoseanishpirates,all wasgibbering andjabberingand IPlashing of oars,as theyattemptedtopullIneverydirectionatonce. Somewerefor going ashore,othersforheadingstraighttothe vessel andtherediscover '!Dg whatmightbeamiss.Thatsomethingwasvery In'&vely amillstherecould be no fllTther doubt,partl

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'PUNCH<. #sl!1ves hehadbeenindangerofprecipitating a,Ws .new ,found_ mutiny.Itwasentirelytothefact that'the colonelworshipintheeyes of wlid of'theCOASt,'was 'her uncle, although'hedid not evenbeginto sus_ now for -the. pectsuch.acause,that owed Buchmercy as was underhIm.It placed himinthe rare position noV\' being .ing aQle topickandchoosethecrewsfor "Youshall.haveachancetoswimforit:: .ed. andhechosefastidiously. Whezir Hext.-J1e-' Bloodcontinued."It'snotabove aquarterof.amile saP.ed awayitwaswitha11eet of five fine,Jsh'ips'li1' totheheadlandyonder,andwithordinaryluckyewhichwentsomethingoverathousandmen. shouldmanageit:Faith, you'refat tofloat..yqubehOld .him notmerelyfamous,butreally !ormid"=on!Nowdon't he hesitatingorit'salongaole.ThethreecapturedSpanishves'sershehadre-,. voyage ye'll begoingwith us, and tlie devil knowsmimed withacertainscholarlyhumourtheOlothowhatmayhappentoyou. Yc)u'renot lovedany moreLqchesis and AtTOPOS, agrimlyjocularmannerof co; .' tqan y.ou, deserve." 'i' ,-veyingtotheworldthathemadethemthearbiters or. ColonelBishop_mastered ;himself, androse. A th'efateofanySpaniardshe should henceforth en.' -'mercilessdespot,whohadneverknowntheneedfor'co:unterupontheseas. :.rt" restraint in allthese years,he was ,doomed byironic InEuropethenewsofthisfleet, followingupon topractise in the:i'\.er.i moment news.ofthe Spanish,Admiral's defeat Qf Maracay-' hadreachedtheir xp.ost violent bo, prOducedsomethingofasensation.Spainand,PeterBloodgavean 0,r4er. Aplankwasrunout E!1g!and werevariouslyandunpleasantlyexercised:overthegunwale,andlasheddown.andifyoucaretoturnupthediplomatic correspond:",,"U please, c9lonel," said he, with'agraceful' ence exchangedonthe subjeCt,you willfindthatiti .' of cdnsiderableandnotalwaysamiable.Thecolonel lookedathim,andtherewashell.inAndmeanwhileintheCaribbeantheSpanish Ad-' hisglance.. Th'en takinghis and puttingthe,miralDonMiguel deEspinosamight'besaid-touse It bestfaceuponit,sincenoother, help hi/llhere. termnotyetinventedinhisday-to have runamok.h,ekickedOff his shoes, peeled offhisfine coat of bis: Thedisgraceintowhichhehadfallenasaresultof'cuit:co.loured taffetas;and climbed upon. the"plank.ute disasterssufferedatthehands of CaptainBloodAmomenthepaused,steadiedby'ahandthathaddriventheadmiralallbutmad.Itisimpossible,.clutchedthe;ratlines,lookingdowpinterrorattheifwe dIsposeourmindsimpartially,towithholdacergreenwaterrushingpastsome fiveandtwentyfeettainsympathyfromDonMiguel.Hatewasnowthis. below.,.,unfortunateman's'dailybread,andthehope of veno ."Justtakea littl.e wll-lk, cQloneldarltng," saidageanceanobsessiontohismind.Asamadmanhe-'smooth,mockingvoice behiqd him._,wentra'gingupanddowntheCaribbeanseeking his' Stillclinging,ColonelBishoplookedroundinenemy,andinthemeantime,asan hors-d'reuvre tohis andsawthebulwarkslinedwithswarthy appetite,hefelluponanyshipofEnglandfaces-thefacesofmenthataslatelyasyesterday..orof'Francethatloomedabovehishorizon.wouldhavetur.nedpale hisfrown,facesthat"I 'needsaynomoretoconveythe fact thatthis allWickedlyagrm..ilfustrioussea-captainandgreatgentlemanof Castile.For II: moment,ragestampedouthisfear.Hehadlosthisheadandwasbecome apirateihist cursed t?em aloudvenomouslyandincoherently,thenTheSupteme orClJ-stile mightano: loosed hIS holdandsteppedout u?on theplank.Threehimforhispractices.Buthowshouldthatmattersteps.he:toOk helosthiSbalanceandwent to onewhoalreadywascondemnedbeyondred emIl tumblIngmtothegreen depthS bel?w. .,.tion?Onthecontrary,ifheshouldlivetolay the' he .cal)le to surface agam,gaspmgforall',audaciousandineffable Bloodbytheheels,itwasthe Llagas alreadysome t? possible Spainmightviewhisprese.ntirregulari-ward.Butthe cheerof valedictIontiesandeariierlosseswithamorelenienteye. from.the reachedhIm the.water,Andso,recklessofthefactthatCaptainBlood t? drIvetheIronofimpotentragedeepermtohIS soul. vias .nowinvastlysup'erior striingtl'l, 'theSpaniard. soughthimupanddownthetracklessseas.But torrCHAPTERVI.a'wholeyearhe'soughthimvain'li.'The' circU.m stancesinwhicheventuallytheymetarever.ycurious!",Anintelligentobservationof thE!fact ofhumanexistencewillrevealtoshallow-minded folkwho sneet'.! attheuse of coincidencein theartsof fiction ane!'drama that life itselfislittlemore than'a series or. coincidences. Openthehistoryofthe past'at Whatsoeverpageyouwill,andthereyoushallfind COincidence' atworkbringingabouteventsthatthe mel-estmight haveaverted.Indeed,coincidence may bede fined astheverytoolusedbyFatetoshapethedestiniesofmenandnations.Observeitnowatworkintheaffairs of Captain" Blood andof someothers.Onthe15thSeptember of theyear1688-amemor-ableyearintheannalsofEngland-threeships afioatupontheCaribbeanwhichin coming junctionsweretoworkoutthefOrtunes of severa11rer-' sons. .. Thefirst ofthese wasCaptainBlood's theArabella.whichhad beim separated fron\. 'the dneer fleetina hurricane offthe pesser'Antilles:In, sles onthese t:ascal!y "Whyspeakofitnow?" .<;larling.Y-e:ve workedadealofwickednessandcrueltyin yqur andIwantthisto.be a'"lel\son' .t.o:you, a les!jon thatye'llrememberforthe.sakeof.otherswhomaycomeafterus.There'sJeremy up there in theround-housewithaback that's-every coroUr -of raillbow; andthepoorlad'llnot behimself. againfora.month.Andifithadn'tbeen forthe.Spaniar.!is may:beitsdead.he'ldbeby n0.w, andmaybemyselfwithhim."_..Hagthorpe 10.\lnge'd He was a fairl!vigOrous'inan witha attractiveface WhiChm.itselfannounced l:!j\'l breeding. ."w.hywilty.eu: bewastingwordsonthehog?"wonderedthatsometimeofficerintheRoyalNavy."Flinghim overbqardhave. donewithhim.'" -The colonel's eyes" bulgedinhishead."Whatthedevildo youl!..e_ "It'stheluckymanyeareentirely,colonel,though ye guessthesourceofyourgood fortune."Andnowanotherintervened-thebrawny,one-eyedWolverstone,lessmercifullydisposedthanhismoregentlemanlyfellow-conviCt."Stringhimupfromtheyard-arm,"hecried,hisdeepvoiceharshandangry,andmorethanoneoftheslavesstandingtotheirarmsmadeecho. ColonelBishoptrembled.Mr. Bloodturned.Hewasquitecalm."Ifyouplease, saidhe,"I condu;t affairsinmy oV{n way.Thatisthe pact. YouIIpleaseto I;emember it.",Hiseyeslookedalongtheranks mak1IigItplain'tha"t he addressed themall. "I thatColonelBishopshouldhavehislife. reasonisthatIrequire h(nias ahostage:If.ye onhanginghimye'llhaveto 'liang meWithhim,or III thealternativeI'llgo "Hepaused.Therewas.noanswer.Buttheystood hang.,(log: and halfmutinol,lsI!irri, saveHagthorpe,whoshruggedandsmiledwearily.Mr.Bloodresumed:"Ye'Upleaseto.understandthat aboard ashipthereisonecaptain.So."Heswung 'THE MILAQ-ROSA.again tothestartledcolonel.pETERBLOODwasnowinpossessionofa fineship"ThoughIpromiseyouyour. ,life, Imust-as. ofwarandincOmmand of abandofdesperate heard-keepyouaboardasahostagefor men whoknewthatin:no ;British islandcouldtheygoodbehaviourofGovernorSteedandwhat'sleftof fi.il.da refuge,or certain of theirlives.Yet t9 thefortuntilweputto.sea." fightagainstEnglandwasnotintheirhearts,though"Untilyou..."HorrorpreventedColonelshehadtreated them, soharshly. Spain wasthena''Bishop tromecl1o,ing theremainder of thatincredibleturalenemyoftheEnglish,andagainstSpai.n F);ell,\1J. speech., buccaneersalsocontendedwithunremitting "Justso,"saidPeterBlood,and he turnedtotheinthesesouthernseas.'ToTortuga,off thecoastofomcers'whohad aecompanied theeolonel. -"'l'he-.boat Hayti,then,wouldPeterBloodtakehisshipandhis Is waiting,gentlemen.You'llhave heard whatIsaid.men;there,undertheprotectionofitsFrenohGov-Conveyit withID"y-eompliments...tohis excellency."ernor,M.d'Ogeronwouldheestablishhisheadquar-"But,sir... oneofthembegan. ters;. andthencewouldheissue,oneof the numerous"Thereisnomoretobesaid,gentlemen.Myprivateerswhoswepttheseas,tomakewaragainstnameisBlood-eaptainBlood, if.';you please,ofthis the'mightof Spain.shiptheOinco Llagas, takenasaprizeofwarfrom,.Thecaptain of theOincoLlagas,DonDiegodeDonDiegodeEspinosay Valdez,whoismyprisoner EJllpinosa y Valdez,wasnoobstacletohisplans.Thataboard.Youareto understa)lp. tp.at Ihaveturned com1I\ander, thoughherecoveredfromtheblowhehadthetablesonmorethan the Spaniards.There'sthereceivedwhenPeterboardedhisship,. soon diedladder.You'llfind it moreconvenient,thanbeingofchagrinandterror.TheSpanishsailorsweresetheavedovertheside,which is,.w,hayll happenif Y;Ou freenearthecoastofSanDomingo,andthenPeter linger." setsailforTortuga.Hisnavigatingofficerwas :They went,thoughnotwithout'somehustling,reoJeremyPitt,hissecondincommandwas gardlessofthebellowingsofOolonelBishop,whoseone oftheescaped rebels-convict,andOgle, e.nother ofmonstrousragewasfannedbyterroroffindinghim-these,wasmadehismastergunner. atthemeroyofthesemen of whosecausetohateM.d'Ogeron,theGovernor of Tortuga,received. him he..wasveryfUlly conscious.CaptainBlood,ashemustnowbe called,withopen 'Aha-lf-dozeI\of. them, apart fromJeremyPitt,arms.AndsoonthefameofBloodandhismenbeganwho was utterlyincapacitatedforthepresent, t6spread, notonlyintheislandsandalongtheSpansessedasuperficialknowledgeofseaman.ship.HagishMain,butinEnglandandSpain itself. Bothcounthorpe,althoughhehadbeenafightingofficer,untriesregardedhimasapirate.AndDonDiego'strainedinnavigation,knewhowtohandleaship,andbrother,DonMigueldeEspinosa,hadswornanoath upder hisdirections they setabout'gettingunderway.tocaptureandputto acrueldeaththemanwhowasTheanchorcatted,andthemainsailunfurled, responsible forhisbrother'scalamitousdownfallandtheystoodoutfortheopenbeforeagentlebreeze, end.withoutinterferenCefromthefort.. PeterBlood,nowcalledDonPedroSangre.bytheAstheywererunning'closeto'theheadlandeastSpaniards.had,however, won a goodfriendinM. of thebay;PeterBlood returned.tothecolonel,. d!Ogeronbecauseofagreatservicehewasabletorenunder'guard and panicstricken,'had rej Idel' tothatgovernor'spretty,vivaciousdaughter.HeBurnedhis seaj, onthecoamiIigsofthemain.hat,cb:.hadrescuedherfromaFrenchruffian called Levas, "'Can'ye colonel?" .seur, alld M.d'Ogeronwasgrateful. -In Tortuga CaPColonelBishoplookedup..Hisgreat'face' wasj tainBloodwouldalwaysfind a. refuge. yellow andseemedinthat inoment"of a preternatura\ Hisexploitssurpassedthoseofthedaringmen ;his beady elIes werebeadier t4an ever. who hadwonfameintheCaribbean;hisship,re 117cAsyour doctor'nuw,Iprescribe aswim to" coolnamed theA.'rabeiZa,after a girlin the little island.oftheeiCcel/sive.heatQf ]lUmours." .BloqdBlITbados, washandledwith'masterlyskillbyhimand theexplltnati'oJ pleasantly,an'dreceivingstill ng', hiscrew.HeplannedagreatattackuponMaracaybo, from colonel,continued: "It's.1!,mercy!'on Spanish,Main,andcarriedit through, defeating forYOIl'I'mnot 'by'natureas.bloodthirsty atlllome theSpanishAdmiralwhosoughttodefendthecity;' Il]-yfrieqds,heJ;.e"4-nd it'sthe dey-il's hecapturedthreeSpanishshipsofwar,andwiththem had toprevail Juptm' themnottobe f' andtheAl'abellaandanotherformeda fieet of ,hill, doubtifye'rewo.rththepains. I'vetakeIU foryou." :: own..This ,Spanish Admiralwasnoother Don' l Hew'aslying.Hehadnodoubtatall.Had Miguelde ESP1JIoSa whose ,prother hadbeen'defeated followedhisown wishes andinstincts,hewould cerl: byCaptainBloodintheroadsteadofBarbadoes."The have' strungthecolonel up, andaceolliltedit 41SpanishA?miral tq,.capturePeter;andnow deed.Itwasthethoughtof three of hisshipswere iI},P:eter Blood'shands.) l!ishop thathadurgedhimtomercy,andhadled himj'. _After CaptainBlood toTor ;'p In, 'I'ortugll.' d,l\ring thll; hethe.J;f:l

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-1923-24PUNCH 23 f.',.. THE "1""1 DIRECTWESTINDIA -. I ClBLECO.,LTD '),I MR.LINDSAYDOWNER. .. rf ; fTL l. ,lfioneers of J RATES._ Spain,andinresponsetotheSpanishAmbassador's-could telinlUch upon which theotherde -constant andgrievousexpostulations,myLordSun-siredinformation.Hecouldregaleherimaginationderland,theSecretaryofStatehadappointedastrongwithstoriesofSt:James's-inmanyofwhichhe as mantothedeputy-governorshipofJamaica.'This'signed himself aheroic,oratleast 'lI. distinguished.strongmanwasthatColonelBishopwhoforsomepart-andshecouldenrichhismindwithinformation 'years nowhadbeenthemostinfluentialplanterin concel'ning-thfs newworldtowhichhehadcome. Barbadoes.BeforetheywereoutofsightofSt.Nicholas they ColonelBishophadacceptedthepost,anddeweregoodfriends,andhis lordship wasbeginningtoparted fromtheplantationsinwhichhisgreatwealthcorrect his firstimpressionsofherandtodiscoverthewas beingamassed,withaneagernessthathaditscharmofthatfrankstraight-forwardattitudeof com roots in adesiretopay 01I ascoreofhisownwith.radeship wltic.h made her treateverymanasabrother.Peter Blood.ConsideringhowhiamindwasobsessedwiththeFromhisfirstcoming'toJamaica,ColonelBishopbusinessofhismission,itisnotwonderfulthathebadmadehimselffeltbythebuccaneers.ButdowhatshouldhavecometotalktoherofCaptainBlood.Inhemight,theonebuccaneerwhomhemadehispartie lleed, therewasacircumstancethatdiJ:ectly_ledtoit.ocularquarry-thatPeterBloodwhooncehadbeenhis"Iwondernow,"hesaid,as 1:hey weresaunteringslave-eludedhimever,andcontinuedunderterredonthepoop,"ifyouever saw thisfellow Blood,whoandin'greatforcetoharasstheSpaniardsuponseawasatone ti,meonyouruncle'splantationsasaslave."and land,andtokeeptherelationsbetweenEnglandMissBishophalted.SheleaneduponthetalIrail,andSpaininastateofperpetualferment,particularlylookingouttowardstherecedingland,anditwasa:dangerousinthosedayswhenthepeaceofEuropemomentl:5ef6resheansweredinasteadylevelvoice: wasprecariouslymaintained."Isawhimoften. Iknewhimverywell."Exasperatednotonly byhis ownaccumulated "Ye don'tsay!"Hislordshipwasslightlymoved ctlagrin, butalsobythereproachesforhisfailureoutofanimp.erturbabilitythathehadstudiouslycul whichreachedhimfromLondon,ColonelBishoptivated.Hewasayoungmanofperhapseightand actually wentsofarastoconsiderhuntinghisquarrytwenty,well abovethemiddleheightinstatureandinTortugaitselfandmakinganattempttocleartheappearingtallerbyvirtueofhisexceedingleanness.island ofthebuccaneersitsheltered.FortunatelyforHehadathin,pale, rn.ther pleasinghatchetface,. himself,heabandonedthenotionof soinsaneanenframedinthecurlsof agoldenperiwig,asensitiveterprise,deterrednotonlybytheenormousnaturalmouthandpaleblueeyesthatlenthiscountenanceastrengthoftheplace,butalsobythereflectionthatadreamyexpression,a,rathermelancholypensiveness.raid uponwhatwas,nominallyatleast,aFrenchButtheywerealert,observant eyes notwithstanding,'settlement,mustbeattendedbygraveolIencetoalthoughtheyfailedonthisocccasiontoobservetheFrance.Yetshortofsomesuchmeasure,itappearedslightchangeof colourwhichhisquestionhadbroughtMr.LindsayDownerref wiles tosubscribeto the toColonelBishopthathewas baffled. HeconfessedtoMiss mshlJIl'scheeJ(s'Or thesuspiciouslyexcessive assertion that "we have no bananasto.day."Itishis ail muchin a lettertotheSectetaryof -State. composureofheranswer.businesstohavebananas;asmanagerofoneof .Thisletter.andthestateof things whichitdis"Yedon'tsay!"herepeated,andcametoleanbe-fruitcompaniestradinginandwithJamaica,he closed,mademyLordSunderland despair. ofsolvinglilideher."Andwhatmannerofmandidyoufind to tind bananasforhisshipseveryweek;andthis hetqe problemby.ordinary me3i:D.s. Heturnedhim?".c -!f" .'doeswithmarkedsuccess.Stillayoungman,he to, theconsider.ation of extraordinar.y.QIl1'1fS, andbe l' "InthosedaysIesteemedhimforanunfortunateoneof the.mgstgeni!1l personalitiesinKingston. t!;lP\!gh;t him oJ'. theplanadopted with Morgan,whO' gentleman."r "hasmuchofhis late' father'scharmofmanner-and hadbeen enlisted"intotheKing's ser'Viee 'Ulmer \.; "Youwereacquaintedwithhisstory?"nooneinJamaicawasbetterlovedthantheYen. PMrlel't II.Itoccurredtohim' that.a;similM cdurse fl "Hetolditme.That is whyIesteemed Archdeacon Downer;heistactfulandenergetic;hav rn,ig4tsimilarlyeffective, with -CaptlLin Blood.,His thecalmfortitudewith Which heboreadversity.ingto. .?f persons,hehasgained: lQr(ls.hjp di.dnptomitthet consider.atiol1' th-at Blood'S Sincethen,considering wh'at: hehasdone, Ihave al-"'experienceofmen,andthisexperienceheputstothe, outlaw,riY.:.lllightl wellhave beenunliertaken'not mOistcometodoubtifwhathetoldmeofhimselfwasserviceofhiscompany.Formanyyearsnowhehasi of sheer 'necessity, gl:ue." beenengagedingetting and havingbananas.That il!lltl},at he had,.peeD. forcedinto .it; by thet ci'rcumstancesl!.i. "IfyoumeanofthewrongshesulIeredatthehisvocation.Hishobbyisamateuracting,andan ex-; of his transpp"tation,.audthat:he.would welcomethE!..... ndsoftheRoyalCommissionthattriedtheMon-cellentamateuractorhemakes.Mr.Downerhas. 