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Planters' Punch
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Herbert G. deLisser
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Planters' Punch
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Kingston: Jamaica
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1937

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A JAMAICA
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VOL. Ill NO. 6.


1937-38


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PLANTERS'


PUNCH


Vol. 111. No. 6.


MIXED BY

HERBERT G. DE LISSER, C.M.G.


For the Year 1937-1938


'Ghe Fortunes of Captain Blood


By RAFAEL SABATINI


EPIStO IE I

THE DRAGONS A.I.\


SHE was a beautiful ihip. in ill.-
frigate case. fas.i. ii,-il, ii it
merely in her lines. but il her
details, with an i-xtremn-C- t th'1t
loving care that Spanish builders
not infrequently hbestuied She hadl
been named, as if" I,. Ilt nd ptf'i'
with loyalty, the s-in Flip:p. and
she had been t-quipp'dl w!ith a
fastidiousness t.j niat h the beauty
of her lines.
The great cabin. flul.dedil \itlh
sunlight from the tall stern v.iil
dows of h orn. which i1i.. -rt.il
open above the teanilu- liakl liha
been made luxuri.nss Iby i'i. Il.
carved furnishings. by h:lli'IIn.I- ..r
green damask and by lth cnild:d
scroll-work of the bulk-heads. H-I-.
Peter Blood. hFri pr isenrIt i.'.
bending over the Spanilid., '..Ii
re.lined on a da)-betll hby thr- ;-iii
locker was reverting for tllh- m...
ment to his original trade i .f sjr
gery. His hand a.;' ?~lrit ii.- tiirv
were shapely, andi by deltnti.-s. riild-
ered as delicate of t (iirlt a.1 d'a
man's. had rene%?adl iht dci-ni-.-,
of the Spaniard's thih. hoir-'r Ile-
fractured bone hia pieItl d ;iih,
flesh. He made nIo) a tinil udliii-.
ment of the strapping that lihld
the splint in place. stood up. .and
by a nod dismissed the Necroi
steward who had been his aclyle?.

He spoke qtuiei ly ini 'a i.-i:h Ih ii
was fluent and eIv.n cril-il'il i
can now pi\'v yin mI1 ..i.'d tliit
you will walk -il ,v-.:.lr IT'.. I.: .
age in."
A wan smile d-p-ll.l -.,dii .f
the shadows ft'lim the h,.ii.i v h.ii. II
suffering had dug in the patient's
patrician countenance. F'rt, thl.t."
he said, "the thanks tr t;I.dl llil
you. A miracle"
"No mniru-ll'.- at il .J tr til'-
gery."
"Ah! But Ic- -.iirg.-i. tii, .
That is the miracle 1Will nIlii lhie-
lieve me when I say I was made
whole again by Captain Lll.ud''
The Captain, tall anii lith'. was


MIR,. HALLINAN, wife of the Head of the Government Medical Departme
J. Hallinan, C.B.E., who has for some years, with her husband, been a re
maica. Mrs. Hallinan is an artist, doing some excellent figure work in pla
She is one of the best known hostesses in Jamaica, and a woman of e


in the act of


rolling down t[le sl. i-.es rf blto line cambric shirt.
Eyes startlingly hlle undtli- blai k eyebrows, in a
hawk-face tanned to thr il:i.i1'Ir if mahogany, gravely
considered the Spaniard.
"Once a ,urgenuii ainay a I-lr'eon," he said, as
if by way of explanation "Andl I was a surgeon
once as you may ha\t- headd"
"As I have disr,.r-red ft.. iiny.-elf, to my profit.
But by what iiceir aii:he-y v..f Fate does a surgeon
become a hui.n:au~:net
Captain BRliil singled rIel:-tl i-ly. "My troubles
came upon mie- frlnm :lnliteinile t.nly-as in your
case-a surgeon'l duty; lfr:m i l' Iilding in a wound-
ed man a patient, v.iithur el..ln:ei'!n for how he came
by his wounds. He was a p....i rebel who had been
out with the Duke f4 Mlltimiojih. Who comforts a
.rebel is himself a i'-ilel So, rinm the law among
S ristian men I iv.a- takeii red-handed in the
aiominable act of drpesmiii- its '..,unds, and for that
I was sentenced to death Thi penalty was com-
muted. not frolml ultrl' Sl!\'-, wetre needed in the
plantations. With a -hipl.iad .if other wretches, I
was carried overseas to b.e sold in Barbados. I
escaped, and I think I must have died at somewhere
bout the time that Captain DI.di,.d came to life. But


attractive personality

the ghost of the surgeon still walks in the body of
the buccaneer, as you have found, Don Ilario."
"To my great profit and deep gratitude. And
the ghost still practises the dangerous charity that
slew the surgeon?"
"Ah!" The vivid eyes flashed him a searching
look, observed the flush on the Spaniard's pallid
cheek-bones, the queer expression of his glance.
"You are not afraid that history may repeat it-
self ?"
"I do not care to be afraid of anything," said
Captain Blood, and he reached for his coat. He
settled to his shoulders the black satin garment rich
with silver lace, adjusted before a mirror the costly
Mechlin at his throat, shook out the curls of his
black periwig, and stood forth, an elegant incarna-
tion of virility, more proper to the ante-chambers of
the Escurial than to the quarter-deck of a buccaneer
ship.
"You must rest now and endeavour to sleep until
eight bells is made. You show no sign of fever.
But tranquillity is still my prescription for you. At
eight bells I will return."
The patient, however, showed no disposition to
be tranquil.
"Don Pedro Before you go .Wait. This
situation puts me to shame. I cannot lie so under


Further adventures

of that en a7in2 Irish-

man, Peter Blood, sur-

Aeon and buccaneer -

one of the most popu-

lar characters of his-

torical fiction



this great obligation to you. I sail
under false colours."
Blood's shaven lips had an
ironic twist. "I have, myself, found
it convenient at times."
"Ah, but how different! My
honour revolts." Abruptly, his dark
eyes steadily meeting the Captain's,
he continued: "You know me only
as one of four shipwrecked Spani-
ards you rescued from that rock of
the St. Vincent Keys and have gen-
erously undertaken to land at San
Domingo. Honour insists that you
should know more."
Blood seemed mildly amused.
"I doubt if you could add much to
my knowledge. You are Don Ilario
de Saavedra, the King of Spain's
new Governor of Hispaniola. Be-
fore the gale that wrecked you,
your ship formed part of the squad-
ron of the Mal'q\lis of Riconete,
who is to co-operate with you in
the Caribbean in the extermination
of that endemonized pirate and buc-
tcaneer, that enemy of God and
Spain, whose name is Peter Blood."
Don Ilario's blank face betray-
ed the depth of his astonishment.
"Virgen Santissima-Virgin Most
Holy! You know that?"
"With commendable prudence
you put your commission in your
pocket when your ship was about
to founder. With a prudence no
ent, Major T. less commendable, I took a look at
resident in Ja- it soon after you came aboard. We
stick material. are not fastidious in my trade."
charming and If the simple explanation re-
moved one astonishment, it replac-
ed it by another. "And in spite of
that, you not only used me tenderly; you actually
convey me to San Domingo!" Then his expression
changed. "Ah, I see. You trust my gratitude,
and ."
But there Captain Blood interrupted him. "Gra-
titude?" He laughed. "It is the last emotion in
which I should put my trust. I trust to nothing
but myself, sir. I have told you that I do not care
to be afraid of anything. Your obligation is not
to the' buccaneer; it is to the surgeon; and that is
an obligation to a ghost. So dismiss it. Do not
trouble your mind with problems of where your duty
lies: whether to me or to your king. I am fore-
warned. That is enough for me. Give yourself
peace, Don Ilario."
He departed, leaving the Spaniard bewildered
and bemused.
Coming out into the waist, where some two
score of his buccaneers, the half of the ship's full
company. were idling, he detected a sullenness in
the air, which earlier had been fresh and clear.
There had, however, been no steadiness in the.
weather since the hurricane some ten days ago, on
the morrow of which he had rescued the injured
Don Ilario and his three companions from the rocky
islet on which the storm had cast them up. It was
due to these country winds of some violence, with







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intermittent breathless calms, that the San Felipe
was still no nearer to her destination than a point
some twenty miles south of Saona. She was barely
crawling over a gently heaving oily sea of deepest
violet, her sails alternately swelling and sagging.
The distant highlands.of Hispaniola on the starboard
quarter, which earlier had been clearly visible, had
vanished now behind an ashen haze.
Chaffinch, the sailing master, standing by the
whipstaff at the break of the poop, spoke to him
as he passed "There's more mischief coming, Cap-
tain. I begin to doubt if we'll ever make San Domin-
go. We've a Jonah aboard."
So far as the mischief went, Chaffinch was not
mistaken. It came on to blow from the west at
noon, and brought up such a storm that his lightly.
expressed doubt of ever making San Domingo came
before midnight to be seriously entertained by every
man aboard. Under a deluge of rain, to the crash
of thunder, and with great seas pounding over her,
the San Felipe rode out a gale that bore her stead-
ily north-westwards. Not until daybreak did the
last of the hurricane sweep past her, leaving her,.
dipping and heaving on a black sea of long smooth
rollers, to cast up her damage and lick her wounds.
Her poop-rail had been shorn away, and her swivel-
guns had gone with it overboard. From the boom
amidships one of her boats had been carried off,
and some parts of the wreckage of another lay
tangled in the forechains.
But of all that she had suffered above deck
the most serious damage was to her mainmast. It
had been sprung, and was not merely useless, but
a source of danger. Against all this, however, they
could set it that the storm had all but swept them
to their destination. Less than five miles ahead,
to the north, stood El Rosario, beyond which lay
San Domingo. Into the Spanish waters of that har-
bour and under the guns of King Philip's fortresses,
Don Ilario, for his own sake, must supply them with
safe conduct.
It was still early morning, brilliant now and
sparkling after the tempest, when the battered ship,
with mizzen and foresails ballooning to the light
airs, but not a rag on her mainmast save the ban-
ner of Castile at its summit, staggered past the
natural breakwater, which the floods of the Ozama
have long since eroded, and came by the narrow
eastern passage that was known as the Dragon's
Jaw into the harbour of San Domingo.
She found eight fathoms close alongside of a
shore that was reared like a mole on a foundation
of coral, forming an island less than a quarter of
a mile in width by nearly a mile in length, with a
shallow ridge along the middle of it crowned by
some clusters of cabbage-palms. Here the San Felipe
dropped anchor and fired a gun to salute the noblest
city of New Spain across the spacious harbour.
White and fair that city stood in its emerald
setting of white savannahs, a place of squares and
palaces and churches that might have been trans-
ported from Castile, dominated by the spire of the
Cathedral that held the ashes of Columbus.
There was a stir along the white mole, and
soon a string of boats came speeding towards the
San Felipe, led by a gilded barge of twenty oars,
trailing the red-and-yellow flag of Spain. Under a
red awning fringed with gold sat a portly, swarthy,
blue-jowled gentleman in pale-brown taffetas and a
broad plumed hat, who wheezed and sweated when
presently he climbed the accommodation-ladder to
the waist of the San Felipe.
There Captain Blood, in black-and-silver splen-
dour, stood to receive him beside the day-bed on
which the helpless Don Ilario had been carried from
the cabin. In attendance upon him stood his three
shipwrecked companions, and for background there
was a file of buccaneers, tricked out in headpieces
and corselets to look like Spanish infantry, standing
with ordered muskets.
But Don Clemente Pedroso, the retiring Gov-
ernor, whom Don Ilario came to replace, was not
deceived. A year ago off, Puerto Rico, on the deck
of a galleon that Captain Blood had boarded and
sacked, Pedroso had stood face to face with the
buccaneer, and Blood's was not a countenance that
was easily forgotten. Don Clemente checked ab-
ruptly in his advance. Into his swarthy, pear-shap-'
ed face came a blend of fear and fury.
Urbanely, plumed hat in hand, the Captain bow-
ed to him.
"Your Excellency's memory honours me I, think.
But do not suppose that I fly false colours." He
pointed aloft to the flag which had earned the San
Felipe the civility of this visit. "That is due to
the presence aboard of Don Ilario de Saavedra, King
Philip's new Governor of Hispaniola."
Don Clemente lowered his eyes to the pallid,
proud face of the man on the day-bed, and stood
speechless breathing noisily, whilst Don Ilario in
a few words explained the situation and proffered
a commission still legible if sadly blurred by sea-
water. The three Spaniards who had been rescued
with him were also presented and there was assur-
ance that all further confirmation would be supplied
by the Marquis of Riconete, the Admiral of the
Ocean-Sea, whose squadron should very soon be at
San Domingo.
In a scowling silence Don Clemente listened;


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in scowling silence he scanned the new Governor's
commission. Thereafter he strove from prudence,
to wrap in a cold dignity the rage which the situa-
tion and the sight of Captain Blood aroused in
him.
But he was in obvious haste to depart. "My
barge, Don Ilario, is at your Excellency's orders.
There is, I think, nothing to detain us."
And he half turned away, scorning in his tre-
mendous dignity further to notice Captain Blood.
"Nothing," said Don Ilario, "beyond expressions
of gratitude to my preserver and provision for his
requital."
Don Clemente, without turning, answered sour-
ly. "Naturally, I suppose, it becomes necessary to
permit him a free withdrawal."
"I should be shamed by so poor and stingy an
acknowledgment," said Don Ilario, "especially in
the present condition of his ship. It is a poor enough
return for the great service he has rendered me to
permit him to supply himself here with wood and
water and fresh victuals and with boats to replace
those which he has lost. He must also be accorded
sanctuary at San Domingo to carry out rerpiiil i"
Captain Blood interposed. "For those repairs
I need not be troubling San Domingo. The island
here will excellently serve, and, by your leave, Don
Clemente, I shall temporarily take possession of
it."
Don Clemente, who had stood fuming during
Don Ilario's announcement, swung about now and
exploded. "By my leave?" His face was yellow.
"I render thanks to God and His Saints hail I am
relieved of that shame since Don Ilario is inw-i Ili
Governor."
Saavedra frowned. He spoke with languid stern-
ness.
"You will bear that in your memory, if you
please, Don Clemente, and trim your tone to it."
"Oh, your Excellency's servant." The deposed
Governor bowed in raging irony. "It is, of course,
yours to command how long this enemy of God and
of Spain shall enjoy the hospitality and protection
of His Catholic Majesty."
"For as long as he may need so as to carry out
his repairs."
"I see. And once these are effected, he is, of
course to be free to depart so that he may continue
to harrass and plunder the ships of Spain?"
Frostily Saavedra answered: "He has my word
that he shall be free to go and that for forty-eight
hours thereafter there shall be no pursuit or other
* measure against him."
"And he has your word for that? By all the
Hells! He has your word ."
Blandly Captain Blood cut in. "And it occurs
to me that it would be prudent to have your word
as well, my friend."
He was moved by no fear for himself, but only
by generosity to Don Ilario: to link the old Govern-
or and the new responsibility, so that Don Clemente
might not hereafter make for his successor the mis-
chief of which Blood perceived him capable.
Don Clemente was aghast. Furiously he wav-
ed his fat hands. "My word? My word!" He
choked with rage. His countenance swelled as if it
would burst. "You think I'll pass my word to a
pirate rogue? You think ."
"Oh, as you please. If you prefer it I can put
you under hatches and in irons, and keep both you
and Don Ilario aboard until I am ready to sail
again."
"It's an outrage."
Captain Blood shrugged. "You may call it that.
I call it holding hostages."
Don Clemente glared at him with in.creasingu
malice. "I must protest. Under constraint, .."
"There's no constraint at all. You'll give me
your word, or I'll put you in irons. Ye've a free
choice. Where's the constraint?"
Then Don Ilario cut in. "Come, sir, come! This
wrangling is monstrously ungracious. You'll pledge
your word, sir, or take the consequences."
And so, for all his bitterness, Don Clemente
suffered the reluctant pledge to be wrung from
him.
After that, in contrast with his furious depart-
ure was Don Ilario's gracious leave-taking when
they were about to lower his day-bed in slings to
the waiting barge. He and Captain Blood parted
with mutual compliments and expressions of good-
will, which it was perfectly understood should no-
wise hinder the active hostility imposed by duty
upon Don Ilario once the armistice were at an
end.
Blood smiled as he watched the red barge with
its trailing flag ploughing with flash of oars across
the harbour towards the mole. Some of the lesser
boats went with it. Others, laden with fruit and
vegetables, fresh meat and fish, remained on the
flank of the San Felipe. little caring, in their an-
xiety to trade their wares, that she might be a
pirate.
Wolverstone, the one-eyed giant who had shared
Blood's escape from Barbados and had since been
one of his closest associates, leaned beside him on
the bulwarks. "Ye'll not be trusting overmuch, I
hope, to the word of that flabby, blue-faced Gov-
ernor?"


1937-38


"It's hateful, so it is, to be by nature suipp..ius.
Ned. Hasn't he pledged himself, and would ye do
him the wrong to suspect his bona fide.' I cry
shame on you, Ned; but all the same we'll be re-
moving temptation from him, so we will, by forti.
fying ourselves on the island here."

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THEY set about it at once, with the swift. exp rti
activity of their kind. Gangways a,,re I ,n !
structed, connecting the ship with the island, and t
on that strip of sand and coral they landed i-
twenty-four guns of the San Felipe, and so empla,'.:il
them that they commanded the harbour. They l.cvet
ed a tent of sail-cloth, felling palms to supply thilr
poles, set up a forge, and, having unstepped itle-
damaged mast, hauled it ashore so that thtly inI itti
repair it there. Meanwhile the carpenters lubrj'.
went about making good the damage to [the uptiln
works, whilst parties of buccaneers in [tie iI I.--
boats supplied to them by the orders of Doln ll.ri..,
went to procure wood and water and the ie,-w,.- ,;,
stores, for all of which Captain Blood scr.np[l.:l.i-ly
paid.
For two days they laboured without d rut, b.
ance or distraction. When on the morning of t-:
third day the alarm came, it was not from the li.ir-
bour or the town before them, but from th: o,:-pe
sea at their backs.
Captain Blood was fetched ashore at sluiiris,.
so that from the summit of the ridge he :I nihtt -.
vey the approaching peril. With him i.l \XV.i;ti
-trurt.one and Chaffinch, Hagthorpe, the We-st CO(iun
iry eintlentu:a who shared their fortunes, a;ll (0-I-.
who once had been a gunner in the King's Na\.,
Less than a mile away they beheld a -,1 i:illni
of five tall ships approaching in a bravwl y .( .-i
signs and pennants, all canvas spread to the I ,i. I
but quickening morning airs. Even as th-.y t,i;td.
a white cloud of smoke blossomed like a ,':ulhfluwl
on the flank of the leading galleon and i.i.-e I..i .
of a saluting gun came to arouse a city that ;, y t .
was barely stirring.
"A lovely sight," said Chaffinch.
"For a poet or a shipmaster," said Bl ..'. "LB',
I'm neither of those this morning. I'm rhinkri:-
this will be King Philip's Admiral of the O'e-..ln
Sea, the Marquis of Riconete."
"And he's pledged no word not to mnl.l-st iu."
was Wolverstone's grim and unnecessary reminL.-
er.
"But I'll see to it that he does before ever we
let him through the Dragon's Jaw." Blo.od turned
on his heel, and, making a trumpet of hi- lhanidl.
sounded his orders sharp and clearly to -nlme ivM.,
or three score buccaneers who stood also :t e rL..
some way behind them, by the guns.
Instantly those hands were seething Ij .li).\.
and for the next five minutes all was a Ijl.srie r i
heaving and hauling to drag the San Ft(lir-, t\i..
sternchasers to the summit of the ridge. They a-re
demi-cannon, with a range of fully a mile and a halt.
and they were no sooner in position than O)glr \ wa,
laying one of them. At a word from Blood lie rtouch-
ed off the gun, and sent a thirty-pound sh.tr a;tlbhart
the bows of the advancing Admiral, three Ilitu'ter'
of a mile away.
There is no signal to lie hove to that Iwil ,,tm.
mand a more prompt compliance. Whm;teir thi-
Marquis of Riconete's astonishment at thi' t!lIuI],1,-
bolt from a clear sky, it brought him up with a
round turn. The helm was put over hard. iand th.-
Admiral swung to larboard with idly flapping ail-
Faintlly (.er the sunlit waters came the sound o.1
a trumpet. and the four ships that followed t-*xe iit-
ed the samn.- muinceuvre. Then from the Admniral n
boat was lowered, and came speeding to'ati(; tll.
reef to investigate this portent.
Peter Blood, with Chaffinch, and a half--:,,ri- mnen.
was at the water's edge when the boat ar.-,ln.,il
Wolverstone and Hagthorpe had taken srtartin ..Ii
the other side of the island, so as to watch ithe ihl.
bour and the mole, which was now all ag-eg.
An elegant young officer stepped ashore t' r-.
quest on the Admiral's behalf an explanation ofr th ..
sinister greeting he had received. It w.is -i.-
plied.
"I am here refitting my ship by pernmio-n i:t'f
Don Ilario de Saavedra, in return for some sm.,ll
service I had the honour to do him when hle wi,
lately shipwrecked. Before I can suffer tie Ad.
miral of the Ocean-Sea to enter this harboult I nmusi
possess his confirmation of Don Ilario's santl-iton tand
his pledge that he will leave me in peace to i..in
plete my repairs."
The young officer stiffened with indilenati.li
"These are extraordinary words, sir. Wh'li are
you?"
"My name is Blood. Captain Blood, at y our
service."
"Captain .Captain Blood!" The younti ian's
eyes were round. "You are Captain Bloil'"' Suil.
denly he laughed. "You have the effrontery tr sup-
pose .."
He was interrupted. "I do not like "effr.,nter.t'.
And as for what I suppose, be good enough t. c.:l*,
with me. It will save arleuninit." He led the wa\
to the summit of the ride, the Spaniard sullenly
-following. There he paused. "You were ahiout t,








