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A MESSAGE TO JAMAICA,-A word of greeting and en- OUR MONEY MASTERS-An amusing description of the
couragement, by Lady Cunliffe-Lister-Illustrated collectors of public dues-By H. G. D.-Illustrated
POLTERGEIST?-By Herbert G. de Lisser, a novel of Ja- FORMER KINGSTON-A Visitor's Impressions of Jamaica,
maica, with strange and mysterious occurrences in I 865-Illustrated
GOVERNORS' DAUGHTERS Miss Nancy Slater, and THE MATCH MAKERS-An Illuminating Tale of Industry
Lady Black-Illustrated -Illustrated
HAITI, THE BLACK REPUBLIC,-Haytian life as it really BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE J.P.S.-Some Humorous
is, by Lady Dorothy Mills-Illustrated Revelations by H.G.D. Etc., Etc.



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Vol. III No. 2.



C4iessa e

IT is the privilege of
"Planters Punch" to
publish this year a
Message to the people
of Jamaica from Lady
Cunliffe-Lister, wife of
the Secretary of State
for the C(olonies. It is
also a pleasure to b
able to print a portrait
of that amiable and
gracious lady, whose e
Message mauifests so
much interest in and
sympathy with the peo-
ple of this island and
of the West Indie.-
generally. Lady Cun-
liffe-Lister is shown
with her Pekinese on
a table before her, and
her face is that of a
strong, kindly a n 1d
thoughtful w o ma n.
The brow and eyes de-
pict reflection, the
nose, upper lip and
chin an unmistakable
strength of character.
But what the picture
does not show is the
extraordinary vivacity
and energy of Lady
Cunliffe-Lister. Nor r
can it give any notion
of the natural kindli-
ness and friendliness
of her manner.

THE Editor of this
publication h a d
the good fortune to
meet Lady Cunliffe-
Lister in June of last
year in London, at a
Reception given to
C o oni al Governors
and other Colonials by LADY CONLIF'
Sir Samuel and Lady
Wilson. Among Sir Samuel and Lady Wil-
son',,n gests Lady Cunliffe-Lister moved freely,
talking to every one at some length, and what
struck this writer was the liveliness of her
disposition, the easy brilliancy of her conver-
sation. her desire to learn everything possible
about these British Caribbean Colonies, her
wish to become personally acquainted with
She made upon one an impression not
easily to be erased. You felt that Lady Cun-
liffe-Lister entered into her husband's political
and administrative affairs with an intimate
concern, thought with him, felt with him, and
that one of her ruling ambitions was that he
h.oliutld succeed in helping these British West


Photograph by M

Indies to progress and prosper. This wish or
ambition is strongly indicated in the Message
she has sent to the readers of Jamaica this
year. Her very first paragraph strikes a note
which tells us at once what is in the mind
of herself and of Sir Philip Cunliffe-Lister.

T says that she very much hopes to meet
the readers of "Planters' Punch" some day;
till then, her photograph and article must
serve as an introduction. We all know now
that Sir Philip and Lady CunliffeLister plan
to visit the Colonies under his administration,
and Jamaica not least of all. In the spring
of this year Sir Philip paid a visit, chiefly
by air, to two or three British territories, in-

For the Year 1933-1934


eluding ('yplrus. which
the last Governor of
Jamaica, Sir Edward
Stiul.bs, administers at
present. He snatched a
little time from an ex-
tremely crowded pub-
lic lit t to see for him-
self coiiutries for which
lie is responsible as
a Secretary of State.
And when he went to
Canada in the summer
of 1932, to attend the
Ottawa Conference, he
remained for some
time after the Confer-
ence had terminated in
order to travel through
Canada, not merely,
we are certain, to learn
something about it as
the ordinary traveller
might. but also because
he wished to know
about Canada as the
second British' coun-
try with which the Bri-
tish West Indies have
a close commercial.
connection and with
which their future for-
tunes will in a large
measure be connected.

L ADY Cunlilfe-Lis-
ter is one of the
best-known Englisli
political hostesses, and
during all the year
must meet and enter-
tain a very large num-
ber of persons in Eng-
land and from oveir-
seas: andl this neces-
sarily makes a con-
siderable demand upon
r. laude Harris, London
rHE COLONIES h e r energy and time.
Her natural buoyancy
of spirit is a great asset to her in this work.
Public duties she takes seriously, holding that
a woman who is the wife of a man in a very
important position (and who, we may remark
in passing, is certain to rise still higher in
the great world of English politics) has her
full share of responsibility in helping her hus-
band in his work. She is proud of Sir Philip
Cunliffe-Lister. She indicates that clearly
when she says in the article she has contribut-
ed to this journal that "for all the Colonial
Empire Ottawa marked a great step forward.
For the first time in history, throughout all
those negotiations, the Interests of the Col-
onies were presented as of equal importance
with those of the self-Governing Dominions.'



This insistence on the equal in
Colonial interests to those of
ions was, of course, due to the lpe
tive and pIe.sence of Sir Phil
Lister. who represented the Col
practical effect was that the tropi
of Great Britain received from th
the same preference., that they gr
another. while we lmaa add that
ceived preferences from Great B
in some relpeicts were greater tl
selves had confidently anticipate-d.

THERE is a charming, widely
comment made upon this mal
Cuiliffe-Lister "my husband
will always he proud that his
work was successful." She too
is proud of that. And rightly;
and we find in this pride of her-
self and of Sir Philip Cunlitfe-
Lister, in a fine effort brought
to a successful issue, the human
element that draws them very
closely to us of these British
West Indies. There night easily
have been a pretence on their
part of no personal feeling in
the matter at all, of no emotion-
al response to the knowledge
that something striking had
been achieved by the Secretary
of State for the Colonies for
the Bri ti s li West Indies at
Ottawa. There is a convention
of aloofness, of indifference.
which finds at times expression
in suchl a stereotyped term as "I
did what I considered my duty,
and that is the end of the mat-
ter." But Sir Phili, Cunliffe-
Lister did not only what lie con-
ceived to be his duty to the Col-
onies entrusted by thie National
Government to his administra.
tive care, but worked for them
as a man might for some cause
very near and dear to his heart:
and when lie had completed his
work he fonnd a genuine plea
sure in his achievement, a plea-
sure that he had been able to
accomplish something admitted-
ly valuable, a pleasure in that
he had served the Colonies much
better perhaps than at first lhe
had thought it would he possible
for him to do.

THIS brings us to the heart
of his ambition to he a suc-
cessful Secretary of State for
the Colonies, to leave the latter
in a stronger position than that
in which lie found them; while the
tlat "my husband will always he
his work was successful" brings
heart of the woman, his wife: and
all West Indians to feel that we k
Secretary of State for the Coloni
wife that they are thinking of us.
us, are interested in uis: that so fa
concerned lie is not merely a tran
tical figure, with a wife giving no
those outside of her immediate si
but that they both are two very hu
for whom we can feel affection as

HE day that Sir Philip and La
Lister land in Jamaica will

uportance ot
the Domiu-
rsonal initia-
lip C'unlitte-
louies. The
ical Colonius
e Dominions
anted to one
we also re-
ritain which
liau we our-

to tter by Lady

and memorable occasion for all the people of
this colony. They will be welcomed by thous.
hands, by those whom Lady Cunliffe-Lister
iow very much Iopes to meet some day. They
will not be tihe guests of the Governor
only. They,will lie regarded as the guests of
all Jamaica, of the Ihumlilets as well as the
highest; they will be receivedl with Iheits and
appreciation everywhere, tor as month after
month has passed we have learnt more about
them, and that knowledge hla. caused them to
rise higher and still higher in our estimation.
At first we Jamaicans were not certain as
to what sort of man was the new Secretary of
State for the Colonies. When the LIgar duties

Conservative leaders wlhei the English situa-
tion seemed far brighter. But Sir Philip Cun-
liffe-Li.ster felt that something must be done
lor the British tropical sugar producers, and
he did the best possible. Against conflicting
claims lie had to urge his contention; he had
to accept less than perhaps he might have ask-
eil for under happier circumstances, and what
lie did succeed in obtaining for us, with what
we were subsequently able to do for ourselves,
has undoubtedly saved the Jamaica sugar in-
li.'-try from ruin. That is true also of the
sugar industry of other British Caribbean

Colonies and
\was after lie

J HA E been asked to send a message to the readers of
"Planters' Punch", whom I very much hope to meet some
day. Till then, my photograph and this article must serve as
an introduction.
Since my husband has been at the Colonial Office I have
been deeply interested in hearing of the enterprises and the dif-
ficulties that obtain in the Colonies, and not the least in those of
Jamaica. For all the Colonial Empire, Ottawa marked a great
step forward. For the first time in history, throughout all those
negotiations, the interests of the Colonies were presented as of
equal importance with those of the self-Governing Dominions;
with the result that the Colonies now receive from the Dominions
the same preferences that they grant among themselves. 1My
husband will always be proud that his work was successful.
Over here there is a strong feeling of Empire solidarity;
this is not brought about by tariffs, but tariffs are the outcome
of that sentiment. W'e eat your bananas and your sugar, and
we send you our textile and other goods. A financial interest is
the strongest of all interests, for where the treasure is, there will
the heart be also.
As I write, the headlines in the papers are about the terrible
earthquake in California, the change of Government in Germany,
the crisis in America. With earthquakes no one can reckon, and
who should know that better than you! But we can feel proud
that whatever the economic changes or disasters that may come
to other countries, our Empire finds its basis strengthened with
the lengthening years. Times are bad now, world depression
affects us all. But I am sure that by our Constitution, our loy-
alty and affection one to another, and not least of all by our
system of preferences, the British Empire will be the first to re-
cover when the good times come. Let me end by wishing that
those times are not far distant.

"w z


e admission were increased in the spring of last year. I.ut great appro
proud that not to the amount which had been hoped for, in the end tl
us to the there was disappointment experienced here; chisel is in
this causes it found open expression in the Legislative to work on
;now of the Coincil and in the public Press; and with found not
ies and his what was then said the writer of this article tasks; they
working for was much identified. It was only afterwards. strength wh
r as we are that we came to understand the great difticul- try, and the
story lpoli- ties under which Sir Philip C('nli'fe Lister had ability be alsi
thought to labored, and the real achievement effected by
social circle.' him on behalf of sugar in spite of those dif- N conclusi
iman beings ticulties. England's finances were at that for the
well as ad- moment in a very parlors condition. England Iaking leave
was facing a financial crisis. It was doubt- forward to 8
ful whether anything could be done for sugar Lister with
dy Cunliffe- at all, in spite of the promises previously with which
le a festive made in speeches by Mr. Baldwin and other Jamaica.

of Mauritius as well. But it
went to Ottawa that we learnt
from the preferences we were
given under the Ottawa Agree-
ments how successfully he had
urged the Colonies' claims.
Since then we know that,
whether he is able to see eye to
eye with us on specific questions
or not, he is our firm friend and
well-wisher: we feel that he can
be persuaded: we believe that
he is a Colonial Secretary after
the mind and fashion of the
great Joseph Chamberlain him.

AS statesmen go, Sir Philip
Cunliffe-Lister is a young
man still. He is only forty-
nine years of age, and a great
career is surely open to one
who at forty-nine years of age
has already achieved so much
and is regarded as a very strong
man. His critics assert that he
is rather too much of a hard de-
bater, showing but little flexi-
bility and human sympathy.
We think that he is a stern
fighter, but we believe that there
is another side to his character,
that that side will come to be
more and more perceived both
in the House of Commons and
iu the country as the months
and years go by, and that it
will be realized that a states-
man who does his work for the
love of it and for the good effect
it will have upon the welfare of
others must be a man of heart
as well as of brain.
Besides, England needs men
of strong and even stern char-
acter in such times as these.
Those who would be all things
to all men. making words serve
for actions, and offering plati--
tudes as a substitute for defi-
nite policy, may at first win
val and applause; but invariably
hey are felt to be what a soft steel
the hands of the sculptor who has
resistant material. They will be
fitting instruments for strenuous
will be discarded: it is the men of
o prove the salvation of a .coun-
man of strength will in all proba.
o a man of genuine sympathy.

on, we thank Lady Cunliffe Lister
gracious kindness of her words,
e to add that Jamaica is looking
seeing her and Sir Philip Cunliffe-
at least a pleasure equal to that
they may look forward to seeing





THERE is not one type of English Beauty:
there 'are many types. On this page
appear the portraits of two ladies who have
visited Jaimaica, who will again visit Jamaica.
who are both English, one distinctly brunette,
with glossy black hair and gleaming eyes. the
other with hair of a rich chestnut, and eyes
of deep blue, although the camera has failed
to bring these out. Both, as our pictures in-
dicate, are beautiful; but what is given is; an
indication merely, the photographs giving Ibut
a faint impression of the brilliant vivacity of
the one, the calm loveliness of tie other. There
is and can be no showing of varying expres-
sion or of colouring; these must be guess*ie
at or divined. Yet even the black and white
effects of the camera cannot but set torthl
something of the beauty of our subjects. They
are two types of English Beauty. There are

ENGLANI) and Scotland are countries of
brunette as well as blonde, and of all the
intermediate varieties between the flaxen hair-
ed, the golden haired and the jet-black types;
and as it is today so has it always been. There
was probably never a time when there were
not the flaxen and the gold, the brown and
the dark in the island known as Great Britain:
before Julius Caesar landed there, from the
highlands of Scotland to the southernmost tip
of England, there was this variation percep-
tible. The masses of the people were pro-
bably of ordinary undistinguished features as
they are today, and as are the masses of every
other country. But a minority stood out, the
men handsome and striking, the
women of a compelling or appeal-
ing loveliness.

THE English stock was once
supposed to have been derived _'
mainly from Teutonic origins; thus
the nineteenth century historians
told us that to emigrationsr from
the Weser and the l1:1i thie ipcople
of England owed their beginnings;
that from Angles andl Saxons
sprang the great race which is
known as English today. If these
historians could have brought the
Scotch into this Anglo-Saxon crnte-
gory they would undoubtedly have
done so; but as tie Anglo-Saxons
never tried to settle in Scot-
annd, and hardly penetrated there,
such an extension ot the theory
had to be dismissed as an impos-
sibility. The truth is, of course,
as Hilaire Belloc has stated it:
the English stock is today funda- ',
mentally what it has always been. :
and. originally it was mui the
same as tihe Scottish stock.

'IE English climate, operating
tl though hundreds alnd tlous- -
ands of years, has done much to
form the English type. Customs M
have done their part. and for hun-
dreds of years now has the Eng-
lish type been fixed. Tie English
character also became established
centuries ago, although. English
SWho came to
characteristics have been modified



I'thor, graphr of il 'i o n Lil-l.,n
Beautiful, fascinating, a frequent visitor to Jamaica, who
Is loved and admired by her friends
according to new fashions and points of view.
Accordingly, the characteristics of the English
woman have doubtless altered somnewhat.
Possibly her beauty has changed also. Sliim-
in ss is the ideal of today, but sometimes
pllumpine.ss has been the ideal of a former
lpriod. And since thoughts and sentiments

i,'l, ,r op iar1 t i i .S D irft,tl
Jamafi list winter. is comingg og1in. and whose beauty and
charm have evoked widespread admiration


(the action and direction of the mind) affect
one's expression, which in its turn modifies
onre's features, the beauty of today probably
looks a little di ftrent from how she would
have looked two hundred or five hundred
years ago.

S ET, fundamentally, e.- tilly, the Eng-
lish types of beauty have remained the
same, and the character has remained the same
also. Many of Shakespeare's ladies are Italian
or French: but, after all, Shakespeare knew
Eniglii.huwomen mainly and we may depend
upl.n it he was thinking of them when he drew
lhis Portia and Rosalind, and Helena, and these
were bright and vivacious enough. So were
most of the upper-class young women whom
Shakespeare knew, though the middle class
English girl of his period is usually represent-
ed to us as demure, and thinking mainly of her
domestic duties. Some of the women of Jane
A usten, too, if we think of a later period,
could bubble up with a startling if superficial
effervescence, yet the women of Jane Austen's
time are generally depicted as prim, sedate,
and religious. But the young women of our
day, the young Englishwomen, the post war
girls, are compact of animation, indepeendence.
determination, initiative: they. are said to be
very much unlike their mothers and grand-
mothers. Essentially they are the same as
Their mothers and grandmothers. But the
modern girl has released herself from many
former inhibitions; hence tendencies of char-
acter that were once suppressed and unde-
veloped have now come boldly to the fore.

SHT'E influence of a particular
environment has helped to
Evolve the English types of beauty
Sas they have been known for gen-
e, rations; but while we hold that
the English stock today is in the
main what it was when Julius
Caesar landed in England, we
would not ignore the contributions
of Romans, Saxons, Danes and
Normans. Today Englishvwoeni of
loveliness have no reason to fear
S comparison with lovely women in
any other country of the world.
We indeed should be inclined to
put the English beauty first, were
it not that that might seem an
arrogant claim. For a claim may
be true and yet arrogant.

HE Spanish beauty is extoll-
ed in song; the glamour of
romance has been cast about her.
We read of the dark hair and glit-
tering eyes of the alluring senori-
ta, %Or of her golden tresses and
violet eyes-for there are blondes
in Spain. though the Spanish type
P.C is mainly Mediterrannan. Buit
'., dark and fair beauties, and every
I. -j variation of those types, are to ,be
r founild iin England ,nnd :in: Scot-
land; and there is'strength as well
',: *: as sweetness in. the diispositios
of English beauties, .ulnd a ch
1 r.ir.f which wins the .hearts and
wonderful pels the homunge of men from V '
country in 'the world.



G OVERNORS' daughters, grown up and
taking part in the ordinary hfe of King's
House and the colony, have been very few and
far between. Miss Wilson, now Lady Black,
was here with Sir Samuel and Lady Wilson
for the few months during which Sir Samuel
was head of the Jamaica Government; but she

was not yet grown
daughter of Sir H.
Barclay, is mention-
ed by very old peo.
pie, but she too
seems to have been
in her early teens
when she left Ja-
maica. Lord Olivier's
girls were children
when lie was here as
Colonial Secretary,
and were Ihardly
ever in ,Jamaica
when he functioned
as Governor; Sir
Leslie Probyn s
daugh ters never
came out to the col-
ony. Miss Slater,
however, lives in Ja-
maica, and during
the twelve mouths
they have been here
S i r Ransford and
Lady Slater have
had their other
daughters with them
-Mrs. Foulger and
Miss Joan Slater.
But, of course, it is
Miss Nancy Slater
w h o is identified
with the social life
of King's House. She
is now one of the
younger ladies of
Jamaica. A most
charming and at
tractive acquisition.

up; Miss Barclay, the


the occasion last year when a Reception
Ball was given by His Excellency and
Slater, was at least partly due to Miss SlI
suggestion-the beds of cannas illuminate
concealed electric lamps was an idea of hi

THIS is really, then. the first occasion
Sthe last fifty years, perhaps in the


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M ISS Slater very
properly iden-
titles herself with
different activities of
a pleasant and so-
social character. She
not only plays ten-
nis; she is a parti-
cipant in our tennis
competitions. S he e
does not merely go
to theatrical exhibi-
tions: she took a
prominent part in an
entertainment given
in May last at King's
House for the bene-
fit of the Anti-Tu-
berculosis League.
and will be associated with others. Tennis
players say that she is highly proficient in
the game. and that with her modesty as a
player goes self-possession, a quiet self-con-
fidence: one also sees these qualities exhibited
by Miss Slater when she is assisting Lady
1Sater to entertain guests at King's House,
and we have been told that the tasteful illu-
mination of the grounds of King's Houe., on

Ph ',rqraplr bl ,It esI
i damnghler of His Excellency Sir Ransford and Lady

hundred and fifty years. when a grown-up
daughter of a Jamaica Governor has been in
the colony as a resident, and taking a normal
active part in its life. It is a pleasant and
welcome change. It has the effect of causing
people to think of King's House as not merely
the official residence of the Governor but as a
Jamaica family home. But the finest effect of
Miss Slater's living in Jamaica is the un-

plicity. It seems to the observer that, if she
thinks of herself at all, it is as Miss Nancy
Slater, not as the Governor's daughter. And
the fact that other
; people may think o'
S'i ,her as the Govern-
Sor's daughter has
.not been allowed to
turn her head or
S. ..affect her conduct in
the slightest degree.
She hias a person-
a.lity which would
win her friends were
'he in a very ordin-
.ary. e v% en humble
position. S ii c h a
:-.~ -e- personality is an as-
set better than any
high position: for it
e in sometlling iuntrin-
sic and not to be
os lost by any change
"." of fortune. To be
liked, to be admired
rea o. tfor oneself, is of all
gifts the best that
ca n be bestowed
u pon any baby girl
by the good fairies
Swho determine her
fate at the (late of
her birth. M i s s
Nancy Slater has
munch to thlnnk the
good fairies for.

UT'r wh ile one
makes all right
allowance for the
disposition w hI i ch
is Miss Nancy
Slater's. lnue must
not forget that even
a 11 ne d1ispositionl
may I'be spoilt or dis-
torted liy illadequate
e x a ni p e in the
youthful formative
years of a girl's life.
So Miss Slater has
also to be congra-
tulated oni the part
which her parents
played in her train-
ing and her upbring-
ing. She inherits
good qualities from
both of them; she
rs. Lnfaclte LI-t., London has to thank them
eralso for the sound
sense they have ex-
hibited and still show in influencing her in
manner and address in their own dealing with
those with whom they come into contact. Their
attitude is genuine and entirely unaffected:; the
real root of the matter is in them both: and
their example and influence have not been lost
upon Miss Nancy Slater. Hence her popularity
in Jamaica, a popularity with which all Ja-
maicans and others are pleased.



PDau hter-

and Iaffected pleasantness and attractiveuess of her
Lady disposition and manner: her youth, her
water's beauty; her unassumed delight in life itself.
ed by She shares with the rest of her family the
ers. characteristic of an essentially genuine sim-


N a nomadic life. there are some halting places
that stand out In the memory later, when other,
possibly more momentous things and places and
people have been forgotten. I once asked an Arab
auide in the Sahara why he particularly remem-
hered a certain oasis when he appeared to have for-
eotten the rest of the route. In a matter-of-fact
manner he answered:
"The wind there smelt different, Madame.'
That is rather how I feel about the month I
spent a few years ago in Haiti, in the Antilles, the
queer little island of negroes. erstwhile slaves to the
French, who. somewhere about a hundred years ago,
cast the hated yoke of the white man into the sea.
and ever since have run a republic. of hazardous
fortunes, on their own.

THOUGH Port au Prince, t he
capital of Haiti. is but a hun.
dred miles or so from Kingston in
Jamaica. it seemed infinitely dif-
licult rf attainment. No regular ser-
vice of boats ran, at that time, to
Haiti Small cargo boats, mainly
Dut,.h. called there as whim or cargo
dictated,. and one just had to wait
and take the change of catching
Ire and of getting accommoda-
tii.n. And even this wasn't as easy
as it -ounds. for at the very last .
moment, such a -hip might decide .d
ti give Haiti a miss, and go off to
Cuba or somewhere in quite the op-
lo-ite direction.
For almost three weeks I hung
about Kingston, and my craft and
crew, when I found them. though
a trifle battered, might just have
stepped out of -,mnie such musical
comedy as "Miss Hook of Holland."
She was something under a thous
and tons, and carried but one pas-
senger besides myself, a Dutchman
touring the South iu the interests .
of margarine, a very kindly and
courteous gentleman, who gave me
several samples of his merchandise!
I never could have imagined any- .-
thing to be so completely, tradition- :.
ally Dutch as the Captain, nor have ,"'
I ever met such a comprehensive
linguist. To my certain knowledge -
he talked eight languages. I have
heard him swear in as many as our
various ports of call, sometimes in
all of them at once.
"You--all no learn to speak mein
language; I 'av to learn yourren?'
lie used to say when I compliment-
ed him.
We became firm friends, and he
fussed over me like a motherly old
hen. I think he regarded me as
some kind of amusement clock-work
"You yoost lotely gurrl. hein?"
he used to ejaculate at intervals.
1FrOR six days we pottered through
Sthe waters of the Windward
Passage, and by the time ne reached
Port au Prince, I had learnt quite a
lot of Dutch, and was rather tired
of sausage, pickled cabbage and salt
beef. Haitian customs offices closed,
it appeared, at :iix o'clock. it was
after dark. and there appeared a
vast quantity of diuky vociferous
persons some unifo:rned, some not,
protesting strongly about something.
I knew not what. Only the assist-
ance of my fellow passenger,. whose
Consul had come to meet him,
enabled me to get away with a hand- in adgltsh p
bag containing necessaries for the read and great
night. Hotels, it appeared, were twice been to
scarce and over-crowded. Copious "Planters' Pu
telephoning ascertained that at one The sketch o0
only there was a vacant room, but contas
there seemed to be a slight hitch.
"She is white?" came a woman's voice down the
wire with a strong French accent.
'Really white?"
"Absolutely white!"
The colour line is strongly fixed in Port au
Prince in hotels catering for Europeans, the main
white clientele being American.

M Y hotel proved to be a kind a wooden veran-
dahed villa, standing back in a neglected garden,


An English Nobleuiomran Sees Life as

It Really Is Almong the Haitians

-French Culture and a Dark

Echo of Africa


with three or four guest rooms, and an annexe over
the way, where I was lodged. At first I was in-
clined to object to the annexe, which necessitated
over several hundred yards' walk, under-a scorching
sun, about fifty times a day, but I soon learnt my

Photograph by Lassalle, Lond
y Mills, daughter of the late Earl of Orford, comes of a family distinguish
litics and Illerature and is herself a writer of travel books which are wi
atly admired, and also of popular novels of adventure. Lady Dorothy
SJamaica. On her first visit she desired to visit Haiti, and the Editox
nch" interested himself in obtaining for her transportation to that itel
n Haiti and the Haitians which appears on this and on subsequent pi
ns some of her impressions of a country and a people that she likes

luck. For in the main building, as in most Haitian "' IES
hotels, the rooms are only partially divided, forming "
large cubicles, so that every sound or movement of Press?"
the other boarders is embarassingly audible, more "On
especially when, as in one case, the gentleman in Evei
the next room happens to be subject to delirium ing a m
tremens. The bathing arrangements of Haitian personal
hotels, too, gave me pause till I got used to them, books an
There was never a bathroom in the house itself, but plete do
in the garden were enclosed pools about ten feet by present
five feet, containing three feet of water that might head a


Decorated with photos of startling
unlikeness, there followed para-
graphs and pages of amplification.
One papc-r struck a tender chord. (I
believe "Mother love" was the fa-
vourite journalistic theme in the
States that year). would not
the mother sense rooted in every
woman marshal every fibre of
her being to save just that very
small portion of the world-a baby
about to be eaten." I very nearly
cried with the pathos of that pen
picture, when I read it, except that
I was laughing too much. Some of
these gems of literature had been
copied verbatim in the Haitian
Press, and the latter too had put
in a good bit of-work on its own. I
was classified as "A monster woman,
with a revolver in one hand, a vitrio-
don. lic stylo in the other." I was de-
scribed as an "ogresse," a "man-
shed geuse de negres." Positively I cow-
dely ered under a tornado of sarcasm and
has hate.
r of These documents were pressed
Mad. into my hands by all and sundry,
ages with expressions as much as to say,
"Well what about it?"
,lies," I exclaimed helplessly.
You are prepared to say so to the Haitian

ly give me a chance!"
r since the American Press had been mak-
eal, such as its soul loves, off my defenceless
;ity, inquiries had been made. reference
nd old newspaper files looked up, and a com-
issier had been made concerning me, past,
and imaginary. Feeling the need to cool my
little, as soon as the somewhat complicated

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or might not be changed every day, in which every-
one bathed in turn. Mine was not changed, and in
view of the communal quality of such ablutions I
conscientiously refrained the first few days, from
taking along my soap, till I found that everyone else
took theirs, when I began to hesitate to take a bath
at all. Also I never knew whether the active little
green frogs that chased themselves round the bottom
of the pool might not take it into their heads to bite
my toes.
It was not till the morning after mny arrival that
I realized -into what a little hornet's nest I had cast
myself, or rather had been made for me by my fel-
low journalists of various countries. When I land-
ed at Port au Prince, I had fondly imagined myself
utterly unheralded and unknown, and mapped out
for myself the role of intelligent and
inconspicuous observer, in which I
could study unnoticed and at leisure
the habits, mental, temperamental
and social, of a race that had In-
terested me ever since I had, the
year previous, lived among it in its
raw state, way up in the African
bush. Publicity is utterly destruc-
tive to observation, for you cannot
study people properly if they are
studying you.
ALAS for the futility of human
hopes. I woke that February
. o. morning at Port au Prince to find
myself, if not famous, nor yet exact-
'*"' ly infamous, at any rate notorious,
.and not at all pleasantly so! For
S;' the scribes of the Street of Ink had
been working their fountain pens
A few modest paragraphs in
:' our English papers outlining the
.'- motives of my winter travels, had
propagated their species, had in-
'- creased and multiplied and had emi-
'"...' grated on the wings of the wind to
the United States, where they had
;.-. burst forth and screamed in flaring
1 headlines. In every office of every
person of consequence on whom I
was taken to call in Port au Prince
That morning, including our own
..'. ( Charge d'Affaires the wretched
things stared at me in the face,
stared at me till my ears grew



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red tape of a Haitian arrival had been completed
down town, I motored off on a sight-seeing tour of
the neighbourhood with the A.D.C. of the United
States High Commissioner. When I returned to my
hotel at sundown I found my kind landlady wring-
ing her hands.
"Where have you been all this time, Madame?'
she cried. "All day the telephone has been ringing.
The gentlemen of the Press, they have heard that
you have arrived. Le Temp.s Le Nouveliste. Le
Courier, they demand, all of them, to see you in-
stantly. Two, three times, has each of them rung
One by one. they came, the coloured gentlemen
of the Press, that evening and throughout the fol-
lowing day, giving me scarcely an intermission for
an occasional gobbled meal. I was cross-questioned
and re-cross questioned. and made to talk and talk,
in a mingling of English and French. Traps were
laid for me. and bait cunningly trailed to see if I
would not give myself away, if I would not make
rash admissions of any of the things laid to my
charge. They could not easily believe in my sin-
cerity, or open-mindedness, or good will. It was
scarcely surprising, for, as in later moments of
friendliness, they told me, so many journalists bad
visited their island, and under a mask of friendli-
ness and sympathy had traduced and ridiculed them.
But I think at last they began to believe me. As a
journalist myself, I counter-charged them with be-
lieving what other journalists wrote, and with writ-
ing against an unfortunate woman without waiting
to see if what they wrote was true. "Woman mon-
ster," had stuck in my teeth a little, and I told them
"Now that I have seen you, Madame. I am
bound to confess that the phrase was ludicrous,"
smiled one of them with a gallant bow.
Even we came to joke a little on the dreadful
"And where is your revolver, Madame? And do
you carry it in your bag with your powder puff?"
asked one of them, and laughed when I told him that
1 possessed such an object, and was rather more
frightened of it than of anything else in the world.
RANCOUR merged into friendliness in less than
twenty four hours, and most amicably we talked
"shnp." They offered me every possible assistance
towards seeing and studying their island and their
life, they gave me, so to speak, the freedom of Port
au Prime, took a helpful interest in my aims and
obhjerct, and told me of their uphill fight to present
their little land with fairness and justice to a scep-
tical world. They were charming men, all of them,
tioering a wide range of colour, well dressed, well
educated. cultivated and quick brained. One of them,
the youngest, was a poet in his leisure hours; the
editor iof the Koucellite which corresponds to our
Doljd Mad. brisk, progressive and alert, had done
-everal years' apprenticeship of journalism in the
United States; the editor of the Tremp.s-a more
eiriuit- ,rgan that would approximate our Morninq


Post--as a highly intellectual man, with an old-
world formal courtesy of manner.
There is no malice in the Haitian. He is as
quick to bless as to curse, and most generously my
coloured confreres ate their own words. For my
own self-respect I must quote Le Temps as it made
the uiaende honorable, the morning after our meet-

ended a column of vindication and compliments.
Le Nouveliste. who described me as "Le type de
liss Anglaise" admitted that "nous la croyons
sincere:" La Posle called me "1'ne yenlille erplora-

ORT AU PRINCE itself lies beautifully in the
arms of a deep-blue bay under a cobalt sky,
surrounded by rich green bills, backed by country
of lyrical, tropical loveliness. Within a few hun-
dred yards of the wharf are broad streets jostling
with parti-coloured humanity, with men of every
shade from coal black to pale olive, dressed in
European tropical suits, and dusky peasants from
the countryside in loose cotton rags. There is a
sprinkling of Europeans; of French and Dutch,
Germans and Spaniards who intermarry considera-
bly with the natives. There are many American
marines and gendarmerie, and a few half-caste Chi-
nese who run cafps and small stores. At the street
corners stand native police, under big umbrel-
las, dressed American fashion, looking rather like
rrogs under a row of mushrooms. Sandwiched be-
tween the clear precise French of Haitian upper and
middle claeses, is the queer guttural, drawling
"Creole" of the peasant, more a patois than a lan-
guage. an odd mingling of half a dozen European
languages. English. French. Spanish and heaven
knows what besides, and a leavening of native Afri-
can, without syntax, utterly incomprehensible. Ram-
shackle cabs of the "Victoria" family ply for hire,
getting out of nobody's way; cars, mainly Ford and
Dodge. dash past with alarming velocity. Higher
up the slope of the hill is the residential quarter of
houses of the bungalow type, ornate in decoration,
standing back in shady grounds. The houses are
better kept than the gardens, and inside are well-
furnished in a solid mid-Victorian fashion. Midway
is the palace of the President, a hugh white house
standing in a big open space. that has been likened
to Buckingham Palace: and the Roman Catholic
Cathedral. a massive and quite fine bit of architec-
ture that cost the country several million francs to
build-a rather touching tribute to the religious
fervour of a hard-up country. In front of the Ca-
thedral, is a big square market place, that, when I
first came upon it. made me catch my breath, so
vividly did it carry me back to many a similar mar-
ket "anywhere" in Africa. There was the same ar-
my of umbrella-like lean tos and huts, the same ar-
my of booths containing the same variegated assort-
ment of odorous merchandise: of fruit and vegeta-
bles and eggs. of onions and places, of soap and


beads, and buttons, and braces, ad infinitum: and
the same black crouching forms, and the same noisy
groups of clients bargaining and appraising. Truly,
a corner of Africa transplanted, that the Haitians
deem unworthy of their capital, and which at the
time of my visit they talked of "'scrapping." They
have since built a fine and commodious market on
the same site.

HE society of Port au Prince took me to its
arms. It dined, and wined, and motored me,
and showed me everything there was to be seen. I
went to its parties, I travelled its lovely country-
side. I visited its private life, and I saw little that
I had been taught to expect.

I saw few top-hats, no gold braid or bizarre
uniforms, I heard no high-flown titles, I saw no
revolutions. On the other hand I heard precise and
formal French, clearer than the crisp-clipped accent
one hears in France, In fact better French, the
French of old times, accompanied too, by old-world
elaborate manners. I learnt that Haitian ideals of
politics, society, and art and literature were French.
In fact I was reminded of many a little French pro-
vincial town. I learnt that though the Haitian is
proud of being racially black, he has a curious
colour snobbery of his own, for Haiti is definitely
parti-coloured, and especially among the upper
classes, one meets few that are darker than mulatto.
A light-skinned girl will not willingly marry a man
much darker than herself and vice versa. This
light strain comes down mainly from a hundred
years ago. when the French mingled much with their
slaves. Many Haitians, except for a few betraying
details, one could scarcely tell from a southern
European, and I have known a few of these latter,
even, who sought to enhance their lightness by the
discreet application of powder.
I saw none of the comic opera that I had been
led to expect of Haiti, I saw a little world that was
just like any other little tropical colonial world one
knows, except that It was black. It had the charm
of its African heritage, with the laughter and ex-
uberance of the South. the poetry and the fire. And
yet under all the laughter one sensed that there ran
a current of discontent, of distress, the distress of
a people who knows itself at a disadvantage, who
feel., that its liberty is in peril. For I heard much
of politics, past and present, I learnt the covert
hate of their white overlords. Its untapped riches
and inconvenient proximity makes the little green
and golden island an object of covetousness to the
Americans. who in their turn are a festering sore to
a people who would rather make a mess of their
countryy in their own way, and retain the freedom
of their souls. Poor little black country, proud of
its sanguinary and courageous past. proud of its long
list of Emperors and Presidents who nearly all came
t.- untimely ends, proud of the fact that we British
gave them arms with which to cast the power of
their own French masters into the sea. proud of the
days when politics ran in rivers of blood, proud of
the stress and struggle that made them into the first




negro republic in the world, their country into the
cradle of a black hope. And I heard, among the
younger hot heads. the tears and curses and threats
of a furious helplessness. I saw and felt the trage-
dy that underlay the laughter of that little mystery
land, a tragedy that has been turned into farce by
the white races, because of a matter of skin pigmen-
tation. In fact, I heard and saw a lot of things, but
not all of them were sad.

I SAW something of the arts in Haiti, which are
represented mainly by poetry, sculpture and mu-
sic. all three the natural arts of the African. Novel-
writing is still in its infancy, but the poetry of the
Haitians is picturesque, imaginative stuff, with the
changing mood, the light and shadow of gaiety and
pathos, the broken laughter, the smile veiled by
tears of the national temperament. Some poetry
there is too. in the peasant Creole, full of sly whim-
sey. Of painting I saw none. but I saw some fine
statuary, with none of the grotesqueness of the
"art negre" that finds so much favour on the
rice yaiche in Paris, that. too, has served as model
to some of our younger school in London, and that
comes straight from the primitive African bush.
But music is, par excellence, the artistic medium
of Haiti. Music is born in the soul of the African,
it is his chief form of self expression in his under.
veloped state, and centuries of artificiality cannot
kill or change it in him. Often in the wilds of Af-
rica I have listened to rude music made with a hol-
low stick or calabash turned upside down by one of
my boys, who, after the long day's work would play
his soul away, wrapt, oblivious, drunk with his own
melody, and in his little finger there was more real
music than in the whole soul of many a concert ar-
tist that one pays good money to hear in London.
Haitian music is like its poetry, a revelation of the
nation's soul: its dance music is a lilting irresistible
thing, its marches have a sombre underlying element
for all their gaiety, like the deep distant drumming
of a tom-tom: its songs dream of love and the sun.
Only the applied arts have not yet found disci-
ples in Haiti. At present the Haitian conceives but
does not create; his works are the children of his
soul, not of his applied knowledge. His journalism
is mainly a medium for his political incendiarism.

BUT in Haiti, the Press is given, to our way of
thinking, little liberty! While I was in Port
au Prince, it happened that six editors were under
detention in the local prison for no common breach
of the law, but merely for over zealousness, for tak-
ing their mission too seriously. There is no more
fervent patriot, no keener politician, than the Hai.
tlan, and the Haitian editor has not always the fine
diplomatic elusiveness of his white confrere else-
where! Most of the newspapers are aginn the Gov-
ernment," and when the editorial feeling unduly
runs away with itself, it is sent to prison.
I was given permission to visit the prison, and
saw the suffering six. Attired in blue and white
striped cotton coats and trousers, they took the air
in a small courtyard, barred off from the common
herd of vagabonds and petty pilferers; and whereas
the common herd slept ten in a cell, these political
offenders had a cell apiece, and a slightly more
elaborate menu. Some of them had been in a few
weeks, some for several months, and one was await
ing an indefinitely postponed trial. They varied in
colour from dark mahogany to pale caff au lail.
One of them at sight of me took off his striped cap
smilingly, crying 'Bon jour, Madame.'
I had rather hoped to get permission to talk
with them. but it was not forthcoming. I suppose
the authorities feared that my sympathies might go
too strongly to my brothers of the pen Certainly
more than one of the journalistic fraternity of Port
au Prince who had given me hospitality and help,
had done a sentence in prison.
These gentlemen all had the haloes of a martyr,
to the Haitian patriot in the
street. and lurid stories were told
of the treatment alleged to he
meted out to them. In particu-
lar I was told of how one had
been humiliated by being strip-
ped and left naked in the sun
for hours. but the truth, when I
ran it to earth, was merely that.
rightly suspected of secreting
money and inflammatory litera-
ture smuggled in from outside.
he had been searched and strip-
ped of his contraband.

T happened one afternoon, that
a bullock that was being driven
to the slaughterhouse of the
prison took up a strung position
on a waste patch at a street
corner, resisting all efforts to re.
move it. Among a hundred or
so multi coloured loafers who had
gathered round, the rumour grew

that the animal had been poisoned with a view to
feeding M. Jolibois. one of the incarcerated editors,
and that from patriotic motives, the heroic creature
was resolutely declining to be so used. The rumour
spread like wildfire through the town, and grew in
magnitude. till it was asserted that the bullock bad
spoken. that it had breathed the name *Jolbois' in
heart rending accents.
By evening. when I saw the bull. there was a
rr:.wd if some three or four hundred people surround.
ing the waste patch, and the President's wife herself
had motored down to see it. At that moment, in a
last effort to dislodge it, they were trying to hoist
the pour beast into a truck. But in vain, and it
remained all night, till in the morning they shot
I have often wondered since of what those im-
prisoned editors thought during the long days and
nights: whether they brooded on their political
grievances, or whether they sometimes spared a de-
precating thought to the aspiring contributors they
had nipped in the bud, after the manner of their
kind. to the paragraphs they had underpaid, or the
manuscripts they had rejected!
OURNALISTS apart. I had very many callers from
the intelligentsia of Port au Prince; some who
came out of curiosity, some who came from the
genuine desire to set before a foreign writer the in-
ier as well as the outer aspects of their country,
who wished to learn too, of the greater world. We
talked on every subject under the sun. The Haitian
is a quick, intuitive thinker, he has fire and sym-
pathy, and a fluent tongue. and he is a born orator;
lie is an idealist whose practical ability lags behind
his ideals and his aptitudes; he lacks the "do it
now" spirit that for centuries has kept the white
races to the forefront, a little does he lack per-
spective. He is mercurial, which makes his social
charm; he suffers, as he laughs with expansiveness;
he is in artist rather than an artisan.
One of the questions I was most frequently
asked was, what resemblance I could trace between
the Haitians and their forebears of Africa. Few of
my friends there had been to Africa. and most of
them were keenly interested to hear of life in primi-
tive Africa, of the types and tastes and mentality
of their savage brethren. And, one and all, they
begged me to write of Haiti, as I saw it, and not as
I had beard of it, to keep my mind open to my own
impressions, to deal with those impressions impar-
tially. Praise of Haiti was an unfashionable thing.
No one wanted to hear the truth, papers would not
print it and people would not read it.
There was pathos in their plea for fair play.
"Write of us as you see and think," they begged
me. "Blame us where you find it necessary to blame.
We want sincere and constructive criticism; we
shall profit by it. but give us credit where credit is
due. Do not set yourself to laugh at us because our
skins are black. We are not ashamed of our black
skins: au conlraire,. we wish to prove that it is as
good as white skin. Is black skin of a necessity ri-
dilulous, that it should be laughed at? Write of us
as you would of any little new race that is strug-
gling, with its faults and its virtues, with all the
odds against it, to rise in the world."
A LSO I saw football in Haiti. Port au Prince
went wildly en ftle during the week-end that a
British light cruiser, H.M.S. Curlew. put in. On the
ground where the men of the Curlew were playing
the Haitian team. there was a very dense crowd.
In and on the top- of cars, hanging like clusters of
flies on every shape and kind of vehicle, and stand-
ing ,ii each other's feet. How knowledgeable was
the bulk of the crowd. I do not know, for I am no
judge uf luotball. but certainly it was keen, and the
cry of joy that went up whenever one of their own
side made a good shot. rent the heavens. If occa-
sionally a slight lack of generosity wa; exhibited by
the crowd on the grass, it was frowned upon by the


fine world perched on the tops of the cars, who were
keen to foster the new spirit of sport in their peo-
ple. I ha\e rarely seen a physically finer lot of men
thin the Haitian team in their shorts and striped
sweaters, and they succeeded in pulling off a draw.
if they hadn't. I think they would have been
lynched by their compatriots!
And at last but not least, I met the President,
Monsieur Louis Borno, at his summer residence
among the little hills beyond Port au Prince; a cul-
tivated and pleasant man, pale quadroon in colour-
ing, yet le was not and never had been popular with
the Haitians. He was deemed a puppet in the bands
of the Americans under their High Commissioner,
.of whose rule lie was allegedly in favour. But yet
with the Americans in control, with the strangle-
hold of their loan and the convention of 1915, one
did not envy the lot of a Haitian President. But
recently the order of things has been changed,
Monsieur Borno has gone and the Haitian, have
chosen their own President. So one hopes that
everyone will be happy, though one cannot imagine
peace in that hot-blooded little land.
SPENT Mi-iari'nt-. or carnival time, in Port au
Prince, and in those days I did more dancing than
in many a week of the London season. All day,
cabs full of jubilant, dusky boys and girls flew
hither and thither in fancy dress, music of every
description filtered through the hot air, small child-
ren paraded joyously in grotesquely hideous masks:
older revellers, in nowise abashed, strolled through
the brilliant sunshine in the travesty of the night
before or the evening after. We danced in fancy
dress in the numerous social clubs where Haitian
aristocracy takes its pleasure. The walls were
lined with dusky elegant and black-eyed "buds."
Some of the latter were lovely, though the Haitian
idea of beauty is not always ours. The Haitian girl
prides herself on the lightness of her skin. To her
aesthetic detriment, for the mulatto and quadroon
girls were often beautiful, whereas lighter than the
latter, the type is lost and though the features and
the hair become straighter, the warmth and colour-
ing go, the face and figure appear etiolated, pallid,
neither one thing nor the other. Most of all I ad-
mired the light mulatto girls, truly golden goddess-
es. with enormous liquid black eyes, little round
heads with hlaloe, of midnight black hair, rounded
vicr.rou.s forms and skins like old amber. It broke
my heart when they overlaid their dusky beauty
with pink and white make-up, and yet most of them
in their travesty had chosen costumes that necessi-
tated a caricature of Eurolearnism.

THERE was a quaintly Victririan air about the
more exclusive of thee halls. for round the
dance floor were rows o' chairs where sat the chaper-
ons, to whom the charges returned demurely be.
teen the dances, while the young men hung about
twitching self-consciously at their gloves till the
music restarted. Sometimes one of the elder men
would bow before one. and lead one round in a ,sol-
emn promenade as. before my dancing days. or In-
deed any of my days. I believe used to do the
old-time gentlemen of the French and English pro-
We danced till the stars grew dim. till the rising
sun turned the glare of electricity to a sickly green
colour. We danced the waltz, we danced rag-time.
but most of all we danced the Meringue. the local
dance, a dance hard to describe. but fascinating
withal. with all the witchery of the South. A kind
of syncopated tango, yet it was brisker than the
tango, with a more subtle rhythm than rag-time.
There was a little catch in it somewhere that sud-
denly seemed to cnlme by itself, in fact, a good dance,
irresistibly lilting, and one that I would fain dance
again before my dancing days are over.
We danced too in the more democratic clubs in
the town. we watched, in the big covered march,
where hundreds upon hundreds of the lower orders
made merry. And yet, even in
the small or not so small hours,
the evening was not finished. tor
some of us took cars and motor-
ed out far through the still, .pale
morning, along winding roads
that led into the heart of the
country, pausing now and again
in a by-way to watch ebony peas-
ants, young men and girls, still
dancing to the beat of a little
toni-tonm, till the perspiration
poured down their gleaming
bodies, and sometimes one of
them fell exhausted to the ground.
Wild dances of atavism and aban-
don were these, that seemed to
carry me many thousand of
miles to the eastward, where
sometimes across the music drifts
the snarling %.ii e of a distant
leopard, or the hysterical cackle
of a hungry hyena. Down in the
ugly little quarters by the wharf.
ton, there was dancing in small
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Whose Power Over Our

Pockets Pursues Us

Even to the Grave

B7 H.o o Do


6,1.N ti.- H.rd- ,I-.i Mr. Nethersojle!" Words .: dread
1 nid m inn.us maniing Going back as far as
the memoru)y of mnan runneth these words have been
whispered tremulously in Janaica: apparently the
han-, ,of Mr. Netinersole are like the arms of the
a iitont MlI,'ch, bt-tw\e-en Jhihe were placed the in.
farit il? IL. leu d a sicriite to that relentless, god.
\\ithal. Mr. Netnersole is a tall, quiet gentle-
1.11i of r tarely iim.iniirr. .-peaking wiith a marked tie-
liler.ti.n.. daid never -honwing his hands, so to
speak. An inspection of the
said hands reveals nottiing |l|
extraordinary. They appear
to be normal instruments of
handling and holding, pre-
unmably not calculated to be
of any formidable effect in a
fight Yet the Hands of Mr.
Nethersole have been spoken
ut for too long a time with
awe not to have something
mysterious and even terrible
about them. There is always
something, some little foun-
dation of fact. in a legend.
The popular belief has sure-
ly some substance behind it.
So if the saying is that to
be in the hands of Mr. Neth-
er-ole is a thing to be
dreaded, we may depend upon
it that the grasp of Mr.
Nethersole cannot precisely
be like the embrace of a
beautiful lady. A reflection
Shie-h leads us to enquire
what itl Mr. Nethersole. And
wh% is Mr. Nethersole? We
shall not say how is Mr.
Nethersole, for at the time of
the writing of this commen-
tary on our Money Masters
he is perfectly well, although
doubtless. there are many
per,n. who heartily wish
hjmr ri. ble griev.ously ill.
W HAT is Mr. Nethersole? According to the
statement set forth in official documents, he
is Administrator General and Trustee in Banuk
Suptcy. He is, consequently, a General Commanding
the Fkorces of Administration. and also the man n ho
holds the bankrupts in trust. He administers, or
looks after, the estates of people who die without
leaving a will; and these estates comprise e' e3-
thing that such persons leave: laud. houses. cattle.
money. anil o forth. Most of us. of course, when we
die. leave only debts Our assets cnsi-t of indebt-
edness for groceries, clothing, drink, and small sums
cf money which w\e borrowed without tile liehtest
intention of repaying. With these Mr. Nether',le
has never had anything to do. He believes in the
real and the tangible, and he holds that there is
nothing so unreal and intangible as a debt unsup-
ported by assets to meet it. What Mr. J. M. Nether-
sole wants to see is something that can be "'re-
covered," something that can be got out of the es-
tate that is in debt; it is not the debt that interests
him, as what is behind it. If there is nothing be-
hind it. there is nothing for him to put his hands
upon There cannot then be anything "In the hands
of Mr. Nethersole." Those hands find themselves idle.
Those hands retire for the time being into ob-
scruity, and, in a manner speaking, sleep.
UT it is as Trustee in Bankruptcy that Mr. J.
M. Nethersole's hands become most prominent.
When a gentleman goes insolvent he may call a
meeting of his creditors and arrange for what is
described as "a composition." A composition means
that if you owe me a pound you offer to pay me.
say, threepence for that pound. I insist upon nine-
teen shillings, and perhaps we eventually agree upon
two shillings and sixpence. While this composition
is being arranged you can imagine Mr. Nethersole's
hands waving in the distance, but in your direction


if you are the debtor. You can also i
narrowed eyes peering with keen scru
you. looking into your very soul. But, at
issue depends upon the creditors. and if
to accept half-a-crown instead of a po:un
you can look proudly and even scornfi
hands of Mr. Nethersole and tell them I
where they like. But many persons have
not politic to do this. Because, if a deb
from those hands to-day, he cannot be ce
%,hat may happen to him to-morrow. A
these hands may grasp eahi and ever.yo
utmost impartiality. one cannot but fea
iquJeeze of them may ibe rather more pa
a previous occasion they have been tre
c:.utempt: the fact is one thing. the fe
another. Ther- Iia-. conrsenluently been
to speak rather iespe,.tfully than orherv
hands of Mr. Nether,-ole. :en oin the pa


persons who have not passed through his hands,
and who have not been in any imminent danger of
coming within their compass.