9DPort1}nity. of fr-om.).t .",'_..' .;j"tnouthrebels,there'slittle thatit be lhe tnat'to, be.le o{ Ja-' a,verted herface,andhereyeswere staring'dhwtJ:-'at ..-.-1:-ease.. upp,;,r",_ -.J.. iil l;leason. The tirpe forher thegentlyheaVingwater.Afteramomentshespoke, nowat1J;J.nll. a wassoughtfor p,er ;,bodt!lC<1 l\l/r voicesteadyandperfectlycontrolled. RaiJJI J.lary.;Lnd inView of her rank ;;Lndvosi,"But surely,ifthisweretrue,therewouldhave t/&o. promptly aecprded. ',.1:\ .'beenanendtohispiracyby n?'t'.; ,1f lie ..': !f he Lord Julian hailedberadventwithsatisfaction. loved awomanandwasbetrothedandwasalsorich It,gave a'voyit'ke'that hadbeen tull of For, him,asyou say,surelyhewouldhave a,qandoned thisdes justthe spicethatitrequiredto achieveperfectionasPlifate life, and... "A::'.: ". I ,,10'-experiel1ct!;. was'one or '"Why,so I thought:'!!l.islWdshiptr. to.. wliom graced Oy:W0IJlll-nkinq "untilIhadthe eXPlanatill'..::lrOgf,ron is avar_icrous.-ftl'Piure or lessOfastagnation .'forhimselfandfor hisc)iftd: asfor the-;_' :..:I'MlssArabella'BiiilOp-this straightup downI'mtoldshe'sa orsuchamanas -slip of a girl '(qlth 1i'irfather boyishvoice anc( her alBlood.AlmostImarvel :d1Jesn't marry mosteasetiot I a,alfl takehera-roving him. ..rt. wouldbeno new r'. (1 ladywho in England wouldhavecommahded mliche;verience 'forher. Ahd. I:tnarvel,too,atBlood's' no"tieeinmy lbrd'sdlscerhingeyes, His veri SOPhlsti. IMtience. Hekilleda man towin her."!>_ (r ated,carefully ed-'tastes in lluchmatters'In"Hekilled 8.noyou say?"There11. /1clined himtowardsthe pl'llmp, thelanguishing itndthe"fs horrornowinhervoice.01' ,-T1 ( G' feminine.Miss Bishop'scharms':Werei' "Yes-aFrench bU.cFapeer, Levasseur.,Hel tludeniable. Buttheyweresuchthatitwould take'sthegirl's lovep'irnil..asifodiate ona "1! .J a delicate-mtailed mantoappreciate them;and myod coveted LordJUlian, of amind that was veryfromw Pah!It'san unsll,VOX, ta\ll/ I own. fJVt .men r gr6l!B/'Il-idllilt pOssess thenecessarY"degreeof dimcacy.'live bydilIerentcodes 'outtn these parts ...'" ,,<1'," Imustnotby this beunderstoodto intply'anything; ,.Shehadturnedto fateliitn.Sl'te waspaleto thE'.-or.agalnsthlm.',," ; andherhazel eyes riie:plaz'ing, asshe <;'11t-into _It remained,however; that Miss "a' hI; apologiesfor .,f -")...yoitiJg'w'omanand:i'lady; and into "Theymust, 7ther associates : wl1feh Lord-JuHan-hadstrayed this' was ed.him to liveafter diat:" I i'j.. ;(."" stiflfclently'l'&7etoCommand attention.On hiS"'ilide; "Oh,thething wa,'tl,iff fight, Iam withhistitleandposition,hispersonalgrace andt'6.ei. "Whotoldyou?" 't;'",'.il!chal7m of a pr.actised:oourtter, heboreabouthim'the"Amanwho a .... atmosphereofthegreatworldinwhichnormallyhe" rttrned Cahusac,whom Ctfumd in p:'waterside tavern1 had Ws, -being-aworld thatwaslittlemore ;;han':\ inSt. Nicholas.He lieutenant, ander,DlLI!le to her,.Whohadspentmostofherlife in-the>' he ",as presentonthe thing happepJ'liAnUlLes. .Itisndtthereforewonderful I, that they'! ed,andwhenLevasseurwaskilled."IlIhouldhave be.en.a'ttraated toeach-other before'tile "And the_gtrJ? __ saythegirl _migruMw:y;.was.warpe.daut ofSt.Nicholas. gach.... --,. ...._....

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24PLANTERS'PUNCH1923-24TheGovernmentSaVingsBank."OUR BANK"I OFBRANCHES:Furnishes Government Guaranteed SecuritytoitsDepositors.Itbringsthe facilities of the Savings Department of a Banktothe princi pal T owns and Districts of the Island.Anduponthatshepassedatonce tospeak of otherthings.Thefriendship,whichitwashergreatgift tocommandinallshemet,grewsteadilybetween those twointhelittletimeremaining,untiltheevent be fellthatmarredwhatwaspromisingtobethe pleas anteststageofhislordship'svoyage.Themarplotwasthemad-dogSpanishAdmiral,..whomtheyencounteredon "the seconddayout,whenhalf-wayacrosstheGulfofGonaves.Thecaptain of theRoyal Mm'y didnotchoosetobeintimidatedevenwhenDonMiguel opened fireonhim.ObserVingtheSpaniard'splentifulseaboardtoweringhighabovethewaterandofferinghimsosplendidamark,theEng-lishmanwasdisposedtobescornful.IfthisDon.who flewthebannerofCastilewanteda fight, theRoyal MaTY wasjusttheshiptoobligehim.Itmaybethathewasjustifiedofhisgallantconfidence,andthathewouldthatdayhaveputanendtothewildcareerofDonMigueldeEspinosa,butthataluckyshotfromtheMilagTosagotamongsome powder storedinhisforecastle,andblewuphalfhisshipai-most Q.efore thefighthadstarted.Howthepowdercametherewillnevernowbeknown,andthegallantcaptainhimselfdidnot.survive toinquireintoit.BeforethemenoftheRoyalMa1'yhadrecoveredfromtheirconsternation,theircaptainkilledandathirdoftheirnumberdestroyedwithhim,the ship. yawingandrockinghelplesslyinacrippledstate, the Spaniardsboardedher.Inthecaptain'scabinunderthepoop,to MissBishophadbeenconductedforsafety,LordJulianwasseekingtocomfortandencourageher,with_assurancesthatall'wouldyetbe well,attheverymom@.t whenDonMiguelwassteppingaboard.LordJulianhimselfwasnonesosteady,andhisface was. undoubtedlypale.otthathewasbyanymeansa coward.Butthiscooped-upfightingonanunknownelementinathingofwoodthatmightatanymoment.founderunderhisfeetintothedepthsofocean was. disturbingtoonewhocouldbebraveenoughashore._FortunatelyMissBishopdidnotappearto beindesperateneed ofthepoorcomforthewasincasetooffer.Certainlyshewaspale,andherhazeleyesmayhavelooked alittle largllr thanusual.Butshehad herselC wellinhand.Halfsitting,halfleaningonthecap-tain'stable,shepreservedhercouragesufficiently t() seektocalmtheoctoroonwaiting-womanwhowas.grovell1ngatherfeetinastateofterror.Andthenthecabin-doorwasflung open,andDon. Miguelhimself,tall,sunburned,andaquilineoffacstrodein.LordJulianspunroundto facehim, and: clappedahandtohissword.TheSpaniardwasbriskandtothepoint."Don'tbe a fool,"hesaidinhisowntongue, "or you'llcomebya fool's end. YOurshipissinking:'Therewerethreeorfourmeninmorionsbehind.DonMiguel,andLordJulianrealisedtheposition_Hereleasedhishilt,anda couple offeetorso ofsteel sild softlybackintothescabbard.ButDonMiguel.smiled,witha flashofwhiteteethbehindhis grizzled beard,andheldouthishand. "If you please," he said.LordJulianhesitated,Hiseyesstrayedto Miss. Bishop's."Ithinkyouhadbetter,"saidthatcomposedyounglady,whereuponwithashrughislordship made therequiredsurrender."ComeYou-allof myship,"DonMiguelinvitedthem,andstrodeout.Theywent,of course.For oilS thingtheSpaniard_hadforcetocompelthem;foranotheraship heannouncedto besinkingoffaced 1!hem littleinducementtoremain.Theystayednolongerthan was. necessarytoenableMissBishopto collect somespare arti'cles ofdressandmylordtosnatchuphisvalise.Asforthesurvivorsinthatghastlyshambles.thathadbeentheRoyalMa1'y,theywereabandonedbytheSpaniardstotheirownresources.Letthem.taketotheboats,andifthosedidnotsufficethem,letthem sw\m ordrown.IfLordJulianandMiss Bishop wereretained,itwasbecauseDonMiguelperceivedtheirobvious value.Hereceivedtheminhiscabin_withgreaturbanity.Urbanelyhedesiredtohavethe"honourofbeingacquaintedwiththeirnames.LordJulian,sickwithhorrorofthespectaclehehadjustwitnessed,commandedhimselfwithdifficulty tosupplythem.Thenhaughtilyhedemanded t(). knowinhisturnthenameoftheiraggressor. He wasinanexceedinglyill-temper.Herealised thatif hehaddonenothingpositivelydiscreditableintheunusualanddifficultpositioninto which Fatehadthrusthim,atleasthehaddonenothingcreditable.Thismighthavematteredlessbutthatthe spectatoI'" ofhisindifferentperformancewasa lady.Hewas de-termined if possible to dobetternow."IamDon Miguel de Espinosa,"hewasanswered."AdmiraloftheNaviesoftheCatholicKing."LordJuliangasped. If Spainmadesuchahub-bubaboutthedepredationsofarunagate adventurer likeCaptainBlood,whatcouldnotEnglandanswer'now?"Willyoutellmethen,whyyoubehavelikea..damnedpirate?"heasked.Andadded:"I hope you.realisewhatwill betheconsequences,andthestrict..accounttowhichyoushallbebroughtfor.this day's. work,forthebloodyouhavemurderouslyshed,andforyourviolencetothisladyand.tomyself:'"Ioffer you no violence,"saidtheadmiral amil-Maggotty Adf'Iphi Duncans DIstel'Spring Ohristiana Ocho Rios Oracabessa Mocha Crooked HivPf Stewart Town Santa CruzHope Bay Riverside Cambridge Beth pI TownPort Morant Mile Gully SpaldingHPointHill Newportannum,freeof tI "WhyshouldthisFrenchmanhavetoldyousuchatale?DidhehatethisCaptainBlood?""Ididnotgather that/' saidhislordshipslowly."Herelatedit.oh,justasa commonplace,aninstanceofbuccaneeringways:'"Ac9mmonplace!"saidshe."MyGod! A commonplace!""Idaresaythatweareallsavagesunderthecloakthatcivilisationfashionsforus,"saidhislordship."ButthisBlood, now,wasamanofconsiderableparts,fromwhatelsethisCahusactoldme.Hewasabachelor'ofmedicine... "Thatistrue,tomyownknowledge.""Andhehasseenmuchforeignserviceonseaandland. Cghusac said-thoughthisIhardlycreditthathehadfoughtunderdeRuyter:'"ThatalsoIStrue," she.Shesighedheavily."YourCahusacseemstohavebeenaccurateenough.Alas!""Youaresorry,then?"Shelookedathim.Shewasverypale,henoticed."Asweare sorry tohearofthedeathofonewe'haveesteemed.Once Iheldhimin regard foranunfortunatebutworthygentleman.Now..:'Shecheckedandsmiledalittlecrookedsmile."Suchamanisbestforgotten."HighgateGolden Grove Brown's Town Balaclava Stony Hill RichmondPorusAnnotto BayCatadupaOldHarbourSmith'sVillage Newcastle Hector's River Trinityville Manchioneal MoneaSZ'ue Alex'mdria Frankfield Darliston PetersfieldRemittances maybemade Postage and Registration. Interest of 3 per cent.percompounded half-yearly.KingstonMorant BayPortAnt.onio St.Ann's'BayFalmouth MOl?-tego Bay Lucea Sav-Ia-Mar Black River \ Mandeville MayPenSpanish TownPortMaria Half-way Tree Chapelton AlleyLin Rtead Buff BayPortRoyalGuy'sHill Cross Roads j ,"Yes. Shewasawitnessoftheencounter.Bloodcarriedher off whenhehaddisposedofhisbrother-buccaneer. "Andthedeadman'sfollowersallowedit?"Hecaughtthenoteofincredulityinhervoice,butmissedthenoteofreliefwithwhichitwasblent."Oh, Idon'tbelievethetale.Iwon'tbelieveit!""Ihonouryouforthat,MissBishop.Itstrainedmyownbeliefthatmenshouldbesocallous,untilthisCahusac afforded methe explanlttion." "What?"Shecheckedherunbelief,anunbeliefthathadupliftedherfromaninexplicabledismay. therail,sheswungroundtofacehislordshipwiththatquestion.Laterhewastorememberandperceiveinherpresentbehaviouracertainoddnesswhichwentdisregardednow."Bloodpurchasedtheirconsent,andhisrighttocarrythegirl off. Hepaidtheminpearlsthatwereworthmorethantwentythousandpieces ofeight."Hislordshiplaughedagainwithatouchofcontempt."Ahandsomeprice!Faith,they'rescoundrelsall thieving,venalcurs.And,faith,it'saprettytalethisforalady'sear."Shelookedawayfromhimagain,andfoundthathersightwasblurred.Afteramomentin a voicelesssteadythanbeforesheaskedhim:

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alonglowcheststandingunderthemiddlesternportlayaguitarthatwasgaywithribbons.LordJulianpickeditup,twangedthestringsonceasifmovedbyner.vousirritation,andputitdown.HeturnedagaintofaceMissBishop."Icameouthere,"hesaid,"toputdownpiracy. me!-IbegintothinkthattheFrencharerightindesiringpiracytocontinueasa curb upontheseSpanishscoundrels."Hewastobestronglyconfirmedinthatopinionbeforemanyhourswerepast.MeanwhiletheirtreatmentatthehandsofDonMiguelwasconsiaerateandcourteous.ItconfirmedtheopinioncontemptuouslyexpressedtohislordshipbyMissBishopthatsincetheyweretobeheldtoransomtheyneednotfearanyviolenceorhurt.Acabinwasplacedatthedisposaloftheladyandherterrifiedwoman,andanotheratLordJulian's.Theyweregiventhefreedomoftheship,andbiddentodineattheadmiral's table;norwerehisfurtherintentionsregardingthemmentionednoryethisimmediatedestination.The Milagl'osa, withherconsortthe Hiclalga rollingafterher,steeredasouthbywesterlycourse,thenveeredtothesouth-aastround .Tiburon,andthereafter,standingwellouttosea,withthelandnomorethanacloudyoutlinetolarboard,sheheadeddirectlyeast,andsoranstraightintothearmsofCaptainBlood,whowasmakingfortheWindwardpassage,asweknow.Thathappenedearlyonthefollowingmorning.AfterhavingsystematicallyhuntedhisenemyinvainforayearDonMiguelchanceduponhiminthisunexpectedandentirelyfortuitousfashion.ButthatistheironicwayofFortune.ItwasalsothewayofFortunethatDonMiguel shoald thuscomeuponthe A"abella atatimewhenseparatedfromtherestofthefleetshewasaloneandata disadvanhge. ItlookedtoDon lV:,guel as if theluckwhichsolonghadbeenonBlood'sside,hadatlastveeredinhisownfavour.MissBishop,newly-risen,hadcomeouttotaketheaironthequarter-deckwithhislordshipinattendance-asyouwouldexpectofsogallantagentlemanwhenshebeheldthebigredshipthathadoncebeentheCincoLlagasoutofCldiz.Thevesselwasbearingdownuponthem,hermountainsofsnowy canvas bellyingforward,thelongpennonwiththecrossofSt.Georgeflutteringfromhermaintruckinthemorningbreeze,thegildedportholesinherredhull,andthe'gildedbeak-headaflashin the morningsun.MissBishopwasnottorecognisethisforthatsameCincoLlagaswhichshehadseenoncebeforeonatragicdayinBarbadoesthreeyearsago.Toheritwasjustagreatshipthatwasheadingresolutely,majestically,towardsthem,andanEnglishmantojudgebythepennonshewasflying.Thesightthrilledhercuriously;itawokeinheranupliftingsenseofpridethattooknoaccountofthedangertoherselfintheencountertuatmustnowbeinevitable.Besideheronthepoop,whithertheyhadclimbedtoobtainabetterview,andequallyarrestedandatgaze,stoodLordJulian.Buthesharednoneofherexultation.Hehadbeeninhisfirstsea-fightyesterday,andhefeltthattheexperiencewouldsufficehimforaveryconsiderabletime.This,Iinsist,isno re flectionuopnhiscourage."Look,"saidMissBishop,pointin";andtohisinfiniteamazementheobservedthathereyesweresparkling.Didsherealise,hewondered,whatwasafoot?Hernextsentenceresolvedhisdoubt."SheisEnglish,andshecomesresolutelyon.Shemeansto fight." "Godhelpher,then,"saidhislordshipgloomily."Hercaptainmustbemad.Whatcanhehopetodoagainsttwosuchheavyhulksasthese?IftheycouldsoeasilyblowtheRoyalMa1'youtofthewater,whatwilltheydotothisvessel?LookatthatdevilDonMiguel.He'sutterlydisgustinginhisglee."Fromthequarter-deckwherehemovedamidthefrenzyofpreparation,theadmiralhadturnedtoflash abackwardglanceathisprisoners.Hiseyeswerealight,his f:.ce transfigured.Heflungoutanarmtopointtotheadvancing ehip, andbawledsomethinginSpanishthatwaslosttotheminthenoiseofthelabouringcrew.Theyadvancedtothepoop-rail,andwatchedthebustle.Telescopeinhandonthequarter-deck,DonMiguelwasissuinghisorders.Alreadythegunnerswerekindlingtheirmatches;sailorswerealoft,takinginsail;otherswerespreadingastoutropenetabovethewaist,asaprotectionagainstfallingspars.Andme3.nwhileDonMiguelhadbeensignallingtohisconsort,inresponsetowhichtheHidalgahaddrawnsteadilyforwarduntilshewasnowabeam,ofthe Milagl'osa. halfacable'slengthtostarboard,andfromtheheightofthetallpoopmylordandMissBishopcouldseeherownbustleofpreparation.AndtheycoulddiscernsignsofitnowaboardtheadvancingEnglishshipaswell.Shewasfurlingtopsand mainsail, strippinginfacttomizzenandspritforthecomingaction.Thusalmostsilentlywithoutchallengeorexchangeofsignals,hadactionbeenmutuallydetermined.Ofnecessitynow,underdiminishedsail,theadvanceoftheA1'abellawasslower;butitwasnonethelesssteady.Shewasalreadywithinsakershot,andtheycouldmakeoutthefiguresstirringonherforecastleandthebrassgunsgleamingonherprow. Th; gunnersoftheMilagrosaraisedtheirlinstocksandblewupontheirsmoulderingmatches,lookingupimpatientlyattheadmiral.I'[. 