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tell me, of couire. that I had better be making my
soul, because the funs of your squadron will blow
me off this island. Be pleased to observe."
He pointed with his long ebony cane to the
activity below. Ulere a nicllcey buccaneer host was
swarming about the la:indd i:annon. Six of the guns
were being hail d int u a new position so as com-
pletely to ,.nmmind .It po int blank range the nar-
row channel ..f the I.lira'.nu's Jaw. On the seaward
side, whe..e it mizht hb a-sailed, this battery was
fully protected Lby :h I. ridl e.
| "You will iiindlI -l.iiid he purpose of these meas-
ures.' said Capljn rI.....d. "And you may have
heard that myi giunry is .:.f exceptional excellence.
Even if it werni n.t. I Iiightl without boasting assert
-and you. I ain ~1r,. Al uf intelligence to perceive
-that the ritis shi'l t.,' hnli-t her bowsprit across
that line nill e s,.tiik I.-t'ire she can bring a gun
to bear" H, it-.nlli-i i[.:jii his tall cane, the em-
bodiment o:f suavity. "**Ilt'.rn your Admiral, with
my service. ofi whit yrn'h havi seen, and assure him
from me that he im, eiite-r the harbour of San
Domingo trie mnioml.t lie has given me the pledge I
ask; hut not a ml.tm,ll P':..'ner." He waved a hand
in dismibshal "'G:i Ik .'.irt you, sir. Chaffinch,
escort the gentilem'inn t.. i- boat."
In his aner [th* Spi'arid failed to do justice
0to so -ourtleois atl ..::-i'n. He muttered some
Spanish mixture of ltht:.-l.-'y and bawdiness, and
flung away in a pit,. v.thiut farewells. Back to
the Adiuirl hr h ae s c.'-vil But either he did not
report na urdit-ly I'r ilse the Admiral was of those
who nill not h i.'l\m ni rl. For an hour later the
ridge wa~ b'ii~l Il i..ihliell by round-shot, and the
morning air shaeir.- by the thunder of the squad-
ron's guns It dietre-..ed the gulls and set them
circling anind s:trean iit \l irhead. But it distressed
the buccaneers nt at all. sheltered behind the na-
tural hbsan.,in f ithi ridge from that storm of
iron.
During a slackcniiic rof the fire, Ogle wriggled
snakewise up to the demiiannons which had been
so emplai:ed that they thrniit their muzzles and no
more above the rid-e He laid one of them with
slow care. Thel Sianiiard'. f.:rmed in line ahead for
the purposes ofi iheir b.h-.ibardment, three-quarters
of a mile away. offered a target that could hardly
be missed. Ogle mouched off the unsuspected gun,
and a thirty pound .irht trashed amidships into the
bulwarks of the middle galleon. It went to warn
the Marquis that he was not to be allowed to prac-
tise his gunnery with impunity.
There was a blare of trumpets and a hasty go-
ing about of the entire squadron to beat up against
the freshening wind. To speed them, Ogle fired the
second gun, and although lethally the shot was
harmless. morally it could scarcely fail of its alarm-
ing purpose. Then lie whistled up his gun-crew to
re-load at leisure in that moment of the enemy's
fleeing panic.
All day the Spaniards remained hove to a mile
and a half away. where they accounted themselves
out of range. Blood took advantage of this to order
six more guns to be hauled to the ridge, and so as
to form a breastwo:rk half the palms on the island
were felled. Whil-t thl nimin body of the buccan-
eers, clothed inly in 1li.s' leather breeches, made
short work of this. ilh- i(mainder under the orders
of the carpenter calmly pursued the labours of re-
fitting. The fire closed in the forge, and the an-
vils pealed bell .lik" ilillr tlhe hammers.
Across the hair' tir a!nd into this scene of heroic
activity came towards -r-itng Don Clemente Ped-
roso. greatly darin-' alnd more yellow-faced than
ever. Conducted Io the i tlle, where Captain Blood
with the help of Op(t- wai still directing the con-
struction of thrie .br-a;'.o:l:. his Excellency demand-
ed furiously to kniii." what the buccaneers supposed
must be the ind if ilhi farce.
"If you tlhiik y.iii'le p"opounding a problem,"
said Captain R.iood. ".'I'- mistook. It'll end when
the Admiral g\aie mei the pledge I've asked that
he'll not molest nitm."
Don Clemente's bia:-l: a yes were malevolent, and
malevolent V.is tiihe i:r.-' at the base of his beaky
nose. "You do nor knnw the Marquis of Rico-
nete."
"What's more to thte matter is that the Mar-
quis does not know nm. nBut I think we shall soon
be better acquainted "'
"You deceive y>.urs. If The Admiral is bound
by no promise made yu by Don Ilario. He will
never make terms with y.,II "
Captain Blood launched in his face. "In that
case, faith, he can stay where he is until he reaches
the bottom of his water-.asks. Then he can either
die of thirst or sail away to find water. Indeed,
we may not have tI wait so long. You've not ob-
served perhaps that the wind is freshening from
the south. If it should cme to blow in earnest,
your Marquis may b,- in some discomfort off this
coast."
Don Clemente wasted some energy in vague
blasphemies. Captain Blood was amused. "I know
how you suffer. You were already counting upon
seeing me hanged."
"Few things in this life would bring me great-
er satisfaction"
"Alas! I must hope to disappoint your Ex-
cellency. You'll stay to sup aboard with me?"


"Sir, I do not sup with pirates."
"Then you may go sup with the devil," said
Captain Blood. And on his short fat legs Don Cle-
mente stalked in dudgeon back to his barge.
Wolverstone watched his departure with a brood-
ing eye.
"Odslife, Peter, you'll be wise to hold that
Spanish gentleman. His pledge binds him no more
than would a cobweb. The treacherous dog will
spare nothing to do us a mischief, pledge or no
pledge."
'"You're forgetting Don Ilario."
"I'm thinking Don Clemente may forget him,
too."
"We'll be vigilant," Blood promised confident-
ly.
That night the buccaneers slept as usual in their
quarters aboard, but they left a gun-crew ashore
and set a watch in a boat anchored in the Dragon's
Jaw, lest the Admiral of Ocean-Sea should attempt
to creep in. But although the night was clear, other
risks apart, the Spaniards would not attempt the
hazardous channel in the dark.
Throughout the next day, which was Sunday,
the condition of stalemate continued. But on Mon-
day morning the exasperated Admiral once more
plastered the island with shot, and then stood boldly
in to force a passage.
Ogle's battery had suffered no damage because
the Admiral knew neither its position nor extent.
Nor did Ogle now disclose it until the enemy was
within a half-mile. Then four of his guns blazed
at the leading ship. Two shots went wide, a third
smashed into her tall forecastle, and the fourth
caught her between wind and water and opened a
breach through which the sea poured into her. The
other three Spaniards veered in haste to starboard,
and went off on an easterly tack. The crippled listed
galleon went staggering after them, jettisoning in
desperate haste her guns, and what other heavy gear
she could spare, so as to bring the wound in her
flank above the water-level.
Thus ended that attempt to force a way in, and
by noon the Spaniards had gone about again and
were back in their old position a mile and a half
away. They were still there twenty-four hours later
when a boat went out from San Domingo with a
letter from Don Ilario in which the new Governor
required the Marquis of Riconete to accord Captain
Blood the terms he demanded. The boat had to
struggle against a rising sea, for it was coming on
to blow again, and from the south dark, ominous
banks of cloud were rolling up. Apprehensions on
the score of the weather may well have combined
with Don Ilario's letter in persuading the Marquis
to yield where obstinacy seemed to promise only hu-
miliation.
So the officer by whom Captain Blood had already
been visited came again to the island at the harbour's
mouth, bringing him the required letter of undertak-
ing from the Admiral, as a result of which the Span-
ish ships were that evening allowed to come into
shelter from the rising storm. Unmolested they sail-
ed through the Dragon's Jaw, and went to drop an-
chor across the harbour, by the town.

3

THE wounds in the pride of the Marquis of Ric,-
nete were raw, and at the Governor's Palace that
night there was a discussion of some heat. It beat
to and fro between the dangerous doctrine expound-
ed by the Admiral and supported by Don Clemente
that an undertaking obtained by threats was not in
honour binding, and the firm insistence of the chiv-
alrous Don Ilario that the terms must be kept.
Wolverstone's mistrust of the operation of the
Spanish conscience continued unabated, and nourish-
ed his contempt of Blood's faith in the word that
had been pledged. Nor would he account sufficient
the measures taken in emplacing the guns anew, so
that all but six left to command the Dragon's Jaw
were now trained upon the harbour. His single eye
remained apprehensively watchful in the three or four
peaceful days that followed, but it was not until the
morning of Friday, by when, the mast repaired, they
were almost ready to put to sea, that he observed any-
*thing that he could account significant. What he
observed then led him to call Captain Blood to the
poop of the San Felipe.
"There's a q.inr-r coming and going of boats over
yonder, between the Spanish squadron and the mole.
Ye can see for yourself. And it's been going on
this half-hour and more. The boats go fully laden
to the mole, and come back empty to the ships. May-
be ye'll guess the meaning of it."
"The meaning's plain enough," said Blood. "The
crews are being put ashore."
"It's what I was supposing," said Wolverstone.
"But will you tell me what sense or purpose there
can be in that? Where there's no sense there's usual-
ly mischief. There'ld be no harm in having the men
stand to their arms on the island to-night."
The cloud on Blood's brow showed that his lieu-
tenant had succeeded in stirring his suspicions. "It's
plaguily odd, so it is. And yet Faith, I'll not be-
lieve Don Ilario would play me false."
'"I'm not thinking of Don Ilario, but of that bile
laden curmudgeon Don Clemente. That's not the ma


to let a pledged word thwart his spite. And if this
Riconete is such another, as well he may be .. ."
"Don Ilario is the man in authority now."
"Maybe. But he's crippled by a broken leg, and
those other two might easily overbear him, knowing
that King Philip himself would condone it."
"But if they mean mischief, why should they be
putting the crews ashore?"
"That's what I hoped you might guess, Peter."
"Since I can't, I'd better go and find out." A
fruit-barge had just come alongside. Captain Blood
leaned over the rail. "Hey, you!" he hailed the own-
er. "Bring me your yams aboard."
He turned to beckon some of the hands in the
waist and issued orders briefly whilst the fruit-seller
was climbing the accommodation-ladder with a basket
of yams balanced on his head. He was invited aft
to the Captain's cabin, and, unsuspecting, went, after
which he was seen no more that day. His half-caste
mate, who had remained in the barge, was similarly
lured aboard, and went to join his master under
hatches. Then an unclean, bare-legged, sunburned
fellow in the greasy shirt, loose calico breeches and
swathed head of a waterside hawker went over the
side of the San Felipe, climbed down into the barge,
and pulled away across the harbour towards the
Spanish ships followed by anxious eyes from the bul-
warks of the buccaneer vessel.
Bumping alongside of the Admiral, the hawker
bawled his wares for some time in vain. The utter
silence within those wooden walls was significant.
After a while steps rang out on the deck. A sentry
in a headpiece looked over the rail to bid him take
his fruit to the devil adding the indiscreet but al-
ready superfluous information that if he were not
a fool he would know that there was no one aboard.
Bawling ribaldries in return, the hawker pulled
away for the mole, climbed out of the barge, and
went to refresh himself at a wayside tavern that was
thronged with Spaniards from the ships. Over a pot
of wine he insinuated himself into a group of these
seamen, with an odd tale of wrongs suffered at the
hands of pirates and a fiercely rancorous criticism
of the Admiral for suffering the buccaneers to re-
main on the island at the harbour's mouth instead
of blowing them to perdition.
His fluent Spanish admitted of no suspicion. His
truculence and obvious hatred of pirates won him
sympathy.
"It's not the Admiral," a petty officer assured
him. "He'd never have parleyed with these dogs.
It's this weak-kneed new Governor of Hispaniola
who's to blame. It's he who has given them leave
to repair their ship."
"If I were an Admiral of Castile," said the hawk-
er, "I vow to the Virgin I'ld take matters into my
own hands."
There was a general laugh, and a corpulent
Spaniard clapped him on the back. "The Admiral's
of the same mind, my lad."
"In spite of his flabbiness the Governor," said
a second.
"That's why we're all ashore," nodded a third.
And now in scraps which the hawker was left
to piece together forth came the tale of mischief that
was preparing for the buccaneers.
So much to his liking did the hawker find the
Spaniards, and so much to their liking did they find
him, that the afternoon was well advanced before
he rolled out of the tavern to find his barge and
resume his trade. The pursuit of it took him back
across the harbour, and when at last he came along-
side the San Felipe he was seen to have a second
and very roomy barge in tow. Making fast at the
foot of the accommodation-ladder, he climbed to the
ship's waist, where Wolverstone received him with
relief and not without wrath .,
"Ye said naught of going ashore, Peter. Where
the plague was the need o' that? You'll be thrusting
your head into a noose once too often."
Captain Blood laughed. "I've thrust my head
into no noose at all. And if I had the result would
have been worth the risk. I'm justified of my faith
in Don Ilario. It's only because he's a man, of his
word that we may all avoid having our throats cut
this night. For if he had given his consent to em-
ploy the men of the garrison, as Don Clemente wish-
ed, we should never have known anything about it
iuni] too late. Because he refused, Don Clemente
has made alliance with that other foresworn scoun-
drel, the Admiral. Between them they've concocted
a sweet plan behind Don Ilario's back. And that's
why the Marquis has taken his crews ashore, so as
to hold them in readiness for the job.
"They're to slip out to sea in boatloads at mid-
night by the shallow western passage land on the
unguarded south-west side of the island, and then,
having entered by the back door as it were, creep
across to surprise us on board the San Felipe and
cut our throats whilst we sleep. There'll be some
four hundred of them at the least. Practically every
mother's son from the squadron. The Marquis of
Riconete means to make sure that the odds are in
his favour."
"And we with eighty men in all!" Wolverstone
rolled his single eye. "But we're forewarned. We
can shift the guns so as to smash them as they
land."
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Jamaica Society of Pas Days


"T IE is a society gentleman," said the young lady
IH in tones of awe.
The young man to whom she alluded was not
in any particular rank of society, and was not by
means a gentleman; yet he did flourish on a some-
what higher social plane than herself and that con-
stituted in her eyes an extraordinary degree of dis-
tinction. His friendship with her caused her to
feel that she also was within the pale of society,
even though she might stand at some peripheral
point of it; and if she was not aware that neither
he nor she would be considered by those. of a higher
social status to be "in society" at all, that made her
all the happier. Verily, ignorance in these matters
is bliss supreme.
Perhaps she has realized the truth by this: it is
over twenty years since the remark recorded above
was made in my hearing. I have not seen her
since; I should probably not know her if I
saw her. She was young then, and thought
much about society and society gentlemen.
A kind of thinking which has probably pre-
vailed in Jamaica from the earliest times,
though I can't see myself that this sort of
thing matters very much in life.
I DO not doubt that some of the pirates of
Port Royal thought of themselves as so-
ciety gentlemen, and some women of that
city as society ladies. The earthquake
which destroyed Port Royal put an end to
their social thoughts for a little while; but
these of a surety revived when the first
fear of sudden death had passed and life
had become somewhat normal (for those
times) once more.
For we certainly had different social
orders in Port Royal prior to 1692, though
the Rector of that town lumped everybody
in it together as "a most ungodly debauch-
ed people" who even immediately after the
town's destruction showed themselves "so
desperately wicked, it makes me afraid of
staying in the place." There were many
ladies of the "easy life" in that chief city '.-
of the British West Indies in those days.
The word which the Rector of Port Royal
had for these, and used quite openly, may
not be transcribed on this chaste page, but
one can well believe that in spite of all the
havoc that was around them they remained,
as the old Rector put it, "as impudent and
drunken as ever." There were persons,
however, who, even though the inhabitants
as a whole were one of the most "ungodly
people on the face of the earth," were of
somewhat better behaviour: one suspects
that there were even one or two decent and
almost God-fearing persons in that social
centre of Jamaica. Alas, the good (a pre-
cious few) perished equally with the bad;
and after the worst of the earthquake was
over the bad flourished far better than the good. For
while the latter trembled and prayed, the former
rushed into shops and houses that were not sub-
merged, robbed what they pleased, committed what
outrages they liked, and continued in this sort of
conduct for many days until the authorities got to-
gether and began to admonish them gently by way


Their robust manners, in notable

contrast with the more decorous

behaviour of to-day-some mod-

ern Society Ladies pictured

of sundry hangings and imprisonments and the
like.
W E pass on to a later day, to about five years
after. At about that time there came to Ja-
maica a gentleman known as Mr. Edward Ward,
who spent a short time in Port Royal, mixing no


MISS ROSALIE ISOBEL HENDERSON

doubt in the best society. One believes that he was
treated well; but Mr. Ward, whether or not a so-
ciety gentleman, was of an atrabilious disposition,
and nothing and no one that he found in Jamaica's
commercial city seem to have pleased him. There
were settlements in St. Thomas-in-the-East, in Vere,
elsewhere also, but these Mr. Ward did not visit.


He saw the men and the women of a town that hald
recently suffered destruction, and glancing at thenm
with a prejudiced and even venomous eye he : tn, it
down that the generality of the men look--i .as
though they had just knocked off their fetters anid.
by an unexpected providence, had narrowly es.:r' p-.
the danger of misfortune. But their past ih:-. it
seemed to him, had imprinted on their featult.s a
look of dread which they could never entirely ..il,.Dt
rate; and one can well understand that if ]... le
have just managed to keep out or get out o(. rni
Penitentiary, the memory of that would not .asily
be erased from their minds.

THIS, however, did not prevent these gentimu,:n
from considering themselves very important per-
sonages indeed. "They are all Colonels, Majors, ('ap-
tains, Lieutenants and Ensigns!" exclaimed Edward
Ward; but those who were merely Lieuten-
ants and Ensigns were held in high dis
dain. A Captain might be a gentleman, blt
when one was so low as to be merely a,
Lieutenant, one was really outside the pal.'.
How they must have hated one anoth.-r'
How they must have resented the -ug-
gestion that the broken apothecary of Eng-
land became a topping physician in Janimica,
a barber's apprentice a good surge.ii1. ;
bailiff's follower a passable lawyer, and "ai
English knave a very honest fellow." Tih-
pity is that this was so often true.

UT after all, if the social atmos-lhlii'-
of Port Royal nearly two and a hal!i
centuries ago could cause a knave to wanitl
it around as an honest fellow, the stE nilanr
of honesty being a particularly local, inisular
and comparative one, our gentlemen of Port
Royal in those days must have felt ihat
there was some advantage in living ini tl'r-
island. Here, if almost nowhere else 111 all
the British world, one might pass I.ar :
gentleman of society-among one's ~ nl
kind. Only, these gentlemen did.nor liher
very long. It was computed several y,.-ar-
after, that the island's white population hi.n
to be renewed about once in every .-v.-ii
or eight years, though the ladies lived l.in'-
er than the men. These were perhaps ii. a -
abstemious; and among them a little reii.
station went a long way. Many of them li-'.-
nicknames, and are said to have borne tIhni
with pride. One might be known as "Liii
conscionable Nan," another as "Salt BR t
Beck," a third as "Buttock-de-Click Jieinn.'
and so forth; and swearing, drinkiig
and abusive talk were said to be rii
principal qualifications rendering th--in
acceptable to male companionship: w,-re,
so to speak, among their principal s..-:i.ll
assets.

THERE was very little of gay society life in other
parts of Jamaica outside of Port Royal; there
could be little or none on plantations just struggling
into existence. Yet when there was any social gath-
ering in a market town or in Port Royal itself tlhe
people attending would dress as well as they could,


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and very 11ltb ii.r.ri' than th-.r
actual mean.a i- i.-.O ni)ItLnnl ti d. T le
gentltmenii \:ulti drink'l- heajvly at
way'. keepal .1 I.i -' lunim --.i' IL
mistresses, i dnii.-'. u h-.- ily .1
Sgambling.l bt ithih w h t. it
abroad they U..uld 1 i[tpI -.ll .;i itI'd'I
after the ft.i-vti.n 1i- niuli .I
possible ift' lr1,- ti.i i i ; all hli
glory, ;ii ht ie tlih.y w.iild i h.,
slovenly ill riid'tI :InI utint.+-'
tunately, s.. n. LJ hul ie niost i.t'
the ladies.
The ladies' ini.'rnintl habit i--
said to havt.- bieen a l\..e InIL'it
gown carelessly wtranil)pd alhilut
them; thus they Aentr about th.'
house. But before dinii-er tht .
would change into frills and ul.
below, if there uas il.omlpauy.
Both sexes hail very little
education: inrlu.d a ttacheAr a-:
looked upon in Janiiica a- pur.
suing a ioutempltibl- ailing. and
no gentleman l .nill keep i i.in.
pany with a man of that prid...-.,
sion. No teacher crulil be a gen.
tleman; therefore it a man of any
spirit also p sr .s.esedil sone Il,.ii .
ing he woull .Ilmrnist rtliiei l. .*l :t
than sink to the level i. a peldi .
gogue. He rft'u-ed iti bt le-pis d
Better die than -t.uo.p tl niIl ita
thing as tt-ahliig .valy. ne GCiee l
and Latin, not tl -ay' ;inyihin .
about niodert ladlluai'- and n111-
Ihematics. This wa, s,'meiLthi:
which ub o din-i it ipter.-c.ii :ul
bring himielMf to' di' Everyoi.
who could nlakli inroney out it
piracy or pl tantlinti wL .l i, .'
as below hi, dignitl. thl tiraiiiiii-
or the miind :f yoiiith

S OST Ift' tlil- lad(li-,. v. hit:n Ij. i
and br iucl i ii) iii lie ':-
land. spoke f'or the ni,--t part th,
Sbrokenl English .if thl-i l.i, i
Having a hle.ula.rli- .i ..f Ihel.,
might expla lliiii "t l u ii ,.- l ritd i..
tan good." 'VhenIi a :iiI-Lt.' lfr.,n1i
England appe-areiJ ain.itg th-li.
the young:-r .irli- :re I-Ii ll. ;,
admonished by ilic I'.rent-I t.,
talk as little as piu-, lIli-: hilt IIIn
happily. I ..n .indl thlin ,. l.,,
words would *'lip tit ii lthir uI..i n r.
of inevitable o i -i -. i .n.,l. :it. if
were not ill'rii..iii ed ii the Iir', aiid ideedil were
not at all inlliiled in the v.n-hiliil.airy. 'f th' Uli-
versity of Oxfrl'd. One redt-' 'ofl i dinner party
taking place ill a J.ainait iea i.use sonietimne aboutL
1790 There were ta,\, young l.dies in that hou'e.
"society ladies." who. were elegantly dressed. Their
cheeks had been \ery 'lverly sir%,.ircher d with rrd,
peppers, ordinary i'ra Ile niat I)eing easily pl iitcrable.
and so they wore bealifiil tiblishes At dinner [th':'
ate at first with tare. liit ollt iniluo.us restraint is i'.-
some, and if. aioiiding i-n th(- Srriptures. a little
wine is good for the 'i.nlut'ih s dake. It also tends
to go to the head and to loosen the tongue. There-
fore, when at the meal a military gentleman said
to one of the young ladies. "Pray. Miss Louisa. will
you permit me to help yut to a bit of the turkey;


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MRS. 0. K. HENRIQUES


it is very fine"-a very stilted form of question-
Miss Louisa promptly replied, "Tank you, Sir, wid
all my haut."
"Pray, Miss," continued the man of arms, "what
part do you like best?"
"Sir," said Miss Louisa, "Ife don't love turkey
rump; Ife love turkey bubby." And then when
Louisa proceeded to mention how one of her favour-
ite dogs had been "puking", and even proceeded to
further quite unmentionable explanations about him,
the company present was obliged to smile.