S to those who have actually been in the hands
of Mr. Nethersole, many have emerged from
them in a chastened frame of mind. As Trustee in
Bankruptcy his duty is to take hold of the assets of
your business and distribute them amongst your
creditors. Now yr.ur idea of your assets may radi-
cally differ from his. Suppose you owe twenty
thousand pounds. You may have ten thousand
pounds put away in the hauk for the sustenance aud
support of your unmeritoricus old age. You may
have settled another ten thousand pounds on your
wife. You may bave made a deed of gift to your
childrenn for yet another ten thousand pounds, and
you may have for distribution amongst your credit-
ors certain assets valued at, let us say, seven thou-
sand pounds. You are now insolvent. You have
only seven thousand pounds with which to pay
twenty thousand pounds Your creditors, being un-
reasonable persons. as all creditors have a habit of


imagine his being, are not satisfied. They will not enter Into a
tiny upon composition with you. They do not believe in being
'ter all, the composed. They are discomposed, they are men of
these agree a turbulent and disagreeable frame of mind: they
d from you are naturally unconscionable, and you wish to
fully at the Heaven that they were decomposed in body, a circum-
:o go-any- stance which would rid you of much annoyance.
thought it But, there they are, and you have to deal with
tor escapes them. What is much more unpleasant, they are de-
rtain as to termined to deal with you. So they call in Mr.
knd though Nethersole and they place you in his hands, and at
ie with the once be begins a most disagreeable and ungentle.
r that the manly scrutiny into the arrangements you have
inful if on made for the sustenance and comfort of your un-
ated with meritorious old age, into the provisions you have
ar is quite made for the support of )yur family, and into other
a tendency things which you may have done, perhaps not quite
rise of the i., the satisfaction of Mr. Nethersole.

HIS hands are now extended towards all
tho-e savings of yours. If your disposi-
ti,.ns have been well and legally made, the
hands are withdrawn until they reach only
ylurr -even thousand pounds which amount
is then grasped by them and paid out, to the
sound of a funeral march as it were, to your
various creditors. But if there has been any-
thing wrong in the dispositions of your
nmoneys or prorpelties. anything even technical-
ly wrong-I am not suggesting dishonesty, for,
of course. nobody is ever dishonest-you will
then discover that the bands of Mr. Nethersole
are not made of flesh and
Sbha.,d. They are of a material
Surprising in its hardness.
They arc like steel gauntlets.
They have also a prehensile
quality. like the tip of an ele-
phant's trunk, which can lift
a pin and does not relinquish
it easily. The hands of Mr.
Nethersole. in other words,
are spread all over your pro-
perty, the lingers elongate,
they broaden, the palm is no
longer four or five inches in
Swidth; it grows yards wide,
furlongs in latitude and in
longitude; like the cloud
that was no bigger than a
S nrn'-, hand, but which
spread until it covered the
entire sky in the time of the
iate Mr Elijah, so do the
hands of Mr. Netheraole ex-
paud until all your cash and
other property-all your as-
.ets-which he thinks are
rightly belonging to your cre-
ditors, are encompassed by
his hands, and they are
swept into the office of the
Trustee in Bankruptcy, and
a still snall voice is heard
proclaiming that a due ac-
,o.mut shall be taken and
made of all these various
-unis. properties, and assets,
iilhout haste. without speed,
Ht wi ith a HIIrt of relentless
Ipr..gressiveness. until all is
L. bothered d up and laid into the
Trustee's Treasury to be re-
distributed amongst that
class of persons called credi-
turs, who should really have,
from the debtor's point of
view, no consideration at all.

SF ever a monument is erected to Mr. J. M. Nether-
sole, by the various creditors of Jamaica, it
should take the form of a pair of hands, not uplifted
to Heaven in supplication, but extended horizon-
tally, with fingers slightly bent, suggestive of tak-
ing and holding, conveying at the same time the
suggestion of a definite purpose from which they
are not to be easily turned aside. Or if that be not
considered sufficiently striking, the monument might
he after the fashion of the cartoon which appears on
this page. Here we see two men in a most excru-
ciating predicament. They are debtors. They were
once men who trod the world like perambulating
colossi, but have been reduced to most uncolossal
dimensions and will emerge from the present ordeal.
a size smaller still. The tablet on the statue should
bear the simple words. "In the Hands of Mr. Nether-
sole.' Tho-e words might not tell much to a future
generation. But they would be very eloquent to
the Jamaicans of at least twenty or thirty years





SREMEMBER one morning, at the unearthly hour
of six o'clock, before Kingston had properly
awakened to its activities, strolling down King
Street until I found myself in front of the Jamaica
Collector-Generalate. Glancing to my right I saw
what seemed to be two legs waving wildly in the
air. I concluded that some new and dangerous ani-
mal had escaped and landed in Jamaica. and that
the wisest thing I could do was to rush away from
the vicinity with all the rapidity possible. But
curloity overcame my manly fears, and so, cautious-
ly, I made my way step by step towards the phe-
nomenon I had observed, and soon discovered that
it was a man standing on his head and gesticulating
with his legs. The man might be mad. On the
other hand he might have some good reason for
his posture and actions. Maybe he was performing
a vow. a religious vow--if people in the pursuit of
their religious ideas can sit for a week on sharp
spikes las they do in India), or lie down on a bed
of prickles las they did in the first century of the
Christian era), there is no good reason why now-a-
days they should not stand on their heads in front
of a Government Department. So I approached the
figure boldly and with caution, taking three steps
forward and one backward, until I had got within
good hailing distance of it, and could recognize the
person. To my astonishment it was Mr. Eric Pigou,
Inspector of Income Tax, one of His Majesty's Money
Extractors in Jamaica. "Mr. Pigou," I cried out
in great astonishment, "why this thusness? And.
indeed, why this thisness? Why on your head when
you ought to be on your feet? Or, instead of on
your feet. on that part of you upon which you re-
pose during the hours of business, and which was
specially fashioned by nature for that purpose?"

**-mAN," replied the Inspector of Income Tax.
11 "whoever you may be, do you not know that
this is a topsy-turvy world, and that in order to see
things distinctly at this grave crisis of topsy-turvy-
dom it is necessary that one should stand on one's
head, since everything is reversed?"
"I do not follow you, Mr. Pigou," I replied
haughtily. "And I object to being addressed as
'man.' My title is H. G. It has been conferred
upon me by the populace of this country. through
myself as their representative, and I insist on all
state occasions upon being addressed as H. G., or
H. G. D."
"I have heard of you." said Mr. Pigou, as he
slowly brought his feet down upon the ground and
rose into that erect position which human beings
share with orangoutangs, chimpanzees, and other
creatures of the superior anthropoid order. "You, I
believe, are one of those persons who have protested
against an increase of the Income Tax. It is not
my business, as a member of the Government's staff
of devoted officials, to express my views on public
men and public questions, but as an individual I
am free to have my own opinion, and I wish to tell
you. in a kindly, appreciative and complimentary
manner, and with every good intention in the world.
that you are a scoundrel."
"That is common knowledge," I replied without
rancour: "but what is your principal reason for
agreeing with the majority?"
"As Inspector of Income Tax," said Mr. Pigou,
"I feel shocked and alarmed at the degeneracy of
any individual who Iould. at a time like this or
at any other time object to an increase of the In-
come Tax. Here are we at the beginning of 1932-"
this was in April. 1932-"when the future is dark
andl eloomy. so gloomy and dark that, when it comes
to late evenings in my office, and my clerks have
not yet finished making up the day's Income Tax
returns. I sing to them in a loud and s heerfiil voice:

Abide with me. fast falls the evening tide.
The darkness deepens. boys. ith me abide.
Wheu ,tiher clet ks and all tic typists flee.
Y..u of this oith.e. Oh. abide with me.
I sing this to them, and sometime; we remain
until a late hour, working out assessments and
writing letters to penkeepers asking them to explain
how is it that it they had five bulls last year they
now claim to have only seven thlin year. For bulls
are great propagationists, and it is the duty of a
bull to multiply himself several tires over. There.
tore we expect that every bull shall be at least two
bull? in twelve months for Incomei Tax purposes.
Anti if he isn't, we want to know from the penkeep-
er why he isn't. and whether that hull has been per-
forming his duties properly as a respectable and
responsible hull.
THAT will give you just a light idea of our de-
votion to the noble work of extracting Inconme
Tax." continued the Income Tax Inspec:tor. 'And
yet. at a time when we are doing this, what assist-
ani.e do we receive from people like you? Instead
if all of you joining together to demand that the
Income Tax be doubled, and even indeed to suggest
that a man receiving a salary of a thousand pounds
a year should pay fifteen hundred pounds in Income
Tax. .ou have meetings, and memoranda, and public
ltu,:heons-I only hope they are paid for-at which
you protest against any increase of the Income Tax.
and on this last occasion you have been successful,
which makes me feel that the world is indeed in a
top-y-turvy condition, and that if one is to see it
aright nue must go with his head towards the earth
in the future and not stand erect upon his legs."
I looked with surprise at Mr. Eric Pigou. I
cent my mind back to the days when he was not
Mr. Pigou, Inspector of Income Tax. but little Eric.
who with his brother both looking like twins) at-
tended the Kingston Collegiate School under the
mastership of the late William Morrison, where
he was then the gentlest of youths, giving no indi-
cation of some day blossoming out into the kind of
man who would stand on his head fur an hour, in
a public thoroughfare, as a protest in favour of the
extraction of money from our pockets. But you can
never tell from the lad what the man is going to
be. When I used to see Eric, walking most sedately
into sclinnl, side by side with his brother, both wear-
ing well-starched Eton collars. both dressed in gray
tweed suits. both covered with straw bats, gentle.
meek and mild, could I have guessed that he would
one day be. like Mr. J. M. Nethersole, Mr. C. C.
Manton and others counted among the public extrac-
tionists or executionists of Jamaica. I should have
entertained an additional reason for wanting to mur-
dter him. For I wanted to murder Pigou in those
distant days. His tweed suit was much better
than the clothes I wore. and his straw hat was al-
ways newer. And I felt that it was a reflection upon
me and other boys that he and his brother should
be -o nattily dressed, thus establishing, as it were,
a kind of sartorial superiority over the rest of us.
How I refrained from homicide I cannot imagine.

ALL the time I was at the Collegiate School with
the Pigous. and Horace Myers. and J. I. Kirsch-


man. There was Crosswell. Then there were William
Morrison and Charlie Morrison. and H. A. L. Simp-
son. and the other lads of the village, all of whom
have come to a bad end since then-Morrison a
knight. IKirschman a clergyman, Pigou an Inspector
*f income tax; and lo. of these three, it is clear
that the works the the extractor of private funds for
public purposes. And yet I should have said, as a
lad of twelve or thirteen years of age, that Pigou
wiuld have become a clergyman, Kirschman a prize-
fighter. Simpson a professional cricketer, and Mor-
rison a politician-which is exactly what Willie has
become But the others have gone on another tack,
But to g.o back to Mr. Eric Pigou.
"Ci'mfirt yitu. comfort you yourself.' said I unto
him, "the day will surely come when the Income
Tax shall be increased, although that day is not yet.
In the meantime be content that you now take out
of our pockets thousands of pounds a year which
prior to 1919 remained there, or rather could be util
ised by us in such highly patriotic and noble under-
takines as giving dinner parties, cocktail parties.
-tag parties, and especially hen parties."
SSAW Mr. Pigou's countenance brighten visib-
"It what .\ou say is true, H. G.," he replied,-"by
the way, is "H. C.' equal as a title to "Your Worship'
or 'Your Honour' ?"
"It means "Your Deity'," I replied modestly.
"I see." Mr. Pigou replied. "I see. Perhaps Dr.
Hewson of the Mlental Hospital will be exactly of
your opinion."
"'Dr. Hew-sou is a very intelligent person." I cor-
dially agreed. "But as I was saying, we may con-
lidently look forward to an increase of the Income
Tax a century hence. Hold! stop! what are you go-
ing to do?" I exclaimed suddenly, as Mr. Pigou again
dropped on his hands and precipitately elevated his
legs into the air.
"Trying to see things from the new point of
view." he replied bitterly.
"But. man." I expostulated, "think of the situa-
tion. For a hundred years before 1919 nobody ever
paid Income Tax in Jamaica. During all that time
we agreed that all the taxation should be placed on
the working-classes, and especially the poorest sec-
lions of them. That was right and proper, for, as
we contended, the woman with six children to sup-
port could use the roads as much as any member
of the better-off classes, could use the hospitals if
she managed to get to the nearest one before she
died iwliih was very rare), and was so well look-
ed after by the Police that she eventually lost the
tery sense of the meaning of the word freedom. But
since 1919 all has been changed. The better-off
classes now pay you anything from seventy to a
hundred thousand pounds a year in Income Tax, and
they are but a handful. They call you Eric the
Cruel, whereas. prior to 1919. if they did call you
anything at all. it might have been Eric the Good.
I have been informed that you have actually been
seen running after a well-to-do man down this very
.ame street and grabbing his income tax out of his
pocket. You seem to get in the arrears very well
indeed. Then what rn earth have you to complain
of? Besides, it may be that you will not have to
wait quite a century to witness an increase of the
Income Tax. Perhaps you may see that within the
next three years."

DO you think that possible?" asked Mr. Pigou,
joy suffusing his countenance.
"I think it is quite possible," I answered.
Then to my surprise, without even waiting to
s:iv adieu, Mr. Pigou started towards his office on
lie run. and as he did so he began to sing in a loud
lti e if voice:
The sands of time are srinLinc.
The dawn of Heavein break.
The urnnyr morn I've tighed for.
The sw-. r sprinotilr aw.ak~i
Dark. dars has been ithe lui'nicht.
But dayspring in at hand
.nid rcl.ry. lory. dw~tilerh
In hi.- Tax i'Iht I' n rt s Land.

oI UY'(






MR. C. C. Manton, Deputy Stamp Commissioner
to the Jamaica Government, is a man of very
grave and serious aspect, one whom you instinctive-
ly picture as thinking not of temporal but of eter-
nal things. It has been asserted that Mr. Manton
never smiles, but that is not true; one has seen him
smile more than once in a sweet and ghos.tl
fashion; so to speak, he gives you the wraith of a
smile, and instinctively you think of the sombre
mirth of disembodied spirits. Again, it has been
asserted that Mr. Manton's particular recreation
when abroad on a holiday, and even when in resi-
dence in Kingston, is wandering among graveyards,
while his favourite literary pursuit is a perusal of
the inscriptions on tombstones, he being particular-
ly interested in the eulogies on very wealthy men
engraved on marble.
Withal a most kindly man personally, although
apparently more interested
in death than in life. He
attends Divine Service, but
with most pleasure when
he knows that the hymns
to be sung are, "Oh Para-
dise, Oh Paradise, I long to
be at rest," or "I would be
like the Angels and with
the Angels stand." It is
true that no one looks less
like an angel than Mr.
Manton; he has a most solid .
Jamaica appearance, is very
corporeal in substance, how-
ever spiritually-minded he
may be. The present writ-
er remembers introducing
him to the late Lord Burn-
ham when that distill-
guished visitor was last in
Jamaica. "You are? -"
questioned Lord Burnham,
on hearing the name but
not distinctly hearing the
designation. "Deputy Stamp
Commissioner," replied Mr.
Manton in a modest and de-
precatory tone of voice, and
then I explained that Mr.
Manton was the man who
insisted, at one's death, on
taking away all that was
left by that man to his
widow and children. Lord
Burnham looked at Mr.
Manton with a kind of awe,
knowing what Death Duties
and their Collectors mean
in England, and naturally
regarding them as the mor
tal enemies of those who
have anything to leave. But
he brightened up- on re
membering that it would not
be Mr. Manton with whom
he would have to deal in
the future, and Mr. Manton
was very genial in his con-
versation with Lord Burnham, whom he regarded as
outside the scope of his immediate activities.

THE Stamp Commissioner is, of course, the Col-
lector General. That is to say, the Collector
General, the Most Worshipful Brother Johnson (of
whom something is likely to be said in a subsequent
issue of "Planters Punch"), is the titular head of
the Stamp Commissioner's Department, the Income
Tax Department, all the Collectorates of the island,
the Customs and Excise Department, and every
other monetary thing besides, except, of course, the
Treasury. But the real administrators of the In-
come Tax and the Stamp Commissioner's Depart-
ments are Mr. Pigou and Mr. Manton; it is these
latter who make up the estimates of their expected
receipts, and it is Mr. Manton who has to see that
the estate left by anyone pays its due amount of
toll, or death ties, to the Government. The situa-
tion is this. You die, say, leaving ten thousand
pounds. You do not want to pay any duty on that
to the Government, and your descendants want to
pay it even less than you. But the Government de-
sires to purloin some of the money you have left,
and they have appointed Mr. Manton to snitch it.
Mr. Manton actually thinks that it is his duty to
extract this cash from your heirs and assigns, ac-
cording to Law, So help me God, and he at once pro-
ceeds to examine the papers your family send in,
and to seek to find if you have not left more than
you are alleged to have done. If he has an idea that
you died possessed of fifteen or twenty thousand
pounds instead of ten thousand, he makes himself
busy, displaying a most ungentlemanly curiosity as
to your personal pecuniary affairs, and -he is not
satisfied until he feels convinced that he -cannot
really discover any more money than you have

stated that you have left. He knows all about your
will. If, for instance, you have bequeathed quietly
a few hundred pounds to some dear lady of your
acquaintance,--quite innocently, of course,-C. C.
Manton knows it. It is a shame and a disgrace and
an infringement of the liberty of the deceased that
he should, but it is the law; so C. C. Manton knows
it. And as the law declares that moneys left as
legacies shall pay a tax, C. C. Manton demands the
amount of that tax and is not happy till he gets it;
and when he gets it his joy is unrefined, for I have
never known a man who loved money more than

Mr. Manton, though I will admit that it is not at all
money that is coming to himself.
I HAD a talk with him this year on the subject of
the revenue from Death Duties, the tax levied
on properties and legacies left by those better-off
people of whom it has been said that it is easier
for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than
for any of them to enter into the Kingdom of
Heaven (what a prospect for a man with money!).
I found that Mr. Manton had worked out a perfect
system, a system of death. "You see," he said with
that courteous gravity, or that grave courtesy which
distinguishes him, "I have found after many years
of experience that in every third year we have a
large crop of wealthy deaths. It is peculiar how
this rule persists. Last year, for instance (1932),
more wealthy men died than usual. Now you will
find that the number will diminish in 1933 and 1934,
but that in 1935 there will again be a rise"'-and as
he mentioned the last word a glad and happy look
came into his eyes.
"Mr. Manton." said I, "Do you take pleasure in
the death of wealthy men?"
"Oh,"' he replied, "I would never say that!"
I did not pursue the topic, but I noticed that
while he said he would never say that, he made no
positive denial. Had I pressed him, of course, he
would have denounced the idea, but I doubt if he
would have convinced me. After all, his business
is to collect Death Duties, and, like an efficient and
devoted public officer, he likes to present to the
Government a large amount of revenue every year.
A ND though it may involve your death or mine,
why should that affect him grievously? Why
should he not even, from an impersonal point of
view, be glad? I take it that his philosophy goes

like this. Man is born to die. The death of the
poor man may be considered lamentable since, hav-
ing always been poor, he has had nothing very
much in this earthly existence except his life. But
the rich man, or even the merely comfortable per-
son, has had his fine house, his sumptuous meals, his
motor car, his trips abroad, the expensive weddings
of his daughters, the debts of his sons, and a num-
ber of other felicities which have made his life
replete with satisfaction. Therefore when he dies,
after having given away as much of his property to
his descendants as he thinks it wise to do-for if
he gives away too much he
may find himself pauper-
why should a Deputy Stamp
Commissioner be unduly de-
pressed and sorrowful? The
Deputy will not express
happiness, of course, but
deep down in his heart he
will feel that God is in Hea-
ven and all is well with
the world. He gathers in
the Death Duties, or the
shekels for the Government.
SPerhaps twenty-five thous-
and pounds for that year
has been the estimate, but
Mr. Manton hands in forty
thousand pounds. The Co-
lonial Secretary smiles
gaily, not at the deaths-
remembering that he too
has got to die; the Govern-
or, looking at the figures
alone, thinks this handsome
contribution due entirely to
the activities of Mr. Man-
ton, not remembering that
by implication he is accus-
ing a most meritorious Pub-
lic Officer of murder. The
Elected Members rejoice.
They now feel that they
have fifteen thousand pounds
-more to form a basis for
demands for increased ex-
pendilure. On the strength
Sof that fifteen thousand
pounds they insist that the
Government shall spend six-
ty thousand pounds. They
Share carried away by the be-
lief that every day is going
to :be Christmas, that every
year all the wealthy men in
the country will die, that
every year the Deputy
Stamp Commissioner will
give them more.

M R Manton knows all
V this. But he is first
and last a zealous official.
IHe finds bis reward In the
returns he is able to make.
Atter be has collected his
final penny for the year, he
looks upon his work and
murmurs that it is good.
Then he goes home and
opens a private cupboard which he keeps there, and
he solemnly shakes hands with the skeleton which
he has had articulated and set up to his satisfac-
tion; after that he sits down to his evening meal
and is observed to be more than usually seriously
gay. But during the two years of normal Death
Duties he goes about his work with more than cus-
tomary sombreness. For you cannot expect Mr.
Manton to be happy when there is not a great num-
ber of wealthy deaths.
Yet I can remember when there was an effort
made to reduce the Death Duties up to a certain
figure. A deputation on this matter waited upon Sir
Edward Stubbs, and, like a skeleton at a feast, in a
chair not far from the Governor's, sat Mr. C. C.
Manton, staid, solemn, inscrutable, and "'l,,kina
like death himself," as a member of the deputatiul
x\pre.-edl it. Everybody felt that the final decision
of Sir Edward Stubbs would be highly influenced by
Mr. Manton's views. And when that decision was
made known it was found that the Death Duties on
all estates up to fifteen thousand pounds were to be
reduced. That was in part the work of Mr. Manton;
and now I think that if he ever should die-which
is very doubtful-his funeral -will be attended by
all persons leaving less than fifteen thousand pounds
in money and property; vulhich nipnQ that his fun-
eral will be one of the biggest ever known in Ja-
maica. I perhaps shall attend with pleasure. There
is no one's funeral I would more gladly attend than
Mr. Manton's. But I do not think that a man like
him will ever die. Deputy Stamp Commissioners do
not die. They retire at about eighty years of age
and you hear nothing more of them, for they have
acquired the secret of eternal life, through officiat-
ing, in a manner of speaking, at the deaths of so
many other people.





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THE butler glanced curiously at his master, who
seemed to hear nothing, notice nothing. And
yet, to the tall black man who bore the silver tray
containing a decanter of whisky, a large glass with
cracked ice, and a bottle of Perrier, the intermit-
tent tapping, with intervals of heavier staccato
sounds as though the roof were being stoned from a
distance, was distinctly perceptible and had been so
night after night, for the last three nights, becoming
louder, more ominous, as the days had passed.
But the master seemed impervious to external
distractions. He was wrapped up and isolated in his
thoughts, his reflections, which were extremely pleas-
ant, as his proud smile and confident bearing Indi-
cated. He seemed to walk on air in these days, he
was more arrogant than ever. But pleasantly arro-
gant, as might be a genial autocrat who knew that
the world was at his feet and there was none to
dispute his desires. He was pleasanter now than he
had ever been, and this his servants appreciated.
Perhaps that was why he had not yet complained of
these strange sounds that had become more persist-
ent, more audible. since they had started three or
four nights ago. He had not noticed them, or, having
heard, Set did not think it necessary to complain, so
satisfied was he with the world and with himself.
But the butler knew that such complaisance could
not last. For to-night the nuise was more distinct
than ever.
"That's enough whihky. John; now the .Perrier.
Mr. Shotover sipped his drink with satisfaction;
his man waited to heal' if be had any further orders.
"You are comfortable here. John?" he asked,
though not expecting any suggestion of discomfort
from the latter; for who, he felt, would not be happy
In the employment of Mr. David Shitover.
"Quite. thank you, sir; very comfortable," an-
swered John immediately.
"'Well treated, el? Decently paid?"
This question was intended to elicit a reply
flattering to Mr. Shotover's sense of generosity, for
he knew that he paid his serants %well. It was a
question fairly often asked. and wa.s always followed
by the expected answer.
"Quite sir, quite." At the same time John hoped
that something might one day be said about in-
creased emoluments. for when does any servant feel
that lie is as1 well renmunerated .is his rm rits de-erve'
"I am glad you like the job. for I want all my
old servants to remain on when nm wife takes
charge "
"Your -it'e. sir.'" gasped John. genuinely as.
tonished. He had thought Mr. Shotover a bachelor
for life, with feminine connections, of course, but
none of these in the residence where his master
lived and entertained, and where an enterprising
butler might acquire perqluisities which he consid-
ered his by right, but which a lady might regard as
distinctly reducible.
"Yes, John; my wife. I am going to get married
later on to the English lady we expect on Thurs-
day. She and her friend are going to stay here.
with my sister, as my guest": you know that al-
ready. Yuu must do everything you can to make
It comfortable for her: remember, she's never been
in Jamaica before."
He expanded: he wanted to talk to someone
about this lady be was to marry, and John was an
old servant, a sort of privileged retainer who knew a
great deal about Mr. Shotover's past. He could be
taken into confidence.
"I met her in London when I was there the
other day; she Is as beautiful as a picture. So I
decided to settle down, and now there will be a
great deal more entertaining here in the future than
we have ever had. We'll have to get another house-
Skeeper, I think: Fanny is good enough for me alone,
but she won't fill the bill now."
"You mean that Fanny will 'ave to go. sir?"
"Certainly not; and when she does go she'll get
a pension: she knows that. But she won't have to
leave just now. and if we get someone else to help,
Fanny will have less work to do. But the new
housekeeper will have to be a different sort of per-
son: Fanny suits me all right, but in a big establish-
ment we shall require a good manager, a lady who
has been accustomed to look after a nice house of
her own: I should say a widow. Shouldn't be hard
to get one?"

John admitted that widows of the type indicated
ought to be fairly numerous: apparently their hus-
bands were unable to survive their qualities and dis-
positions as managing persons.
"We'll look after all that later. We'll also take
on an assistant butler; you had better see about that
early. My sister is coming to-morrow, and the day
after to-morrow Miss Seaton will be here. and her
friend. Three ladies, two of them strangers, in the
house! You'll be pretty busy. John."
"Yes, sir."
"Everything is prepared, I hope?"
"Everything, sir, and Miss Shotover will be
"I am sure of it. Well. I am glad I ant going,
to be married. Time I settled down."
"Yes. sir; and have you tixed the day, sir?"
"It is the lady who does that. John," Mr. Shot-
over laughed. "No; no time at all has yet been fixed.
Nothing is definitely decided. But it will he."
"Of court-e. sir."
But John thought it a little odd that a lady
should be coming out to marry his master. and that
the day. and, apparently, even the month. of the mar-
riage had not yet beeu decided upon. What wase
there to cause this indecision? As a rule. as he well
knew, ladies arriving in Jamaica from England or
America to marry gentlemen in the island, got
married either on the day they landed or next day
at latest. But this particular English lady was go-
ing to stay in Mr. Shotover's house with a friend,
and was only to marry him in the indefinite future.
True, Miss Shotover's sister was to play chaperone,
and she was of a virtue and of conventions irre-
proachable: her utter lack of good looks, even trom
her earliest girlhood, had put her beyond all temp-
tation and bad enforced upon her a behaviour of the
strictest rectitude. The house party, therefore,
could draw no criticism from society, no open criti-
cism. at least. Yet, thought John. why this uncer-
tainty about when the wedding would take place?
The butler was fifty years of age and intelligent.
He concluded that. perhaps, there was as yet no for-
mal engagement between the lady and his master,
hut that the latter expected there would be and in-
tended it. If he intended it, it would happen; John
was certain of that. Mr. Shotover invariably achiev-
ed the things upon which he set his mind. Still.
why. ith his evident intentions. had he dela-'ed
coming to the point? Or was it the lady who was
In the meantime the house had been made ready
for the advent of Miss Shotover. whose approaching
visit was nit viewed with particular enthusiasm by
any of the servants. These never welcomed the idea
of Mr. Shotover's sister in the house.
As for the lady who was to be Mrs. Shotover.
John hoped that she would prove amenable to guid-
arnce. and supposed that, as a stranger and a gentle-
woman. she would. He would have preferred the old
regime to continue: but he knew that changes hap-
pe n n life. He must make the best .tf 'his i.i-n
He Ileared his throat impressively. "I 'cpe you will
be perfectly happy Mr David." he said, dropping in.
to. thle more familiar and affectionate form of address
that he had used when he was associated with his
employer in another capacity years ago, and which
he sometimes now used under stress of emotion,
though commonly revelling in the formal "sir"
which added dignity to his master, the establish-
ment and himself.
"I am sure to be," replied Mr. Shotover com-
placently. "When I was in London John,
have you been hearing anything funny about this
place to-night?"
The butler hesitated. Then-
"Like what, sir?" he asked.
'Like somebody throwing stones on the roof.
There it is again!"
Thud. thud. thud, thud! The sound was unmis-
takable, and louder than before. It seemed to be
directly above where Mr..Shotover was sitting. Both
master and man glanced at the ceiling. Before John
could make a remark the blows were repeated.
Thud, thud, thud. A pause. Then another repe-
tition. Then silence.
"What the devil can it be!" cried Mr. Shotover.
"I have noticed it before, but didn't say anything;
I thought I might be mistaken, or that something
was falling on the roof. But there are no fruit-
trees overhanging this porch, and the crows don't
alight at nights; they go to roost. To-night the
noise is worse than ever, ten times as loud. What
on earth can it be?"
"I-I don't know, sir: I can't think." John's
voice trembled. Mr. Shotover observed the look of
apprehension on his face.
"You hare been thinking, John; you have noticed
it before. Anybody else besides you?"
"Well. sir .

.- weird story of Modern Jamaica, in which
startling developments arise from a long
struggle between two persons, one a bold,
determined man, and the other a woman
whose weapon was a strange and inex-
plicable influence

"Out with it, man! What the hell are you
afraid of?"
"All the servants have heard it, Mr. David,"
said John. "and it is worse to night than ever. An'
we search the place and can't find a thing. We get-
ting afraid, sir."
"Afraid. Of what? Of a noise? Don't be a fool!
II find , Listen!"
Thud. thud, thud. A pause, another loud blow.
But this time it seemed as if another part of the roof
had been stoned.
"It is plain what is happening." said Mr. Shot-
over with c,-uviction. "Some mischievous beast Is
stoning the house. Pure de ilry, but I'll soon fix
him. You come with me."
He seized a thick walking stick, and followed by
John lie left the house and walked towards the gar-
den But inel in thle -,pen he realized how difficlilt
it must be for anyone to hurl tones on to the roof
ti his residence without being seen. He had not
thought of this before.
Elmsley Park was situated some five miles to
the north of Kingston. standing about six hundred
teet above sea level. The grounds were a thousand
acres in area; the house was approached by a long
drive through an avenue of coconut palms, beyond
which, on either hand. you could see heavy-foliaged
inango tree inteit per',ed with clumps of banbir,
and pastures where prize cattle roamed and cropped
the short crisp gra-s that grew on this estate.
The place \as well maintained. but any planter
or penkeeper would have seen at a glance that no
attempt was made to utilize it economically. Money
might have beeu made out of it by a man Intent up-
on putting it to remunerative purposes, but Mr.
Sho.tover had decided to use it as a residence and
wuuld neither farm nor rent out an acre of the land.
He had, as lie would proudly remark, his own hills
on the premises, a great grey-blue mass that tow-
ered to the rear of the building and swept in an arc
t, tile east There was a stream which rose on the
property and ran east-southwards to join some larg-
tr river that lust itt-elf in the sands of the plain be-
low. The bill-, were clothed with trees, the stream
atforded water which was led in channels to feed the
garden that bloomed in front of the house, to the
right-hand side of which waa a deep. lung glen in
which grew ferns luxuriantly. and convolvulus and
Iamboo. and other tropical plants.
The ihuse itself wa- a large. two-storied man-
sion,. built on high foundations. with marble-paved
step' leading on the right and the left up to a broad
platform around which wide-spaced stone pillars
rose to support the floor tf an overhead porch. You
entered the building on this side through a pair of
huge niahogany diors and a-.inded to the second
f1'ior by a wide. puliihed stairway which ended in a
-erandalh of ample proportions. Immediately In
friut of this verandah was the porch, with its low
wooden balustrade covered with a flowering creeper;
from this porch you looked down upon the sunken
garden wlicih Mr. Shotlver had had laid out by an
Italian landscape gardener shortly after he had come
into possession oft' the property. The eye travelled
over this sunken garden to where the two gravelled
drive%-ays from the building, after curving round
the garden. converged into one road which continued
till lost from sight among the trees; further
away to the south the eye rested upon an expanse
of green curiously dotted with white squares and
blocks, which one knew to be the houses and ga.-
dens of the city of Kingston. Beyond this again
swam a great sheet of still, silver-grey water, cut
off by a long narrow sword of land from the outer
sea. Thus one saw from the porch of Elmsley Par!;
the harbour of Kingston. its protecting palisadoes,
and the Caribbean which stretched away for hun-
dreds of miles until it bathed the shores of Central
This place had been something of a wilderness
when Mr. Shotover bought it for a song; buying it
because it was cheap, and not knowing at the mo-
ment what he should do with it. But he knew he
would, if he wished, be able to make something of
it, for did not everything turn to golden profit In
his hands? Was he not one of the world's success-
ful men, rich at forty, and spoken of as a power in
these West Indies? That with a little thought he
would be able to find a way to make money out of
Elmsley Park he had no doubt whatever; but after
he had completed his purchase it came to him that
he might spend some money on the place and make
it a residence. It would be a lordly dwelling when
he had had it restored and decorated; he would re-
ceive there; he would be a great society man as he
was already a great man in the business and the



fiahcial world of the islands. The idea appealed to
him. Social as well as other forms of success had its
attractions for him. He still remembered the day
when, the house completely renovated, the grounds
put in the condition he desired, he had given a party
which everybody who counted had been glad to at-
tend. He was then forty-six, a rifle portly, of mid-
dle height, not of the nimst refined manners or deport-
ment, but pas-iable neverthele"s-
besides, what are defects of man-
ner or character when one can
boast of fifty thousand plouud- a
year? His party was a magnifi-
cent triumph; it was a pretty girl
who said to him that lie haId a
beautiful house but, unforttnatel.y,
no mistress for it. She was a
clever girl; perhaps hers- was a
half-suggestion that iJ her a tuno- -.,
capable mistress might be found. .F; f
David Shotover parried this with l ,. < j
the assertion that he had been bnrn -.'..
a bachelor and a bachelojr would .. ..'
remain till the end of his days. -.
But since then he had changed his .-
mind. .
He lived at Elmslev Park now, -
whenever he was in Jalu:1ii.a. He
had three other houi-e in ithr
parishes of the island.
To-nielit he stood in the olpe, -ll
looking about him witll a puzzled
air. The ground for three hundred
yards on every side of the hoise
was clear of woods; the few trees
that stood about etre blender
palmni itnapable of affording con
cealment either at their base or
among their fronds to any mis-
chievous person intent upuu dis
turl.ing the people inside. It was
impossible to cunceive of anyone
hurling stones a distance .of three
hundred yards toi fall on the rouof
of the building wili the thud
that he had heard. The strongest
man could not ac-compli.h .ltl:h a

But some intruder might make
the petiuliar noise notih.ed by climb-
ing upon the roof, or throwing
stones from the *iljiinug roof of
the ,uithuildinugs That wa. it! He
smiled grimly as this explanation
came to his mind. He wa.~ now
going to teach some smart Alec or
the other that David Shotover was
not the kind of man t.i be fooled
in small tliinig or in great.
He ordered Jilin tI. go ba'k
into the house with hint: hi Inn
leltii.n was to -nninon all the
servants first and ,cross-examine
them. The man or woman %who
should be slow in ins-werine the
summons would have t, explaill
why this was so. He chli.-Ie t re.
turn to the house by its ha-'k en.
trance, but before lie reached it lie
found his entire staff gathered out-
side, huddled together, in a state
of terr-,r. Everyone was there, he
soon saw that And he knew the
cause of their emoti.u For even
as he paused in his stride his ear
caiiuClt again that peculiar, omin-
(it-I sta:'cato thud. and now it seem-
ed to come from two different
quarters at once.
He said nothing. Setting his
lips firmly, in anger, he marched
into the house, motioning the
dii-neeAtis to come \vith him.
Fanny, his. old house-keeper, a
matronly-looking brown n -nian of
some sixty years of age. who had
been his mother's servant and had
known him in lis earl)- days of
struggle and adversity, pressed
closely in his wake and was the
first to addre-s him.
"Mr. David." she quavered.
"this is not a good place, you
shouldn't ha' bought it. This noise
them is not earthly. Don't you
hear how they sound?"

ous relut:tjane. and was moving off to o:bey his mas-
ter hlien one of the hungerr servants uttered a
sharp cry of warning which trailed off int.) a long
ululati'n. "Fire!" she :ailed, "Fire, rirerrrrr ,"
and Mr. Shotover. looking swiftly ab-..ut luni, saw
that the room beyond, into which he could see
through an open door, was completely m reached in
flames. "Good God!" he gasped, "they are setting


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"Keep your damn mouth shut. Fanny. and don't
frighten the other fools," Mr. Shotover commanded.
but nith no insulting intention. "There is nothing
wrong with the house; but there is going to be
something very wrong with the wretch who is an-
noying us when I lay my hands upon him. John!"
"Yes, sir?"
'"ou take Samuel and go up to the roof If you
find anyone hiding there, collar him and drag him
down. We'll watch the entrances to see that nobody
slips away."
John called to Samuel, the chauffeur, with obvi-

fire to the place now. Quick. get the extinguisher.
ring tip the brigade, though I doubt it if they will
come up here. Follow me! But-but--" he ended
in incoherence. for, as suddenly as the flames had
started, they now died anay. and when the -startled
group stated into the room beyond there was no
sign of fire. no smell of smoke, nothing to indicate
the slightest pyrotecbhnic display. There had been
one delcn lamp burning in that room: it continued
still to glow softly. There were papers on the table.
flowers. mats, a carpet on tile toor: everything
was exactly as it had been before And yet every
eye there had seen the room lit up in lurid waving

flame. Even the iron uer\es of Mr. David Shotover
were shaken.
"Lord Jesus, have mercy upon us!" screamed
one of the younger \,,men. "What is this we see
"We can't sleep here," wailed another; "we
g\vine down to Kingston. Something in thi., place,
an' it is bad."

"You can go to the devil if
you like," stormed Mr. Shotover;
"but if any of you leave my em-
ployment now you shall never re-
turn. You know me; T always
nean what I -ay."
There was a moment's silence
at this: but looking at une or two
of the newer servants he realized
that Iis dictum had not moved them.
They would go. Fann), of course,
would not; she would stay where
lhe did. And John had courage;
he ,would face out anything. His
>.hief chauffeur looked as though
he too would remain These would
influence some otheis-, but two or
three wouldJ leave. He warned
"I see that some of you are
going. Very well, I will pay you
e.ch to morrow, two weeks' wages,
tor you are not obliged to sleep
here agaiuit your will. But. under-
stand, if you go talking any non-
sense about this plate being haunt-
ed, merely because we haven't yet
found tile tia.ni -r woman who Is
playing tricks upon us. I will tell
my lawyer to bring you up. You
hear? Yuu can't ruin my property
by talking damned nonsense about
it; I am not going to stand for
anything like that Now you all
can do what you please: I ant go-
ing to bed."
He walked resolutely tip to his
room. turned un the lights and
]ocked the door. He .aw no flames
liere. and the thud, thud. thud of
falling stone upon the roof had
ceased. But as he undressed with
grim determination, resolved to
call in quietly, to-morrow, one or
two detectives to unravel this
mystery, lie was conscious of a
presence near him, of something
intangible. indefinable, that hover-
ed about. and in spite of the effort
he made to reassure himself he
experienced a curious shiver of ap-
prehension. He looked sharply
around Nothing. No sound. In-
deed, the silence now was profound,
unearthly. He turned off the light.
"God damn it!" he muttered,
"What is the matter with this
And it seemed to him that an
answer floated back to him out of
the empty air; but the words he
could not understand. In spite of
himself lie shuddered.


NE day, some four months be-
fore this night of inexplicable
happenings. Mr. Shotover had been
walking along Piccadilly, London,
with a young lady to whom he was
giving a treat. The girl was not
one whom he would have cared to
take about in Jamaica. He had
made her acquaintance a few weeks
ago. had chummed up with her,
and with her assistance was pass-
ing a very pleasant time indeed.
He had taken her over to Paris for
a fortnight. she was now staying
at a well-known hotel at his ex-
pense: she understood that when
he went away their relationship
would cease, though, hope spring.
ing eternal in the female breast,
she hoped that something might
happen to give permanency to their
meantime she was enjoying herself to
r. Shotover was generous to her, and
er for his own country she would be
Than she had been on the day when,
in a fashionable London restaurant,
t his eye and hii fancy, had called
legraphy of glances to her side. and
there begun a friendship which had
lucrative and enjoyable.
ver loved to perambulate the great
oughfares of London. The opulence
-powered motor cars conveying ex-
ed and befurred ladies, the shop-

connection. Mi
the full, for MA
when he left h
much better off
lunching alone
she had caugh
him by the tel
had then and
since proved so
Mr. Shotov
We-stend thore
of huge, high




windows with their rich cotum,.,dities displayed toj
the eye. the ma-sive buildings. the never-ceasing
crowds nf hurrying pedestrians all appealed t-. him;
be thrilled to them as lie strolled along, himself a
well gruomed man about-town. a rich West Indian
on a holiday, one who could retire from business if
he wished and come to live in the midst of all this
gay life and glitter, and become a part of it. There
was a stir and call about the street
life of this metropolis which fas-
cinated him. His early youth had
been spent partly in a dull and
boring West Indian town. partly
on tropical farms and plantation-.
and though, because he was nf
strong character, he had buckled
down to the task, lie had to do
and had not shirked, he had always
longed for something different and
had made up his mind to obtain
the means to achieve it. He hati
accomplished hi wish. At forty
he was rich: but when he had
made ininey enough to put hiim
bey,.nd the tear .of any future.
financially ..peaking. he found that
anything like retirement was out
,of the quettiri. He dicloveredi
that above everything else lie
cravr-d to make money, to add
property ti property, 'hare to
share. to exercise power in the
comlnniunty of which ihe was one
of the dominating persoma cities, to
lihte big trad in a small puddle, as
it, b a Ipoition ;is his has heen
vilieg rly de.-cribed. Fo:r tliese
reaiul bhe had it. lie on the spot
where hils trjansitions were car-
'ric- out He hadl able assistants
but lie felt that without his own
presence nmatteri would not go a
lie ,siuld wish lie dared not tear
hinimelf away from his work tor
year He believed in that hnmelv
saw about tile eye of the master
fattEniiig tile horse. and he loved
tle Ihlrse too much to acquiesce in
the po'ssibilitv ,:f its becoming
itoisew\lat thin through its owner's
iegloct in a wird, the wealth
that le iinned. and the position nhe
had gained, had exercised their in-
flumene uiprn him and had made
theni-elves his, master. That is a
nty v.'hicih wealth and position
hav e.
Uiit lie could take frequent
trip t.- temperate climates, even
I. no visit in the -umnimer months.
whren lie itwouldl diisport himself and
be .- p.1 dI-g ain d all that -ort ijf
tliing Lind.in was preeminently e
hi. LIvi r'ite c:it% S mtnl tirnle he
w'rild s -tandl taUtiotnl ry' oin onle :.f
the- -.iewall .of Regent Street
and. kingg o at apparently Ipro.per-
uuif mn-n wh< it- ent lby. wi.iuld wou-
der linh. much they were worth.
ii-iially -tir.n Indin' with the conm-
Iuirtable lelle.-ti.,nl that he was pro
hably far herteriffiT than any of
then. and with not a care in the
world. For though of course he
hall his worries. he had been so
greatly successful these later years NA ISS Helen
that minor annoyances he regard- 11 ladies who
ed but as the inevitable pinpricks towards scienti
which must be expected in life. be fairer to say
They did not really count. He had branch of scien
always enjoyed good health, his one of our Jam
energy was the envy and admira- drawn to this si
trin 'if his friends, he was a bache. Miss Gyles.
1,tr and still attractive to women. is klukwn as tl
His hair had grown scanty, hut Etonomit Geog
his face was unwrinkled. his nose devitred some o
.straight, firm. unfleshy, his lone she remained c
Upper lip came firmly down upon Jamaica she is
the slightly jutting, pugnacious that she will h
lower lip, his chin was square and doubt
hard. suagesting an instrument to n( course. t
thrust away obstacles. He had of young ladies
ilear grey eyes. rather small, too:, Eures in this is.
closely -FIet tgeIher. They were with which the
the eyes of a selfi-h nan with but it ii well to ret
little real ,onsider'tion for other-. .pecially proud
They were the eyes ,,f one who burieded to work
wtruld niot tamely bro",k rivalry ani echnial ubjec
nit be troubled by sentiment daily bread dep
wherJ'e his interests were c,,rncern-
ed. He had been sharp, but not
dishonest, in his business dealings: he believed that
Ironesty was excellent policy: but selftaggrandisement
may be pursued with a rigid adherence to the letter
of the law, and because of this stark adherence to
the letter of the law one may feel justified in metbur.d
whilcl a softer or finer character would regard with
repugnance. But Mr. Shotover never analysed hiz
mind or his methods; lie regarded himself objectively

and what le saw was good. He approved o:f himself.
Metaph.:rically speaking, he lookedd upon Mr. Shot-
tver as the great Nebuchadnezzar looked upon Baby-
lon many centuries ago. and said about himself and
hii, fortune, Is not this a ereat thing that I have
A little ostentatious. a trifle bumptious, maybe:
nevertheless genial enough in ordinary life and re-


Photograph hbr Dr
Gyles, B.S, is another of those of the younger genera
possess, in addition to beauty, a passion foi learning a
Hic pursuits. The number is not at present large: or p
y that the number of those actually known to take an
ce is very few. Possibly more exist than we are aware
aica daughters gains a diploma in science is our attend
scientific tendency of hers.
for instance, took her Bachelor of Science degree in E
ie Higher Geography. This Higher Geography include
graphy. Metallurgy. Physiography and Political Geogr
f her time at the University of London to Mathematics.
connected with University College. London: now that she
connected as a teacher with the St. Andrew High Scho
have an excellent influence on the girls of that institu

he majority ui our readers, while admiring the intellige
like Miss Edith Clarke and Miss Helen Gyles, will gazi
sue of "Planters' Punch" with a particular pleasure beca
y have been endowed by a gracious Nature. That is on
member that women have brains as well as beauty, and
of that nur youn-er Jamaica wo-uien. of the class th
for a living, nevertheless toil hard to attain special knot
.ts and shIwe every disposition t.l work at ltbose subjects
ended upon their efforts.

lationships. hospitable. financially generous to wo-
nmen. Mr. Shotover had his goijr points. On the
whole he was very well thought of: the adulation he
reLelved was no-t ult.esther insincere. There was
somne genuine admiration in it. But the discerning
saw that be was essentially a selfish man.
This day, with the girl walking beside him. he
'had come across one or two acquaintanlces from Ja-

nai,: a il.j had been d,-;irouts of Allaking hands with
him. But he bad lifted his hat nieiel,, anu had not
paused: he wanted 1i. ILu,?rrliptic'-. Tire y..'ung
lady was effervescing and voluble, he listened to her
with amusement; she \waE very pretty. bright and
livgt. And her talk suited himii, tr. really, it was
on his own level; while her accent and diction did
not matter at all. In business affairs be was ver
astute, but in most other matters
of the mind he was ordinary, and
was even a little proud of it. He
would bnast. and quite truthfully.
that he was uo "highbrow."
They were passing a florist's
nhop, and the flowers attractively
arranged in the large glass window
caught the attention of his conm-
pa n i o n.
"Ocuoo!" she exclaicned, "aren't
those flowers pretty!"
"Would you like some?" he ask-
ed indulgently.
"itf you waI to give me stonle I
wouldn't mind."
"Let's go in and ,elect a hunch.
then," lie agreed. ''Yru choo..e
what you like"
They entered the shop. ncccost-
ing the first attendant they saw.
"Some l i-wers I o madanm?
certainly, dir; do Sy,.i like these.'
she asked.
She held up a great cluster of
white roses, a beautiful bouquet,
and again Mr. Shotover'.s c ,m-
lpaninn ejacilated. ''"Ooo!," But
she was not going to make other pur-
chase without examining the floral
treasures of this establib-hment, or
without putting the assistants to
the amount of trouble to- wilih,
she judged, they were well paid to
go. They were there to attend to
lier, and as h er cavalier was ready
to spend abund.lntly, some of their
tim e LholJd I0 e hbesttowed upon her.
Sn she asked tl he shown other
flowers. and the quiet ladylike girl
smiled brightly and said. "With
pleasure, madam:" and Mr. Shot-
over noticed her refined accent, her
refined demeanour, and. looking at
her face. thought her divinely love-
ly. He continued to gaze at her.
There was a nmonient when. glanc-
ing at him casually to ee if he
approved of the expensive flowers
she was displaying irt the girl he
had brought wilh hIim. she saw
something in his eyes which made
ier turn away her own quickly.
They simply blazed with admira-
Mr. Shotover Ibegan to feel
ashamed of his companion. He
had not been particularly proud of
iher before. but neither had he been
ashamed, he merely had not mind-
ed what -:ort of impression she
might make on other persons. She
was his business and nobody else'3;
after all, these people did not know
ns Marnrnlm Oferk him and would not remember him
five minutes after he had left their
presence. As to persons from Ja-
tion of Jamaica maica whom he might meet, he
.nd a disposition could ignore them for the most
perhaps it might part: if that were not always pos-
interest in any sible. he need not introduce his
of. Only when young friend to them or cause them
tion particularly to detain him long. So he had
thought. But now he was con-
Botany and what scious of a distinct embarrassment.
es Anthropology, This young lady of the shop had
raphy. She also suddenly become in his view a
For four years critic whose good opinion he de-
has returned to sired. What would she think of him
ol for Girls. anti for going about with so very ordin-
tion one cannot ary a girl? At the moment it did
not occur to him that she might
nce and learning not be giving any thought to the
e upon their pit- circumstance. since he and his acts
ause of the lnok_ could not possibly concern her.
ily natural But His lady friend was pleased
sumethingi to ). and satisfied at last: she had
Int is tnt really chosen expensively and much, not
wedgee of highly chiefly because she liked flowers,
ias thoe theighr but because she knew he would not
object to her extravagance and
that it was wise to take while the
giving was good.
Where shall I send them?" asked the attendant.
The girl gave her name and address with an air
:,f pride; the name of the hotel must testify to her
im prtance.
Mr. Shotover took out his pocket-book to pay the
bill, when an idea struck him. He did not want this
young g lady with the refined accent and rich brown
hair to think that he lived under the same roof




with lii- cumpanion: that might suggest intimacies
which, though existing, he did not desire should be
believed. He wanted also to buy something from her
for himself, knowing that the more she sold the bet-
ter would be her position in the shop and the larger,
maybe. her commission. He wanted, above all, to
linger in her company as long as was seemly. That
alone was well north paying for. "I think I should
like tu buy :come tiflers for my-
self," he said. and if he had been
studying her expression he might
have observed a little look pass
over it which might have told him
her suspicion that he had not come
into the place to buy flowers for
himself, but was nuw ordering
them because of her who sold them.
There is an mnutinctive understand
ing of these things. or perhaps it
is an understanding based upon un-
conscious observation and experi-
ence. Whatever it may be, its ex-
istence is uunquestionable. The
young lady in the shop bad seen
something in lMr. Shotover's eyes,
had heard snimethiu_ in his voice,
had drawn tr.im these things a
broad general conclusion which
was true. Bt slle went about her
business as one who had never a .
thought but to: disp.ue .of her flow- .
ers. Her smile wna conventional, 5
and her "thank you, -ir." when he
paid 'per some pounds for deco- :3
rative iobJects which he would not
use, conveyed n,, other sentiment S
save profes-ional gratitude.
**What did y.,u buy all them
flowers for?" Mr Snotover's friend
enquired when they g.it outside.
"Well I, thought I milit want
them on the ship v.ithtl me. he
answered with a -udden inspira.i '
tion. W
-Ship?" wat slip. N-':A-- h
"I haven't told yoiu yet. but I
wad going to. I ha ve I. leav e for -
America the day matter to-morrow: '
some urgent I)tlsineli s .. .. ki
"You never said a wrO!d "
"I didn't know it betirer thi .
morning. Got a telegram. But of
course I wal going to talk to you '
about it at Iunc:h to day Yuu said t'
the other day you w..ull like to
spend a few Vweeks in a warm c.nun-
"I meant with 3you. if )yo'd
t:.;ke me."
"But I can't. you see. and Am- "'
erica is bea.tly :old; w rse than
England. I can give you the miolley
for your trip. though, and you
could take a pirl friend v.ith you.'
"Yes. it will be very nice. You
can sLta at our hotel if y,.u like,
till y..,ur .hip sails: there are a
couple uf u ui'ez rixed for this
week Shall '.e go on to a ship-
pinlI office e andr make the arroan,-
Ivy i which was this girl'
name was a young woman with
plenty of worldly wisdom. gained
through the varied experietices of ISS Gwaldy
an existence which had at times V1 music, dev
been hard. Somehow she did not Kiugston for sp,
rounect Mr. Shotover's sudden de- .u the piano .
cisionn with the young lady in the ,ours, is surely
florist shop: she had noticed no- this ith any p
thing there, probably because she a.y lve life foi
had been so much occupied in chous- Known as o
ing expensive flowers. But she ctfence) Miss G
guessed that this was goodbye on Suerty. She w
Mr. Shotover" part. He was dis attributes of h.
posed to be very generous on part- appeal to the he
ing. but if she refused this gift of a lis Gunter
cruise from him he was hardlyPuh" this yea
likely to give. her the equivalent portraits have b
in specie. She already had learnt fai t d ti
that he loved his own way, hated one; all those t
his plans to be frustrated: the e a ose
wisest thing was to fall in with charm.
his wishes. But one's face had to
be saved.
"And you will come back?" she asked.
"Certainly; some time next year, perhaps. You
don't worry; I am going to fix everything up nicely
for you. You'll be all right."
And he meant it. He wanted her out of London
as soon as possible; that would be more convenient
than perhaps meeting her in the streets after he
had dropped her. But she must have money, and he
liked her; he was also in a peculiarly exalted mood,
when to do generous things, make ample gestures,
spend money like a lord, appealed especially to him.
Ivy knew of a friend who would gladly go with her

anywhere, if all expenses were paid. She arranged
to sail in four days, and she did. But she did not
altogether believe that story about Mr. Shotover's
sudden call to the United States; it had not sounded
convincing to her. However, that was his business.
.He had treated her well .. .She might
come across him at some future date.
But she never did.