1-, I YearsEighty-liveWESOLICITCORRESPONDENCE.RumisourSpecialty.ALLGRADES & PRICESJamaica Rum&FinziisSynonymousAretheResult!FINZI'SRUMSThismeansExperienceofsteadygrowthanddevelopment.Arenottheresultsof adayoryearBut 25 FINZI'SOLDJAMAICARUMSDANIELFINZI III CO.,LTD.KINGSTON, JAMAICA. SOMEOFOURAGENCIES.JohnHaig'sScotchWhiskyGaelicOldSmugglerScotchWhiskyDunviIIe Irish Whiskr V veCliquotChampagneBoordsEnglishTomGin Loopuyt's HollandGinMarieBrizard&RogerLiqueursW.A. Ross&'Bros. Etc., Etc., Etc., Etc.CHPUPLANTERS'1923-24lng,asonlythemanwhoholdsthetrumpscansmile."Onthecontrary,Ihavesavedyourlives... "Savedourlives!"LordJulianwasmomentarilyspeechlessbeforesuchcallousimpudence."Andwhatofthelivesyouhavedestroyedinwantonbutchery?ByGod,man,theyshallcostyoudear."Don Miguel'ssmilepersisted."Itispossible.Allthingare possible.Meantimeitisyourownlivesthatwill cost youdear.ColonelBishopisarichman;andyou, milord,arenodoubtalsorich.Iwillconsiderandfixyourransom.""Sothatyou'rejustthedamnedmurderouspirateI wassupposingyou,"stormedhislordship."AndyouhavetheimpudencetocallyourselftheAdmiral of the Navies oftheCatholicKing.Weshallseewhatyour CatholicKingwillhavetosaytoit."Theadmiralceasedtosmile.Herevealedsomethingoftheragethathadeatenintohisbrain."Youdonot understand,"hesaid."ItisthatItreatyouEnglishhereticdogsjustasyouEnglishhereticdogshavetreatedSpaniardsupontheseas-yourobbersand thievesoutofhell! IhavethehonestytodoitIn my ownname-butyou,youperfidious yousend yourCaptainBloods,yourHagthorpesandyourMorgansagainstusanddisclaimresponsibiliyforwhattheydo.LikePilate,youwashyourhands."He laughedsavagely."LetSpainplaythepartofPilate.Letherdisclaimresponsibilityfor me,whenyourambassadorattheEscurialshallgowhiningtothe SupremeCouncilofthisactofpiracybyDonMiguel deEspinosa.""CaptainBloodandtherestarenotadmiralsofEngland,"criedLordJulian."Aretheynot?Howdo Iknow?HowdoesSpainknow? Areyounotliarsall,youEnglishheretics?""Sir!"LordJulian'svoicewasharshasarasp,hiseyes flashed.Instinctivelyheswungahandtotheplacewherehisswordhabituallyhung.Thenheshruggedandsneered."Ofcourse,"saidhe, "it sortswithall IhaveheardofSpanishhonourandallthatI have seen ofyoursthatyoushouldinsultamanwhoIsunarmedandyourprisoner."Theadmiral'sfaceflamedscarlet.Hehalfraisedhishandtostrike.Andthen,restrainedperhapsbytheverywordsthathadcloakedtheretortinginsult, lie turnedonhisheelabruptlyandwentoutwithout 1'-nswering. CHAPTERVII.THEMEETING.Asthedoorslammedafterthedepartingadmiral,LordJulianturnedtoArabella,andactuallysmiled.Hefeltthathewasdoingbetter,andgathered fromitanalmostchildishsatisfaction-childishinall thecircumstances."DecidedlyIthinkIhadthelastword there,"hesaid,withatossofhisgoldenringlets Miss Bishop,seatedatthecabintable,lookedat.him steadily,withoutreturninghissmile."Doesitmatter,then,somuch,havingthelastword?Iamthinking ofthosepoorfellowsontheRoyal Mmy. Many of themhavehadtheirlastword,indeed.Andfor what? A fineshipsunk,ascoreofliveslost,thricethatnumber nowinjeopardy,andallforwhat?"Youareoverwrought, ma'alI\. I... "Overwrought!"sheutteredasinglesharpnoteof laughter."IassureyouIamcalm.Iamasking you a question,LordJulian.WhyhasthisSpaniarddone all this?Towhatpurpose?"You heardhim.":LordJulianshruggedangrily."Blood-lust," heexplainedshortly. "Blood-lust?"sheasked.Shewasamazed."Doessuch a thingexistthen?Itisinsane,monstrous.""Fiendish,"hislordshipagreed."Devil'swork.""Idon'tunderstand.AtBridgetownthreeyearsago there was aSpanishraidandthingsweredonethatshouldhavebeenimpossibletomen,h9rrible,re voltingthingswhichstrainbelief,whichseemwhenIthinkofthemnowliketheillusionsofsomeevildream. Aremenjustbeasts?""Men?"saidLordJulianstaring."SaySpaniards,andI'llagree."HewasanEnglishmanspeakingofhereditaryfoes.Andyettherewasameasureoftruthinwhathesaid."This i!J theSpanishwayintheew World.Faith,almostitjustifiessuchmenasBlood ofwhattheydo."Sheshivered,asifcold,andsettingherelbowsonthetable,shetookherchininherhands,andsatstaringbefore her. Observingher,hislcrdshipnoticedhowdrawnand wi!ite herfacehadgrown.Therewasreasonenoughforthat,andfor worse.Notanyotherwomanofhisacquaintancewouldhavepreservedherselfcontrolinsuchanordeal;andoffear,atleast,atnotimehadMissBishopshownanysign.Itisimpos alblethathedidnotfindheradmirable.ASpanishstewardenteredbearingasilverchocolateserviceanda box ofPeruviancandies,whichheplacedonthetablebeforethelady."Withtheadmiral'shomage,"hesaid,thenbowed,andwithdrew.MissBishoptooknoheedofhimorhisoffering,butcontinuedtostarebeforeher,lostinthought.LordJuliantookaturninthelong,lowcabin,which was lightedbyaskylightab
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26 .PLANTERS'PUNCH1923-24Buttheadmiralsolemnlyshookhishead."Patience,"heexhortedthem."Saveyourfireuntilwehavehim.Heiscomingstraighttohisdoom-straighttotheyard-armandtheropethathavebeen "So longwaitingforhim.""Stabme!"saidhislordship."ThisEnglishmanmaybegallantenoughtoacceptbattleagainstsuch -odds. Buttherearetimeswhendiscretionisabetterqualitythangallantryinacommander.""Gallantrywilloftenwinthrough,evenagainststrength,"saidMissBishopHelookedather,andnotedinherbearingonlyexcitement.Offearhecouldstilldiscernnotrace. His lordshipwaspastamazement.Shewasnotbyanymeansthekind.ofwomantowhichlifehadaccustomedhim."Presently,"hesaid,"youwillsuffermetoplace'youundercover.""Icanseebestfromhere,"sheansweredhim.Andaddedquietly:"IamprayingforthisEnglishman.Hemustbeverybrave."UnderhisbreathLordJuliandamnedthefellow's'bravery.TheArabellawasadvancingnowalongacoursewhich,ifcontinued,mustcarryherstraightbetween-thetwoSpanishships.Mylordpointeditout."He'scrazysurely!"hecried. "H&'s drivingstraightintoadeath-trap.He'llbecrushedtosplintersbetweenthetwo.NowonderthatblackfacedDonisholdinghisfire.Inhisplace,I SIlOUld dothesame."Butevenatthatmomenttheadmiralraisedhishand;inthewaist,belowhim,atrumpetblared,andimmediatelythegunnerontheprowtouchedoffhisguns.Asthethunderofthemrolledout,hislordshipsawaheadbeyondtheEnglishshipandtolarboardofhertwoheavysplashes.AlmostatoncetwosuccessivespurtsoffiameleaptfromthebrasscannonontheAl'abella'sbeak-head,andscarcelyhadthewatchersonthepoopseentheshowerofspraywhereoneoftheshotsstruckthewaternearthem,thanwitharendingcrashandashiverthatshooktheMilagl'osafromstemtostern,theothercametolodgeinherforecastle.Toavengethatblow,theHidalgablazed-attheEnglishmanwithbothherforwardguns.But -even atthatshortrange-betweentwoandthreehun-.dredyards-neithershottookeffect.AtahundredyardstheAl'abella'sforwardguns,whichhadmeanwhilebeenreloaded,firedagainattheMilagl'osa,and this timesmashedherbowspritintosplinters;sothatforamomentsheyawedwildlytoport.DonMiguelsworeprofanely,andthen,asthe -llelm wasputovertoswingherbackto her course,hisownprowreplied.Buttheaimwastoohigh,andwhilstoneoftheshotstorethroughtheArabella's shrouds andscarredhermainmast,theotheragainwentwide.Andwhenthesmokeofthatdischarge llad lifted,theEnglishshipwasfoundalmostbetweentheSpaniards,herbowsinlinewiththeirsandcomingsteadilyonintowhathislordshipdemeedadeath -trap. LordJulianheldhisbreath,andMissBishop,gasped,clutchingtherailbeforeher.Shehada.glimpseofthewickedlygrinningfaceofDonMiguel,.andthegrinningfacesofthemenatthegunsinthewaist.AtlasttheAl'abellawasrightbetweenthe"Spanishshipsprowto poopandpooptoprow.DonMiguelspoketothetrumpeter,whohadmountedthequarter-deckandstoodnowattheadmiral'selbow.Themanraisedthesilverbuglethatwastogivethesignalforthebroadsidesofbothships.Butevenasheplacedittohislips,theadmiralseizedhisarm,toarresthim.Onlythenhadheperceivedwhatwasso.obvious-orshouldhavebeentoanexperienceaseafighter:hehaddelayedtoolongandCaptainBloodhadout-manoouvredhim.InattemptingtofirenowupontheEnglishman,theMilagrosaandherconsort would alsobefiringintoeachother.Toolateheor -dered hishelmsmantoputthetillerhardoverandswingtheshiptolarboard,asapreliminarytoman oouvring for alessimpossiblepositionofattack.Atthatverymomentthe J11'abella seemedtoexplodeasshesweptby.Eighteengunsfromeachofherflanks.emptiedthemselvesatthepoint-blankrangeintothe hullp ofthetwoSpanishvessels.Half-stunnedbythatreverberatingthunder,andthrownoffherbalancebythesuddenlurchoftheshipunderherfeet,MissBishophurtledviolentlyagainstLordJulian,whokept pis feetonlybyclutchingtherailonwhichhehadbeenleaningBillowingcloudsofsmoketostarboardblottedouteverything,anditsacridodour,takingthempresentlyinthethroatset"themgaspingandcoughing.FromthegrimconfusionandturmoilinthewaistbelowaroseaclamouroffierceSpanishblasphemiesandthescreamsofmaimedmen.TheMilagl-osastag gered slowlyahead,agapingrentinherbulwarks;herforemastwasshattered,fragmentsoftheyardshanginginthenettingspreadbelow.Herbeak-headwasinsplinters,andashothadsmashedthroughintothegreatcabinreducingittowreckage.DonMiguelwasbawlingorderswildly,andpeeringeverandanonthroughthecurtainofsmokethatwasdriftingslowlyastern,inhisanxietytoascertainhowitmighthavefaredwiththeHidalga.Suddenly,andghostlyatfirstthroughthatliftinghaze,loomedtheoutlineofaship;graduallythelinesofher :ted hullbecamemoreandmoresharply defined asshesweptneaterwithpolesallbaresave the spread ofcanvasonhersprit.InsteadofholdingtohercourseasDonMiguel "had confidentlyexpected,theArabellahadgoneaboutundercoverofthesmoke,andsailingnowinthesamedirectionastheMilagl'osa,wasconvergingsharplyuponheracrossthewind,sosharplythatalmostbe forethefrenziedDonMiguelhadrealisedthesituation,hisvesselstaggeredundertherendingimpactwithwhichtheothercamehurtlingalongside.Therewasarattleandclankofmetalasadozengrapnelsfell,andtoreandcaughtinthetimbersoftheMilagrosa.andtheSpaniardwasfirmlygrippedinthetentaclesof.theEnglishship.Beyondherandnowwellasterntheveilof smoke wasrentatlastandtheHidalgawasrevealedindesperatecase.Shewasbilgingfast,withanominouslisttolarboard,anditcouldbenomorethana questionofmomentsbeforeshesettleddown.Theattentionofherhandswasbeingentirelygiventoadesperateendeavourtolaunchtheboatsintime.OfthisDonMiguel'sanguishedeyeshadnomorethana fleeting,butcomprehensiveglimpsebeforehisowndeckswereinvadedbyawild,yellingswarmofboardersfromthegrapplingship.Neverwascon fidence soquicklychangedintodespair,neverwashuntermoreswiftlyconvertedintohelplessprey.ForhelplesstheSpaniardswere.Theswiftly-executedboardingmanoouvrehadcaughtthemalmostunawaresinthemomentofconfusionfollowingthepunishingbroadsidetheyhadsustainedatsuchshortrange.ForamomenttherewasavalianteffortbysomeofDonMiguel'sofficerstorallythemenforastandagainsttheseinvaders.ButtheSpaniards,neverattheirbestinclose-quarterfighting,wereheredemoralisedbyknowledgeoftheenemieswithwhom tltey hadtodeal.TheirhastilyformedranksweresmashedMR.T..N.AGUILAR.Youcanteachbusinessmethodsincolleges,nodoubt:thatiswhatsomeinstitutionsexisttodothesedays.Butwhenyouhavebeentaughtallthata collegecanimpartthereisstillsomethingyoumusthave,andthatisnottobeacquiredifyouareto devel!>p intoahighlysuccessfulbusinessman.Itissomethingthatmustbeborninyou;ifitis,youwilllearnmuchaboutbusinessanditsmethodsinthatgreat echool whichwecallExperienceorLife.Of allthe businessmenofJamaica,oneofthemosteminentlysuccessfulisMr. T. .Aguilar.Thereisnoonewithamoreequabletemperament,amoreplacidde meanou,r; weonceheardhimdescribedasa man whoseemedtobethinkingofabstractthings,ponderinguponimponderableproblems.Yetheisknownandadmittedtobe abusinessmanofmarkedability,ashrewd, appraiseroffactsandconditions,onewithajustandwiseappreciationofcircumstances.Hehasbeengreatlyhelpedbyalongexperience.Buttheoriginaltalenttobenefitbyexperiencemusthavebeeninhim;behindthatplacid,philosophicallookakeen,alertintellecthasbeenfunctioningfordecades.Blessedwitharemarkablevitality,excellenthealth,and" atemperamentthatacceptscalmlybothgoodfortuneandill,thesubjectofthissketchhassteadilywontoanenviablepositioninthecolony'sbusinesslife;asChairmanoftheVictoriaMutualBuildingSocietyandmemberofanynumberofbusinessboardshehelpstodirectthepolicyofenterpriseswhichcarrythehall-markofsuccess.Withalamodestman,easyofapproach,pleasanttoconversewith,appreciativeofothers,andstillanindefatigableworker.Hewillneverbeanoldman,thoughhelivetobe ahundred.Hewillalwaysbeactiveinspiritandinmind.Hisinterestinthesportofracing,whichhehaspersonallydonesomuchtoencourage, shows asideofhischaracterwhichanyonenotanarrowPuritanmustappreciate.Hislove of aheartylaughislikesalt:itsavourshisexistenceandhelpstokeepitwhole.beforetheycould besteadied;drivenacrossthewaisttothebreakofthepoopontheoneside,anduptotheforecastlebulkheadsontheother,thefightingresolveditselfintoaseriesofskirmishesbetweengroups.Andwhilstthiswasdoingabove,anotherhordeofbuccaneersswarmedthroughthemainhatchtothedeckbelowtooverpowerthegun-crewsattheirstationsthere.Onthequarter-deck,towardswhichanoverwhelmingwaveofbuccaneerswassweeping,ledbya one-eyedgiant,whowasnakedtothewaist,stoodDonMiguel,numbedbydespairandrage.Aboveandbehindhimonthepoop,LordJulianandMissBishoplookedon,hislordshipaghastatthefuryofthiscooped-upfighting,thelady'sbravecalmconqueredatlastbyhorrorsothatshereeledtheresickandfaint.Soon,however,therageofthatbrieffightwasspent.TheysawthebannerofCastilecomeflutteringdownfromthemasthead.Abuccaneerhadslashedthehalyardwithhiscutlass.TheboarderswereinpossessionandontheupperdeckgroupsofdisarmedSpaniardsstoodhuddlednowlikeherdedsheep.SuddenlyMissBishoprecoveredfromhernausea,toleanforwardstaringWild-eyed,whilstifpossiblehercheeksturnedyetadeadlierhuethantheyhadbeenalready.Pickinghiswaydaintilythroughthatshamblesinthewaist,cameatallmanwithadeeplytannedfacethatwasshadedbyaSpanishheadpiece.Hewasarmedinback-and-breastofblacksteelbeautifullydamascenedwithgoldenarabesques.Overthis,likeastole,heworeaslingofscarletsilk,fromeachendofwhichhungasilver-mountedpistol.Upthebroadcompaniontothequarter-deckhecame,movingwitheasyassurance,untilhestoodbeforetheSpanishAdmiral.Thenhe.bowedstiffandformally.Acrisp,metallicvoice,speakingperfectSpanishreachedthosetwospectatorsonthepoop,andincreasedtheadmiringwonderinwhichLordJulianhadobservedtheman'sapproach."Wemeetagainatlast,DonMiguel,"itsaid."Ihopeyouaresatisfied.Althoughthemeetingmaynotbeexactlyasyoupicturedit,atleastithasbeenveryardentlysoughtanddeSiredbyyou."Speechless,lividofface,hismouthdistortedandhisbreathinglaboured,DonMigueldeEspinosa