BUT what about the girls who were sent home
to be educated? Well, living in the country
parts as so many of them did, surrounded by female
slaves who frequently went about stark naked
at their work in the fields, and meeting with people
of their own class, who often talked as the afore-
mentioned Louisa did, even those who had had the
advantage of some education elsewhere soon adapted
themselves to circumstances and became as the other
women were. What about their morals? Many
writers have defended the society ladies of two cen-
turies or a century ago, claiming that they were
very moral indeed; by which they probably meant
that they were comparatively moral, the comparison
being made with the conduct: of the gentlemen of
the country. But some stories have come down to
us which compel us to certain doubts. The truth
is that while a certain proportion of our ladies of
olden times were chaste, the others were not; which
perhaps might be said of women anywhere at that
time. Certainly the husbands and lovers of Jamaica
set no fine example to their wives and sisters; and,
anyhow, if a woman had some property she was
pretty sure to find a legal mate when she wanted
one. Of course there were some who were said to
have been, perhaps because of the lack of a suffi-
ciency of men, or because of lack of wealth, com-
pelled to devote themselves "to the solitary unsocial
state of cold virginity." And that some of our la-
dies did remain unmarried need not be doubted. But
one need not go too deeply into the question of the
"state of cold virginity."


AND in what ostentation would our society folk
of the eighteenth century indulge when they
had a mind to show that "they could do it if they
liked!" A dinner party in those times was a ter-


rible affair. Days were spent in
preparing for this event; pigs
were killed, sheep slaughtered,
turkeys met their end, capons
breathed no more, pigeons, rab-
bits, fish, crabs, lobsters and
shrimps lost their lives; the huge
polished mahogany dining table
in the dining room would groan
beneath the weight of edibles,
and everyone would surfeit him-
self or herself, the men drinking
to stupefaction. The room was
crowded with attendants. In the
habitation of a wealthy man three
or four waiters and waitresses
might be in attendance on every
guest. These could hardly move
about conveniently, they made the
place stifling hot, they were some-
times loudly reprimanded by their
masters and mistresses for not
acting in the way that properly
trained domestics should act;
though, as they had never been
properly trained, this seems to
have been a little unfair to them.
The dinner would last for hours.
After that the ladies would re-
tire to the drawing room to sing;
the men would remain in the din-
ing room to sleep-under the
table; and the feasting, if at
a big country residence, might
continue day after day for a
week.
T is no wonder that the men
died like flies, especially when
there were Black Water Fever
and Yellow Fever to assist them
to a speedy departure. In these
days of temperance, with Yellow
Fever -eliminated, Black Water
Fever almost unknown, sanitation
established, it is simply impos-
sible for us to form a true pic-
ture of life and living one hun-
dred years ago. For even a hun-
dred years ago, when society in
the island had grown much more
refined than it had previously
been, there was still much of the
old feasting and drinking and
carousing, and disease had an
easy time amongst men whose
physique was debilitated by ex-
cess.


LADY NUGENT, who was in Jamaica at the be-
ginning of the nineteenth century, has given
us many a picture of the social life of her day. The
French were busy in the Caribbean then; hence
there were many soldiers in this island, and many
warships in our harbours with gay and debonair
officers on board. These seem to have been always
dying of fever or of drink: often the terms were
interchangeable. And there was the Island Militia,
too, which was supposed to be a most valorous and
warlike body. A Militia group was to be found in
every one of the several parishes of Jamaica, with
Major-Generals and Colonels everywhere; but though
it was nice to be an officer in the Militia there were


MRS. JOSEPH KIEE7,FER.


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times when the Chief Officer almost wished that he
were dead.

GENERAL George Nugent (afterwards Sir George
Nugent) had one day to review a company of
the Militia in Spanish Town. Lady Nugent, who
was a most charitable and sympathetic woman, ready
to make allowances for everybody and everything,
noticed that not one of the officers or their men knew
what they were about when on parade: each had
dressed in his own peculiar fashion, according to
his own taste, believing doubtless that any con-
nection with war meant necessarily a vast display
of ornamental adornment. Their Colonel was in a
state of grave perplexity. He took Lady Nugent
into his confidence before the review began. "Ah,
ma'am," said he, "if the General did but know half
the trouble I have had to draw up the men as
you see them, he would not ask me to change
their position; for what they will do next I do not
know. You see, I have drawn a line with my cane
for them to stand by, and it is a pity to remove
them from it." Alas, an order had to be given that
the local warriors should do something besides stand
stock still, with the result that they started, stared,
and then broke into wild confusion, every man going
his own way according to his individual understand-
ing of military manoeuvres and tactics.


B UT mark the sequel. They retrieved their repu-
Station afterwards magnificently. For when what
was called in those days "the second breakfast" was
served, a heavy meal taken about eleven o'clock in
the forenoon, the warriors proved that they were
superior to any other force in the world in the mat-
ter of eating and drinking. And when there was
a party or ball given anywhere, both our ladies and
gentlemen of society would keep it up all night, foot-
ing it with the strongest, being determined not to
go home until morning, or, preferably, the day after.
Armed with a knife and fork they were unconquer-
able. On the dancing floor they feared no competi-
tion, and nothing could keep them from the table
or the dance.

BUT you must not imagine that only eating and
drinking, dancing and wenching, were the en-
tertainments of bygone Jamaica days. There was
gambling, plenty of horse racing, there was cock-
fighting, and at a still earlier time there was a little-
bull-baiting. Kingston once was divided into sev-
eral precincts, and a special patent was granted to
a bricklayer by the Governor of the island in the
year 1719 for a Fair to be held at Littleworth in
Kingston, at which there should be horse-racing and


cock-fighting, bull-baiting, cudgelling, playing for
hats, dances for knots, raffling for plate, and so
forth, the said Fair to be held for three days and
another to take place "on the first day of Novem-
ber next and so every year." What is more, the
Mayor of Littleworth, in Kingston, was to be chosen
on the said first day of May, the day of the open-
ing of the Fair, "as usual, with all the solemnity
on that occasion."


MISS .OYCE KERR-.JARRETT


WHERE Littleworth was exactly, I do not know.
How many Mayors there were in Kingston a
couple of centuries since, I am not aware. But I
should like to draw attention to this, that the third
of May was a Sunday, and that the Fair was to
continue on that day, and that bull-baiting, which
I presume was a form of bull-fighting with the bull


greatly handicapped, was among the s.:.. i-ty '[.t~
times of Jamaica intended to benefit trl.,ii anld jpri
bably also to promote the cause of trui I'.-i a'.ill.
The neighboring Spanish countries it,te v.r
wicked; so wicked indeed that the Jarjian, '.-itile-
man of the eighteenth century thou--hr ttr he
served the Lord by sacking and burii'L .i iny il#l
protected Spanish town in Cuba, Sai D.ilii,'._.. .n
Central America, and robbing its pe...i- U, Lt thae.
Jamaica gentleman did not disdain co I1; i-_lii,-ii a.ii
bull-baiting, so much esteemed by th.- ,i.: ra
Spanish-American; and one may supp.i,- tlh.i afire:.
a Mayor had been elected he would iin..tiiitily i:
and see that a bull was properly baiteld. i.iili- :.ii0
not to come too close to the horns of hl~ ,lii .

SUNDAY, indeed, was the great day ..' I ''in.r
making all over the island. It wa,- t:ni: .-r ,i,.
for the slaves, who brought into the i,.i.ii: i]i- -jr-
plus produce of the fields on their iu:i. .- Iri..
perties which they were permitted to Iilli..i, fri. t.
their own sustenance. These vendo: -.-,i i.t, if1
the unroofed spaces where foodstuffs v..-. -..lI hi"
gling, talking, screaming with lauglhrt, .,III1 rtil
doors of the surrounding shops stood :iiain .w.i ,,i.i
ness went on even more than usual. Lir .ii.-! tih.
shops closed the clerks would clothe ilei.- I- ;n.,
unpaid-for splendour, and don wigs. .iii1 II...'i:
horses to gallop about, or drive kit'i-i,- .- ..hb
were one-horse chaises, along the u'i.t'.'-Il -...!n
streets, very often accompanied by lad,- 1.. v li.. i
mode of living it would be improper I.i- r,, i.nkall
too close an enquiry. And planters woull 'in'm: \ iir
town also, in kittereens or on horse-li.-: ; idni thil.
taverns would be full, the one church w.,ll I.- -!mliy;
and everybody would be as merry a .Il ti: -r..tild;
make him. Sunday was a day of zest I t :,i nin
until the nineteenth century was well .ii ,]I .1 : hih:.
it became a day of rest.

RADUALLY these habits and manlt-i .il:,,ted,.
then swiftly. A greater alterati.:.li It ...I 'Iy
in Jamaica has taken place within t!Oe i-t f, ii.r
years than during the previous hiiili.-dl e yi ;.
Even the present generation under thirty 'i.lil he:
astonished at the life which their pa:, ini Il.id i'er.
force to live before the advent of motcr i 5s .:,iii,.ig,I
palaces, quick ocean travel, air mail c.,mliiinliatloi
with other countries, and the like. Tli .Jiainiali
life of today, and Jamaica society, are -'I kiLuoly
different from what they used to be. The pr,'turesi
of youthful Jamaica ladies of today which nilorer
these pages are themselves alone a sufli.-iet ill.rru-!
tion of that. .





1 .

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A GRAND JAMAICA BALL at the beginning of the last
century came into one of two categories. It was either a
society affair or a big carouse arranged by a number of gentle-
men for their girl friends of a certain type or class-or by
the girls fir the gentlemen, at the gltllrn en,.' expense. The


above illustration certainly represents a Ball of the secoit,
description. The upper class ladies were not supposed th
know much about these semi-orgies; but of course they kniwr"
all about them. And they bitterly alluded to the "girl,"
taking part in them as "serpents."



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SEGAR S'MOKIANV SOiCIETY7 I' 4 .. 11. lIt', ibo"t 1..t..
Truly timtvs harc chatim lod'. In the daysii ; r.l j'; hted by this/ /
piOture, Simokinij it.r vpio'rtl d i.s r t l r /i vt loiir h, ift. i ,ie-.
lised by soldi''rs. l,.'i:vfiglhtlr.s anil .s.us:liil. havir'd pi rsqox.i,
but not a fhiingq fur anyun!m who Irirofc.s-eld aid Edll.d himi.m'elf
a gentleman. It i ias tbtlm.six f or this. rcti.son tfliht Clubi
had to be formed to iiismokl tih th: qr. in n ovrd,'r that it mig!lht


In: ldoi n ii. siii coijii f o ,rt. c nr i if sua i rrlitilio..ll, for otlriii' :,if
it hoid to be ldonw, in kitclh,it.s anl b1ba/.ijr d.f sso 1.! not to ti.'ie
iffrlvii, Ii, l thlr i t r /iv il., dit ll.' ha x x iix lrs q it .'./.lr .l i cvti'el
ia d iiotliii ini.. tlihol tht of lv'vleima n hIrtl in. to ,i f.ish..i d
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to his hidi. li .d, tlhe manii who h, ad hadl no (rJprricmiie ofi
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8




CAlcross



The trials and tribula-


tions of ocean travel, very


real in former times, have


been abolished by the


convenience and luxury


of modem liners

TANDING on the deck of the Ariguani as she
steamed out of Kingston harbour in March, 1937,
my mind turned to the past of ships and shipping
connected with Jamaica.
The bustle of departure was over, the friends
who had come down to see one off had either left
the pier or still were waving last farewells, the town
dropped more and more astern; in a little while the
travellers would be settling in their cabins or stretch-
ing themselves out on comfortable deck-chairs placed
along the promenade deck, or be busy preparing for
the first meal of the voyage; and they knew that the
cabins were well appointed, that the dining room
would be bright and cheerful, that there would be
games or dancing at night, or singing in the ship's
parlour; that also in the smoke-room there would be
gatherings of both men and women, with bridge or
poker, drafts or dominoes, to while away the time.
And alcoholic beverages of course, for no ship travels
without its full supply of these; and even the pro-
hibitionist apparently looks with a lenient eye upon
the cocktail when it is golden-hued or purple in the
glass.
REST and recreation for the next fortnight or so,
no doubt as to the capacity of captain and of-
ficers and crew, no fear of serious accidents, no dis-
comfort except what is inevitable when one is con-
fined within the limits of a single ship upon the


The


Seas,


and


Ye.


A SHIP OF THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY, THE
TANT PARTS O


ocean; and though there would be the inevitable
grumblers and their grumbling, these would forget
their complaints on sea as soon as they had landed,
being busy then with making complaints of condi-


THE "NINA", THE SHIP IN WHICH, ON HIS SECOND VOYAGE TO THE NEW WORLD, COLUMBUS IDIS-
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tions upon land. I thought of all this; and my nml
harked back to the past, and I wondered how mn
of my fellow-passengers had ever given a siN
thought to sea-travel to and from Jamaica in tl
days of long ago.
E
THE Ariguani, like many of the larger ships
the United Fruit Company and Messrs. Eldeh
and Fyffes, is of 7,000 tons burden. Bll Chrilstia.
pher Columbus sailed from Palos to discover the Ne .t
World in a vessel of 100 tons burden. Whether Ia
tons of the fifteenth century meant quite the .-a tanl
thing that they do today I am not aware: thuiglial
have been told that we must double this tonnae o'
get the gross tonnage-thus 50 tons would be':eni b
li0 tons today, and so forth. I am not interest(ie
What I do know is that the ships of the great nat
gator were mere cockleshells compared with the li
ers sailing from Jamaica in these times. They we 1:j
crowded with men, too, who suffered from a disaea
called scurvy, due I believe to lack of sufficient vel
tables and limes and things of that sort: and thbc:
had no wireless to summon assistance it' disaq; b
should befall them, and but the haziest iden as l
routes and currents and winds. If we w_-rre call,
upon to sail in one of those little ships today d n
should think that men who expected us ti. do I
were stark, staring mad. And if we obeyed sui:h p
injunction we should be considered mad.
e
IHAVE before me as I write a picture of a %u-sI
of the middle fifteenth century, in the like of %i hi
many voyages must have been made by the r' I
lards during that century. It looks like a lia
sailing boat, and not much stronger. ]ts a:.,oumin
dation must have been exiguous in the ex t i rnmei :
that was the means of transit that one had to act
(or ic-mail. oin land; and if the wind failed mni'- i t
usual, or storms blew the little vessel out of
course, a number of passengers and crcw Iliighl i
of starvation, their onlyconsolation beine that oth
would also die, on other voyages, while tllir firm I.
lief probably was that no better means ot' :ruwsi: j
the ocean would ever be developed. o
BUT improvements came, even if but slowly. A I
each one was hailed as something wonderfi
hitherto unimaginable. People then marvelled i ,8
the progress that was being made, whether that t
erred to pass~ncner boats or to warships iof a nation
Navy. Kingston Harbour, in the vicinity .t.f' P "
ll'j.al. wa' crowded with ships. They were knot
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frigates and pinnaces if of the fighting varitty.
schooners and brigantines if designed priniaril'
i carrying passengers and cargo. The old Arawaks
d perforce been content with canoes holliowed ouit
johuge tree trunks and propelled with paddles: lmvi-
ied people looked proudly upon the mnasts and sails
. their superior maritime conveyances, forgetting
for the most part that in the primitive canoe the
avages had gone from one \West Indian island i
the other, and
Jfen to the main-
bad of Central
lm erica, an a
liptounding feat
ihen one comes
' think of it.
The Ariguani, o(n vt
AKe deck of which .1
s tand, uses no i :
alls. She burns '
-.Mal, while all

Great White Fleet
are oil-burners. ig -.
iLater on there
may be found .
i.Me other means
f propelling the
Jamnaica vessels
t'hrougb the
Water. But steam,
'When it came,
ias thought a
iaarvel, whereas
foa one gives a
thought even Io
oil as motor pm.w-
now, so acci- .-
ted have we be "
me to changes
Md to what ,e -
F'designate as pri- 1


:' E make the
.W voyage from
.Jamaica to Eng-
&and and vice
wersa in these days, direct( in aIb.It i..I '.'.-:' A
10bng time, some of us say. \'e ml; t iak i- tvy. .-
Itoim New York to Jamai.a. or vi,.e -ija. i'n
~bout four days and a half. Too. short. ex-laini
'roae who hare enjoyed themselves thoroughly. But
tf one is weary or loves the sea one dues not mind
itwo weeks in a comfortable ship. Or if one is scea-
'lick, a had sailor, one is quite certain that a sinie!e
ibour on a ship is too long by exactly a sincl, lim.uri
Mlacb depends on one's tastes and I:onnditimn. h.lth .,t
body and of mind. Much also depends ,.,u tlhe ships.
ind these have been improving steadily. a a m:anir
and more accelerated pace, in recent year. Admit-
iyti Jamaica is well served by the ships of Meisr.-.
b ders and Fyffes and the Great White Fleet.
What would our moderns say, how.ever. if they
AM to travel on
0M1, not in fif-
teonth century,
at wren in seven-
Ltepbth century
hips, but in one
otf the vessels
hamilt In the
i1lfoer part of
Ithe nineteenth
'yent ur y? Our
liners of today
are spoken of as
banana boats be-
!ause they carry
i;bananas to En;-
1land or to the
ltatee. But yon
.never see this
'ruit. except
placed invitingly
i..n dishes for the
ieoyment of :he
l ta gers. when
loace the loading
over at the Ja-
aea ports. And
acidedly yon
e. ver smell
Them. They are
stored in vast.
e ol o chambers
i.mewhere down
I w: I doubt if
Single passpn. .lL t I. r: A I'
i4. ever thinks
Stem. during the whole \v.-ya'e BIit I.Ir 1'li.'-
T always cargo boats, they either l ri.ucht iU ,,c a
OUt fro's England. or trckr.- gE:ds- ..it I'r. E-iigland:
or perhaps they came frrinm Amnera o:r (.'anada with
sailed fish. Whatever it was. it wja s-niethillne. An.l
that something had a smell.

I DO dread a long passage. fi:r their smell of ticF
sugar is so bad, it destroys evnrytlinf." mourned


i'M-or Lady NiCge-it on July .1t. 1-ii.. ie-ln ..,'I ii-r simply r'-mainu-d where youn w ere on land. Unless
way fi...ni Janm:r:a t., Eiingllai. Shet was ihe w'fe fi jldee:Jd one of H is Majesty's wr'Ships could accomnlo-
Jainiata's Gorternlri. She had lieft Ulld Hal b.ur wilir u:(:te you But warships did l:rn carry passengers as
her two children un a sailiin v-.-cl beairirng the a ruie. siu it -vwas usually the iaicar ships or nothing.
prit-eu nanim of Anlustus li .aealr--h:ait ship must have- And what was the size ,f these? There was that
been a ve-ry Empiror ,u f tii-e .-aj A.\d attinially., \eiy in. ve-sel. .for insltanSl:. bearing the proud
ftir everything possible would be dil.mne to: make happy inamne. Sr (;G:rlfi'ry W'ebstier which had formerly
the wif-e .i.f the fir-t centlemati n of Jaiiai:a. P.t lrbeen in the Eait India seiti e and then had been
siJcar had ti Ihe carried that v. l hatl. it wa l.,l rpaictl ii tonile West India route. It was big for
those times I
speak of 1815. It
-- was of no less
S 'than 600 tons bur-
S: ,- then, only 400
tons less than
1,000 tons, if my
arithmetic is
right. And on it
.. there came to this
: country Matthew
Gregory Lewis,
-. -. Jamacia estate
-- owner by inherit-
ance, author by
avocation, cheery
Fellow, kind-heart-
Sed man, boon com-
panion by char-
acter. A man to
-.. meet.