[il,,t,yrtil hbil Mit
s Gunter devotes all her spare time to musical culture: sl
oted to that art. Once every week she travels from
ecial tuition, although she is already iecognised as a bril
A journey of one hundred and twenty miles a week, will
proof positive of one'n love for an art, nor does Miss
professional end in view. She loves music for its own sa
r the pleasure of living.
ine of the lovelie-t girls in Manchester tit one may sa
waldys Gunter is also one of the most popular members
would be popular anywhere. Gentleness and charm ar
er character, and when did charm and gentleness fail
arts of men and women alike?
Sis one of the trio of Jamaica ladies whose pictures appeal
r as representatives of our youthful feminine intelligent
been taken by good photographers. and yet how much d
e to the subject! All those nho know Miss Gunter will
who know her will agree that to beauty she adds in

Ivy left London on a lMonday morning; that
same day. about noon, Mr. Shotover walked into the
florist's shop in Piccadilly and addressed himself to
the same lady attendant who had waited upon him
a few days before. If she recognized him (as indeed
she did) she gave no sign of it. This disappointed
him, but he had not made his way rapidly in the
world not to know how to bring himself to the re-
membrance of one whom he wanted to recall him.
He asked her to show him flowers: he indicated
some that were displayed in the window. She went
to fetch them. and this took her out of the hearing
of another girl who was in the shop. As she passed
the flowers to his hand he asked her:

"Don't you remember me? I bought some
flowers from you last Thursday."
"I think I recall your face, sir."
There was perfect politeness in her tones, yet,
also, a certain chill quality. The civility was unim-

peachable. But

there was no approach to cordi-

"They were wonderful flowers, but what pleased
me most was that I had the oppor-
tunity of buying them from you."
"Thank you, sir. Will you
take these?"
"Yes; and I should be much
obliged if you would show me some
"Certainly, sir. Do you like
Shie indicated another lot; he
gave them a superficial glance as
lie held out his hand for them.
The place was permeated with de-
lightful odours; but he felt that
the real flower, the superlative
bloom there was this girl with
lovely brown hair and deep-blue
eyes who was speaking to him so
demurely and who had, he felt,
donned a sort of armour of pro-
teition against his friendly ad-
vance. Could he break through
that armour!"
"Last Wednesday," he said,
having concluded another purchase,
and beginning to make yet another
-for there must be adequate ex-
cuse for his lingering in the shop
-"I got some flowers here for a girl
who came with me, a very indus-
trious young person. She had been
doing some typewriting for me,
and had really worked very hard
and well. She has gone away now;
t:he got a job in Mladeira. of all
places: she was saying farewell to
London the day I came in here. I
felt that I ought to show some ap-
preciation of her services, and she
is very fond of flowers. I hope she
will like Madeira. I have never
been there and never expect to go.
Do you know it?"
"'Nr; I have never been out of
"Indeed! I wa. boru thousands
i.f miles away from England. I am
a colonial "
"Yes: I thought you were a
This was the first opening she
had given him that was not strict-
ly business, the first personal re.
mark she had made. He eagerly
seized the opportu uitly.
What exactly made you think

"W'ell. er. your accent, you
know; it is a very nice accent, but
just a trifle different--"
"Of course; but I am of Eng-
lish descent, you know, and I am
very fond of the Old Country. I
love the place and I love the peo-
S ,.,r pile." He stressed the last word.
She smiled generally; there
was an enquiring look in her eye,
le is a lover of but it seemed to relate only to
Mandeville to flowers, though it was difficult to
liant executant believe he ciuld want any more
hio twenty-four after having purchased so many.
Gunter do all "English flowers are beauti-
ke, just as one ful.' he continued, glancing about
him perfunctorily. "but English
y this without girls are more so. They are de-
of Mande\ille lightfully marvellous."
e amongst the "Thank you, sir."
to make their "I wish you would stop saying
ar in "Planter's "It is part of my business."
tsia. All these "Yes. I understand; but I wish
oes the picture you could talk in a little more
admit this at friendly fashion to me."
The chill again descended.
There was no answer to this re-
"Here am I, a colonial in Lon-
don." he continued doggedly. "I have no friends
here--or none to speak of; a few men with whom I
do business, that's all. I have neither wife nor
child here or anywhere else. I am lonely. Would
it be impertinence if I asked you to take lunch
with me at the Ritz to-day, or round at the Mayfair.
Or, as you mightn't have much time now. you could
make it dinner this evening, and we might take in
a theatre afterwards. Would that be impertiennece?"
"I could not use such a word to one of our best
customers," she answered. "wiut I amn afraid I must
decline your invitation. It is awfully nice of you,
(Continued onI Page 2?J




Former' -

M R Jame- Linen. an Amnerican vi.itr nh.-
dabbled in literature and poetry, visited Jamaica
in 1865. just a short time before the outbreak of
the Rebellion in the Eastern part of the island which
changed the whole aspect of affairs, political and
social, for good. Mr. Linen depicts a Kingston par-
ticularly, and a Jamaica generally, of the utmost
degeneration. He saw in 1865 no hope for the coun-
try. He would certainly be surprised to see Ja-
maica, and especially Kingston. now.
On these pages we print a picture of King Street
as it was in 1865. and a picture of King Street as
it is today. The difference in every respect is
It will be noticed that in 1865 there were no
tramcars, no electric light, no gas lamps, that the
shops and stores were mainly of wood with the upper
stories utilised as living habitations. But King.
ston in 1865 was not yet the capital of Jamaica.
Some five years were to elapse before it became so.
After that a gradual change began to take plare.
This change was greatly aided by several large fires
which demolished the old buildings and compelled
the erection of structures more suitable to modern
conditions. But the crowning mercy and blessing.
so far as architectural and business Kingston was
concerned, came in January, 1907. when the city
was shaken down by a great earthquake the lower
or commercial section of it being immediately after-
wards destroyed by tire. The reconstruction of
Kingston was then planned with some deliberation.
and has since been rebuilt on muih improved lines
There are still parts rf it to the East and We-t.
and also to the Norrb. however, awaiting change
and improvement. As great earthquakes do not re-
cur at frequent intervals in this country, it is too
much to hope that another shock will destroy what
of Kingston ought clearly to be swept away in the
lifetime of the present generation. Happily, a more
cheerful expectation may be entertained in regard
to) surc'essive lire. As these ioc-ur. Kingston will
progressively improve

S0 Impressions of Jamaica, and of

n Lto Kingston, in Particular, in 1865

Readers of the younger generation know, of and delivering their load into the hold as they pass,
course, only the Kingston and Jamaica of their own they march down another in the most perfect order.
day. It is they principally, therefore, who will ind Such an exhibition of tatterdemalion, wretchedness
most striking the contrast between modern Jamaica and human degradation I was unprepared to wit-
and the appalling picture which Mr. Linen paints. ness.
Leaving this sickening scene, I left the steamer
By JAMES LINEN "to see what I could see." On every hand were im-
SWAS up with the sun this morning. st night fortunate beggars, that beggar description in all that
I AS up with the sun this morning. It night is revolting and disgusting to humanity.
the full moon shone beautifully in the starrying and disgusting to humanity.
heavens. We had music, and dancing, and singing i c t I o S
on board. All were merry and full of glee. JAAICA is called the Island of Springs By others
j she is designated the Queen of the Antilles, and
Now all is changed. The sun has mounted his as being the brightest jewel in the crown of Eng-
beamy throne, and his golden rays are dancing on land. Respecting her mineral springs, there are
the blue mountains of Jamaica. Fleecy clouds are four, somewhat noted for their healing virtues in
rolling around the dark tops of the highest peaks, cases of bronchitis, rheumatic, pulmonary and
while I am gliding along the coast of the land so cutaneous affections, viz:-Bath, St. Faith's. Silver
celebrated for piratical depredations and negro in Hill and Milk River Bath. There are marvellous
surrections. stories told of people living to a great age in those
The island is one hundred and fifty miles long. districts. I presume Methuselah would have been
and about fifty mile-s in breadth. The range .)f living still had he been a partaker of their waters
mountains, extending nearly the whole length of the of life; but were Jamaica called the blackest in-
colony, is grand and picturesque. The loftiest sum- stead of the brightest jewel in the British crown, I
mit is eight thousand feet above the level of the could perfectly appreciate the truth of the poetical
sea. It is worth a journey from New York to be- appellation
hold such a scene.
Can it be that prostrate commerce, ruined plan-
SHORTLY after sunri-e, we took a black pilot on nations. ignorance, sloth, vice. and prostitution form
board, and after passing the point where once the boasted jewel of the crown of England? The
itood the beautiful city of Port Royal, which was glory of Jamaica has departed! The sun of her
swallowed up by an earthquake in 1692, we reached prosperity has gone down. Religion itself is on the
Kingston. this world-renowned city of moral anti wing and a general gloom pervades this interesting
commercial decay, about ten o'clock a.m. While at land. Education is neglected, the school-houses are
the wharf. negro boys came swimming about the melancholy ruins, the planters are leaving the coun-
ve-ssel, crying piteously for dimes. The passengers try with disgust. the settlers generally are sunk
unuld throw small silver coins into the water, and in apathy and sloth. The blacks crowd into the
%ith the alacrity of pelicaus down went these black tuwns and are too lazy to work. Every house seems
fellows after the prize. Nearly naked, and all bare- to be crumbling away. Not a new habitation can
filo:ted, some eighty or ninety women, black, dirty, he seen. Was it to produce this state of things that
and .hining with grease stood ready to carry in-rtte tie British people, through a mistake'nphilanthropy,
coal for the steamer. Rank and file. and singing. paid twenty millions of pounds sterling to emanci-
or rather yelling, yet keeping time as they go teach pate the West Indian slaves? I will not stop here
one bearing a round bucket of coal upon her head, to inquire into the cause of this general ruin. How-
they march up one gangway *ith a stately strut, ever. the Emancipation Bill of 1S33 commenced the






work of destruction, and the Sugar Duties Bill of
1846 successfully accomplished what the other had
left incomplete.

JAMIAICA has been in the possession of the British
since 1665.
It is divided into three countries, viz: Middlesex,
Surrey and Cornwall, and these are subdivided into
twenty-two parishes. The Legislature consists of
the Governor and a Council of eleven members ap-
pointed by the British Government, and a House of
Assembly of forty seven representatives, who are
chosen by the people.
The population, ten years aso, amounted to three
hundred and seventy-seven thousand four hundred
and thirty-three, and out o:f that number there were
only nine thousand two hundred and eighty-nine
white males, and six thousand four hundred and
eighty-seven white females. There are about forty
thousand in Kingston. about three thousand of whom
are white. The houses generally have a mean look.
They are not more than two stories high. and have
no chimney-tops. The streets are narrow and dirty,
and abound with a dwarfish race of hogs. I should
judge, from their starved appearance, that they
would leave but little for the poor buzzards that
hover over this tropical city to pick up. The asses
and the mules have the same famished air, and
those horses are lucky whose skins perfectly cover
their bony protuberances. The chickens have a simi-
lar aspect of want, and their feathers fail to conceal
their nakedness.

THE rats, however, seem to be of a superior breed,
and are large and fat. The dilapidated state of
the buildings gives them easy access to the pan-
tries: and. like their unscrupulous race everywhere,
they indulge in their thieving propensities anti help
themselves "before their betters." They seem to
enjoy the blessings of the Emancipation Act as well
as the negroes, and are bold in their independence
In point of intelligence the one is but a little ele.
rated above the other. There is but one striking
difference between the races. and even it may be
attributable to the imperfect gift of speech which
the man enjoys over the rat. The rat. professionally
a thief, can only steal, having no loftier pretentions;
and is subject to no moral or criminal law: he feels

perfectly safe in his depredations, unless caught in
the act of stealing, or in a trap which the knowing
ones studiously avoid). The city negro will not only
steal when opportunity offers, but meanly beg, in
stead of working for an honourable living, in a land
where labour is so much in demand.

SSAW the horses of the island that were booked
for the race that was to come off on the following
day. Being the property of gentlemen, they looked
as if they had life and mettle in their heels, and
not like the harnessed skeletons that belong to the
city, whose owners modestly charge two dollars
and a half per hour for the use of one of them. The
negroes who come into Kingston from the country,
in their own conveyances, have a respectable air.
and look fat and contented. They are polite and cour-
teous in their manner, and much respected by the
white population. The policemen are black, some
of the judges and legislators are black, and the city
barracks are filled with black soldiers, who wear red
coats,. The white soldiers of Queen Victoria occupy
a more salubrious position, on the brow of a moun-
tain distinctly seen from the city. Some of the
negroes of the city follow the stranger, and beg
of him to relieve their wants, while others, with
shirts, handkerchiefs, straw hats, and other com-
niodities for sale. annoy one at every step he takes.
Another class sell the fruits of the island. All seem
to be dealers, but the beggars. There are only a
Few good stores, and one or two decent-looking hotels
in the place. So heavily do tile rains fall occasion-
ally. that the streets leading down to the docks are
not only unpaved, but so scooped out, that they seem
like so many channels of dried-up rivers. During
the rains, the waters rush down them with
an impetuous velocity. Hogs, rats. and chickens ar,
frequently swept away in the rushing currents. It
is with difficulty the mule. or his half brother, the
jackass. can ford the street-rapids of Kingstnn.
Some of the negroes carry people across for a small

SVISITED the suburbs of Kingston, where some
of the gentry reside. I entered some of the gar.
dens. and was politely shown around. Here are to
be seen growing all the choicest fruits of the tropics.
Here all is beauty anti luxuriant magnifitence. The
trees and the flowers are in bloom, and the high-

ways are redolent of perfumes. Here are impene-
trable hedges of the cactus tribe, from twelve to
sis;teen feet high. extending for miles on each side
of the road. If the Paradise of our first parents was
more inviting and enchanting than the gardens of
Jamaica. I do not wonder at our ancient mother
partaking of "the forbidden fruit which brought
ricath into the world and all our woe." Flowers of
every hue greet the eye, and trees are hung with
tropical fruits in tempting profusion. Here hang
in clusters the bananas, cocoa-nuts. oranges. pine-
apples, plaintains, custards, granidillas. pomegran-
ates, and figs. Here glow, in all their beauty and
perfection. the exotics of our northern conserve
stories. Some of them are daily watered by artificial
means, but. with that little attention from man, they
have no other nurse but the genial sun, and no other
covering than the skies. A few of the gardens have
marble fountains that still mix their waters with
the odors around. Nymphs and Venuses. with a few
dismembered saints, adorn the flowery walks. One
may see a saint without a head, and a Venus without
a leg. In a shell-encircled basin stands a figure of
old Neptune, with a broken trident in his hand.
Those statues may not have been sculptured by a
Phidias or a Powers, but they show evidence of a
taste and refinement of by-gone times. Oh, it Is de-
plorable to behold Neglect aiding in the triumph of
Decay! The marble fountains will soon cease to
play, and the sculptured symbols of luxury point
to the grave of civilization.

CAN nothing be done for Jamaica, where Nature
does so much and man so little? Before the
civilized world she presents the most humiliating
spectacle of wretchedness and ruin. Have the long
parliamentary efforts of Wilberforce, and the untir-
ing exertions of Clarkson, resulted only in this
deplorable exhibition of human degradation, and in
casting a withering mildew over the social prosperity
of this tropical garden of loveliness? Almost Irre-
deemably sunk in the depths of sloth, ignorance. and
depravity, she appeals to the philanthropists of the
world to have pity upon her fallen condition. She
implores of them. with out-stretched arms. to educate
her benighted population, who take no pride in her
beauty, and feel no interest in her welfare. '"She
looks, and there is none to help; and she wonders
that there is none to uphold."




BEFORE proceeding to talk about matches and the
Beacon Match Factory. it may not be an un-
welcome diversion to enquire by what title, if any,
the Henriques Brothers. or any of them, might in
future be known in Jamaica. Concentrating for the
moment upon Mr. O. K. Henriques, who perhaps by
his initials invented the expression which popularly
conveys satisfaction in the English language-for
when we say that a thing is O.K. it means that we
are satisfied with it-how shall we, for instance,
designate him? Mr. Aldous Huxley has given us a
hint. But we must consider that hint carefully be-
fore we decide to follow it.
ALDOUS HUXLEY assures us in his "Brave
New World' that at a time to come we shall no
longer speak of a man as His Lordship, but as His
Fordship. And we shall no longer talk of, say, 1959,
A.D., but of 195P, A.F., the A.F. meaning, "After
Ford." You see, once upon a time there was a man
called Henry Ford who conceived the idea of mass
production of motor cars. That idea of mass produc-
tion of motor cars stimulated mass production of a
vast number of other things; so it eventually dawn-
ed upon civilized men that Ford had inaugurated a
new era, and that the proper way to distinguish this
new era from those that had preceded it
was to speak of B.F. which in this in-
stance does not mean B- Fool but "Be-
fore Ford"). and of A.F., which, as has
been said above, means "After Ford."
Everything in the Brave New World will
be arranged with the great influence of
F'ird in mind. Thus men will no longer
take the Lord's name in vain, but in-
slead tof exclaiming "Oh Lord!'" will ejacu-
late "OOh Ford!" And no one will say in
expl"s.ition. "Lord, Lord, Lord!" but
"Fr-rd. Ford. Ford!" ,
Also, in this "Brave New World" (see
Aldous Huxley, page 121 we read that
Big Ben in London will no longer exist,
but will have been replaced by Big Henry.
And Big Henry does not strike as Big
Ben does now, but announces the hours
in an immense bass voice, thundering out
"Fird. Firrd, Ford." three or six or nine
times as the case may be, accordingly as
the hour is three, six or nine o'clock.
"Thank Ford!" exclaims one of Mr. Hux-
ley's characters when he happens to be in
a thankful frame of mind. And, of course,
"Our Ford" is spoken of with the great-
est veneration, while inevitably there are
hymns. in praise of Ford. Let us quote
a verse of .ne of these hymns:-
Orey-Porgy. Ford and Fun,
Ki.-s the girls and make them one.
Boys at one with girls at peace,
-Orgy-Porgy gives release.

What :on ear'l that may mean is a matter for learn-
ed (omnmentat.;rs to decide, hut doubtless it will be



well tunder-stood in the days of Our Ford. Yet one
thinks that, in spite of his connection with the pre-
cent Henry Ford. whom he represents in Jamaica,
Mr. O. K. Henriilues (or any of his brothers) won't

elect to be known as His Fordship; and none of them
will be found singing "Orgy-Porgy." No; all that is
simply out of the question. But what about "The
Match Makers"? Haven't ne got in that, at this mo-
ment, an apt and appropriate title? Let us see.

W HEN Tennyson advi-ed us all to 'Follow the
Gleam," he was certainly not thinking of the
Beacon set up on high in this city by the Henriques
Brothers. No doubt the late Poet Laureate, had he
consented to the use of the American language,
might in a moment of relaxation have admitted that
the match-making proclivities of Messrs. Henriques
Brothers were "O. K. with him." But he was so
classical and dignified in his language that one dare
not suggest too much of relaxation on his part; at
the same time he did believe in following the gleam
or he would not have written a poem about it, and
del idedly he must. have used matches.
The old tinder box had gone out of fashion in
the late Lord Tennyson's time. Lucifers had come
into vrgue. Who invented the term "lucifer" as ap-
plicable to matches is an interesting point, for we
all know that the name Lucifer was originally ap-
plied to a very great and formidable Angel in Hea-
ven, who fell from that high sphere and of whom
it was accordingly written: "How art thou fallen
from Heaven, O Lucifer, Son of the Morning!" Luci-
fer meant brightness, just as Beacon means bright-
ness. The brightness of the sun, the glory of the
lieht. the splendour of the gleam-all
these are closely connected. And now
our friends, the Henmiques Brothers, by
setting up a factory for the manufacture
of matches in the west end of this city,
have lighted a flame in Jamaica. and
thousands of persons are saying about
this that it is '0. K." But although they
make matches, that has nothing to: do
witll Lucifer. Or nothing more than in
the name. But in that sense, in the mat-
ter of the name, there is a connection.
For the Henriques Brothers are, in a
manner of speaking, the devil at making
S NE cu ii:us circunm-tance about the
Match Factory is that it is s.tuated
in a neighbourhood that has always had
a fiery reputation. though ito name is of
the most sweet. gentle and endearing de-
scription: "Darling Street.". What more
tender or beautiful word is there in the
English language than darling? It is the
S \nrd whii h lovers use to one another
when their hearts are over-flowing with
the divine passion. It is the word which
liij'hands and wives employ in particular-
ly a'.rimniniou, debates-I nno:e heard a
lady in Trinidad saying "No, darling," to
her husband in such a tone o-f \oi'e that
I wondered how he survived it. She was
a hdtclbet-faced person, and he was a tall,
strong and very silent man. He was silent
in her presence, for she took care to do all the talk-
ing. She bossed him without mercy. And she call-
ed him "darling" more than once. with an intona-
ti.rn whiLh transformed the word inti, "y.u beast."
But this is a digression. To proceed with our story.




DARLING STREET was once the scene of a san-
guinary encounter between a mob and the pres-
ent Inspector General of Police. Each side fired at
the other; one used stones, the other used bullets,
then both precipitately retreated and claimed the
victory. Before that, Darling Street had been the
scene of many private fights; but long before that
still it must have been a thoroughfare of some im-
portance, for it was named after Governor Darling,
one of the handsomest and most dashing Adminis-
trators Jamaica ever had. Or perhlp- it would be
more correct to say that it was not then a thorough-
fare of importance, but was foreseen a? likely to be-
come one of very considerable importance: pos-
sibly those who named it after Governor Darling
had a vision, and that vision comprehended a great
factory for the manufacture of machinery, to be
known as the Kingston Industrial Works, and an-
other factory for the making of matches. The vision
has become a reality, and Hlie name of Governor Dar-
ling is once more remembered with a particularly
bright and shining significance. It is a Beacon at-
tracing the crowd of match-users.
HOUSANDS of people in Jamaica have seen the
Beacon Match Factory from the exterior, while
at this date tens of thousands are using the matches
made in it. '"Matche'." says the old proverb. "are
made in Heaven". but of course those are a different
kind of matches. Yet the matches made on earth.
e-.pecially in Jamaica. are in their way a represent-
ation of a heavenly quality and element. One doe,
not mean by thli. to suggest any particular reseni-
blance of Mr. O. K. or Mr. Vernon or Mr. Emanuel
Henriques io an Angel. It would seem rather incon-
gruous to address Rudolph, or Horace or even Fa-
bian as "Cherub." There are some things that are n.ot
done, and this is one of them Yet think the matter
over for a moment, and you will agree that matches
have a distinct affinity with the celestial world. Did
not the ancient Greeks have a legend that Prome-
theus. pitying the miserable condition of human be-
Ing,. stole some of Jove's tire from Olympus and
brought it down to earth, thus liberating man from
hii- misery and giving to him the impetus he need-
ed to rise and become civilized and powerful? And,
literally, until man discovered the use of fire he was
in a pitiful state indeed.

HEN he did discover the use of fire. perhaps
through the lightning striking some old dead
tree and setting it aflame, he had to be constantly
feeding this fire with wood to prevent it from being
extinguished, until he learnt to rub two sticks to-


gether. by this intense friction producing heat, then
flame-and so a great advance %was accomplished
Some ages past and then it was disco-vered that by
striking two pieces of stone together. a particular
kind of stone known as flint, and letting the sparks
fall upon a few scraps of dried rotten wood or other
highly inflammable material Icalled tinderi a tiny
fire could be obtained. Then men went about with
tinder boxes. never for one moment imagining the
day when, at the top of a slender piece of stick.
not more than two inches long, there would be car-
ried in reserve a force of ignition .of greater imme-
diate service than all the flashes of lightning during
a thunderstorm. But that day came. and since theu
we take our matches as a matter of course, and we
buy a whole box of them for a halfpenny, never re-
flecting upon the wonder of the thing itself. Yet
think of it. The four primal elements are earth, air
water and fire. And we can carry in a jacket pocket
a vast amount of fire absolutely safely and can put
it when we will to various domestic and personal
O much for matches in general. But in Jamaica
we are interested in matches in particular. In
the past there were endeavours to make matches
here, hut these were not successful. At any rate,
they did not continue. tur the Government would
only grant protetion to matches made in Jamaica
when not merely the labour in them but the wood for
making them was local. And the wood we then
used. or had found a method of treating for use.
wa-.: tuoo --oft. Upun that softness was broken the
endeavour of previous Jamaica matchb-makers to give
Jamaica a native match that should at once be good
and] cheap. Jamaicans loyally tried to use the local
miitch hut they could not say that it was 0. K.
One sometime-: heard them shout. 'Oh. damn'" But
that sounded very much like an expletive and uot
like an expression of joy. It remained to the Messrs.
Henriques Brothers to find the wood that should be
0. K and they. having -olved that most import-
ant part of the problem. characteristically set about
to import the requisite machinery from England and
to build a large and well-ventilated concrete factory.
to employ intelligent young native women and men
to do the human part of the match-making and to
put upon the local market a match that should be a
credit to local industry.
Y OUNC; women who up to the end of May last
were wondering what they would do for a liv-
ing. how they would be able to earn a weekly wage
to pay their nece-,ary expenses of livelihood food.

clothing, shelter), are now to be found in this estab-
lishment drawing their wages every week and feel-
ing satisfied that they have been placed beyond the
pressure of absolute want. This is one of the bene-
fits of increased hume production. Of course, it is
absurd to imagine that a small country like Jamaica
for even a huge country like the Uuited States of
America i can produce everything it needs. Any
attempt to do this is foolish and dangerous, there
are articles which can be more cheaply grown in
Jamaica than in the countries she trades with, while
thbo.e countries can sell to her commodities at far
less than the cost at which she could possibly
make them. But we have learnt that there are some
things which we can make in Jamaica as cheaply as
they may be imported for, and quite as well. and in
recent years we have set out to produce them. The
benefit of this lesson is that a good deal of local
labour, of an intelligent description, can be employ-
ed in these efforts, and this is of a special advant-
age in our urban centres, where we have an increas-
ing number of persons whose mental development
fits them for something different from ordinary man-
ual labour The employment of such a class is a
bit of a problem iu a city like Kingston, or even
in fairly large-sized towns like Montego Bay or St.
Ann's Bay. That problem is helped towards a solu-
tion when we can utilise some of our raw material
by transforming it into a finished article of exten-
sive common use.

SN the case of matches, we not only use the labour
and skill but the woods of the country. This
not only means the purchasing of wood, but a cut-
ting down of the trees, the preparation of the mater-
ial, and the replanting of areas continuously so as
to secure in the future a regular and adequate supply
.-.f the sticks required This last is more important
tlian might at first be thought by the man or woman
w.ho ues a slender match and then throws the stick
away. The single stick itself represents very little
in the vay of raw material. But when millions of
Such sticks are being used daily, the total repre-
:ents a considerable bulk of wood, and this wood we
hall have to grow: therefore a flourishing match
industry in Jamaica must have advantageous effects
In the proprietors of areas of land upon which per
haps nothing but the trees required for match-mak-
ing will flourish, and also on the labouring popula-
tion in their vicinity.

THEN there are profits accruing from a local in-
S dustry A large part of these profits forms new
capital for investment in the island, for not much


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of Jamaica's capital s'ei.-,L outside of
Jamaica. The more capital there is available for the
development of any kind of enterprises, or even tor
lending to private persons, the more reasonable will
the rate of interest tend to become, and a reasonable
rate of interest is a blessing to borrowers who do
not aim merely at spending their money but at put-
ting It to fruitful uses. This is the real justification
of the usual argument about "keeping the money in
the country." We cannot keep all the money iu the
country; we need to spend some of it, a good deal
of it, on things manufactured outside of the coun-
try. We could, if we wished, keep in the country the
money we lay out on motor vehicles: but then we
should diminish our own means of rapid transport,
inconvenience ourselves greatly, and earn less on the
whole in consequence. We could possibly weave a
sort of rough cloth out of banana fibre, but that
would certainly not give us enough material to form
sufficient wrappers, and we should at once sink low
down in the scale of civilisation. We might even
live on bananas and yams alone; but then our diet
would be equivalent to that of the very lowest sava-
ges, and we should find that by such an effort to
keep the money in the country there would be no
money to keep! The middle way. the sensible plan,
is to do for ourselves what can economically be ac-
complished. And undoubtedly it has been proved
that we can make our matches for ourselves.

T HE Jamaica Match Factory, therefore, the Bea-
con Match, represents a very definite step in the
way of progress in this island, and we owe that
step to the initiative, the courage, the ability, the
belief in Jamaica of the Messrs. Henriques Brothers.
They have shown faith in their native country, and
one feels that they are not yet at the end of their
experiments and endeavours. The brothers work to-
gether as one; they exhibit a solidarity of thought,
feeling, and effort which is a shining example in
others. Their success is Jamaica's success: and Ja-
maica is proud of them. Jamaica has every reason
to be proud of Jamaicans whose achievements are
praiseworthy and of benefit to others.
l U *
ND now for a description of the Beacon Match
Factory itself. The tirst thing that strikes one
on entering the Beacon Match Factory is the intense
and constant activity exhibited there. Scores uf
young women and men are at work in different parts
-of the spacious building and at different machines.
tur there are many machines; there is a content
movement of machinery, the hum of wheels and
cylinders. a subdued murmur of voices also, and all
this movement and labour is directed to oue end,-



the production of thousands upon thousands ot boxes
ori matches per day for the consumption of the gen-
eral public.
ET us first take a glance at the compartment,
in which are piled huge logs of wood, stout
trees divided by the axe and brought by railway and
otler means of transportation to the Match Factory.
In this compartment we find a machine worked by
electricity, in reality a great saw under the teeth
of which are placed these logs one by one, and the
logs are cut into convenient lengths. Next the bark
of the wood is peeled off by hand and the cylin-
drical blocks are now placed in another machine
i\hich cuts them into long strips a little less than
an eighth of an inch thick. Each of these thin
strips or slabs of wood contains material for five
hundred matches, and the strips are pased through
another machine moving incessantly up and down,
chopping. chopping, chopping; and as the long knife
or guillotine falls on the wood showers of sticks
drop into receptacles underneath. This machine is
capable of making fifty thousand sticks a minute.
THESE sticks, by the million, are now passed by
another machine, working somewhat on the belt
system, into a trough in which is a liquid contain-
ing the chemicals necessary for "impregnating" the
wood. this impregnation being a necessary part of
the process of match-making. The time required for
the impregnation of the slicks is known and fixed:
the sticks are then lifted out of the troueh by in-
struments looking like fine-teeth pitch forks and are
deposited in a long, huge, revolving and levelling
cylinder from which they issue dry and are poured
out upon an apparatus which performs a sort of
constant jazz movement by which the bad and bro-
ken sticks are sorted out from the perfect ones. and
cases divided into small compartments are filled
with the good match sticks. These cneae are lifted
out by hand, the sticks are packed into regular heaps
and are then transferred to what is knuwn as the
paraffining and heading machine. In this machine
fifteen frames of sticks per minute are treated, and
each frame contains sticks tu fill forty-five match-
THE reader must not imagine that the above is a
technically accurate account of what takes place
in the match factory. It is but an imperfect out-
line. and deliberately non-techuical. Mechanical
term mean nothing to the ordinary pers o: and only
bore him; and the aim of this article is to give a
cursory view of the activities within the Beacon
Match Fa' t-.ry: more cannot be achieved. Thus one
may state that after having passed over a hot table

the match sticks, are immersed in a paraffin bath,
after which they are cooled by air on revolving discs,
and then are packed by niac.hinery into boxes hold-
ing fifty matches each. But paraffin and revolving
disc, and all the rest tell the layman absolutely no-
thing. If one spoke of a planter's punch or a whisky-
and-soda, that would mean something to him. He
would under-tand that.
SET the manufacture of matched is a fascinating
thing to watch. To see a huge tog of wood be-
ing cut intu the thinnest of wafers for the making
of match boxes, these wafers notched by machinery
so that they shall be easily and expeditiously bent
into the shape of the box; to -ee outer parts of
these match boxes made at the rate of fifty-two a
minute, pasted together by a machine, run into an
air chamber to be dried; then to see the in-
ner and the outer parts of the box brought together,
fitted together by machinery, tilled with matches by
machinery, then run along on what looks like a com-
plicated narrow steel table where the sulphur for
the match box is painted on both sides of the box
-of a surety the sight is one which is a thrilling
testimony to the ingenuity of this astonishing
machine and mechanical age.
T is hard to describe. You may essay a descrip-
tion, only to find that you do not achieve it. Let
us then turn to the human part of the business. The
girls and men who. in the middle of this year, knew
nothing about making matches, have never given a
thought to the matter before, you now find busily
moving about the Beacon Match Factory with an
air of sophisticated experience. with a self-assurance
born of training and acquired skill. They are all
Jamaica people. the same rf whomu it would have
been said once upon a time that they could never
be disciplined to factory work, could never display
the intelligence needed for the delicate and accurate
handling of expensive machines. Now they take
their job as a matter of course; having learnt it
thoroughly, it ha- become automatic to them; and
they like it and are proud of their proficiency. They
were eminently teachable, and they have been taught.
At the head of the organisation stands a group of
highly intelligent and enterprising Jamaicans, right
down to the servants who sweep out the factory we
have different grades of Jamaicans. and each uuit
of them knows his or her job. Truly the name Bea-
cou was well chosen for the new Jamaica Match.
for it suggests illumination in more senses than one,
and a guiding light. A light that cgides. and that
illuminates the possibilities of development in Ja-
maica in directions once thought to be impos-ible
t,. I us.

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box-like rooms. to the music of anything that made
a clatter, where the air was heavy with stale spirits;
and dancing, too. in the big barn-like cafs, where
the girls were sad under their make-up and tawdry
finery, where the liquor was less expensive, but not
less rank, and where one did not linger for more than
a few minutes. But these latter were unofficial inter-
ludes and not a few oft the original revellers. before
returning to bed, had gone straight from the big
balls to the cathedral for early Mass. Dance-mad
was Haiti that week. a joyous fantasy of sun and
music, a playtime of the children of toil.

OUT of Africa come strange things!" "'Mother of
the World," as she has been called, her influ-
ence has spread and endured in the farthest and
least-expected corners ot the earth.
As I have said. Port au Prince vies with many
a little white colonial city in her civilisation and
culture, but the relic of an Atrican heritage still
lingers with her; the heritage of "Voodoo,' that
sinister religion or cult, now declining. that for
several hundred years has, rather unfairly, woven a
black legend ri.und the very name of Haiti.
Voodoo. or Vaudon, has been described by siome
students as a form of esoterism based on the Biblei
and the Apocrypha, with the same Ethio-Egyptian
origin as Judaism, with a presiding spirit called
Lechbach, symbolising the sun To put it more
comprehensively, it is a queer mixture of age-old
African beliefs un to which are incorporated sym-
bols of the Christian religion. This mixture was
formulated bit by bit by the early negroes of Haiti,
slaves of white men. who. ignorant and devoid of
any definite cult. jumbled together all they could
remember by hearsay of their African gods with the
Trinity, the Holy Virgin Mary and any other mysti-
cal personage of whom they had heard, into a kind
of Olympus of gods. The whole forms a species of
nature worship, a pantheism that. in the old days
before the growing enlightenment of the upper class
Haitians and the rapid spread of Roman Catholici..i,
gave rise. sometimes, to the orgies that formed the
basis of Haiti's black legend, to the sacrifices of
goats and cocks and oxen. and other animals. and
sometimes too of the human sacrifice, the sacrifice
of a child, 'the Goat without Horns." Certainly the
religion is accompanied by a number of practices
existent everywhere in primitive Africa. the cult of
the dead, the reverence for Damballa, the serpent-
god, the use of ouiraiigola or charms.
HE priest of this strange cult is the Populoi, who
corresponds to the witch doctor of Africa, who
in the old days was a power in the laud with
his knowledge of drugs and "medicine-'" for any and
every purpose. One of his specialities was the
power of sending a person into a trance so profound
that not even a white doctor could diagnose it.
cause, and that would last front twenty-four to
forty-eight hours till dispelled by the administration
of an antidote. Another was the compounding of
charms. looking like bundles of cotton rag, contain-
ing virulent poison, like the gris-gris made by the
witch-doctors of West Africa. Or sometimes if the
Papaloi were out of a job, he would privily poison
a man and then sell him the antidote at an exorbi-
tant price. I met only one Papaloi personally, and
he was very reticent about his past greatness, but
once, under the influence of some taffia I gave him
Ia kind of crude rum, and very potent he furtively
brought out from under his bed, a red cotton head-
dress that had been part of his insignia of office, and
hinted that life was not what it used to be.
For outward demonstrations of Voodoo have
been rigorously suppressed by the authorities and
the negro peasants for many years have practised
their cult in secret for fear of persecution, as did the
Chrtstians of the Middle Ages. But underneath.
deep in the hearts of the people, it thrives, a deep
dark echo of Africa.
Dancing was. and is, part of the outward ritual
of their cult. for dancing, the most primitive of the
arts, has front time immemorial been the negro's
chief mode of self-expression. So much so, indeed.
that the United States authorities in occupation
had, at the time of my visit. commandeered all the
drums used in Voodoo ritual that they could lay
their hands on; for the music of the drum is an in-
toxication that can kill the dawning civilization in
primitive man. can make him remember age-old
things best forgotten. But the arm of the law is
long, and the fastnesses of that little green and
golden isle with the blood-stained past are a.mys-
tery no longer. The cult still lingers, and the queer
rites, half horrible, half absurd. Blood is still shed,
but it is not human blood. It is "'White Voodoo'"
that takes place in hidden temples of the forest.

I FOUND it hard to obtain any sound data as to
Haitian Voodoo, past or present, in view of the
untcortunate activities of the American press on my
behalf! The Haitians I met in an orthodox manner
were reluctant to speak of it; for all our friendly
entente I think they found it hard to credit my sin-
cerity. They could not forget the other writers in
search of a "story" who had come down from the
States, who had spent a few days in Port au Prince,
v h had been dined and wined and feted and then
rone back with lurid accounts of things that existed
only in their fertile imaginations and in the back
files of Ilurriedly-ransacked newspapers.
Not only the Haitians, but the Americans in
Port au Prince seemed against my seeing or prying
into matters of superstition or religion in which I
%was interested, for religions and their symbolisms
and underlying significance have always interested
me, mostly from the psychological point uf view,
and I have "collected" them so to speak, in many
odd corners of the earth. But I suppose everyone
in Haiti thought that debatable ground was best left
unexplortd. An invitation arranged for me by a
friend to stay in a remote corner of the island was
vetoed, as I learnt later, in high places: a puzzling
letter, written annyniously, that had been -lipped
under my door, and that I had confidingly shown to
an official Someone, was not returned to me. For I
received a good many mysterious sounding letters.
-icned and unsigned. some ending in queer cabalis
ticr igure... Some of them threatened me with
vague threats of mifortune if I pried into things
not, meant for me: o)mre of them offered to initiate
me into the mysteries of various religious cults.
IMost of them I traced, but few of them, if any,
proved of any practical interest. One small personal
experience I had, which happened this-wise.

TOWARDS the end of my visit. I was spending an
evening with friends when a note was slipped
into my hands.
'Can you be at my house in fifteen minutes?
Important" it ran," and was signed by the name of
someone I will c.ill X. who throughout my visit had
helped me with my researches of all sorts, not a
member of the high Port au Prince society, but
nevertheless, had proved to be a person of reliability
and knowledge.
Pleading a headache. I left the party, and made
my way as quickly as possible to the house of X.,
whom I found waiting with a Ford car, into which
he hustled me.
"No time to lose." he whispered. "'We've a long
way to go."' A Volodoo ceremony, he told me, taking
place far up among the hills. officiatedd by one of the
last remaining "papal:is" of any standing in the
i-land. and he had made arrangements for me to see
it unobserved. It wa-- a very special event. he said,
and such an opportunity might nu.t occur again for
many weeks or months..
It was about 11 p m. when we started. and for
over two hours we humped and jolted uphill over
an execrable road till I lost all sense of direction.
The road branched off into a rough track, appalling
going, till it ended in a -mall clearing where a black
-badowy figure waited for us in charge of three
horses. After a muttered conversation in Creole,
of which I understood very little, I was told that the
remaining seven miles must he done on horseback.
After what seemed an eternity. we saw a light
shining through the trees, and dismounting, crept
cautiously forward for two or three hundred yards,
leaving the negro behind to hide the horses, till we
reached the edge of a big open space blocked from
us by a low wooden shelter. Crouching. X. crept
through a small opening, and assured of its security.
beckoned me to follow. Side by side on the ground,
we peered through a crack in the partition that gave
on to the clearing. Twenty yards from us was a
large hut of mud and plaster with a wide double
door opening towards us.

ON one side of the clearing burnt a fire of sticks
that shed a red flickering light on some fifty
or s.) negroes, dressed in loose white garments, who
revolved in a circle with rhythmic tread. stamping
their feet to the low throbbing of a tom-tom.
Among them were six or seven women also dressed
in white. There was nothing striking about the
physiognomy of any of them. They had just the
ordinary simple negroid faces of all the Haitian
peasants and probably, in the daytime, when the
aark gods did not call them. were honest labourers
and artisans. Twi of the women were young and
nice looking, but the others must have all been over
fifty, and most of the men were middle-aged. Their
expressions were calm. but set and tense. wearing
an air of expectancy, of pent up excitement.
As we watched, we saw a figure emerge from the
wide door. It was the paailoi. dressed in white
tunic and skirt, with a red cap made from a knot-
ted handkerchief on his head. He wore no jewel-
lery or decoration of any kind except one heavy
bangle on his right arm, made of some dull, dark
metal. He was about sixty five. and was very small
and bent. with a wrinkled face and a small strag
gling grey beard. At sight of him the tom-toms
burst iuto loud drumming and the group of devotees

stopped dead where they stood. One of them handed
something to the papaloi. something that fluttered.
It was a white cock, that he seized and, whirling it
above his head, wrung its neck, letting the blood
drip into a small bowl on the ground. Its body he
flung to the crowd, who hurled themselves upon it.
Holding up the bowl he disappeared into the hut
where, as far as I could see, he poured the blood in-
to two or three smaller bowls that stood in a row
in front of a low altar, mixing with it something
else that I could not definitely distinguish, but that
looked like some kind of powder.
Owing to the smallness of the aperture, and the
dim and uncertain light. it was difficult to distin-
guish details, but X. very severely vetoed an effort
I made to crawl snake-wise outside the shelter, and
to put my head round the corner.
When the ppaloi re-emerged there was a stir
among the crowd that throughout the whole proceed-
ings had been strangely silent. Bowls of liquid
were handed round, of which they drank greedily in
great draughts: an alcoholic liquid, I imagine,
judging by the energy with which they literally
hurled themselves through a wild dauce. Round
and rcund they went in wide circles, stamping and
shaking, while their leader kept up a monotonous
chant in time to the tom-tom which throbbed ever
louder and louder. Sometimes the women danced
alone, but more often the men. They kept it up in-
terminably, untiringly, never varying the movement
or the rhythm. Once at the end of nearly three
quarters of an hour, a girl fell to the ground as if
exhausted. but someone stumbled over her. and she
jerked herself to her feet and went on dancing. The
movements were far more rhythmic and regular
than in the ordinary roadside dances, and seemed to
have some concerted plan. Sometimes one of the
dancers left the circle, spinning wildly round the
clearing; somne of them passed so near to us that
the wind of the fluttering garments reached our
faces. Once they paused while a girl with a shrill cry
started spinning like a top. Round and round she
spun, naked in the moonlight, looking like a wild
black goddess of Paganism.

AT the end of an hour, another chicken was killed,
and later still a small pig whose throat the
populol cut with a long knife, while his acolytes
held it so that its blood gushed into the bowl on the
ground. In their excitement and exaltation their
hands trembled and some of the blood was spilt,
making shiny scarlet pools on the black ground,
smearing their bodies and their white robes. Each
time a sacrifice was made, the blood was carried in-
to the sanctuary and each time the paupalo re-
emerged the rejoicings broke out more fiercely and
The monotony and repetition were mesmeric.
The muffled throbbing of the toni-tom sent the blood
beating fiercely through my veins, making me feel
as if I too must leap up. and scream, and dance. It
made one think of Africa with its arid bush and
fever-ridden swamps, ,if tribal dances, of humanity
in its stone age. I thought of the civilized little
town of Port au Prince not fifty miles away, with
its cultivation and civilization and, by some queer
kink of the mind, everything seemed unreal to me;
it seemed incredible that we were in the Western
Ocean, but a hundred miles or so away from the
world of tourists and the great trans-Atlantic liners,
and I dreamed that I was back in the heart of the
great Dark Continent six thousand miles away .
My watch pointed to 5 a.m. and round us whis-
tled a faint wind that heralded the dawn. The spirit
of the ceremony seemed to be dwindling, the tom-
tom throbbed with less vigour, the dancers moved
jerkily and spasmodically. Sometimes one of them
fell. and two did not rise again, but were rolled over
by their companions to one side where they lay in-
ert. The howls of liquor were empty and no more
sacrifices were brought. It all looked like a com-
plicated clockwork toy that is on the point of run-
ning down.
I was conscious of feeling tired and cold by the
time that X.. touching me on the arm, whispered
that it was time to return.
"That is Voodoo," he remarked, when we had
ridden about a mile. "Are you satisfied?"
I did not answer. The drumming of the tom-
tom was still holding my dreams in thrall.
We rode on silently. I was shivering with cold,
my frock was torn to ribbons, the heel of one of my
slippers had come off and I was dead tired. The ris-
ing sun was turning the horizon to pale pink as we
reached the waiting car. It was 9.15 a.m. when we
ran into Port au Prince, I crouching down in the
bottom of the car, so that my incongruously dressed
and dishevelled person should not be seen and com-
mented on. And I slept the sleep of the dead till
midday. when I was due to lunch with some of the
American community.
That was "White" Voodoo. Whether isolated
cases of "Black" Voodoo ever occur nowadays I do
not know. Civilization spreads apace and Black
Magic pales before its blinding white light; but
under the crust of that same civilization the "dark
gods" still linger, and the dark soul of Africa never
quite dies.


A Former Governor


DauAh ter

T H I RE are
m a ny i people
in Jamaica w hi n
distinctly remeum-
ber the daughter of
Sir Samuel a n d
Lady Wilson. These
recall a bright. vi-
vacious, pretty girl
who often w e i t
ab ou t with her
father andl minllher
and wiho' hadl the
faculty of making
herselt extremely
popular. She was
very young in those
days: she wore her
hair in two long
braids; she was full
of tle joy of lite;
everyone spoke of
her with admira-
tion. That was years
au1. and tile Miss
Wilson of that time
is the Lady Blatk of
today, the wife of
one of England's
young haronets and
the mother of a
sturdy. Ianudsnme
little boy.

iwh o in recent
years have had the
privilege of being
at the reunions in
L o n do n of Sir LADY BLAIK. I
Samuel and Lady
WVilso,. have also enjoyed renewing their
a:cquainitanceship with thle daughter of our ex-
Governor and his gracious Lady, and one and
all of them have noticed how abundantly has
been fulfilled all the early promise of heauty
that they saw, and how adinirably has develop-
ed that early charm o(f manner which made
Miss Wilson suchl a favourite in Jamaica.
When these Jamaicans meet her the question
that naturally springs to their lips is: "When
are youl coming out to see us in Jamaica?"-
for Miss Wilson, having lived in Jamaica for
some months as the .nlovernor's daughter, is
regarded by Jamaicans as in a sort of way !br-
longing to this colony: and of course the day
will come when we shall have the pleasure of
welcoming her here again, and the hope is that
that day will not be long deferred.

A NY young mother would bLe proud of such
a child as that shown in the portrait
printed above. Any hiusbandl would he proud
of such a wife. any parents of such a danlizhter.
as Lady Black. Aln Plainters' Punch is ex-


tremely pr)toud of being the first Colonial pub-
lication to print a portrait of Lady Black.

B UT we are animated by another feeling be-
sides journalistic pride. We delight in
publishing a picture of Lady Black. not only
because it is an adornment to our pages, not
only because no other publication in Trinidad
or Jamaica or any other colony has had the
privilege of publishing this portrait, blut also
because Lady Black is the daughter of a lead-
ing executive official of the C(rown who has
never forgotten Jamaica since he severed his
ccnection with us: who has been a good and
a true friend to Jamaica and her people iotli
in his capacity as a man and as the Permanent
Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies.

STK Samuel Wilson is better appreciated by
many of us now than during the brief six
(or seven months he wvas G(overnor of Jamaica.
In that too limited period we had not really
,Aot to know him. to understand himn fairly:
therefore we could not always lie just to his

intiten tls on r ade-
quateliy appreciate
his attitude a n d
feeling. He w a s
better known, and
better loved on the
whole, in Trinidad
than he w as in Ja-
uaica; hbut then lie
was in Trinidtad for
some LIt hi i i like
three years;, and
that made all the
d i ff e r e v e. But
when hle left ,Ja-
niaica and became
the permanent head
of the r colonial
Office, how didi he
regard this colony,
and what has been
eh is attitude to-
wards leading Ja-
unticans whom Iie
has ilmet in the in-
terv'iinitg y e a rs?
We think we have
aniswert.,le this I ,ues-
tion in anticipa-
titon. Sir Samuel
'i ,tlli is one of
the best awd tiluest
flienuls 4J a n a i c a
h a s t uol :1a y i n
all England. a n id
there i-. l tno puI lic
Illn oif .Jamaica,
who has c.)Ime into
a n y close contact
HER LITTLE SON with hi m, but
knows that this is-
land's interests are as near and as dear to him
as though he were still administering its
affairs and responsible for its good government.

A ND Lady Wilson-who does not think of
her with true appreciation, with genuine
affection? Brief as was her stay in Jamaica,
she impressed her personality favourably on
all our people; they remember her still, and
still, to those of them whom she meets in Lou-
don today, she is the gracious, kindly. charming
hostess that she was in this country.

SO. as the readers of Planterls' Punch gaze
with admiration on the countenance of
Lady Black, and on the form and features of
the little boy of whom she and his father. and
Sir Samuel and Lady Wilson. cannot hut be
proud. they will, in a manner of speaking, re-
new their acquaintanceship with an ex-Gov-
I rnor of Jamaica and his family, having long
since realized that that ex-Governor's eleva-
tion to a higher position has been a reward
merited by many years of splendid service.