le Iceivedtheironyofthatmantowhomheattributedhisruinandmorebeside.Thenheutteredaninarticulatecryofrage,andhishandswepttohissword.Butevenashisfingerscloseduponthehilt,theother'scloseduponhiswristtoarresttheaction."Calm,DonMiguel!"hewasquietly,butfirmlyenjoined."Donotrecklesslyinvitetheuglyextremessuchasyouwould,yourself,havepractisedhadthesituationbeenreversea."Amomenttheystoodlookingintoeachother'seyes."Whatdoyouintendbyme?"theSpaniardinquired at last,hisvoicehoarse.CaptainBloodshrugged.Thefirmlipssmiledalittle."AllthatIintendhasbeenalreadyaccomplished.Andlestitincreaseyourrancour,Ibegyoutoobservethatyouhavebroughtitentirelyuponyourself. Youwouldhaveitso."Heturnedandpointedtotheboats,whichhismenwereheavingfromtheboomamidships."Yourboatsarebeinglaunched.Youareatliberty t6 embarkinthemwithyourmenbeforewescuttlethisship.YonderaretheshoresofHispaniola.YoushouldmakethemsafelyAndifyou'lltakemyadvice,sir,you'llnothuntmeagain.IthinkIamunluckytoyou. youhometoSpain,DonMiguel,andtoconcernsthatyouunderstandbetterthanthistradeofthesea."Foralongmomentthedefeatedadmiralcontinuedtostarehishatredin silenc!!, then,still without: !!peak inghewentdownthecompanion,staggeringlikeadrunkenman,hisuselessrapierclatteringbehindhim.Hisconqueror,whohadnoteventroubled to disarmhim,watchedhimgo,thenturned ::Lnd facedthosetwoimmediatelyabovehimonthepoop.LordJulianmighthaveobserved,hadhebeenless taken upwithotherthings,thatthefellowseemedsuddenlytostiffen,andthatheturnetlpaleunderhisdeeptan.Amomenthestoodatgaze;then,suddenlyandswiftly,hecameup the steps.LordJulianstoodforwardto meet him."Yedon'tmean,sir,thatyou'llletthatSpanishscoundrelgofree?"hecried.Thegentlemanintheblackcorseletappearedtobecomeawareofhislordshipforthefirsttime."Andwhothedevilmayyoube?"heasked,withamarkedIrishaccent."Andwhatbusinessmayitbeofyours,atall?"Hislordshipconceivedthatthefellow'struculenceandutterlackofproperdeferencemustbecorrected."IamLordJulianWade,"heannounced.withthatobject.Apparentlytheannouncementmadenoimpression."Areyouindeed!Thenperhapsye'llexplainwhattheplagueyou'redoingaboardthisship?"LordJuliancontrolled'himselftoaffordthedesiredexplanation.Hedidsoshortlyandimpatiently."Hetookyouprisoner,didhe-alongwithMissBishopthere?""YouareacquaintedwithMissBishop,"criedhislordship,passingfromsurprisetosurprise.Butthismannerlessfellowhadsteppedpasthim,andwasmakingalegtothelady,whoonhersideremainedunresponsiveandforbiddingtothepointof

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1923-24PLANTERS'PUNCH27scorn.Observingthis,heturnedtoanswerLordJulian'squestion."Ihadthathonouronce,"saidhe."ButitseemsthatMissBishophasashortermemory."Hislipsweretwistedintoawrysmile,andtherewaspainintheblueeyesthatgleamedsovividlyunderhisblackbrows,painblendingwiththemock ery ofhisvoice.ButofallthisitwasthemockeryalonethatwasperceivedbyMissBishop;sheresented it. "I donotnumberthievesand pi'l/ltes amongmyacquaintance,CaptainBlood,"saidshe,whereuponhislordshipexplodedinexcitement."CaptainBlood!"hecried."AreyouCaptainBlood?""Whatelsewereyesupposing?"Bloodaskedthequestionwearily,hismindonotherthings."Idonotnumberthievesandpiratesamongmyacquaintance."Thecruelphrasefilledhisbrain,re-echoingandreverberatingthere.ButLordJulianwouldnotbedenied.Hecaughthimbythesleevewithonehand,whilstwiththeotherhepointedaftertheretreating,dejectedfigureofDonMiguel. "Do Iunderstandthatye'renotgoingtohangthatSpanishscoundrel?""WhatforshouldI behanginghim?""Becausehe'sjustadamnedpirate,asIcanprove,asIhaveprovedalready.""Ah!"saidBlood,andLordJulianmarvelledat the suddenhaggardnessofacountenancethathadbeen sodevil-may-carebutafewmomentssince."Iamadamnedpirate,myself;andsoIammercifulwithmykind.'DonMiguel goes free."Lord Julian gasped."AfterwhatI'vetoldyouthathehasdone?AfterhissinkingoftheRoyal Ma1'y? Afterhistreatmentof me--of us?"LordJulianprotestedindignantly."IamnotintheserviceofEngland,orof :lny nation,sir.AndIamnotconcernedWithanywrongsherflagmaysuffer."HislordshiprecoiledbeforethefuriousglancethatblazedathimoutofBlood'shaggardfaceButthepassionfadedasswiftlyasithadarisen.Itwasina levelvoicethatthecaptainadded:"Ifyou'llescortMissBishopaboardmyship,Ishallbeobligedtoyou. Ibegthatyou'llmakehaste.Weareabouttoscuttlethishulk."\Heturnedslowlytodepart.ButagainLordJulianinterposed.Containinghisindignantamazement,hislordshipdeliveredhimselfcoldly."CaptainBlood,you disappoint me. Ihadhopedofgreatthingsfor you.''' "Gotothedevil,"saidCaptainBlood,turningonhisheel,andsodeparted.CHAPTERVIII.THIEF .AND .PIRATE. ..... CAPTAINBLOODpacedthepoop ofhisshipaloneinthetepiddusk,andthegrowi-nggoldenradianceofthe gre3.t pooplanterninwhich a seamanhadjustlightedthethreelamps.Abouthimallwaspeace.Thesignsoftheday'sbattlehadbeen dfaced,:he deckshadbeenswabbed,andorderwasrestored above and below. Agroupofmensquatting atioutthe mainhatchweredrowsilychanting,theirhardenednaturessoftenedperhapsbythecalm 'md beauty of:he night.Theywerethemenofthelarboardwatch,waiting :;'01' eightbellswhichwasimminent.CaptainBlooddidnothearthem,hedidnothearanythingsavetheechoof those cruelwords Which haddubbedhim thief:lnd pirate.Thief and pirate!Itis'anoddfactofhumannaturethatamanmayforyearspossesstheknowledgethat a certain thing mustbe .of acertainfashion,andyetbeshockedtodiscoverthroughhisownsensesthatthefactisinperfectharmonywithhisbeliefs.Whenfirst,threeyearsago,atTortugahehadbeenurgedupontheadventurer'scoursewhichhehadfollowedeversince,hehadknowninwhatopinionArabellaBishopmustholdhimifhesuccumbed.Onlytheconvictionthatalreadyshe w::.s foreverlosttohim,byintrOducingacertaindesperaterecklessnessintohissoul,hadsuppliedthefinalimpulsetodrivehimuponhisrover'scourse..Thatheshouldevermeetheragainhadnotenteredhiscalculations,hadfoundnoplaceinhisdreams.Theywere,heconceived,irrevocably and foreverparted.Yetinspiteofthis,inspite even ofthepersuasionthattoherthisreflectionthatwashistormentcouldbringnoregrets,hehadkeptthethoughtofhereverbeforehiminallthosewildyearsoffilibustering.Hehaduseditas a curbnotonlyuponhimself,butalsouponthosewhofollowedhim.Neverhadbuccaneersbeensorigidlyheldinhand,neverhadtheybeensofirmlyrestrained,neversodebarredfromtheexcessesofrapineandlustthat were usualintheirkindasthosewhosailedWithCaptainBlood.Itwas,youwillremernber,stipulatedin their articlesthatintheseasinothermatters they mustsubmittothecommandsof their leader.Andbecauseofthesingulargoodfortunewhichhadattendedhisleadership,hehadbeenabletoimposethatsterneonditionofadisciplineunknownbeforeamongbuc-caneers.Howwouldnotthesemenlaughathimnowifheweretotellthemthatthishehaddoneoutofrespectforaslipof a girlofwhomhehadfallenromanticallyenamoured?Howwouldnot that laugh-.terswellifheaddedthatthisgirlhadthatdayinformedhimthatshedidnotnumberthievesandpi-ratesamongheracquaintance.Thiefandpirate!Howthewordsclung,howtheystungandburnthisbrain!Itdidnotoccurtohim,beingnopsychologist,norlearnedinthetortuousworkingsofthefemininemind,that the factthatshe'shouldbestowuponhimthoseepithetsin'theverymomentandcircumstancesoftheirmeetingwasinitselfcurioas.Hedidnotper. ceivetheproblem thus presented;thereforehecouldnotprobeit.Elsehemighthaveconcluded that ifinamomentinwhichbydeliveringherfromcaptivityhedeservedhergratitude,yetsheexpressedherselfinbitterness,itmustbebecausethatbitterness was anteriortothegratitudeanddeep-seated.Shehadbeenmovedtoitby he3.ring ofthecoursehehadtaken.Why?Itwaswhathedidnotaskhimself,'Jr :10me rayoflightmighthavecometobrightenhisdark,his.utterlyevildespondency.Surelyshewouldneverhavebeensomovedhadshenotcared-hadshenotfeltthatinwhathedidtherewas :l personal wrong toherself.Surely,hemighthavereasoned, nothing. shortofthiscould,havemovedhertosuch :l degreeofbitternessandscornas th3.t whichshehaddisplayed .. Thatishowyouwillreason.Notso,however,reasonedCaptainBlood.Indeed th3.t nighthereasonednotatall.Hissoulwasgivenuptoconflictbetweenthealmostsacredlovehehadborneherin all these ye3.rs, andtheevilpassionwhichshehad now awakenedinhim.Extremestouch, and intouchingmayfor a spacebecomeconfused,indistinguishable.Andtheextremeofloveandhatewereto-nightsocon-fusedinthesoulofCaptainBlood th3.t intheirfusiontheymadeup a monstrous passion. Thiefandpirate!Thatwaswhatshedeemedliim,withoutqualifica.tion,obliviousofthedeepwrongshehadsuffered,thedesperatecaseinwhichhefoundhimselfafterhisescapefromBarbadoes,andalltherestthathadgonetomakehimwhathewas.Thatheshouldhavecon du.ctedhisfilibusteringwithhandsascleanaswerepossibletoamanengagedins.uchundertakingshadalsonotoccurredtoherasacharitablethoughtwithwhichto mitigf'-te herjudgmentof amanshehad onceesteeI:led. Shehadnocharityforhim,nomercy.Shehadsum:nedhimup,convictedhim :J.ndsentenced himinthatonephrase.HewasthiefandpirateinTHESERGEISLAND EST'ATlS41 r' LirnitedGF Sugar,Rum,Alcohol,Motor Pulvalime @)===========@) HIGH GRADEAND FURNITURE.GENERALAGENTSAND Representing: 105HARBOURST.. KINGSTON, JAMAICA.SHOWROOMS:TheAeolianVocalionCO.,PhonographRecords,The Steel EquipmentCo.ofCanadaFilingCabinets,andothers.,SEAFORTH, ST. THOMAS, JAMAICA.FACTORIES:

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28PLATERS'PUNCHTHEIMPERIALLIFEASSURANCECOMPANYOFCANADAJamaican Oliice --'71BarrySt.,Kingston.BranchManagers:SpecialTravellingRepresentatives:MANTON&HARTR.BRAHAMHARRISR.A.FIGUEROASpecial Uepresentative St.Mary:-KENNETHMcCARTHY.LOCALREPRESENTATIVESTHROUGHOUTTHEISLAND.ASSURANCEINFORCEOVER$150JOOOJOOQ. ,. LIBERALBONUSESPAID. LOCALATTENTIONTOALLREQUIREMENTSOFPOLICYHOLDERS.THE HASLARGEHOLDINGSOFJAMAICAN DEBENTURESANDARE AREDTOICONSIDERLOANSONREALESTATE.DEATHCLAIMSPAIDONTHESPOTANDALLLOANSANDCASHVALUESPAIDOUTLOCALLY\VITHOUTDELAY.EnquiriesInvited.1923-24

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AND TROPICAL" "LA DUNHILLB.B.B.D.B.LCOMOY.YOURPATRONAGESOLICITED."GOLOFINA"CIGARS 24 KINGSTREET,II. WE ALSO KEEPINSTOCK A COMPLETE ASSORTMENT OFTOBACCOEMPORIUM29IMPORTERS OFPIPES,TOBACCOS,CIGARETTES,SMOKERS'ARTICLES,ETC.planter!"Hecheckedabruptly."Ibegyourpardon,MissBishop.Forthemoment"Youwerecarriedawaybyyourheatindefenceofthis...sea-robber."MissBishop'sscornwasalmostfierce .Hislordshipstaredatheragain.Thenhehalfclosedhislarge,paleeyes,andtiltedhisheadalittle."Iwonderwhyyouhatehimso,"hesaidsoftly.Hesawthesuddenscarletllameuponhercheeks,the heavy frownthatdescendeduopnherbrow.Hehadmadeherveryangry,hejudged.Buttherewasnoexplosion.Sherecovered."Hatehim?Lord!Whatathought!Idon'tregardthefellowatall.""Thenyeshould,ma'am."Hislordshipspokehisthoughtfrankly."He'sworthregarding.He'dbeanacquisitiontotheKing's navy-a manthatcandothethingshedidthismorning.HisserviceunderdeRuyterwasn'twastedonhim.Thatwasagreatseaman,and-blistermel-thepupil'sworthythemasterifIamajudgeofanything.IdoubtiftheRoyalNavycanshowhisequal.Tothrusthimselfdeliberatelybetweenthosetwo,atpoint-blankrange,andsoturnthetablesonthem!Itaskscourage,resource,'andinvention.Andweland-lubberswerenottheonlyoneshetrickedbyhis manreuvre. ThatSpanishAdmiralneverguessedtheintentuntilitwastoo late, PUNCHPLANTERS'"Whatwasthelady'sname?"Pitt'seyebrowswentup;stillheanswered."Missd'Ogeron.ShewasthedaughteroftheGovernorofTortuga.Shehadgoneoff WiththisfellowLevasseur,and...andPeterdeliveredheroutofhisdirtyclutches.Hewasablack-heartedscoundrel,anddeservedwhatPetergavehim.""Isee.And...andyetCaptainBloodhasnotmarriedher?""Notyet,"laughedPitt,WhoknewtheuttergroundlessnessofthecommongossipinTortugawhichpronouncedMademoiselled'Ogeronthecap-tain'sfuturewife. .MissBishopnoddedinsilence, :lnd JeremyPittturnedto relievedthatthecatechismwasend ed.Hepausedinthedoorwaytoimpartapieceofinformation."Maybeit'llcomfortyoutoknowthatthecaptainhasalteredourcourseforyourbenefit.It'shisintentiontoputyoubothashoreonthecoastofJamaica,asnearPortRoyalaswedareventure.We'vegoneabout,andifthiswindholdsye'llsoonbehomeagain, "Vastlyobligingof him,"drawledhislordship,seeingthatMissBishopmadenoshifttoanswer.Sombre-eyed she sat,staringintovacancy."Indeedyemaysayso,"Pittagreed."He'stakingrisksthatfewwouldtakeinhisplace. .Butthat'salwaysbeenhisway."Hewentout,leavinghislordshippensive,thosedreamyblueeyesofhisintentlystudyingMissBishop'sfaceforalltheirdreaminess;hismindincreasinglyuneasy.AtlengthMissBishoplookedathim,andspoke."YourCahusactoldyounomorethanthetruth,itseems.""Iperceivedthatyouweretestingit,"saidhislordship."Iamwonderingpreciselywhy."Receivingnoanswer,hecontinuedtoobservehersilently,hislongtaperingfingerstoyingwitharingletofthegoldenperiwiginwhichhislongfacewasset.MissBishopsatbemused,herbrowsknit,herbroodingglanceseemingtostudythefineSpanishpointthatedgedthetablecloth.Atlasthislordshipbroke the silence."Heamazesme,thisman,"saidhe,inhisslowlanguidvoicethatneverseemedtochangeitslevel."Thatheshouldalterhiscourseforusisinitselfmatterforwonder;butthatheshouldtakeariskonourbehalf-thatheshouldventureintoJamaicawaters...Itamazesme;asIhavesaid."MissBishopraisedhereyes,andlookedathim.Sheappearedtobeverythoughtful.Thenherlipflickeredcuriously,almostscornfullyitseemedtohim.Herslenderfingersdrummedthetable."Whatisstillmoreamazingisthathedoesnotholdustoransom,"saidsheatlast."It'swhatyoudeserve.""Oh,andwhy,ifyouplease?""Forspeakingtohimasyoudid.""Iusuallycallthingsbytheirnames.""Doyou?Stabme! Ishouldn'tboastofit.Itargueseitherextremeyouthorextremefoolishness."Hislorship,yousee,belongedtomyLordSunderland'sschool ofphilosophy.Headdedaftera moment:"Sodoesthedisplayofingratitude."Afaintcolourstirredinhercheeks."Yourlordshipisevidentlyaggrievedwithme. Iamdisconsolate.Ihopeyourlordship'sgrievanceissounderthanyourviewsof life.Itisnewstomethatingratitudeisafaultonlytobefoundintheyoungandthe:i'oolish.""Ididn'tsayso,ma'am."Therewasatartnessinhistoneevokedby the tartnessshehadused."Ifyouwoulddomethehonourtolisten,youwouldnotmisapprehendme.Forif,unlikeyou, I donotaI'wayssaypreciselywhatIthink,atleastIsaypreciselywhatIwishtoconvey. Tobeungratefulmaybehuman;buttodisplayitischildish.""I...Idon'tthinkIunderstand."Herbrowswereknit."HowhaveIbeenungratefulandto \vhom?" "Towhom?ToCaptainBlood.Didn'thecometoourrescue?""Didhe?"Hermannerwasfrigid."Iwasn'tawarethatheknewofourpresenceaboardtheMilagrosa."Hislordship permitteq himselftheslightestgestureofimpatience."Youareprobablyawarethathedeliveredus,"saidhe."Andlivingasyouhavedoneinthesesavageplacesoftheworld,youcanhardlyfailtobeawareofwhatisknowneveninEngland:thatthisfellow BloodstricUyconfines himsell tomakingwarupontheSpaniards.Sothattocallhimthiefandpirateasyoudidwastooverstatethecaseagainsthimatatimewhenitwouldhavebeenmoreprudenttohaveunderstatedit""Prudence?"Hervoicewasscornful."WhathaveItodo Withprudence?"