. I.InR(QIr. ENriRINt. KIN('t.TION II.ARIOuI' IN ti89

L ly N I' >?[lt jlnl.l-. V. i l h i'1" i.fl. IIi- i ithat I llii-
,vn]i:.i h.aJ t:o think ,of. Sh.-li a e> :i l:n 1..J -!m lt Em .
prjor Auii- tus i_'ae.mal ...i J- in. 7'1i 1. i'.15 S'.i-
lilnJd-d atl Vti'e in. tllllt EIFl.llli. 11n, Se-ptllirlCI 4ili.
I_ 1".. Twi.i n nliths aid a ci-ek ;it sei.. :Il., niark
v...u. lthe t, .:yaft e v? a very fa lv'JIiralll,.- '..IP. iI:
ijlrnis *,:,.Lh'lred. Ali2U si[u ('Ca .iilar pl,,llLlh-Il tllh wave
i;s th.illl l insidious o biT:ringjl- IllllmiIe artis a w.llttll
.4f lill- i Ii-. in : .ill I.t A i c .y .i i. k i'.i--J z 111 '[I1.?
hin le. li-m--rttmtless it la't,-l iidn a l. tm-n wek: aoiii
tile ildea.ir ri y c.j'l pliaillied that ev-'ryilt ing i -taist -. ,f
tlile 4mll if I ii:ai" 'whi:h t a; s.rled ii the v ~il's
hold. and etterythineg Fenis tl uhat- 1.o l n Imnld- 1 alin:
Imy- and bla k Iby the steam exiild-rd .ly ilii m .-i-:
Then one da.iy. when it was nnl-icss [ilt II:, ni-.
thing to the ship' tiller, and they h;adi tio inpe titl


El' **-'O- I N .' N 11ti H. .JFLLI'F. (0 "11 ( I t) l 'I : ER. I.IIil T(


M ATTHEW
M was not
given to com-
plaining. So after
he had been on
board for about
S. m ... three days and
S, the steward inad-


store-hold open,
and Matthew con-
trived to step in-
to the store-hold,
and was only
saved from being
precipitated
i. the Il-ti-nit if it hbeaue hle tell across the corner
f. tile Irnoitrvall le. he I r- mli';lattlated himself on
ilmltiinu f.ln all til.ry' exm i-pt a bruised knee and
the li-,ss .ia few inches if skin from his left arm.
He did inr -evntr blanim the steward; but now if a
itewa'nd lef t stre.-holds ope- u r us to fall into-
I.it then thl-r ne are n srhi~e-holds about the decks of
the rrent White Fltet miir the Elders and Fyffes liners
whir-tre the i aset ers walk or sleep. We have sim-
1.ly hantLed all Iat. W'e have also ceased to use
..aidles f,-r lightiing ablns :,r dining saloons at night.
It i all el mIm-i" ty nii w .

M ATTHEW' GREGORY .LE'WIS was caught in
i,-interliltn of a3 heaty wind while on his jour-
'tl'c. rl aw f.tie ,f the pa sllngers heaved off one of
the sofas and roll-
ed along until he
was stopped by a
table. The gent-
leman then took
his seat upon the
floor as a more
secure position
upon a rolling
ship; but half nn
hour afterwards
another heave
chucked him back
upon the sofa. A
candle having
been snuffed out,
a steward came
to relight it, when
a sudden roll of
the ship made
him extinguish
the second flick-
ering candle, tum-
mm bled him upon
the sofa upon
which Mr. Mat-
thew Gregory
Lewis was lying,
and caused a
candle which he
had brought with
him in a candle-
stick to fly out of
his hands. Thus
N%-. AND 40), HORNE POWER all were left in
the dark. So


it :ri.p-d :,.,r- i Ill L -i.y N il',-i '" i l.bin l lithe hil-.ai al i l. iII [I1 > I i.it'..i l t
iritml,,hrable- tench flin the l ile Silar' in-m ly !ill-il hi--
Trin- va,,.nur that -i..- f1rmin it lAi.knl i-v-- THN uio m.irrii-,'nn Mattlilhew was awakened by
rhiii_. m andmh at a h ,i- t a- it, n.mir ifrom ., I ,ii'..: I a str- mi of water whim.h poured down lupin h;b
i.ild r I'n Th- in n hi i.. wen d w'e n trii '-llrjIl is t' fat, I'from the cabin roof. tHe called the carpenit-r
tri..m a warm bh-ih. andl iliri faems all dl,.,l.ured who had been well anare of the leak but had. with
the optiniisim of a good man, hoped and believed that
IT tas snu-ar that Janiaira mainly shipped in th.se rain might never find out the aperture. Matthew
days: and if yi.1u did not go in a sugar ship you says that the carpenter informed him "that the leak


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(c lltd I iui I-, helped PieIJsunmal ly it %was nw at i s.a
Imen -.alied "an at C., f God." The carpeit.r s-.-nm
to think iMlr Lewis. to quote Mlatthew's o-in iv\,rrdi.
not a little unreasonable fir not lying quietly .and
sufifel ilt himls"elf to be bathed by this shiw\er bh'.i
of tie alrlpinter's own providing Call in e ]ial i3iie
anly Si illl I urpenter or pltinubc r or ste-warld, i r any
tne el'- -.in b, arul
the C('a'ilnn. .-r .-ii .

of t liie G r e
AN,'hiie l'le. t ..r "
Eldtr- anid Fyn-f-.
ta kitii ip -ti I.:
an attitude if illy.i
thing n ent wro%% i'.: .-
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and thinu- of that o.rt. Ther- w.re s..-ie -.pa.'i,-
'rs h...v.ev-r. wh..i a- tally pr fter'red :i t r..rni. .r
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-rir hyi)" l .w ryr nben the v.ya-'ge might .,:':Ipy uI
a uiop1 Af .n.ths or so'? Everything :nlmes to
end nt lat

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ft'riled t..' t.itrv-

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abe considered unreasisonable. Alter all, one had
.have salted fish and vertgta ~,Lsl. and if one were
Board long enough one rput ia:.ustomed to their
our. Did that odoutr make a passenger seasick?
il, the doctors are all agr-:.d that a little sea-
ckneus is very good tfor the sti.mnach; it is, so to
k, free medical treatment DBit in these days
are not placed in Iir.i\nmitn y r1. salted
SAnd, somehow, one d...c-s n,r demand
t one should be!

HEN I awa:ken on i'-e U:!Li .ai my way
to or from New Yt Ik. ...' I.in Hiet Cavina
g to or comingnr hack 'if.ii England, I
a button. .) srt-a:ri-l ..-;,-- the sum-
on-and brings me in th !l- ilni and I
S fast comfortably in imy Ib.1i The eggs
fresh, the cofBee goud. the rli.t is tooth-
*e. You will rttuark tl.it I -iyv "bed"
d not bunk. lhe bunk -)-t Iii. s disap-
red from the big linr-i. iit ii.? Great
hite Fleet and tht b hhilip :t Mle---- Elders
d Fyffes. Bunks il. ,i..e- i *re very
rapidly going: everyb..dy.v iu- lia'.- his bed
the cabin noandayi,.. a1id t.11, must be
tds and wardr..lhe. naii mirrors;
l* e, of course. if you hi.,- al- .... i d for a
room you needn't itL.p o(it Of' y.v r cabin
have your bath. But t ilt- ihro,)ms for
eral use are comii.Lutnll.. It,... they are
provided with showers n,-t :it ail like the
ae which assaulted Matthew i;r.e,.'y Lewis
Itrough the leak in lth i.,i-t ..i his room.
And when at last .iyou rlieirc- dr.-sed for
the day and appear up.in i.. k .1i .. will find
yny persons who havt- born upi -inme time
ore you, and tht- s- ai nilh are busy
p ng quoits. or shuffhlel,.,ard. .,r some
uh game, or Jusr iud,.lntii. ri'leclinin in a
deck-chair.

PHE first steamship tintiiiled ..r ai'.,tf
on English rivers i "Us bnilt in 1787,
t steam commniiiucatilIi .il[i Jamaica
lly commenced when in 1:V, the Royal
Itil Steam Packet Comnpainy obtainedd a
loyal Charter for the onnveyaln.oe if mails
the West Indies. and beprn to? ,-rud ship
spelled by steam to tbis parr .f r tile rvorlil.
were small ve.-Ils at liirt; they On,
ally grew larger: tlirhus lilnd James Englan
thony Froude speaking fcomning out to betw-ee
a part of the world in 1 i; in a large Fikes
mer of 4.01).i tuis. ",nr .f the best them;
ereall are good ,In the W:t-st India.n line." about 1
a ip of 4,0u0 tons today is o.inld.-red one happy
the small units of the Gre-r t\'hite Fleet. traveller
iMesers. Elders and Fyffes and the United Captain
iFuit Company now own anid i hundred ships.

TO many ports these go fr'omi Jamaica; from these
1 ports they come to Jamaica. It was different
il the time of Anthlony Trol.ll.ppt. who visited this
oony in 1859. In his day if .v,.'u wanted to go to al-
mat anywhere in these par't- y.-''u ent via the Dan-
i.h Island of St. Thomas. Wa.i y-'Iur destination the
Istmus of Panama? Y:iu weirt by way of St.
Thomas. From Hondura. o .l:Jii tica
o Cuba and Mexiio? Yin il.,,. went
.by St. Thomas. St. Thoinmas .as the
ihtf port of embarkatlonL fr thl. West
Idies and the Spanish M.min if you
,'hoe to make your \oyace in .. ',am-
er. Of course you could ai,-. i y your
luck in a sailing vess-.l RBi thtlii you
could never be certain ac: i, .. :l.t date
|you would gel to ahiiy place lIn- winds '
blew as they liked. whil I i- 11. way
with winds.

| 1HE advent of sr.aiiii (lld i..i mean
l the disappearar.ie ..ft -.l. Ii has
pot quite meant tlli d-il lippl.ara'.i.,- of
~ail even to this d.i. ThIm- .!th..iugh
team traffic oil thU rej-11 i:rl i ,ome
:established long itf-,,il thi P .-=I..-ii Fruit
:Company came inri, h-ietli, ih- Fu toTn
.Frult Company for -si,_ i imii triede d
its fruit to Anmerican I i -.,Ii- ships.
|These were charter..d: th- Iyhutyi.: and
then the building of stearihdii. '..i the
company came aftirwards. \\ lilii the
I'Boston Fruit Company hbtaJ!ir i. ans-
[formed In 1899 into thie Uit.i-d Fruit
kCompany there was of ,ii.r-.-- jiit.her
forward spurt, and since thi.iih there has
a no looking backward.
n A SINGING
OPLE still speak of thli -e I.test
i'oal- and oil-hlurlnin iin-,-cs a- i anana boats," as
.somewhere in the rirt parr i f this writing; and
t oU ee the facetinus will iy that the bunch cf
banans .is more pamperell tlihan th passenger. Both
Elders and Fyffes and the United Fruit Company,
however, repudiate the joke: th:y h.,th proclaim that
Fievery passenger is a guest But since their ships
re-also banana carriers, and since people do speak
Il them as such. I would suggest that, in order to


please everybody, and not to offend the banana, the
slogan might be, "Every guest a banana." But would
ihat really please everybody? Can everybody ever
be pleased? If you cannot fool all the people all the
time, it must be equally difficult to please all the
people all the time, even by calling them bananas
when they happen to speak with envy and jealousy


CAPTAIN BILL FORRESTER OF THE CAVINA
e of the most popular seamen sailing between Jamai,
d today, one of the most popular seamen who have ever
n these two countries, is Captain Forrester of the Elde
Line. He is known to thousands of persons in Jamaica
y all. He has the happy gift of making friends and 1
passengers travelling with him have always a nice word
his care for their comfort, his anxiety-that they should.
voyage. His ships are always eagerly sought after by ini
ers; some of these make it a point to wait for the vessel
n Bill commands. Which is a high tribute to his pers
the confidence which he inspires.

of the attention paid to the banana.

AS a matter of fact I can imagine that no one
would like to be hung up in the refrigerated ban-
ana hold of even an excellently appointed vessel;
for a temperature between fifty and sixty degrees
might not be quite so comfortable as the san-
guine may imagine. And, anyhow, if the bananas


i aXTYx ON IBOAR U i ONI J OF THE UPNITILU HLFUIlT COMPA

are well taken care of on these carriers, so are the
passengers, whether they be going to England or to
New York. They are equally well looked after when
coming from England or New York to Jamaica,
though on these return voyages the ships carry no
bananas. The ships, in fact, are definitely construct-
ed for comfortable passenger conveyance as well as
for carrying fruit.
These vessels, for instance, provide you with a


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swimming bath as do great trans-Atlantic liners;
and the moment sub-tropical regions are reached
these baths are crowded from early morning up to
nearly dinner time with swimming, laughing, diving
men and women. After dinner one may dance to a
late hour on the deck; but this is usually after some
deck-game such as horse-racing, bingo, or the like
has been completed.

YOU may imagine the leeward side of the
deck marked out for the wooden horses
that are to race. There are six of them,
with numbers written on them, of course,
from one to six. Around this improvised
racecourse of oblong formation the pass-
engers gather. You buy your ticket on the
horse you fancy; a gong strikes to indicate
when the race begins, the dice are handed
to one of the passengers who throws them
on the deck or on a table, and the race
commences. 1 have never failed to find a
crowd congregated when horse-racing was
in progress on a steamer; the excitement
is real, the laughter genuine, and there is
no envy of those who are lucky. It is all
the same whether one is travelling to or
from New York on a Great White Fleet boat,
or crossing the Atlantic on a huge liner, or
going on a summer cruise in the Mediter-
ranean. The pastimes and the life and the
feeling are the same. There are, for in-
stance, moving pictures on these Jamaica
ships as there are on the trans-Atlantic
ships. For myself, I prefer to see a mov-
ing picture on land; but I must say I have
-.. not seen anything better on the Majestic
: or the Berengaria than I have on the boats
of the Great White Fleet.
Naturally, too, there are libraries on
S all these ships, and everybody on the way
to or from England, or to or from New
York-with Jamaica as their point of de-
parture or of landing-invariably borrows
books and almost as invariably does not
read them. Of the books it may be said,
"many are called, but few are chosen." One
is either too lethargic for much reading on
a vessel, or one has too much in the way
of sport or of whisky-consuming to do.
ca and
Sailed 'URING the summer months especially
*rs and _j the United Fruit Company organises
She is cruises lasting eighteen or twenty-three days
keeping
to say from New York to Jamaica and certain Cen-
have a trial American ports, and back to New York.
tending Also, some of its ships call at Cuba on their
Which way to Jamaica and vice versa. These cruise
onality passengers have the opportunity of compar-
ing the methods used for loading the vessels
with bananas at Port Limon or Puerto Bar-
rios and at Jamaica, and at once they observe that
while machinery is employed for this purpose in the
Spanish-American places mentioned, it is all hand-
and-head labour in Jamaica. For this there are two
reasons. One is that the Jamaica banana-carrier is
expert and swift at the job. Usually the carrier is
a woman, but men are also employed; and all per-
form the work of loading the ship with commend-
able celerity.

THE other reason is that the Fruit
1Company and Elders and Fyffes,
realising that the introduction of
machinery would displace the hand-
and-head worker to a certain extent.
abstain from introducing banana-load-
ing machinery at the Jamaica ports.
This is good policy as well as practical
philanthropy; for the ships are not re-
tarded by the employment of human
labour for cargo loading, while thous-
ands of persons are directly benefited.
Of course in the Central American ports
a fairly large proportion of labour is
also employed in putting the fruit and
other cargo on the ships. And the work-
ers, as it happens, are most frequently
Jamaican in origin. A large number of
Jamaicans are to be found at Port
Limon, at Puerto Barrios and else-
where in Central America, and the
United Fruit Company utilises these as
much as possible. Therefore it is a
common thing to hear English spoken
on the pier of a Central American fruit
port when the filling of a ship with
bananas or other things is in progress.
The pier then resembles a bit of Ja-
.NY'S SHIPS maica transferred to the Central Ameri-
can scene. And, indeed, that is almost
exactly v. hat it is.

FRUIT, with passengers, began to be carried to
England in 1901 when the late Sir Alfred Jones,
head of the firm of Messrs. Elder Dempster and Com-
pany, entered into an arrangement with the Colonial
Office and the Jamaica Government to establish an
Imperial Direct West India Mail Service between
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CONTRASTS


How we travel b

air speedily, one

by sails, beautiful

but slowly an

how we live in we

placed, wellappoin

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COLONEL'S QUARTERS AT FOBT CHAHLE-S


H BE RLD 'IN. l IS l.l *'I L .ll M LIA A1r
BUILDING IS EXTANr


A BELL shrilled, a voice exclaimed: "She has
sighted the station!" As one glant:ed ti. hil
north there was no sign yet of the aplproah .:f ,nl
airship; yet there was movement amning the p-i,'l
in the neat, pretty building at
Harbour Head, which was erect-
ed not long ago for receiving
and despatching the seaplanes
which connect this island with
Miami, Cuba, Haiti and various
places in Central America.

PRESENTLY someone point-
ed. There, in the distance,
one could see a speck against
the sky, something coming over
the hills, and momently it grew
larger until soon it looked like
a great and graceful bird on its
way towards the sea. Nearer
and nearer it came, now sloping
gradually downwards. Down,
down it seemed to swoop until
it touched the glittering waters
of KingstonHarbour, from the
surface of which sprang two
waves of foam; and now it was
speeding towards the Air Base
enveloped as it were in white
smoke, the fine spray of the
water through which it cut with
splendid speed.

TiS is, for Jamaica, the latest
word in transportation; it .-
is a striking contrast to the old
ways of the old days, as are
so many others of the innova-
tions of the present. The ease,
the swiftness, the dexterity with
which the great plane was
brought to the stone pier, the
incredibly short space of time
in which the passengers landed
and soon set out to their various
destinations in motor cars await-
ing them, inevitably brought
back to one's mind the differ-
ences existing in this Harbour
in, let us say, the eighteenth
century. One's mind can pic-
ture a warship approaching Har-


b,-tIIr Ilread 1.1r nmijVgl towards Port Royal a hundred
)'.-aIr ua-'i with sas i lil -,t and pelllldll flying. a
iLautItl'i fl ,,'S:tail-. ilmt hi..w slhmw as omnrpared with
art l iir l .hf lie And h-.nw muh Ilt...ire dain,-,,g-.


tratElli g. even in tim es
Ic e:h. \\'e talk 4rif the perils
air travel !i ll these days,
though the accidiEnts hapl
Inltinlt tIo those l ho in dulge
"Stlunts." \W't -sIuli hardly
remrnn ber I that ImosSt -lf
dangers o going front onle oiI
oly t"r the oth-/r %-re E.illlllll
when .pered trik the plac.-
AT.1TIO)N. TI-. spiwells. and steel aus tied
stead of wood. One. read-
urlt-,ks rwthin glllgStoni H
blouriI w'l-.n a hurricane occurred in the p"st--sl.o
of ships. 'vei warships. Ibe.ng lost: bult in th
days the airship soar. high above the storm.
speeds far ,,ut of its path. travelling at a rate I


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put a hurricane far be-


OTHER tontrasts c-ome to tile niind. As o.,ur
rides tIday towarld_- the east frou Klingston. roii
rolls over an asphalted road; it, longer do straitin'
horses pull a shaking vehicle aloiiu a stretch of br..;-
e.n stones and ruts and sand As they have doue .i-r
:, thousand years. the hills tower to tile left. ;1n lli.
right is the hdrbiur formed by the lnag istlnmus i.-f
land which is kinuvn as the Palisadoes. at the i.-st-
ern point of whieh stands the t'nn f,,t Port R...vI
which more than oncei inl the past has etnll an ~ -
land. AJ] the Palisadnes is formed of little Ctays ,r
Islets joined to eat h .tiher by si ied sand i've-'r,.'iln
:i ith shrubs and tlrees. and the-re was a :l tim- ni -
Sthe long crescentt swerp :- f the ithlius was t,'v.. i-i
i-with coconut palmn- that t. ed ter .oward i-s the s.. h

E:'pHE palms are all cone now. and along the Pal;-a.
S does from Iingstutn has been built a smooth and
easy road, by which rune ani reach the ,once fanlit.:.i
Sport of Jamaica about whi h sio iiitrh has been twrit.
ten in the past One enters Pirt Royal tr.day by
I:tad, and here too the ionitrast bhet ween what.t is ind
what has been strikes the eye and thL- imaginati,-n
It waa a great place -once. this P-ori R.-yal. t.idjay
It stands ainlost deserted. and decayed. a lead past
that has not yet buried its dead with its irenai.i-'
o':f forts and barracks and other hbuilditLs. with ats
narrow streets and lanes. renliiii-i -nt of w\ys of 'i,
Ing that carry the mind back into thte far-iff
dighteenth century.

jlHE houses of the po,,rer classes are all decayed
itl and falling down. People move about listlessly
along the dingy thonrou'phfarces with seemingly ii
thing in view, with n.tthinit in their minds i n.li
..tIey are intent on doing It is like a Spanish-Amrii-


can towLn in somine ou(r..t(,he-way part of a Spani-'i-
Aniericlan Republic: it is remllni cent of something
of the sort. althoijch Purl Ruyal has never really
been Spanish St Jago de la Vega. now known as
Spanuih To.mn.. was first huilt by the Spanish own
eri oi Jamntaa: it au. the English who made P.,rt
R loyal. It "as a sea-farilti raice -whi perci'-ived ut:il
tiniportaince of protecting the entrance to, Ki-.st,-n
Hjarbtli-r In alinmo.t the very day they captur(-d la.
Imrai.a. al wh'... .tiaiahtway bean i:i imake i.f L'a2na t
:Pint. as the Indians hai named this part tof :he.
*onntry. a difmi.tit spot to pass But 'lit-d 1. it-
buildings frt- siildiirsl atnd seatuen. anud iof the ft.:.riti
actionss and ihe like. and aftEr Pori R',yal hail been
destryeyd hy earthiluake and fire aind hLurrirane. tll.-
type of lhahlntatin erected was poor and simple and
i.rude in strikiiig. totra, t--i.ih buildinLgS and pe...
Ie-- t h., iT- ho-se aidni thiir inhabitants hilt tlhiii.,-
mllile- .ppoiite in the e Iry ft Kinigton

HE sutin beat- d:.own nierr-Vile-l.1 up..n Prlt RiV.-ai
there is no shale Biut when tlih bhreze zila.
from thie outer ?sea. and roars and d(11shI1- acan-t the
Palisadoes. one aids driving and even walking rl-r.
able. aind if all ith- ro.'ilan.e has vani-held fr'on Pui't
I,'yal there is still nitre than a touch 'of the rrnma-n
tie abollt the Harbouir of Krinc1toin. at the entranr.e
ti.: whichh it stanlids. as -ione s'es the airshilps ic.nie .,t :'
tlh- inilmntaina to the no:.rth and churn t(lihe n\ar-i'
the h ri'l.sur into spray .vIt sin.l w as thboy dri'e ....i
vard to the pier.