1 ID,3-4 -


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"But what?"
"I have had to refuse many other such invita-
tions. I don't accept them, that's all!"
"Never? Absolutely never?"
"Well, when I have known people fairly well .."
"And you don't know me, and only saw me once
before with an ordinary sort of girl; that's what you
mean," said Mr. Shotover, going to the point direct-
ly. "And you think I am asking you out just as you
believe that I asked out that other young lady. Well,
you are quite wrong."
"Is there anything else I can do for you to-day,
"Nothing, thank you."
"Shall I send these flowers to the address you
gave last week?"
"Send them to the nearest hospital, and-wait a
moment-send this with them, too, in an envelope,
and as from 'a friend.' He took out of his pocket-
book a hundred-pound Bank of England note, the first
she had ever seen. She looked at it with open-eyed
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gesture to impress her she realized quite well; but it
was a big gesture, it was calculated to impress. It
was calculated to make her realise how much he
wanted her to have a good opinion of him; in its
way it was a direct appeal to her vanity.
"I will get a receipt for this from the manager,"
she said, but he stopped her with a motion of his
"That is not necessary. You can send the money
and the flowers at your convenience, and I hope
they will be of some use. I thank you for your
kindness, and I hope you won't think that I have
been impertinent."
"Oh, no."
"My name is David Shotover," he mentioned cas-
ually. "Would you mind telling me yours?"
She saw no objection. He was a good customer;
if he asked someone else in the shop her name he
would be given it without a moment's hesitation.
"Olive Seaton," she said.
"Thank you."
He lifted his hat with marked courtesy and left
the place.
He took with him a vision of a tall girl, with
violet eyes and soft masses of brown hair, oval face,
and winning expression, who moved with a grace
instinctive and spoke in a soft, attractive voice: a
girl whose face, he felt, he could never forget. She
was lovely and lovable. For the first time in his
life, in comparing himself with any other human be-
ing, he felt inferior and cheap.


r EAR Miss Seaton," the letter ran, "I spoke
to your brother this morning, and he has ac-
cepted an invitation to dine with me. Would you
be so kind as to form one of the party? If you have
a young lady friend you would like to bring with
you, I should be delighted; there would then be four
of us. I suggest that we meet at the Maurois at
about a quarter to eight. I shall be waiting for you,
if you will be so gracious as to accept this invita-
tion. We dine at the Maurois, and there is dancing
there afterwards and a cabaret show. Your brother
will tell you more about this.
"I send this letter by messenger, but shall call
at your place of business myself in the afternoon to
get your answer. I hope it will be favourable. Very
truly yours, David Shotover."
If Olive had been at all like Ivy she would have
exclaimed "Ooooo!" on reading this note; instead
she arched her finely formed brows in surprise and
read it twice. Then she took it to the other girl
in the shop who, like herself, was a lady and had
been a friend ever since they had come together.
"May," she said, "do you remember that man
who was here the other day, and who bought such a
lot of expensive flowers?"
"I seem to remember movie than one such," said
May judiciously.
"But I told you about this one; he wanted me to
lunch or dine with him."
"They all do, my dear, they can't escape your
"Silly! You remember this one quite well, for
you noticed him particularly the one who
sent a hundred pounds to St. James' Hospital. Well,
read this."
Miay took the note and read it, then glanced at
her hrientd with a quick smile.
"It seems that a very pleasant evening is indi-
cated for you and me, Olive, for surely I am the
friend to be asked!"
"He was here last week," mused Olive, and he
didn't know a thing about me. Now he has found
out Jim and made his acquaintance, and perhaps has
found out too that Jim is engaged to you, otherwise
why suggest my bringing a girl friend? He is a
very determined man."
"And a quick worker and one who knows what
to do. He asked your name, you remember."
"Yes; and I suppose that he went with it and
the number of this shop to some enquiry agency and
set them to find out all they could about me. That is
how he got to know about Jim. But how did he
meet Jim?"
"That's easy, Olive. Jim is in the City, in busi-
ness. This Shotover friend of yours--"
"Hardly a friend!"
"Well, he has a crush on you, it seems, and that
is even more important. He looks like a rich man;
men who buy lots of expensive flowers and give away
hundred-pound notes, merely to shine in the eyes of
a strange girl, can hardly be poor: they must be
rich. It is not difficult for such to get to see the
head of any business in London, and to get into
touch with any one of their clerks. The rest is easy.
He must have told James he had heard of him;
anyhow, he got into touch with Jim, prob-
ably told him he had met you, invites him to dinner
and tells him he is asking you too, and me, for he
knows I am engaged to Jim. He knows -"
"He is a sort of wizard and fairy prince in one,
according to you," laughed Olive, "yet -in the main I
suppose you are right. One ,of these private -detec-

tives we read of would easily be able to find out
about us, for there is so little to know. But what a
pushing sort of man! I gave him no encouragement;
he is at least twice my age, and fat. "
"Not fat," interrupted May, emphatically. "On
the portly side, perhaps, slightly; and not yet fifty.
He doesn't look a day more than forty-four. Strong,
healthy, wealthy, wise. Wise, because he has fallen
in love with you, and means to get to know you bet-
ter, cost what it costs. That man is serious, my
dear. He is desperately in love."
"Not in love, I should say, though he has plain-
ly taken a fancy to me. And nearly fifty, if not quite
that. Well, that puts him out of court. I want a
younger lover, Maisie, like our Jim, for instance,
who is twenty-seven."
"Jim is a darling, I wouldn't change him for the
world. But this friend of yours has also his good
points, Olive. One is his enormous wealth, honestly
acquired, I hope. But we don't need to enquire into
all that now. To dine with him, in company, is not
tantamount to pledging your heart and hand, is it?
Excuse me a moment."
May hurried off to wait upon two ladies who had
just entered the shop. After these had spent a few
shillings, she returned to Olive. "Well, what is your
decision?" she enquired.
"You want to go?" asked Olive thoughtfully.
"Yes, and so do you, my dear; you are intrigued.
And then, everything is so nice and proper. He
asks you to meet him with your own brother and, if
you please, another lady of your own choosing. Per-
fectly decorous. Painfully so. One would think we
were living in the prim period of pre-war days, al-
most before we were born, and not in this modern,
sophisticated age."
"He is sophisticated enough," replied Olive,
seriously. "You remember that girl he first came in
here with? She wore expensive rings, talked with
an accent that made one shudder, and was staying at
a big West End hotel. What did all that mean?
There is only one interpretation and that is-"
"The worst. I agree exactly. But I am not go-
ing to be too curious about the lives of the men I
"I don't think it's wise to be," agreed Olive with
a grimace, "but, you see, I haven't any ambition to be
one of a string of 'ladies' whom this Mr. Shotover
takes about. Rather degrading that would be."
"Do you seriously think he wants you to be that,
Just then Olive had to go to serve a customer;
presently she came back to where May was standing
and resumed the conversation as if the last question
had just been asked.
"No, I don't. Not now. I did at first; but
now that he has gone out of his way to make Jim's
acquaintance, and suggests that I should bring
another girl along-and of course he means you-I
think he wishes to know me because he admires me.
And I like to be admired."
"You always are, Olive; you are wonderfully
pretty, you know."
"And so are you, darling."
"I know. But I am bespoken, and you are not
-thli:ugh you might have been had you wished. But
I funcy yoiu want a rich man: isn't it so?"
"I'm tired of being por, Maisie."
"So say we all. But some of us escape only
comparatively. You seem to have better prospects."
'"With a stranger nearly rifty?"
"Who looks only forty. Remember that. So we
give hiii the glad answer when he drops in, do we?"
"I suppose so; he knows part of the family al-
ready; in a manner of speaking he has joined hands
across the seas," laughed Olive, and May could see
that she was excited. Here was a touch of romance,
even if a trifle middle-aged. And the Maurois was
one of the finest hotels in London.
It was a little past two o'clock when Mr. Shot-
over made his appearance. He was carefully dressed,.
evidently by one of the best tailors in London. His
1 utiee suit of light grey with the faintest of scarlet
stripes, his grey necktie dotted with red spots, his
tan shoes, his gloves, his soft grey felt hat, all were
in harmony and fitted perfectly. He carried a walk-
ing stick, he stood erect; he was every inch a pros-
perous, strong man. a forceful personality, and there
was a subtle air of deference about him which ap-
pealed to Olive because she well understood that it
was deference to her and to no other being In the
He asked for some orchids, indicating that he
wanted something rare, the finest to be had. She
guessed for what he intended these later on.
"You got my note? you will come, won't you?"
There was an appeal in his voice.
As she seemed to hesitate, he added: "Youi
brother promised to introduce me to your mother-
he knows I have already tnet you. I will call at your
flat when it is convenient to you. You can learn all
there is to know about me; in fact, your brother is
going to do so, for he and I have chummed up to ohe
another already, and I have asked him to make en.
quiries. This is all unusual, I know; but I beg you
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You must make allowances for us colonials, who are






"It is very nice of you to ask me to dinner, Mr.
Shotover, and Jim too. I shall be glad to come."
"Thanks very much. And Jim's friend is com-
ing too?"
**You seem to have made very full enquiries."
"Jim told me of his fiancee; said he met her
through you and that she works here. A remarkably
pretty young lady!"
"Isn't she? Yes. she will be one of your
"I'll have the pleasure of meeting her to-night;
I see she is busy now. At the Maurois, then. at
about a quarter to: eight: you and Miss Flemming
and your brother."
"Very well."

James Seaton took his sister and fiancee to the
Maurois in a taxi, eschewing a bus on this occasion,
for he felt that a taxi was warranted by the unusual
nature of the treat in store. He was in an exuber-
ant frame of mind. He was tall, like his sister-tall-
er, of course-and like her was endowed with brown
hair and blue eyes, but his eyes were of the piercing
variety, as if they were looking through obstacles
for opportunities, whereas Olive's, though bright and
shining, would often grow dreamy as if brooding
upon romance, imagining things that had not yet
been realized. Jim was in a City office as a chart-
ered accountant, and his future was promising. He
had good habits, especially the habit of conscientious
work, he was intelligent, and as an incentive to en-
deavour was the girl who was with him in the cab,
a vivacious brunette, with a glorious bob of brilliant
black hair, a saucy nose, radiant colouring, dark,
flashing eyes, and the most piquant pair of lips and
Impudent chin imaginable. Everybody voted May
Flemming pretty, and the merriest of companions.
She was twenty-two. had known Jim for eighteen
months, had been engaged to him for a year. and
considered Olive her dearest friend.
Mr. Shotover had called at Jim's office the day
before, and Jim had been sent for by one of nis
chiefs, who had introduced him to the man from
Jamaica. Mr. Shotover had come to the firm of Per-
kins and Webster well recommended by the West
India Committee of London, and, more important
still, by the Colonial Office. Of his bona fides there
could be no doubt. He had talked awhile to Jim.
casually; this morning he had called again and had
had another talk with him, and plainly said that
he would like to have the young man in his employ-
ment, if Jim cared to go out to the tropics, whikh
Jim had immediately discovered had always been
the dream of his life. He then mentioned that about
a week before he had met Jim's sister, then he had
invited Jim to dinner, as if by the way, saying that
he would be glad if the latter's fiancee would also
come. He would invite her, he said, through Miss
Seaton, and he managed to convey the impression
that he knew Jim's sister well enough to do this.
But even if the ladies could not be his guests that
night, Mr. Shotover had expressly added, he would
still wish to have Mr. Seaton: they could both spend
a very pleasant evening together. Jim assured him
that May would be of the party, and he saw no
reason why Olive should not be also.
He told all this, for the second time, to both
girls as they drove on to the Maurois. They passed
through the great streets of London, now blazing
with a vivid illumination. Shop-windows, electri-
cally lighted, were glowing patches of variegated
colour, the rich stuffs or jewellery in them tastefully
set out and inviting admiring glances from those
who passed to and fro. The sidewalks were thrinred
with people passing on to places of amusement or
perhaps merely promenading, for the evening was
warm and lovely, one of London's finest. The sky
above glowed deep blue, the polished surface of the
street was seen in patches only, for great cars, huge
buses, Innumerable taxis conveyed thousands of per-
sons to their various destinations, and in cars and
taxis, and also in the buses, there were well-gowned
women and well-groomed men. But it was the wo-
men in the big cars that held most of Olive's and
May's attention. These. exquisitely dressed, with
rich furs carried rather than worn round their
shoulders, rings that gleamed with fire on their
fingers. coiffeurs that must have been fixed by the
best artists in their line; above all, the supremely a--
sured. confident, satisfied attitude of these women,
some young and lovely, others so well preserved that
Time seemed to have been commanded to stand still
for them after they had reached a certain age--
it was these that won the tribute of unstinted ad-
miration from our two girls. These ladies were be-
ing escorted by men in opera hats and overcoats, the
last word in male fashions. They may not have been
the idle rich. exactly, but they were certainly well-
to-do persons on whom fortune smiled If they toil-
ed and spun, it was for far more than a mere com-
petence; otherwise they were like the lilies of the
field. resplendent, and now they were going on to
resorts of enjoyment, taking in all that was most
attractive in the Londun season, thinking already of
their journey to the country later on, or up to Scot-
land. with week-end parties at wealthy or historic
houses in the meantime, and. in the winter, some
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Jim said as much. And as he mentioned the Carib-
bean the two girls with him remembered that Mr.
Shotover's country was situated in that sea, where
the skies are always azure, the waters warm, the
fields of a perpetual green loveliness. It
was a man from the Caribbean who had taken such
a fancy to Olive that he had moved heaven and
earth for the privilege of entertaining her to-night.
But Olive also thought of something else, of a
girl with an accent of the working classes, though
pretty and well dressed, who had been the companion
of her host-to-be. She wondered what had become of
that girl. and whether this man was in the habit of
taking up with a woman and then dropping her
when he saw another that took his fancy better.
It looked like that. But surely he must have seen
that she, Olive, was not of that sort; indeed, he had
seen it. Did he mean, then she blushed
slightly at the thought. If he were serious. if he
were really in love with her (and that would be
nothing surprising, since she was beautiful and at-
tractive). it meant that, if she chose, she could be
one of those great and opulent ladies for whose feet
ielvet carpets were fashioned and before whose eyes
the glory of the world was spread. She too could
have a house in the West End, instead of living in a
small fat to the north of London, could have a won-

derful mansion, with spreading lands, in the tropics,
could travel as she pleased, entertain, be somebody
instead of a mere girl selling flowers in a Piccadilly
shop. The prospect was alluring, dazzling. But shq
was only twenty-four, and this man must be nearly
fifty. Did this disparity in their ages matter much,
however? Not if she should love him. And she had
known girls who had sincerely loved men who were
twice their age, and more; had indeed preferred
older to younger men always.
They were at the Maurois. Their taxi had be-
come one of a line of vehicles that were discharging
their occupants at the principal entrance of that
sumptuous hostelry in front of which stood gor-
geously-garbed porters helping ladies and gentl~-
men out of their tars with sedulous care and
passing them towards the great glass doors which
now stood invitingly open, admitting the air and re-
vealing glimpses of the light and colour within.
Neither Olive nor May had been in a first class
London hotel before. They knew the good restaur-
ants of Regent Street, Piccadilly and elsewhere.
where a nice dinner or supper could be had for six-
and-sixpence table d'hotel, and at some of wlichr
there would be dancing during dinner. But the
places which catered for the rich or the extravagant
had been beyond the financial attainments of their

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male friends; they had heard of them, had read
about them. had wished that some day they should
be guests in them; now had come the opportunity,
and inwardly they were fluttering with excitement.
But they showed nothing of this as Mr. Shotover,
who had been waiting for some minutes. came for-
ward to meet them. If they were workers in a
flower shop, they were also gentlefolk and well bred.
Olive's father had been a second master in a well-
known English public school, her uncle bad been
able to assist Jim to become the chartered account-
ant he now was. May's father had been a country
doctor, whose practice had been small and who had
not been able to leave his child and widow much.
Needs must when the devil drives, and the florist
business was the best thing that offered to these
girls; it was lucky for them indeed that such
places preferred girls of refined manners and good
accent. The pay was good, and the proprietor knew
that girls like Olive and May attracted and retained
custom: gentlefolk recognized in them their own
kind. So, though they felt all the pleasurable emo-
tions which dining for the first time in a great and
expensive hotel, with a rich cavalier and among
people of fashion, would naturally arouse, they
comported themselves as though all this were a
commonplace of their lives. And, indeed, they ac-
tually did take it almost for granted, because they
felt that it became them and was theirs by a sort
of right.
They passed through the entrance hall. treading
a carpet into which their batin slippers sank. The
walls about them were painted in amber and blue,
the roof was decorated with a futurist design, the
ensemble was massively rich and yet not vulgar. A
bowing attendant in a resplendent livery indicated
the Ladies' Cloak Room, another pointed out to Jim
the room for gentlemen; Mr. Shotover said he would
await them in the vestibule that opened into one of
the two dining rooms beyond. When all the party
had come together again, they sat down at one of
the little tables in the vestibule and had cocktails;
then the headwaiter himself conducted them to the
table which Mr. Shotover had ordered that after-
noon. There Olive found the orchids he had bought
that day, a spray for each of them. and as she sat
down amidst a soft golden light that glowed from
hidden lamps, and listened to the music of a famed
orchestra whose strains were being broadcast at that
moment all over the world, she felt herself a queen.
The cocktail had set her nerves tingling, had dis-
pelled customary inhibitions, had released new emo-
tions. She immersed herself in the delights of the
hour. She loved all this. it satisfied a craving
in her: it was a setting for her beauty, her per-
sonality; it was made for her and she for it. She
looked at other tables. Perhaps hers was the most
beautiful, because it had been specially decorated,
hut the others were attractive, too, and the diners
were already filing in. While shoulders and white
arms shone out of silks, blue, white and pink, and
other hues also; a girl in black passed, statuesque,
to her seat a little beyond; the men. all immaculate-
ly clothed, carried themselves with ease; and all
the tables in these spacious rooms appeared to be
engaged. The food was excellent. The wine, a well-
chilled vintage champagne. sent the blood coursing
deliciously through one's veins. Mr. Shotover would
not have wine, preferring whisky-and-soda, but he
had guessed that champagne to these guests of his
must be a very rare treat indeed. And he wanted
them to enjoy themselves. He himself had never
felt happier than he was to-night.
It was a dinner dansant. Couples rose from
tables while the meal proceeded and went out to
dance on the square of polished oak. Jim took out
May; Mr. Shotover apologised for not being able to
dance: had he known that he would have had the
pleasure of entertaining Olive, he said gallantly. he
would have taken lessons long ago. She thanked him
sweetly for his compliment, said she w v ;liled to
watch the others, and that Jim wei' di .. ask
her to dance later on.
"But that alone would never do," pri **-ted Mr.
Shotover. "I should love you to enjoy you elf, and
not merely sit here talking to me. If I ani not mis-
taken. there is a young man coming to as9; you to
dance, now It is quite all right. I kL .w all
about him."
"Who) is be? I don't know anyone here."
"A sort of professional dancer, engaged by "he
hotel. He is a gentleman You need have no hesi-
tation. unless of course you really don't care to
dance with him."
By this time a young man, perfectly dressed. of
good figure. and decidedly good looking, had reached
her side. "Would you care to dance?" he asked, and
she nodded politely and rose.
She wanted to dance. and she knew that Mr.
Shotover had arranged that she should, though he
himself must sit still and be merely a spectator. He
was a splendid host, she thought, very careful of
the comfort of his guests, finding his pleasure in
their enjoyment. Her opinion of him was rising
steadily. It was worth while coming here to-night,
even if she never did it again; this experience was
delightful and would stand out in her memory.
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M R. Shio:ater a...ke tlte morning after his cu
rious experit-it:es at Elm-lev Park with a feel-
ing of disttinct dissatit.favtiju He had not been
disturbed after hearing in the dark that peculiar,
IWili)bant iihispei t wil.hli -seemtied a sort tf answt er to)
the l]uesti.on le ihal a-sked of the air, but which lie
had attributed tio fancy, a kind ,f halluciniatiin,. on
his part. But though a man of ironu nerve, he had
slept badly, tvakiri- up twt ,r three time, with a
start. t., find lhnim elf li-.teniLin for the thudding uof
stioie- otn the ir.nt. .Ir 23aing shai'ply round tlr a
nmauiife-tatolll n rf flalnlei that ijnsumeil nothing and
died away with alinist tle .iitleildennt--.s tf a flash of
lightning. He had cursed linimelf f'ir these exhiibi-
tions of nervii-usinei.~. had been angry to find that lhe
had unconsciously been attributing reality ti fig-
ments of the imagination Figments? The moment
he used that world lie had questioned its application.
The sounds of siniething falling on the roof had
been heard by Ilis butler. The fire in the room had
been .een by many eyes If imagination had been
at work, it was the imagination of many exer-cised
at ilie selfsame nioiient. Surely that was an impon-
sibility. Yet hatld was the explanation?
He did not know what to think. He could not
do very much. He, would employ detectives, of
course that se.emedl the bh\ ious and inecessary thing.
Their presence in the le lte :iljd llae to be dis.
guided; still, he could a;sk them to go about the
grounds as special watir.lmen; that would seem
riearinualle t-r hi- guests. His sister would have to
be ttid tie real reason of their presence. But hlie
was a very eunsible woman and would not make a
If these phenomena dlid not cease, how would
the servants act.' Two or three new ones would have
to be employed today, in a hurry. Fanny and John
would look after that. But these new dunlmeticg
might in turn leave -uddenly; might talk about
what they saw tr heard. if they sua or heard any-
tiling they considered very Psrange. Well. ufticienr
to the time must be the evil thereof, and there
might be nothing more tn worry about. The detec-
tives might do what was necessary to stop all this
nonsense Noisen-e? Ye'. that was -liat it obvi-
ously was, but he had nut lived in Jamaica all these
years not t',- have heard of stune-throwiI-gs sutich aS-
he had experienced the night before, though he be-
lieved that the burning ruomn was unusual and ex-
traordinary. Again and again had there been a
report that some house in Kingston or the country
was being stoned. but hardly, even after the .l.,-est
investigation. had any rational explanation been
forthoniing In tne or two. instances a man or a
buy had been discovered in the act -f flinging ml--

smiles. but these had been caught s,0 easily as to make
the non-capture of others a run,'t baffling pruhlem,
assuming that those others were human He knew
what the peasant people _aid They openly attri-
huted the stoning to ghosts. spirits, evil agencies,
while even educated people wondered Folly, of
course, hut so hard to prove as mere fully : ftr the
sounds were indisputable, and the stintue. themselves
iiever found. so far as he rc.uld remember. But,
I:f i.tture, it was all nonsense' vlhy should Elmsley
Park he haunted? On the other hand. if there were
such a thing as a haunted hoIu,e. wh) should not
Elmsley Park be haunted? What, reall.. did he
know about the place, or abuit spirits, except that
lie had never believed that beings of another world
could interfere in human matters?'
He said nothing to anyone that morning g while
taking his breakfast. The meal over, however, he
casually observed to John:
"You must get some -rnarnts to replace those
fools a ho cleared nut last night; Miss Shoitver will
be here in the afternoon, and I want her t.) fiiil
everything right Understand?"
"Yes, sir; we have a list uf people who apply lor
Jobs here: this is une of the hie-t place: to work in.
We can cet half a dozen good -.ervanto. loday if we'
"Very good; you see about It "
He went duwn to his otfie He had noticed tile
constraint tf John's manner: Ins lhaiuiuffelir's ner
\ousrness, too, had not been iuperLeived I:. him. As
fcr himself. he gave no sign oitf eine rliturl)bed But

he was. It was most annoying to hare such a
business on hand when one expected guests whose
minds must not be troubled.
Later on in the day he himself went to see the
head of the detective force and arranged for a couple
of men to watch in Elmsley Park. Silence was sti-
pulated. It would never do for rumours to find
their way iuto the papers.
He weut home at nearly five in the after.
noon: a forbidding lady of about fifty, had already
taken charge. Like him, she was strong-featured;
unlike him, she was thin and rather tall. She was a
managing sort of person, quite satisfied that the
success of David was only a tribute to the family
genius, of which she felt she possessed more than
the average share: she took her position seriously
and was satisfied that Providence had only done its
duty in bringing her and her brother to the sphere
to which they were inevitably born. David told her
briefly what had happened the night before, even to
the whispering voice.
"I did think something was up when I arrived
to-day," she said. "but I thought It might be caused
hy the guests expected here. Everybody is nervous,
Stupidity' The detectives will find out what is the
matter in a night; if they don't, I will. But you
con t hear any more stones; >ou can take my word
for that."
"And the fire. Sophie?"
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**There was none; but there was something that
looked like a fire.'
"There was not. One of .\ou last night, excite'i
by the stone-throwing. imagined that you saw a tire
and communicated your belief to the mother', either
by oral or unspoken suggestion. That sort of thing
happens. If you gave a little time to reading their.
sophical and psychological literature, David. instead
of toiling to make more money, you would know
that such things do occur. I will lend you a book
%bout it."
"I accept your word. Sophie, but .ou can liep
the book. I have no time to read. but I think yiu
are right." He was genuinely relieved. He admire,:
his sister's erudition, though he had no inclination
to acquire book knowledge himself. Very probably
her explanation was correct: it came so easily that
he felt sure it must be.
After dinner he said he was going out He
could drive a car; tonight he dispensed with his
chauffeur. He dro\e down to Kingston. to the east-
ern part of the waterfront, where stood a tine resi-
denae with its faLade to the sea, and. at its rear. a
targe spa:.e of ground devoted to a well-laid-out gar-
den A wide area of land spread out on either side of
it, east and west; so t was not overlooked by
neighbours-. Privacy had been secured at a fairly
heavy expense: but privacy had been desired by its
occupant and by Mr. Shotover himself. Privacy, but
not isolation. for Mrs. Breakeniff. who lived 'here,
entertained a good deal, and her friends were well-
known fashionable folk.
Prudent e Breakenuff was a widow, and 'nly
itenty-eight years of age. Her husband, a foreigner.
hadl died tive tear, before, lea ing her pennilpes
She was nf a good Jamaica family Site had now livedl
at Seavi\e Terrace for three .ears. The house was
new, it had been built especially for her. It was
hers by a legal arrangement, hut the purchase money
stated int the deed nf transfer had never been paid
to Mr. Shotover. And this was but one of the many
hand-ome gifts he had made her.
Mr. Shoiover found the house in semi-darkness,
but he knew that this was because Prudence did not
wish to be disturbed by any visitors Io-night: she
expected him. He parked his car to the west side
of the building. where it would be completely ob
soured from prying eyes He opened the backdo.,r
which led into the dining room, where there N:= b hl
one small electric lamp burning. He pa-sed thlir.uil
a corridor and on to the wide. railed verandah
where he and Prudence usually sat when they were
alone. He fund her there A dark, -till sea
stretched away into a darkness relieved only by the
gleam from multitudinous t'ro'pi' stars.
She stood up to shake hands with him: but to-
night she did not offer to kiss him. He had rather
expected she would not. Her greeting was cold. He
felt embarrassed.
Only one small electric bulb was glowing here,
but its light was quite sufini'ent to reveal her.
She was dressed in black, a black velvet evening
dress out of which rose her white shoulders and neck,
crowned with a head that had been the admiration
of many a man, and the envy of not a few women.
For she was handsome undeniably (though the
bloom of early youth was gone', and perhaps more
attractive to a man of middle age than mere youth
would ordinarily be. A brunette, with masses of
glossy dark hair, luminous dark eyes, rich white
complexion, straight delicate nose and full lips, she
had been sought after in society from the time she
was eighteen years of age. She had married Oscar
Breaken.ff when twenty-one, was a widow at tweuty-
three, and had not been really sorry to find lihr-
self in such a state. For her marriage had not been
a success; she had obtained from it nothing that she
had dreamed of or hoped for. She had been fascinat-
ed by the chance of achieving a fine position, but
her husband drank. She had been warned about this
before her marriage, and his business was already
falling to decay when he married her. So that. even
If she might have grown to love him bad he been a
different sort of man. that prospect was ruined by
his conduct. In six months she was disgusted with
her situation. When she was free she had already
had niore than enough of Oscar Breakennff
He had had some business relations with David
Shotover. One evening he had brought David home.
David had seen how things were at almost the
first visit, and he pitied Prudence. He admired her
immensely, for beauty won his homage; he liked to
be in her company, and for that reason he created
excellent excuses for being a frequent visitor to the
house. He gave her husband business, his idea being
to help her in this way, and though it %was not In
his disposition to conceal entirely tile fact that he
was being a sort of benefactor. he was as delicate
about it as his somewhat ostentatious nature would
He I1 t money by his association witl Breaken
ff. hut that lie had expected. He took care Ilal
the anl,,unts should not bie very large, but a poorer
man would have accounted them considerable. Hi
never made love to Prudence; Oscar. in spite of hi'
inebriate habits, and his dependence on Shotover
w(,uld nir. have tolerated that; he pose~sed tin

sort of pride which would have led Iiin tii take a
revolver to. David had he believed that the latter
was designing iI du hiin dishi.nour David guessed
as niuchl. But he knew also that Bre:ikenoff was
drinking himself into the grave, a -ui..ide' grave or
another. aii hle could wait Meantime, it was
pleasant to be a friend of Prudence, to go out with
her, t, he entertained by her.
He helped her when her htisband died, pretend-
Ing at first that this was unly a matter of business.
She knew better, but shie willingly accepted Ii-- aid-
it %)as a trhlbute, hiesitleC. it Vwa a neie--;ity. Sie had
loiny -in.e perceived his adniriati.in fir her, there
were time-, when it seemed wr hiLp. and in her gen-
eral di-ippointnmeit with life -lie wa-s rnaefuil ti
hin. When hlie told her, after a while, rhtat her lihu-
bandi haij nii. really any solvent interest i li the
bu-linets lie had been during for the Slh.ntver tirin.
but had rniulih been in debt. she replied that she had
gue-sed a minil. "'And n':,tn, 4h- said lightly.
"I1 -Lpp,'se I mustE try to hind a j.b."
Yiii' lie excilainied. "bill v. li.ir anu y3ill
"I supriIe I Ian be useful. You will give me a
jib in y..i orffi.e. I know, if I a.k :,'.. f.,r one. W ill

**I -hli. ld like to give youL the wi-rid." he :-i l-d

"What exactly- does that mean.- .Davdl?"-for
the three if them had called one an..tiher by their
Christian names almost from the firsi.
"I would do anything for y.u."
"Does that mean yi)u aLe plr..p,-iirei to mei"
He hesitated. FHe hated tle idea 'if giving up
his freedom. He wva not a niarr, ing mnan- lie
thought marriage supertfluousi. Y. itf hle insisted.
then i.r coiirse he might marr lher But he believed
they iwou.ld be happier withoiit the i.,.1l1 She per-
ceived his reluctance.
"I am not a Iinirr\i lg niai. Prtldeni.e." he said
haltingly. "bur yiu know I li.v, y..-i. If I had been
the sort of man win marries. I -uppo.se 1 should
have leen niarried itig ago I Il: e passed forty,
.vii know Blit I have seen -ii.i a lo:t o'f imhliapriv
marriages! Whlerea'. tlhoie \hl,' siiipl love one
another, an'd ti' k to one atilir "
'By unhappy maI riage_ y.'n mean mine in
particularr" s-ie said thi:ughtfill I believe v'.ui
are righr. IMy experienl e of riarriaoe has not ibeeni
sUI.II that I should wish to repeat it. But then. I
didn't live Oscar Marriage A con-
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c>.urt. if one is s':, inclined. Yet the rnajrl'r n of
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them do end. They are for life. David, and they
mean security and re-pectability. That is why they
appeal to women."
"And why shouldn't love such as yours and mine
mean security and respectability, and not be ended
until death?" he demanded. "There is more en
durance in such a love than in the married kind."
"You think so? I wonder. And yet, perhaps.
you are right. For myself, I have no special honour
for the marriage state. I would have gone away
with you at any time in the last year of Oscar's life
if you had asked nie to. But you didn't; you were
very respectable, or afraid-which was it. David?"
'I was not afraid." he protested vehemently. "I
had to think of you. But if you would have gone
away with nie, as you said, why not stay with me
"You mean live \with you. You want me to live
with you. David; that is what you are proposing
But what of the respectability part of the matter?"
"I want to be yours and you to be mine." he
protested, "because I believe we shall be happier so.
And who is to know' \\e have been friends for
years. Nobody knows, nu much about your husband'.
affairs as I. They are nnt to, know if everything
you posstess was not left to) you by him- I will sec
that you want nothing, need nothing. You talk
about the security .if marriage. hut your marriage
has not secured you against poverty, or against hav-
ing io work for your living, while I am going to do
.*1 I am going tIo make you independent for life,
independent of myself. No mere business man
would do that: oul a lover ilu-sionately devted to
youl. nt I ani. Even hilbanrds dtn t do) that in thl,
be iinning."
"Unless there I a marriage settlement." she
laughed. 'Oh. my dear. I know you care for me. and
hea en knows I have cared fior' .\o en )ugh. But wae
have both been very de.orous. and we have remained
only friends. What you have said anitiints to this-
that we mnay be sure if our affection lasting if we
are l.ver?. hut not it' e are husband and wife.
You may be wruun yotur love n:io nit last But 1
am inclined ta, ri-k it. ftr marriage with nie has
been a failure. Partly ny fault. I suppose, ifr I
married Oscar witllujnt l1..ve N'iv. I have come
ti despise marriage. But if I take yo i 3.t nM ,un't
be free, David I -hall claim you ulwhay.. Itf you
try to break a\ay frotim me. I shall hold you. if .\ ui
flee. I shall follow y,.i. Doe-.n't that scare you'."
"No. For I am n.t a aboy, bilt a mnau over fort'
years of age, and I know my own mind. By God,
there are few men like me for sticking to anything:
and I have never loved a woman as I love you. You
are nine forever, and I ani yours. Prudence: I swear
it! "
"I will remember -our oath. dearest. I believe
you .
Yet. she felt. it would have been nicer if he had
proposed marriage.
Far she would have married him She liked him
well enough, Ihouht: there was nu passion in her
reeling for him. But lie did not want marriag-.
Rather seltsh. she thought.

There were rumours, of course, some gossip.
Hardly anybody knew in what state Oscar Breaken-
off's affairs had been; it was generally supposed that
lie had left some money. But hardly enough, it was
whispered. to enable his widow to live so sumptu-
ously. hardly enough to purchase so fine a residence
in Kingston. t. say nothing of a nice little property
in the country from which the income must easily he
ilanr hundred pi.unds a year. Still. one could never
tell. David Shotover had been a friend while the
husband was yet alive; there was therefore nothing
strange about his friendship with the widow. If he
visited her, so did other people If lie was a more
frequent visitor than anybody else, he had also been
her husband's business assioc ate a? well as his; best
friend, and hers. If it was said that his car was
seen entering or leaving the premises when the
place was in darkness. that was only the talk of
inferior people. and who were inferior people that
their word should be openly believed? Indeed, one
or two ingenious souls. ever on the outlook fror dis-
honest intentions, suggested that perhaps Oscar
Breakenoff had been much better off than Mr. David
Shutover had admitted, and that, perhaps, it might
be that Mr. Shotover had feathered his nest at the
widow'- expense. A hint of this was conveyed to
David. and he rather wel,.omed than resented the
imputation For he sincerely wanted t,' protect
Prudence's reputation, and it .as better that some
negligible people should think that lie was making
money iut of her husband's estate than that he was
her protector.
So :for three years he had been her lover And
now he was about to marry another woman, or was
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' IT down, David," said Prudence. "and tell me
all about it."
"About what?"
"You were saying. my dear. when you were here
the last time, that you expected a Miss Seaton nut
from England this \eek, that she was being accom-
panied by a girl friend, and that her brother was
coming out a fortnight later to take up a position
with you. You were quite eloquent about her; she
is a paragon evidently. On leaving iou hinted
that you wanted to have a serious talk with me: the
first time you have ever done so. You have come
to-night to have this talk: it is cunuFncted with Miss
Seata n, isn't it?"
"What makes you think si. Prudence?" he
asked, for the sake of gaining a little time. for his
embarrassment was increasing In business matters
he was accustomed to going straight to the point.
but her way of doing s.i in a matter that was not
strictly business threw him off his balance. There
was something intimidating in her directness, es-
perially as he had a nasty feeling that what he was
about ti say. or suggest, must hurt lier.
"What makes me think sr,?" slie eIchoed 0.
you take me for a fool, David Haven't I heard ru-
mours. haven't I noticed how changed you have been
since your return from England? And surely you
remember that you have spoken of this Seaton wo-
man to ue on other occasions. and in suih a tone

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of voice! I haven't said anything. But I have ob.
served. I have lung known that you have other
women besides lme-don't bother to lie about it: I
haven't worried au.. I knew that they were only
your playthings, you didn't really care much about
them. You have always had them: Oscar knew and
told me: in that you are only like other men. But
I wa. different. Yui loved nme. You had a respect
for me. You would probahl\ have married me if at
tirst I had insisted on marriage as the price of our
relationship. I didn't, fi.ir I cared nothing about
t: I thought it didn't matter if two people
loved one another. But now. it seems, you are in
love with someone else. atnd she is coming out to
yati. and -he is t,,o tay at ynilr house. Then whit
ahouit me? What about me, David?'
They had both of them sat down, she on the
sofa on which she had been reclining. he on a chair.
Their faces were in the gloomn, but he was not
troubling about hi. expression There was nothing
to detect ft'imn his looks She spoke with conviction.
She was certain.
Her bluntness, ungered him. He welcomed thiL
feeling if anger. It relieved him of his embarras.s
nient. it made him hold He ton would come M thlie
point at ouie.
"'Yes: Mi-s S-at'lonk is coming to stay w ith nie:
I told vou that lIeforep" he hlustered. "'And I am
going to marry iher. I have got tr settle diimn
Prudence; you must see that: I am getting on in
years and I have na children .
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"Very Awell; I have in legitimate children, and
a man with the fortune I have made, and my family
"Cut out that nonsense about family name.
David; your family name is hardly worth preserv-
ing. Yours has nut been a distinguished family;
you alone of it have done anything worth while,
and that has only been to make money. You have
done that well. And now you want a lawful sou-
isn't it that?-to inherit your riches and carry on
your fame. Isn't it that that you want to tell me, in
the hope that I'll believe it?"
"Why shouldn't you believe it if it is the truth?"
lie cried.
"But it is not the truth. You have seen in
Enleand another woman you desire, and you can't
have her without marriage: that is the truth. Isn't
it so?"
"I have told you, Prudence-"
"Only lies. But if you are speaking the truth
David, I can suggest another and a better decision
to you. You want a son" ery well, marry me My
family is infinitely superior to yours. if it is of
family you are thinking. I still have a reputation
which enables me to mix with everybody, thanks to
the care we have taken, sio I won't be ostracised as
your wife any nire than I have been ostrac.ised
while I have been your mistress I can bear child.
ren: we shall not need to take care against that if
we marry. I am yiriuug, beautiful. And I have been
yours for years. and I love you. rth-ugh I ought really
to hate you, and I am not far fromn that now."
"But y u distinctly said that y.ui didn't like the
marriage bond. Prudence "
"There was then uo question of another mar-
riage And I can change my mind, if I like. I do
change it. Are you satisfied.'"
"I do not propose to marry you "
"You don't?"
"No. I have made you comfortable for life. I
will settle something more on y-.u. I am turning
over a new leaf; you yourself have notiieil that.
You cannot blame me."
"You are deceiving yourself :nd making a fo.,l
of yourself, Davil. that is what youi ;are ldoine You
are going on like a boy over this Enclish girl. Tell
me, and try not to lie, is she engaged in you?il"
"Not yet, but-"
"But you expect she will be aiter she has seen
how wealthy you are, and how important She is
not suffilieutly dazzled yet, but will be. My God*
Can't you-see, David, how childishly you are he-
having? This girl hasn't even accepted yitl. thiugh

y'.nu have asked her-for of course you have. She
i.'uldn't make up her mind to take you; ynu are too
uld for her, perhaps too coarse. So you invite her
and her friend to come out as your guests, and you
give her brother a job-a sort of bribe-and now
)\:o are hoping that she will yield to your impor-
tunity. But only because of yoir money, my friend:
that i.s what you are banking on. You propose to
buy her-"
"By Go;d. Prudence. I am not going to listeu to
this sort if thing any longer!"
"You are going to listen till I have finished.
Dni't )yiu think I know you have come to-nigllt to
av'' a ,ort of good-bye, and that even if I were nice
and gentle you would still find some excuse tor' not
comling back to see me, except perhaps in a formal
manner on an afternoon? Now I an giving .\ou a
very good excuse for walking Ift in a huff and say-
inu I am inipossihle You r(:i work yourself tip ;n-
tii a towering rage and go "iff swearing that all i. at
1inl end between us. But you have already told me
that, my friend; yiu have told me that you are gr-
ing top pay me off and discard me; that you lpropise
to marry and settle down. and become a good boy-
ur a guod old man: you wince at that. eh? Well,
let me tell you something in my turn. You are not
guing to marry this girl You are not going to set-
tle down with her. That life of social distinction
you have been imagniing, with a lot of nn't.en e
about domestic bliss and peace-as if that would
ever suit a ranipager like you-y-ou are not going
tu have. Do you understand that?"
"And may I ask who is going to prevent me?"
he snarled, his fighting bhlod at a boil.
"I am going to prevent you."
"By disgracing yourself? By publishing to
everybody that I have been living itlh yuu? Do
ynu think that that would hurt me, or any -tither
-'It would not. and I intend to do ntlling off the
sort. But don't you remember that you i..nce called
my half-sister a damned ,obeahwonian? Don't you
remember her?"
"That half-nigger, your father's bastard?" he
asked rudely. "I remember telling you not to have
anything tn do with her. She nearly got into trouble
with the police five years ago. She has a had name."
For answer Prudence walked to a door that led
from the verandah inwards, and switched on the elec-
tric light. His eyes followed her. Standing within n
the rooln, not a yard irom the open door, was the
woman of whom he had iust been speaking Andl. of

course, he knew that she must have heard every
word they had said.
She was brown in complexion, and much like
Prndeu e iu gener:n exlr?.sio. Their relationship
was evident though the featiires of the darker wo-
man were heavier and her hair distinctly wa\y. She
was tall, undeniably handsome, even impressive. She
too was dressed in black; in her eyes was a look of
derision and laughter, perhaps, anger also. Her
whole appearance denoted self-assurance and pow-
er. and he noticed even as he glanced at her with
obvious dislike that a cat, jet-black and huge, was
rubbing itself against her skirts.
"The half nigger and bastard you were speak-
ing of. David." said Prudence. "Also my sister.
But I think yuu are already acquainted."
"We know one another slightly," interposed
Mary Ransome. which was the name by which Pru-
dence's illegitimate sister had always chosen to be
known-her mother's name. "Mr. Shotover never
approved of your taking any notice of me, Prudence,
even though I was your blood relation. Thought it
lowered you to do so. though I am sure I never
pushed myself on you or him. or on your husband
when he was alive. but kept in my own sphere. My
own sphere! Do you know what that is, Mr.
"I do not know, nor am I interested, Miss Ran-
some," he replied. "I did not know you were here
to-night, or I would not have tome. It seems that a
trick has been practised on me."
"Exactly," Mary answered. "I suggested the
trick. You see. I love Prudence. She has always
treated me well. She has been good to me, lr'.
Shotover; but I never thought you would be good to
her always: I suspected that one day you would
want to desert her. I tried to pet her to induce you
to marry her when you might have done so; I say
might, for I have never been sure. But she has our
father's disposiition. a, I have, and she preferred to
be iree. and kind of wild. and she took her chances.
She was living in sin, as people say, and it gave
her a thrill that she mightn't have got out of
marriage. That was a mistake for her, though of
course it would be all right for me. She had a lot to
lose. and it looks as if she were going to lose it now.
But you also have been living in sin. and you have
it in mind to commit a still greater sin by deserting
her, for she cares for you. or thinks she does. I
myself don't see why any woman should."
"You are impertinent, you -"
"Qnite. But let us get to business. She wrote
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some English girl; everybody is talking-about it.
You boast,-you see, and so everything becomes
known. I feared what this might mean to her, so I
came up here a few days ago. To help her. To
help ber in my way. You remember why I got into,
trouble with the police a few years ago, don't you?"
"Rather. They said you were a high-class
obealiwoman. that you made money practising ue-
crumancy. But they couldn't prove anything against
you, and people said they were only making fools
of themselves by suspecting a woman of your edu-
"I have quite a good education." admitted Mary
,arelessly. "and a good eni.ugh position, though
of course I am not and couldn't he in 'society.' That
is fr Prudence, lihe adorn- any society here. She
is young. whlie, beautiful, and would make an excel.
lent mnistres of Elmsley Park. Why don't you niar-
ry her?"
Mr. Shotover ignored the questiunl
"You sa.a nothing Well, Mr. Shutover. the
police who believed I was a high-class obealiwomau.
by which I suppose they meant that I practised
magic for people who could pay heavy sums, were
perfectly right. Those who said that the police were
fools were men and women who dreaded lest I
might talk about them: .~,mne rather big people here,
Mr. Shutover, though you were never one of them.
You have never been a client of mine."
'"i am not a superstitious fool!"
"Not yet. But last night, when you heard
stones falling on your roof. when you saw mysterious
flames blaze up in your room, how did you feel?
And there was a voice whispering to you, Mr. David
Slihtover And what do you mean by superstition?"
To say that Mr. Shotover was startled is but to
state a prosaic fact. How on earth could this wo-
man know all these things-how could she have
learnt?-then his common sense asserted itself. Of
course some of the servants had been talking. One
or two of them knew Prudence, and would naturally
conluninicate to her what had happened the night
before; they bad bad time to do so. As to the
voice in the darkness, he had mentioned that to his
sister, he may have been overheard talking this
afternoon. And Prudence would be the first outsider
(to be told what he had said; and now Mary Ran-
some was using this knowledge to intimidate him.
"Superstition," he answered stolidly. "means he-
lieving in the claims of people like you. You had
notbiig to do with the bounds I heard last night,
.unless, indeed, it was you who sent some mis-
chie\vous villain to stone my house. But I warn you,
lie will he caught, and if I find you have any con.
section with him-"
'*You would do nothing. You want to pose now
as a virtuous person and a great gentleman, and
you could not possibly afford to have your 'friend's'
sister charged with any misdemeanor in the courts.
But don't deceive yourself; tie noises you heard
v.ere of no human agena.\. Listen to me. David
Shotover!" Tire mulatress drew herself up to her
full height. compelling attention. "Listen to me. My
father was a wild and careless man, fearing nothing.
He took my mother for a paramnlior, precisely, I
think. beitnule lie knew tlat she was reputed the
elro:test ii]d nimo, patent wise woman" ill Westm:ore-

land. But she was handsome too. and of good
African blood: her grandfather had been a chief In
Dahomey, a high chief and a priest as well, and
what he knew was taught to her. My mother wil-
lingly taught me what she knew. You believe in
God, don't you, Mr. Shotover? Very well: then I
suppose you believe in a devil also. But if God can
work miracles, why shouldn't the Devil be able to
perform wonders; if God can hear and answer pray-
er. don't you think the Devil can do likewise? Has
he not power? When you are stricken you call upon
God to have mercy on you; I call upon the Devil to
afflict you; and I know the ways and means of nat
preaching him, ways and means that have come to,
me out of Darkest Africa I am using them against
you now. You are doing a wrong to miy sister. You
kni..w it. and. because it yJ our guilty cuustienlte. yoi
cannot ask God's help. If you did, it would niit ibe
granted: you have to repent and do right before
.lull i-.n be saved. Mr Sliotover: that is God's law
I intend to plague you I will put spirits to haunt
you. 1 nill also haunt this Englishwoiiian who is
.omirlij .nit It, ou if she seriously intends to have
3ou-but that doesn't seem likely! You will marry
my sister r'r nii one.
"You are obstinate. You will not at first be-
lieve I can do the things I say. But you will learn:
and when you have learnt you may find that Pru-
dence no longer wants you-I would not-and tile
English girl will not want you. either, and no one
wortl having will want yru. Do you grasp
what I mean? I will make yul a gibbering idiot, I
will make your life a hell, I-"
The monosyllabic expostulation came froui Pril
dence; she was overwhelmed by hier sister's deniin.
rinatii, she was nlived to (come to the assistance .f
the man whie was being ot Irutally threatened, ev l
though lie was treating her badly. At that instant
she feared Mary and pitied him.
"You cannot stop me now. dear, even if you
wished," her sister answered. "I am tlhe only telling
that stands between you and misery, until you
cease to care-for this alan. If you implored me to let
him alone, if you drove me out of the house, it
would make no difference to me, unless he changed.
You are the only being I love, and if David Shot-
over treats you ill I it.Ill kill lih n. Do you like cats,
Mr. Shotover?"
This question. coming in a matter-of-fact voice
directly after the theatrical denunciation arnd
threat of Mary Ransome, almost caused Mr. Shotover
to laugh. The change was so sudden. He gazed at
the womau. puzzled, then an idea began to form itself
in his mind. Yes; that was it; she was crazy.
Crazy people changed abruptly from one subject to
another. from awful ravings to trivial remarks., and
Mary was one of them. Poor thing! He felt gen-
uinely sorry tfr her. After all. shee was not respond.
sbile fir her mental condition. and she was really
gootid looking.
"Not particularly," he replied in a kindly tnne?
of voice
"Yet I am going to give 3\)u thisi one here. H-o
nill be quite faithful in attendance upon you. ianI
you will remember that lie i nmy present ti yi.u
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"Raving again." he thought. Well. there was
nothing more for hinm to say He could not remain
all night talking to a mad woman and a jealous, dis-
appointed girl who had loved him. It was a bad
business, a nasty mess, but nothing was to be
gained by dilatory methods-i e must end his con-
niection with Prudence at once.
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"lUntil when." asked Prudence. as her sister
ulietly withdrew.
"I cannot say ni w, ibut oLf i urse I nill cI.'me 'and
-e yiou again. Wei have .-ie or two thing. to talk
"YoIu mean y'.Ii atanlt to give rle nit'ney and he
done with nme. David. But remember. I won't stiip
nmy sister if she attenpll to injure yiu. I may n.ot
have the terrible blh.-d of her mother, but mni falih-r
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just such a suggestion as he might have been ex-
pected to make.
"You degrade me by hyour offer," she replied
with dignity. "You are meaner than I thought,
"Oh. you women are always expecting men t. be
angels," he rapped out. "But you aren't angels
yourselves, you know. You will pr,,bably do what I
With that he leit in a had huimour. and touk Iis
car out of the yard and sped tr:wards Elmsley Park.
Suddenly. when out of the city, he started, almost
sending the car up the right hand bank'of the road
he was traversing. For it seemed to hiim that,
perched precariously icu the bonnet of his road-
ster, was a great black cat that stared at him with
fiery green eyes. When he brought the car to a halt
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THE girls had been in Jamaica two days nol,'. and
the night after the daiy ,if their arrival haid ILt-
nessed a wonderful dinner and dance given in their
honour at Elmsle. P.arl:. Prudenie Breakenoff had
not been invited. throughli she had been at m--t i f Mr.
Shotover's festivals during the last few years There
were people who no:ticel her absence. Some (.i f these
commented upon it afterwards in ternim indicating
that they suspected a breach in the friend-hip he-
tween her and David Sholover.