..."Nothing-asI perceive.But,atleast,studygenerosity.Itellyoufrankly,ma'am,thatinBlood'splace Ishouldneverhavebeenso nice.Sinkme!Whenyouconsiderwhathehassufferedatthehandsofhisfellow-countrymen,youmaymarvelwithme l'.lat heshouldtroubletodiscriminatebetweenSpanishandEnglish.Tobesoldintoslavery!Ugh!"Hislordshipshuddered."Andtoadamnedcolonial1923-24hereyes;nothingmore,nothingless.Whatthenwasshe?Whatarethosewhohavenocharity?heaskedthestars.Well,asshehadshapedhimhitherto,solether shapehimnow.Thiefandpirateshehadbrandedhim.Sheshouldbejustified.Thiefandpirateshouldheprovehenceforth;nomore,noless; as bowelless,asremorselessasallthoseotherswhohaddeservedthosenames.Hewouldcastoutthemaudlinidealsbywhichhehadsoughttosteeracourse;putan endtothisidioticstruggletomakethebestoftwoworlds.Shehadshownhimclearlytowhichworldhebelonged.Lethimnowjustifyher.Shewasaboardhisship,inhispower,andhedesiredher.Helaughedsoftly,jeeringly,asheleanedonthetaffrail,looking down atthephosphorescentgleamintheship'swake,and nis ownlaughterstartledhim.byitsevilnote.Hecheckedsuddenly,andshivered.A sobbrokefromhimtoendthatribaldburstofmirth.Hetookhisfaceinhishandsandfounda chillmoistureonhisbrow.Meanwhile,LordJulian,whoknewthefemininepartofhumanityratherbetterthanCaptainBlood,wasengagedinsolvingthecuriousproblemthathadsocompletelyescapedthebuccaneer.Hewasspurredtoit, Isuspect,bycertainvaguestirringsofjealousy.MissBishop'sconductintheperilsthroughwhichtheyhadcomehadbroughthimatlasttoperceivethatawomanmaylackthesimperinggracesofculturedfeminityandyetbecauseofthatlackbethemoreadmirable.Hewonderedwhatpreciselymighthavebeenher e'lrlier relationswithCaptainBlood,andwasconsciousof a: certainuneasinesswhichurgedhimnowtoprobethematter.Hislordship's.paledreamyeyeshad,asI said, ahabitofobserving t\;1ings, andhisWitsweretolerablyacute.Hewasblaminghimselfnowfornothavingob servedcertainthingsbefore,or, at least,fornothavingstudiedthemmoreclosely,andhewasbusilyconnectIngthemwithmorerecentobservationsmadethatveryday.Hehadobserved,forinstance,thatBlood'sshipwasnamedthe A1'abella, andheknewthatArabellawasMissBishop'sname.Andhehadobserved all theoddparticularsofthemeetingof Ca.-ptain BloodandMissBishop,andthecuriouschangethismeetinghadwroughtineach.The lady hadbeenmonstrouslyunciviltothecaptain.Itwasaveryfoolishattitudefor a ladyinhercircumstancestoadopttowardsamaninBlood's;andhislordshipcouldnotimagineMissBishopasnormallyfoolish.Yetinspiteofherrudeness,inspiteofthefactthatshewasthenieceof amanwhomBloedmustregardashisenemy,MissBishopandhislordshiphadbeenshowntheutmostconsiderationaboardthecaptain'sship.Acabinhadbeenplacedatthedisposalofeach,towhichtheirscantyremainingbelongingandMissBishop'swomanhadbeendulytransferred.Theyweregiventhefreedomofthegreatcabin,andtheyhadsatdown.totablewithPitt,themaster,andWolverstone,whowasBlood'slieutenant,bothofwhomhadshownthemtheutmostcourtesy. AlsotherewasthefactthatBloodhimselfhadkeptalmoststudiouslyfromintrudinguponthem.Hislordship'smindwentswiftlybutcarefully,downtheseavenuesofthought,observingandconnect 'ing. Havingexhaustedthem,hedecidedtoseekad.ditionalinformationfromMissBishop. ;For this mustwaituntilPittandWolverstoneshould haye withdrawn.Hewashardlymadetowaitsolong,for :as PittrosefromtabletofollowWolverstone,whohadalreadydeparted,MissBishopdetainedhimwitha question: "Mr. Pitt,"sheasked,"wereyounotoneofthosewhoescapedfrom B'lrbadoes withCaptainBlood?""Iwas. I toowasoneofyouruncle'sslaves.""AndyouhavebeenwithCaptainBloodever'since?""Hisshipmasteralways,ma'am,"Shenodded.Shewasverycalm :lnd selfcontained;buthislordshipobservedthatshewas 'ilnsually pale,thoughconsideringwhatshehadthatdayundergonethisaffordednomatterforwonder."DidyoueversailwithaFrenchmannamedCahusac?""Cahusac?"Pittlaughed.Thenameevokedaridiculousmemory. "Ay.HewaswithusatMara -caybo." "AndanotherFrenchmannamedLevasseur?"Hislordshipmarvelledathermemoryofthesenames."Ay.CahusacwasLevasseur'slieutenant,untilhedied.""Untilwhodied?""Levasseur.HewaskilledononeoftheVirginIslandstwoyearsago.'"Therewasapause.Theninanevenquietervoicethanbefore, MissBishopasked:"Whokilledhim?"Pittansweredreadily.Therewas:00reasonwhyheshouldnot,thoughhebegantofindthecatechismintriguing."CaptainBloodkilledhim." UWhy?" Pitthesitated.Itwasnota tale foramaid'sears."Theyquarrelled,"hesaidshortly."Wasitabout...alady?"MissBishoprelentJesslypursuedhim."Youmightputitthatway."

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30PLANTERS'PUCH1923-24and Blood heldhimincheck.Agreatman,MissBishop.Amanworthregarding."MissBishopwasmovedtosarcasm."YoushoulduseyourinfluencewithmyLordSunderlandtohavetheKing oft'er himacommission." .His lordship'laughedsoftly."Faith,it'sdonealready.Ihavehiscommissioninmypocket."Andheincreasedheramazementbyabriefexpositionofthecircumstances.Inthatamazementhelefther,andwentinquestof Blood.Buthewasstillintrigued.IfshewerealittlelessuncompromisinginherattitudetowardsBlood,hislordshipwouldhavebeenhappier.Hefoundthecaptainpacingthequarter-deck,amanmentallyexhaustedfromwrestlingwiththedevil,althoughofthisparticularoccupationhislordshipcouldhavenopossiblesuspicion.Withtheamiablefamiliarityheused,LordJulianslippedanarmthroughoneofthecaptain's,andfellintostepbesidehim."What'sthis?"snappedBlood,whosemoodwasfierceandraw.Hislordshipwasnotdisturbed. "I desire,sir,thatwebefriends,"saidhesuave-ly."That'smightycondescendingofyou!"LordJulianignoredtheobvioussarcasm."It'sanoddcoincidencethatweshouldhavebeenbroughttogetherinthisfashion,consideringthatIcameouttotheIndiesespeciallytoseekyou.""Ye'renotbyanymeansthefirsttodothat,"theother scoft'ed. "Butthey'vemainlybeenSpaniards,andtheyhadn'tyourluck.""Youmisapprehendmecompletely,"saidLordJulian.Andonthatheproceededtoexplainhimselfandhismission.Whenhehaddone,CaptainBlood,whountilthatmomenthadstoodstillunderthespellofhisastonishment,disengagedhisarmfromhislordship's,andstoodsquarelybeforehim."Ye'remyguestaboardthis.ship,"saidhe,"andIstillhavesomenotionofdecentbehaviourleftmefromotherdays,thiefandpiratethoughImaybe.SoI'llnotbetellingyouwhatIthinkofyou for daringtobringmethisoffer,orofmyLordSunderlandsincehe'syourkinsman-forhavingtheimpudencetosendit.ButitdoesnotsurprisemeatallthatonewhoisaministerofJamesStuart'sshouldconceivethateverymanistobeseducedbybribesintobetrayingthosewhotrusthim."Heflungoutanarminthedirectionofthewaist,whencecamethehalf-melancholychantoftheloungingbuccaneers."Againyoumisapprehendme,"criedLordJulian,betweenconcernandindignation"Thatisnotintended.Yourfollowerswillbeincludedinyourcommission.""Andd'yethinkthey'llgowithmetohunttheirbrethren-theBrethrenoftheCoast?Onmysoul,LordJulian,itisyourselfdoesthemisapprehending.AretherenotevennotionsofhonourleftinEngland?Oh,andthere'smoretoitthanthat,even.D'yethinkIcouldtakeacommissionofKingJames's?ItellyouIwouldn'tbesoilingmyhandswithit-thiefandpirate'shandsthoughtheybe.ThiefandpirateiswhatyouheardMissBishopcallmeto-day-athingofscorn,anoutcast.Andwhomademethat?Whomademethiefandpirate?""Ifyouwerearebel... ?"hislordshipwasbeginning."YemustknowthatIwasnosuchthing-norebelatall.Itwasn'tevenpretended.Ifitwere,Icouldforgivethem.Butnoteventhatcloakcouldtheycastupontheirfoulness.Ohno;therewasnomistake.IwasconvictedforwhatIdid,neithermorenorless.Thatbloodyvampire Jeft'reys-bad cesstohim-sentencedmetodeath,andhisworthymaster,JamesStuart,afterwardssentmeintoslavery,becauseIhadperformedanactofmercy:becausecOmpassionatelyandwithoutthoughtforcreedorpoliticsIhadsoughttorelievethesufferingsofafellow-creature;becauseIhaddressedthewoundsof amanwhowasconvictedoftreason.Thatwasallmy oft'ence. You'llfinditintherecords.AndforthatIwassoldintoslavery:because,bythelawofEngland,asadministeredbyJamesStuartinviolationofthelawsofGod,whoharboursorcomfortsarebelishimselfadjudgedguiltyofrebellion.D'yedream,man,whatitistobe aslave?"Hecheckedsuddenlyattheveryheightofhispassion.Amomenthepaused,thencastitfromhimas if ithadbeena cloak.Hisvoicesankagain.Heutteredalittlelaughofwearinessandcontempt."Butthere!Igrowhotfornothingatall.I ex plainmyself,Ithink,andGodknows,itisnotmycustom.Iamgratefultoyou,LordJulian,foryourkindlyintentions.Iamso.Butye'llunderstand.perhaps.Yelookasifyemight."LordJulian stoild still.Hewasdeeplystrickenbytheother's word!'. thepassionateeloquentoutburstthatinafewsharp,clear-cutstrokeshadsoconvincinglypresentedtheman's bitter caseagainsthumanity,hiscompleteapologiaandjustificationforallthatcouldbelaidtohischarge.Hislordshiplookedatthatkeenintrepidfacegleaminglividlyinthelightofthegreatpooplantern,andhisowneyesweretroubled.Hewasabashed.Hefetchedaheavysigh."Apity,"hesaidslowly. "Oh, blisterme-a cursed pity!"Heheldouthishand,movedtoitonasuddengenerousimpulse. 4'But no offence betweenus,CaptainBlood." "Oh. no oft'ence. But.I'mathiefandapirate."He laughel1 withoutmirth,anddisregardingthe prof:ered hand,swungonhisheel.LordJulianstood a moment,watching the tallfigureasitmovedawaytowardsthetaffrail.Thenlettinghisarmsfallhelplesslytohissidesindejection,hedeparted.Justwithiuthedoorwayofthealleyleading to thecabin,heranintoMissBisho.p.Yetshehadnotbeencomingout,for her backwastowardshim,andshewasmovinginthesamedirection.Hefollowel1her,hismindtoofull ofCaptainBloodtobeconcernedjustthenwithhermovements.Inthecabinheflungintoachair, and exploded,withaviolencealtogetherforeigntohisnature."Damme if everImetamanI liKed better,orevenamanIlikedaswell.Yetthere'snothingtobedonewithhim.""SoIheard,"sheadmittedinasmallvoice.Shewasverywhite,andshekepthereyesuponherfoldedhands.Helookedupinsurprise,andthensatconningherwithbroodingglance. "I wondernow,"hesaidpresently,"ifthemischiefisofyourworking.'Yourwordshaverankledwithhim.Hethrewthematmeagainandagain.Hewouldn'ttaketheKing'scommission;hewouldn'ttakemyhandeven.What'stobedonewitha fellowlikethat?He'llendonayardarmforallhisluck.Andthequixoticfoolisrunningintodangeratthepresentmomentonourbehalf.""How?"sheaskedhim.withasuduenstartledinterest."How?Haveyouforgottenthathe'ssailingtoJamaica,andthatJamaicaistheheadquartersoftheEnglishfleet?True,yourunclecommandsit... MR.J.M.NETHERSOLEAkeensearchingglance,thelinesofthemouthsuggestingasmileinthemind,asmilenotunkindbutatriflecynical-thesmileof amanwhoknows.fartoomuchabouthumannaturetoexpecttoomucho'fit-thatistnefirstimpressiononeformsfromMr.Nethersole'sportrait,and,sofarasitgoes,itisatrueimpression.As officialTrusteeinBankruptcywhatexperienceshemusthavehad!Howmanyenemiesatonetimeorothermusthenothavemade!Therecansurelybe nomorepainfulorunpleasantdutythantohavetodealwithmenwhofailthroughnofaultoftheirown,withmenwhohavefaileddeliberately,withallclassesofdebtors,witheveryvarietyoflawyerfightingforhisclient'sinterestsThisisawonderfulexperienceofhumannature,butnotofthefinestsideofhumannature,andyet,afteryears.anddecadesofit,onefindstheAdministratorGeneralnotameremisanthropeoradrywitheredmentality,butamanstillwitha gooddealoftheenthusiasmandoptimismof adolescence.Bydispositionhewasfittedforpubliclife.Heisofthetypethatnaturallyturnstotheregionofideasandtheirpracticalapplicationincommunalaffairs;hehas,too, a markeli administrativeabilitywhichwouldhavebeenquickenedbythehandlingofproblemsrelatingtoacityor a country.Withhisgiftoffluentandpersuasiveexpression,hewouldhavewontoaveryhighplaceinpoliticallife;butcircumstancesmadeofhimaGovernmentofficial,anditisinthesphereof officialismthathehaswonfromaminorpositiontobeheadofoneofthelargestdepartmentsintheGovernmentService.Herehehasfoundsomescopeforhisnaturaltalents;some,butnotfullscope.Andifthecharacterofhisdutieshaveinevitablymadeforhimenemies,hehasalsonumerousfriendswho,understandinghim,haveforhimasincereandenduringappreciation.Heasksnomorethanthat.Sheleanedacrossthetabletointerrupthim,andheobservedthatherbreathinghadgrownlaboured.thathereyesweredilatinginalarm."Butthereisnohopeforhiminthat,"s,hecried."Oh,don'timagineit.Hehasnobittererenemyintheworld. Myuncleisahard,unforgiVingman.IbelievethatitwasnothingbutthehopeoftakingandhangingCaptainBloodthatmade my uncleleave his. Barbadoesplantationstoacceptthedeputy-governor-,shipofJamaica.CaptainBlooddoesn'tknowthat,ofcourse...."Shepausedwitha little gestureofhelplessness."Ican'tthinkthatitwouldmaketheleastdifferenceifhedid,"saidhislordshipgravely. "A manwhocanforgivesuchanenemyasDonMiguelandtakeupthisuncmopromisingattitudewithme,isn'ttobejudged'byordinaryrules.He'schivalrous to thepointofidiocy.""Andyethehasbeenwhathehasbeen,anddonewhathehasdoneintheselastthreeyears,"saidshe,.butshesaiditsori'owfullynow,without any ofherearlierscorn.LordJulianwassententious,asIgatherthatheoftenwas."Lifecanbeinfernallycomplex,"hesighed.CHAPTER IX. THESERVICEOFKINGJAMES.,MISSARABELLABISHOPwasarousedvery early onthefollowingmorningbythebrazenvoice of abugleandtheinsistentclangingof a bellintheship'sbelfry. Asshelayawake,idlywatchingtherippledgreenwaterthatappearedtobestreamingpasttheheavilyglazedporthole,shebecamegraduallyaware 0[' thesoundsofswiftlabouredbustle-theclatterofmanyfeet,theshoutsofhoarsevoicesandthepersist.,enttrundlingsofheavybodiesintheward-room imme diatelybelowthedeckofthecabin.Conceivingthesesoundstoportendamorethannormalactivity,shesatuppervadedbyavaguealarm,androusedherstillslumberingwoman.InhiscabinonthestarboardsideLordJulian,.disturbedbythesamesounds,wasalreadyastirandhurriedlydressing.Whenpresentlyheemergedunder'thebreakofthepoop,hefoundhimselfstaringupintoamountainofcanvas.Everyfoot ofsailthatshecouldcarryhadbeencrowdedtothe yards,tocatchthemorningbreeze.Aheadandoneitherside,stretchedthelimitlessexpanseof ocean,_sparklinggoldeninthesun,asyetnomorethana half-discof flameuponthehorizonstraightahead.Abouthiminthewaist,wherealllastnight had beenso peaceful,therewasa frenZiedlyactive bustle ofsomethreescoremen.Bytherail,immediatelyaboveandbehindLordJulian,stoodCaptainBloodinaltercationwitha one-eyedgiant,whoseheadwasswathedinaredcottonkerchief,whoseblueshirthungopenatthewaist.Ashislordship,movingforward,revealedhimself,theirvoices ceased,andBl:>odturnedtogreethim."Good-morningtoyou,"hesaid,andadded: "Ive blunderedbadly,so I have. Ishouldhaveknownbetterthantocomeso closetoJamaicabynight.ButIwasin haste tolandyou. Comeuphere.Ihave,somethingtoshowyou."Wondering,LordJulianmountedthecompanion,ashewasbidden.StandingbesideCaptainBlood, he lookedastern,followingtheindicationofthecaptain's.hand,andcriedoutinhisamazement.There,notmorethanthreemilesaway,wasland-anunevenwallofvividgreenthatfilledthewesternhorizon.Andacoupleofmilesthissideofit,bearingafter'them,camespeedingthreegreatwhiteships."Theyflynocolours,butthy'repartoftheJa-maicafleet." Bloodspokewithoutexcitement,almostwithacertainlistlessness."Whendawnbrokewe foundourselvesrunningtomeetthem.Wewent:about,andit'sbeenaraceeversince,ButtheAl'abella'sbeenatseathesefourmonths,andherbottom's.too foul forthespeedwe'reneeding."Wolverstonehookedhisthumbsintohis broad" leatherbelt,andfromhisgreatheightlookeddown,sardonicallyuponLordJulian,tallmanthoughhis;lordshipwas."Sothatyou'reliketobeinyetanothersea-fightaforeye'vedonewi'ships,mylord.'""That'sapointwewerejustarguing,"saidBlood."ForI holdthatwe'reinnocasetofightagainstsuchodds." "The oddsbe damned."Wolverstofiethrustout.hisheavyjowl."We'reusedtoodds.TheoddswasheavieratMaracaybo:yetwewonout,andtookthree'ships.Theywasheavieryesterdaywhenweengaged,DonMiguel.""Ay-butthosewereSpaniards.""Andwhatbetterarethese?-Areyeafeardofa'lubberly,Barbadoes'planter?Whateverailsyou,.Peter?I'veneverknownyescaredafore." Agunboomedoutbehindthem."That'llbethesignaltolieto,"saidBlood,inthe'samelistlessvoice;andhefetchedasigh.Wolverstonesquaredhimself {iefiantly before his' oaptain."I'llsee ColonelBishopinhelloreverIliesto,forhim."Andhespat,presumablyforpurposesofemphasis.Hislordshipintervened."Oh,but-byyourleave-surelythereis nothing tobeapprehendedfromColonelBishop. Considering-