O THER Icontrajst.s a.lsi strike thlie -ye IlieDvin
from Port Il:oyal and l.:..kine niorthwvard-; ..ni
in tir:es the dill silve _r 'ray ,.f the ihuge rei .ptra':l,
of the .Shell Oil C'-inpany aaiin-it a hba k-rriinld .i
hills. Here i! stored both cr( nii tll aind i'-mi-.l
oil fir ships alnd mn:.r.r cars. and lintl pit-rs ; it
oit into .th.' -e a. ajainsi. Vhi':h the, oil o inkri s ar.


nl.oored w',heln they bring in their tarp.lne irlin Trini-
day. a tlhoisand mlen avway. Pipelines cross Ihe
roail and lead froi tanker tuO the tanks -n iaiid;
farther uii stands Fort Ntient with -tiuns protier;ng
the appiloch iito Kii;estot. but lno one -es these
guns. No onle even climnpses the fortl it ationts from
the road. \W'hat one sees are the envde-nces of ordin-
ary pea.eful life. a little shop ,pp,,site to the A.ir
Ba-e in which itedi drinks and "hut dogr are sold,
ihe pretty Air Base building itself. i pier tor wo
with perhaps a ship lyinc alongside. it. and always
ilie sea atnd the aiinad and ithe sparklinul skies

THERIE ale not s-,. many contrast Iheiv.elli tlh,. old
iand nie'( wiihiu the t ity of Kit-iptnii. fir InuLch
of the 'Id pasedi aw a almo:al t insitatly .umie thirty
years a._-. it as n,..w hlie new that strik-es the ob-
rv\tr c\ erywhl-rle The names i.f the strer-et. re-
mairn thi sltame. Tlleie is P.,rt Roy'al Sr'ret and Lit-
rle Port llo ,al Street t ttlle. *:-treme sn ii oif King-
Sl.on t il IIt II'.: niainy p, erst-. I retelll lli-r thai thilse
C,-re s. t.aile-d bieantep Port IRyal hiad ,iice leeni the
rpA'inelpatl ciniterllil depot t i.i tlhe island i.f Jamnaca,
andl sc' street- itn Kit stio-n were inamt lld after the de-
vastatel tiwn whelln Klngsl. n it.'k ii pIll.'- Har-
Iinii' Steer in Kin.tl .I is 'llni b i ..iily ti.-e si reet of
the HarlioIr Port R..yal Street wa .is ,i-te the i.hief
Stru..l isiitlIed that pla e now ,.il i-r se 'en-ts have
di.in ,,. [ f r Kiiigst.ln ha; st,;ailily 'i.,.w

A LL ihe Itlinlits int Harli..ur Street and KIng
S-'treet pri'.r to l i; 1i\t17 ..ntirt-ly dli-appeared,
jist as tih diNw.liinr liiuse- built tiwards the lose
tf thie _iilitt.-inih icenitiry have ntow viith thi- ,xcep-
tr..n of a fe.w .'iv.-n pla. e tO otihnr-i Thbire tont stood
a.-i 'eatr esdeie It th- el-at .' f Kinersi.n' and v ?ry
intnr thie ;eat.hmte- in illustration of it appewrrs in
hlie-e Pla'_-iS It no litiger exists It was one ,of the


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in an hour or two winld
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OD1.1 HELIDENE F NF.IR lKIN(f.TON)' i-ll''OEDn TO HIi. MARBLE HILL. R.IE TO1HNi NOW DENIOLII1ED. RBilLr TOWARD THE END OF THE
-fI.HTFE.NTH 4 I. NiLR


four III Illi Il Hiil tJlIili n liill ln ithe :lty ,it the l I I :
of th'. e-'-l"lt'-t illl ntI yL anud 'i..ir iallc y d rd,-- .t'
the rnill-ltc -nth I.ciitn1ly on( ly.I i.t. ,f tlhei-s tiil
standl-. -.ft" ihe nlaher- l -ut ,.,nI it, l'. l ll, i r in il.' hi
otl ier. And ..nll here and l i I-re I -.,in- I '. t t ..,
can ..nir peI-rie i a hiiiinii g. ill the l.-i -t.i- ..i'
decay. \\ h l il .- lmiaiy 1.*- c.-rtaiii ha; i.in iJ- 1 .wii 1
us i'lrrn a iutll h :-cr'lier tim-.

Y OL'R mniiddei' r'e-ideui tij i.l- ii..rth ,..1 KiiCM tu'ii
Y Illsti have 'iL-ace ;alnid I'trilniiiL n at'. thulh.-_
that wer'I n t ini '.-i ii-d in ti' i Kiic toui .f' a jy-..-l
pei .]d. In P.I t R..,'il t. lfL the hli .u-e .f thl '.i.a,-
onp C >o.ii, nnIlli nl i thl (;arri ,..iln .till exist.;- bu.it it iQ
mc' re fc a iiitl-lln llpie-i tI Ihan anytibin nels'- t.iJ .v.
it is sontlthing to remniiitl ii- i:ft the past andl .iir ..,
mucih utility in the prl'ei-it

THESE [bailges t.j'ik pi,]ae viery slowly' at tilr. 'for:
Jamaio a m.ivF slh.w\ly. Yet it is within the l:t
ten or fiftiien y.iar.s that stlln e ilf the ii i t striki;tl'-


ai l.:rna n i.o'll. i .. al"- -':] ljl,- hj Ii1--1 m alelii, 'P T1 L,
|I ti hlu IcCiniCe .1.,i _legtl t id '.-l'll!ti..l].-- n l.h w ,L .
r ll d ,:. ,: j e re' trd--'., ae ..i,-,.-]--- :-nt hit...

IT s ill tiI I lll ] i lt |artlt .if J.ittiai.:a thi.t l.,- till]
riindl ihilabitEd the Ild builhinlS thlt el'rvd *,ir
',rfl' ti,1hei' t. tr t h,-E t':ooi h.t1 I.IrII l Cle '-.:[I;, e i:l :I' .:-
i- i li .i1- .-' nitthin. Tihe' l spin bri k bulhiiiL'.- anT111
it'- tl'te veri'ranii ahs its Aiioiltn il.ft'. its. thiik -ii;.
it, .. ,,i niand1 wn i zhiii.tirin. ti ll .tands: but the iln-
rcit'. Iih.r lj etn ihiancdii. imde'trn i!!prov-'nlernt liitha
lji--nli ini titited. the It:(,:1' ir i' ha. tlakl:n th-? iilan-.e
-f l\h- iar' --at a: d h.,'r--- a'' it- ,.. i pier' -lman'
of' i',.,n\ey'an,.-., the servantlt are trl:ined aniid lapped
and apri:ii.Ed-11-il bly a any Ineatl Ill i the slatternly
nimiid- it a firlrle inir trie-a-:nd the -ele Ialceg e n. f .4.i:i-
I-.Id twiennethIlll :ce ry life have displaced the e'ridi-
tei' ".. the- olid Jamali.'ia dilmes.ti: h blhts.

EST a asthe (C.tl s uf t Old Eint-Land are y'-t t.wd
tfo'r l in I i puppies so are ino t o'if thle A..Id Jamnia a


c'..olitr!vy hi-,it ?. aind n, olie would wiish for their
di ;'a1)i-ara'.i ie. They were st,.uttly li i t: slave ill'ijr-
i tI.' n ati, s nl vi...hiit hurricanes w-ere in the llliids
.if line v. ho i-rel.r ed tlheitm. There adi 11i Insu'reI--
ti'e;3 t..i be- feared in tlihE-.- ld ys anld in odern rein-
f.t.ri d ljUiiidincgs have n.lthingt to f-ear from violent
atni:.'plheri. d(itutihani n s. But the old hoiuies are
im ii itaineid. though outside of then the old methluda
ot iIltivatiin have been i.hanged. the nld windmills
ori wa.itr mills have 'given place to i' re--nt-day ina-
t hiitery. the old Sunday imark-ts in the villages and
tiwn' haVe been Fiipers-'eded by Sunday rest and
ea-ie. The old huli.-es remain, but new Oreat Houses
are il-in Ibiiillt also here and tllhre. it may hei that
in another century the diff'e'elce between the new
and the old will be complete. Yet ioe wi)tuld cliiug
to something of the old if even because of its social
.atld listitrii.al interest Not the merely -habby. utter.
ly ruined, as one sees it in so many parts of Spanish
Toa n and Port Royal. but the substantial and use-
flil a: it is replre-ented in some -f ur old Chunrlhcs.


A NEW METROPOLITAN RESIDENCE. WITH ALL MODERN CONVENIENCES- A TYPE OF THE BETTER C('..l~.5 HOla6E. NOi) EKR('ED IN THE COOLER AREA
OF THE MUNICIPALITY.- THE RESIDENCE, WHICH IS OF CONCRETE AND TILING, IS THE HOME OF MR. AND MRS. FRANK MELHADO







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By HERBERT G. DE LISSER,



-"IUNDEI: THE SUN,"
'"THE WHITE WITCH OF ROSEHALL,"
Er :.


CHAPTER ONE

JUAN AND PAT HICK
TWO men sat un the trunk uof a great tree which
Slay pr..stirate i:,n the ri-l\.- ank, the victim of
some hurricanl- iih iyeavsii 1.., h.%d torn it from
SIts roots as it towl-rtdi ...\er lti 1 i.-sser plants that
.grew profusely iilli i111 waa..i edge. The leaves
Sof its hea\) ranh. h Ij. i, \\' ith-e l long before, but
those bale litl-,i; .i ii. L li.i .,l i. been clothed in
green still dippl1d iiii., the i int, which rippled
. and flowed nalnilit the-ill s It pIlt-'d on its way to
the sea.
"Look. jliiiI. \v.:t v. haI i. --caped," laughed
the elder ...t i.: 11,.1i i :. I .i ln ...tli l up-river at two
crocodiles ilrth:tl C lcn ill :i 1 i'.,ii lit line towards the
human watrtch-!r's -ii-i f i-r l'iiiin Iit. more than two
.feet ahlt'. e 'l i- I l. 4 .. thli V ar.t'
He I,;iu-d l t ,i p. k I '. .iiid iii ,,.'.% a piece of rock
at one ..if ili. sn i.ni-, .,1- it, [I l, i-d. It dived, so
did the.' oL.h-r. ritii I.i mi..v,-m,!l t Il tile surface show-
ed in what In i i.tri i. t ii- h."-. --. unming. Patrick
laughed again.
He v.d; a l'.v.\ lI iitl ii- Ali.t twenty years
older thaniu l ...paii.ii h. I. \v.- nly twenty-five,
She looked .a .i:.. ~ I:y. -..iiii iol it-raded ruffian. A
pair 'it Irwierl-i; in.jlt ..ulit ,ofa .i rse cloth known
as burlap w.'a hi- uily \niart. It was attached to
his bod y iLv -rr.,iit -i .iii .1 i.,-.l t raw hide. His
torso wwas pi',.'.l iih\ i Inult. iha..' tii muscles of his
arms slid StO II ;K'- th.'- ;t. :, lihlete, there wan
not a spai.r- i. uli itf f'l pii..-n ii.ni anywhere. He
ad a heard lilt y i.I. :in l il-iir liit- eyes that gazed
lazily when ti-m .-r. Ini.r lLI-ildiih- or concentrated.
And he spol,:e 1t inl ),-yillner [i i i iu English, with
..o trate of pnl-li.h nl..'ll-nt H was answered in
that language., bi tlie- w\.irds un.J rtnies of his friend
were those of a manii sl-naktni a rongue which he
had not learnt al Ii IIir.ilier kiln Hearing him,
you would haly, kIniwnii thlir hb liulii carefully, even
painfully, lealnu th.s la.iuaii-'e.
The growth oit' tes -,in eithtlr liank of the cop-
per-coloured riv\'' w:- d-,iin atnid Ilank and heavy,
the folia _n f the n,\'3 li.iLII; branches, some-
tlimes inuelladi. i .li the iring lt. No axe had
Sever been plied lihrl: wi..:.l tll,-n had rotted for
c enluries heir \~via \111in 'ii-re-t I:.II the borders of
a town. There o-i. cri. -..rilile- ilji.t, but these had
:learnt to he rn:1i:. >to' il,.rt- .tinlll enemy, man.
Land crabs pef-potd .t ir ft 1li..- in which they lived
preparatory t1. rnai lliii- lh.r I.ii mn.irch towards the
sea, and ui.'i airnL i Ihliii Il l.- ,.i la iuana, the giant
s, arl two or ithi .- t. -.I I nii'_ i.l looking like a
I.miniature dit.1c>,n ,4i f'all,!. v...ull dart from point
:. o o poIint. eaer t, e ,,i,-,.i\.li .,..
Save for the ru.-stlini, .r-artd Iy these creatures,
!and the faint I in-liin n .t iit, \. .ter as it beat
: against some ubstlutinihll in its -,ea\-ard flow, the si-
Slance was piulof.uni A dalip liiat hung over and
Spervaded the sct-iie. fr liut liittlr .' found its way
Through the thlilk an;d miatii,--d il.Ir of these banks.
But the water its.-lf a.1 .- ....1. ii1n these two men
were accustonmei 1.1 ll. *-iii-rvatini. warmth of the
S.plain which was their h.II(. T They had bathed
After their nml'rnine'-.' nit t.o. si .liius work. They
Were now whiling a-.'y tlie tiime. .-f' which they had
o great abuudarnn They a.i hlie-l the crocodiles
:. wim by. not f[eaiing i I:'-:i ,l.1i..d no part in either
iof their hearts.
"Why don't tyou marry Mlaria. Juan?" asked
l-pat suddenly, breaking the sil-n, e that had fallen.
::I: l like her well enough. and there is no better
imlily In Jamaica."
"All our Jamaii.a families are of the highest,"
frttUrned Juan a trifle sarcastically. "We are all con-
lasted with one another inow., we art all of us cousin
-to everybody else."
"So I noted when I deserted from William
Ja aon's fleet and settled among you," Pat ob-
Iserved dryly. "I and the t-n or twelve of us who
ilsBd from that English pirate were received with
i.peat condescension by y'lur people. You are all
.....dees, and all oticers ,who have never fought an

iuan laughed good-naturedly. This Irish desert-
or who had decamped from William Jackson's force
sofe twelve years before, with some of his compan-
lone-English-when that adventurer had taken San-
t.B.o de la Vega, and who had settled among the
alala l a, was always teasing his hosts. But only
iU:f'Juan did he speak as freely as now, and Juan was


never annoyed. The Irishman was more after his
own heart than most of the people that he knew.
Juan was a handsome fellow, standing quite six
foot high in his low-heeled shoes, with the tanned
complexion that comes of outdoor labour in an ar-
dent climate. with flashing black eyes, thick black
hair that grew long and fell upon his shoulders. an
aquiline, commanding type of nose, and oval, promi-
nent chin. He was clothed at this moment in a pair
of trousers made of burlap, but on the upper part
of his body he wore a shirt of fine linen cloth,
and his trousers ends were tucked into rough leather
boots that reached up to his calves. Juan looked a
caballero, a man of position and a gentleman; Pat
was typically middle-class in appearance, and wished
to be nothing else. Yet Pat it was who had taught
this Spanish-Jamaican English, and some French
also; for he had been a schoolmaster in his time.
When he had turned adventurer under Jackson he
had done so to avoid deportation as an indentured
Servant from England, where an Irishman and a
Catholic was considered better dead than alive, and
in any case not a fit resident in a country ruled by
Puritans.
He had lived for years in that country, hiding
his religion, which sat lightly on his conscience, dis-
guising his nationality also, avoiding Irish accent
and forms of speech, but hating the English as only
the Irish of that day could do. He had long since
attached himself to young Juan Mendez; had indeed
for years been his tutor. When, a year before this
story opens, Juan had gone on a trip to Mexico on
behalf of the Governor, Pat had been utterly mis-
erable. "Wherever you go I will go also in future,"
he had exclaimed in a transport of joy when the
young man returned. And he meant it.
"Another of the alligators!" he exclaimed, as
round a bend in the river the head of one of these
monsters appeared. But this one had not the wis-
dom of its predecessors. It saw the two men on the
tree trunk and turned towards them. At once Juan
snatched up a bow that lay beside him, swiftly fitted
an arrow to the well-cured, taut leather string,
took aim, and shot. With unerring accuracy the
shaft sped home to the eye of the beast, penetrating
to the brain. It half-heaved itself out of the water,
lashing its tail wildly in agony to and fro, turned
back upon its course and dashed away, leaving a
trail of blood as it went. Soon it would be floating,
belly-upward-dead.
"Fine shot!" cried Pat admiringly; "there's no
one in this country who could equal that; indeed
there's no one who uses a bow and arrow but you.
You can kill without being seen or heard."
"All my fathers, as I have told you before, have
shot with bows and arrows. It is a habit and tra-
dition in our family."
"Aye. It is all of the Indian that you have left
in you, Juan; you are one of the few in this country
today with Indian blood in their veins."
"Yes; most of the others have gone away, to
Mexico, to Guatemala and elsewhere; they have left
their own country for other lands."
"And you yourself; wouldn't you too like to go
and settle in Mexico?"
"I may be the only one in this city," returned
Juan quietly, "with Indian blood in his veins. That
is why I sometimes think that, in some especial sort
of way, the country belongs to me. I'll never leave
it."
His companion made no answer: there was no-
thing he could say. To change the conversation,
which was becoming serious, he affected to be inter-
ested in a fine flock of small vivid green parrots
which now came flying over the tree-tops, screeching
and fluttering their wings.
"I think we'd better be going back to the town
now," he said after a while. "I want to mend my
hunting shoes."
He rose as he spoke, and Juan followed his ex-
ample. The two set off, turning their backs on the
full, slow-moving water. High trees were still about
them, there was but a kind of trail leading back to
the town. Shrubs thick with burs, scrubby weeds
which, when crushed, sent forth a pungent, stink-
ing odour, tendrils hanging from the branches over-
head, with a ground sodden, and little pits every-
where, made walking difficult. But these men were
accustomed to this sort of thing. In single file they
went, on an ascent, and presently they were pass-
ing through more open ground where grass for pas-
turage grew and cows and horses roamed about at
will.
The track widened; it became a street. But
such a street! Straggling houses, oblong single-story
structures built of wattle plastered over with lime
and mortar and roofed with red tiles made out of
hard-baked earth, rose on each side of the uneven
grass-covered path. But the plaster had in many
places fallen off and the tiles were old and weather-
beaten. Here one house would be within a yard of


Spanish Jamaica, and the

Romance of its Last Stand

Against the Invading

English


the path's edge, next to this, at some distance away,
stood a building a dozen yards farther back. Each
place was separated from the other by a fairly large
space of ground, some of them had a sort of decrepit
fence in front of them, others were innocent of
even this kind of enclosure and demarcation. Some
were thatched with straw; the flooring of most was
but a few inches above the ground; all had but one
or two small shutter-windows, with leather hinges,
opening in front, and a wooden door in the centre.
And about the yards wandered dogs, hogs, chickens,
ducks, and sometimes a cow or two.
About the larger houses a horse or two might
stand, cropping lazily at the short grass that sprang
up everywhere. Mosquitoes buzzed contentedly, flies
settled on every living thing. The town sprawled
in the bright sunlight, lay spread out under the fiery
rays of the tropic sun, old and faded and neglected.
It was as though decay had set up there an everlast-
ing habitation.
Hardly anyone was about at this hour, although
it was but ten o'clock. The men had gone to the
savannahs outside of the town to look after their car-
tle, their little sugar mills and plantations of cane,
their cacoa and cassava; the women were mostly in-
doors or at the rear of the squalid buildings which
they called home. At the end of the street, at right
angles to it, and at one side of a sort of square upon
which the street ended, stood a church. In the direc-
tion of this square walked Juan Batista Ana do
Mendez with his friend and former tutor, Patrick
O'Brian. They were going towards the chief resi-
dential quarter of Santiago de la Vega. There they
lived.