morning?" asked Mr. Shotlner, addressing Olive, "for
it wasn't till after two o'clock that we all got to
"Oh, very well." she answered brightly. "I
was so delighted and excited with everything that I
fear I didn't get into bed until sometime past three.
And that unsociable cat of yours would not come
near me. though I coaxed it all I knew: It just
arched its back in a corner of the room and snarled.
It doesn't like me, though I adore cats. But what
a beautiful creature! It's one of the largest I ever
saw, and glossy blaik. And its eyes! Where did
)o'u get it? Is it native-born?"
"Cat?" questioned Miss Shotover. "What cat? I
didn't know you had taken to keeping cats, David.
I am sorry that it disturbed you. Miss Seaton, I'll
see that it is kept out of your room in the future."
."Oh. but I tell you I love cats," cried Olive.
"And this one is a beauty. Have you had him long,
Mr. Shctover?"
"I don't think he is mine at all," answered Mr.
Shorover. whose brow was now black with anger.
He thought he understood. That woman, Mary Ran-
"ime. had evidently caused her cat to be smuggled
into Elmsley Park in pursuance of her intention to
annoy and frighten him. She had shown it to him,
and he had been sufficiently impressed by her words
ti> imagine that he had seen the east on the bonnet
if hiis motor car a few nights ago. He felt certain now
that at :east one oif hiii -enant, w'as being tam-
pecitd with; there was a I:iu-piraiy against him.
Buit who was the guilty party in this house? Not
John. surely. and not Fanny: they could be trusted.
A sudden spasm of uispicion t-ok him. Could they
lie truArtell C(.,iuld aniune be terusted? He lowered
at his plate while Ita l their; :ia the table lo ked at
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The morning following the dance everybody had i, ,VI'Li' 'Uug ; i'-1 ",-'L,.
risen rather late. The house-party met at luncheon; There had been a minute of silence after his
it consisted of Olive, May, Miss Shotover. the master disowning of the cat. It was now broken by his
of the house, and his principal assistant in Jamaica, sister, who said decisivelyv "If you know nothing
Ernest Tredegar, a young man of jhirty-four. Eng- abhut this animal. David. it i. clear that \our serv
lish, who had now been in Jamaica some ten years, ants have been very carele-s. They should not have
eight of which he had served with Mr. Shotover. allowed it in. But if Miss Seaton wants it "
The latter owed much of his success to his ability "But I can't want what isn't either mine or
to choose the right men to assist him. He recog- yours'" laughed Olive.
nised character and capacity. and though he could "We can get it for you," Ernest Tredegar remind-
be very careful in money matter, he also knew that ed her. "I shall see about it this very day."
It paid one to pay well fur able assistance. Tredegar "No. you won't. Ernest." interposed Mr. Shot-
- was earning fifteen hundred pounds a year, and over vehemently. "I would do anything for Miss
he was given a house free of rent, and servants, and Seaton, but I believe that these strange cats are
various perquisites in one of Mr. Shotover's pro- 'ery dangerous. The doctors say that they convey
parties. He had every reason to expect further ad- disease germs, and a stranger in these parts might
vancement What is more, Mr. Shotover liked him catch a hideous disease irom strange cats."
and could be generous to anyone lie really liked. "Rats!" said Miss Shoto-ver.
At luncheon the party was talking about an ex- May laughed outright: she thought Miss Shot-
cursion to the country that tas to take place later over was unceremoniously and rudely scoffing at her
in the day under the guidance and leadership of brother.
Ernest. Ernest hald oeen at the dance, :.f course. and "I beg your pardon. Sophie?" said Mr. Shotover,
he alo-. had been requested by Mr. Shout\'vr to help not quite understanding his sister's exclamation.
make arrangements for the entertainment ,Ef the "I said that rats. David. not cats. convey disease
stranger?. He would know just the right kind andl c-rmi. The rat is the lrn-t of the flea that harbours
number if young p-eople toi in\iie to the variouss the germ of the hubojnic plague: the iat is not
functions that wnulil be held in the country: he guilty of aunthing ,f the Foi t. If a cat is properly
would be company f'r lMay, tloo. while Mr Shotiver kept it miay become a harmless pet. and I ant sure
was paving curt to OHy1iv.--fTTieeirarraligenent. wthat A.i Mss Seaton would really like this one, Ernest
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"Or steal it if necessary," said Ernest. "Dun t
worry, Mr. Shotover; it will he all right
What could Mr. Shotiover ray after that? If
those two women living in the house by the sea had
carefully plotted with ail these people in his home
to foist their infernal cat upon hint. they could n.'t
have better succeeded. The thing was almost devil-
ish; was there something, after all. in the claim of
Prudence's halt'fsister to be able to haunt and per-
sectte him? He admitted to hinmelf that he felt un-
cnimfortable, almost startled. But he was David
Shotover. a man whose strength of will and deter-
mination were well known in Jamaica. He was not
going to be frightened by twr. evil-designing nomen.
"Behold the subject of our discussion!" Ernest
exclaimed suddenly, as into the dining room. slowly
and solemnly, walked the cat which Mr. Shotriver
had seen rubbing itself against Mary Ransome's
It was a handsome beast, one -rt the largest ot' its
species anywhere. and its feline -trlde indicated
strength and a grace of its own. All ees were
turned upon it. Olive smiled a veli:onme at it and
called out, "Pussy, pu.sy. conme pu--y'" ibult it toi'k
no notice of her. It paused in it'? pr,.pgre%-. turned
towards that part of the table at whii..h Mr. Shltiver
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intention, leaped tilon his knee. The infuriated man
struck at it instantly. jumping up fr.im hi- iihair a-
he did s.i. *'Damn \o:u!" he cried. "get down.c yoI.u
As lie -truck at it the animal sh.it out a paw
with incredible swiftness and raked Ins, hand. Blood
started, and David Shoutver lifted his Li:t and kick-
ed savagely at the black, angry thing whit h no.w was
spitting furiously at him. but which. c.intrary to the
way of other cats be had known, had not fled preci-
pitately after its painful rebuff. The kick missed;
indeed, thie at jumped aside to avoid it. and Mr.
Shotover alnmo-t toppled rover backways He re-
covered h[il balanie. however. and calledd angrily. t:
a *-ervaut to remove the offender. But the (at did
not wait to be touched: it sprane lightly on tin the
dining table, thence ti the nearesr window sill: with
an.-ther leap it was out in the garden and swiftly
Iost to ipght. Mr. Sho.ttover dabbed at his raked
hand with a serriette and stood upi irresolutely tAf
ter such a scene it was inmpssibie to continue break-
fast as if nothing had happened. Besides., it was
imperative that he shouldd have hi' hand attended to
"That puts an end t, tlie idyll ,,f Olive and the
Blatk Cat." cried May with a laugh, a lau-ll
rurced to relieve the tension ot the mniment "'I am
inclined to think. you knou." s'ihe rambled on. "that
it was Olive's coming here that attracted that .at.
which has never been seen here before .\nd Olive
wanted the cat. Lord. dear. if iiin utal iiied in ine
Middle Ages-it was the Middle As-.. wa-n't it?-
they would have taken you f.ir a wit, h Witlih-ts al- I
way.s had blaj.k cats."
"Cut I haven't one." smiled Olive "I am -u
borry. Mr. Shi.tov\ er. that y.-iiu g.t s .ratched. .\itu
shuldj t neglet.t y.ur wound."
**No. don't." advised Erne-t. -'But it's Mr. Shot-
over's fault." he added; "lie h:hould nit have hit the
cat, which plainly wanted tu be friendly with him
That was your mistake, sir."
I don't want tiu e told abut 'mistakes.' Trede.
gar; I usually know what I am ding "-nappPd the
thoroughly enraged Mr. Shotover.
"Oh. if uou take it that way!" ripusted the
younger man, angry at thus being spoken to hefmore
tie ta'. girls
"I do take it thit way"--hut suddenly Mr. Shot-
over pauised He saw in the faces uf Olive and May
a look that he did not like: it was a blend :if sur-
prise. amazemeut, dismay: they were evidently,
shocked at his conduct. His .sister pursed up her
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then aA it would had it been faced at that moment
with a pressing business proposition. "I do take It
that way." he went on. willt a half smile, "and so
would you. Ernest. if a cat as big as an elephant had
attempted to claw you to death. My dear boy, In-
stead if saying something sympathetic about my ap-
proat thing death iron blood poison, you begin to
blame me! And all fur a cat's bake. I ask you,
young ladle-, to judge between us. Has Ernest been
Tredegar's anger melted immediately; he knew
Mr. Sho-tover sufficiently t[. be aware that he had
made tle haudsomest apology possible. He laughed
and said1: "You are going to look after your hand
at onic. sir. and take no risks with blood poisoning.
Off y.uu gpo with me!" Thus reace was restored. But
a feiw minutes, later, in Olive's bedroom. Olive' re-
mlarked IthI ughtfully:
"Mr Shottiver was really angry with Ernest
Tredegar, M;la : anybody could -ee that. And what a
tone of voice e e adopts when he is angry!"
"That lone. I suspect. lie reserves for his sub-
Iordinjates. not fur his friends." Mar answered.
"But nwh. peak to sburiltinates like that, May?"
"Ber.ause ,oe pays" them. I -tipposr."
"That i- not how a gentleman acts."
"David Shotover is rich enongli not t.i worry
about not being a gentleman. my dear."
"Then It's a pity that gentlemen have to work
with him
'"Meiiing who. darling?"
"A nybo -dy "
"F'itutiote. *fort anyi. 'dy. read Tredegar',"
laughed TMa3 "Olive, I am a sen-ible and mercenary
vTiing 'w'nimtan I an out here as the gtre't of a rich
man and I ani going to be hlind to his shortcomings
tit idet he did change Ii.- t'ine Iquite sweetly after
his outbtir-st "
'"That was w ihen he saw how lie had shocked
iis "
"YnVii ,l,'erve toin much. d'liling Now, what has
liartiercd yo iiIr lerl'epltion ""
"WH'lht loi yi u mean, May?"
Jutt this." answered May, seating herself com-
fortaly .in Olive'. bed. "'You were fairly pleased
v. ilii Mr. I.avid Shrotover in London. where he was
as nii- s hlie could be. Yu, accepted his invitation
to .,.ume nut to Jamaica, along with me. as his guest.
Y-s. dear. I know what yiou will say- that we both
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Behind the Scenes at the .P.S.

OT of one person only, no. nor even of but two,
do I propose to write in this sketch. Nor is it
merely a trio. it is a quantro* But pause' I find
on consulting a dictionary being in doubt) that
"quantro" is a somewhat strong, though sweetish
liqueur, colourless, beloved by the ladies; and I am
not sure that I can very well describe Uncle Alfred
Nichuls. Mr. David Barr the courageous. Harry
Campbell the loquacious and Papa Walker. who is
reputed. as an experienced motorman, to have re-
minded the public that it is safer to get killed by
a tram than by any other vehicle-I could not de-
scribe these four persons. I say. as colourless and
seet. So the word quantro siniply will not do.

I SUPPOSE that the proper term is really quar-
tette. But we usually apply the expression
quartettee" to four singers. the sort of folk you get
at amateur concerts (admission 2 6d, and will Mrs.
Jones please patronisel, and who bore you to the
very \erge of tears and certainly long past the point
of blasphemous language. And yet, if Messrs.
Nichols, Barr. Campbell nad Walker are not a quar
tette, what on earth are they. and surely, in a man-
ner of speaking, they are singers also. They all
uiiie to sing the praises of the Public Service Com-
pany For that Service they live, for that Service
they may possibly he prepared to die. and always
in defence of that Service they, as a quartette, will
What is more, Mr. Alfred Nichol., Vice Presi-
dent and General Manager in Jamaica of the Pub-
lic Service Company, did in his youthful days take a
prominent part in church choir-, was foremost in
niaial laudations at harvest festivals, received fa-
v\.urahle recognition from the rector of his church
for his efforts to drown the voices of all the other
br.ys who were his colleagues (and how lie escaped
with his life is more than I have ever been able to
comprehend i.

AS to Mr. Barr. he has been heard to sing at an-
nual Sc.,tch Dinners. after the loving cup of
whisky has been circulated, and the hearts of all

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Revelations, Personal, Social

and Gastronomic

By H. G. D.

ScotLhmen are throbbing with love for their mother
country, which they did not for a moment hesitate
to leave perhaps the Scotchman leaves Scotland be-
cause he loves her so much that he feels he should
do something in her substantial interests. But I
cannot pretend that Mr. Barr's singing is something
I should go out rof my way to hear. Quite probably
it is something that I would go very far to avoid.
Nevertheless I appreciate that strong Scotch Doric
enunciation of his. especially when he cumes to that
section of "Annie Laurie" where he proclaims his
desire. for the sake of bonny Annie Laurie. to lay
him doon and dee. Up to now Barr has never dee'd
either for Annie Laurie or for anything known; but
undoubtedly he is prepared to sing for it, and to
sing as loudly as Uncle Alfred, though I am certain
that neither of these gentlemen could sing so volume
inously even for their lives as Mr. Harry Campbell
can talk for any purpose or object whatever-for
Hurry is one of the world's great talkers. Prose
is to Mr. Campbell what song is to a great prima

donna, a mode of expression admirably suited to his
locall and other faculties and calculated to reduce
nll other persons to a condition of paralysed admira-
tion: or. if not exactly to a condition of admiration,
decidedly to one of absolute paralysis.

AS to Papa Walker as a singer, his chants are
memorable. "Papa Walker Says" is a phrase
which has passed into popular currency amongst
the thousands of persons who use the metropolitan
tramways. and now it has passed into literature on
this page of Plulter,' Pirunch. Papa Walker sings.
in that deep baritone or soprano of his (interspersed
aith a little high alto and a dash of bass) about
the excellence of Public Service transportation, and
he has sung his sayings for so long a time, by means
of printed cards stuck up in the tramcars, that he
has become a name in Jamaica to such an extent
that I have heard the street cars them-elves alluded
to as "Papa Walkers The old gentleman may die
some day. But I am sure that his soul will go
singing on and that in Heaven itself he will utter
niel.diounly beautiful things about the Jamaia Pub-
li Service Company

SO much by way of exordium. Exordium, I may
explain lest any of unr readers remain in
doubt l i. a Latin form of aord for beginning or
,.Iening. and all that has gone i-fore isn merely pre
liminary to what I have to say. I have set it down
because, frankly. I did not exactly know what I was
E'inu to! -ay. nor am I yet very clear on that pint.
But a hen you have once got rid of ynilr exordium
oui usually find that something else folluoP. at any
r.te you have made your plunge, like the man who
is going to bathe on a cold morning and would much
prefer not to; but having once made your plunge
you find yourself neck-deep in the water and must
sink or swim. I shall swim to the end of this
sketch. since sink I dare not. Having therefore
made my plunge or exordium, having indicated my
quartette. having hinted that it is on the personal
side of the Public Service Company that I propose
to write in this number of Plhntcrt.s' Punch, let me
proceed to deal more in detail with that personal
aspett of an extensive subject, giving the liitory of
the Public Service Company in humour and even





harking back to the time when, with a kind of de-
sperate self-sacrifice, my friend Mr. Barr determin-
ed to prevent a gang of hooligans from committing
murder, and consequently fled away from them with
a celerity of which no one would have thought him
capable then or at any other time.

HAVING gone thus far in the way of libel, let
me come to certain interesting facts. The latest
'f the executive men connected with the Jamaica
Public Service Company is the head of that Service,
namely Mr. Alfred Nichols. And I may remark, in
parenthesis, that when I was dictating what has gone
before of this sketch in one of the utlices of No. 22
Queen Anne's Gate. London, the lady typist insist-
ed upon writing the name of Mr. Nichols as Sir
Alfred Nithols, she evidently being of the view that
a Vice-President mu-t be at least a knight. In Eng.
land the heads of Companies are not called presi-
dents or vice-presidents-that form of title is used
mainly in the United States and Canada. So, Uncle
Alfred being a Vice-President, the lady promptly
knighted him. and the wonder is she did not make
him a lord. But in order to proceed with my story,
I was iblieed to unknight Sir Alfred and bring him
down to plain Mr. and Uncle once mote.
He then. as I have said, is the youngest and
latest of the Public Service chiefs. But as he is
head iof the Service he cannot he the least. Next to
him of our quartette in shortui;.s -f years in con.
nection with the Publie Service Company is Mr.
Barr. After Mr. Barr comes Mr. Harry Campbell.
and after Mr. Campbell we arrive at Papa Walker.
whose reminiscences go bha k for something like halt
a century, when the street cars wele drawn by mules
whicli were said to have pride. Why mules should
be proud is a problem that I will not undertake
exhaustively to solve. But the street car mules were
believed to be proud because they were connected
with so impuiltant an institution as the public tran-
sportation -ystem of the city. perhaps becaut-e they
were well fed had also something to do with their
haughty feeling and demeanour. 'hat I know is
that little boys in Kingston used to gaze upon those
mules with awe and admiration, having heard that
they were proud and being aware that they would
kick like the devil at any stranger wh, ventured
too close to them. I never went close.
PAPA Walker wa, at that time a youth. At what
age he entered the employment of the Company
I have not enquired. becau-e I hae learnt that meu
are always as sensitive on the subject of age as are
ladies between 30 and 50. He may have joined the
C'nipan.i as a buy; he may hai-e beonme connected
with it as a younc man. after ha'viug served some
period tof alpprenticeship elsewhere. \'hat is true
is that. once connetired with public transportation.
he ha- never deserted that line ,f al tivity. he has
bhen a driver :if mules. a cillert.,r nf ticket., then
3 noltorman. then chief motorman: then Mr .Alfred
Nichols tirnnsfornier him inlt a Father t f all Wisdom
in matters as-e.:iated with public tratn-plur tii.n,
arid the public were daily informed as to what Papa
Walker 'aid Tr,-.day this oldest active member ofr
our metrpIlitatn tran-purtatioin -ystem is at the

head of the Culinary Abdominal Section of the Pub-
lic Service Company; that is to say, he is in charge
of the catering for the motormen, conductors and
lad, connected with the Public Service Company;
and it was while he was busy superintending the
handing out of luncheons to these employees of the
Company that I had a conversation with him in
April last. I have something to say about these
luncheons. But here. for a moment, I must digress.
O understand something about the Culinary De-
partment of the Public Service Company you
should know that after the Company had been taken
over by the present organisation an Employees' Wel-
fare Department was started in connection with it.
This was the idea if Mr. David Barr, and it was
heartily supported by Mr. Alfred Nichols (or Sir
Alfred Nichols, according to the lady who is at this
moment taking down my words. Sir Alfred pro-
bably felt that in his avuncular capacity he must
Puppurt anything for the comfort and happiness of
his men; so what is known as the welfare work of
the Jamaica Public Service Company was instituted,
with Mr. Barr as its chairman, and in formal lan-
guage I have been informed that this work "is based
on the belief that the employer has a definite obli-
gation to the employee in respect of the conditions.
under which he works. his physical welfare and
security of position. Also that the employer has an
obligation to encourage in his employees thrift, co-
operatin and self respect, "thereby developing good
and iiueiul citizens in the comnmunity"-upon reading
all of which I am inclined to exclaim "Hell George!"
but won't.

UT the idea. although so formidably expressed,
works oul to goe.d and practical advantage.
There are three >ir four branches of this welfare
work. and to the une with which Papa Walker is
connected 1 will come presently. The most import-
ant branch is the Mutual Aid Society of the Corr-
pany which has a membership of between 300 and
4-lO men. with accumulated funds amounting to
2.200. I am told that the income of this Mutual
Aid Society for the last year of which the statistics
were available when I was sailing for London was
something over 1.000, while the sick benefits dis-
bursed amounted to over 600. From its funds
funeral grants were made, but only to the sum of
i.3': for people connected with the Public Service
Company seem to have an aversion to dying.
The President of this Employees' Welfare De-
partment is Sir or Uncle Alfred-you may have it
any way you like. There is a Committee of Manage-
ment nominated by the Company. with representa-
tives on it elected by the members of the Society,
v h: of course are all employee,'. There are two
grades of members. The lower grade consists of
apprentices who contribute l4d per week for the
privileges to be enjoyed when they are sick. and
especially when they are dead. The motormen and
conductors contribute 9d per week. Whatever the
rital amount subscribed by the employees. one half
lhat amount is donated by the Public Service Com-
painy. but it is clearly understood that only the uwrk-
er, -as apart from the executive officers. draw any


financial benefit from the scheme. The benefits are
these. If you are an apprentice incapacitated from
work by sickness or accident, you are paid 10.- per
week for the first eight weeks, 7 6d per week for
the following nine weeks, and 4 a week for the
subsequent 35 weeks, which three periods bring you
to exactly one year. By this time, if you are not
shelter and fit for service, it is quite clear that you
ought to be dead. So much for the lower grade of

COMING now to the adults, the regular motormen,
conductors and others who are presumed to be
experienced persons filling adequately their sphere
of life to which it has pleased hfe Lord or Sir Al-
fred Nichols to call them, we field that these, when
incapacitated for work by illness or by accident, are
paid a 1 a week during the first eight weeks of
their absence from duty. 15 in the next nine weeks
and for the following 35 weeks S per week. If in the
meanwhile any of them dies, there is a funeral grant
of lu apprentices 5. for an apprentice cannot pos-
sibly expect to die like a full grown and experienced
nman Free medical attendance is also provided for
the members: nor is this all. For the Company
specially looks after those employees who through
length of service or devotion to duty have become
incapacitated. After considering which, it is my
intention to apply for a position of honorary mem-
ber of the Jamaica Public Service Company's Wel-
fare Department.

THE next Branmih of the Jamaica Public Service's
Welfare Department is the employees' Thrift
Club. I made some enquiries about this institution
a few months since and was informed that the Club
"was inaugurated about tive or six years ago with
a view to inculcating a principle of thrift among the
employees and providing a fund from which em-
ployees, \ah may at times become temporarily finau.
cially embarrassed. may be able to secure small loans
to tide them over their difficulty." I am disposed
to suggest that employees in Jamaica are nerer
"tcmporalily financially embarrassed" but are always
permanently in a state of financial embarrassment;
hence I would assume that the Thrift Club worked
on the principle of one darned loan after another,
like those endless chains of prayer that we read
about. But I am assured that I am wrong in my
assumption that there is a constant indebtedness on
the part ift most of the members of the Club. I am
told that in making this assumption I am merely
judeing other people by myself. Mr. Harry Camp-
bell has asserted to me with inimitable eloquence
that the Club has been very successful because most
members borrow only when they must, and that their
weekly payments to the Club are made out of their
salaries by the management at their own request
in writing. This direct method of payment out of
sala y to the different social institutions connected
with lthe Jamaica Public Service Company is the
method generally adopted. It is even adopted in
rteard to payment for luncheons supplied by Papa
Walker, who much prefers. I feel certain, to know
that his financial interests are thus protected. For



although he has the most abundant confidence in
the employees of the Public Servile Company. he
also knows the Lord's Prayer by heart, and especial-
ly that part of It which says "Lead us not into

M R. HARRY C.IMPBELL, the Company's Electric-
al Engineer. i- regarded as the father of thit
Thrift Club and ha-s ucLupied tie proud position
of its Chairman ever since its formation. The Club
collects from the men about 1,50u a year. and dur-
ing the week preceding Christmas the money stand-
ing to the credit of each member is handed over
to him, it being well underst..~ d in Jamaica that the
chief anniversary
o f Christendom _
demands a dis-
play of extrava-
gance. The dis-
tribution of these
ac rumulat ed
tunds at Christ-
mas time is usual-
ly made by the
General Manager
of the Public Ser-
vice Company,
Sir A lfred
Nichols, or by the
Vice-President of
the Company,
Uncle Alfred, who
on that occasion
delivers an ad-
dress to the as-
sembled em-h
ployees. These
.are said to listen
to the address
with every indi-
cation of enthusi- N
astic interest; Ler e S
which proves that
the art and
science of hypo-
crisy are highly
cultivated in this
For, say what
you like, at
Christmas time It
is the desire of
the average man
to put two drinks
where one usual-
ly went before in-
Miead of listening
to homilies. On
the other hand I
am sure my Uncle
Alfred is brief in
his remarks, re-
membering t h e
season and the
audience thereof;
indeed, although
I have heard him
speak on several
occasions. I will I
give him due
credit fur brevity
and for remem-
bering that to
words of wisdom
the spirit is never
willing to listen
while the flesh
remains weak.
This, added to
the fact that at
Chris tmas-time
we are too busy
thinking of the
herald angels, of
roast beef and
plum pudding, of
% ine and of sport. "
to heed lectures
1,on thrift. or on
eten.tricity, or on
any aspect of the
Public Service '
Company's actIvi-
ties, induces inl A LONG(
me a certainty
that when Uncle Alfred addresses his staff at Christ-
mas week he does not press hard on the pedal of
rhetoric but confines himself mainly to saying "Gold
bless you, my nephews."

W E now pass to the Jamaica Public Service's
Athletic Club which was formed in 1928, and
the games of whlic are played 'on grounds secured
through the courtesy of the Mother Superior of the
Alpha Convent, the rental of these grounds being
paid by the Company. The offlh.ials of the Company
take part in these games with the humbler employees,
and sometimes in the excitement of being hit by a
ball they forget that they are superior officers and
express their feelings as startlingly as the latest

apprentice. This Club indulges in cricket and foot-
ball, and has made arrangements 'or lawn tennis
and basket ball to accommodate the lady members
of the Club-for the females of the species, con-
nected with the males of the Public Service Com-
pany, are permitted to join the Company's Athletic
Club. There is also a Challenge Cup presented by
Sir Alfred, to be competed for by members of the
Electrical, Accounting and Tramway Departments of
the Company, and I understand that there is a keen
rivalry between these departments as to which shall
win this Challenge Cup
I myself have never comlpeted for it, preferring
to be given a thing than having to work or to play


for it: but there is one feature of the Athletic
Club's activities with which I am personally assor
ciated and that is the Annual Dinner given at
Peggy Brown's Restaurant. Kingston, in what is
known as the festive season. To this function I
am now annually invited It is a function to be
remembered. The menu consists as a rule of roast
turkey and Uncle Alfred Nichols, boiled York ham
and Sir William Morrison. lobster done in Harry
Campbell, whisky a la David Barr, dessert served
up with speeches by the clerical staff of the Public
Service Company-and, oh boy! How those fellows
do talk! At one of these annual feasts, which Peggy
serves so extraordinarily well, and at which everyone
alludes to Peggy Brown with an affection that can

only be the result of a mixture of many waters,
you must expect to spend at least three hours. -
once spoke at one of these functions and towards
the end of my speech I found myself in tears. Every-
body said that I was moved to the heart by such
a spectacle of brotherly affection as was exhibited
around me. But the truth is that in the course of
my speech, in a moment of forgetfulness, I had in-
advertently conveyed to my mouth from a plate on
the table a red hot pepper known as Scotch Bon-
nett. My natural tendency was to scream. I re-
pressed that tendency. But nothing could prevent
a flow of tears.

A ND now, after
a long cir-
cuitous divaga-
tion, I come back
to the recreation
room which the
Company pro-
vides for its
workmen and
which I visited in
April last, and
especially to the
restaurant below
this room which
used to be the
office building of
the old West In-
dia Electric Com-
pany but which
is now utilised by
Papa Walker as
the eating' house
in whAch he
serves out re-
freshments and
meals to the Com-
pany's workmen
who patronise it.
The day I went
J to see Papa Walk-
%y f er and his res.
taurant is still re-
dolent in my
nostrils. I can
Still see the men
playing dominoes
and cards, I can
Still smell the
fried liver, the
juicy beef steak
cooked in the Ja-
Se maica fashion,

of every true Ja-
SCJ maican) haunts
me anew while I
dictate this price
less epistle. For,
please remember
that I am dicta-
ting these words
in a London office
where salt fish
and ackee is like
Greek, and where
calves' liver is not
fried in the Ja-
maica fashion.
Please bear In
mind also that
about two hours
hence I shall go
from this office to
the Savage Club,
there to be enter-
tained on dishes
cooked in the
English style,
Which s not quite
the Jamaica
style, and which
do not taste as
f well to the Ja-
maica palate as
PBELL do our Jamaica
1P*BELL dishes.

YOU will have noticed from what I have written
that the Jamaica Public Service Company, with
its 500 employees of all grades, 95 per cent. of them
Jamalcane. is run on very different lines from those
pursued by the Company which preceded it. The pre-
sent Company does think of the welfare and comfort
of the people who serve it. It has its Welfare Depart-
ment and its Thrift Club. its athletic grounds, its
free medical service, its stewed beef organisation.
and at the end of an employee's life his family
obtains a funeral grant, a circumstance which should
make death a desirable event.

IHAVE said above that amongst the aphorisms of
Papa Walker is one to the effect that it is safer










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M R. ELLIS LEVY evidently is an a-pirant for the
position of writer of 'Random Jottings" when
H. G. D. shall have res-igued that post. Or perhaps
he may wish to occupy that position e\en nw. but
i. afraid to try conclusions with H. G. D.. vwho is
known t1. ble of a cantankerous and even murder-
nus disposition. Why this opinion? Because. hav-
ing been approached again and again for some
month: with the request for some infurmatiou as
ri his career, for the purposes of this sketch, he
wrote in part tu the Ediror of "Planters' Punih'" as
follows. never suspecting that his viords wild be set
donn and reproduced against him:
"I haie appeared neglectful but have nfit meant
to be... N-ow about my career! How you will create
anything of interest to your reader- is beyond my
imagination-perhaps yours will be equal to the
"Boin 157(. Went into business on my own
1S93. after serving the old irm of (C'as. Levy and
(C'mpany for seven years. I was given cnmmiission
as J P. 1921 Am one of the V'ie-Presidents ,if
Chamber if Commerce. On Council it Jamaica Im-
perial Association. Haie never been t,:, prison, this
being the fault io the Police-but, there is time
yet And now:
Director and Chairman Board of Hardware and
Lumber. Ltd.
Diretnor and Vice-Chairman of Insurance Co. of
Jamaica. Ltd.
Direitr Gleaner Company, Ltd.
DIirer tol and Chairman United lMotors, Ltd.
DireLtor Jamaica Fruit and Shipping Co., Ltd.
"'Honestly, I have nothing else to tell you of
myself that it would be either sale or wise for the
public to know."
This description of himself, however menda-
ci-.ub two sentences of it may be. is too good from a
humorous point of view not to be included in this
writing. And, speaking seriously, it is not only the
statement of a man of a humorons turn of mind.
hut also- of one who refuses to take himself too seri-
ously, and nf one who is essentially a modest man.
If you take yourself too seriously you cannot see
the world except entirely through the medium of
your ownu pompous personality; in which iae you
see it all awry. you make yourself objectionable to


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your fellow creatures, and. instead of hei
at your -own valuation, you may actually
ed as less than you deserve. On the othi
servile person, the person with an infer
ples. slinks so much into the backgrc
handicapped by lack of initiative or o
self-respect, that he cannot but be ignore
remain, unless circumstances specially I
as one of little consequence.
But Ellis Levy is neither i-,f the on
of the other, he i. a niiodest iman but
who thoroughly respects himself and
q:lence respected by others: a man of


acter who is appreciated by everyone who knows
him; a gentleman not merely in manner or by train-
ing. but in disposition and at heart. Hence the high
regard in which he is held today by the business
and professional public of Jamaica. a fart which,
apart altogether from his practical business ability,
explains the many positions of importance he occu-
pies In this country, with the approval of all decent
Tho.e who have had relations with Mr Ellis
Levy have always been satisfied that trom him one
will obtain justice, fairplay. straightforward deal.
ing. He has (for he must have, like the ret of
us) his predilections, his friendi.hips, the influence
of family relationships and if .ocial associations
must have some effect with hini as it has with
every man who has not entirely separated himself
from the world. But that influence is not allowed
S to predominate. In the last anal.\sis. you will fnd
Ellis Levy actiug according to his -consience and
his judgment. He may be wrong even when he does
this. for uo man can claim infallibility for his judge.
ment or his conscience. but le will then be quite
honestly wrong, and honesty in intention and in de-
terminatiins i. the most and the be-t. from the
moral point of view. that can be expected from any
human being.
He is always, as it were. surprised vhen lie is
nominated or asked to fill any public post Some
of thee he has refused to consider. But there is
nothing to be surprised at in his being approached
by those who know him for promotion to distinctive
positions; for these persons have weighed him in
Sthe balances and have not found him wanting; after
ug a:r epted decades of experience of him they have come to a
be regard- t decision in regard to him, and that decision is
iorty com- both complimentary and right.
orund, is so We had intended to write something about him
'und, is so
f authentic as a business man, but the exigencies of space for-
Sbid. Nor is it really necessary. After all. the feats
rI: he must
a ur hin he occupies on Boards and Councils of various de-
scriptions say more than any words could say. And
in this sketch we prefer to dwell upon him especial-
e class nor ly as a man of character, of fine feeling: as a man
also a nian who has brought into business the instincts of a
s iin conse- gentleman and who has therefore proved that a
sound char- gentleman can be a success in business.

(Continued from Page J3)
and I have never believed but that David wangled
the affair somehow-I guess he paid the difference.
We were met at the pier by Mr. Shotover. his .-ister
and his chief assistant or head man of business, or
whatever lie may be. a certain Mr. Ernest Tredegar.
tie i, tall. well set-up, athletic; line brown eyes and
straight nose, with a strong, even a slightly pugna-
cious chin Yet he is good-natured, as his eyes show,
and he has a buoyant temperament. as we have no-
tired during the last day or two, and he is capable.
for our shrewd, doughty David evidently thinks a
good deal of him. He is young to: his sunburn is
most attractive. Yet, except for the sunburn, he is
very like many, many other Englishmen we
both have seen again and again in London and taken
no particular interest in. But now, behold, no soon-
er are we in a new country and climate than-"
"'What on earth are you getting at, May!" cried
Olive. throwing up both arms in protest.
"You know quite well, darling. What I would be
getting at is this: that from the moment you met
Ernest Tredegar at the Kingston pier you seemed to
take a great deal of interest in him, and in
poor Mr. Shotover none at all. Of David the Cat-
killer. or would-be Cat-killer, you have become
acutely critical, which is probably the result of a
constant comparison between him and some other
person.. What is to be the sequel?"
"May, you should be a novelist!"
"And how do you know that I shan't be one? I
am even now scribbling out a book which I hope
one day will be accepted. But I am afraid I won't
be able to call it 'The Romance of a Flower-shop. or
the West Indian Merchant Prince.' if our friend
Mr. Shotover continues to find disfavour. in your
eyes. This Tredegar person is dangerous."
"Don't be a little fool; I hardly know the man,
and I certainly don't know if he even likes me more
than he likes you."
'He does. and you feel it. I see it. When David
sees it-0 Lord!"
"And there's Jim." said Olive seriously. "Do
you realise. May. that Jim has thrown up his job
and is coming out here to work for Mr. Shotover?
My bro.ther. your fiance-what a complication!"
"I am not afraid about Jim's future." said May
bravely, but she looked thoughtful.
"I wish I .had never come." murmured Olive.
"And missed this visit, this adventure? I
don't believe you. Besides. wishing won't help. Let

things take their course, and let them happen as they
must: we will enjoy every minute of the time be-
fore ti. We start this afternoon after tea for St.
Ann. don't we? And for a few dayw we shall have a
glorious time there. Sufficient to the day-'
"Do you hear that peculiar found. May?" Olive
suddenly interrupted.
May stopped dead. "Yes. I have been wonder-
ing what it is. It is as though something were
continually falling on the roof."
"I heard it last night when I came into this
room." said Olive, "but, of course. I did not care to
mention it to anyone. And at nieht one tancies one
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strange place. But I hear it now, and so do you,
May: it is a queer. eerie sound."
"You must speak to Miss Shotover about it."
"I don't want to; a complaining guest is always
a nuisance. And then. after the incident of the cat,
"Talking of the devil!" cried May, and pointed
with her finger towards the window that opened on
the gardens to the right.
There. on the sill. staring directly at Olive,
stood the creature which had shown itself so fierce
when struck by Mr. Shotover less than an hour be-
fore. Olive Seaton had been sitting by her dressing
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thing she had wished to pet the night before, which
had avoided her, but which had now come back to
the room of its own accord. She walked resolutely
towards it, holding out a placatory hand. The cat
sprang from the window-sill into the room and raced
to an opposite corner. Its fur seemed to bristle. It
spat hate.
Thud, thud, thud. Thud, thud. The roof above
the two young English girls echoed as to the impact
of falling missiles; the jet-black cat glared at them;
both were very still, for to both had come the thought
that in all this there was something uncanny: or
perhaps it was not a thought, but a feeling rather.
Thud, thud, thud: the noise above "as louder
now, louder, more persistent; it seemed as though
the whole household must hear it. And so the house-
hold did. The newly-hired servants heard it and
wondered. The older servants, remembering what
had taken place a few nights before, shuddered as
they listened. This was not night, but day, and
that made it all the worse, for it could not now. be
suggested that some mischievous person was hiding
in the darkness and stoning the house. This noise
was like an attack, a deliberate, open attack upon
the place. And they knew that when they searched
they would find no stones.
"I will say nothing about this horrible noise,"
remarked Olive at length: "others will hear it and
stop it; anyway, we shall be out of here in a
couple of hours. But this cat is different. It is
evidently quite wild, so I shall see that it is got rid



She walked to the d.,,or. prts-eid the electric bell,
and waited. Fanun herself answered the call, for
downstairs the luwer servants were in a state of
panic. "This cat," Olive began, then stopped dead
in the midst of her speech. For Fanny had sunk to
her knees and was lifting hands of wild supplication
to heaven.
"Jesus, the Name high over all,
In earth, or air, or sky-
Angels of death before thee fall
And devils fear and fly!"
The old woman screamed out the words, her eyes
wildly rolling, her body tremibling, then she stag-
gered to her feet once more. "Not a cat, missis, not
a cat, but a devil from hell-we know it n:ow. F,.r
one of the new meu the master hired this week
hurl a stone at it when it jump out of the dining
room, and the stone strike it full on the head: it
would have killed you or me, missus. But the cat
didn't stop, and now it come back again, and where it
gone to, missis, where it gone to?"
Olive and May, following the old woman's sweep-
ing glance, noticed at once that the cat had disap-
peared from the corner in which it had stationed
itself and was not in sight in the room. Olive did
the practical thing. She bent down and peered care-
fully under the bed. The brute was not there. She
climbed up on a chair and looked carefully over the
top of the beautiful mahogany press. The cat was
not there. She hunted everywhere: there could be
no doubt about it, the cat had apparently vanished.
"It must have slipped out of the window," ihe said





to Fanny, "when you were screaming out that pecu-
liar verse, and we didn't see it."
"It couldn't remain when I say that verse, Miss
Seaton," asserted Fanny, trembling but confident of
the power and effect of her exorcism. "Nothing out
of hell will remain when you repeat those words.
'At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow,' and
that cat-devil had- to fly. But it will come back,
ma'am, it will come back. And don't you hear that
noise on the roof? I shouldn't tell you; Mr. David
would never forgive me if he know I tell you, but I
can't help it. Don't you know what that noise mean,
AMll.' Seaton?"
"This awful place is haunted."


"Dr AVID SHOTOVER and his friends went to St.
.' Ann's yesterday, Prudeun:e." said Mary Ran-
some to her sister. "I heard that this morning."
"They may go to the devil for all I care," an-
swered Prudence with spirit.
"That is where they are probably going," com-
mented Mary, looking her sister in the face; "why
not follow t.i St. Ann's and see how they go?"
"What do: you mean. Mary?"
"I mean that yours is not a nature that can
rest inattive. You know that this man has given
you up. I tried to frighten him into abandoning
think new love of his. for he ought to marry you,
Prii. he can never get so good a wife anywhere.
But I don't think he'll be frightened; I am sure he
is going to fight. and now any kindly feeling he had
for you is turning into hate. Do you guess that?"
"I know it. Mary; but his love for me-If he
ever loved me-began to turn to hate long before
you came upon the scene He must have begun to
hate me from the moment he fell in love with this
English girl and wished to make her his wife. He
must have thought of me then as an obstacle not
very easily to be got rid of, and we hate those who
stand in our way, especially if we feel that we are
injuring them."
"You are right, my dear," smiled Mary, "and very
wise. Yes; he hates you more than he hates me; he
hasn't injured me: for me be has a sort of contempt.
but it Is mixed with fear. He Is startled to find my
cat in his house; he cannot understand how stones
fall upon his roof and cannot be found. He be-
lieves now that I am an obeahwoman, a witch, and
if he had sufficient evidence he might even de-
nounce me to the police, for he does not lack au-
dacity. But he Is aware that I have come into this
business because of you, and that is another reason
for his hating you. He doesn't realise that I have
cause, apart from you, to hate him."
"But what cause can you have, Mary, apart from
* me?"
"Prudence, do you think it is pleasant to hear
oneself spoken of as bastard and half-nigger? He
did not hesitate also to insult me to my face; he
meant to. Very well. But people are fools to make
an enemy of me, and that is what he has done. For
your sake I would let him alone, it he still stuck
to you; but he has thrown you off. So I have no
reason to spare him. If you died to-night, and so
were out of this blessed business forever, I would
still pursue David Shotover. I would still haunt
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to me. Our father was a splendid man in many re-
spects, Prudence, and did he ever forgive a mortal
injury or affront? Did you ever know him love his
enemies or turn the other cheek?"
"No; but sometimes he paid bitterly for his re-
venge when he managed to get it."
"It was worth it. He loved his friends and hat-
ed his enemies, and that is what I like a man to do.
He loved his two daughters, and he treated me very
well indeed. You know that he charged me to look
after you whenever you needed help and I could
give it; I was the elder, but he loved you better than
he loved me, and he was sure I loved you."
"I loved you too, Mary."
"As few girls of your birth and in your position
would have done. Most other girls, almost all, would
have turned their noses up at a half-nigger bastard-
O, Mr. Shotover, won't I remember those words!-
but you didn't. You spoke of me always as your
sister, though we had to remain apart. You have
been sweet, Pru: I can never forget that.
"You have plenty of father in you, I see; but,
you know, I think I have more. I think I have
more of his unforgiving spirit. And there is my
mother's strain: good, high African blood that, de-
rived from a family of priestesses and priests, or
witches, or necromancers, or whatever the devil they
call it here. She was a great woman in her way.
So am I in my way. Many people have had cause to
think so. Mr. Shotover and his friends will."
"I suppose that I am accessory to your present
crime," said Prudence seriously, "for I deliberately
asKed your help, and you are certainly breaking the
law. But, as you say, I am my father's daughter
and I don't take injuries lying down. You seem to
have strange powers, Mary, though I used to doubt
them once. But that makes you-"
"A woman of power. One who stands condemned
by the law. But the law cannot harm me. I do not
deal in poisons. I do not sell charms. I assist
people as a rule, I don't injure them. If a man
comes to me for help he goes away with nothing;
yet he may be helped. I"-she rose to a standing
posture-"I can call spirits from their graves, Pru-
dence, and spirits from the air. Others in all ages
have been able to do it: the Witch of Endor could
summon even Samuel, a Prophet of God, from his
resting place. She had the power, and we others
possess a strange power also. There is one I have
of which you know nothing. David Shotover is be-
ginning to realise it. These days he has no peace."
"Your cat?"
"A creature, a familiar, not very noxious, but
troublesome, haunting. I work through the mind,
through fear, but I also use material agencies some-
times. A strange sister for you, Prudence, for you
have been so well nurtured, and you are white. You
yourself must think this at times."
"I don't know that I want David harmed,"
mused Prudence; "sometimes I feel that I would just
let him go his way and think no more of him, sin(e
I know that he will never come back to me."
"I knew you would feel so at times; there is
more gentleness in you than you imagine. But why
should you give him or any other man up to a girl
with a pretty face; why should you consent to be
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are done with? He won't even have you in his set
now. He will no longer invite you anywhere.
Won't that be an advertisement that he has done
with you, that you are not fit to associate with his
new friends, that you belong to another, a lower
social world? You, whose father and mother were
among the best in this country! You are to be
treated like a pariah, and you would spare him!
You would spare him?"
"Damn him, no!" cried Prudence in a sudden
surge of wrath. "No. I will not be treated like a
dog by this man. Curse him, curse her, curse them
all! If I had your knowledge and power I would
do for myself just what you are doing for me. But"
-her voice took on a note of entreaty-"do be care-
ful, Mary. Don't get into trouble."
"Not a chance. They have never yet caught a
Poltergeist, because it cannot be caught, and if any-
one did ensnare a spirit, what could the police do
with it? But we have wandered from our subject,
Prudence. I was telling you that Mr. Shotover and
his friends had gone down to St. Ann's. Why not
follow them?"
"I do not run after people, Mary," Prudence an-
swered proudly.
"You'll be doing nothing of the kind. Go and
stay at the Moneague Hotel; everybody goes there.

David's guests are certain to drop in there one day or
night; why not have a glimpse at them, and, inci-
dentally, see how happy or otherwise David is? I
have a feeling that you will learn something, and,
anyhow, it is not doing you any good to mope in
"And what will you do?"
"I have a little property in St. Ann's myself.
You know it. Even if you don't budge I am going
there: I am following David Shotover. And you
won't be lonely at the hotel; you'll meet many peo-
ple you know. You are very popular, Pru," conclud-
ed Mary with affectionate pride.
"And what about the humiliation I'll experience
if David cuts me there before everybody?"
"I am sure he won't do that. He has some re-
spect for public opinion; he would be voted a cad it
he ventured to ignore you in public altogether. He
is side-tracking you; but if you meet he'll have to be
polite, even if coldly. I guess he'd introduce you to
this Seaton girl and her friend, too, if he had to.
And Ernest Tredegar is with him. Tredegar is a
gentleman. You have nothing to fear."
"Except that I may be sacrificing what self-
respect I have left," said Prudence bitterly.
"I would sacrifice anything to get even with a
beast. But what do you sacrifice by going to stop a



day or two at a hotel where you have often been
before? However, it is your business. I am going
to St. Ann's. I continue my fight there In the dark-
ness and in the bright glare of the daylight I will
strike: I love to do it, too, for if one possesses dread-
ful powers one craves to use them. I shall go to hell
for it. I know that. But I anm not afraid uf hell.
nor of anything on earth or in heaven. I am a
"wise woman" and I can drive men and women
mad if I wish!"
A fierce look of exultation transfigured the
countenance of Mary Ransome as she spoke. an ex-
pression of ineffable pride such as Lucifer might
have worn when he determined to try conclusions
with God Himself in God's Heaven. There was a
glare in her eyes, a stiffening of her body, an im-
periousness in her manner, which startled Pru-
dence. Into the latter's mind rushed the question:
was this half-sister of hers mad? Would a sane
woman talk as she did? There bad been a rumour
that the old sambo woman, her mother, had died
raving, making strange confessions: had died in-
sane, and perhaps the taint was in Mary's blood.
Poor Mary! She would do.anything for the legiti-
mate white sister who had tnly been a little kind
to her, regardful of her feelings. To others she might
be terrible if provoked, hut to her sister she had al-
ways been gentle and good. "IVer. well. dear," said
Prudence soothingly. "I will go t.:, St. Ann's for
a couple of days as you suggest. After all, it can't
do me any harm."
"I feel that it will do you good,'" said Mary;
"and now I'll go and write a letter or two. Will
you leave this afternoon?"
"That will do as well as any other time. I will
pack a -ult-case or two and order the car later."
"*All right," said Mary: then added with a
laugh. "And you needn't fear that I am mad. Pru.
even if I look it sometime.-! You see. what you
think you sometime, show in .\ouir eyes."
Mary hurried to her room and sat down to write
her letters, one to the woman in charge of her
Ilru-e in St. Ann, one addressed to a Mr. Rupert
Simmaundes. This was a business letter apparently;
it told him that she wished to sell her property in
St. Ann. which had many valuable pimeutj trees on
it. and asked that should he hear ,of a likely pur-
:han.er would he let her know? She knew how kind
he was. and how helpful he had been to Mrs. Break-
enoff some time before: that was the reason why she
ventured to trouble him now. And. by the way,
Mrs. Breakenoff was going to St Ann that very af-
ternoon. and would stay at the Milneague Hotel ior
a couple of days. so that she IMary, who was keep-
ing house for Mrs. Breakenoff, would be able to
visit her property in St. Ann for a short time this
month: therefore any letter from him could be ad.
dressed tr. her there. Mrs. Breakenoff was going to
the parish for a little change, alone.
Mary Ransome read this letter over twice; she
thought it would do. When she had signed and
sealed it. she opened a room adjoining hers and out
of it walked the great cat that had so startled the
people at Elrusley Park. lary stared into its un-
blinking eyes for a while, then muttered:
"We are both bad. I suppose, yet we are both
doing a work that is surely not bad. How strange
is life!"

Then her face grew bitter as she added: "Bastard
and half-niggEr!"


RUDENCE sat on the open verandah of the Mon-
eague Hotel looking lazily towards the scene
spread out before her. It was beautiful exceedingly.
Low rounded hills stood out in the middle distance
all covered with a thick carpet of green. and where
the sky sloped down to the green earth were moun-
tains of a dainty blue. Here and there a great tree
-soared upward. with giant branches outspread; a
windmill lifted its spare structure towards the sky;
cattle browsed on the short sweet grass in the lit-
tie valleys between the risings. A few large birds.
ilit some smaller ones, floated above tranquilly.
The atmosphere was clear, luminous. and though the
sun was bright there was exhilaration in the air,
for Moneague is a mountain top and one of the
coolest as well as lovliest locations in Jamaica.
It was very quiet. Sounds came to her from afar
the v.iices of people calling to one another. the low-
ing of a crow. the neighing of an unseen horse. An
ideal resting place, she thought. but presently, she
knew. the stillness would be shattered by the ani-
mated movement of human beings, for it was now
clo-e upon four o'clock and presently the guests in
the hotel would be coming down to tea. while people
from the surrounding residences would be dropping
in for golf. for tennis, fir drinks: even indeed as
she watrhed she saw tars climbing the road to the
hotel and realized that the activities of the afternoon
were about to begin.
She had arrived the day before She was glad
she had come; she had felt curiously tired these last
few days, a weariness of the spirit that had had a
physical effect upon her. She supposed she would
go away for a change next summer; she would not
venture to o now: it would he too iold abroad.
Meanwhile she must remain in her own country and
be a witne-s 'of the pertidy of the man to whom she
had given herself so freely. He was infatuated with
this girl from England, and she knew him well
enough to believe that nothing she could say would
turn him from his resolve to marry Olive Seaton. if
that were the goal he had in mind.
She resented this bitterly: she would strike
hack at him: indeed, through her sister. she was
doing so already. But now that the process of re-
taliation had begun shie commenced to realise that
she was not as relentless about it a she had be-
lieved herself to be when she had started out to
teach David Shotover a lesson Her pride was hurt.
her vanity: she was being cast aside, and no woman
likes to think that it is a man who gives her up.
not she who sends him about his business. And
she had loved him. Site repeated these words to,
herself, noticing with a alight surprise that she
had expressed her feeling to herself in the past and
not in the present tense. She had loved him: did
.he not, then. love him still" Did be deserve it?
Was there any use in loving him still? But love.
she knew. 'was not a matter of conscious volition.
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had produced the effect. Could it be, then, that she
did not really care for David as much as she had
thought, that she loved him now much less than she
had done, or believed that she had done? Had
she ever loved him deeply? Had she ever loved
anyone very much? She was surprised to find these
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hopeless misery, that two weeks ago she had dread-
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heart." she thought, with a grim touch of humour.
Her eyes dwelt upon the scene in front of her.
On one of those hills, it was said, the Spanish mas-
ters of Jamaica had fought their last battle with the
English invaders and had been beaten. The hills
must have been covered with trees at that time,
the pastures she now saw must then have been
thickly wooded; the fight must have been between
two small, desperate bands of ill-armed, ragged
men. and the Spanish must have felt from the first
that they were fighting in a lost cause, since they
'could expect no reinforcements from Cuba or from
Spain. They had been beaten: who remembered
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them now? And what did it matter: they had fled
from this country to Cuba, to -same of their uwn
people, and the English lier anceetors i had -wag-
gered about for a while in triumpnrh and then had
perished miserably from the diseases of the country
and from drink. Those Eugli4l were iew at that
time; they had not learnt how to live in the tropics
as the Spaniardq had learnt after a hundred and
fifty years of residence; they died like flies- better
for them individually if they iintead of the Span-
iards had been fo'rled to flee the island Yet they
were English, and it was the nation that had tri-
umphed and not merely some individuals; and she
was of pure English descent and needs must glory
in their exploits. Glory? She felt too sick at heart
to glory in anything She didn't eveu i:are what
might become of her in the fuitue. She would noti
have to worry about a livelihood: David had really
been generous. And she supposed that only a cer-
tain section of society would drop her when they
saw that David and his wife took n notice of her:
she would still have friends. But Lhe would be
lonely enough. young as she was. fitr her sister vwas
not a companion, and socially her siter was out of
the picture. Mary not inly recopgnised this; with .
robust, defiant good--ense. that was partly pride.
she insisted upon it. Mary loved her. adored her,
wuilihed her balipiness. would like to see her at the
top of the world, and would desperately hurt those
who injured her. But while she loved Mary in re-
turn, she had realized ;as the ye.ar- had gone on
that there were grave difference' between them.
Not on account of Mary's Negro blod. that was not
the reason. Mary herself had said that ?he was
more like their father than Prudieurce wia'. and
Pridente \ias %ell aware that she and her father
cot uld never haie lived their lives t.getlhr. She
cuild uint have been happr) with her father a a (.on
-tadnt companion. Members oIf faumlies are atten
the better friends the further apart they are.
The motor iar.- were now coming quickly. anre
after another, up the road that led to the porch of
the hotel; there was a babble of voices within: peo-
ple were coming out on this verandah; the waiters
were setting forth tea-tables. In a minute or ta,
there would be other people on the verandah.
Would the lady have tea? She shook her bead.
No, thanks, she didn't think so. The waiter went
away, and she relapsed again into contemplation.
"Prudence, what a pleasure!"
The voice was familiar; she would know it any-
where. There. towering to his splendid height of
six foot six-he was proud of it-and well shaped in
proportion, stood Rupert Simmondes, hat in hand.
and she jumped up to shake hands with him with
a genuine cry of delight.
"Rupert; what a pleasure to see you here!"
"Same as I feel about you. Prudence; may I
sit with you?"
"Of course. What a lucky accident for me that
you dropped in. I was feeling rather lonely."
"Not an accident at all. Miss Ransome men-
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I got the letter at two o'clock to-day. I am here
"So Mary wrote you? She didn't say a word
about it to me."
'She arote to me about hier property in this
parish, she wants to ell it. She only a mentioned
Lasually that you were stopping here tor a couple
of days. It was kind oi her."
Simmindes did not speak as it he kne- -bhat
Mary was related to Prudenme: lie wa a d man slow
of thought but with a profitund discretion in cer-
tain matters. An.\ refereutic to. tle relationship
must be made alwovys by Prudence; it did not con-
cern him. He was a gentrleman..
"'Miry has always been very kind to mne"
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three or four sears. And we used to be such good
friends when you were a girl. before you got mar-
ried. Naturally. we drifted apart after your mar-
"We needn't. have, Rupert."