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"It'sabargainhe'llneverbe offered,"retortedWolverstone,andhisearliervehemencewasasnothingtohisvehemencenow."Ye'resurelydafteven to thinkofit,Peter!""Notsodaftasyouwhenyoutalkoffightingthat."Heflungoutanarmashespoketoindicatethepursuingships,whichwereslowlybutsurelycreepingnearer."Beforewe'verunanotherhalf-mileweshallbewithinrange."Wolverstoneswore elaboratwy, thensuddenlychecked.Outofthetailofhissingleeye,hehadespiedatrimfigureingreysilkthatwasascendingthecompanion.Soengrossedhadtheybeen,thattheyhadnotseenMissBishopcomefromthedoorofthepassageleadingtothecabin.AndtherewassomethingelsethatthosethreemenonthepoopandPittimmediatelybelowthemhadfailedtoobserve.SomemomentsagoOgle, followedbythemainbodyofhisgun-deckcrew,hademergedfromtheboobyhatch,tofallintomuttered,angrily-vehementtalkwiththosewho,abandoningtheguntacklesuponwhichtheywerelabouring,hadcometocrowdabouthim.EvennowBloodhadnoeyesforthat.HeturnedtolookatMissBishop,marvellingalittle,afterthemannerinwhichyesterdayshehadavoidedhim,thatsheshouldnowventureuponthequarter-deck.Herpresenceatthismoment,andconsideringthenatureofhisaltercationwithWolverstone,wasembarrassing.Verysweetanddaintyshestoodbeforehiminhergownofshimmeringgrey,afaintexcitementtintingherfaircheeksandsparklinginherclear,hazeleyes,thatlooke.d sofrankandhonest.Sheworenohat,andtheringletsofhergold-brownhairfiuttereddistractinglyinthemorningbreeze.CaptainBloodbaredhisheadandbowedsilentlyinagreetingwhichshereturnedcomposedlyandformally."Whatishappening,LordJulian?"sheinquired.Asiftoanswerherathirdgunspokefromtheshipstowardswhichshewaslookingintentandwonderingly.Afrownrumpledherbrow.Shelookedfromonetotheotherofthemenwhostoodtheresoglumandobviouslyillatease."TheyareshipsoftheJamaicaFleet,"hislordshipansweredher.Itshouldinanycasehavebeena sufficient ex planation.Butbeforemorecouldbeadded,theirattentionwasdrawnatlasttoOgle,whocameboundingupthebroadladder,andtothemenloungingaftinhiswake,inallofwhich,instinctivelytheyapprehendedavaguemenace.Attheheadofthecompanion,OglefoundhisprogressbarredbyBlood,whoconfrontedhim,aSUddensternnessinhisfaceandineverylineofhim. MADE IN CANADA. shown31"What'sthis?"thecaptaindemandedsharply."Yourstationisonthegun-deck.Whyhaveyou left it?"Thuschallenged,theobvioustruculencefadedoutof Ogle'sbearing,quenchedbytheoldhabitofobedienceandthenaturaldominancethatwasthesecretofthecaptain'sruleoverhiswildfollowers.Butitgavenopausetothegunner'sintention. If anythingitincreasedhisexcitement."Captain,"hesaid,andashespokehepointeqtothepursuingships."ColonelBishopholdsus.We'reinnocaseeithertorunorfight."Blood'sheightseemedtoincrease,asdidhissternness."Ogle,"saidhe,ina voicecoldandsharpassteel,"yourstationisonthegun-deck.You'llreturntoitatonce,andtakeyourcrewwithyou,orelse... ButOgle,violentofmienandgesture,interrupt-edhim."Threatswillnotserve,captain.""Willtheynot'!"Itwasthefirsttimeinhisbuccaneeringcareerthatanorderofhishadbeendisregarded,orthatamahadfailedintheobediencetowhichhepledgedallthosewhojoinedhim.Thatthisinsubordinationshouldproceedfromoneofthosewhomhemosttrusted,oneofhisoldBarbadoes'associates,wasinitselfabitterness,andmadehimreluctantto th:rt whichinstincttoldhimmustbe done.Hishandclosedoverthebuttofoneofthepistolsslungbeforehim."Nor will thatserveyou,"Oglewarnedhim,stillmorefiercely."Themenareofmythinking,andthey'llhavetheirway.""Andwhatwaymaythatbe?""Thewaytomakeussafe.We'llneithersinknor hltng whileswecanhelpit."Fromthethreeorfourscoremenmassedbelowinthewaistcamearumble of approval. Calltain Blood'sglancerakedtheranksofthoseresolutefierceeyedfellows,thenitcametorestagainonOgle.Therewasherequiteplainlyavaguethreat,amutinousspirithecouldnotunderstand."Youcometogiveadvicethen,doyou?"quothhe,relentingnothingofhissternness."That'sit,captain.Advice.Thatgirl,there."Heflungoutabarearmtopointtoher. "Bishop'l! girl,theGovernorofJamaica'sniece...Wewantherasahostageforoursafety.""Aye!"roaredinchorusthebuccaneersbelow,andoneortwoofthemelaboratedtheaffirmation.Ina flashCaptainBloodsawwhatwasintheirminds.Andforallthathelostnothing of hisoutwardsterncomposure,fearinvadedillsheart.our over,.SASSO&l\IILLER,8IbKingStreet.Never such aInM "an.Itiswell worth your while to look stockofMEN'SGOODSfortheSEASON.before havewepleasing ;lot ofTies, Silk Socks, Collars, Shirts, etc. In short wecan assist considerably meeting the needsof"MereIfyou have not yet made our acquaIntance, nowISa very good time to doso.'--_._=PUNCHSeasonableSuggestions.PLANTERS'Company,ROYALSTREET.Whensimplyturnedupsi.dedown,apowerfulandcontinuousstreamofextinguishingliquidiseasilyandsteadilydirectedona fire.HOLDS GALLONS.The"IMPERIALExtinguisherisextremelysimpleinoperationandconstruction.Ithasnopump,valves,springs,plungersorotherdelicatemechanismtogetoutoforder.Itdoesnothavetobeoperatedlikea"squirtgunorsyringe."The"IMPERIAL"Extinguishercanberechargedforafewcentswithchemicalspurchasedatanydrugstore.Othertypesmustbechargedwitha"secret"compoundwhichcanbesecuredonlyfromthemanufactureratacostof$1ormore.FIRECanadianSuppliers60,PORT"IMPERIAL..FIRE EXTINGUISHERtheserviceyouhaverenderedtohisnieceandto"me... 1923-24.Wolverstone'shorse-laughinterruptedhim."Harktothegentleman!"hemocked. "Yedon'tknowCol onel Bishop,that's cle'lr. Notforhisniece,notforhisdaughter,notforhisownmotherwouldheforegothebloodthathethinksduetohim.Adrinkerof blood,heis. Anastybeast.Weknows,thecap'nandme.Webeenbisslaves.""Butthereis.myself,"saidLordJulian,witbgreatdignity. Wolverstonelaughedagain,whereathislordshipfiushed.Hewasmovedtoraisebisvoice aboveitsusuallanguidlevel."IassureyouthatmywordcountsforsomethinginEngland.""Ohay-inEngland.Butthisain'tEngland,. damme." Cametheroarof asecondgun,andaroundshotsplashedthewaterlessthanahalfacable'slength.astern. Bloodleanedovertherailtospeaktothefairyoungmanimmediatelybelowhimbythehelmsmanatthe whipstaff. "Bidthemtakeinsail,Jeremy,".hesaidquietly."'We lie to." ButWolverstoneinterposedagain."Holdthereamoment,Jeremy!"heroared. Wait!" Heswungbacktofacethecaptain,whohadplaced ahandonhisshoulderandwassmiling,a trifle wistfully. Steady, Old Wolf!Steady!"CaptainBlood ad monishedhim."Steadyyourself,Peter.Ye'regonemad!Willyedoomusalltohelloutoftendernessforthatcold slip of agirl?""Stop!"criedBloodinsuddenfury.ButWolverstonewouldnotstop."It'sthetruth,you fool.It'sthatcursedpetticoat'smakingacowardof you.It'sforherthatye'reafreard-andshe,ColonelBishop'sniece!MyGod,man,ye'llhaveamutinyaboaTd,andI'llleaditmyselfsoonerthansurrendertobehangedinPortRoyaL"Their gl'lnces met,sullendefiancebravingdullanger,surprise and pain."Thereisnoquestion,"saidBlood,"ofsurrenderforanymanaboardsaveonlymyself.IfBishopcanreport toEnglandthatIamtakenandhanged;hewillmagnifyhimselfandatthesametimegratifyhisper sonalrancouragainstme.Thatshouldsatisfyhim.I'll sendhimamessageofferingtosurrenderaboardhis ship,takingMissBishopandLordJulianwith'me, but only onconditionthatthe Ambella isallowedtoproceedunharmed..Itsabargainthathe'llaccept,ifI knowhimataiL"

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3-:1: PLANTERS'PUNCH1923-24"Andhow,"heasked,"doyouimaginethatMissBishopwillprovesuchahostage?""It'saprovidencehavingheraboard;aprovidence.Heaveto,captain,andsignalthemtosendaboat,andassurethemselvesthatMissishere.Thenletthemknowthatiftheyattempttohinderoursailinghence,we'llhangthedoxyfirstandfightforitafter.That'llcool ColonelBishop'sheatmaybe."."Andmaybeitwon't."SlowandmockingcameWolverstone'svoicetoanswertheother'sconfidentexcitement,andashespokeheadvancedtoBlood'sside,anunexpectedally."Some0'themdawcocksmaybelievethattale."Hejerkedacontemptuousthumbtowardsthemeninthewaist,whoseranksweresteadilyincreasedbytheadventofothersfromtheforecastle."Althoughevensome0'theyshould.knowbetter,forthere'sstilla fewwasonBarbadoeswithus,andareacquaintedlikemeandyouwith'ColonelBishop.Ifye'recountingonpullingBishop'sheartstrings,ye'reabiggerfool, Ogle,thanI'vealwaysthoughtyouwaswithanythingbutguns.There'snoheavingtoforsuchamatterasthatunlessyouwantstomakequitesureofourbeingsunk.ThoughwehadacargoofBishop'sniecesitwouldn'tmakehimholdhishand.Why,asIwasjusttellinghislordshiphere,whothoughtlikeyouthathavingMissBishopaboardwouldmakeussafe,notforhismotherwouldthatfilthyslaverforegowhat'sduetohim.And if yeweren'ta fool, Ogle,youwouldn'tneedmeto youthis.We'vegottofight,mylads...""Howcanwe fight,man?"Oglestormedathim,furiouslybattlingtheconvictionwhichWolverstone'sargumentwasimposinguponhislisteners."Youmayberight,andyoumaybewrong.We'vegottochanceit.It'souronlychance..."Therestofhiswordsweredrownedintheshouts of thehandsinsistingthatthegirlbegivenuptobeheldasahostage.Andthenlouderthanbeforeroaredagunawaytoleeward,andoverontheirstarboardbeamtheysawthesprayflungupbytheshot,which llad gonewide."Theyarewithinrange,"criedOgle.Andleaningfromtherail,"Putdownthehelm,"hecommand -ed. Pitt,athispostbesidethehelmsman,turnedin trepidly tofacetheexcitedgunner."Sincewhenhaveyoucommandedonthemain
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1923-24PLANTERS'PUNCH35 I.: Street,accountedatreacherousdefection.Andforwhathadheplacedhimselfinthisposition?Forthesakeofagirlwhoavoidedhimsopersistentlyandintentionallythathemustassumethatshestillregardedhimwithaversion.Hehadscarcelybeenvouchsafedaglimpseofherinallthisfortnight,althoughwiththatinviewforhismain object hehaddailyhauntedheruncle's.residence,anddailybravedtheunmaskedhostilityandbaffledrancourinwhichColonelBishopheldhim.Norwasthattheworstofit.Hewasallowedplainlytoperceivethatitwasthegraceful,elegantyoungtriflerfromSt.James's,LordJulianWade,towhomhereverymomentwasdevoted.Andwhatchancehadhe,adesperateadventurerwitharecordofoutlawry,againstsucharivalasthat,amanofpartsmoreover,ashewasboundtoadmit!Youconceivethebitternessofhissoul.Hebe-heldhimselfto beasthedoginthefablethathaddroppedthesubstancetosnatchatadelusiveshadow.Hesoughtcomfortinalineontheopenl1age be forehim:"Zeviusfit paNentia quiequid corrige1"e estnetas."Soughtit,buthardlyfoundit. AboatthathadapproachedunnoticedfromtheshorecamescrapingandbumpingagainstthegreatredhulloftheAlabella.andaraucousvoicesentupahailingshout.Fromtheship'sbelfrytwosilveryyAELcH Kina.. & 62 _____________1EDWINCHARLEY,---------------iIColonelBishop'smouthfellopenInsurpriseanddismay."LordSunderlanddesignatedhim?""Expressly."Hislordshipwaitedamomentforareply.Nonecomingfromthespeechlessdeputy-governor,heaskedaquestion:"Wouldyoustillventuretodescribethematterasamistake,sir?Anddareyoutaketheriskofcorrectingit '!" "1 ...1hadnotdreamed"1understand,sir.LetmepresentCaptainBlood."PerforceBishopmustputonthebestfacehecouldcommand.Butthatitwasnomorethanamaskforhisfuryandhisvenomwasplaintoa.ll.Fromthatunpromisingbeginningmattershadnotimproved,ratherhadtheygrownworse.Blood'sthoughtswereuponthisandotherthingsasheloungedthereontheday-bed.HehadbeenafortnightinPortRoyal,hisshipVirtuallyaunitnowintheJamaicaSquadron.Andwhenthenews of ItreachedTortug.3.andthebuccaneerswhoawaitedhisreturn,thenameofCaptainBlood,whichhadstoodsohighamongtheBrethrenoftheCoast,wouldbecomeabyword,athingofexecration,andbeforeallwasdonehislifemightpayforfeitforwhatwouldbe "1mustreturntoColonelBishopformyorders,"heinformedthem.Atthatmomentalanewasopenedintheranksofthemen,andthroughthiscameMissBishopfollow ed byheroctoroonwoman.OverhisshoulderCaptainBloodobservedherapproach."Perhaps,sinceColonelBishopiswithyou,youwillconveyhisniecetohim.MissBishopwasaboard theRoyalMa1"Y also,and1rescuedhertogetherwithhislordship.Shewillbeabletoacquaintherunclewiththedetailsofthatandofthepresentstateof affairs." Sweptthusfromsurprise ttl surprise,CaptainCaverleycoulddonomorethanbowagain."Asforme,"saidLordJulian,withintenttomakeMissBishop'sdeparturefreefromallinterferenceonthepartofthe buccanfiets, "1shallremainaboardtheArabellauntilwereachPortRoyal.MycomplimentstoColonelBishop.Saythat1lookforwardtomakinghisacquaintance tiTere." CHAPTERX.HOSTILITIES.INthegreatharbourofPortRoyal,spaciousenoughtohavegivenmooringstoalltheshipsof all thenaviesoftheworld,theArabellarodeatanchor.Almostshehadtheairof aprisoner,foraquarterofamileahead,tostarboard,rosetheloftymassivesingleroundtowerofthefort,whilstacoupleofcables'lengthastern,andtolarboard,rodethesixmen-of-warthatcomposedtheJamaicaSquadron.AbeamwiththeA,-abella.acrosstheharbour,weretheflat-frontedwhitebuildingsofthatimposingcitythatcamedowntotheverywater'sedge.Behindthesetheredroofsroseliketerraces,markingthegentleslopeuponwhichthecitywasbuilt,dominatedhereby aturret,therebyaspire,andbehindtheseagain a rangeofgreenhillswithforultimatebackgroundaskythatwaslikeadomeofpolishedsteel.On acaneday-bedthathadbeensetforhimonthequarter-deck,shelteredfromthedazzling,blisteringsunshinebyanimprovisedawningofbrownsailcloth,loungedPeterBlood, acalf-boundwell-thumbedcopy ofHorace'sOdesneglectedmhishands.Fromimmediatelybelowhimcametheswishofmopsandthegurgleofwaterinthescuppers,foritwasstillearlymorning,andunderthedirectionsofHayton,thebo'sun,theswabberswereatworkinthewaistandforecastle.Despitetheheatandthestagnantair,oneofthetoilersfoundbreathtocroakaribaldbuccaneeringditty:"Forwelaidherboardandboard,Andweputhertothesword,Andwesankherinthedeepbluesea. Soit'sheigh-ho,andheave-a-ho!Who'llsailfortheMainwithme?"Bloodfetchedasigh,andtheghostofasmileplayedoverhiskeen,lean,sun-tannedface.Thentheblackbrowscametogether abeve theviviablueeyes,andthoughtswiftlyclosedthedooruponhisimmediate9Urroundings.Thingshadnotspedatallwellwithhiminthe past fortnightsincehisacceptanceoftheKing'scom mission.TherehadbeentroublewithBishopfromthemomentoflanding.AsBloodand Lard Julianhadsteppedashoretogethertheyhadbeen meL byamanwhotooknopainstodissemblehischagrinattheturnofeventsandhis determinatiOn tochangeIt.Heawaitedthemonthemole,supportedbyagroupof officers. "YouareLordJulianWade,1understand,"washistruculentgreeting.ForBloodatthemomenthehadnothingbeyonda m'l,lignant glance.LordJulianbowed. "1takeit1havethehonourtoaddressColonelBishop,Deputy-GovernorofJamaica."Itwasalmostasifhislordshipweregiving the colonel alessonindeportment.Thecolonel ac ceptedit,andbelatedlybowed,removinghisbroadhat.Thenheplungedon."Youhavegranted,1amtold,theKing'scommissiontothisman."Hisverytonebetrayedthebitternessofhisrancour."Yourmotiveswere na doubtworthy...yourgratitudetohimrordeliveringyoufromtheSpaniards.Butthethingitselfisunthinkable,mylord.Thecommissionmustbecancelled.""1don'tthink1understand,"saidLordJuliandistantly."Tobesureyoudon't,oryou'dneverha'doneit.Thefellow's bubbled you.Why,he'sfirst arebel,thenan esc:lped slave,andlastlya bloodypirate.I'vebeenhuntinghimthisyearpast." "1 assureyou,sir,that1wasfullyinformedofall.IdonotgranttheKing'scommissionlightly.""Don'tyou,byGod!Andwhatelse doyoucallthis?ButashisMajesty'sDeputy-GovernorofJamaica,I'lltakeleavetocorrectyourmistakeinmyownway."."Ah!Andwhatwaymaythatbe?""There'sagallowswaitingforthisrascalhereinPortRoyal"Bloodwouldhaveintervenedatthat,butLordJulianforestalledhim.. "1 see,sir,thatyoudonotyetquiteapprehendthecircumstances.IfitisamistaketograntCaptainBloodacommission,themistakeisnotmine.1amactingupontheinstructionsofmyLordSunderland;andwithafullknowledgeofallthefacts,hislordshipexpresslydesignatedCaptainBloodforthecommissionifCaptainBloodcouldbepersuadedtoaccept it."