CHAPTER TWO

THE ALARM

CLANG, clang, clang-the great bell in the squat
tower of the church in the square suddenly
boomed out a clamorous note; it was furious, wild,
appealing, a note such as the people of Santiago
heard only when there was fear that an invader
might be marching on the town.
There was a gasp of wonder in many a house,
exclamations of dread and horror, a springing to
the feet, hurried shouts from one man to another.
Lights began to appear in the buildings in the square
or plaza. The Governor's residence, which stood at
some distance opposite to the church, was already
ablaze; Juan Mendez and Patrick O'Brian, who
lived close by, hastily lighted long candles of tal-
low, pulled on their clothes and hurried outside.
Then into the plaza people began to flock from every
quarter, and still the bells sent out their call and the
air was filled with their wild, alarming clangour.
The main door of the Governor's residence was
open. By the light of the moon it could be seen that
he was just within it, supported by two slaves, for
it was known that the man was sick and perhaps had
now not long to live. Towards him hurried the dig-
nitaries of Jamaica: his Colonel in command of the
Militia wearing an old nightgown over a rusty pair
of trousers; other officers, more than one of whom.
had forgotten to draw on his boots; three or four
priests in tattered soutanes. All these speeded to-
wards the colony's chief, while momently more and
more people joined the wandering, frightened crowd
within the square.
Juan and Patrick pushed their way close to the
Governor. They saw standing beside him two men,
pale, weary, nervous, who were gesticulating as they
spoke. These, evidently, were the bearers of the tid-
ings which had caused him to order that the bells of
the churches should summon to him the people of
Santiago de la Vega. Presently Don Ramirez, the
Governor, gave a signal, and the elder of the two
men began to speak.
"Senor Governor, Fathers, Dons, Senores," he
cried, "we-Pedro and I-were fishing for turtle yes-
terday morning near by Morant Point. By the grace
of God and of Our Lady we lifted our eyes at the
same time and saw, not far away, a fleet of ships
approaching. They covered the sea, there were many
hundreds of them, they bore down upon this land,
and it was easy to know that they were foreigners
and heretics who will burn in hell. We, being brave
men, knew that we must fly. We must come at
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Jamaica. All day we sailed and all night, and three
hours ago we grounded our boats on the beach by
the fort and pushed on to warn you. Senores, the
enemy has come again. They are the English, the
worst murderers on these seas, the greatest villains.
May God and His saints damn them everlastingly."
"Are you sure that these ships belong to the
English infidels?" demanded a priest of the man who
had spoken.
"Yes, Father Castilla. One of the smaller ones
was near enough for us to see the flag. I saw that
flag once before when the hell-pirate Jackson came
upon us."
"And you-say they are many?"
"They covered the sea, Father."
"And you believe they are headed for this place?
Might they not be going elsewhere? Ships have
passed close to Jamaica before and have not stopped.
That, I have heard, happened five years ago."
"Aye," broke in the voice of Pat O'Brian; "but
those two or three ships were seen off the western
point of the island, not in the east. Jackson came
east and south, and it seems that this fleet has
also chosen that to approach our city. I don't doubt
they're English-curse them!"
"You always believed that these heretics would
return, my son," commented Father Castilla, a vigor-
ous Spaniard of not more than forty years of age.
"You have given that warning again and again."
"They said they would," cried out the voice of
Juan Mendez, "though they have been so long about
coming that we forgot their threat."
"What insolence," shouted another priest, who
was the High Sheriff of the Holy Inquisition in the
Colony. Patrick O'Brian laughed.
"It will require something more than indigna-
tion to keep them out of Santiago, Father," he
mocked. "What does our good Governor propose?"
The Governor heard. He began again to speak,
and the hubbub subsided.
"Gentlemen of Jamaica," he announced, "we will
defend His Majesty's Island of Jamaica with our
lives."
"Viva, viva!" shouted many; but the most were
silent. Fear had already taken possession of their
hearts. But the Governor continued to speak, and
presently the townspeople turned to the business of
preparing to meet the invader. By sunrise a body
of two hundred men, horse and foot, were marching
towards the seashore. It was the largest effective
force that could be mustered in a colony of not more
than three thousand souls.
The path to Passage Fort, where it was certain
that the enemy would attempt to land, was broad
enough if rough, unpaved and uneven. For the first
mile or so it ran through a wide savannah, on the
lush green grass of which grazed numerous cattle,
and where also grunted and rooted large droves of
semi-wild pigs. Then the savannah ended and the
woods began, and for the rest of the way the road
was an avenue on either side of which sprang
trees, some of them with huge trunks, others slender
and graceful, all growing so closely together and
so interspersed with underbrush that a man might
lurk but a yard from those who were passing by and
yet be never seen.
"If we have to retreat, Juan," said Patrick, who
trudged beside his mounted friend, "we could easily
ambush the English at any part of this road. They
would never know how few we are. Thus we
might drive them back."
"A good idea," agreed Juan. "I will mention it
to the Governor and the Colonel."
"And they will refuse to listen," commented Pat-
rick. "Both are sick men, and most of us are bad-
ly frightened. You were only a lad, Juan, when
Jackson took Santiago; so you can't remember what
really happened then. It's going to happen again."
Juan set his lips. He knew that now that a call
had come for real effort, for courage and endurance,
he would be equal to it. He knew that there were
others like him. But how many? The English were
devils, and his people were afraid of them in ad-
vance. That was a hindrance to any show of proper
resolution.
The sun was now already sharp, though it still
was early. But these Jamaicans were accustomed
to walking beneath its piercing rays, and to them
the distance was not long. Very soon they caught
a scent of the sea; in a little while they had emerged
upon a beach cleared of trees, from which, into the
sparkling, rolling water, stretched two mounds of
earth flanked and fronted by wooden piles. These
landing places were not more than twenty feet long;
behind them was a stockade of trees and earth
through embrasures of which peeped the mouths of
some eight or nine old cannon. Into this stockade
marched the army. And looking in front of then
all could see in the middle distance the ships of the
enemy as they slowly made towards the land.
Frigates and pinnaces with shining sails were
sweeping into the great harbour which, nearly land-
locked, now gleamed blue and golden in the sun.
Never had these Spaniards seen so many ships be-
fore, or imagined so large a number. One after an-
other they came, as though never doubting victory.
The defenders gazed upon them with terrified eyes.
How could these foes be kept from landing?
One frigate alone sailed close up to the shore,


and a puff of smoke from her guns announced the
beginning of the attack. Promptly the cannon of the
Spaniards answered. The frigate's shot fell short,
hurtling into the water and sending up splashes of
harmless spray. The Spaniards' shots fell also into
the sea, not a single one reaching the ship that
would not draw nearer. For a moment hope burned
bright in the bosoms of the Spanish; but soon it
was seen that a deadlier form of assault was now to
be attempted. Boats were lowered from the ships,
men swarmed into them; under the curses of their
commanding officers the sailors began to pull towards
the shore.
A hundred boats were palling shoreward. Don
Ramirez de Orellana, Governor, was no coward, but,
sick unto death, he gasped in dismay. He gave an
order, Colonel Proenza repeated it. The shore guns
ceased firing; out of the stockade streamed swiftly
the companies that had set out from the Town of the
I'lati but three or four hours before. It was now
to be a quick march back towards that town. It must
be reached before the invaders could enter it.
"Now's your chance, Juan, to get ambuscades
set," urged O'Brian. "The enemy might easily be de-
moralised. They will be scared because of 'their
very ignorance."
"I go to speak to the Governor about it," an-
swered Juan, and rode up to Don Ramirez's litter.
"With some fifty men in ambush on either side
of the road, Excellency," he said, saluting, "we could
hold and drive back the enemy. The rest of us could
push on to Santiago de la Vega."
"I cannot sacrifice so many men, Captain Men-
dez," retorted the Governor. "Why, the enemy must
be fifteen thousand at least."
"All of them are not likely to land. They don't
know how weak we are. We can shoot them as they
come, for not more than six or eight of them can
march abreast. Give me leave to take fifty-"
"But what would the officer superior to you
think of such a thing, Captain Mendez! Due prece-
dence must be observed."
"Very well, sir; order someone else to take
charge of the body I suggest. I will serve under him."
"I cannot hold a Council of War on the road,
Captain Mendez, and I certainly don't intend the
English to come upon us here while we are discus-
sing plans. They have probably called in order to
get supplies. We will give them the supplies and
let them depart in peace. That will be better than
shedding the blood of our brave people. We must
exercise the wisdom of the serpent now."
"But suppose they come to stay, Don Ramirez:
what then?"
"But that is impossible!"
"Then why did you march to the fort this morn-
ing? Merely to give them a salute of honour?"
"Now you are becoming impertinent, young man.
Go back to your company, sir!"
Juan rode back to his handful of men, who were
making all haste to reach the town. He looked at
Pat and nodded.
"You were right," he said, "the Governor will
do nothing. He believes he can buy off the enemy."
"And I have always believed that some day they
would land here for good," returned Patrick; "and
they have. This is a big army, Juan, not a mere
few hundreds like Jackson's. I wonder what will
happen now."
"I understand," said Juan. "I seem to see in
this coming of the English the end of us Spanish in
Jamaica. Holy God, they number thousands!"
Patrick O'Brian did not answer.

CHAPTER THREE

THE FLIGHT
"rOUR brave men, our heroes, will drive the here-
-tics back to their ships," Dona Fuentes stoutly
assured her daughter, Maria, when she saw the
townspeople making a mad effort to gather such of
their household effects as might be conveniently car-
ried by hand or ox-cart to a place of safety far away
from the town.
"You think so, mamma?" asked Maria.
"Can there be any doubt of it? Is not our most
estimable Juan with them, and the Governor, and all
the highest ones of this city? Then they fight for
Holy Church. All the saints are on their side. They
are unconquerable."
"And there is Jose with them," ventured Maria.
"I hope he will be safe."
"Jose!" sniffed the elder lady contemptuously.
"Jose is but a lad of twenty-one, and what is his for-
tune? And who was his father? Not a caballero,
a tradesman from Guatemala only. I wish you would
cease speaking of Jose, nina, and think more of
Juan. Now there's a handsome fellow for you--of
the most handsome. And a descendant of kings on
both sides. You too are of a high descent, remem-
ber. Jose is not."
Thus spoke Dona Fuentes, one of the gentlewo-
men of Santiago de la Vega, as though no English
were at the gates.
Yet her heart beat uneasily as she watched the
thin, straggling procession of individuals and little
groups, some weeping, all frightened, troop out of
the town without even w tinlll to hear how it had
gone with their devoted little army.


Many of them had to pass through the plaza t
get upon the road leading west to the plains where
they had their cattle ranches or hatos, or toward)
the high mountains in the recesses of which theft
could hide for a time while the invader was beini
beaten or bought off. Some had harnessed mules
oxen, donkeys, or horses, to heavy, lumbering (arui
with wheels made out of solid pieces of hardwood
clumsy vehicles that were loaded to capacity and
made but a creeping progress on the way to safety.
Others, the poorer people, had bundled together
clothes, articles that they considered of value. foot
and were trekking it on foot out of the town. Some
families were essaying to carry with lthine a par
of their household furniture: wooden bIs A h ic;
four of them would hoist shoulder high, woodel
chairs with tanned leather seats, even ri:,uh wiv.oiea
tables; though of what use these would be in the
woods and the mountains the poor creatuir-s ....uld
not possibly have said.
Indeed, even before they left the town they had
begun to discard a portion of these nip-A,'imntia
Here a group would let fall a large bed and hurry
onward, glad to be relieved of the burden. there a
chair would be flung aside so that the refugee mnighl
be able to move the faster. And all along the waI
into the country, for a mile or two, this continued;
and all during the earlier hours of the Irmrning and
in the afternoon the exodus had gone on. MIlny wha
might have remained in Santiago were impelled by
the example of others whom they saw leaving. They
were frantic at the thought of being left alone in a
town which might be taken by the English. Bl a
few resolved to stay until the army sktild retNirn,
and among these was Dona Fuentes. N.-~l-hele. ,
though stout and usually lethargic, she was sihre-wd
enough, and she had given orders that h;-r mnale 1 'ar'
should be made ready for all emergencies
Suddenly her heart stood still. She heard the
sound of galloping horses: could these e of the
enemy? She turned wildly to clutch Marin. but the
horsemen were already in the square and IshIinr;i
She forgot that she was barefooted and I iih-rl imir
the square, a ponderous lady with fat fa', e hi.izing
with excitement. She almost reeled as she heard the
shouted words: "Out of the town as quickly as y.,a
can. The enemy may be here at any momentt"
Her cart was ready, her silver already pai ked.
She ordered her slaves to pile into the ituhmbrsnie
vehicle all the goods she could conveniently take
away. She pushed Maria into the cart, she' clambdrild
into it herself, forgetting in her anxiety to don her
shoes; then she bade her slaves accompany her on
foot.
Perched in the cart precariously on a bundle
of miscellaneous things, some of which made a 'cry
painful cushion for a woman of Dona Fuiet-s'
vast proportions, that lady was delighted to see Juan
Mendez ride up to her vehicle when it na a tw'. orr
three miles beyond the town. Maria smiled brichtly,
for accompanying Juan were Patrick and J,"-e. bolh
on horses which they had caught in the Iplaza and
commandeered for personal use.
Maria was a pretty, dark-haired little ;irl. \va-
cious when out of her mother's presence, filled wlth
a great appreciation of Juan, but secretly engaged to
Jose. On his part, Juan had merely a liking for hlr.
His one idea now was to save these ladies and I.thcri
from as much inconvenience and terror as pIssiil-
Hence he had ridden forward to overtak- tri tifui-
tives, for the army was no longer machine with
even a semblance of order.
"We are going to negotiate with the- English
shortly, Dona Fuentes," Juan informed li-r *Tlhry
may enter the town this evening or toiimrro,.w: we
don't quite know when. So you will have ti get
away as far as possible, you and all the rest iif the
people. I would suggest three or four leagues troin
the town, in the foothills, and not at your ran'h The
ranch can be reached by straggling English ,-ldins
while the negotiations are proceeding."
"But my ranch is ever so much mor-e o:infort-
able," the lady protested.
"And so much more dangerous," put in Patrick.
"Look here, senora, this is serious. Ir means. I
think, a long war. You had better make tip y.:.ii
mind what you are going to do. You mnay nor i~ee
Santiago again for a year."
"Mother of God! Then what shall -i, ii,?"'
"I think," said Patrick slowly, "thna the G.:,v-
ernor would be well advised to send the w.nimen. aind
children over to Cuba. The distance is short, there
is safety there. There may be none here "
Maria began to cry softly: never hail slh inma-
gined such a calamity. Dona Fuentes be(aniie f..r tho
moment speechless with horror. They h nid n.w
overtaken a good many of the foot-fugitif r-, fiim i h,
town, some sick, all weary, all with dra'n and h:e.
gard faces: sheep without a shepherd h. hi nieict
have to be packed off to another country :., sav- rl-hi.e
lives.
The sun beat down upon them. Tlih. .,nii-t-
pitted savannah made desperate walking. Fr.I, -.,it-
where in front came the lowing of cattle "ir Iro'.l.n
away from the vicinity of Santiago, lest rli -y h-li.hIi
fall into the hands of the English; came .l-,- .iith-r
sounds, the grunting of hogs, the bleatini .if .ia.lt
In the rear straggled the army with thp r;,,vr..,
And yesterday at this time all had see-nmd .,1 1


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Ihfitea, everyone had been at ease and happy.
nJiloat impossible to Ibt-IIve that such a change
Me about.
~ Governor has given us permission to look
3our families today. Dona Faentes," said Juan;
i. r are to meet him at Iuln Agramonte's sugar
it ot far from here. where he will issue fur-
a I. 1 thought that Jrci- might go with you."'
Y:'la going to my ranch." asserted Dona Fuen-
tlvely; "no mountains for me-not now, at

HAU you will. senora." said Juan; "but you are
a risk."



ai'alone who had Ikni.'sil her two weeks before
h|bad not seen her in the interval, would have
| it y In recognisiig Donia Fuentes now. The
a..Udy had lost much of her weight, her skin
in loose flabby foldi on face and body, the
implexion of whi h she had been so proud, and
eh lhe had guarded so carefully from the sun,
lijoW darkened by exposure. her hair was matted,
ilrem that she w.,re was soiled and torn in many

and Maria were niiw I~iing in a hut on her
e of several rain-es in that part of the
li to which the Spanish-Jamaicans had with-
ik The hut was weather-lbeaten, with holes in
tthed roof, with openings in its sides, a tiny
i which had once bhnr utlised by slaves who
ri commissioned to look after the cattle that roam-
.itthis part of the :ountry.--de.
lia's face had cri'iin th.n, her eyes were
tvr, her movements listless. She was suffering
lack of food. from untiase iof mind. She hadn't
lto eat in these days-she took to an almost
mat diet badly-but mure than that was her
for Jose. Her mother was helpless in this
ey7. And if anything should happen to Jose,
irould become of her' Thai thought had haunt-
Niray and night ever sinct they had taken re-
ion. the ranch.
AEe, there was Juan. and Maria knew that he
Eti stronger, the mirei r. liable character. But
.i ever taken mu.th nuiti.-. of her, while Jose
MhIen her devoted larve The.refore it was to Jose
i her thoughts most inaturilly turned at this

le and her mother iknew that the Jamaica wo-
Aind children were bhiing sent off to Cuba; that
O an exodus had be-z'un. But Cuba seemed a
:jii off; it was ut theinm a unknown land, to
iWhich, ift they vmet, tl.iy iust cross the dan-
a sea. And what would they do in a strange
By where they wouildl hat.i no land, no slaves-
'IFte must be left behind-r,.:.rhing to which they
C:Men accustomed' Dona Fi,:ntes was thinking
iU this now, hurying h-u r ta..- in her hands. This
.. Was a thing most [iii''lile ti contemplate.
.She was aroused by il[h- .:--i.il of footsteps; she
0ld up to see Juan. Patriik O'Brian and Jose
ftine at the door
7'.I'Bter, senores." sh-e .tjid riling, and trying to
Wuare something of the. diinty which, she had
[fl-attered herself. miariFked all her movements.
iand her daughte.pr stiod Thiy could hardly ask
three men to bie i-eatr. d uii ,kins spread on the
agd.
'ITou4 have heard what lhas been ordered by our
Jara, senora?" li-nit Jilsn, coming immediately
point. "You and Maria must go to Cuba."

Iell, there is no. c mnpulsion; but what else
pu',B do? Do ynoi knoiw nhat is happening
udI? There are w.onirn hidinic in the mountains.
B"are eating raw ni-at and roots. Some of them
$ swelling to an enoirmiu. size. and they will die.
tfl them are being .ateni al.ve by insects; their
eyebrows are int'eri-il ly lie. They have not
ied for two weeks, they have no change of cloth-
&:.they are unsheltered tfr.ini he rain and from
iIg,. they sleep upr.in tlhe liharil earth. It is death
ahe women who, rtnmin hi.h' And if they fall
6:the hands of ilhe infanim.Is English-"
.."t will be siill w.ojrso." nid the Irishman, fill-
i-.nl the ellipsis. 'Mai in is young, pretty-need
my more?"
"i:-will die before harmii ( :.ies to Maria," ejacu-
kIJose fiercely. H wn- a thin, sallow youth of
features, but witllh ni mark of distinction about
K i.:[e never impre.-d r.irl'cularly anyone to
it.he spoke.
!'ery17 well, you will di-. lbut the harm will come
.b remains." rettil-n'd Patrt k coldly. "So your
tWhouldn't help. D-o:ni Fientes, you must make
'our mind. We c(jn li-lp yori over the mountains
Then return here when yl .il ret a boat for Cuba.
re is nothing else to d:i."'
i.'at cannot some man co with us?" asked Dona
tes. "You, for instance. Juan?"
at is impossible. senora," said Juan. "I
t:ly leave Janmai'a if sint on a mission, and
thIta1Ihave not yet thuElht of me in that res-
t2il l. y have talen little notice of any words
haiwe:ohken: they have let th.- English have things
S.their own way up to n.iw. Later, perhaps, I will
t1..:or more than I d.i- nriw Meanwhile, at least
help you over the mini:nta;ns to the coast."
.'"


"Cannot Jose go with us to Cuba?" asked Maria.
"He cannot be prevented; but if he is a man he
will return."
"To death?" demanded Maria impetuously.
"To the defence of his country," replied Juan.
"At this moment, senorita-"
"Juan, what is the matter with you?" cried
Maria passionately. "You don't believe that we can
hold Jamaica, we who are so few against the here-
tics who are so many. Yet you would have Jose
sacrifice himself for nothing. If you will not go
with us-and I do not ask you to go-let Jose do so.
Won't you, Jose?"
"Well," began Dona Fuentes; but Maria stopped
her with an impetuous gesture.
"I am a woman now," she cried, "and Jose and
I love one another. If he stays I stay; if he dies
I die. Other men are going with their women. Why
should not Jose go with me?"
"This is shocking," screamed her mother. "To
think that I should have lived to hear such words!
That a Fuentes should go away with a man not her
husband-"
"But he can easily become her husband, Dona
Fuentes," Patrick laughed: "nothing easier than
that. And you will be going with them in any
case; you will be an excellent duenna as well as
mother. Jose will not be the only man to leave
Jamaica now; scores are going, and just as well;
for we cannot arm properly all the men who are
here. Presently we shall not be able to feed them
unless help is sent. Don't be unreasonable; Maria
must marry Jose at once. You agiee with us, don't
you?"
"I must have time to think the matter over,"
said Dona Fuentes. "In another day or two I shall
arrive at some decision. I shall pray to the saints
to guide me."
"Pray to the saints to keep the English away
from you," remarked Patrick dryly. "I have heard
that they are searching for all the rich women in
the island to compel them to give up their wealth.
The Portuguese who were with us have escaped to
the enemy and joined them-have you heard that?
And Jackson's English have also gone: that of course
you already know. Some of these may bring the
enemy here, and if they should catch you and Maria
and handle you roughly, it would be a pity. By
the way, whatever you brought with you from the
town you had better hide in a safe place. But it
would be better in Cuba than anywhere here."
"I have nothing, nothing whatever," moaned the
senora; "I am just like hundreds of others here."
"And those hundreds are leaving, senora, which
is wise," said Juan. "But the men should either
remain or return; that is their duty. You under-
stand, don't you, Maria?"
"No!" answered Maria boldly. "That is all very
well for you, you have no ties. But-" she stopped
abruptly.
"You can't blame her, Juan," whispered Patrick.
"After all, how many here feel that they should die
for this country? Who outside of it has thought
about them all these years? Say no more."
"We shall return two nights hence, Dona Fuen-
tes," said Juan, "and then if you have made up your
mind we will help you over the mountains. It will
be a most difficult journey. But everything is diffi-
cult now. Adios."
"Go with God, Juan," replied the lady sadly.