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"W1ith you? Yes. Tea alpine i; a

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dia, al affair;

in co-ngenial company it assumes an entirely new
cha rafter."
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now, tell me how you have been getting on."
Tall. built on strong. manly lines, not at all
thin. but with inu superfluous flesh on his bones,
there av.a ulo l, C. man or woman. who would have
letnied ilie appcliatuin of handsome to Rupert Sim-
ninilt-. .At his- next birthday he would be forty,
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Line, -aill that Rupert u'.a; slow in the uptake. But
they al.. A .il that he .as sure, meaning thereby
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t.iday lie wa'-. ici.-unted a very successful planter
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the evidences of superiority. The truth was that
Rupert was quiet, good-natured and even gentle,
as a rule, though he could be distinctly formidable
when fully aroused.
The tea came and Prudence poured it out. "I
have been getting on very well, Rupert; you know, I
suppose, that I am not badly off."
"So I have heard, and I am glad." He had also
heard it suggested that Mr. David Shotover had
had much to do with the financial position of Pru-
dence, but the suggestion had only taken the form
of the very vaguest of hints in his presence, and
even those hints had been quickly changed into
protests of disbelief when they had come from a
man. A woman he could only deal with by leav-
ing her company, a man he could horsewhip if he
went too far, and no one who knew Rupert Sim-
mondes doubted that he would horsewhip any man
who so far forgot himself as to insult any wmnan
in whom he took a deep intiie"l. Indeed, this slw-
thinking, quiet man had twice been fined in
the local courts for chastising persons whom he
thought impertinent, and tlie magistrates had re-
buked, hm gravely while secretly agreeing with



of character. Hence her letter to Rupert. Mary
Ransome craved always to influence the actions of
human beings: the will to power, to dominate, was
strong in her. The old African chieftain from whom
she claimed descent on her mother's side had trans-
mitted to her much of his domineering purposive dis-
position. In any coloured country where chieftain-
esses were tolerated, Mary would have been one.
"And you: you have done very well, I have
heard, Rupert," Mary went on. "How is it you
haven't married?"
The question was asked w ith not a trace, not
an intention, of coquetry. It was sucb a question as
one old friend might at any time put to another.
"I?" he answered simply. "I have never wanted
to marry since you refused me when you were
eighteen, Pru. You didn't want me; and I don't
blame you; I wasn't up to much and I hadn't a
bean, and my prospects were poor-"
"You itcrI lup to much!" she protested. "ami 1
hope. you don't think that -your financial. position at
the time influenced me. But I didn't love you, Ru-
pert, and that was reason enough for not marrying
you. And I wanted a gay life, and to live in King-
ston, with holidays in England, and you didn't care

What he had heard about Prudence had not for that."
been much; and he had believed nothing of it. He "Chiefly because I had
attributed it to the customary gossip bred of envy, count, you see; for if I ha
jealousy or idleness. But he had not seen her often, wvihbed to give you every
and then not intimately, for many years; in the first saw you didn't care for me
place, he had not liked her husband, regarding him tried someone else--"
as a drunken beast; in the next place, he was not,
as he called it, "a society man," and he knew that .. .,
the great David Shotover would have very little use
for him, and David was Prudence's best friend. R O BIE
Then, he very rarely went to Kingston. Lastly, X
there was a deeper reason. Prudence cared for him FURNITI
in a friendly sort of fashion, as she cared for a
dozen other persons, men and..women. He loved .
her. He had loved her from childhood. He was not
much of the marrying species of men; otherwise he lass
would long ago have found some other woman to CutGlass
love, would have married her,_ and might perhaps Moorcroft and-W
have come to doubt if he had really cared as much oorcrof
for Prudence as he had imagined in his youth. But "Limoge, Mintoi
being what he was, content to go through life alone
if he could not get the girl who had caught his Doulton Ch
fancy and won his heart so long ago, he had re- Sl and f
mained single and had shunned rather than culti- Silver and Ele
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d no money. Money did
ad had any I would have
thing you liked. But I
e, and of course you mar-

"And lived to regret it," she concluded bitterly.
"Oh, everybody knows that."
"Well, anyhow, he provided for you, and that
is something for a husband to do. Poor fellow. He
must have loved you very much, Pru: who wouldn't!
And here is another friend of yours, one of your
swell friends."
Rupert indicated Mr. David Shotover who, with
some other persons, had just emerged out of the
passage leading from the interior of the hotel to
this verandah. The party insistedd of David, Olive,
May. Ernest. and two other persons, a young mar-
ried couple resident in St. Ann. These were the
Holliwells. and were reputed to be quite well off
and 'ery nice and gay.
The party was being led towards the other end
of the verandah, where there was still comfortable
room for a tea table and a few chairs, for the
different groups out there were so accommodated
that they might talk freely and not be.in anyone
else's way. Had Mr. Shotover dreamt that Pru-
dence was at the Moneague Hotel just then, he, of
course, would not have gone there that afternoon.
He would-have selected some other day on which to
show his friends the place. Had he even known
that she was on this back verandah he would have
chosen another spot for his tea. As it was, the
waiter was now leading him in her direction; he
must pass her to get to his table. He damned under
his breath.
She did not seek to avoid his eyes as he came
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to look; at the fair girl who had displaced her in
David's affections. She lifted her eyes calmly,
though her h" was beating wildly; David raised
his hat with a grave and polite gesture and walked
on; and one could not be quite sure whether he
were speaking to Rupert Simmoudes or to Prudence.
The other people, naturally, merely glanced: with
one exception. Ernest Tredegar knew Prudence
well, had met her often at David Shotover's, had
danced with her, enjoyed her company. Hence he
was very annoyed at Mr. Shotover's manner: it
looked as if the latter were almost cutting this girl,
who, after all, was very well received everywhere,
whatever might be the doubts of a few people.
Ernest stopped. And as Olive was walking beside
him, she had to stop also. The others wandered on
in the wake of Mr. Shotover.
"How do you do, Mrs. Breakenoff?" said Ernest
cordially, holding out his hand. "Let me introduce
Miss Seaton, a newcomer. Miss Seaton is in love
with our island."
Then he shook hands. with Rupert, whom
he knew, and introduced him to Olive. Both Pru-
dence and Rupert had risen at Ernest's greeting.
The two of them now faced the other two.
Swiftly the women took stock of one another,
but Prudence with far more intensity than Olive.

Olive merely thought of Prudence as a very good-
looking, stylish young woman, a lady evidently;
Prudence recognized the fair, sweet beauty of the
younger woman and felt nu bitterness towards her.
She had thought she hated Olive; she suddenly
found that she did not. This girl was no schemer;
she seemed one of the best. But, if so, what was
she going to do with David Shotover? Surely he
was not in her class.
"It's so nice in this part of Jamaica," said
Olive as she began to move away; "I love it." Then
she rejoined her parry. They arranged themselves
for tea, and Olive, addres!inug Mr. Shotover, re-
marked: "What a nice girl Mrs. Breaken:ff seems;
I have just been introduced to her."
David said nothing.
"She is an old friend," put in Ernest quietly,
"an old friend of Mr. Sh.jto\er's and of mine. We
have known her for some years."
It occurred to Olive that, with an old friend, and
a lady at that, Mr. Shotover had been very formal.
It was as if he had hardly wished to acknowledge
Mrs. Breakeuoff's existence. Ernest had behaved so
(liferently, so ui'.ely. Was Ernest fond of Mrs.
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is he?"
"Oh, nothing much," grunted Mr. Shotover.
"My dear sir," interposed the irrepressible May,
"Olive didn't ask what is he but i,,i. is he There
is a difference."
"He is a penkeeper and planter, nut in a very
large way, but substantial enough," explained Ernest.
"That is really both what and who he is. He
is also a capital fellow, slow to anger but the very
deuce when provoked. I don't think he knows what
it is to be afraid."
"Quite a character," remarked Olive, whose in-
terest in Rupert's character was of the surface.
"Mrs. Breakenoff is married, of course."
"She is a widow," said Ei nest.
"And eminently attractii ." Olive added. "Who
was it that said 'beware of widows'? It wasn't
Shakespeare, was it?"
"Have you never read Dickens, Olive?" cried
"Oh, yes, how stupid of me! Well, they make a
striking pair, those two sitting yonder: but if he is
married .. "
"He is not, my dear," asserted May with con-
viction. "I can see him quite plainly from where I
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sit now, and I had a good though secret look at htm
as I passed. He has not the subdued, obedient look
that the married man wears, and he is quite old
enough to have acquired it had he entered into the
bonds of matrimony-bonds is the right word. I
vote that he is in love with our beautiful widow:
we have hit upon a romance right here."
"Well, I wish them both luck," said Mr. Shot-
over, as if dismissing the subject, and Olive saw
Ernest stare at him. The stare was positively one
of disapproval, as if Mr. Shotover were showing bad
manners. Certainly his manner was almost brutal
when he alluded to the couple; It was as though
they didn't count. "And yet," thought Olive, "they
must count far more than I, considering my posi-
tion. It they are snobs they would probably look
down on me if they knew I worked in a Piccadilly
flower shop! But they aren't rich. probably, and
Mr. Shotover is, hence his contempt for them." She
was conscious on the instant of a feeling very much
like contempt for Mr. Shotover.
They were out of earshot of Rupert and Pru-
dence, and in any case the latter were talking very
quietly. Rupert had noticed Mr. Shotover's coldness
to Prudence, and it had angered him. "Is it because
your old friend is with some strangers-I suppose
they are big people-that he is sn distant?" he
asked Prudence.
"I suppose so." she replied laconically.
"Then all I have to say, in spite of his being a
friend of yours, is that he is a damned cad," said
Rupert deliberately. "Fancy not even stopping to
shake hands with you! For two pins I would like to
give him a piece of my mind."
"You would make an enemy of a powerful man
like that. Rupert, because he didn't stop to shake
hands with me?" asked Prudence, looking at him
"I would thrash him within an Inch of his life
if he ever seriously offended you. But of course
you won't believe that."
"I know you mean it, Rupert."
"You do?" His face lighted up. "Then you
know why, Pru. I'll tell you something. I have al-
ways heard that this fellow, Shotover, was sweet
on you: the usual gossip, you know. That perhaps
is why I never came near you after your husband's
death. But I can see that neither of you care a
brass farthing about the other, though how any man
can lelp caring for you I don't understand. I am
glad you don't like him much. though; I don't think
anything of him myself. For two pease I'd talk
to him like a Dutch uncle. The impudent bounder!"
"You'll do nothing of the sort. Rupert; you
have no reason to. And now let us talk about some-
thing else."
"Certainly. I'll tell you what. Pru. You said,
when I joined you. that you were feeling lonely.
And you don't look very well. Why not come and
stop a few days at Harkbury, my place; it's only a
few miles from here. My mother is there, and you
know how active she is; she loves company. She'll
send you an invitation this very evening. We could
do some riding together, and some motoring, and
you will like the old place."
"It is very near to Mr. Shotover's house, El-
kington, isn't it?"

"You can see his place from mine quite easily.
But that doesn't concern us. He is stopping there,
is he? I think I heard so."
"I don't know, and I don't care It is
very kind of you to invite me, Rupert; you are sure
your mother would like it?"
"She would love it; she's very fond of you.
Years ago she wished that you would marry me."
"That's years ago; I am not sure she'd wish it
now: so many things are different. But if she asks
me I'll come. I think I'd love it."
"You are as good as there already!" cried Ru-
pert exultantly, and Prudence felt supremely grate-
ful to him. "I am going right home now and will
bring back mother's letter within two hours. Pack
your things and I'll drive you over after dinner
Mary Ransome had not planned, had not fore-
seen, all this. But the thought of bringing these two
together, when her sister was suffering from wound-
ed pride and facing a lonely future, had been hers.
She too had travelled to St. Ann from Kingston the
day before and was now installed in her cottage,
some miles away from Harkbury. Prudence agreed to
be ready to move over to Harkbury that evening,
but before getting ready her things she penned a
rapid note to Mary and sent it off at once by her
motor car. Mary received it in person and smiled.
"Things seem to be working out much better
than I dared to expect." she mused, "though one can
never tell. But Mr. David Shotover"-Prudence had
mentioned the gentleman's coldness and aloofness
of that afternoon: "Mr. David Shotover and I are
not done with one another yet. Bastard. Half-
nigger. If he had said 'Hell let loose' he would have
been nearer to the truth!"


THE next day Rupert took Prudence for a drive
through a part of the parish on his way to the
town of St. Ann's Bay. They went by a road that
ran between pastures fenced with stone, low hedges
of limestone covered by a creeper with pinkish
pear-shaped leaves, locally called the oyster plant, and
with another creeping vine which bore a small blue
flower. so that though the stones were not cemented
they held together as though mortar had been placed
between them, so binding and tenacious were the
Within these pastures short grass grew, of a
light and glowing green, interspersed with fragrant
pimento trees, pleasant to look upon, refreshing to
smell, and of much economic value. Mangoes and
oranges sprang up here and there: the former with
dense, heavy, dark-green foliage, the oranges with
their green and golden fruit showing distinctly
among the sparse leaves of the parent tree. The
landscape rolled away, far, far, to distant bills,
more English in appearance than anything else to
be seen in the Caribbean tropics: all shades of ver-
dure were there, and nowhere did the life of field and
forest attain the gigantic proportions which one as-
sociates with tropical scenery, for this was upland
landscape, the slopes of a wide plateau
Cattle dotted and browsed among these pas-
lures, and by the roadside rose the habitations of
the peasant people. Black for the most part, but
with some brown faces among them. and faces also
of intermediate hues. these peasants walked with

a confident, care-free, independent air. Many of
them were owners of their own plots of land, which
they cultivated, and those who worked as labourers
knew well that their lives did not depend upon an
employer's will, since their relatives would see to it
that they did not starve if out of work. and there
was no winter to provide against. Children went by,
leaping, running, shouting out a cheerful greeting,
most of them shod, but those in bare feet not show-
ing any sense of discomfort or inferiority. Once or
twice the car had to slow down when a drove of
huge-horned cattle, driven by a couple of urchins,
blocked the path. Then Rupert would join the cattle-
boys in calling out "side, side!" and the animals,
though notably dull and stupid, would slowly part
ranks, some going to one side of the road, some to
the other, many even clambering up steep banks in
obedience to a well-understood word of command,
and so the car would make its way through them
without much difficulty.
They went by villages with thatched huts and
white-washed walls, and with tiny h. ses of board,
shingled. Through the open dojurs ot these dwel-
lings one might sometimes catch a glimpse of a high
bed covered with a coloured quilt, a sort of state
affair, and of a little sitting roim with a couple of
chairs, lone at least a rocker), aud a table crowded
with cheap crockery and glassware; and the floor
would he clean, the whole interior indeed would be
clean; for whatever might be the standard of sani-
tary observance among these people, the interior of
their houses is always clean, just as their hos-
pitality is always genuine-for no more hospitable
folk exist than the Jamaica peasantry.
About these dwellings grew trees: bananas fif-
teen feet high with great bunche- of fr it depending
frum their tops, the ackee with its leaves of glossy
sheen and its multitudinous fruit, each nearly as
large as a woman's fist, shining red amidst green
foliage. Scarlet and green and lit up by the sun,
these plants were a joy and a delight to the eye.
Green and scarlet, the two primary colours of our
Mother Earth, set up on high and waving in the
gentle breeze: one was thrilled with the sheer, vivid
beauty of it. And flanking these ackees were the
breadfruit trees, with their great burnished leaves,
and small clumps of sugar cane, and a towering
coconut palm or two. And here and there, for pure
ornamentation, a flaming hibiscus. Then the road in-
clined steeply upwards, and from the cre;t of it Pru-
dence and Rupert saw in the distance the waters of
the sea.
Soon they were driving down towards the
town by the shore, on whose site Christopher Colum-
bus had lived for fully a year on his third voyage to
the West Indies. Presently they reached the town, a
fairly considerable place as Jamaica towns go, with
the Anglican church and the Court House dwarfing
and dominating all the other buildings, and the pret-
ty residential bungalows fronted by flower gardens
in which were giant variegated crotons and coleuses,
roses too, and climbing convolvulus hyacinthine and
white. Here also were royal palms and other tro-
pical vegetation, and behind the sloping town rose
steeply a range of forest-covered hills.
Each longitudinal street led down towards the
sea. The main thoroughfare of the town. which
ran parallel and close to the shore-line, was occu-
pied with shops, with grocery. haberdashery, dry-
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and the groceries were presided over by Chinese, the
textile emporiums by Syrians; -the tailors. shoe-
makers and others of that kind were Jamaica na-
tives, and so were the retailers uf gasoline who wait-
ed in patience for the motor vehicles, some of which
came one after the other, others dropping in at rare
intervals to be replenished with petrol
Rupert stopped at one of these gas stations to fill
his tank. As the man in charge was adjusting his
apparatus to do what was needful. another car drove
up. and this contained Mr. Shotover and Olive Sea-
ton, whom, this morning. Mr. Shotover was taking
for a drive. Mr. Shotover's car came from a di-
rection opposite to that of Rupert's. the consequence
was that the occupants of each vehicle faced one
another fully, and neither party could pretend not
to see the other. Rupert. having been introduced to
Miss Seaton the day before, lifted his hat politely;
but fixed his eyes on her alone. Prudenie. bowing
also, looked at Olive only. Mr. Shotover took off his
hat in response. formally. but was conscious that he
was not being regarded by the other two. Remem-
bering what had taken plai.e 'n the previous after-
noon. he guessed the reason. But Olive also noticed
the fixed look in the eyes of the man and woman of
the opposite car and kn-'ew that neither wished to
speak to Mr. Shotover
Instantly she remembered what Ernest Tredegar
bad said to her yesterday Prudence and David
Shotover had Ieen close and intimate friends Was
thi estrangement due to jealousy of Mr. Simmondes

on Mr. Shotover's part? But such jealousy would ar-
gue something like love for Mrs. Breakenoff, and if
it persisted But Eruest Tredegar did not
seem to think that was the reason. He had, in a
conversation later on, yesterday, rather scornfully
suggested snobbishness, or worse: a desire on Mr.
lShltover's part to be done with Mrs. Breakenoff.
Ernest had almost said Mr. Sbotover was a cad:
why? Olive was a quick-witted girl: she had already
begun to wonder. Mr. Sh.otrver wanted to drop Mrs.
BMeakenol'. but this was evidently quite a recent de-
velopment. It seemed to coincide with her (Olive's)
coming to Jamaica. But why should she be a cause
of Mr. Shotover treating anyone badly all of a sud-
den? A memory of the girl who had accompanied
Mr. Shotover into the Piccadilly flower shop came in-
to Olive's mind. But, of course, she decided. Mrs.
Breakenoff was not that sort of a girl. And it wasn't
fair to a solicitous and generous host to think sus-
piciously about him.
Rupert's tank having been filled with petrol, he
drove off. taking off his hat again to Olive and again
ignoring Mr. Shotover. Prudence bowed generally.
"I may not have much perception," remarked
Rupert. as they went towards hi home, Harkbury
Hall. "but it seems to me that that fellow Shotover
is very sweet on Miss Seaton. Did you notice how
ie was fussiug about her?"
"I understand that he wants to marry her," said
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"Oh that is it, is it? Something of the sort
crossed my mind. I thought once that he would
marry you, Pru, and if he was a sensible man that is
what he would have tried to do. Thank God he
didn't try! But perhaps he did try-please don't
misunderstand me, Pru, I am not seeking to pry into
your secrets. I only hope that he did try, and that
you wouldn't have him. Between you and I and the
gatepost, that is what I believe, and I am glad of
"Long, long ago, Rupert," said Prudence severe-
ly, "I told you not to say "between you and I' but
'between you and me'. Why do you persist in being
."What has penkeeping to do with grammar?" de-
manded Rupert, not perceiving that Prudence was
endeavouring to turn the conversation. "You can't
talk grammar to cowmen: they wouldn't understand
you. They understand blasphemy."
"Is that a reason why, in talking to me, you
should be ungrammatical?"
"Of course not. But you will admit, Prudence,
that I have not been blasphemous: I have kept my-
self in check. T wouldn't be blasphemous with you,"
he continued seriously. "You are the only girl-"
"Dun't go into that now, Rupert, or I won't be
able to continue as your guest at Harkbury," she
said gently, for sie was touched by his devotion.
He had loved her for so many years. and he had
never become engaged to any other woman. It sure-
ly was a record. He was true as steel: how had she
never appreciated him at his real worth? And he
was handsome too, and not forty. and a fine speci-
men of a man to look at. Why had she been so
blind? She had craved for gaiety, for wealth, for
association with the fast and furious set. She had
thought him dull and prosaic. Well. perhaps he was
pro-baic and dull. after a fashion: but there was
another side to him also. He would face all hell for
her: bie knew that now. And he had never believed
any evil of her; had evidently never doubted her.
"Never mind your grammar," she said to him
gaily. "it is quite good enough. And don't let me
stop you from swearing: I swear myself sometimes."
"You are a perfect dear," she interrupted, a
propose of nothing in particular, as it seemed. But
Rupert's heart began to sing.
They got back to Harkbury in time for lunch.
While waiting to be called Prudence stood on the
terrace beneath which the ground broke steeply
away towards a lower level, and gazed out in front
of her, admiring the scene that shimmered .and
flashed anti sparkled for miles and miles in the all-
pervading sun. Behind her was the old house, built
mut h over a century ago, single-storied, stone-
walled. shingled, with verandahs protected from the
Flare by thick, flowering creepers; a house that had
bten added to from time to time by successive own-
ers. until now it was a large, rambling affair, with
numerous connecting corridors. All the rooms were
large and airy, and because of its altitude the place
v.as cool even in the fiercest summer months. It
commanded a fine. uninterrupted view of several
miles of country: had been placed there with' that
object in view. It had been built in the days of
slavery. when this property grew coffee in abundance,
and from any side of it the watchful eye of a master
could see more or less if the workers were at their
several tasks. while near to the building itself stood
the "barbecues." the large, flat structures o. cun-



crete-upon which the coffee berries were-spread out
for drying in the sun.
Behind her, on the opposite side of Harkbury
one could see the neighboring residence, Elkington
where Mr. Shotover was entertaining his house party
As the crow flies, that residence was not more than a
quarter of a mile away, though quite three miles by
motor car. She knew Elkington well; had been a
guest there on many a previous occasion; now she
was well aware that she would not be welcomed
there, though, with a touch of malicious humour
she fancied that if she should drive over to call
David would, be compelled to be polite to her for
fear lest she might say something that would put
him wrong with this Seaton girl. She could force
herself upon him if she liked. But she did not like
"The damned cur!" she muttered to herself; then
after a moment, became absorbed in the view spread
out before her.
For a river, which ran through Harkbury, was
tumbling downwards and becoming a waterfall no1
far below, and its colours were light green anc
azure. It murmured as it flowed through the gar
dens not ten yards from where she stood; she knew
that where it descended precipitously down yonder
the noise would swell into a gentle roar; and on its
way to the sea it could be glimpsed from this high
terrace, now foaming white, now sparkling pris
matically, while the coconut palms that grew along
its course waved their lofty fronds rhythmically to
the impulse of the wind. A ribband of pale yellow
far away she knew to be the shoreline, the beach o:
amber sand fringed with palms and heavy foliage;
beyond that was the Caribbean, pale green near th(
land's edge, blue where the water deepened, a dark
thick purple where the skies .came down to meet the
sea, skies which at the horizon carried on their sur
face an argosy of threatening rain-clouds.
Prudence felt absolutely at home and at peace ix
this place; she liked to be there to-day, for shi
was in need of rest. Her emotions had been stirred
to the depths; she had been hurt to the heart-bul
it was her pride and vanity that had been hurt far
more than her affections. Once again she began t(
reflect on her situation. She admitted to herself
that she had made a discovery. Now that the
breaking point had come between her and David
Shotover, now that she was compelled to face the in
evitable, she realized and acknowledged that she had
never deeply loved him, though she had admired
him as she had never admired her late husband
She had been fascinated by the glamour of his suc
cess, proud that he should care for her, carried away
too, by the prospect of luxury which conhexifon
with him would mean. "I am very worldly and
mercenary," she confessed to herself while waiting
to be called in to lunch. "I am not much better
than a woman of the streets, for it was David's
money that tempted me most. I got some of it;
I have some of it now. I will keep what I have:
God knows I earned it. And what I have done is n(
wdrse than what many others like me have done
and are doing; I am one of a lot. And still others
would do the same if they were placed like me;
they would do it in spite of their protests, which
they might themselves believe. What self-deceivers
and liars we all are! But I am glad I have found
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S J His Majesty's Army; he having served from
S 1914 to 1919 as a regular during the first years of
t his younger life. But in 1919 he resigned his com-
r mission and entered commerce, aspiring to become a
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f ed himself capable of achieving.
e Leslie is a big fellow, jovial, decidedly on the
-stoutish side, active as they make them, keen as
- mustard. And he never talks about his war experi-
i ences unless you definitely ask him. Even then he
i does not seem to think that they matter very much.
SBut the wonder, to the man who knows the facts,
- is that he is still alive today.
Leslie Mordecai was born in 1897; his father
n was Mr. E. R. Mordecai, a well-known mierchant of
I Jamaica. Leslie first went to Munro College (then
g called Potsdam), also to Wolmer's and St. George's
College in Jamaica. Then he was sent over to Eng-
Sland to University College School, London, where he
Swas keen at rugger (football) and cricket, and play-
ed for his school. Then the war broke out, and at
, the age of 17 Leslie threw up his studies and join-
Sed the Army.
s He joined the ranks of the Artists Rifles, London
Regiment, soon became Drill Sergeant Instructor at
Sthe London Headquarters, for his aptitude and educa-
tion ensured his rapid promotion. Then the authori-
Sties gave him a commission in the Fifth Lancashire
Fusiliers and he went to the front. He was trans-
ferred to the First Battalion of the Lancashire Fusi-
liers in 191'-, tlf.uht in France and Belgium during
.that year, and in 1917, and at the age of 19 was pro-
moted to be Captain. He must have been, if not the
youngest, at any rate one of the youngest Captains
in the Army at that time.
He took part in the battles of the Somme, in
the battles of Messines, and Vimy Ridge, and the
third battle of Ypres and of Paschendaele. During
the war he went "over the top" some nineteen times,
and was wounded three times. With such a record
he bught td have been killed. For to go "over the
top" so often and to be in the fighting line so much
was an invitation to bullet and shell. But he sur-
vived his wounds and in 1918 was put to the train-
ing of recruits at Scarborough, which probably saved
his life. Therefore, thougho.nly-thirty-six years of
age, Mr. Leslie Mordecai is a scarred war veteran.
One feels that he rather enjoyed the war, just as
he enjoys commerce. For he is of-a disposition that
sees the enjoyable side of all his activities.
He -was- partner in an English firm of cotton
manufacturers and shippers before he came to Ja-
maica and established business in 1926. Many per-
sons then felt that the local field for manufacturers'
representatives and commission agents was already
over-crowded; that there was nop room for anyone
else. But Mr. Leslie Mordecai soon showed that
there is always room for a man of first-class busi-
ness ability who has the goods to deliver, and to-
day he is firmly established as one of the best known
men in his line--- -----
He works hard; he is as strenuous a worker in
commerce as he was as a soldier, and as he was as
the representative of his Manchester business when
he travelled for it through South and Central
SAmerica, the West Indies and also Europe, before
Coming back to Jamaica. But if he has hitherto
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anybody much, except myself: I can't be one of the
POL f G E S D loving sort. Could I come to love him? I wonder.
But he is good. he is a dear: I am proud of him: he
(C'ontinued from Page 5.) is worth a thousand David Shotovers. I can see the
.. .. difference between them quite plainly now.

out the, truth about myself aud David. i am glad
dro not love him. At the most. I have only liked
tim. He can have his English girl if he wishes: he
can go to the devil for all I care. And Rupert?
Poor Rupert! I suppose he is the only man who has
really loved me He wants to propose again: any mo-
ment he may do so. What shall I say? Do I love
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"'Would it be right for me to marry him after
all that has happened? Why not? He knows that
I am a widow, and what difference does it make if I
married Oscar and didn't marry David? What
earthly difference is there between the two things?
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he will never know anything about me and David.
He wouldn't believe it unless I myself told' him, and
I wouldn't be fool enough to do that. Et would only
make him jealous and unhappy. And David won't
tell either: I think he knows what sort of a man
Rupert is. He isn't a coward, but he wouanl't think
the risk worth while. Besides, he must have some
decency left in him."
So she thought; hence the forenoon's encounter
with David Shotover did not trouble her mnac. She
was rapidly adjusting herself to the. new situation,
and the prime cause of that adjustment was Rupert.
He had brought a new interest into her life; he was
pushing David Shotover out of it. .. She was
glad of that. She knew that she would meet David
again and again at very short ianleral while they
both were in St. Ann And they would meet often
in Kingston. It was something to feel that those
encounters would mean no suffering for her.
The lunch bell sounded and she went into the
dining room.
Presiding at the table was Mrs. Simmondes. an
elderly lady clothed in black silk. with old-world
manners, silver hair, a benignant expression, and
eyes that dwelt upon her son with a look of adora-
tion. She pressed local delicacies upon Prudence
and beamed when Rupert paid the lady guest com-
pliments. For Mrs. Simmondes had always liked
Prudence. Like most mothers, she had not been
very keen upon her son's marrying when he was
young, but she had said to him openly that, if he
did marry, he could get no better girl than Prudence.
Now that Rupert was approaching middle-age, she
was secretly anxious that he should take a wife.
She would not allow jealousy to dominate her. Mrs.
Simmondes was old-fashioned; she believed that a
good family name should not be allowed, if possible,
to perish from the earth. She regarded it as a sort
of hereditary title. Therefore Rupert should mar-
ry. though he himself could not see that his name
meant anything much except to himself and his
mother. Mrs. Simmondes was now delighted that
Prudence was a guest in their house: she hoped
that something might come of it. Prudence was
of excellent family, well-bred, educated, charming.
Had Mrs. Simmondes known, of course, that for
some years Prudence had been deliberately the mis.
tress of David Shotover she would have endeavoured
to get rid of her as quickly as possible, and would
have bewailed the circumstance that a trusting old
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woman could easily be. de:eived as to character.
But she knew nothing, and as -,he hardly ever went
anywhere, did not care nuich for visitor',. and was
not likely to meet anyone who could make any di-
rect accusation against Prudence, the latter was
safe enough in her good opinion. What is more,
Prudence was very fond of the old lady, and Mirs.
Simmondes had an understanding of that.
Luuch over. Prudence mentioned a wish she had
in mind; she wanted, she said. to take a run over to
Mary Hansome's place. ahiil'h was not more than
eight or nine miles aay..- she would go sometime
after tea and come baik in tim. for dinner, which
at Harkbury was at eight.
"I'll drive you over," said Rupert. "I know the
way and the property."
"I should like to go by myself, Rupert, if you
don't mind," she answered; "I can find my way
quite easily, and, as you know, I can drive my own
"As you wish, Pru. Well, I'll be going to look
at some cattle over at Spottiswcr.rd this afternoon;
see you at dinner."
"And I'll have some rest until tea-time," said
The trio separated.


RAN clouds drifted up from the sea below and
spread over the countryside of elevated valleys
and hills until the whole of the plateau was draped
in grey and shrouded in a iine drizzle. There was
a muttering of thunder far away. but Prudence knew
that it was not a thunderstorm that threatened;
merely rain whilh would accentuate tthb darkne"i
that began to fall at thi, time ot the \ear at ali.:ut
five o'clo-k. At that hour. tea finished, she took her
motor car and began to drive slowly. in the direeti-,n
of her sister's p'ropert. She knew tie plaice well:
the way was not st. definite in her mind. but that
could be ascertained by tier stopping at the iufre--
quent police stations d nl asking, or by eruirine
peasant houses which she would paus, on the niehl
She was driving steadily towardis the higher
hills. As she went she came upon single pedestrians
or groups of peasants, some of these shielding their
bodies from the rain by holding great banana leavePI.
some .ix feet long by two feet broad. over their
heads. The road sloped upwards: pre-ently sie
came to a point where it bifurcated, ann tlien she
hesitated. not knowing which turn to take But she
was a Jamaican. She knew what to. do She drove
np to a small wooden building set on hieh founda-
tions. on the verandah of which sat a iuif,.rntl-d
figure. a young black man; seeing a lady he sprang
ti. attention and became alert and anxious to asi.st.
Did he know where Miss Mary Ransome's property
was: it was ..ailed Pimento Grove, a rather s mall
property? He wasn't certain. but he had heard of the
place; he believed it was farther on, about five
miles away. on the road to the right and against the
hills. The name would probably he on the gate. hut
he doubted if the lady would be able to read it un-
less she carried an electric torch. Prudence thanked
the man and drove away.
There was a sharp incline of the road now; it
mounted rapidly. The scenery grew wilder; there
was still verdure, for the Jamaica hills are covered
to the very sumniit with trees and shrubs; but here
the s.iiil as interspersed with bare projecting boul-
ders and could only support economic plants of the
hardier variety- orange trees and the pimento.

Presently, in spite of tli-e rain andd t lI'i.n, Pru-
dence recognized hler wheeablut-. A nih.intainiitus
mass rose abruptly to the right. :Lan tlie land rlipeil
sharply from the roadside reowardt thii mass uf ro'.k
There was a gate. set in a hill tne netise: it was
open. She knew the plare hitLhout seeing the name
painted on the gate: this surely wao Pimetlnto ;rive.
thle :mail property vhic:h I.,IIJ ieiLn ....ught years
before by her half-sister and which was thick with
pimento trees. When the pimento berries were ripe
for picking. Mary would Lonie here ani hire labour-
er- and superintend their work: when the pimento
was picked and sold. Mary would leave the place
and migrate to another cottane she owned not far
from St. Ann's Bay, or to Kingistn. She did not
live at Pimento Grove, but she visited it now and
then: when she was absent she employed a caretaker
to give the place an eye. But when she herself was
in residence she would not have the woman there;
zhe used to say that there was no use for any servant
then She had a car of her uwn and could come and
g.i every day as she chose. And she insisted upon
doing her own household wvi k at the Grove, which
was simple enough, since she never lived there for
more than three days at any time. She was a strange
woman, and of an indomitable independence.
It was dark now, and the hills loomed high and
ominous above the rambling cottage in front of
which Prudence parked her car. The house was
.,'.litly built of stone, ot whi:lh there was an abund-
ance in the immediate vicinity, and thickly shin.
gled; a verandah ran right ruund it: there were three
floors, one to the front, one to the back. and one on
the left side; these were thick and of mahogany,
with strong brass locks. These doors had been put.
in some time after Mary had piurchased the prop-
erty, and were definitely intended as a protection
against unwelcome intruders The house was fitted
out with glass windows. But these had shutters.
and the shutters were up, as Prudence perceived at

a glance. There was an intense -tilli---. as though
no human beirn were within Pi udent,_e w.- ndered
if salary' hlid gcute awa\ tr.r thL- iJay It iiight he s).
tiut -lie nmuit t ascertain.
She rapped loudly at tile door. The rain was
talimng imrt heavil. now indeed. -he had been
nOt slightly even in getting out of the car and run-
nilng t, the 'eranlah Thtle \vwa n. answerr That
might be because of the un,'e made on the roof by
the heaxy continuous dropr- if water, so she rapped
again. Still there was no sign of life within the
hliuse, not the slightest sound or response. But she
knew xhat to do Mary had given her a key to the
l.ack door. by whihh she might let herself in at any
time she happened to call at Pimento Grove. so she
walked quickly round to tie rear. opened the heavy
door and stepped inside. An odour as of incense as-
sailed her nostrils, hut the interior do the house
was dark.
The coltage contained six rooms. Evidently
Mary, if at home, could not be in the front or sitting
room. otherwise the window, there would have been
open. and in any case Mary would have heard the
rapping at the door. Prudence peeped into a room
nearby, a bedroom; that in whiilI she stood was
the dining room and it too was deserted and dark.
She had matches in her bag along with her cigar-
ette case; she lit the large kerosene lamp on the din-
ing table. Then she remembered that the last time
she had been at Pimento (.;rove Mary had been
mainly in the apartment built close to the mountain
side and running the whole length of the building.
This apartment had been an addition to the premises
made perhaps about thirty year-: before. It was
long. narrow, and. because of its situation, gloomy.
Mary might be in it now.
Prudence knocked at tie door opening into it,
and listened. No answer came. She was about to turn
away. but the stillness seemed so unreal, the smell
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lying in that apartment sick? for at least that was a
possibility. But what was to be done? She looked
about her, then upwards. For purposes of ventila-
tion the upper part of the heavy wooden partition
separating the locked room from the one in which
she stood had been left with openings of from six
to eight inches wide, with upright slats three inches
wide intervening at regular spaces. Prudence at
once resolved upon her course.
She acted with the quick decision which had been
characteristic of her father and which Mary showed
in even greater degree than she did. She lifted a
small high table (or rather, a light old-fashioned
sideboard) from out of the dining room and placed
it against the wall beyond which she wanted to see.
Then she put a chair beside the table, climbed upon
it, and from it mounted on the table. This did not
give her the height she needed; she clambered down,
quickly, collected a number of books and magazines
lying about, and heaped them on the table. This
gave her another foot of height. It was enough.
Grasping two of the thick slats so as to steady her-
self, she thrust her face between one of the aper-
tures and peered downwards. Then she saw.
In two old gilt candelabra burnt twelve tall wax
candles, the flame from their wicks rising steadily
upwards in that close, windless room. The light
from them revealed fully a spectacle unexpected,
bizzare, arresting. On the floor on the farther side
of the apartment something like a censer glowed
dully, and from it rose a thin smoke that spread
lazily and pervaded the place with the peculiar odour
that Prudence had noticed. On one side of the cen-
ser stood the great black cat which Prudence knew
to be the property and pet of her sister, its back
arched, its eyes wide, unblinking, staring, its tail
erect in the air. On the other side, kneeling, with
elbows on the floor, her hands supporting her face,
which was not two feet from the head of the cat, was
Mary. Still, immovable, as one in a trance. And
but for a scarlet cloth wrapped about her middle,
and a sort of turban or crown of scarlet on her
head, she was bare to the skin.
Prudence gazed down horrified yet fascinated.
She swept her sister's body with startled eyes; she
noticed now that round the woman's breasts were
circles of white; and white circles were on her arms
and thighs. White and red, and almost naked, her
sister knelt upon the floor and stared with a demoniac
concentration into the face of the terrible black cat.
She seemed to be hypnotising it.
"Mary, Mary!"
Prudence's voice rang through that eerie room
with passionate, wild appeal. "Mary, Mary!" she
called again and again, but neither cat nor woman
moved, and neither seemed to hear. She ceased
suddenly. She had read somewhere that somnambu-
lists, if awakened abruptly out of their unnatural
sleep, were apt to suffer thereby: the consequences
might be dangerous. So it might be, she thought
rapidly, in the present instance, if she imperatively
recalled the kneeling woman to a sense of secular
affairs. She looked at Mary closely, half unconscious-
ly noticing how splendidly built was her sister. Her
'breasts were firm and rounded and might have been
those of an athletic girl of twenty. Neither stout
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to-do classes, those who had time to spare, and de-
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of enough whisky and soda to float a battleship. We
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friendly reunions. These were practically unknown.
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them faithfully, a recognition also of the interde-
pendence which exists between employer and labourer
and of the friendly relations which should be
characteristic of such interdependence. And it is
not a club house of the Issa employees only; it is
far more than that. It is a place to which re-
spectable young men and women can go if introduced
or taken by a friend in the employment of Mr. E. A.
Issa. The Issa Club may therefore be considered a
club for the middle classes of Kingston and St. An-
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It may also be considered as an example. For
when one large business man of this country pro-
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of those who serve him, others are prompted to do
likewise: he has set an example, others must ex-
perience a sort of impulse to follow it. Mr. Issa,
therefore, in building this club for his employees,
has done much more than he himself imagined.
By setting up in Kingston for business purposes
buildings that are a credit to the city, spending on
them for the purpose of a good appearance more
than was absolutely necessary for the purely utili-
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viding this club house for the young men and wo-
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nor thin was her body, though proportioned rather
on a large than on a small scale; she could have
sat to a sculptor as a model for Juno, a Juno in
bronze, and with all the direful craving for ven-
geance which animated the ox-eyed Queen when her
pride or vanity was affronted.
Mary's leg,,. arms. netk were s.pleiiidiy [i.rnied.
Her lather had been a handsome nman; an.d if she
had not the ijlouring and perfection o[ features pos-
sessed by Prudence, nevertheless she had been as a
girl considered beautiful in her fa'hijn. and now. at
thirty-three years ,.-f ace. was a woman of o(.mmand-
ing appearanl e and undeniably hand..imne. But now,
thought Pruden,.e \nith a shudder, there was some-
thing evil alh..ut her b.ea.t.
About three years before Prudence had one
night seen Mary dressed for a play, in a robe that
she had purchased in Par. Wh.it a %ensati.,n she
had created that night in the vestibule of the King.
ston Theatre! But she had also created another sort
of sensation when it had been lruiiled about that
she was a woman who dabbled in obeah, who traf-
ficked in strange, forbidden thin' There had
been talk about her an]d lovers also. mainly \white
men of good position; and it wa s-aid that the wife
of one of these had gone as a suppliant to M1ary and
prayed her not to alienate her husband's affection;.
And Mary Ii.ld been kind. sy mpathethl. saying she
liad been told that there was no affe.'ticn het-een
the two. She had immediately driven that man
from lier, though he had threatened to shoot her and
himself She hjd laughed at those threats: that
was h\e years ago. Since then no: one had said that
she had a I.wer. though her admirers were nlany.
She -eemed to think now that theb time for that -ort
of thing had passed, and all her thought and energy
was given to helping the sister who hail always
t,,ud b.\ her. acknJwleilging her a- a bhloid relative,
defending her. Mlary worshipped Prudence. though
never thinking fnr a moment that Prudence stood.
with her on the same intellectual plane.
But Prudence had never seen her before as a
worker of witchcraft; for that was what Prudence
believed she was seeing Mary as at this terrible

moment. Mary had neverr denit-di that slie as- en-
dowed with supernatural po.'er stlle Ito iat.d tif it.
Prudence had never doubted Mljdr' p.osse -in ,if
strange powers: she had now o'f that Bit thie-til, %a different Tr, ?ee
her half-sister, flesh :of her fie-h and blood of her
blood. kneeling naked on a bare ri)o-r. with a c-nier
bevfire ier -endin rurtlh -trange udiotnrs and a light
grey nii'ke into the heavy y afirn:pliere. \ihile the
raji dlrulliut d on the re'.rf an.d a err at 'it st:'li in
front of her unmoving-this filled Prudence with a
sense of alarm and horror and ai-nima. This was
awful It was soni-thiing ti.r which Mary, had she
lived a hundred and fift'y c.irs ago in Jamaica,
nouid assuredly have died. Aud to-day she could go
to, [prinriu ftir ir. if tlire eaniul of it could be dis-
',,vered anid pruv, i
Prudence wanted t t ile. No sense in crying
out: that could do no g.,ud. And she must say no-

thing of all this to anyone, for if Mary was doing a
hideous and loathsome thing, it was all on her ac-
count; it was actually she herself who had sent to
her sister in her anger and distress and had invoked
ihr aid. She was as guilty as Mary; and even in
that instant r'f miud-tumult she wondered wildly
whether she would have had her sister cease her
nieromantic machinatirins against David Shotover
had not Rupert-poor, dear old Rupert-appeared
upon the scene. She did not attempt to resolve this
question; she only knew she must implore Mary to
cease these practices as soon an si e -hli.uld be able
to talk to her. But she must leave this place now.
She must get back to IHarkbury They would soon
be wondering what had happened to her. She-
Merciful God! what was this occurring?
For Prudence now found herself gazing down
upon what seemed to be an uninacinable, incredible
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thing. As she watched, it appeared to her that the
expression on the cat's face became almost human,
that there was a light in its eyes singularly like that
which lit up the countenance of Mary Ransome when
some strong emotion possessed her; while in its turn
Mary's face had become, in some subtle, singular
fashion, like that of a great cat, and her body was
undulating with a slow feline movement. Eyes fixed
upon eyes, black cat and brown woman stared at
one another. Something, apparently, was passing
from the one to the other, from each to each. It
looked like a transference of spirit, an intimate, eso-
teric communication and mingling of wills and tem-
peraments; but in another minute or two there was
another change, and again the watching woman
gasped. Mary's body ceased to move, became rigid.
The peculiar feline look died cut of her face, while
in that of the cat the expression was more definitely
human than before, but savagely human, inexpressi-
bly terrifying. The woman had triumphed; the
creature in front of her was now completely sub-
jected to her will; it was animated, inspired by that
will,i it had grown to be something more than a
merd lower animal; it was endowed with an almost
human intelligence; it was obedient to impulses and
suggestions not common or ordinary to it; it was a-
new "thing with strange, preternatural potentialities.
Prudence saw Mary rising slowly from her crouching
position. She rose to full height, a naked woman
with a loin cloth of flaming red, a kind of scarlet
crowh upon her head, and round her thighs and
arms and breasts the white circles of old African
black magic. She stood erect; she uttered the single

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leaped, and in an instant was through a small win-
dow set nearly up to the roof on the farther side of
the room. Mary watched it disappear, then, with a
sigh, as one who had passed through a nerve-
racking, exhausting ordeal, she sagged, sank, col-
lapsed upon the floor. She seemed to be in a faint.
Prudence screamed again and again; but no re-
sponse was forthcoming from the prostrate woman.
Then Prudence realized that the only thing that she
herself could do was to go; since, clearly, this was
not the first time that Mary had been in this con:
edition, and an outsider could do nothing to help her,
even if such a one could get to her.
She climbed down from the table, hastened to
her car, and drove away. There was nothing she
could do. She dared not summon any assistance:
that would only be to betray Mary to a curious
world, and, more than that, to the law perhaps.
Doubtless, in another hour or so, Mary would re-
cover from her faint or trance, or whatever it was:
as for herself, she must return to Harkbury as
quickly as possible. Happily, the rain had ceased.
The clouds had passed from the sky; low brilliant
stars gave illumination to the road as she sped
along. She arrived at Harkbury just in time to
prevent Rupert from starting out in search of her;
and when he asked her what was the matter, she ex-
plained her agitated appearance by saying that she
had a headache brought on by apprehension that
she had missed the way.
"You won't come down to dinner to-night, then?"
said Rupert, and, in spite of himself, there was a
note of regret in his voice, for he wanted to be with
"I'll be all right after I have taken an aspirin,"
she assured him. She realized that she must so act
as not to lead anyone to suspect that her malaise,
her anxiety, were in any way associated with Mary.
She must protect Mary from inquisitive or un-
sympathetic people. Fortunately, no one thought of
asking how she had found her sister; that would
have been, in the circumstances, regarded as indeli-
cate by both Mrs. Simmondes and her son. Pru-
dance was thankful for this omission. She hurried-
ly went off to change.
She would escape to her room soon after dinner,
she determined: at dinner she would force herself
to eat something; a cocktail would help. Then she
could retire, shortly after, to think over all that she
had experienced that afternoon and to make some
plans for the future.
Such was her immediate programme.
She could not know that that programme would
not be carried out, that Mary, whom she had left
lying in a comotose condition so many miles away,
had proposed certain things which neither Prudence
nor anyone else could prevent from occurring that
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window in the long front piazza of Elkington,
watched the drizzle as it fell, and felt that she would
welcome a tropical shower after so many days of
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Prudence was setting out on her visit to Mary at
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Holliwells, who had gone on an excursion after
Olive was to have accompanied them. But she
had been out In the furenoou with Mr. Shotover and
had not relished the idea of going for another long
drive that same day. She had pleaded a slight in-
disposition, but had urged May to fulfil the arrange-
ments for the day made previously. May and the
others had gone off, but Miss Shotover had remained
in the house: in her own phrase, she was not fond
of "gadding about."
Ernest was not to be of this afternoon's party,
and Olive had known that. The party had left El-
kington at about three o'clock: it was now about
five. Ernest, who was stopping in the house, had
come upstairs for a cup of tea. In the piazza facing
east he had found Olive sitting by herself. He had
suggested tea together, which they had had. They
did not expect Mr. Shotover back until after six
"How long are you remaining in Jamaica?"
asked Ernest.
"When I left London the length of my stay out
here was not quite definite."
"But you thought you would remain for some
time, didn't you?"


"I thought I might. I am not so sure now. I
may return with my friend. If I don't, my job goes
by the board. We were allowed to put two girls in
our places for a limited time only."
"You work then?"
"Didn't you know?"
"Huw should I? But it will be a pity If you
have to hurry back."
"Do you know where I work?"
"Haven't an idea."
"In a London flower shop; quite a nice place,
but I fancy that your society out here wouldn't think
much of me if it knew."
"But why? We are not so silly as you seem to
imagine. We have learnt that it is the person, not
the position, that really counts. Besides, some of
the best people have to work in flower shops and of-
fices for their living now-a-days, and you are merely
one of them. Any circle here would be proud to have
you in it; also. you and Miss Flemming are Mr.
Shotover's special guests, and there is no one in
Jamaica who occupies a better position than Mr.
"Perhaps. But if they knew I was a sort of
upper flower girl, they would probably think I was
only being patronised or helped by the great David

Shotover. I have been thinking it all over since I
have been here. I have been thinking that perhaps
I had better go back with May."
"You won't mind if I say that the reason you
have given can hardly be your real reason for any
such decision, will you?" said Ernest. "Your reason
must be that you are not happy here. or not quite
satisfied, not contented. You came for an indefinite
stay, at any rate to stay longer than your friend.
But her fin'-c will be here in a few days. and she
will come back to marry him. He is your brother:
you could remain under bis protection for weeks and
months it you liked; his job with Mr. Shotover will
be an excellent one. He is going to take charge of
our accounting department."
"I know."
"So if you go it will be because you are not hap-
py here. I am afraid I dare not ask why."
To this she gave no reply, but stared at the
gathering clouds. the impalpable gloom that thick-
ened. He noticed with a stab of pain that there was
a look of unhappiness in her face.
"Have you beard anything as to why I came
out?" she asked him after a while.
"Yes; since you put it to me that way, I will tell
you. It Is said that you came out here to marry Mr.