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36PLANTERS'PUCH1923-24DUNCANSTEWART&CO.,LTD.,Sheshruggedandturnedaside,insomeresentmentandsomeregret.Fearingtobetraythelatter,shetookrefugeintheformer."Idomybest,"saidshe."Sothatye canbecharitableinsomeways!"Helaughedsoftly."Glorybe now, IshouldbethankfulforsomUCh.MaybeI'mpresumptuous,ButIcan'tforgetthatwhenIwasnobetterthanaslaveinyouruncle'shouseholdinBarbadoes,yeusedmeWith a certainkindness.""Whynot?Inthosedaysyouhadsomeclaimuponmykindness.Youwerejust an unfortunategentlemanthen.""Andwhatelsewouldyoubecallingmenow?""Hardlyunfortunate.Wehaveheardofyourgood-fortuneontheseas-howyourluckhaspassedintoabyword.Andwehaveheardotherthings:ofyourgoodfortuneinotherdirections."Shespokehastily,thethoughtofMademoiselled'Ogeroninhermind.Andinstantlywouldhavere calledthewordshadshebeenable.ButPeterBloodsweptthemlightlyaside,readingintothemnoneofhermeaning,asshefearedhewould."Ay-adealof lies,deviladoubt,asIcould'provetoyou.""Icannotthink,whyyoushouldtroubletoputyourselfonyourdefence,"shediscouragedhim."Sothatyemaythinklessbadlyofmethanyoudo.""WhatIthinkofyoucanbe averylittlematter to you,sir."Thiswasadisarmingstroke.HeabandonedCQmbatforexpostulation."Canyesaythatnow?Canyesaythat,beholdingmeinthisliveryof aserviceIdespise?Didn'tyetellmethatImightredeemthepast?It'slittleenoughIamconcernedtoredeemthepastsaveonlyinyoureyes.InmyownI'vedonenothingatallthatIamashamedof,consideringtheprovocationIreceived.'Herglancefaltered,andfellawaybeforehisownthatwassointent."I...Ican'tthinkwhyyoushouldspeaktomelikethis,"shesaid,withlessthanherearlierassur ance. "Ahnow,can'tyeindeed?"hecried."SurethenI'llbetellingye.""Oh, please."Therewasrealalarminhervoice."Irealisefullywhatyoudid,andIrealisethatpartly,atleast,youmayhavebeenurgedbyconsiderationformyself. Believeme,Iamvery'grateful.Ishallalwaysbe grateful.""But,ifit'salsoyourintentionalwaystothinkof measathiefandapirate,faithyemaykeepyourgratitudeforallthegoodtis'liketodo me." Aliveliercolourcreptintohercheeks.Therewasaperceptibleheaveoftheslightbreastthatfaintlyswelledtheflimsybodiceofwhitesilk.But if sheresentedhistoneandhiswords,shestifledherresentment.Sherealisedthatperhapsshehad,herself,provokedhisanger.Shehonestlydesiredtomakeamends."Youaremistaken,"shebegan."Itisn'tthat."Buttheywerefatedtomisunderstandeachother.Jealousy,thattroublerofreason,hadbeenover-busywithhiswits,asithadwithhers."Whatisitthen?"quothhe,andaddedthe ques tion:"LordJulian?"Shestarted,andstaredathimblankly,indignantnow. "Och,befrankwithme,"heurgedher,unpardonably."'Twillbe akindness,soitwill."Foramomentshestoodbeforehimwithquickenedbreathing,thecolourebbingandflowinginhercheeks.Thenshelookedpasthim,andtiltedherchinforward.."You...youarequiteinsufferable,"shesaid."Ibegthatyouwillletmepass."Hesteppedaside,andwiththebroadfeatheredhatwhichhestillheldinhishand,hewavedherontowards the house."I'llnotbedetainingyouanylonger,ma'am.Afterall,thecursedthingIdidfornothingcanbeundone. Ye'llrememberafterwardsthatitwasyourhardnessdroveme."Shemovedtodepart,thenchecked,andfacedhimagain.Itwasshenowwhowasonherdefence,hervoicequiveringwithindignation,"Youtakethattone!Youdaretotakethattone!"shecried,astoundinghimbyhersuddenvehemence."YouhavetheeffronteryofupbraidmebecauseIwillnottakeyourhands,When Iknowhowtheyarestained,whenIknow y
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heldoutafriendlyhandtohelphimoverthelatestandmostdifficultobstaclewhichBloodhimselfhadenabledBishoptoplacein.thewayofhisredeption.UnfortunatelythelastpersonfromwhomPeterBlooddesiredassistanceatthatmomentwasthisyoungnobleman,whomheragardedwiththejaundiceaeyesofjealousy."Anyway,"heanswered,withasuggestionofde fianceandmorethanasuggestionof asneer,"it'sthemostyeshouldexpectfromme;andcertainlyit'sthemosthe'llget."Hislordshipfrowned,anddabbedhislipswithahandkerchief."Idon'tthinkthatIquitelikethewayyouputit.Indeed,uponreflection,CaptainBlood, IamsurethatI donot."."Iamsorryforthat,soI am,"saidBloodimpudently."Butthereitis.I'mnotonthataccountconcernedtomodifyit."Hislordship'spaleeyesopenedalittlewider.Languidlyheraisedhiseyebrows."Ah!"hesaid."You'reaprodigiouslyuncivilfellow. Youdisappointme,sir.Ihadformedthenotionthatyoumight.be agentleman.'"Andthat'snotyourlordship'sonlymistake,"Bishopcutin."YoumadeaworsewhenyougavehimtheKing'scommission,andsoshelteredtherascalfromthegallowsIhadpreparedforhiminPortRoyal.""Ay-buttheworstmistakeofallinthismatterof commissions,"saidBloodtohislordship,"wastheonethatmadethisgreasyslaverdeputy-governorofJamaicainsteadofitshangman,whichistheofficeforwhichhe'sbynaturefitted.""CaptainBlood!"saidhislordshipsharplyinreproof."Uponmysoulandhonour,sir,yougo much toofar. Y-ou are..."ButhereBishopinterruptedhim.Hehadheavedhimselftohisfeet,atlast,and Was ventinghisfuryinunprintableabuse.CaptainBlood,whohadalsorisen,stoodapparentlyimpassive,forthestormtospenditself.Whenatlastthishappened,headdressedhimselfquietlytoLordJulianasifColonelBishophadnot3poken."Yourlordshipwasabouttosay?"heasked,withchallengingsmoothness.Buthislordshiphadbynowrecoveredhishabitualcomposure,andwasagaindisposedtobe conciliatory.Helaughedandshrugged."Faith!here'sadealofunnecessaryheat,"saidhe."AndGodknowsthisplagueyclimateprovidesenoughofthat.Perhaps,ColonelBishop,youarealittleuncompromising;andyou,sir,arecertainlyadealtoopeppery.Ihavesaid,speakingonbehalfofmyLordSunderland,thatIamcontenttoawaittheresultofyourexperiment."ButBishop'sfuryhadbynowreachedastageinwhichitwasnottoberestrained."Areyouindeed?"heroaren."Wellthen,Iamnot.Thisisamatterinwhichyourlordshipmustallow metobethebetterjudge.And,anyhow,I'lltaketheriskofactingonmyownresponsibility."LordJulianabandonedthestruggle.Hesmiledwearily,shruggedandwavedahandinimpliedre Eignation.Thedeputy-governorstormedon."Sincemylordherehasgivenyouacommission,Ican'tregularlydealwithyououtofhandforpiracyasyoudeserve.Butyoushallanswerbeforeacourtmartial.foryouractioninthe m3.tter, ofWolverstone,andtaketheconsequences.""'Isee,"saidBlood."Nowwecometoit.Andit'syourselfasdeputy-governorwillpresideoverthatsamecourt-martial.So'thatyecanwipeoff oldscoresbyhangingme,it'slittleyecarehow ye doit!"Helaughed,andadded:"Prremonitus,praemunitus.""Whatshallthatmean?"quothLordJuliansharply.."Ihadimaginedthatyourlordshipwouldhavehadsomeeducation."Hewasatpains,yousee,tobeprovocative."It'snottheliteralmeaningIamasking,sir,"saidLordJulian,withfrostydignity."Iwanttoknowwhatyoudesiremetounderstand?""I'llleaveyourlordshipguessing,"saidBlood."AndI'llbewishingyebothaverygood-day."Hesweptoffhisfeatheredhat,andmadethemalegveryelegantly."Beforeyougo,"saidBishop,"andtosaveyoufromanyidlerashness,I'lltellyoutheharbour-masterandthecommandanthavetheirorders.Youdon'tleavePortRoyal,myfinegallowsbird.Damme,Imeantoprovideyouwithpermanentmooringshere,inExecutionDock."PeterBloodstiffened,andhisvividblueeyesstabbedthebloatedface ofhisenemy.Hepassedhislongcaneintohisleftliand,andwithhisrightthrustnegligentlyintothebreastofhisdoublet,heswungtoLordJulian,whowasthoughtfullyfrowning."Yourlordship,Ithink,promisedmeimmunityfromthis.""WhatImayhavepromised,"saidhislordship,"yourownconductmakesitdifficulttoperform."Herose."Youdidmea service,CaptainBlood,andIhadhopedthatwemightbefriends.Butsinceyouprefer to haveitotherwise..."Heshrugged,andwaved ahandtowardsthedeputy-governor.Bloodcompletedthesentenceinhisownway:"Yemeanthatyehaven'tthestrengthofcharactertoresisttheurgingsof a bully."Hewasapparentlyathisease,andactuallysmiling."Well,well-asTHEPACIFIC STEAMNAVIGATIONCOMPANY. THEROYALMAILSTEAMPACKETCOMPANY,KINGSTON,JAMAICA,B.W.!.Between KINGSTONandOUTPORTSof JAMAICA By the MOTOR-SHIP'ARNO'about every 10 days.Forfull particularsapply:RegularCoastwiseFreightService RegUlar FrequentFreightServiceTo8ermuda,Nassau,Havana \Cuba). Jamaica,PanamaCanal, LaGuayra. Trinidad,Barbados,Martinique, St. Thomas,V.I..SanJuan(PortoRico)byPalatialLiner'ORCA'.WinterCruisesfromNewYorkLocalServiceWestcoastCentralandSonthAmerica.Between JAMAICA, UNITED KINGDOMandCONTINENT, ;]1eWYork, Cherbourg, SouthamptonandHamburg. London and Liverpool and {Brazil andthe 1(iver Plate, West CoastofSouth flmerica (via Panama Canal and via .%Cagellan,) Cuba and Galveston. :J\[ewYork, Havana, Panama Canal,andWesl CoastofSouth flmelica. Canadaand {Bermuda,Cl,he{British West India Islands and 'Demerara. United Kingdom and Continentof Gurope 10 estIn'dies,Central./lmerica;alsotoChina, Japan,etc.BETWEEN37 (1(oyal Charier 'Dated /840.)PASSENGERANDFREIGHTSERVICESRM S PTHE ROYALMAIL STEAlPACKET COMPANY.'Royal Charier Daled/839.Isaidbefore-prremon.itus,praemun.itus.I'mafraidthatye'renoscholar,Bishop,orye'dknowthatitmeansforewarned,forearmed.""Forewarned?Ha!'Bishopalmostsnarled."Thewarningcomesalittlelate.Youdonotleavethishouse."Hetookastepinthedirectionofthedoorway,andraisedhisvoice."Hothere..."hewasbeginningtocall.Thenwithasuddenaudiblecatchinhisbreath,hestoppedshort..CaptainBlood'srighthandhadreoemergedfromthebreastofhisdoublet,bringingwithitalongpistolwithsilvermountingsrichlychased,whichhelevelledwithina footofthedeputy-governor'shead."Andforearmed,"saidhe."Don'tstirfromwhereyouare,mylord,ortheremaybeanaccident."Andmylord,whohadbeenmovingtoBishop'sassistance,stoodinstantlyarrested.Chap-fallen,withmuchofhishighcoloursuddenlydeparted,thedeputy-governorwasswayingonunsteadylegs.PeterBloodconsideredhimwithagrimnessthatincreasedhispanic."ImarvelthatIdon'tpistolyouwithoutmoreado,yefatblackguard.IfIdon't,it'sforthesamereasonthatoncebeforeIgaveyeyourlifewhenitwasfor feit.Ye'renotawareofthereason,tobesure;butitmaycomfortyetoknowthatitexists.AtthesametimeI'llwarnyenottoputtooheavyastrainPUNCHPLANTERS'1923-24HOSTAGES.CHAPTERXI.PETERBLOODstoodinthepillaredporticoof GovernmentHouse,andwithunseeingeyesthatwereladenwithpainandanger,staredoutacrossthe rn-eat harbourofPort.RoyaltothegreenhillsrisingfromthefarthershoreandtheridgeoftheBlueMountainsbeyond,showinghazily "through thequiveringheat.Hewasarousedbythereturnof the negrowhohadgonetoannouncehim,andfollowingnowthis.slave,hemadehiswaythroughthehouseto the widepiazzabehindit,inwhoseshadeColonelBishop and myLordJulianWadetookwhatlittleairtherewas."Soye've come,"thedeputy-governorhailedhim,andfollowedthegreetingbyaseriesofgruntsofvague,butapparentlyill-humouredimport.Hedidnottroubletorise,notevenwhenLordJulian,obeyingtheinstinctsoffinerbreeding,sethimtheexample.FromunderscowlingbrowsthewealthyBarbadoesplanterconsideredhissometimeslave,who,hatinhand,leaninglightlyuponhislongberib 'boned cane,revealednothinginhiscountenanceoftheangerwhichwasbeingsteadilynourishedbythiscavalierreception.Atlast,withscowlingbrowandinself-sufficient tones, ColonelBishopdeliveredhimself."Ihavesentforyou,CaptainBlood,becauseotcertainnewsthathasjustreachedme. Iaminformedthatyesterdayeveningafrigateleft the harbourhavingonboardyourassociateWolverstone anda hundredmenofthehundredandfiftythatwere::;ervingunderyou.HislordshipandIshallbe glad tohaveyourexplanationofhowyoucametopermit .. hatdeparture.""Permit?"quothBlood."Iorderedit."TheanswerleftBishopspeechlessforamoment.Then:"Youorderedit?"hesaidinaccentsofunbeblief,whilstLordJulianraisedhiseyebrows."Swounds!Perhapsyou'llexplainyourself.WhitherhasWol vers.tone gone?""ToTortuga.He'sgonewithamessagetotheofficerscommandingtheotherfourshipsofthe ;leet thatisawaitingmethere,tellingthemWhat's hap penedandwhytheyarenolongertoexpectme."Bishop'sgreatfaceseemedtoswellanditshighcolourtodeepen.HeswungtoLordJulian"Youhearthat,mylord?DeliberatelyhehasletWolverstonelooseupontheseasagain-Wolverstone,theworstofallthatgangofpiratesafterhimself.I hopeyourlordshipbeginsatlasttoperceivethefolly i)f grantingtheKing'scommissiontosuchamanasthisagainstallmycounsels.Whythisthingis... it's justmutiny...treason?ByGod!It'smatterfor :t court-martial.""Willyouceaseyourblatherofmutinyandtreasonandcourts-martial?"Bloodputonhishat,andsatdownunbidden"IhavesentWolverstonetoin formHagthorpeandChristianandYbervilleandtherestofmyladsthatthey'veoneclearmonthinwhichto followmyexample,quitpiracyandgetbacktotheirboucansortheirlogwood,orelsesailoutof theCaribbeanSea.That'swhatI'vedone.""Butthemen?"hislordshipinterposedinhislevelculturedvoice."ThishundredmenthatWolverstonehastakenwithhim?'"Theyarethoseofmycrewwho have notasteforKingJames'sservice,andhavepreferredtoseekworkofotherkinds.Itwasinourcompact,mylord,thatthereshouldbenoconstrainingofmymen.""Idon'trememberit,"saidhislordship,withsinocerity. Blood lookedathiminsurprise.Thenheshrugged."Faith,I'mnottoblameforyourlordship'spoormemory.Isaythatitwasso; and Idon'tlie.I'veneverfounditnecessary.Inany case yecouldn'thavesupposedthatIshouldconsenttoanythingdifferent." Andthenthedeputy-governorexploded. "YouhavegiventhosedamnedrascalsinTortugathiswarningsothattheymayescape.Thatiswhatyouhavedone. ""hatishowyouabusethecommis lIionthathassavedyourownneck!"PeterBlood consideredhimsteadily,hisface impassive."Iwillremindyou,"hesaidatlast,veryquietly,"thattheobjectinviewwas-leavingoutofaccountyourownappetiteswhich,aseveryoneknows,arejustthoseof ahangman-toridtheCaribbeanof buc -eaneers. Now,I'vetakenthemosteffectivewayofaccomplishingthatobject.TheknowledgethatI'veenteredtheKing'sserviceshouldinitselfgofartowardsdisbandingthe fleet ofwhichIwasuntillatelyaleader.""Isee!"sneeredthedeputy-governormalevolently."Andifit,loesnot?""Itwill betimeenoughthentoconsiderwhatelseistobe done."LordJulianforestaUed afreshoutburstonthepart of Bishop."Itispossible,"hesaid,"thatmyLordSunderlandwillbesatisfied,providedthatthesolutionis'Such as youpromise."Itwasacourteous,conciliatoryspeech.Urged by friendlinesstowardsBloodandunderstandingofthedifficultpositioninwhichthebuccaneerfoundhimself,hislordshipwasdisposedtotakehisstand 'Upon theletterofhisinstructions.Thereforehenow