CHAPTER FOUR

THE ABDUCTION

"UAN and Jose should be here tonight, as they'
said they would be," remarked Maria, looking
at her mother: "what have you made up your mind
to do?"
"I haven't made up my mind yet," Dona Fuentes
moaned; "it would be so terrible to leave my own
country. What do you think, Inigo?"
She addressed her nephew, who had come in to
see them that day; he was a weedy looking youth
with no will of his own. He glanced from one woman
to the other indecisively: "What do you propose?" he
asked.
"We are going to leave," said Maria firmly. "It
is madness to remain here much longer. We have
been warned that at any moment we may be cap-
tured by the infidels. We must go tonight."
She had hardly spoken when a shriek from one
of the female slaves who lived in a shack near by
warned her that something untoward was taking
place outside. Simultaneously the three within the
little shelter sprang up from the skins on which they
had been crouching and rushed to the door. The
cries of the slaves were now louder, more piercing
than before. "The English, the English!" they
yelled, and now, intermingled with their frenzied
screams, came the sound of gruff voices, some laugh-
ing, others evidently cursing, and Dona Fuentes, her
daughter and her nephew found themselves staring
into the faces of a body of bearded men, each with
a musket in his hand, and all making gestures as
though of dreadful menace.
"Maria, Maria!" gasped the senora, "they have
come. 0 my poor darling! Mother of God, have
mercy and intercede for us!"
"So you are all here?" shouted a voice in Span-


ish, and the ladies at once recognized it as the voice
of one of Jackson's men who had been for so many,
years domiciled in the island. But it brought to
them no glimmer of comfort.
They knew him for a worthless fellow; a double
renegade now. He it was who had guessed where
Dona Fuentes might be hiding and had arranged
with a dozen of the English the seizing of her and
of her daughter Maria. Seeing that only one man,
Inigo, was on the spot, and knowing from experience
that Inigo was far more likely to run than to fight,
he now pushed himself in front of his band and ad-
dressed the ladies with high insolence.
"You are now our prisoners," he shouted, "our
lawful capture. We are the owners of this island
and demand that you surrender yourselves and your
possessions to us."
"You!" exclaimed Maria with scorn, the rest of
the strangers falling silent to listen to the dialogue
between the two, though they could not understand
a word of it. "You! A dog, a cur like you! You
never owned anything in your life. You are a trai-
tor, that's what you are, and these new friends of
yours will find that out some day. We have nothing,
do you hear, nothing! Tell them so, or, if you are
still here with them when the King's fleet comes to
drive you thievish English out of Jamaica, I will
have you flogged to death."
"Mates," cried the man, turning to the others,
"she is abusing me like the Spanish helldame that
she is. And she lies when she says they have no-
thing; why, I myself have seen any quantity of silver
things in her house in the town. And she and her
mother didn't leave them there, either"-he knew
this, because he had ransacked the house himself
just before the English Army had marched in, and
had felt much righteous indignation at having been
defrauded of what he considered his rightful booty
by the two "perfidious women," as he now thought
of them.
"Damme," replied the sergeant who was in charge
of the band, "you tell the old woman that unless
she forks over every penny that she has we will
twist her arms till she screams. And we will flog
that young fool-her son, I suppose-till not a sound
inch of skin is left upon him. We know what their
likes do to our people when they catch 'em in these
parts; they burn and boil us alive. We'll give 'em
some of their own medicine if they don't look sharp
and hand over the things they have stolen from ts."
John Button-that was the renegade's name-
translated all this with gusto; Dona Fuentes began
to howl, Inigo to whimper; Maria turned upon them
and stormed them into silence.
"John Button," she said loudly, "you are a scoun-
drel and a rogue. May God blast your soul in hell
forever, and may you suffer torments on earth be-
fore you die. As you will, you dog. Tell them," she
added fiercely, "that all we have are the silver arti-
cles we brought away. We buried them about a fur-
long from here at the foot of the tree where the
stream turns sharply to the south. Inigo knows the
place."
"I know it too," said Button, not unmindful of
his claim to universal knowledge of the country.
"Very well," remarked the sergeant. "You and
this Inigo and three men will go to the spot and
bring the silver here. We will remain to see that
these women don't run away. Hurry now! We must
be back in the town before dawn."
The men marched off, Inigo a prisoner among
them. He was anxious to ingratiate himself with
the enemy. He intimated as much to Button, who
felt much cheered at having, as it were, converted
a. wicked Spaniard to a purer way of thinking.
Button gone, and no one there who could under-
stand her, Maria spoke sharply to her mother.
"They will be satisfied with the silver. They
won't know anything about the money: we will take
that with us to Cuba. Thank the blessed saints that
we never mentioned it to Inigo."
"Holy Mary be praised," sobbed Dona Fuentes.
"But, but ."
"I know what you mean, mother dear," said
Maria, with a catch in her voice; "you are wonder-
ing what will become of me. But Juan and Jose
and Patrick may be here at any moment now; they
are coming tonight, remember. Even if they don't
come before the thieves who have gone to get our
things come back, we shall still have gained some
time. They can't take all of us away. Our people"--
she was alluding to the female slaves who, as she
had known from the sound of their voices, were well
within the hearing of hers-"our own people will
tell our men what has become of us, and they will
follow swiftly. We can trust our people. I know
that."
Negro voices were lifted in eager exclamations
of "yes, yes," which made the English sergeant stare
at them suspiciously. "Now I wonder," he growled,
"if this young woman is saying anything she
shouldn't say? I can't understand her heathenish
lingo, but I think I'd better get rid of all this var-
mint around here. Look you," he called out to the
slaves, "get out of this damn quick. Shoo, shoo!"
If they did not understand his words, his ges-
tures showed very clearly what he meant. For he
not only waved his arms in dismissal of them, but
fired a kick at one woman who showed a disposition
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1937-38


WINGS OVER THE WORLE


,"XVHITE WINGS, they never grow weary: I'll
W spread out my white wings and fly o'er to
thee."
I heard the voice singing; I thought I recog-
nised it; I turned; sure enough there was Major
Bertie Nathan standing in my office, with arms out-
spread, and looking just as though he were about
to make a slanting leap into space.
"Stop a second," I cried; "stop a second! I
don't object to suicide on general principles, but I
don't want to be a witness of it. And, first of all,
I don't see your white wings; next, if you make any
sort of jump in here
you are liable to fall
and hurt yourself." +-
"I am singing
metaphorically," r e-
plied Major Nathan
smiling and advancing '-
with outstretch-
ed hand. How do you
do? I am glad to see
you."
"Thanks," I returned; "but, look here, you have
got me puzzled. Strictly speaking, you are not here
at all. For I heard a week ago that you were in
England, and you cannot be in England one week
and in Jamaica the next."
"Then where do you think I am and what I am?"
he demanded as he took a seat.
"You must be an apparition," I returned thought-
fully, "and where you are in person, being here as
an apparition, it might not be polite for me to say.
But assuming that you are still alive and have mere-
ly appeared in astral form before me, I should say
that your mortal body was now in England. How
is it?"
"It is quite well," he replied; "but it is not in
England; it is on the spot and is speaking to you."
"But .... ," I began.
"I know," he interrupted calmly. You still re-
fuse to believe that I could have been in England
a week ago and am now in Jamaica. But there is
nothing to be surprised at. I made the journey in
six days. The time will come when-"
"Whoa!" I shouted; "don't rush me. And let
me tell you at once that I don't believe you."
"It is simply a matter of making the right con-
nections, H. G.," replied Major Nathan quietly.
"Don't you see how it is? The Queen Mary takes
four and a half days to cross the Atlantic, and I
travelled on her. At New York I caught the plane
and flew to Miami; at Miami I took the plane that
comes on to Jamaica. From first to last it was only
a matter of six days; it is therefore proved that the
transit from England to Jamaica, and vice versa,
can be made in that time; but, of course, at present,
you have to calculate narrowly and to wait for the
very fast ships. Later on there will be more of
these ships; in-
deed, there will
be flying across .
the Atlantic it-
self. And then
the journey to ,
Jamaica may be
done quite easily
and quickly. In
fact-" -
"In fact," I
said I, "do you ,
know that you
have established *-.
a record, have
d o n e something
never done and
perhaps never
thought of be-
fore?" "/.
"Y o u don't
say ?"
"Don't say I
don't say," I
answered, "for I
do say. Think of
it, man! In less
than a week you MAJOR
have come from
the Old Country to this. Who ever did that before?
Who would have thought it possible?"
"It's really quite simple," he protested.
"Yes, when it has been done. A thing done is
always simple. But someone has to do it first.
Shake hands with me, my friend! I take full cred-
it for all you have done. It must surely have been
due to my influence."
"No doubt," said the Major beaming; "you are
a great advocate of flying, I know. You, of course,
have flown much."
"Me?" I cried. "What could possibly have put
that idea into your mind? I am like the man in the
gangster picture, old fellow; the man who said he


Major Nathan, a Flying

man, advocates more Fly-

ing, and still more Flying


would be perfectly willing to fly if only he could keep
one foot on the ground. But I have been told that
that is quite impossible."


7;;'


- --"' 4"""--


NATHAN AS AN ANGEL WINGING HIS WAY OVER THE

"I am afraid so," agreed Major Nathan. "But,
really, there is nothing at all in flying; it's just fun."
I looked him sternly in the eye. I knew he had
soared over most of -Europe, had flown over- wide
tracks of America, had gone up again and again
alone, had handled a fighting plane during the war;
and his idea of all this was that it was just nothing
or merely a piece of fun; But to me it would be a
piece of self-murder. Though I had -thought many
a time on the beauties of suicide, I had never taken
flight into any of my.considerations; yet this enthu-
siastic flying man would never be able to understand
why some people should not prefer the air to any
other medium for. getting from .one place to another.


"It's so free from danger," he ur-.il "iin,, 'i)
sions to expect, no running off th-e ial-. ;ini
quick! And now let me tell you s,'l-irlinL \i't
Pan-American and Imperial Airways i,[i'. [ir:,tin 1
shall soon have an air service from hb r'e -. ,-rn.iir
and then from the United States t., Enil.ind.
linked up, and Jamaica will become '*.:-nn. i-ed wi
this service. People will come to this. t..iiniry
larger numbers then, and still in larger iinihbei
The white wings will never grow weary I 1lhpp
do what I can to help bring this about "
"Oh, you will help," I agreed, *and d(Itil(:rl
y ,,i n -li 11L. i:'i
T-- Tr '.llilnl at. Sh
e-hty m



"That' ni..t 1t
fai t .!.r '. a I.a
is It?" I ( .nqu
eil
) "Fast? Why thatt, a ril
2 pace. As a cari'.il nianII. H.
I admit that I ilonI't !e 1.. I,
an amateur fly,,r t:kiinrz at
2 body through the a;ir at t% o ht
dred miles an ih..ir. [i. *qtra
might be too much if.r hi in
a couple of hunlrrd inles .
hour will not h.- tcio mlilch
expect from thet reeilar Ilyi
the professional. i..r at any re
the man who is muiich ulted
flying. At present nur avera
rates of progresso.,n i:1y I...e
sidered on the slo'w .e, B
believe me, they w ill I!ilpr.
In time, when w,- r are spp.eiE
at three hundred miili-. ani hr
through the stral..spherei. i
will be something to talk abi
But we are caitii..us j.iit no
I believe in cauri.n "
"The devil yiI dl..'" I
claimed.
"Don't b- Ir..t.ar,.e 1
don't pretend thar -ii thil
a hundred mil-, ;.1 l hb
more or less will nill.-in int
to the flying-ni.it. [IIl't y
know that a ila.-h i-r' IfIhrni
travels at m,,r- thliuan ht
dred thousand mnle j a seio)
Now, why sh...iiln't y.ol-"
/ I ait n.ot
--1 fl i a i h t 1Igl
niir-." I ansW
ed dryly. J1
c r i t Ire- i Iii


-^ ^ .-an' .-an prid
-i t I '" t.l 11
n s.. \W ell. tIh
s sis 11.1 i. bht sor
thing Iit rnll
Bit I II,,n't
that it t.ts
a a ,% here" "
-At any ri
it d,-esn't kill.'i
S planted Ouitt.
"No., it s s
a nuiiisan'e 1
bo sri.:.s. H.j
I %ant r "ul ii :
c ,mne *i, t ldvi',
of the ,air Tn
a a ,re ..i 4
'= blii-le- in ihl i
f l Jlniatin i
I amnt kentl *ot
-""]'/"' =z nnm la t.ikttgti
vanta-_se .-f ttn
-- MiP, I w,'li ral
WORLD e" [ly Iht.in i
an.vwiti-rie y dJ
(.th-r means; it is so safe, so pleasant. ".. Iliiniel
Some time I may come to Jamai:a 1in ft..ir d
instead of six. And I will drop in to ee y,,u.
the song says: 'White wings, they nev'-r -row sc
they carry me cheerily over the sea.' Anil i\lhat
one want more than a cheery passag-'


He laughed and rose, and bade cio.:dl.,.
marched out of the room as though he lihal noi
tablished a record. And for a mom-ent o:r two a3
he had left I could imagine him flying riiiii.
round that office and believing thar ther-e was
thing at all in that. But I held on to my chair
H '11.







PLANTERS' PUNCH


rumbustious


W they managed t., drink it. I can't under-
ad," said tMr. Rupert Lndo ito: me, thought-
Swhen one day we were disClissiug the manu-
to of rum.
F'We were speaking of the very cailiest days in
'Wet Indies, before distillariun. which really
Sthe purification of t ie liquor n.,.w known as
had been adopted.
i:Itlum in those days." said Mr. Liudo. "was made
of the sugar washings and molasses, and this
is more like thin pea s.:up thai anything else
I can think of It had, Of :oie s-. a lot of dirt
but even without dirt a drink oft it must have
enough to scorch any man stomnia h. Yet that
".Athe sort of thing they driuk "
[Bl'hey didn't call it runi in th,.-e da:.s," was this
a reply. "aid. of cours-, the ituff did kill
even if these were chiefly ..fi the lower class-
:HAM you know. the they had f'., it was Kill-

.:lr. Rupert Lindoi smiled and sli.:,k his head.
y raw potent driik. li,,kin like thin pea
.being drunk by anybhidy.' lie murmured, and
'ery thought nf it
.med to o.verwhlll

T mind, as he spoke.
went back to a er-r
eveningg at rI I
lt Hotel. N '
SThere wan a mn.iill
ny of pi-r .n *,
room, and I I-rllln-ii
:.suggesting n dri'ik :
oine kind I "inio-
whisky
"But you have .~,,!1
Old Jamania aniln.
I'tyou," s friends, an Anu n i
had lived Ilic I]:
lea. "Why n,.t I-
khave that instead "'
i He % as re[.,!','L ...
e old Three .-- .L '-L.
of Messrs. J. Wray '
lNepbew thai I 1.,l
to the StatI with
-land as one or ti1.. 1 "
':iad had a it,,i a ..
aensa he %xas p.r,,1,.
thinking. I in .'-ii
that rum v.-..illl1l I.
helpful t nu-.- ,' I
sic state of he'l'll
any other liwi-.
[ blush to sa~ it
ilad never drunk rli i
.my life except in t L ..
of a punch. I knwv i
r.m-a n d-w a t e r of
what Jamaian l
't? But I had never 1
it at any tiiur. I _
ited f I should liks-
yet the suggestions
ig been made. I '
ght that we mighr nl
a little riai".1 SSd. I 1
SWe did so. thr .U!l
:,ore than oie of is
was no experiineir
ta habit. I hqtecn ,,
a very gond hahit.
no sooner had i
Ulowed my elass .f -
lnd-water t h a I
surprised by itl e*-
t flavour- I fr tiil :-
SI liked the drink
a.indeed, and I bep-:n,
I:;~pd calculation a's i '
.long my reinamitnli
of rum ,as lik ly

: I don't suppose I
i d have been so age'i-ably oSLI'I 1ied with the
our of the rum had it b-ieen n:v. liqior. I do not
tk I should have liked miy I-, ra .i .as much as I
had not the water hibeen .Id Bulr t given ice-water
.i.good old rum. and I say that. y.:ui have as fine a
H as one could wish; ;houghi it was only by a
of accident that I made the disi.--very, and made
''New York of all pla'e-'

o.wa3 the odour of my rum at all unpleasant.
i, ood old rum has no pungent disacreeable smell.
Both. inell and taste have nellowvd with age, and
. understand that manufacturers plan in these days
) eliminate the smell of rum as mui:h as possible,
.deference to the demands ,f the fastidious or in
to the weaker brethren. By the weaker breth-


Telling all about Rum,


from its Etymological


History to its Potency


both in Stomachs and


in Business

ren I mean those who like Jamaica rum but are
afraid that if their breath proclaims that they have
taken even the smallest quantity of it they may be-
come known as drunkards! And here is folly. For
it seems that you can consume a pint of whisky or
a bottle of champagne, or sherry or port in any quan-


SHIPPING RUM AND SUGAR, 1763


tity, or innumerable cocktails, and no one will say
you have been "drinking." At any rate so ran the
old convention. But once upon a time a glass of rum-
and-water indicated that you had been "drinking."
Well, and so had you been. But you have also been
drinking if you have taken water merely or lemon-
ade, or ginger ale. And I have yet to learn that a
glass of rum-and-water is inferior, from the social,
moral or dietetic point of view, to a gin-and-soda
or a whisky plain. As a matter of fact, good old rum
is held to be one of the healthiest of drinks if con-
sumed in moderation; this view has now come
to command a general assent. Rum has come into
its own in these days in America, in England, per-
haps because of its price, but also because of its quali-
ties. It is the ordinary drink of people in the West


2A


Storf/


Indies. It is a luxury drink of people in temperate
climates, where it is mainly consumed as punch or
cocktails, though I still maintain that rum properly
diluted with ice-water, and drunk just as whisky is-
and not because of any "colds" or illness (however
good it may be for that)--is as fine a drink as any.

BUT mark my plight on that evening at the Roose-
velt Hotel. I did not know that rum, even though
mellowed by age, is really stronger than whisky. I
seemed to entertain the idea that it was not quite
so strong. So in helping myself to my first drink
of rum-and-water in New York, I poured out twice
as much rum as I should have done of whisky, and
drank it with exquisite enjoyment. I confess I was
more than surprised a little later on to see every-
body else in the apartment double himself or herself,
becoming two identical persons, instead of remain-
ing one individual as a respectable person should.
Next, my inclination was to burst into song. As a
corrective to this tendency (for I knew that my vocal
efforts had never been appreciated at any time of
my life) I took another double drink of old Jamaica
rum, and then found my-
self involved in an argu-
ment in which I confus-
ed cane with bananas,
peaches, sky-scrapers, the
President of the United
States and so on and so
forth. When my guests
S. came to leave-there was
no rum left in the bottle
at that momentous period
of time-I shook hands
with them with all the
Solemnity that the occa-
sion warranted, but fail-
ed to grasp some of the
palms outstretched. I
tried to do it; but my
own hand closed on air.
It seemed that some of
the hands I saw ott-
stretched were simply
not on the spot. Then I
went to bed and slept the
sleep of the perfectly
just; and when I woke
up iext morning my
head was clear, my body
unfatigued; but I had
learnt the strength of
good old Jamaica rum
and have not made my
drinks of it too strong
Since then.
S.'THE original name of
wh a t afterwards
-.. came to be known as
rum was, as I mentioned
above, "Kill-Devil." That
S word admits of two in-
terpretations. Some have
said that as the drink
i caused men to forget
their sorrow and despair,
as it killed the "blue
devils" of despondency
which again and again
attacked the earlier
settlers in these West In-
dies because of the ter-
rible conditions u n d er
which they had to live,
they gladly thought of
rum as a "Kill-Devil," as
the slayer of the imps
which plagued them. But,
say others, the name
signified the killing of
those who drank the
liquor in those dissolute
days, and especially be-
fore di st illation was
known. The men of those
times were mostly devils in human form, capable of
any excesses, indulging in piracy, slave-owning, glut-
tony and other forms of debauchery, and when they
drank too much they died: hence "Kill-Devil." There
is doubtless something to be said for this point of
view. But who can determine which party is right?

F course if one drank too much rum one died.
But if one drinks too much champagne, one
will also die. I knew a man whose kidneys became
affected with incessant champagne drinking, and
now he is in Heaven I hope-though I doubt it.
And if rum killed, rum also saved the lives of men in
those early colonising days, as it helped and saved
the lives of tens of thousands of British soldiers dur-
ing the Great World War. The British and the French








PL A \ TE R S'


armies turned to
rum as a succour
and saviour in
the mud and cold
of the trenches;
before the boys
went "over the
top" they had
their ration of
rum, even as, a
hundred years be-
fore, rum was re-
gularly served
out to sailors on
British warships,
even as doctors
order it today for
people suffering
from colds, even
as wise connois-
seurs drink it
with ice-water or
as a planters'
punc h, knowing
quite well that
rum was never
intended to be
chiefly a sort of
medicine but is
an excellent drink
in itself.

WHATEVER
was meant
by the devils that
were killed, how-
ever, the name
persisted for some
time. The liquor
itself must have
been manufactur-
ed in Jamaica by
the Spanish col-
onists, but then it
would be known
as aguardiente.
In Barbados,
which was a British colony before Jamaica was
taken from the Spaniards, the word for rum was
comfortablee waters," a description which was some-
times changed into "Barbados waters." These "com-
fortable" or Barbados waters, alias Kill-Devil, pres-
ently became known as "Rumbullion" or Rumbus-
tion"; thus the learned Oxford Dictionary tells us
that the word rum is "an abbreviation of the longer
forms of Rumbullion or Rumbustion," though why
Rumbullion one is puzzled to understand. On the
other hand the significance of Rumbustion makes no
great demand upon one's power of comprehension.
Rumbustion, Rumbustious-why, the thing is as plain
as a pikestaff! Drink too much rum and, if you
don't fall asleep, you will of course become rumbus-
tious. That term itself must have been used many
a time before rum was produced in the West Indies;
it was not originated by rum; it was simply applied
to the liquor.
Then came a shortening of the word. Mr. War-
ner Allen assures us that the earliest mention of
rum occurs in an order of the Governor of Jamaica,
of July 1661, or very shortly after the taking of Ja-
maica by the British. Others may have used this
name; it was the privilege of Jamaica to fix it firmly
in writing, in an official document, and soon after
men everywhere ceased to speak of Kill-Devil, Rum-
bullion and Rumbustion, and merely spoke of rum,

IT was also the pride and privilege of Jamaica very
soon to acquire the reputation of making the best
rum in the world. The fame of Jamaica rum spread
everywhere, this being due not merely to the process-
es of manufacturing adopted, but to the peculiar qual-
ity of the Jamaica soils. No other island of the Ca-
ribbean, no other country in the tropics, produces
rum of quite the same flavour as the Jamaica liquor.
Yet manufacture and blending, storing and ageing,
also contribute; also play their part in the perfect-
ing of this liquor. And in the course of two and a
half centuries the rum-makers and dealers of Jamai-
ca have learnt all there is to be learnt about produc-
ing the famous Old Jamaica Rum. And when one
speaks of Jamaica in distant countries the hearer
thinks of rn:.