Shotover; that he is only waiting for your answer.
He has mentioned the matter, you see: he is very
proud of you, and he seems to believe that the affair
between you and him is as good as settled. That, I
suppose, is why he has talked of it to some people,
including myself, and these, of course, have men-
tioned it to others."
"So they say I have come out here for a hus-
"They rather say that while in England Mr.
Shotover found a very beautiful and charming lady
whom he wishes to make his wife, and who has but
to say the word to become one of the greatest ladies
in all these West Indies. So you could shout from
the housetops that you sold flowers in a shop in
London and it would not make the slightest dif-
ference. You are mistress of the situation."
"But if I don't accept Mr. Shotover?"
"Do you think of not doing so?"
"Would you think it wise of me to do so?"
Re looked at her intently.
"A peculiar question to ask me!" he exclaimed.
"Reflect. I am in Mr. Shotover's employment
Could I speak anything but what was praise of
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"I am not suggesting that you should di.-praitse
hint; I am only asking you for anr opinion on a mat-
ter that concerns ,if, vitally "
"You trust my judgment antid it intere-t so rarl''
'Perhaips I -hould nit ask yi.u: it is unt fair In
"Don't iniagine I ant thinkic n n' m.-elfl I am
thinking of you. But I feel that bhat I might say
might not have the sligite-t effei.t un .our ultimate
decision. So if I advised yo',u against this i marriage.
and ).ou made it. I should ctand out in your memory
as the mani who tried ti crime between you and oiur
husband, anti though I know you would noti men-
tion the matter to him )nu could hardly like me for
my advice; and I want you t think well of me, to
like me."
"So that is vour ai i.e--'i n'l'! For that I-i
what your words amount io. I wondered whether
you would say just that."
A look of determination came into Erne.st's fa-e.
He had spoken more from his leait than from hiis
brain, his feelings had dictated his speech and lhe
was glad to have uttered it. She was in doubt. Very
well. She should know what he really felt about
such a thing as marriage by a girl like her with a
man like David Shotover.
"I don't think you would be happy with Mr.
Shotover." be said deliberately. "In many respects
he is an outstanding character: he has brains, per-
sistence, courage, and he can be surprisingly gener-
ous to those whom lie really likes. I am sure
he would give yi:u everything you could wish.
But you-your character, your disposition is so dif-
ferent from his that I can't see you happy with hinm.
And what is the use of wealth and position if they
don't bring happiness?"
"A hackneyed remark, Ernest,"-she called him
by his Christian name involuntarily, because she had
been thinking of himnt by his Christian name for
days. "Can one have happiness if one is poor and
always toiling?"
"That can never be your fate. Think of your
gifts: beauty, charm, a wonderful attractiveness.
You cannot sell these for a lot of money only."
"Flatteringly put; but as a matter of fact I had
been thinking myself. as I said, that I had better go
back with May. I don't understand Mr. Shotover; I
am not even sure that I like him much. I liked him
better during the time I knew him in London. He
was very nice then, and attentive and generous; I
thought that perhaps Well, I know I can
never love him, and I won't marry a man I don't
even like very much. He hasn't improved with
closer acquaintanceship He seems to treat
people as if they were of little account. There is
that Mrs. Breakenoff, for instance, who you said had
been a great friend of his. He hardly wants to speak
to her now."
"That is because of you."
"They were very friendly before?"
"Then he is a snob."
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M R. LIONEL DRCORDOVA. who is still a young
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in a hard school, meaning thereby a hardware school.
As a hoy he went to Potsdam, now known as Munro
College. In that institution, with its fine reputa-
tion for training the mind of youth, he received a
-ound preliminary education. Came the earthquake
in which he lost his father. Then his family went
to New York to live, and for the next three years
he was a pupil in the College of New York City.
Thus a fairly long period of his adolescence was
spent in acquiring that very excellent foundation
for business or professional pursuits-an education
not purely technical.
HIS UNCLE, Mr. Leonard deCcird,va, had all his
life been in the hardware business. In 19u9, dur-
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deCordova intimated that he would like young
Lionel to enter his business. He mubt have made
this suggestion with the feeling, based upon
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HE firm of Leonard deCordova was bought in
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Mr. Lionel deCordova continued with that firm until
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"So are most of us. In this instance I think he
is something worse."
"I think so; and, having said all that, there is
something that I must do now. I am a guest of Mr.
Shotover's at Elkington, though this property, like
others belonging to him, is under my general super-
vision as his manager. I cannot any longer remain
here as a guest. I have spoken against him to you,
and he wants you more than anything else at pre-
sent. I am going down to the Moneague Hotel to-
morrow; but that means I shall not see you as often
as I have been doing; and as I want to see you
often, that will be hard."
"Do you want to see me so much?"
"I think you know I do. And I am going to see
you: I shall find ways and means of doing so-that
is, if you have no objection."
"Why should I? We like one another, I hope.
We have become good friends since I have been
"Your coming out to Jamaica has prohahly
changed the course of my life, Olive."
"How is that?"
"I don't know yet for certain; I am s.pelakint
simply as I feel. I feel so. I am now one of Mr.
Shotover's men. I can't see myself i.ontinuine as
that, any more than I can see you as his wife."
"Good heavens! But that means that you are
thinking of giving up a splendid position! And then
there is Jim, my brother, who has left his situation
in London to work out here for Mr. Shotlver. how
will it be with him now if I go back without marry-
ing Mr. Shotover? What a lot of trouble I ;eem to
be causing, and all because I allowed my ambition to
get the better of my good .eu-s-if I have any good
sense. You and Jim and May are going to suffer
because I permitted myself to be flattered by a
stranger, and yielded to his request that I should
consider his offer of marriage."
"I don't see that you are to blame, Olive," hb
answered. "Theqe tliins are often the work of
chance or fate. or maybe Providence. We see the
beginning. %ee Atit.h the developments as they ,,ocur;
we i annut knoi the end."
"The end won't ibe a happy :one for ynut if you
give up an excellent situation. I heard it said by
soinelnel at the lan.e at Elniilrey Park that yours ]is


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one of the best jobs in this country."
"So it is, but do you think I should have held
it if I could not do the work? It is not the only
thing open to me. Some mntiiuII- ago I was offered a
l1:cition with a great fruit business here at some-
thing more than the salary I was 'then receiving
trjm Sh.-t.iver. He was then about to leave on
his huliday: I refused the offer but I told him of it.
He raised my salary at onie to more than I had
been offered. Oh. he ,was very decent about the
Shli.le thing: but you ~ee how I stand. dun't you'? I
really have nothing toi fear ,11 far as my future is
i rnt(eru-d."

"We usually don't have to fear when we have a
good position." she replied, with an unexpected
worldly wisdom. "But when we lose that position,
people take advantage of us and try to beat us
"They can try so far as I am concerned; they
will not succeed. I have saved some money in all
these years I have been working: no one can have
me at his mercy, for I cannot be starved into sub-
mission. Don't worry about me; and don't worry
about y'.ur brother either. If he is a good man he'll
get on: never fear."
"He is a very good man," she declared loyally.
"But let us talk about ourselves. I can see why
you think it is necessary you should leave this house,
having spoken as you have done, and because I egged
you on. But you needn't act hastily regarding your
connection with Mr. Shotover. You are not. em-
ployed to praise him or to try to get him a wife."
"Oh, no. And that is why, from now on, I will
follow a way of my own. But I can't do that under
his rn.o: that would be despicable."
"What do you mean by a way of your own,
Ernest ?'"
T"I ant to make love to you. T want to try to
make you love me. if that be possible. You don't
care for this man: I hoped from the first hour I
met you that you would not. But if you don't. it
a ill he quite fair for me to try to get you to care for
me, for already you must know I love you."
"They are coming back," she said suddenly, for
ler quick eyes had picked out a car far away down
the road leading up to the house.
"Sooner thau I expected, if it is they. I will
-ee Mr. Shltover presently."
"Don't say anything to him about your going
away until to.mnorrijw." she suggested. "Let to-
night pass as usual."
"Very well, if you wish that"
"And don't quarrel with him; don't tell him
your reason for wishing to go to the hotel: that is
not necessary, is it?"
"I don't suppose so. After all, it is my own
"And go away now, Ernest; I don't want them
ti find us together."
"What does it matter?"
"I should prefer if you went."
"I'll go to my own room and fix up my things
I shall say that Moneague suits me better than here.
Perhaps lie will actually like my suggestion. I hive
?een hin eyes dwelling upon me once or twice when
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I have been talking to you in the last couple of
days, and I know that look."
"I have seen him \aticliiig LI t oo." was her an-
swer, which surprised him: her perception seemed
extraordinarily keen. "That is why you had better
go now. You see, I have to think ,f Jim a little
I owe him something."
"Until later, then, darling."
"Until later, Ernest."

DINNER was over at larkl.,iirr. The rain had
ceased for some time now, the stars were bril.
liant in a sky purified by the hnitration ,f ithe after-
noon, far away to the east v.is the resentt oi tihe
new moon, and a delicious co.line.- filled anid niad
enchanting the tropical nighlt.
At dinner Prudence, Mrs. Simmondes and Ru-
pert had talked on indifferent subjects, and now Pru-
dence was wondering when she would be able, with
courtesy, to slip away to her room to think out
some things that demanded lth-.u.hliai alrl :tiiin Sitl-
had to make up her mind \lhat to, a. t1, .1 Mar., t -r
Mary simply must cease the-e ner.-manti- prai.tice;
of hers. "I am a white \woman." Pruden,, thought.
".and how can I i:oiunteilni:li:e all [lii idev-iltr\. now
that I know what it means? Malry naked and kneel-
ing before a wretched cat; Mary plirttlun injury to
another, not by ordinary meau-. whirl I I ,:iuld iy-.
self adopt and persist in, but by riiethi-.d iliii,-l
every decent person in this country, \ ille. bil. k or
jbrow, ,nould condemn with horror and liarlhins'
Huw can I allow this to continue even if I ou:untpin-
ancetl it at first? It must stop immediately; and
I want to think out how to find the way to Ion-
vince Mary that it tmust for it won't be easy to
deal with her."
But she could not withdraw for at least half
an hour after dinner; -ay -'hortl. after nine o'clock.
In lhe interval she must stay and talk to Rupert
who, -he could see, desired her company ardently
Well, it would be pleasant i.e with himi for a
while; she would willinely hav- rernained wirli him
for hours to-night but for the itnperatri\e necessity
of making up her mind what to say, and of carry-

ine out hlr iresloi\e early tu-li-mi ow F.or .* tile
iii'rr.aw. early, she aould uaeil be at nPimento C rtve,
where she hoped t:. rind Mary in a normal iraine of
nind ani easily aie-Sible Then s.he wonill .-peiak;
and she muut make it plain t I. Mry that all tlii-
dirty nit llt.raft. tAiii o.,e.e h lIu-inesi. ruuit .:.enii t.
an end if they were to he on (le -amej- id teini-.
lie tihe friendly, and ,isters they lad lbeeni. li teli
certia i that if -lhr part tile ruatter that i.t\ i' paini
ful th..ugh it woiIlil beII Al.ir'y iAoilll yield Mar.
OuldiJ .-ne r at he-r .i i't r[ n. d,-luil. wtuld :r'll''
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nlt i,,ry :.rMa ', w. l il d -iut lie v r.Ilddj ieid i

-iie ,aw nt lI P'rid~ ihi e ias in d(ad Il\ earnest. Maiy
' unll n'.verl ri-k :i tirej.i i betn-een tleni. Her lorv
for PIrLdeniei- (as Prudence l1nen i was the joint 14
her armour, the weakness in her heart. She had
nothing but Prudence to love, and an absorbing, soli-
tary love is greater than ambition or hatred or
As they rose from the table Mrs. Simmondes re-
marked that she was sure that Prudence and Ru-
li-rt. l.einL \ uring p.-,lie. 'v. lll prefer to sit by
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as compared with herself). They protested, of course,
that they would greatly appreciate her presence, but
she had her own kind of worldly wisdom and knew
better than to take their words at face value. So
she left them, to attend to snlme matters in another
part of the house; and together they walked out
to the verandah or piazza that looked ti-oards El-
kington, the lights irom whiich residence could be
distinctly seen front Harkbury at night.
Before either could say a vword Hupert uttered
a startled exclamation and clutched Prudence by
the arm, pointing with an excited right hand in
the direction of Elkington. ,But she had also
seen. The house a quarter of a mile away seemed
wreathed in flames. A lurid pillar of fire shot
straight upwards from the roof. There was a strange,
fantastic brightness about this conflagration which
even in that agitating moment struck Rupert as
peculiar, and then its meaning came to him as a
thing surprising and inexplicable. There was no
smoke. That was it; in that it differed from every
other fire he had witnessed. He stared again: not
a wreath of vapour of any kind, no dense billows
of blackness rolling upwards or swirling around,
shot through with sparks and livid ember., horrible
but natural. "Elkington is on tire!" he cried, "and
yet there is no smoke, no sparks. only a flame, and
it is almost green. Have yo:u ever seen the.like,
She knew. It came to her immediately that this
was Mary's work; that this \wai n.. ordinary phenom-
enon, that her sister's hand was in this, that the
vengeance with which David Shotover was being
pursued was exemplified in this unearthly flame. The
kneeling, naked woman, the weirdly lighted room,
the jet-black cat-all these seemed to her to have
a direct connection with the scene that flared be-
fore her eyes over yonder. She :ickeued, almost
fainted. She felt tainted, a- though slhe herself had
had traffic with this leprous evil.
"I can't stay here and do nothing." she heard Ru-
pert say decisively. "I am by far the nearest neigh-
bour; possibly no others may notice that there is
anything wrong over at Elkineton. I am going there
to see if I can be of any use."
"Take me with you, Rupert." she clied on an
She wanted to know just what was occurring;
to see for herself. Rupert was moved by ordinary
feelings of neighbourliness and by the natural de-
eency of his disposition. He would have insulted
or hit David Shotover that morning if the latter
had been overtly rude to Prudence; but he could
not stand indifferent and aloof to-night and see an-
other planter's house in flames, when he might be
able to render some assistance. He would have said
that that was one of the things that could not be
done; at any rate, he couldn't do it. He thought
it quite natural, too, that Prudence should want
to go with him: everybody likes to rush to see a
great fire. It has a strong fascination. So, without
another word, and without stopping to say anything
to his mother, he hurried Prudence down the stairs
and into the garage where his two-seater was park-
ed. In a minute they were out upon the road.
Three miles on a fairly good road, now unob-
structed by vehicles or pedestrians, and in a car
capable of going forty miles an hour. did not occupy
much time. In five or six minutes they were with-
in the gates of Elkington. On their way. at first,
they could see a light against the sky which they
knew was that of the fire; but after that hills and
trees obscured the view, and anyhow they had not
thought of looking. The main thing was to get to
the place as quickly as they could.
But when they reached the house, which front-
ed a large open space of land laid out as a pleasure
garden, a further astonishment awaited them. Ex-
cept for the glowing delco lamps within, there was
no illumination, no Dame. And no destruction vis-
ible, no smell of smoke, no embers littering the
earth, no sign of ashes. Yet that something unusual
had happened was evident; for in the garden were
assembled all the residents of Elkington. to the last
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M HARRY COX is one of the youngest of uur
practising solicitors and one of the cleverest.
He looks smart. He is smart. And be is full of
self -confidence.
Harry began life as a baby and steadily grew
to huyhood's estate with, one hopes, the proper
amount of spanking necessary to direct the mind
and mould the moral character.
He went to Jamaica College where he learnt
Latin and French, and other subjects which young
men destined for a professional career are expected
to study: then he entered the firm of Mr. A. E.
Motta awo was an able lawyer. Mr. Motta was a
hard worker and expected a young man articled to
him to work hard. Mr. Oppenheim was with Mr.
Motta when Mr. Cox, having finished his articles,
became a member of the firm, which then became
known as Motta, Oppenheim and Cox. It is still
known by that name; but. in 1932, Mr. Motta died.
Mr. Oppenheim and Mr. Cox are now the firm and
have continued the legal and insurance business with
which the late Mr. Motta was so successfully iden-
Harry is argumentative, which is what one ex-
pects a lawyer to be. Like most of the lawyers of
this generation in Jamaica he is very fond of using
the word "definitely." In the course of every three
or four sentences you will hear him say that a
thing is "definitely" so and so, a habit of speaking
which has sometimes led the present writer to say
repeatedly in conversation with Mr. Harry Cox that
the thing is -'indeinitely" so. or not so, for what
would life be without contradiction? But Harry, if
argumentative, is also extremely good-natured. Then,
above all, he possesses the gift of application: he
allows nothing to stand in the way of his work,
That is the right spirit, it means success. It means
that one can have confidence in a person who.
though he may rightly believe that all work and no
play makes Jack a dull boy, realizes also that work
must come before play.
Harry is popular with other members of the
legal profession and will go far. But there are
times, when he is arguing with H. G. D., when the
latter feels that immediate extermination should be
his doom. But H. G. D. is a reasonable being; be-
sides, it is dangerous to assault a lawyer even if
he does dare to argue with a genius.




"Yea," said the First Salesman. "I represent the
cheapest car in Jamaica, and in confidence, it is
really a Rolls Royce in disguise only the Brook
is turned out like -ausages. Think of the ease of
replacements: why, if the body breaks a sardine tin
from the Chinaman's will take its place. Now the
Terraplane isn't a bit like that: of course people say
it rides like a 2,000i car, but if you bave never Ter-
raplaned you will believe me they are just fools and
anyway who wants a car in which the noise of the
tyres is audible and the undulating liver-improving
motion of motoring absent? Then again gas: official
tests by the A A. certified only 23 m.p.e. for the Ter-
"I hear, Mr. Prospect," said Salesman Number
Two, "that you are getting a Terraplane instead of
the Laugbster I sold you six months ago. It cau't
be true. Everybody seems crazy about the Terra-
plane yet there isn't one of us Salesmen except its
own staff who won't tell you how bad we say it is.
Foi instance, it is the Essex Terraplane! and Bacon
tells us 'the name is everything.' All steel too!
No sills to rot! My aunt doesn't believe it and my
grandmother went to sleep in one at 51 mr.p.h. be-
cause there is so little sense of speed or motion in
the thing. It isn't motoring. I would he really
angry if you buy one. Do buy a Southampton."
"Disgusting," said John Bull Salesman. "Theie's
the .Motor and AIrtoco' staunch British journals)
boosting Terraplanes and admitting they out-climb,
out-accelerate and out-comfort other cars and there's
the car itself despite 33 1-3% duty selling in Eng-
land by the thousand. Degenerate and unpatriotic!
Surely you'd rather spend an extra hour per hun-
dred miles than be so unpatriotic, besides the hum
of our bottom gear is really musical. For our good
\ou must buy a Vixen or a Flagstaff."
"Now Sir." said the Terraplane Salesman, "if I
describe the ease of gliding over bad roads and up
or down hill before you Terraplane you may think
I exaggerate so I will confine myself to proved
acts. The car is a Hudson-Essex product. Every-
one acclaims the Hudson and you may remember the
ifur-eylinder Essex: anyway Terraplanes need not
refer to ancestry or decry the other car. There are
several good cars and there are cheaper cars but
there is no better value and there are only two Ter-
raplanes the Hudson Essex Terraplane six and
'The Terraplane is made possible by unit con-
struction, i.e., the principle on which aeroplanes,
bridges, sky-scrapers and other engineering struc-
tures are designed.
"It prevents warp or any twisting of the body.
It frees the engine of the need to give any structural
help to the framework. It permits the vibrationless
mounting of a very powerful engine. It eliminates
hundreds of pounds of useless weight. It does away
with perishable wood flooring and wood sills.
"The pneumounted engine develops its rated
h p. at low engine speed and so gives greater
efficiency. Special pistons prevent waste of oil. Its
steel fly wheel usually only found on high priced
cars) requires 50%. less power from the motor than
the usual cast iron fly wheel. Everything is bal-
anced-even the fan.
"Long life in the Terraplane i s assured by
unit construction and finest materials. Duo flow
oil system overcomes the greatest cause of ser-
vice charges on any car. Comfort is result of
roominess and springs as deep as in a high-priced
car. Low centre of gravity and constructive balance
secures freedom from sway on corners. Safety re-
sults from super ability to accelerate and decelerate.
"The Terraplane though economical will out-
perform. and out-comfort other cars and to prove
it-try it. Then compare it yourself with anything
you like factor for factor, price for price. Now for
a run.
"Comfortable isn't it -Yes she is running-See
55 in second and no vibration and no noise-Oh no;
Terraplaning, you don't feel ruts like those. Too
fast! Sorry; there, that's safe and comfortable
isn't it? Nevertheless it is 60 m.p.h.. We touched
73 when you slowed me down. Of course I can pick
up from 5 m.p.h. there you are 5, 20, 35, 50, a mat-
ter of seconds. Watch again 8, 10. 20, 30; yet this
hill was a first speed climb only a few years ago.
No, of course your car can't do it on top, but then
there isn't a main road hill in Jamaica we can't
Terraplane in top. Remember Spur Tree with five

'My dear," said Mr. Prospect. "I ordered a Ter-
raplane today. I went most carefully into the mat-
ter. obtained unbiased expert opinions and drove it
myself. Its climbing, acceleration and riding are
really marvellous."
"Yes." replied his wife, "I drove Mrs. Lar de
Dars and I want to turn in our big car for a Ter-
raplane. It's more comfortable and so much more
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garden boy, and many of these were chattering and
exclaiming in excited tones of voice.
Rupert stopped his car, jumped out of it, and
helped Prudence out. Then he walked rapidly up to
Mr. Shotover, who stood in front of the group con-
taining his sister and guests, and said without even
the preliminary of a "good-evening"-
"I thought I saw Elkington on fire. It looked
so from my place over there. What is the matter?
I drove over to see if I could be of any service."
"This is very kind of you, Mr. Simmondes," re-
turned Mr. Shotover with the quietness of a man
who is holding himself in with a violent effort at
self-control. "I appreciate it. We too thought it was
a fire; but it seems we were mistaken."
"But there was a fire of some sort," Rupert in-
sisted. "If it wasn't here, it must be somewhere
very close; and it was too high to have gone out
so quickly. This is very mysterious."
Mr. Shotover did not like that word "mysteri-
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But he had forgotten his sister, that woman of
much reading who was usually of an intellectual dog-
matism which no Churchman could equal.
"Do you hear that, Mr. Simmondes?" she asked,
cutting into the conversation.
The "that" to which she referred was a mutter-
ing of distant thunder among the hills to the -north,
and if one stared in the direction of the thunder
one could perceive also a ghostly flickering of light-
ning. There had been rain that afternoon. There
would probably be more rain before the morning
"Thunder?" said Rupert. "Why, yes. But what
has that got to do with this fire?"
"There was no real fire, though at first we
thought so," explained Miss Shotover positively.
"The atmosphere is charged with electricity; at any
moment I expect a fierce electrical storm: indeed,
we have already almost had one in this vicinity
within the last few hours. Surely you must have
heard of St. Elmo's fire, Mr. Simmondes? It is
an electrical display, and sometimes globes of fire
run along the ground, and sheets of fire-or what
looks like fire-envelop everything. But it doesn't

last and it never seems to do any damage. I have
seen it before. Have you never?"
The worthy, dominating woman spoke in a loud
voice, for everybody to hear, servants and all. She
did not believe a word that she said. Inwardly, she
was disturbed. She remembered the peculiar fire
at Elmsley Park of which her brother had told her;
she remembered too that John the butler, who had
been brought over to Elkington, had been a witness
of that sinister and inexplicable occurrence. Her
faith was shaken in her own explanations; but it
would never do to have it said that all her brother's
places were haunted or in some way preternatural-
ly affected. That would be interpreted as a sort of
curse upon the family, and such a reputation would
be injurious to its recently acquired prestige.
"I have seen St. Elmo's light running along the
ground in balls," admitted Rupert, "but only when
there was an actual storm going on. I have never
seen it look like a fire burning down a house."
"You have, to-night. I knew what it was from
the very first. There is plenty of electricity in the
air, and we have had a visible manifestation of it;
that is all. There may be more." She said this
firmly, though with an inward shiver. "I could lend
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"It seems to be all over now," continued Miss
Shotover, who appeared to have taken control of the
situation, like a good and efficient hostess. "Shall
we go inside and have something to drink?"
But before anyone could answer there was an-
other arrival. A car, driven this time by a woman,
made its appearance. Out of this car slowly descend-
ed Mary Ransome She walked calmly up to the
ladies and gentlemen assembled, and bowed to Mr.
Shotover particularly. "I hope I am not intrudine."
she said quietly, "but on my way from Pimento
Grove I thought I saw a fire on this property. Look-
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"There was no fire. Miss Ransome," he replied.
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social status she must be treated courteously. There
was no alternative except downright rudeness. "I
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he concluded, addressing Olive, May and the Holli-
wels collectively, a sort of introduction that would
afford them a ready excuse for ignoring Mary if
they should subsequently meet her, since they could
pretend not to remember her.
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Holliwell pleasantly. "We live in St. Ann, you
"Damn it!" muttered Mr. Shotover under his
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towards our church organ." said Doris Holliwell,
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Miss Shotover, was to leave immediately, and so
they thought should Simmondes and Prudence also.
Even Prudence felt embarrassed at Mary's presence;
Prudence too wanted Mary to leave, which example
she would follow at once. But Mary showed
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no disposition to go. She stood there. dlre-sed tin
a travelling frock that fitted her perfectly, on her
head a st lisli motor cap. her dark face animated.
vivid, hand-omie. her splendid figure shown off tir
finest advantage lby her chithes. She was absolute-
ly -elf-p.ssessed; yet Prudence saw in her eyes a
look that sometimes glowed there when in her heart
she was venomous. Prudence did not like that look.
She thought she had better take the initiative in
putting an end to this scene. She would bid them
all good-night at once and a,... Then Mary wnuld be
obliged It.t leave
She was ..u the very point t ,f saying gooidnight
'.hen. on the top of tile balustrad.e surrounding the
prlhr, wlhiirli fronted the hutire, about thirty feet
above them. appeared a huge biack cat that stored
down upuon the group in the garden. Its eyes gleam-
ed with the green tire that shines in the eyes of
cats at night. It seemed a, though about to spring
headlong upon the people Ilustered helow.
"-Is this yonur damned c.at?" cried MIr Shortver,
forgetting himself fir a nulnient. and so betraying
his feelings.
He lucked at Maly Raunsome as he hurled the
question at her. Olive and May stared at him in
turn Ernest glanced from him to the cat. What
wa. the meaning if this ,uietio n .
"I bea your pardi-.n?" asked Mary in level tines.
"David has unfortunately got into the habit of
swearing in the presence of ladies," came Miss Shot-
over', somewhat shrill voice. dominating the situa-
tion. "I have spoken to him about it before, but
all t. no purpose: we shall simply have to get used
to it How could it possibly be lMis Ranusome's cat,
David? It is a stray cat. I saw it here the day I
arrived. It lives in this Ieighlourliuhd "
She was lying. and her brother knew she was
lying He admired her ready wit. Had shle been
a ma-in. and in husine's, surely she would have dcne
'a. well a-, he had. She was a true sister, one in
a thousand An outstanding woman.
"It is very like the cat we saw at Elmsley,"
broke in May, "but this one looks larger."
-"This one looks malignant." said Mary Ransome
loudly: "if Miss Shotover is right, it is not a tame
car, since it apparently belongs to nobody. A dan-
gerous beast. It might scratch. Mr. Shotover: you
can never be sure. Indeed. you must have heard
how. sometimes. a cat will open its mouth over the
face if a sleeping infant and so prevent it from
breathing; thus the child dies of ~uffocation. A
creature :'f the size of that one up there might be
able to Asutlcate a grown man. certainly a ,oman.
if one slept soundly ror wasn't quite sober ,n going
to bed. It is strange. isn't it. how even a domestic
ret may become a peril.' You hate a little dog that
y.'u love It ilevelops rahie. hile.- you. and you get
t-tanus and die You have a lovely parrot, and it
may some day give you this new disease they have
discovered-parrot fever, isn't it?-and yoU die froni
a sort of incurable sickness. And a cat. especially a
strange cat. may lie on your face and stifle you.

One is never quite safe. One lives dangerously in
many respects; isn't that so, Mr. Shotover?"
She was goading him. feeling that he would not
dare to go too far, and apparently not caring how
far she herself should go. Mary did not know David
Shotover completely.
'George!" he called in a commanding tone of
"Yes, sir!" instantly arnwered a stocky black
man who had been standing among the servants,
and like them listening to what the gentry had been
saying. George was one of the headmen on Elking-
"Go and get your gun and -,hoot that beast."
"David!" cried his sister in an expostulatory
tone of voice.
"Oh, Mr. Shotover!" exclaimed both Olive and
May in the same breath.
"I can drive it away. -ir," suggested Ernest. "It
is doing no harm."
"'Please remain where you are. Tredegar," com-
manded Mr. Shotover with ominous politeness "I
will manage this business myself. A cat like that"
-he had no doubt it was the same-"scratched me
a few days ago at Elmaley Park. This lady here
has just reminded us hbow dangerous such animals
may be. I think she is right. This one does not
belong to the house, though it seems to be making
itself quite at home. We have had a display of St.
Elmo'. tire to-night: that Is one sufficiently start-
ling exhibition. We don't want any wild cat at-
tempting to suffocate any of us later. That sort of
thing may happen; so we'll shout it."
Meantime George had slipped away quickly-he
knew hi master-and was already running back
with his gun. George was a good shot. The cat
had noit the ghost of a chance if once he could take
But as the man came in sight again the
cat leaped from the top of the balustrade and began
making its \%ay down tlhe steps. Arrived on the
around it suddenly streaked across the open space
separating tile house from a here the people were
standing, and towards those people. It sped so swift-
ly that George had no thie to adjust his aim, and
ilwen it neared the men and women in the garden,
of course he did not dare to fire. It flew between
May and Olive, who were standing about a foot from
une another. Both girls emitted a scream, for they
were frightened. Then it was swallowed up in the
darkness. Mary Ransome laughed.
"It would almost seem as if the cat understood
your intention, Mr. Shotover." she said.
"Perhaps it did." he replied. "I hope so. I
hope my intentions are understood by everybody who
may choose to make themselves enemies of mine.
I will strike at them. whoever they are; and I an
not to be frightened by threats or theatrical dis-
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to see if you could be of any service: but, as my
sister has explained, we have only witnessed an un-
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call it. Sophie? And now I recall," he lied calmly,
"that I have heard that at this place such displays
are not infrequent; they have something to do with
the situation of the house. So to-morrow we shall
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all go over to the Moneague Hotel and spend some
time there; I am sure we can get the rooms we
want. Please see to this early to-morrow morning,
"Very well, Mr. Shotover. I thought of going
to 'luMeague myself to-morrow."
"Oh, did you? You were right. I think the at.
mosphere there is nicer than it is at Elkington, and
the surroundings are much brighter."
"But I must ask you to let me pay my own way
at Moneague."
"Why? You are my guest."
"I should much prefer it, if you didn't mind."
"Have it your own way We all seem to be act-
ing peculiarly thc-e days-cats and all." Mr. Shot-
over laughed. Now that he was asserting hiimelt,
feeling once Inure master f the situation, he was
losing his anger. His spirits were establishing an
equilibrium, becoming normal. "George," he went
on, "you and one or two others of the boys will
hunt for and shoot any black cat you find on these
premises, or anywhere on the public roads for half a
mile from here. If there is any trouble, I will back
you, don't worry. Ladies, we shall start for Mon-
eague Hotel shortly after breakfast. Ernest will go
ahead and make all the net.eesary arrangements. we
can depend upon him to make them perfectly. I am
sorry I can't ask you and Mr. Simnmondes in to-night,
Prudence"--e made no pretence at addressing Pru-
dence by her surname- he was not in a mood to
pretend very much to-night. even in the presence of
Olive and May-"but it is late and we shall have to
get ready for going away early to-morrow. But I
thank you for driving over, and I hope to see you
at the hotel: in fact, we must arrange to meet you
there; my sister will write you.
"And thank you too tor comingi t.. Elklugton to
night. Miss Ranitume; and perhaps I should thank
the cat too. but it isn't here. Just as well for it, for
if it were it would he a dead .,at, and I t'fanu that
that iF what it is going to be."
"You actually thought it was my cat," Mary re-
minded him; "and who is to say that that cat hasn't
got my spirit? And so, if you had killed the cat,
you might have badly injured me."
She said this laughing; but Prudence was watch-
ing her closely, and realized that there was a deep
vein of seriousness underlying her words. Natural-
ly, the others imagined she was merely making a
Mr. Shotover laughed in reply, laughed without
humour, laughed in irony. as Prudence recognized.
"Your idea is exactly mine," he assured her.
"I should not be surprised if that cat had something
of your opiri-a great spirit. So it I had killed it
I should have killed or injured ,ou. and justifiably,
of course, for the cat was a nui-ance. I always en-
deavour to get rid of nuisances I usually succeed.
Well, thank you, and good-night."
He had stepped up to her and taken her hand
in his. He was shaking hands with her, before
them all. as if in gratitude for her kindness in
coming in to see what was the matter, and as
though he were friendly disposed toward her. But
Prudence under-_tod his words; she knew that this
handshake was nothing mire than tme grip of two
prize-fighters before each begins the mighty effort to
beat the other helpless to the ground. Mr.
Sii tver 5iwa-, oi.uleni:ing to fight, and would stop
at little. The -ame ruthlessness was true of Mary
She looked int II, i eyes and laughed A flash of
defiance and late passed between them

As they were about to separate, Prudence hur-
ried over to Mary and said: "I want to see you to-
morrow. I will drive over to Pimento Grove. What
time will you be there?"
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for some days," Mary answered. "I am going on to
Kingston now, and hall ie Iharl in St. Ann later
on. I will write and let yotu know where you can
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Then she had hurried to her ear. and Pruiderce
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her. Did Mary know that she had nitne-ed that
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to now he had been proved correct. Happily, too, his
sister's explanation as to the St. Elmo's fire had
been accepted by everyone, it seemed so reasonable
in the absence of any other rational theory.
Yet something had happened to the party. Each
of the principal members of it was discontented, and
so the Holliwells felt that they would be happier
They were talking now just before lunch. They
voiced their decision to their host when they all, the
:even of them, sat down to lunch. Mr. Shotover of-
fered no objection, did not press them to stay long-
er: indeed, he frankly said that he would be going
to Kingston the next day to meet Jim Flemming. and
that the day after he thought of taking his English
guests for a jaunt to Montego Bay: "just four of us."
"Who are the four?" questioned May.
"You, Olive, Jim and myself," said Mr. Shot-
over. "My sister prefers to remain here until we
return, and I want Ernest to go on to St. Thomas to
look after some business for me. Ernest wou't be
with us any longer: work has to be done."
"Just what I was thinking myself," said Ernest
coldly. "I think I'll start out to-night. I must ask
for my bill."
"Nonsense. You didn't come here by yourself,
Tredegar. but with me. I won't allow you to pay
your own bill."
"But I told you I would, and you agreed."
"Quite true. But when one's house seems on
fire that is not a moment when one argues over a
trifle. Don't let us talk about it any more."
"But I must, Mr. Shotover. I meant what I
said, and I mean it now."
"You seem to forget, Ernest, that I could have
asked you to accompany me to Moneague as a duty,
as a part of your duties. As a matter of fact you
have been giving me assistance here as a part of
your duties."
"Quite so; that is well understood. But that
cannot prevent me from paying my own way at a
hotel, Mr. Shotover, and I am going to do it."
"I don't understand you in these days, Trede-
gar "
"And your way of putting things isn't a very
pleasant one, Mr. Shotover."
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have raised uo objections before. Now you are as
linnikin as a girl. What is the reason of the
The close-set eyes were boring into Ernest now,
the clever brain behind those eyes were functioning
at high power. There was nut only a question,
there was suspicion, accusation, in that glance.
Ernest knew quite well that he was being sent to
St. Thomas to put him out of proximity with Olive.
So did everybody else at the table.
Ernest did not answer Mr. Shotover's query. "I
shall start for Kingston after dinner," he said, "and
go on from Kingston to St. Thomas to-morrow morn-
"Very well. You will remain in St. Thomas for
a couple ,f weeks. I imagine. There is much for you
to do there."
"I shall see what is required when I am there,"
answered Ernest eveuly. "I may be needed there
for a couple of weeks, or only a couple of days."
'Quite so, Tredegar. And after that?"
"I may go tu St. Mary. Or to St. James. I will
let you know."
"Do what you think necessary. You usually do
what is right, Ernest."
"Thank you."
But the atmosphere did not clear. The polite-
ness of the two men was studied, not spontaneous.
Everybody felt this. But everybody felt also that
Ernest had scored.
The party scattered after lunch. for an after-
noon siesta or rest. Ernest disappeared; he was
not at tea: and after tea Mr. Shotover asked Olive
if she would go for a walk with him to the golf
course, which was situated within the hotel's
grounds She consented. As they walked along
Mr. Shotover opened on the topic that was in his
"Your brother comes to-morrow, Olive."
"Yes, Mr. Shotover; "and I can't tell you how
grateful I am that you have give him such a nice
position in your business."
"Well, I think he'll make good; in fact I am
certain of it." said Mr. Shotover. "He stood well
with the people he worked with in London, and
they wouldn't have tolerated anyone inefficient.
But I will speak frankly, as is my habit. I must
admit that in any case I should have had to pension
off my old accountant; he is ageing. His days are
done, and he has been a good man. But I shouldn't
have thought of your brother if I hadn't met you.
He has to thank you for my taking him on. But I
am glad I did it. I would do anything for you."
'"You are very kind."
"I love you. Olive. That is the reason. I told
you so in London. I told you so more than once,
and I tell you so again. I would do anything for
you. I waut you to marry me. You promised me
to give me an answer some time. What Is that
"You have been very kind to me," murmured
Olive, "and it would be ungrateful in me not to ap-
preciate it. But you will remember I said that I
could only marry a man that I loved."
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"That I don't love you. Don't be angry. It
isn't a thing that one can help. Would you wisn
me to marry you without affection? Would that be
fair to you?"
"I have heard it said that love often comes
after marriage."
"It might. I suppose," said Olive thoughtfully;
"but suppose it didn't?"
"But it might."
"Mr. Shotover-"
"Why don't you call me David?" he interrupted.
"I call you Olive. May calls me David now. Yet
you stikk to the formal 'Mr. Shotover'. Why?"
"Very well. I'll call you David, if you like.
You say that love may come after narria'ge: I sup-
pose it sometimleb does. But there is another side to
marriage. isn't there. Iln't it true that people who
marry \lithoiut lure may sicken of one another?
Then what happens? Life becomes a hell."
"I could never sicken of you."
She remained silent.
'"What you mean," he continued, "is that you
might sicken of me; isn't that it? But why do you
think that likely non?"
"I don't think it likely, because I would never
marry you without loving you, and I don't love
"And don't think you ever cau?"
"Don't be so positive. Let us wait awhile yet.
I'll be perfectly frank with you. I think I should
have stayed in London, leaving ny business ontt in
these parts to take care of itself: I Fhould have
thought only "f you and of nothing else; and then
in time you might have come to care for me. But
I asked yu to i om-e nut here: I wanted you ill my
own surroundines. and I brought you into contact
with Ernest Tredegar Oh, yes: I am not blind. I
don't think Ernest has been playing the game with
me. He isn't fair to me.'"
"You have no right to say that."
S*I have every rieht. Auy man would have the
right, and it i-, not heau:e I am his employer that
I must (.ease to feel as any ordinary mail would.
Surely you see that!"
To herself she admitted the justice of his con-
'I have seen Ernest talking to you. I have no-
ticed the I.,ik in his eyes. his demeanuur: I have
heard the tones uf his voice as be spoke Does he
take me for a fool, or for a mere business machine.
Do you? Well. I am a man, and I love you; and
you can't blame me for being jealous of any man

who finds favour in your sight. I should not care
for you if I were not jealous. It is because I love
you that I hate the thought of any other man be.
ing more in your heart than I have hoped to be.
How can you blame me for this?"
Again she felt that there was justice in his
plea, and she felt sorry for him, as he had intended
that she should. But she did not love him. She
could uut promise to marry him.
He seemed to know what was passing in her
"I will not press you for a definite answer now."
he hastened to say "I can wait."

*'What is the use?"
"You never can tell. I am devoted to you.
Jim likes me. He'll be here to-morrow, and we
shall all be happy together. You may feel different-
ly after a little while."
She knew lie was playing upon her sisterly feel-
ing for Jim. whose position could hardly be a for-
tunate one if she returned to England free, or, worse
-till. if Mr. Shotover believed that she was pledged
to Ernest Tredegar. But she was not. She could
truthfully say that if he asked her
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And the next question he asked was about
"Ernest wants to make love to you. has in fact
been doing so in a way." he said. "I have seen it.
You haven't accepted him, have you-if I may ask?"
"He has ntit asked me to. and I don't think
your question quite a fair one."
"Then I withdraw it. You have said enough
for thr moment: he hasn't yet asked you. But I
know be intends to do so. Perhaps be has only ab-
stained trom being definite because he has really
been my guest and he knows the hopes, I had had
about you. He has hi., view of honour, I imagine,
thought to me they dou't appear quite straight. How-
ever, I know what he intends"
-"You know him better than I do. I suppose."
I should. Well, we'll see. Will you promise
me something?"
"What is it?"
"That you won't accept him for the next three
weeks if he does ask you to marry him?"
"I don't know that that is quite a fair thing for
you to ask me: hbut I promise"
i"I must.' she thought to herself, "for the sake
of Jim: this man has Jim and so me in his power."
And David Shotover had felt certain she would pro-
mise because of the very reason she gave to her-
"You have taken a great weight off my mind,"
he told her.
"And now, I suppose," she said. a little bitterly,
'you will endeavour to get Mr. Tredegar out of the
way entirely, believing that if I should see him I
might fall in love with him. Isn't that your idea?"
"It would be only fair if I did what you think
I have it in mind to do," he said bluntly. "Hasn't it
been said that all is fair in love and war? And
does one help a rival? Would that be just to my-
self? But I will be open with you. I do want Er-
nest to be away from you if possible. I will try
to keep him from you. But only in so far as I am
able to do so by quite honest means; that is to say,
I shall ask him to devote his time and attention to
the business which I pay him to look after. Surely
that is fair! I have to fight him, but I will fight
him quite fairly, though with methods of my own. I
should be a fool to do anything else. But, remember,
I am fighting for you."
"What do you expect to gain?"
"This. He knows that he has a fine position
with me, and an even finer future. He knows that
if he takes you from me he cannot hope to remain
with me. I do not need to tell him this: that would
wound his pride and bring about a crisis. But he
knows it. and I am willing to let the knowledge
have its legitimate influence with him. Do you
blame me? I can do better for him than any other
man, or any company here, is likely to do. He
knows it. Very good; let him make his choice. He
may prefer you to anything else. Let us try him
out. It will not only be I who shall try him out,
but you as well; and it is but fair to yourself that
you should do this. If he is willing to make defin-
ite and real sacrifices for you. then you may account
him worthy of you-though I think no man can be
that But if he prefers a very su"'i'essfol career
with me. you w rn't. surely, be so silly as to sacrifice
yourself for him by still refusing me as a husband.
That would benefit neither you nor me nor him And
all I a'sk as a testing period is three weeks Am I
"I think you are a devil!" she flashed at him in
an unuoiual sputt of anger.
"MP? Why?" he asked, in genuine astonishment.
"Because of your plan. You hope that Mr.
Tredegar will not want to sacrifice anything extra-
ordinary on my account; therefore you are planning
to offer him a far better position than he has even
now, and you hope he will be tempted by that. Isn't
it so?"
"It is. He is a good man, and I should not like
to lose him. You are the one girl in the world for
me, and I won't give you up without a fight. I will
make any sacrifices for you. Tredegar knows me:
If I give him another position, it will be his for
good. You suggest I shall bribe him. Why not?
Surely you ought to feel gratified that I am willing
to go far to gain you: if I were not, what would my
love be worth? The question is: how far is he pre-
pared to go to win you? And what do I beg of
you? Only not to accept him in the next three
weeks, and that you say nothing to him of this con-
versation. That is all I beg."
"You mean that that is what you stipulate, with
Jim arriving here to-morrow with no definite
agreement with you for a term of years," said Olive
"Don't deceive yourself, my dear." Mr Shot-
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TanI't tell iyou what I Ilur' i1 miind."
She plan.-]J at hl i ii n uzzild lie -elin-el iII
ilkiillty tEa iiern, Yet what iuoildi lie nieanu
**I have l our pitromnie';" lie a-ked lier :ihi iipl[ y.
SYes., ftor three week-."
"That sh would lie o(-n,.ul1. And iinw I aiIn '-.inl
fr., lieht fir you. Mly ;,jd! How well you ar:t wt'ortlh
lighting for! '
She did not like him. .\et the rierie ,-niplimnirn
of his iiianne.r, of his l.ri'k. 1.f his dE-ti riiiIn n'itl..i
tlirilld her Would Ernest right ala-o-and v inr
He turned and e .,' rted her back t... the lintel,
talking amiably on colurnmon place ..ubject- He at.
nruilly e-;enied happy. There nas .a bright look n11
lii- eye. the light of battle. He had planned a Ita ..
paign in ii, mind. To struggle and to ( conifflir wae
a, thl.- Iireath of life to hiil Butl Mary a-R.i-tule
already knew that


M R. SHOTOVER left Olive on the front verandah
of the hotel, where she joined May and the
Holllwell, prior to going to her room to change
for dinner. He went up to his own apartment, whit.h
opened on the upper verandah, a section iof which
formed a kind of balcony where he could sit and
talk in privacy. There he penned a note to Ernest
kingg him ti comen and have a brief talk before
dinner if possible The note was friendly in tone.
While waiting until Ernest should make his ap-
pearance, Mr. Shotover thought over the idea he
had cn.eived, and found it good from every point
of view. It would be guud business as well as good
strategy for getting rid of a rival.
He also went over his plan for dealing with
Mary Hansome. That would entail a straight fight.
Miss Ransome and her half-sister Imagined that he
was afraid of them, of some scandal that they might
spread? Well, there was where they fell down. to
use a very expressive Americanism. They didn't
quite knitw him: they underrated his boldness and
courage If there was publicity, they thought tie

i.,uldi. 1 shriink from it, So., jlso there \er,'e thin -s they
Wir, nlodiil and must -Lhriuk tfr'in--.r Prudence at any
rate-i'i he knew anything about Irldiiary human
iniure. It wa%, they that would yield at last. not he.
t'ui lie iiut ni moe quickly.
\lr. Slhotver's rather had been an Englishman,
h!is neither a Jamaican whose father was Scotch.
lwhios mother was Jewish, and he always felt proud
oif having in his \eins the blood of three great com-
mercial and business-brained peoples. His flair for
,ippurtunity. his persistence. his shrewdness when
driving a bargain: these, lie had always believed,
hlfe ,,ed to strains derived mainly trnm his Scotch
iid .lew.ish grandparents. There %was one element,
hIlwever, i-hi;lc he did not take into consideration,
[,r,.blably because it had never made itself manifest
in any particular fashion in all his life. or perhaps
blri.ause he smniply Ihad never given it a thought.
That was the religious instinct :of the Jew.
The Jews are pre-eminently the lieopie of the
Bible, the people of a faith which has persisted
throuIeh many centuries, thousands of years, cor-
rupted often, discarded often by a majority, but still
retained always by a minority, and revived again
and agaiu by prophets and priests. Probably the
religituus instinct is s.o much in their blood that the
Jeas can no more get rid of it than they could volun-
tarily rid themselves of all sensation.
Mr. Shotover himself, as a Christian, attended
Anglican churches at times, supported Anglican and
other religious institutions, and had always vaguely
believed in the religion in which he had been rear-
eil But he would have smiled had anyone described
him a, a religious man, and decidedly no one bad
Ever done so. Religion, he thought, was a very
minor and non-important part of existence. though
womeu naturally liked it because they were emo-
tional. As for superstition, he would have felt only
soorn fur anyone who attributed to him the slightest
%estige of that. Yet, in these last few days, he had
corme to believe that there must be something in
the claims of Mary Ransome. and how could she
nave the power she professed if not through traffic
with unearthly agencies? Some feeling deep within
tim was stirred.
Every hour almost his conviction deepened that
he had to contend with an influence not altogether
human The Jewish religious instinct, the instinct
towards a belief in the supernatural, was manifest-
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bute of humanity. But precisely because in the Jew
it is peculiarly strong it worked strongly now in
Mr. Shotover, tough he had but one quarter of Jew-
ish blood in his veins. Religion is based largely on
"the fear of the Lord," ahih is said to be "the
beginning of wisdom." But a primary definition of
superstition is "fear of the gods," and super--titio:us
practices are mainly a propitiation of supernatural
agencies, either for the averting of danger, the secur-
ing of benefits, or the harming of enemies. All men
have a taint of superstition in their minds, even if
it be only about the number thirteen, or Friday,
or the lighting of three cigarettes with one match,
or the spilling of salt. Trilling matters, but a straw
will show the direction of the wind. And when
peculiar coincidences occur. when there seems no
really satisfactory explanation of these, they asunme
a somewhat supernatural complexion. even if that
be not explicitly admitted. The "fear of the gods"
is always at the back of most minds.
At first Mr. Shotover had openly sneered at
Mary Ransome's threats. He was no longer in the
least disposed to do so. There was somethingg be-
hind those threats; she had proved it; she must be
taken seriously. She could be and was dangerous;
she was harming him; and it seemed to him that
she was not confining the demonstrations of her pow-
er to merely theatrical displays such as the nmybteri-
ous noise of stone-throwing-so often reported in
Jamaica-unearthly fires, a haunting black cat the
purpose of whose appearancres wan not yet quite
clear. No; he saw in Erne.et's evident desire to win
the affections of Olive. in Olive'" patent inclination
towards Ernest, the nim.st deadly evidence of Mary's
wish to injure, and the te:ult ,fr her effnrt- B.,th
Mary and Prudence had told himn that be would nev-
er marry Olive. Now, if they could terrify wvith lire
and strange noises, seeking to itintidatu Ii:, thiui-
inexplicable, could they not also work by unilcurn n
means to turn his own manager against him and
to estrange from him the original kindly feeling of
a girl who had almost accepted him in London? Was
not this, indeed, an easier thing to do? Was it not,
indeed, the ordinary procedure of the ordinary
workers of old African maeic?
David Shotover was a very. clever ilus inue- mLan;
'but also he was exlrnl.rdi.tiii ly %\nii. Thlt a -,ing.
man and young uonlail. niletilnv under -irit IIlntlanl e.s
which both ojitidered romantic. s houlil beI dra"in
to one another--to that hbvioUs fact he did not
give sufficient weight. He rather fancied hinm-elf
as a suitor. He w.a- not yet rifty; he was li.h: lie
was powerful; he possessed a keen brain. what girl
would not prefer him to a young fellow who was
only an employee and who could never hope to be
what David Shotover had become? True, Oliive had
not accepted him right away; but he had hail mtucli
experience with women, and he knew that some of
them loved to be pursued and courted for some
time, to be followed up and worshipped, especially
if they felt sure of their lover. That flattered their
vanity, appealed to their self-love. enhanced their
worth in their own eyes. And he had not minded
this in a girl whom he wanted to marry. fer if she
was worthy to become his wife she was surely worth
the trouble of an arduous winning
But he had never doubted he would win her:
indeed, he had regarded his marriage with her as
settled. And now a hell-cat of a malicious brown
woman had determined to disappoint and thwart
him. But Olive had explicitly given him her word
that she would not accept Ernest Tredegar for three
weeks at least, and lie would work on Ernest with
means that should prove effective. Meantime also he
would strike direct at Mary Ransome. and at Pru-
dence too if that should be necessary. If David
Shotover could not be a match for all of them. even
with the Devil against him. it would be most extra-
ordinary. He woull take Mary Ransome with dead-

ly seriousness. That meant that he would know
how to proceed against her.
A rap at his door, and in obedience to his invi-
tation Ernest came out on the verandah-balcony.
"You wanted to see me, Mr. Shotover?'"
"Yes, Ernest: I want to talk to you. When I
suggested at lunch that you should go over to St.
Thomas to give a glance at the properties there, I
had more in my mind than I could explain just then.
Either you or I had to go, for I want my bananas
to be in the best condition possible. I am making a
big new contract with the fruit company, and I
must keep my end up. I can depend on you, I know,
as well as on myself."
"That is a great compliment," said Ernest guard-
edly. He wondered what all this was leading to.
He knew his David Shotover.
"IL is: but it is deserved. The truth i,. Ernest.
I amn not circumscribing my operations; I am ex-
tending them. I thought I would slacken off a bit,
but I don't quite see how to do it. I have just got
to go on, and I want good men to help me. You
are one. Oh, I am not flattering you; I know quite
well I could get others. You are not the only peb-
ble on the beach-that is what you were going to
tell me, -asn't it?"
It wasn't. It was what Mr. Shotover himself
wanted to tell Ernest, and he had put it as nicely
as he knew how. But he had put it. Ernest recog-
nised that, but there could be no protest. He said
"I know as well as you do that no man is in-
dispensable. Ernest; but you can't get used to a
man, who has proved able, energetic, trustworthy,
and then imagine that you can easily dispense with
him: don't let anybody deceive you into believing
that, my dear boy. Don't let your modesty deceive
you. If we had to part, it would be with deep re-
luctance so far as I am concerned. If there was


no way out of it, I should have to acquiesce, of
course: I have had similar experiences in the past
and have survived them: T have always been able
to go ahead. But there was a wrench always, and
a loss; and I don't know anyone whose leaving me
I should so much regret as yours, even if I saw
that there was uo alternative. It would be a bad
blow in more respects than one."
"You will excuse me. Mr. Shotover," Ernest in-
terrupted, controlling his temper, but not troubling
to conceal that he was growing angry, "but your
remarks are most peculiar. What has my going
down to look after some fruit in St. Thomas to do
with our possible parting and your regret at that
event should it occur? What is behind your words?"
"More than you think. Ernest. and when you
have heard me out you will see that I am only be-
ing fair to you in speaking as I have done. Some
employers would talk differently. They don't be-
lieve in letting a man know that Iie is well thought
of. and that separation from him, though it may be
in some circumstances inevitable. would hurt them
greatly. But I think and act differently. I want
my officers to feel that they have my full confidence,
and I want to feel that I have theirs. I wish to
be able to trust them in everything. and I wish them
to feel that they can leave their interests safely
in my hands. You are a good man. An excellent
man. I showed that I thought so when I promoted
you some months ago; but tmy business is still in-
creasing and I am not disposed to kill nmyelf with
taking too much into my own hands. Very well
then: what follows? Surely that I must pass on to
you or to another come increased responsibility, and
should let you know in words as well as deeds that
I think you are fully capable of fulfilling my trust
in you. I propose to make you the general man-
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Jamaica business you now look after. That is what
I have had in mind, Ernest. That is why I have
been speaking in what you call my peculiar manner.
I want you to realise how highly I think of you."
A giad, proud flush passed over Ernest's face.
He had not been expecting to hear anr.thing like
this, and Mr. Shotover knew it. Inwardly Mr.
Shotover smiled.
"You mean that your properties in Trinidad and
in British Guiana are to be looked after by me?"
"Exactly. But Jamaica, of course, will be your
headquarters. You will have to do some travelling,
but you will like that. You are young, and moving
about will appeal to you."
A suspicion crossed Ernest's mind. "And when
am I to visit the other colonies?" he enquired. "As
soon as I have done with St. Thomas?"
"Gracious, no! At least, not unless you badly
want to. Next year February would do, or even
March. March would be the better month, I think."
("So he is not trying to get me out of the is-
land in a hurry," thought Ernest, and watching Mr.
Shotover's countenance closely he did not discover
there any expression of guile. Mr. Shotover could
act magnificently when he had thought out his
"There is no hurry: you will have plenty to do
here in the next few weeks, helping me put over
my new contract with the fruit company. But we
haven't said anything about pay yet: I can see you
are leaving that to me. You are wise, Ernest: I
always look after my faithful men, especially when
I like them, as I like you.
"Now let us see: you are getting fifteen hundred
pounds a year now, with perquisites, That's not a
bad salary, but your responsibilities are about to
be doubled, and I am going to expect good results
from you. I am going to make money out of you
if you do this job as I expect you will."
(This was literally true. Mr. Shotover had no
doubt that his plan would pay financially. That
was one reason why he so readily adopted it).
"I am going to give you two thousand five hun-
dred pounds a year," he added slowly.
"Mr. Shotover! Really, this is most generous. I
assure you that-"
"And you have no reason to believe that you
will not go farther. Damn it, why shouldn't you? I
may make you a salaried partner one of these days:
everytlvhig depends upon yourself now. And you
deserve it, Ernest. I am doing you no favour. I
trust you in everything. and I am going to depend
more upon you than I have done before."
"I insist upon thanking you, sir! You are splen-
did. Yes; you can depend upon me: I assure you
you won't regret the confidence you place in me."
"I don't imagine for an instant that I shall,"
smiled Mr. Shotover, who was now in excellent
spirits. He loved the warmth and genuineness of
Ernest's appreciation and thanks; he loved praist:
it made him feel like a deity. Tredegar would
worship him now: no other man in this country
would think of doing so much for Ernest. Yet it was
also good business! He knew how to deal with men
and affairs, did he, David Shotover: that was why
he was so successful. He would retain a first-class
man, increase his own profits, and at the same time
put a stop to anu.thing like rivalry in love affairs.
And his methods were of the best. No one could
say he was acting meanly. If he had conveyed some
hints of a personal nature in his preliminary talk
with Ernest, that was not only necessary but would
do the young man good.
But there must be a final hint.
"I'll see you at dinner, Ernest. Tr in'.rr"w
Jim Seaton, my future brother-in-law, arrives. I am
going on to Kingston to meet him. As soon as you
find you can leave St. Thomas, drop in on me where-
ever I am, and meet this brother-in-law of mine. You
and he will get on famously. I am sure; and any-
how you will be his boss, under me. If I am a
little late, please tell Olive I am dressing."
A chill descended on Ernest. Mr. Shotover
spoke positively, seemed to have no doubts. Had
Olive this afternoon, after all .? Had these new
plans of Mr. Shotover's anythiug to do with his ap-
proaching marriage, with his desire for more lei
ure? The feeling of exultation ebbed. Ernest rea-
lised that he was being called upon to choose between
Olive and this wonderful new posit ion: now be u.
derstood why Mr. Shotover had spoken about the
disagreeable possibility of their parting. How clever
a devil was this man! Oh, he meant this offet'; as
a man of business he could be trusted; perhaps he
had had this same idea in his mind for some time.
But he used it now, just when he thought it could
be of maximum use and effect. That would be like
him. A subtle person. A dangerous man.
S Ernest left the balcony without a word. He:
must think over all this: above all, he must have
a talk with Olive, if possible this very night. He
loved her. He could offer her very little compared
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with what Mr. Shotover had; but he believed he
could offer her happiness. But even if she should
be content with what he had to give, would he not
be injuring himself if he tried to win her, succeed-
ed, and then was forced to resign his general man-
agership? For Mr. Shotover meant that beyond a
doubt. And Ernest was ambitious and desired to
go as far as he might by the exercise of his
abilities. He now found that he had been suddenly
tossed on to the horns of a dilemma.
"What does it profit a man if he gain the whole
world and lose his own soul?"
The words flashed into his mind as he slowly
walked along the corridor to his own room. Olive
was to him as his soul. Only a few days ago, at
L!ldinegtn, he himself had asked her if she would.
give her -eauty. her charm, her attracti\eess for a
lot of money merely; and now he was being tempted
to give her up for much less. Did it ever profit a
man to gain the world and lose his soul? Was there
ever any ultimate benefit in such an exchange?
His mind was disturbed. At one moment, when
he reached his room; he felt he would walk back to
Mr. Shotover and tell him forthwith that he reject-
ed his offer: he actually started to do so, then check-
ed himself. No; he must see Olive first. He.must
do what she herself had suggested: refrain from act-
ing precipitately. This was an affair of business
as well as of the heart: he must remember that he
was a business man, with a future to make or mar.
He must proceed deliberately. Indeed, he had prac-
tically promised her this.
But wpuld it not be nobler to throw all material
considerations to the winds without an instant's
hesitation, without waiting another moment?
No: Such action would be merely stupid. He
must wait awhile, he must think. He must know
Thus Ernest deliberated. And Mr. Shotover had
calculated upon such deliberation on his part, and
eten on the outcome of it.
Mr. Shotover began to dress for dinner with a
buoyant feeling. He had observed the young man's
exaltation give place to depression: he had expected
that. He would not even have been greatly sur-
prised if Ernest had told him then, or five minutes
after, that he would leave his service. But he would
have expressed sorrow at any such decision on