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W.R.GILLIES,Manager.16KingStreet,Kingston,Jamaica.THEEDUCATIONALSUPPLYCO.,i\ (\ I 1923;-24 "Willyoutellmewhatyouintend,sir?"demand-edhislordship,quiveringwithanger."JusttomakemyselfandmyladsheresafefromColonelBishop'sgallows.I'vesaidthatItrustedtoyourgallantrynotto leavehiminthelurch,buttofollowhimhither;andthere'sanotefromhishandgoneashoretosummontheharbour-masterandthecommandantofthefort. OncetheyareaboardIshallhaveallthehostagesI need foroursafety.""Youscoundrel!"saidhislordshipthroughhisteeth."Surenow that's entirelyamatterofthepointofView,"saidBlood."Ordinarilyitisn'tthekind of: nameI could suffer anymantoapplytome,Still,consideringthatyewillinglydidmeaserviceonce, 'andthatye'relikelyunwillinglytodomeanothernow,I'lloverlookyourdiscourtesy, so I will."Hislordshiplaughed."Youfool,"hesaid."DoyoudreamthatIcameaboardyourpirateshipwithouttakingmymeasures?Iinformedthecommandantofexactlyhow youhadcompelled ColonelBishoptoaccompanyyou.Judgenowwhetherheortheharbour-masterwill obeythesummons,orwhetheryouwillbeallowed todepartasyouimagine.'Blood's facebecamegrave."I'msorryfor saidhe."Ithoughtyouwouldbe,"answeredhislordship.."Oh,butnotonmyownaccount.It'sthedeputy.governorthereI'msorryfor. D'yeknowwhatye've done?Surenow,ye'veverylikelyhangedhim.""MyGod!"criedBishopinasuddenincreaseof:panic."Iftheysomuchasputashotacrossmybows,up, goestheirdeputy-governortotheyard-arm.Youronlyhope, colonel,liesinthefactthatIshallsend.themwordofthatintention.Andsothatyoumay'mendasfarasyoucantheharmyouhavedone,it's.yourselfshallbearthemthemessage.mylord.""I'llseeyoudamnedbeforeIdo," fumeCl hislord-ship."Whythat'sunreasonableandunreasoning.But. if yeinsist,whyanothermessengerwilldoaswell,andanotherhostageaboard-asIhadoriginallyin-tended-willmakemyhandthestronger."LordJulianstaredathim,realisingexactlywhathehadrefused."You'llthinkbetterofitnowthatyeunder-stand?"quothBlood."Ay,inGod'sname,go,mylord," splutterecl: Bishop,"andmakeyourselfobeyed.Thisdamnedpiratehasmebythethroat."Hislordshipsurveyedhimwithaneyethat was:. notbyanymeansadmiring."Why,ifthatisyour"wish... hebegan.Thenheshrugged,and turned: againtoBlood."IsupposeIcantrustyouthatnoharmwill.cometoColonelBishop if youareallowedtosail?""Youhavemywordfor it,"saidBlood."And:alsothatIshallputhimsafelyashoreagainwithout.delay."LordJulianbowed stiffly tothecoweringdeputygovernor."Youunderstand,sir,thatI doasyoudesire,"hesaidcoldly. "Ay,man,ay!"Bishopassentedhastily."Verywell."LordJulianbowedagainandtook"hisdeparture.Bloodescortedhimtotheentrance'ladderatthefoot ofwhichstillswungthe Arabella'sc owncock-boat."It'sgood-bye,mylord,"saidBlood."And there's-. anotherthing."He proffered aparchmentthathehaddrawnfromhispocket."It'sthecommission.Bishopwasrightwhenhesaiditwas a mistake."LordJulianconsideredhim,andconsideringhim.hisexpressionsoftened."Iamsorry,"hesaidsincerely."Inothercircumstances... beganBlood. "Oh,_butthere!Ye'llunderstand.Theboat'swaiting."Yetwithhisfootonthefirstrungoftheladder,.LordJulianhesitated."Istilldonotperceive-blisterme if I do!-Whyyoushouldnothavefound someone else tocarryyour'messagetothecommandant,andkeptmeaboardasanaddedhostageforhisobedience toyourwishes."Blood'svivideyes lookedintotheother'sthatwereclearandhonest,andhesmiled,alittlewistfully. Amomenthe seemedtohesitate.Thenheexplainedhimselfquitefully."Whyshouldn'tItellyou?It'sthesamereasonthat'sbeen'urgingmetopickaquarrelwithyousothatImighthavethesatisfactionofslippingacoupleoffeetofsteelintoyourvitals.WhenIacceptedyour'commission,Iwasmovedtothinkitmightredeemmeintheeyesof MissBishop-forwhosesake,asyou.mayhaveguessed,Itookit.ButIhavediscoveredthatsuchathingisbeyondaccomplishment.Ishouldhaveknownitfor asickman'sdream.Ihavediscoveredalsothatifshe'schoosing you,asI believe she-' is,she'sc.hoosing wiselybetweenus,andthat'swhyI'llnothaveyourliferiskedbykeepingyouaboardwhilstthemessagegoes byanotherwhomightbungle it.Andnowperhapsye'll'understand."LordJulianstaredathimbewildered.Hislong, ,l ri"tocratic f",ce wasvery pale. "MyGod!"hesaid."Andyoutellmethis?""Itellyoubecause...Oh,plagueonit!-sothatyemaytellher;sothatshemaybemadetorealisethatthere'ssomethingoftheunfortunategentleman.leftunderthethiefandpiratesheaccountsme,andthatherowngoodismysupremedesire. Knowing that,shemay...faith,shemayrememberme PUNCHPLANTERS'yard-armthere,againsttheneedof it. Nowdon'tbealarmingyourself,coloneldarling.It'snomorethanaprovisionagainstyourbeingunreasonable,whichIamsureye'llnotbe.We'lltalkthematteroverwhileswearedining,for Itrustye'llnotrefusetohonourmytablebyyourcompany."Heledawaythewill-less, cowedbullytothegreatcabin.Benjamin,thenegrosteward,inwhitedrawersandcottonshirtmadehastebyhiscommandtoservedinner.ColonelBishopcollapsedonthelockerunderthesternports,andspokenow forthefirsttime."MayIaskwha...whatareyourintentions?"hequavered."Why,nothingsinister,colonel.Althoughyedeservenothinglessthanthatsameropeandyardarm,Iassureyouthatit'stobeemployedonlyasalastresource.Ye'vesaidhislordshipmadea mistakewhenhehandedmethecommissionwhichtheSecretaryofStatedidmethehonourtodesignfor me.I'mdisposedtoagreewithyou;soI'lltaketotheseaagain.Crasingensiterabimus ;equor. It'sthefineLatinscholarye'll bewhenI'vedonewithyeoI'llbegettingbacktoTortugaandmybuccaneers,whoatleastarehonest,decentfellows. SoI'vefetchedyeaboardasahostage.""MyGod!"groanedthedeputy-governor."Ye.,. ye nevermeanthatye'llcarrymetoTortuga!"Bloodlaughedoutright."Oh,I'dneverserveyesucha badturnasthat.No, no. All IwantisthatyeensuremysafedeparturefromPortRoyal.And, if ye'rereasonable,I'llnoteventroubleyoutoswim for itthistime.Ye'vegivencertainorderstoyourharbour-master,andotherstothecommandantofyourplagueyfort. Ye'llbeso goodastosendforthembothaboardhere,andinformtheminmypresencethattheArabellaisleavingthisafternoonontheKing'sserviceandistopassoutunmolested.Andsoastomake quite sureoftheirobedience,theyshallgo alittlevoyagewithus,themselves.Here'swhatyourequire.Nowwrite-unlessyouprefertheyardarm?"ColonelBishopheavedhimselfupina pet. "Youconstrainmewithviolence... hewasbeginning.Bloodsmoothlyinterruptedhim."Surenow, Iamnotconstrainingyouatall.I'mgivingyouaperfectlyfreechoicebetweenthepenandtherope.It'samatterforyourselfentirely."Bishopglaredathim;thenshruggingheavily,hetookupthepenandsatdownatthetable.Inanunsteadyhandhewrotethatsummonstohisomcers. Blooddispatcheditashore;andthenbadehisunwillingguesttotable."Itrust,colonel,yourappetiteisasstoutasusual."ThewretchedBishoptooktheseattowhichhewascommanded.Asforeating,however,thatwasnoteasytoamaninhisposition;nordidBloodpresshim.Thecaptainhimself,felltowitha good appetite.Butbeforehewasmidwaythroughthemeal,cameHaytontoinformhimthatLordJulianWadehadjustcomeaboard,andwasaskingtoseehiminstantly."Iwasexpectinghim,"saidBlood."Fetchhimin."LordJuliancame.Hewasverysternanddigni fied.Hiseyestookinthesituationata glance,asCaptainBloodrosetogreethim."It'smightyfriendlyof youtohavejoinedus,mylord.""CaptainBlood,"saidhislordshipwithasperity,"Ifindyourhumouralittleforced. Idon'tknowwhatmaybeyourintentions;butIwonderdoyourealisetherisksyouarerunning.""AndIwonderdoesyourlordshiprealisetherisktoyourselfinfollowingusaboardasIhadcountedthatyouwould.""Whatshallthatmean,sir?BloodsignalledtoBenjamin,whowasstandingbehindBishop."Setachairforhislordship.Hayton,sendhislordship'sboatashore.Tellthemhe'llnotbereturningyetawhile.""What'sthat?'criedhislordship."Blisterme! D'yemeantodetainme?Areyemad?""Betterwait,Hayton,incasehislordshipshouldturnviolent,"saidBlood. "You,Benjamin,youheardthemessage.Deliverit."BOOKSELLERS,STATIONERSANDPRINTERS,TOURISTBOOKS,VIEWPOSTCARDS,&c.TENNISANDFANCYGOODS, SCHOOLAPPLIANCES.38.onmygenerosity,whichresidesatthemomentinmytrigger-finger. Yemeantohangme,andsincethat'stheworstthatcanhappentomeanyway,you'llrealisethatI'llnotboggleatincreasingtheaccountbyspillingyournastyblood."Hecasthiscanefromhim,thusdisengaginghis left hand."Begoodenoughtogivemeyourarm,Colonel Bishop. Come, come,man,yourarm."Underthecompulsionofthatsharptone,thoseresoluteeyesandthatgleamingpistol,Bishopobeyedwithoutdemur.Hisrecentfoulvolubilitywasstemmed.Hecouldnottrusthimselftospeak.CaptainBloodtuckedhis left armthroughthedeputygovernor's proffered right.Thenhethrusthisownrighthandwithitspistolbackintothebreastofhisdoublet."Thoughinvisible,it'saimingatyenonetheless,andIgiveyoumywordofhonourthatI'llshootyedeadupontheveryleastprovocation,whetherthatprovocationisyoursoranother's.'Ye'llbearthatinmind,LordJulian.Andnow, yegreasyhangman,stepoutasbriskandlivelyasyecan,andbehaveasnaturallyasyemay,orit'stheblackstreamof Cocytusye'llbecontemplating."Arm-in-armtheypassedthroughthehouse, and downthegarden,whereArabellalingered,awaitingPeterBlood'sreturn.Considerationofhispartingwordshadbroughtherfirstturmoilofmind,thenaclearperceptionofwhatmightbeindeedthetruthofthedeathof Levasseur.Sheperceivedthattheparticularinferencedrawnfromit,mightsimilarlyhavebeendrawnfromBlood'sdeliveranceofMaryTraill.Whenamansoriskshislifeforawoman,therestiseasilyassumed.ForthemenwhowilltakesuchrisksWithouthopeofpersonalgainarefew. Bloodwasofthose few, ashehadprovedinthecase ofMaryTraill.Itneedednofurtherassurancesofhistoconvinceherthatshehaddonehimamonstrousinjustice.Sherememberedwordshehadused-wordsoverheardaboardhisship(whichhehadnamedthe Arabella) onthenightofherdeliverancefromtheSpanishAdmiral;wordshehad.utteredwhenshehadapprovedhisacceptanceoftheKing'scommission;thewordshehadspokentoherthatverymorning,whichhadbutservedtomoveherindignation.Alltheseassumedafreshmeaninginhermind,deliverednowfromitsunwarrantedpreconceptions.Thereforeshelingeredthereinthegarden,awaitinghisreturnthatshemightmakeamends;thatshemightsetatermtoallmisunderstanding.Inimpatiencesheawaitedhim.Yetherpatience,itseemed,wastobetestedfurther.Forwhenatlasthecame,itwasincompany-unusuallycloseandintimatecompany-withheruncle.Invexationsherealisedthatexplanationsmustbepostponed. Couldshehaveguessedtheextentofthatpostponement,vexationwouldhavebeenchangedintodespair.Hepassed,withhiscompanion,fromthatfragrantgardenintothecourtyardofthefort.Herethecommandant,whohadbeeninstructedtoholdhimselfinreadinesswiththenecessarymenagainsttheneedto efrect thearrestofCaptainBlood,wasamazedbythecuriousspectacleofthedeputy-governorofJamaicastrollingfortharm-in-armandapparentlyonthefriendliesttermswiththeintendedprisoner.Forastheywent,Bloodwaschattingandlaughingbriskly,Theypassedoutofthegatesunchallenged,andsocametothemolewherethecock-boatfromthe Arabella waswaiting.Theytooktheirplacessidebysideinthestern-sheets,andwerepulledawaytogether,alwaysverycloseandfriendly,tothegreatredshipwhereJeremyPittsoanxiouslyawaitednews. You conceivethemaster'samazementtoseethedeputy-governorcometoilinguptheentranceladder,withBloodfollowingveryclosebehindhim."SureIwalkedintoatrap,asyefeared,Jeremy,"Bloodhailedhim."ButIwalkedoutagain,andfetchedthetrapperwithme.Heloveshislife,doesthisfatrascal."-ColonelBishopstoodinthewaist,hisgreatfaceblenchedtothecolourof clay,hismouthloose, almostafraidtolookatthesturdyruffianswholoungedabouttheshot-rackonthemainhatch.Bloodshoutedanordertothebo'sun,whowasleaningagainsttheforecastlebulkhead."Throwmearopewitharunningnooseoverthe

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1923-24PLANTERS'PUNCH39AmericanIcedSodaDrinksofFineFlavoured andIceCream.Hemisunderstoodher,ofcourse,knowing no thingoftheenlightenmentthatyesterdayhadcometoher. "I think...nay,Iknow,thatyoudohimaninjustice,"saidhe.Herhazeleyescontinuedtoregardhim."Ifyouwilldelivertbe !I!essage, it mayena1;Jl(l metojudge." '\ Tohim,thiswasconfusing. Ite didnotimmediatelyanswer.Hefoundthathehadnotsufficientlyconsideredthetermsheshouldemploy,andthematterafterallwasofanexceedingdelicacy,demandingdelicatehandling.Itwasnotsomuchthathewasconcernedtodeliveramessageastorendeitavehiclebywhichtopleadhisowncause.LordJulian,well-versedintheloreofwomankindandusuallyathiseasewithladiesofthebeau-monde,foundhimselfoddlyconstrainedbeforethisfrankandunsophisticatednieceof acolonialplanter.Theymovedoninsilenceandasifbycommonconsenttowardsthebrilliantsunshinewherethepergolawasintersectedbytheavenueleadingupwardstothehouse.Acrossthispatchoflightflutteredagorgeousbutterflythatwaslikeblackandscarletvelvetandlargeasaman'shand.Hislordship'sbroodingeyesfolloweditoutofsightbeforeheanswered."Itisnoteasy.Stabme,itisnot.Hewasamanwhodeservedwell.Andamongstuswehavemarredhischances:youruncle,becausehecouldnotforgethisrancour;you...becausehavingtoldhimthatintheKing'sservicehewouldfindhisredemptionofwhatwaspast,youwouldnotafterwardsadmittohimthathewassoredeemed.Andthisalthoughconcerntorescueyouwasthechiefmotiveofhisembracingthatsameservice."Shehadturnedhershouldertohimsothatheshouldnotseeherface. "I know.Iknownow,"shesaidsoftly.Thenafterapausesheaddedthequestion:"Andyou?Whatparthasyourlordshiphadinthis-thatyoushouldincriminateyourselfwithus?""Mypart?"Againhehesitated,thenplungedrecklesslyon,asmendowhendeterminedtoperformathingtheyfear.IfIunderstoodhimaright,ifheunderstoodaright,himself,mypartthoughentirelypassivewasnonethelesseffective. IimploreyoutoobservethatIbutreporthisownwords.Isaynothingformyself."Hislordship'sunusualnervousnesswassteadilyincreasing."Hethought,thensohetoldme-thatmypresenceherehadcontributedto'hisinabilitytoredeemhimselfinyoursight;andunlessheweresoredeemedthenwasredemptionno thing." Sheface