Ernest's part, and would have refused to consider
his resignation; he would strongly have urged Ernest
to think the matter over. The solid advantages
of a fine salary and high executive position would,
in Mr. Shotover's opinion, appear more and more
valuable the longer they were dwelt upon. Time
would work for him with Ernest. Men did not
throw away magnificent prospects for a girl whom
they had known for but a couple of weeks. It was
money and not love that made the world go round.
At any rate, money more than love.
And now, as soon as James Seaton had been

received, Mary Ransome must be dealt with. This
must happen very quickly. She was the formidable
enemy. No time must be lost in settling with her.

UT when Mr. Shotover came to think over plans
for dealing with Mary Ransome he found that
this woman remained the problem she had been
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her? She had no business relations with him, so he
could not squeeze her; he knew of no one through
whom he could get a strangle hold on her. Nor
could she easily be bribed to let him have his own
way: he felt that any crude offer of money to her
to betray Prudence-for that was what it would
amount to-would only lead to his ridicule and dis-
comfiture. Yet she had to be rendered nugatory. And
there was but little time for the accomplishment of
that purpose.
But there was her vanity. She believed in her
own ability to control people and events, to bring
about her ends. Through vanity many a clever man
and woman had been trapped and brought low; so
intent were they on showing their skill, their finesse,
their power, that they often did not see whither that
exhibition was leading them. Why should Mary Ran-
some be any exception to such persons? Mr. Shot-
over smiled grimly as this idea came into his head.
He knew how far the law and his money would al-
low him to go. He thought out his trap and its
So Mary, calling at the St. Ann's Bay post office
one morning for letters, as she usually did, found
one that read:
Dear Miss Ransome:
You will be surprised to hear from me; but
the truth is that I want your help. Not in any
intimate matter, but in something in the way
of business in which you may be able to assist
me. I will, of course, call on you at any time
convenient to you; but, if I may make a sug-
gestion, I could come round one evening to where
you are living now, say Saturday. Would this
suit you?
Sincerely Yours,
Mary smiled when she read this letter. "Wants
to see the bastard and half-nigger, does he, and on
business? Humph. I may be able to assist him,
may I? Well, perhaps." She immediately replied.
She said she would be at home at about nine o'clock
on Saturday night next. That was five days away.
She sent her answer to Mr. Shotover's Kingston ad-
He received it the next day and laughed. So
this woman was pleased that he had condescended
to appeal to her and had offered to wait upon her.
She could not resist the triumph of having him come
to ask her a favour. He had gauged her rightly.
What happened now would be largely of her own

He re-read the copy of the letter he had sent
her. It satisfied him. Nothing committal there: it
was on her answers to what he should say that
everything would depend. His next step was obvious.
He took it that very same day.
And on Saturday night, at nine o'clock, his car
drew up in front of Mary Ransome's house. He had
driven it himself. He blew his horn until she came
to the door, so that she should see he was alone.
At her bidding he alighted and went into the
This house was situated about two miles out of
the town of St. Ann's Bay and was well within a
tiny plantation, or large country yard, that belonged
to Mary. Trees surrounded it on three sides; only
the front was clear of them. The nearest neighbour
was perhaps a quarter of a mile away. The bunga-
low had a veraudah upon which the sitting room
opened; behind this room, and projecting into two
wings, were four other apartments; one a dining-
room, the others for sleeping purposes. It was com-
fortably furnished, but dimly lighted with kerosene
lamps. Rather gloomy at nights because of the sur-
rounding trees.
"What an honour, Mr. Shotover!" said Mary
as he shook hands. "On the last occasion that we
met it was as foes; now it almost seems as if we
meet as friends. What is the reason of this change?"
"Well, I can't see why we shouldn't be friends,"
protested Mr. Shotover. "Of course there is your
sister" He paused. Even he was embarrassed.
He had intended, if possible, to avoid all reference
to Prudence.
"She needn't be considered," said Mary calmly.
"Well, what do you want, what can I do for you?
Anything about your love affair with Miss Olive?
Ernest Tredegar is troublesome, isn't he? I knew
he would be. You want my help against him?"
"I don't know what you are talking about," lied
Mr. Shotover, and Mary smiled. "The truth is that
I have had a great deal of bother with business
affairs and that my luck seems to have turned for
the present. I want to know what my opponents are
doing, couldn't you help me? You have powers
denied to ordinary people. I am making you a busi-
ness proposition. Help me in your own way to know
what is happening among those with whom I am
dealing and I will pay you handsomely: a thousand
pounds. Is it a bargain?"
"It is strange that a man like you should come
to me about such a thing," said Mary, eyeing him
thoughtfully. "I should hardly have thought it of
you. Are you sure you wouldn't prefer my assist-
ance in your love affair? Think now."

"Frankly, I should. But would you give it to
"But now that Prudence and Rupert Simmon-
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She stopped him. "I have a personal score to
settle with you, you forget; and I fancy you have
set your heart more upon this English girl than on
anyone else. I want to see you deprived of her,
But let me tell you the truth: I could not help you
in that matter even if I wanted to. My good man,
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looking, with one another? You are nearly fifty, and
you wish this young girl to be devoted to you. It
is not impossible, it might ha\e happened if she
hadn't met Tredegar; but 3,u yourself brought them
together. And now yuu caunot keep them apart.
Circumstances have beaten you., not I. Do you e-.
Jieve that?"
"No. And I am not beaten. But how do you
know anything about Mr. Tredegar and Miss Flem-
ming?" he went on suspiciously. "Y''u have never
come in contact with them, have rou?'"
"No. But there are such things as servants,
and they notice a lot."
"And you question them. orr send your servants
to do so, I suppose, and they tell you lies."
"You know quite well they are not lie-."
"Well. we needn't argue about that now In the
other thing. the business matter, will you help me?"
'For a thousand poundsi"
"I will do my best. Shall we go into details
"Nn: I haven't the inrioney with me, and I only
came tr. i!ght to see how you would take my pro-
posal. I will come back to-morrow night."
"Bring the money, but no cheque, mind."
"I have notes of a large denomination."
"That will do."
"And now I shall be running along: I we'll -ee
you tviniorroTw night at about this aiine time "
-Very pood, NMr. Shot'lver. '
"'And.'" he added as lie 'lent thrui;;h the door,
laughing, "I hope y.,tu wvn't mind if I say you are
a bit of a .pitfire and a devil."
"Right, f.tr I am both Amni yu .i- r a natural
descendant of old-time hir .'iin-'r.- and slave-owners,
Mr. Sho:tover."
S1Iy .vi I think y."i ar.. ri:hlt lie called lback
to her. "'Yui have got the right ni'rdt for me"

He was in a merry frame of mind. He believed
that her very frankness in telling him that she had
nothing whatever to do with Olive's temporary infa-
tuation with Ernest Tredegar-temporary was his
own word-was but a blind: she had much to do
with it And he bad been correct in believing that
she would persist in her effort to prevent him from
getting Olive: it was the sort of cattish thing that
a woman would do. On this score he could come to
no composition with her. But she loved money, and
she was an obeahwoman (to use the common term i,
and she would do business with him in the ordin-
ary way in ordinary matters. Thus her greed and


her love tor the working of evil would betray her
into trouble. She had called him a buccaneer and
Lld slave master in spirit, a ruthless man, in fact.
She was righter than ,lie knew. very shortlyy she
would learn how right -.he had been. In another
twenty-four hours, perhaps.
The next night, at nine o'clock. lie returned to
Mary's place.
She received him with an air ,of mystery, whilii
secretly amused him; it \at., what he had expected:
the would play the high prieic-tss to him, wiuld seek
to impress him with her pu cr. Yet that power,
hr thought to himself. was re.ai enough as he had
reason to know, though hr\ tar it actually went
lie could not guess. She :.uid t.du remarkable thilug,,
und she had done etouti.h to ca-iii f Iiim selritus in-
ctnvienience Until site nas iieteated and put out of
tie way lie would continue to ii\ve tinuble-.
"You -ayy you are willing ir help nie in my biui-
ice- :.'" he asked her di-tilnctly: "'thal t ,:u will come
iv\erl to my side and aidn me to beat those who are
ricliting me? That you will bri ni m good fortune,
luA k. anti that you will a' -crp a ti.u.,arid pound
it-r your share in thi' trIn.,' cti: n i' t will lie sple.n
did lult( ol' ifo e if I c'an lt-c~-r and that is why I
wut .\our' help. You acre-i l.st night to give it
ij liir. didn't \'vou?"
'"I did,'" auwered M.iai in a voice distiL ct ;and
,.lar, a4 tlear and distinct and as loud a- that in
,.hlii.t Mr. S'h.otc.ver ha I -[p.,kV n
V'-ry X\\:ll Nothing nv. Ifnjii-n but to pay
.'.u thlie money I have it letle."
"Aud I i\ll give v...n a re erit. s'ie relied.
th, that doesn't matter," he Faid hurriedly,
mumbling the words. He dropped nit= voit'e to a
whisper. "You wouldn't vi\.r a c-i eipt for this sort
IiuIn. w.'iill you' "
'DL),'t y.o wSait ai Ite ili['" sha asked. e\e
Ini,,Ie loudly than she hadl -tpiketn befre: upon which
lie nodded affirmatively though with a trace of hesi-
Lati,:n in his manner.
She went to a table in the ro.ni and wrote for
a minute or two; she handed him the paper which
he stuffed hastily in his. pocket. crushing it in his
hand as he did so. Then lie took out a bundle of
notes of very large denominations and banded it
over to her. She slowly counted the money. "Quite
correct, she answered: builtt how crude."
"Crude?" he echoed. rising abruptly.
"Yes; your' methods. Every one of these note-
has a special mark. I have noticed. These marks
dre for purposes of identification; they are to prove,
when the money is found in my possession, that you


gave it it mre. For what reason, Mi shotover? You
v ill explain, perhaps, that I approached you at some
tune or other, and especially when you came to see
me last night, offering to do some witchcraft for you,
and that in order to trap mie, in ihe interest of law
anid decency, you pretended to fall in with my offer.
You came to see me alone last night: I kuiew that.
I had had the place watched, you -ee But are you
al'[ne to-night ? Or didn't llui bring a; couple of de-
te.:tives- ith you. getting them down to-day from
King-iuton for your special job here tonight? They
.,re willing outside now. aren't the.\. getting ready
I'. rush in upon me and arrest me. lhaing overheard
ath incriminating cicnver-atioin between you and me
about my bringing you 'lu.:k-a unversation prob-
fhly sumitient to convict me betiur a foolish little
rnigisitrate. when testimony is given against me by
y.'jlr two detective., whi will remember more than
I ever said, and who will be -upported by the mighty
David Shotover. And there i- the marked money.
You have duplicate? of tlie,-e markLs soniewnhere, of
uour-e, and the numbers t' the niutez Anyhow, the
monijey will have been found on me by your detec-
tives. and they have seen y:ou hand it to me, through
thl(c-.e jalrouie windows. maybe." She Ipjinted at .a
window as she spoke. and Mr. Slihotver heard a
rustling, a.i thliiugh sumeione had ha-tily drawn back-
i'\ord outside and had (diiturlbed some slirluhl= -r foli-
.-'e in i-insi itquent e.
Mary head the suliiiid also. and laughed.
"How very crude,'" he continued scornfully.
In't it the aurt of trir k f'layed frequently by the
rI-iiice tof this country wh1n they want to capture
-t.ni-, notorious obeljhniari? Dini't the newspapers re
port these effUort' when Ilitiy are succe-.ful? Did it
nirvtr occur to you that I nuiuld ee' through your
idooge? Why did you think me a foul? You believe
--(i yes, you do-that I have mys serious powers,
though I emphatically deny that I 1I, and have never
laid claim to any"--bre Mary raised her voice,
speaking with studied emphasis. so as to be heard
ly anyone who might be listening. *I am a law-
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about my private business: and yet you come here,
for reasons of your own, to tempt and bribe me,
and you bring witnesses This looks like a con-
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witchcraft is against the law of Jamaica, so is con-
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me. Let them. But I saw through your little trick,
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able perpple of thii parish--entlemen. Mr. Sh.nt.rver-
who haie overheard everything that has passed Ie-
tween us t[L-,tight anid iwho .itre going tI. o estif
again-l -t ylou anil 3yur detectives in a tourt of law.
They have been listening carefully tu everything,
She paused. A movement beyond the walls of
the house, t,,o swift and unprenieditated t1. take no-
tice of the iier.es-il f'or stealth. Int.atmed blth Mr.
Shotover and Mary that the men hi had sent that
nilhit t. sIpy and eavesdrop ni MIary'% RFanSiume were
in full retreat She had gues-,ied rightly: they were
detectile-, wvhi..-e trv.r.in te-stimnniy against her. along
with the evidence iof the marked iintei. and NMr. Shot-
over's ..tatement. vwouild hate cin'instituted a fulniid-
able case against heri. They hlid stolen intjl thle
yard but a few minute. iii adiant e .if Mr. Shotover
and taken up stationt- train which they could -tee
and hear what happcnedl beItwe,.n the marn and w.
man in th- sitting r.i.'m Bilt iih.w th'-i were anixinuu
to dissociate themseliet tri.:nir trhi Ilusine--. Her bid
den witnesses. ier grim i ure-_LiLnn ifr a i .n-pit aty
against her. hadi flriglten-di them. Be--ide;. the11
knew now that they could bring no .large again-t
Their part in this matter ha.il lien clear enoua-h:
they had been iletailetu for this dutty. But a' they
>culdl mke nm arrest, they felt that thei-y had letter
g,, ithi.Jt risking a --Landal The womaiu cm, l ld
have ni.thiei t.> .t .y .alJiiIt the p ldt Pe if t[li police
did not interfere ith li er. She coitll nlot even polsi
tively seal trint -lie had -!ee a lieitetive. Siii(e.
in the dark, ideintifii .ition was inlpi--csible
"'Yur n iin have gonee" iinrke'il NM:iry dtri-
jively. then hiur-t intia a peal ,tf laughtner
M.r Shr.t.(ver had risen. limle da, de.itli. iiiiuiriated,
knowinL-u lie hal been trapped. that lie was iLbeateli,
realisiiig that in!e-'s he wa- very careful now. very
a-tute. lie mi ht find hinim-lf in a danierrius Drsi-'
tlin. ('''n- pra,:'.' Yes: it w.as .3imething like that.
and if -he lchargedil hni wtih it lie might lie hard
pit toi it t .j defend himself. A judge, a jur3.. rptibli:
upirnion-even tilre healthh of Liavid Shliic-tver ini1alt
not help him it Ihie i:ame uip .gaiil-t these. Daner
l.,unmel ininiient: he was in .nlle of the tightest
turner, of hi life He nIust tight at mince. lbring all
hi- brain to bear upon the .-iti1attin. Thunk heaven.
the t-wo detec(l\e-. lhad been seeuible enoiuh to take
themuselvee' off. Nji one here kinew w, li [hey w ere.
anld lie could hltinidle theiu later on if it vere neces
sary ItoI '.i )JS.
"I d(rn't kiuw i what youi rnmani. Nllis Ransome."
he answeied: "'-,,u are talking in riddles: or per-
haps you are but making a joke."
"A j ke! Yoiu are ghiAn to )ind it nI, j,-ke. Mr.
Shotoiier You are in trouble, and youl kinorw it. Youl
a'e tr'yin ti bluff yi.'ur wa \' ou. Well. you i don't
s-lr.t eed "
-"I thought yiju were always sober." was his quiet
rejoinder. as he seated himself again Above all, he
told himself. he must be n .:nim and collected. He
had made an unpardonable error: as she had said,
he had Ibetn rude. He had. in his conceit. under-
rated her intelligence. More crudity now. and he
wiutld play into her hands.
He put his hand in his locket and took out the
receipt .he had written, read it over with nleticu-
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he had thought of "'losing" it; nrrw t... him it was
a precious doi.ument. She was making a mistake to
depreciate the wits i:t David Shotiv.er
"'T.u morrow." he resumed evenly we -liall com-
plete the details of ,,ur little trau-actinu. As I said
a little while ago, a tenmirparry receipt t or part pay-
ment of the monu ey I i tie agleed to piay you for
'oieir property was nit i eceie-ary tonilbht. I know
yiJu well enough to know that .yu c.in I'e trusted
in nine. matter- Be-idis. I have my ir\vn 'way r'f
dealing with -iime pei.ple, andi thlioth yoa niay think
that na crude. it is bahed up. nii a kniirledee of thie
individual atd i- usually ef'-tii te P-rlhip; I am a
little superstitious. but w \lien I tull iii-n la-t nim ht.
aiin again tonight. that il.iing usi-es; \wviiith you
wciuli1 _ie ne lu:k I meant it. Aiter all. there is
11uil a thing a.- luck: and I felt that it I ouldi ounl.
get hold >.rt iuir pinient iJrolilpei ty in thi pl arilih,
-ten if I had to pay inmore f.r it than anyone el-e
in alit be inclintied t.:. iv. I sli.ulil succeed in get-
ta!g he uilier niidillinig .wnel r t of pimento either
to -ell it n mne or tiii jiIn rmy i .n i liiile Ylou hai e ,old.
The lie tt -it the pri' lilh e initVey A ill he paid to .i.i.tt
\.hi-nn the final il..uinite-it are liandt d to me l" yvitu;
I think you said la,t ni-lit that I 'ruld have them
,in Tiue.-da y T o till..houj d rpotiindl s i .a -teep pri'r e.
li-s Rait.-ni me. hit it i- lu -ky inr tle tlhat yn u i ul-
senttd I. -e. ll Y'.u hlave help-d me mnih. I ap-
preciate that. thiughl yoiu have t'lreatd-l the matter a -
a .ort if joike-hitt Pi riiden e is .its j tile tsalie iay.
VI .ui t.athl r ., dlisp -iti'll I i--"
She li.-,ke.ii at ],iri. Inrh al-toni-IIle and amull e .tll .
My pimento pr'.'lierty"" ,-lh .-ikedj
"\VI 0 r ut -e W hat el- e haii 've ltrlfli tall;-
inp abii t tLhe-e las- t i i, niihtit, MaI What', the
m.itter with you? I had heard that Riupert Simn
nimndes wa-a trying to sell thei property inr yitu, bilt
I vwas told that he wantlled tio -el1. the other side
-tile people who i ale tr iiing t i he'ait 11 a at my effort
to piUt pimn ento rL, aL 1iiLd b. L. L..' thi i ,..untry."
SHe tried to Ii ,k riatri.cil, a-, lie aid this i Ripert.
a- y.,:u knnuw, doesn't I,.v mne. though I think highly'
.t hiim an id v ild like t- vi.olk 'il th nmi." i Riirert.
lie thought. might be one .i-. te t n-ii in the ihinner
liiinim ""Well. I hav=t l beaten Ri upert. thtiough I liopt
lie won't ear me any malic.: fror it. We two have
included the lbuines'll between u5. no outsider 1i1-
terveniuen Your temporary re.-eipt admits l that ynu
have already received a tholuand pounds, but if
yU.lu were a business woman, you would dhave added
that there was another thousand pouindi to conime. But
that doesn't matter- as I have said, a receipt to-
night wasn't even really necessary For I ian trust

"What a clever devil!" she e xl.iiined.
"Say what5""
'COh. stop pretending. David Shiotier. I have
heaten you badly,. you are .,scared: :et y.ju plurk
safety, as yout think, out of the certain dancer Yill
write me a letter which tmiich mean anything, for
it certainly i onentiosbus Antiii f -liurse iyoue
have been trying t, tornier the pliii-eitn m.irket for
ii:Iurself while piontiily uggestinc that 'nyou are doing
it tor the public'- bcinefit. And of course I have
ht-eti trying, thougi-h i. 't very seriously, to) -ell my
pinientr. property in this parish. And now. s as
t., legalis-e your actions here to-uight. y,-u claim that
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it suits me." She noticed the luok of relief on his
fa: e. HerLe ,as another danger of his life and
career -riiiiiinnted. and liv hi- mental adroitness.
So he thtiught But lie had not finished with him
A:.- iim receipt i- dlefc.tive." .he said. perhaps ,
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hate another tlitrlu-iannd prlunrl. tu pay me asi soon
a, I hall have deliver-d nvrt-r the property and the
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like to meet the friends that I asked to be with
me to-night as a precaution."
"I am not curious to meet them," he answered,
"but have no objection. They really were not neces-
sary as witnesses. I knew I could trust you."
"And I knew I couldn't trust you. So here
She took three steps, then threw open the door
leading from her sitting room into the room imme-
diately behind it Into the sitting room walked her
great black cat.
Mr. Shotover started, frowned darkly, feeling
not quite comfiirtable in the presence uf that strange,
and sinister creature. Then he stared expectantly
at the open door, waiting to see Mary's other guests.
"That is all," she said.
At once he understood.
"You mean that you have been fooling me all
this time?" he cried; "that you have had nobody in
"Only my familiar, as you would say; my pet,
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You have thought of me as a sort of witch, never
as a woman of brains, and a person much better
educated than yourself. I ran a risk, maybe, in not
having witnesses; but how were you and the men
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knew more or less where they were hidden. Had I
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risk, for I would. had I chosen, have planned to get
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single-handed, would be sufficient, I thought. I didn't
ni-h to get you into serious trouble."
"You mean," he said very quietly, "that you
didn't want anything in tile nature of a scandal.
You feared that Prudence's name might have got
mixed up in it."
"I suppose you are right." ihe au-wered, nod-
ding her head thoughtfully. ''Yet I am not sure that,
though I hate you, I could r-allIv wish to put you
in prison. You are really clever, Mr. Shotover, and
bold and resourceful: a great buccaneer you would
haive made in the old days: I have something of an
admiration fori you though I hate you."
"So I have beaten you too, have I?"

"How?" she cried, genuinely astonished.
"You once meant to injure me. You had the
opportunity of achieving what you wished, and fal-
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You have been in my way and I intended to put
you out of it. I was going to send you to prison,
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want Olive Flemming. You believe you love her.
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beaten in strategy by me to-night, a mere 'balf-nig-
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ed obeahwoman, and I regret I am not able to send
you to prison, where you belong."
"And you are a coarse and vulgar parvenu," she
retorted, "who ought to be in prison. And now clear
,jut of my house! I have had enough of you."
He seized his hat and walked out into the night.
She stood at the doorway shaking with anger. To
her surprise she heard his voice from the car call-
ing out to her. "After all, you are a damned clever
girl, Mary; the only one who has ever got the bet-
ter of me in a real battle of brains. We ought to
be friends!"
"You can go to hell," she answered distinctly.
echoing his own recent insult with deliberation.
He laughed.

MR. SHOTOVER realized that there was nothing
to be done with Mary Ransome. He had tried
the only trick he could think of to get her out of
his way, and he had been willing to risk, if it came
to a case in court againsther, not only the commit-
ting of perjury but the exposure of her sister's form-
er relations with him. Truth to tell, he had not
feared this latter thing much, for he guessed that
Mary loved her sister and that she would have seen
that to drag Prudence's name into the business
could do her no good whatever. How would it have
benefited her (or her lawyer) to assert or prove that
Prudence had been his mistress? That would not
have even supplied a motive for the allegation of con-
spiracy on his part which she would certainly have
advanced; for he and Prudence had definitely sepa-
rated. And for Mary to have urged that he had set a
trap for her because he was afraid of her superna-
tural powers, or of powers which he attributed to
her. would have necessitated a description of the
manifestation of those powers from her which would
have sounded like a perilous admission that she had
actually been attempting some hanky-panky against
him, which of course was illegal.
It would have been awkward for him had she
dragged Prudence into court as a sort of witness on
her behalf, but the Press would surely have been
discreet in its reports of what would have seemed
like a contemptible act on the part of both sisters,
and she would only have done her own cause harm
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women who wished to make money out of him and
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that she nas one of the most striking women that
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he was the descendant, in spirit, of old-time buc-
caneers and slave-owners. He admitted the just-
ness of this comparison; to take by force what he
wanted, murdering for it if necessary, and to com-
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was well aware that, given the appropriate condi-
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would many others, he thought, who to-day were pil-
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that, given more violent, more primitive conditions,
and they would readily react to them. They were
either blindly ignorant or they deceived themselves.
But he didn't trouble to deceive himself and he was
proud of his clairvoyance in regard to his own mind
and disposition. Too proud, for he did not gauge
the depth of his own vanity, and he was given to
overrating his capacity.
But this tendency had now received a violent
shock. He knew and admitted that Mary Ransome
had beaten him, might even have so trapped him as
to compel him to appear in a court of law to answer
a charge of conspiracy. Her fears for her sister
had prevented her from going the limit. But what
a narrow escape for him! And what might she not
do next?
She knew something about Tredegar and Olive.
She seemed confident that Tredegar would, be suc-
cessful, that Olive would take the younger man and
give him the discard. But that part of the game
had yet to be played out, arid he was not finished
yet. Give it up? He was damned if he would do
that. But he would not dismiss Ernest; that would

this was so well known that again and again in the
past people here had tried to hold the stuff so as to
create an artificial scarcity. But they had always
wanted too much; they had never known when to
sell; they had forgotten that foreigners might turn
to substitutes or give up the use of the spice alto-
gether. He would be wiser than these amateurs; he
had thought, casually at first, of buying what pimen-
to he could, and of organising the independent own-
ers into a trust, with himself as the head and the
deciding factor. He had enough of the spice now to
sell at a low price so as to prevent others from de-
manding a higher price. This might cause those
"thier'. or most of them. to come into his combine.
Now was the time to push on with his plan. In the
first place, the work to be done would occupy every
moment of Ernest's time and attention. It would
keep him away from Olive for quite a long while.
In the next place, he would prove to Mary Ransome
that he had been by no means a fool to buy her prop-
erty for a couple of thousand pounds, since that
deal might be used in ways of which she could not
possibly have dreamt.

only be to make him a martyr in Olive's eyes, and For instance, he would take care that this pur-
young girls were so full of romantic notions that chase of his should be talked about, and that it
Ernest, presumably martyred for her sake, would should be whispered that it was not one only, but
appeal to Olive's sympathies far more than Ernest one of many, that he had suddenly made. That
busy about his employer's affairs and earning a would startle hesitating pimento people into coming
handsome salary. He must keep Ernest active, and in with him. It would also provp to Mary that he
away from Olive. And he must show himself such was a far abler man than even she Ielieved. He
a friend to Jim that Jim's sister could hardly fail to wished to make such an impression on her; now that
appreciate his kindness, she had bested him he was eager to demonstrate to
This sort of planning and intrigue interested her what a powerful, far-seeing character he was.
Mr. Shotover: by any means he loved to get his way. He would not even have taken the trouble to de-
But he sighed for the simpler, director methods of spise her six months before. Now he wished to com-
the buccaneer and slave-master. Jamaica, he thought, pel her homage to his mental superiority. His van-
must have been a paradise for men like him, men ity cried aloud for assuagement. He must wring re-
of will, brain, resource, and no scruples, two hun- spectful applause from one who had mocked him.
dred years ago. Then he reflected that sometimes So, a few days later, at Harkbury, Rupert an-
such men were probably poisoned by their mistresses, nounced to Prudence that the sale of Mary's property
by women like Mary Ransome. But at this he only had been taken out of his hands, and had, indeed,
smiled. been already effected. "And, of all persons, to David
Anyhow, he must get on with the jobs in hand. Shotover," said Rupert, "the very man I didn't want
And at once. to get it."
All these thoughts passed through his mind that "So you told me," said Prudence.
night after he drove away from Mary's. The upshot "But I hear he is buying up or has bought many
of his plot against her had been his purchase of her other similar properties, and it looks as if he were
pimento property at a good round price, but that going to have his own way with this Pimento Pool
was no loss. He had been trying to set up a "corn- he has been planning. He is a clever fellow, but I
er" in pimento, to get control of all the island's wish he could fail in this thing."
supply sq as to be able to dictate the price to for- "Why, Rupert?"
eign purchasers. Jamaica was the only country in "I don't forget the way he treated you some
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given hint for it. Insolent. purse proud beat! I
shi'uld have kicked him. I have met him two or
three times since then. and I have noticed him star-
ing at me ini a peculiar sort of fashion. I should
haie liked to a'k what he iiant s hy hii -tare. but.
ort course I couldn't. He seems to think thai be-
cause le has made some m':oney he can be as rude
as he likes. which is the characteri'll. jfr the no-
hldy who believes he has become somebody. If I
ever get the opportunity-- "
"Forget it, Rupert," Prudence interrupted earn-
estly. *That man will always succeed in his money
affairs' he is devoted to them. They are what he
cares for most. He devotes his soul to them, and
ienembner. he really has brains. I suppose Mary
sold him her land because he paid handsomely for
it- Mary too, uly does in birines n linat it suits her
to do. Well. if she uot a good pri.e I am glad she
has .-*ld "
*"Yes, I couldn't have got her stich a p ike. I ad
mit And now, %what about yourself, Pru?'
"Yes. Mother was telling me t-day that you
said you must be going hack to Kingston. that you
mustn't, outstay your welcome here. You know it
is impossible for you ever to outstay your welcome.
Mother i- very fond of you."
"I know that, Rupert!" Prudence paused. She
vividly remembered the conversation between her-
self and Mrs. Simmoudes a few hours before when
she had mentioned to the old lady that she was go-
ing back to Kingston. Mrs. Siuinionde, with the
air of a privileged parent, had taken her hand and
asked her if she didn't know how fond Rupert was
of her. "I am surprised that he hasn't yet asked
you to marry him. my dear. but I anm sore he i- go.
ing to do so. And I want to tell you how glad I
shall be if he does."
So there was no obstacle to her accepting Ru-
pert. except the memory of her past. But that past
could he buried. The two or three people who knew
of it, David Shotover, Mary, herself. would never
speak of it. "Let the dead past bury its dead," mur-
mured Prudence. to herself.
-"Yes. I know that your mother is very fnnd of
me. Rupert." she repeated.
S"And she asked me only yesterday why I did not
a-k you to marry me. But I wanted to feel. Pru.
that you wouldn't refuse nie agaai. You are not go-
ing to do so. are you'"
"This is your proposal. Rupert?" she laughed.
'Why do you laugh"'
"Because I anm vei happy. my dear, and verve
grateful. I am not at all v..irthy of y.u You de
serve a better woman than I."
"Why do you talk such nonsense. Pru?" he cried.
*"You made a mistake once. but who could blame yiou
f-ir it? Not I: for I am sure I learnt t. love you
more after you married O.car. It has been good for
me to have liad 1i wait. Noiw the waiting is over."
"And you will promise me." she said, atter a
little while, when she had disengaged her-elf from
iis armns, "that you will forget Mr Shotover's rude-
ness and take no further notice of him'"'
"Of course I will promise." lie said. "unless
Shotover is rude again. In that case. nothing will
save him from a kick."
"He won't he rude again," she answered posi-
tively. and lie was too exalted in spirit t,. wonder
how she ,could possibly know. But she knew that
David would be 1oi glad that the obhtancle of herself
had forever, definitely, been removed out of his path.
that he would be as courteous and as gracious to
itm both as his nature permitted Of that she had
a sure and certain conviction.
She wrote to tell Mary of her engagement the

next day: Fhe wrote about it to one ior two of her
fiends als.. There wa_ no reason t.o keep it sec.ret.
The newt circulated within twenty- four hours: it
w.aV published iu the .-ljci l > olunitj of a 1."cal news-
rlapr David Shotoveri read it atnd wa. deliaited
He felt extremely generous tIrwards Pruideni.e if he
could he allowed to do ho. lie would send her a hland-
some wedding present. He would be nice to Rupert
Sinumoudes the very next time the) met: a steady,
reliable man, David. one who .could he u-ed to mu-
tual advantage. He must think more of that. Pru.
dente was a sensible young wnman, he was so pleas-
ed that the rumours he had heard about her and
Sinimondes had been correi t. And this eiigagement
of hers had icome about through his having firmly
and honestly informed her that they could no long-
er he Io:vers. She had hated him for this, had cursed
him. and yet how well it had turned o.ut for her.
lMot people didn't know at first what was good for
them- perhaps she would realise now that he had
been to the last. the best friend she had ever had. He
felt for the moment like a cord man who had seen
his plans for the benetir of others come to a rich
fruition. The truth was that he now hoped that
Mary Ransome would let him alone [or ever, and
\was elevated by that hope.
And Mary, reading Prudence's letter, did what
was very rare with her, shed a few tears of joy. So
David Shutover had been right in his hint that night:
lut she too had heard something and had begun to
expect a good deal more. She had seen. for a few
brief moments, Rupert Sinimondes' attitude towards
Prudence that night when lightning had seemed to
-trike Elkington and the frightened people were all
assembled in the open. Rupert had looked then like

a man intent upon giving I\ving protectli'n to Pru-
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Part for her willingness merely to flaunt and taunt
Mr iSh-tover. to belittle himn in his, own eyes: for
lir lack o'f desire to place him in a position that
might have been very serious for him. For that her
feelings had changed towards him she knew.
She stroked her cat a, she thought. Prudence
i\.uld marrs soon now, and again she. Mary, must
keep herself aloof. Prudence knew mrnre about her
now than before-though how very little!-and a
husband, with children later on, would mean a bar-
tier between Pru and the semi outlaw sister believed
to be steeped in necromantic practices. Mary realis-
ed that it was she herself who had been effective in
bringing about this renewed isolation of herself
from Prudence. She had worked on her sister's De-
half, perhaps to her own future Ineliness. Well.
she did not regret it: although they loved one an
other they were two very different personalities.
and now Prudence would have interests which she
could not share and which, she thought with a smile.
might be only a boredom to her. She belonged to
the outlaws of society, to the few who followed a
law of their own. which was mainly their own will.
and who secretly. and sometimes openly, despised
the merely conventional. But. she told herself, she
nas greater than these others, the flock of sheep as
she called them. though she must pay for that
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they called witches: the strange people aith strange
pi-wers who were feared but not understood. They
burnt witches also in savage communities, or stoned
them or slaughtered them: it was much the same
everywhere and in all ages. What were these
witches? Chiefly those who could do things that
other,, could not, and knew it: and on them a me-
diocre community took the revenge in its power:
brought them to death by sheer force of numbers
and the exercise of the corporate will.
So even had they treated the prophet-.
They could not kill her in these days. but there
was the prison for her if they should find her trip-
plug. Well, they would not. But she was growing
weary. Perhaps she would leave Jamaica altogether
in the near future: before Prudence's wedding. She
would leave before that event, for Prudence would
he ito kind and tou loyal not to invite her to it,
and of course she would not go. But it would be
better for her to be out of the country instead of
ha ing to send some specious excuse.
She wonudered whether she had done with David
Shotover now. She was not sure. She had shown
that she did not wish to bring about his disastrous
downfall. supposing that she could: she had preter-
mitted her opportunity. And Prudence was all right
now, happier than she had ever been. Yet Mary still
felt disinclined that Mr. Shotover should have his
way'with Olive Flemming. Only. she felt that now
she could do nothing against him there. After all,
she hadn't frightened him quite as much as she had
hoped to do at first. He had been startled, yes;
perturbed, but he had shown fiaht and he had not
been afraid to bring the fight into her own terri-
rtry, a, it were. and t.. endeavour toi break her. A
bold, audacious man. Had -he disturbed hint by
tilling him what she qinterely believed: that the
girl he wanted would not be his, but would accept
the other man instead? Perhaps. but he would
S-.till sbrive to gain his hoject: he was not one tr.
give up before he knew that defeat was irrevocable.
And he might win yet. She had heard-for people
aho had eyes to see had been talking-that Ernest
I redegar wa-; very attentive to Ulive Flemmiig. and
it had seemed ti her that it was in this nay. and
not by any puerile frightening of him. that David
Shotover would lose the girl upon whom he had set
his mind. if not so much his heart as he imagined.
The whisper had run about that the two younger

people were in love with one another, and the specu-
lation was whether Olive would prefer the older man
with thousands to the younger man with the hand-
some face and taking manners. Mary believed, be-
cause she wanted to believe, that Olive would de-
cide for Ernest.
What she did not know was that Mr. Shotover
bad placed a tempting bail before Ernest Tredegar
which few men with the ambition of the latter would
resist. Then -there was Olive's affection for her bro-
James Fil.mnming had been some three weeks in
the i-land now. He had been taken down to lMontego
Bay, where he had met his sister and his fiancee;
irom there he had gone with the girls to Mandeville.
Mr. Shoto\er was not all the time with them: busi
ness would take him away for a day or two: but
the distances from where they and he were. were
ever great, and with a car that could easily travel
at forty miles an hour when the roads were clear
be could join them \ery often within a few hours.
This he did, and he showed Jim the utmost kind-
ness, so that Jim was enthusiastic in his praise, and
May too was grateful. though she knew that it was
,n account of Olive that Mr. Shotover was so nice.
As to Olive, Mr. Shotover was all attention to her.
but never'obtrusive. never pushing. He sensed that
that would annoy her. He counted upon her realisa-
tion of his devotion to her. on her love for her bro-
ther, to help his cause. And he kept Ernest Trede-
gar away from her.
Ernest indeed was up to- his eye- in work. The
making of the arrangement.- for the Pimento Pool
which Mr. Shotover had decided to prosecute vigor-
ously, were largely entrusted to him. and he liked the
job. He was succeeding famously. By a curious coinci-
dence. Mr. Shotover found that the affair was pro-
ceeding with far more smoothness and swiftness
since he had taken over Mary Ransnime's property
than he had anticipated- everybody seemed anxious
now to join his pool. He had said, as a means of
wriggling out of what looked like a tight situation,
that buying Mary's pimento land would bring him
luck: and indeed it seemed as though it had. When
he surveyed the results of his endeavour -ince that
night. he was actually he knew that Mary would not willingly work in his
Had he, then. by his adriitness-, lih getting pos-
i---siliin of something that had been hers. turned tho
tide in his favour. ,Altained .ome influence over her,
t: that she could no longer do anything against him?
Why shouldn't that be possible? What, he ask,-d
himselt. do we know about what is pr- ible and

what is impossible? Could we explain everything
on purely rational ground-? Anyhow, he was suc-
ceeding with his latest scheme as he had hardly
ever succeeded before, and only since that nlmemor-
able interview. But he was an astute businessman,
and he recoguised that the energy cand enthusiasm
of Ernest..his ability, his promptitude. were work-
ing wonders- no other man in thl colony except
himself, thought Mr. Shotover. could have done so
much. Surely this must mean that Ernebt had wise-
ly determined to stick to his career, accept the bril-
liaut future held out to him. and cease to be a rival
to his employer. That. at any rate. was a comfort-
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of inaction which Olive had promised were over-
passed and when, at any time, Ernest might find
some excuse for approaching Olive.
In the meantime, Jim had taken over his duties
and Mr. Shotover and his party had returned to
Elmsley Park.
The first night they were back Mr. Shotover
listened intently for peculiar sounds, watched for
inexplicable phenomena. So did his sister, so did
his guests. But nothing strange was heard or seen.
A week passed. All was normal. Mr. Shotover went
about with buoyant mien and radiant countenance.
He believed he had nothing more to fear from Mary


ON both sides of the river tne mountains rose lofty
to the sky, forming a canyon. In the light of
the moon the water flowed silvery and dark where
the moonbeams or the shadow lay upon it, and a
gentle wind stirred the branches of the trees that
climbed the slopes until they reached the summits
far above.
The sky was faint blue, the stars few and dis-

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HEINEKEN'S is really the best


tant because of the moou'a brightness. Green, green
was the foliage that covered the heights, green to
the banks on either side, where between the verdure
and the flowing stream boulders stood roundly out,
and pebbles worn by thousands of years of friction
and polishing made a strand upon which one might
walk safely if not always with comfort.
The scene was impressive. In far-off ages this
canyon may have been formed by a mighty con-
vulsion of nature, some great earthquake that had
rent the earth in two, cleaving a passage for the
river which now came flowing through it to the sea.
fed by the rains that fell for scores of miles upon
the watershed above; and sometimes this river
roared in flod. foaming and tawny between its con-
fining walls, and at others, like to-night. swept
smoothly and beautiful along, nowhere too deep but
that a man might cross it.
The night was cool, almost cold, It was a win-
ter night of the Caribbean tropics, balmy, enchant-
ed; and moonlight and silver water, with ghost like
trees that shared up and up until they seemed to
touch the sky, formed a romantic setting for those
whoe minds were tuned to thoughts of love and
to'. romance.
But the crowd of people on the left side of the
canyon looking south), dark of countenance, robed
in scarlet and in white, with staring eyes and gleam-
ingi teeth, were thinking not of romance or the
beauties of earth and heaven as they chanted a
weird hymn and trod heavily with grotesque
gestures and swaying motion in the middle of the
stream. They sang in deep monotone an invocation
as it seemed, and the most of them were women
They bent their bodies and stamped upon the liier
bed, and men, looking like priests at some -trange
anri esoteric ritual. barred now and then a word ,f
Irtmmand which found obedience in the chant's ris-
ing or falling or in a slower or an accelerated move-
ment of the bodies. They seemed to move in a sort
of circle. And as they stamped round and ruund,
the -pray from the agitated water splashed upon
them and their faces grew fierce and exalted like
the faces of fanatics wholly absorbed in their sacred
rites of worship.
There was no attempt at concealment. These
people, Slampatters as they were sometimes called,
because of their flat-footed stamping on the ground.
Bedwardites as others styled them, because at this
spot, years ago, a black Prophet bad founded a sect
and proclaimed the consummation of the world, in-
dulged openly in their dance. Pagan might be mix-
ed with Christian elements in these practices -of
theirs, a hidden magical meaning there might he
in their invocations and movements, but outwardly
they broke no law. defied no ordinance, and so they
were left alone by Government. even though amongst
them might stand conspicuous one or two men and
women suspected Ib the police as practitioners of
the sinister witchcraft known as obeah by which the
ignorant and gullible peasants were cheated.
They were being watched now. On the left side
of the river, on the hank from which the Slampat-
ters themselves had descended into the water, stood
a group of persons, all white, who gazed at them
with fascinated curiosity; at least most of them did,
but there was ,.ne man among them on whose face
was more of an expression of contempt and boredom
than any other emotion, perhaps because he had




witnessed this kind of thing more than once before
and had long since come to regard it as mere tom-
This man was Mr. Shjtover. Olive and May
and Jim Flemming were with him, and about half
a dozen other persons, guests of his that evening;
they had driven over to see this dance of the Slam-
patters because Olive and May, having read in a cur-
rent print that it was to take place in the lower
part f the Hope River that night, had expressed a
desire to see it. It was a festival or ceremony of
some sort that was to be held. so,: the paper had said,
but most persons paid no attention to the announce-
ment. There was nothing new in this thing, they
fancied, nothing they had not seen or known of be-
fore, and they were right. But the girls were
strangers and eager for new sensations and experi-
ences. This would be a change from a mere dance
or a moving-pictire show or a dinner party. It
would be another aspect of the life of the country,
'r rather of the superstition of a submerged section
of the people, and they wished to be witnesses of it.
They) mentioned their wish to Mr. Shotover, and he
cordially consented to take a partly to the spectacle.
So, after dinner, they had set out in cars for this
place, a which was not far from Elmsley Park. Now
they stood a little in advance of the last trees that
came down to the bank, on sloping ground that
afforded them a commanding view of what passed
below them, and as hundreds and hundreds of peo-
ple chanted and swayed and moved in rhythmical
reaction ti the emotions that dominated them they
experimented the thrill of the weird and unexpected.
They had parked their cars on the higher, more
level pIlt of ground behind them, about a quarter
of a mile a\ay. and had walked down to the spot
at \ihlt.h they stood. They had w-.lme by ,,ne of the
paths or narrow lanes by which the river side was
reached, over rough ground and through an avenue
of high trees that obscured the mlonlihght. And now
that they were grouped within the shadow of the
mountains and were looking upon an orgiastic
ritual dance such as they had never seen before and
would wnot have imagined, tliey felt that their trouble
hial been very well worth while.
A lilting order pealed from the lips of a man
among the shifting crowd who seemed to be chief
leader. At the sound of it the dancers paused and
the noise of their singing died away. He was about
to issue another command, when his eye caught a
glimpse of a figure which proceeded slowly down to-
wards the bank on which the white sightseers were
assembled, a tall figure in scarlet whose face was
more distinctly visible to him from where he stood
than it could be to Mr..Shtover and his friends. It
was a woman who came, and close beside her aalk-
ed a white man The black leader gazed at her with
so, penetrating and reverential a look that all his
followers directed their eyes in the same direction
until it seemed as if they all had halted in their
service to welcome and do reverence to this new-
comer whose attire shone vividly in the radiance of
the moun. Slowly she proceeded on her way, amidst
the hush that appeared the deeper because of the
chanting that. had preceded it. And then Mr. Shot-
over recognized Mary Ransome.
And the man beside her was Ernest Tredegar.
Mr. Shutover started, and his face grew crimson
with rage He had thought he was done with this

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