"IN my -lnded warehouses at the west end of the
1 city," said Mr. Cecil Lindo to this writer one day,
"I have a million gallons of rum stored. When any
quantity of the matured rums is taken out, the
stock is immediately replenished. Have you seen
these new warehouses?"
; I went to see them shortly after this conversa-
tion. As you enter the great rum warehouse you will
notice vat after vat, standing in long dim rows, each
elevated two or three feet above the concrete floor
of the building, and the atmosphere is suffused with
the odour of maturing liquor. But the testing and
the blending and the bottling of these rums are done
in the big wholesale store of Messrs. J. Wray and
Nephew, in Port Royal Street; there also you see the
huge vats and the chemist and his assistants quietly


WINDMI.LL ON .A J.AMAIC.A SUGAR EIT.iTE. 11,ii

at work: there tuoo y,-iu see runs imat urinc: and both
in the bonded warehouse and the c:nimmerclal store?
it is borne ini upon yOii that this business of rum-
dealing. owned and conducted by Mlessrs J. Wray
and N-phew. is one of the biggest and most impor't-
ant in the Briitih \\est Indies.

THIS business was established in 1,25 by lMr. John
Wray. who also described himself as a vendor
and importer of spirits and wines Thirty ur tirry
years afterwards. Mr Wray's business became kniownn
as J Wray and Nephen. the name which the Lindti
firm still maintains It had grown considerably b.
that time: its liquors were winuiine prize medal .it
various Exhibitions in Europe: and the nephew i-f
Mr. \\ray was-already on the way to beclomniin .:iie
of the mOSt influiintial men in .Jamaicia
His naIlie was Charles Ward. He was their owil!
of nmatiy suga r stares on which riim nwas maniiufi.
tured. Those of his esta~ts w :h ,h were in 'V,-ro
passed into the hands of the Lindo Brothers betwe.on
1917 and 191'. the majority of them beinn taken over
at the first mentioned date. Then Mr. Cecil Lindn.
who is nothill if not an entrepreneur and expansion
ist, determined to, make the business greater than
it hal c-\,. heeti befIru.- and -wiiftly hle d-velop-J


1937-38


it. prushiineg 1
sale ,of r n
abroad, carry
out the work
develipni-It
the big sea
Sh ich ( ha
SIses I h
t-li'rt' a IItrn
en1itin a lI ea
Sr n g fia'ui
.(' ,tiuns. expand
the trade ji
h hadl tneve hitt
+'* I,:, I -en '",
L. and -\'unded
IN 1 9 2 :,
I Lindo o
V ere Esa ts





lie had purcl
fromn the late
A. A. Nathau.
A ppleton
a a .long been kao
Sas ani estal.e pl
du(inllg an ex






id'nuti i l wnth
identi.i td Nth
Bradv aelnd t
hew. Mr. Li
deteirl ined thi
it slh uhld at'llh
S to Ie s P t idellti
thotiugh ta k i
(.31Fe at thl a
ti ine to obta
from other parts of the island large stocks of liq
wahih, when matured and blended by his firm. ma
trained the high reputation which the Wray a
Nephew liquors had already earned in many pa
of the world.
Appelton is marked on a Jamaica map of I
as a suear plantation with a water will. From t
date until as recently as 1905 the water mill
utilised, water being the motive power of esta
through whi.hb ran a sumclent stream. Others
windmills, snch as one sees in Barbados event to t
day. But both watermills and windmills have
appeared front Jamaica now.

M R. CECIL LINDO purchased Appleton in 1
and at on(e proceeded to )ntrduce steam as
tire power for the grinding of the canes front ahi
sugar and rum were to be made. There was a
tus in 1921: for Appleton then had no sucar
chinery The dismantling of the old machinery
been decided upon: more modern methods were n
to be employed. So in 1922 eight-roller mills. ste
driven. were erected. and these still perform the w
required in the factory.
The area of the estate is 5.1.10 a,:res; yEt ev
(0V ttttuiuCd lon Par?' .,I


P U N C H


I Gl.llon C.AI.ON \.AT- IED 1TO) TORE THE F.AMOE)t LINDO RlEM







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PLANTERS' PUNCH


The Fortunes of


Captain Blood

(Continued from Page 3)
Blood shook his head. "It can't be done without
being noticed. If they saw us move the guns they
must suppose we've got wind of what's coming. They'd
change their plans and that wouldn't suit me at
all."
"Wouldn't suit you! Does this camisado suit
you?"
"Let me see the trap that's set for me, and it's
odd if I can't turn it against the trapper. Did ye
notice that I brought a second barge back with me?
Forty men can pack into those two bottoms, the re-
mainder can go in the four boats we have."
"Go? Go where? D'ye mean to run, Peter?"
"To be sure I do. But no farther than will suit
my purpose."
He cut things fine. It wanted only an hour to
midnight when he embarked his men. And even then
he was in no haste to set out. He waited until the
silence of the night was disturbed by a distant creak
of rowlocks, which warned him that the Spaniards


were well upon their way to the shallow passage on
the western side of the island. Then, at last, he gave
the word to push off, and the San Felipe was aban-
doned to the enemy stealing upon her through the
night.
It would be fully an hour later, when the
Spaniards, having landed, came like shadows over the
ridge, some to take possession of the guns, others to
charge across the gangways. They preserved a ghost-
ly silence until they were aboard the San Felipe.
Then they gave tongue loudly, as stormers will, to
encourage themselves. To their surprise, however,
not all the din they made sufficed to arouse these
pirate dogs who, apparently, were all asleep so trust-
fully that they had set no watch.
A sense of something outside their calculations
began to pervade them as they stood at fault, unable
to understand this lack of life aboard the ship they
had invaded. Then, suddenly, the darkness of the
night was spilt by tongues of flame from across the
harbour and with a roar as of thunder a broadside
of twenty guns crashed its metal into the flank of
the San Felipe.
The surprise-party thus, itself, surprised, filled
the night with a screaming babel of imprecations,
and turned in frenzy to escape from a vessel that
was beginning to founder. In the mad panic of men
assailed by forces of destruction which they cannot
understand, the Spaniards fought one another to reach
the gangways and regain the comparative safety of
the shore without thought or care for those who had
been wounded by that murderous volley.
The Marquis of Riconete, a tall, gaunt man, strove
furiously to rally them.
"Stand firm! In the name of God, stand firm,
you dogs!"
His officers plunged this way and that into the
fleeing mob, and with blows and oaths succeeded in
restoring some measure of order. Whilst the San
Felipe was settling down in eight fathoms, the men,
ashore and re-formed at last, stood to their arms,
waiting. But they no more knew for what they
waited than did the Marquis, who was furiously de-
manding of Heaven and Hell the explanation of hap-
penings so unaccountable.


It was soon afforded. Against the blackness
the night loomed ahead, in deeper blackness, t
shape of a great ship that was slowly advancing
wards the Dragon's Jaw. The splash of oars and I
grating of rowlocks told that she was being warp
out of the harbour, and to the straining ears of I
Spaniards the creak of blocks and the rattle of spa
presently bore the message that she was hijist,
sail.
To the Marquis, peering with DnI Cliemrl
through the gloom, the riddlle was solved. Whi
he had been leading the men of his squadron t,0 se
a ship that he supposed to be full of bu'caneerq, t
buccaneers had stolen across the harbour to take p
session of a ship that they knew to he intenailt,
and to turn her guns upon the Spaniaids in- the S
Felipe. It was in that same vessel, the l -Admira
flagship, the magnificent Maria Gloriosa of" fI.rtyv ga
with a fortune in her hold, that those aci.iursed pira
were now putting to sea under the Admiral's im
tent nose.
He said so in bitterness and in bitrernie rag
awhile with Don Clemente, until the latter -uddel
remembered the guns that Blood had trained up
the passage, guns that would still be tniplaced a
of a certainty loaded, since they had n,:ir ,been us
Frantically he informed the Admiral of h h- mif
yet turn the tables on the buccaneers, iind at the
formation the Admiral instantly took ire.
"I vow to Heaven," he cried, "that th.,:e di
shall not leave San Domingo, though I have trI s
my own ship. Ho there! The gunii To I
guns!"
He led the way at a run, half a hundred m
stumbling after him in the dark towaids the ihi
nel battery. They reached it just as iihe .M1,i
Gloriosa was entering the Dragon's Jaw. In les-- tl
five minutes she would be within point bLl.nk ran
A miss would be impossible at such I l..-:-e qarte
and six guns stood ready trained.
"A gunner!" bawled the Marquii 'At .i '
gunner, to sink me that infernal pirat.- uit.-. H ll.'
A man stood briskly forward. Fl.. ii li- 11
came a gleam of light, and a lanteirn w,-s I. :-'
forward from hand to hand until it re.:iit-'l Ih'- p


A RUMB USTIOUS S TOR Y

(Continued from Page 20)


THOSE dreadful nights when you lie
awake far into the small hours.
How they wreck your nerves, undermine
your health and ruin your good looks!

And it is all so needless since there is a
sure, pleasant way to get sound peaceful
sleep every night. A cup of delicious
'Ovaltine' at bedtime soothes your nerves
and quickly induces deep, health-giving
sleep. While you sleep, 'Ovaltine'
recreates strength and energy, and restores
the whole system to glowing health and
fitness.

Try the 'Ovaltine' way to-night. See
how soundly and peacefully you sleep-
how refreshed and vigorous you awake-
fit for the work of the day. But be
sure it is 'Ovaltine'-there is definitely
nothing "just as good."-




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in 1880 only sixteen puncheons, or about 1,800 gal-
lons, of rum were made at Appleton. Of course this
was the smallest quantity of that liquor ever manu-
factured there; and after that there was a fairly
steady increase. In 1911 about 39,000 gallons was
the output. Today it is 55,000 gallons. But Apple-
ton could easily manufacture very much more rum
than this. It is restricted by an Agreement entered
into by a Pool of rum manufacturers, prominent
among these from the very beginning being Mr. Ce-
cil Lindo. That Pool was established because an
excess quantity of rum was being poured upon the
market year by year, with the result that prices were
falling almost to vanishing point, and the rum and
sugar industry was gravely imperilled in conse-
quence.
NOT that firms like J. Wray and Nephew were
suffering or would have suffered from this ex-
cess of rum. For they were buying the liquor at
an extremely low market price and making a pro-
fit. Mr. Cecil Lindo, however, agreed to enter the
Pool, and this resulted in his paying a hundred and
fifty per cent. more for such rums as he purchased
for maturing and blending-a very considerable
quantity. But the Appleton rum was to remain sole-
ly his, with this proviso, that Appleton should manu-
facture only 55,000 gallons each year, though capable
of a far larger production.
Appleton grows canes for its own use, but it
also purchases about one-third of the canes it trans-
forms into sugar and rum from the surrounding
small settlers. This encourages cane-farming and
has been of great assistance to the local people,
apart from the labourers employed on the estate it-
self. Naturally, retailers all over the island buy
rum from the central Wray and Nephew wholesale
establishment; but in addition to this the firm owns
a large number of retail liquor shops in Kingston
and St. Andrew. Nearly all of these are corner
houses, such sites being very valuable for commer-
cial purposes.
THE sign, "J. Wray and Nephew," is therefore
to be seen all over the metropolitan area; but
what the stranger also notices is the absence of
drunken people in the streets of Kingston and in
the several other towns of the island. For the Ja-
maican, though he likes his tot of rum, is by no
means a drunkard or even a heavy drinker. He is
a moderate person. If times are hard with him,
money scarce, he does not elect to drown his sor-
rows in alcoholic drinks; he actually economises cn
them. But he likes his native liquor, the retail
price of which has not been increased in spite of
restriction of production. It was not intended that
it should be. It was, indeed, intended that it should
not be. :


RUM, which is so steadily increasing, I ii' ii.l.l
in America, which is utilised for iii. -,i..i,lii
ing of German beverages in Germany. a i'l i hi
would be far more used than it is ini EIiLI.ail
the form of punches, cocktails and .1 z tnai!
drink were not the duty so terrible- ,lln p,_.r pi
cheon-was actually not the principal drii k ...i t
gentry of the West Indies during thi ,-,e bir-0
century. These preferred Madeira and I.iindy. pri
ably because they were more exp- usi, ''u
pirate after an expedition, on returriil rt.-, :.ne
the islands, would proclaim to all th. !i:avn-i- it
only the best was good enough for hii. indl rliH- b
had to be something of high cost and iimpIted-J.
course it should also be said that rum wai n'.it th
as finely blended and matured as in th. IIIIetCen
century, and, especially, as it is in thtie (.Lv.. Ev
so, one would have thought that tht i alate ii
pirate would not have been fastidious- fw..r
matter of that, the palate of most I of-ipl- if t
better classes in the Jamaica or Baibados of u
hundred years ago.

BUT even some of these better cla,_sI knew t
personal value and liked the flavour of ag
rums. One of the prevalent ailments in the c
onies at that time was called "the b'llya..he". a
it was held firmly that rum was good fi.r Ililyil
That may have been the reason why .. me elde
ladies in these parts insisted constar.rly ':nn ert'ii
the bellyache. As to the socially lower i.l.iss whl
people, they could not pay for brandy anid ladel
except on special occasions; they drank rmni. a:
they came to prefer it to all other liiluli.r- T:Td
we find that people in the West Indi--s wi l; mn
anything about rum have a real liki:', fr it. al
Jamaicans are li.n-ri-v proud of the wulrid-wide
putation of their liquor.
When tourists flock into Jamaica the f11s-t dri
they order is a rum punch. They ilil ihavi tl
rum punch whether it is early morn .:-r fieri nil
or wind-cool eve; hotels, bars and oth-,r phin:-- a
frequented by them, and the rum pun.:h. l th. pl.il
er's punch and the rum cocktail are- n lieh
mand. On leaving the country many i-t' them la
bottles of rum with them, especially a- a -certa
quantity is allowed in duty free per ra-sEingr ]
the United States. Consequently, thbleh at a
time it seemed as though rum consumpton woa
permanently decline, a revival of that ,:.nuiimptii
is being witnessed in these days. And rth .- hini
of Messrs. J. Wray and Nephew (now the Li
Brothers) increases steadily; and the firm whl
was established over a hundred years aeno is. throne
its more recent developments, one of heb ereat H
cesses associated with the name of Cecil Lind,. Pe'
Lindo, and the rest of that able band of brothers.!


1937-38







PLA NT ER S'


Ie anaeched it, ignited from its flames a length
then stepped to the nearest gun.
st," the Marquis ordered. "'.Wait lutul she

'tby the light uf the lantern the giunlner per-
it once that waiting could dvali ihem norhing.
ail.imprecation he sprang to the next Siunl. sh.-d
:O the touch-hole, and an.in passed ..n.
(.0m gun to gun he ped unril he had reached
Then he came back. swmiinine tha intern
hand and the spluttering fii'Fe in the other.
wly that the Marquis was ninvedi to frenzy.
$it a hundred yards away tile l.ii 10 r.l'rris.ir
a3wlypassing, her hull a dark shadow, her sails
grey above.
ake haste fool! Make haste! Touch them
I- 'ed the Admiral of the Ocean-Sea.
ek for yourself, Excellency." The gunner set
Lantern on the gun so that its light fell
upon the touch-hole. "Spiked. A soft nail
Sli rammed home. It is the same with all

he Admiral of the Ocean Sea swore with the
itque and horrible fervour that lily a Spaniard
leve. "He forgets uothine. that enidemonized

s.ket-shot, carefully aimed by a btulianeer
bulwarks of the passing ship. ramn to share.
lantern. It was followed h- an irolic cheer
::bunrt of still more ir...nic laughter front the
iof the Maria G(lo.,ris as shle pjsedil ,on her
if way through the Dragon's Jaw to the upen


EPISOPIlE 11

THE PRETENDED


B3ILITY, as everyone knows, is a 'luality that
;41 been in all times a conspicuous factor of
i with most great rininatnders by lland and
: o, too, with Captain Blo.od. There were oc.
.a when his onslaught was sudden as the stoop
Fik, .And there was a time. cnincidiig with
ft meant of the summit of his fame. lien this
ilty assumed proportions cunivEying s-ucli an im.
lon of ubiquity that it led the Spaniards to
li and assert that only a compact with Satan
ablebe a man so miraculously to annihilate

.t ntent to be mildly aiiius-:d by the erhoes
iMed him front time t., time of the super.


nariral p.it.-ri w\ rit w .hil.h Spanish suIlisi[.ItI.. l eni
d.ihwed him. (.'apt.4ti Blood was dilli lnt t.. prI.rill
% b-re ip'ssible by the additional t: rr.:.r I I whatli
its rnime came thlils t' bh held. But \hein -hor:tl
after hIs t capture it Satn D:hun .iil .4 I.h.: .tlli .
Gioir a the r i.-:rfill. richly ladcri, fla-hip that hil
Spanish Adm ir'i l i :if thie t. .:arn.S,?ea. tile .. 'lll, -'
R .,cIei l. lie heard it poslriv'ly ;and .ir. IIIS. taiti.ll:)
replrt-id that o:n tile % very morrow i 't ,( i.t lin_
fr..m Sail P -,:nii n -.: h a. had been raid iin I'.i tiL e li.1.
two. LIL hundred mliles aw.-y i[t ...cc, i ,ned l.. h1 m ihhat ..1.
,r tw.. either lantaitic tales of.t his d.,ings that hid
largely rea..h-.1 his i -ar', might ip:ssi- s a f.,iIn1lati,,1 1
less vague t hani was supplied by ntrie s111iperl-tititiu
ima ilnlings.
It was in a wa.at r.side tavern at Chlristian tadt
on the island of Ste Croix. where the Mllalm Uorij.s'
impudently re-named the .tIl.l/ilusirt Li.s and s
impudently flying the flag of tihe Uhllniii i had put
il for wood and water, that he overhieard an account
of horrors practised by himself and his burlaneers
at Cartacena in the course of that same raid
He had isught the tavern in acc..rdaince vwih
his usual custoiin when rivinp at a venture, with
iiill definite ,.,hject These reS.rts iof sieaifnrine n1t-ni
were f all places the likeliest in iv.li:i tci pi k tip
scra'p of iinf.,rmatilin that inulht le turned to ne.
count. Nor was this the first time that the. infor.
matito he pi[lked up coiiilerned h!iself. tlihon2h n-ever
yet had it been of quite so surpr.siiii a n.ailire
The narrator was a big Drutechman. rid if hair
and face, named Claus. imateir iof a nme-i hant hip
from the Scheldt, and he was cnti-rtaiiiifn with hisi
lurid tale of pillage. rape and murd-r it.: trradei-
of the towu. inembers of rhe Frrein h \'tlt In'lli.
Company
Uninvited. Blood thrust himtlIf into this igr:ip
with the object Ocf learning more, and thie iintrtisliol
wan ni.t nierely ac:e'pted with ihi. t.lelru.lce thint
prevailed in iich resorts. h.ut wi lcm'in -d tiy virtule
of the elegance of this strangers appoinltii.tnts and
the quiet authority of his ImIanner
My greetings, niessieur; If hi Fren:lh had
not the native flueny iif his Spaniihi. aqiiireid iu'.
Iug two years at Seville in a pri.''il 4 the H.dly
Offc:e. yet it was servi:eaibly snin.,th He drew ip
a stool. sat down without ceremony, and rapped with
his knuckles on the stained deal tahle t, Sllniti.ihi
the taverner. ""Wheni du you say that tiliis .'c. i
ed?'
"Ten days ago it was." the r-iitchinl.tn i answe'cied
him.
SImpossible." Blood shook his perit tacedl head
"To my certain knowledge. Caitanri BIlJod tn d.ly-


a a:i. as at San ii.mi-noc B-sides. hi4 \Wii are
hardly a:. villainous as those you describe."
'laus. that i'.ugSh man. of a tenimplr to match
his fier-y ...nmipexion. d ai-ply.-d iinp.Mtueih.e ,,- f the
i.iintl'.-i dici ili.. Piiale J-e pirate-. anid ill ire
f'...ul.' H -:ii ..'at .it.i .u- i iii: -I.nideld fl,,or.
te if t. maril k hi-! I tw. b tr dh i
SF ai lh. I II hi t il 5 -'-2111 il ,%k *l%..i t ih t rt'! t
I.r e I knw that ,.n 1.- I : ,- C'.iIiI ll l ,..,:,, v..'a



ltwo d.t hallt e at San Jhe inll i I Puer'ac o Rl-I the i'i
the ,.apmain of one of tw.. l betered Spanilsh plal,-
ships that had been beset in C"'ra. ,na by the ri:id-
ers. Ynii'll not pretend t ki'nb. hitter th'ii lie
Those two ealleons r.n intoilS San Juan for shelie-r.
They had bei ll ilnted acr.,ss he C'arlihheian by that
damned biiceanleer., ;ind they w\ul.d Ilneterl hIave
escaped him bilt that a lucky shut iof theirs daniiiaed
his foremast and emnlpelled him to sho:rr-en sail
But Blood was inot impressed iy this titatini
of an ey.witincss. "Bahl!" said he. "The Spaniards
%were in a mi stake That's all "
The traders looked uneasily at the datk face
o.f this niew:ncmelr, whose eyt.s, 5.' v\iidly i.lue uindEr
their black eyehrlo'iws, wre col dly ,oitemptu.iiis.
The timely arrival if the laverni-r il r:~lght .a p[atis
to tile d iscii.:-sion. and Bli.-id :oftC- ned the niiillllll
irritation o.f the Diurtlihman by inviting tlheset habit
1al irunll drinkers to share with hill a bottle i..f ini.:re
elegant Canary Sack
"My Es.id i!'r." Cla-'.r in siel d. thlerl'e clIlIl lie
no mistake. Blood's biti red ship, tlhe .lt, iah lia. is
n-t tLo he mistaken "
"If they say that the ..i 0lir ll i clit ed theii., they
make it tle mlieS certain that they lied. For. acain
tol my -iertain kin.:wlede. Il- .hi ihilit is at T.or
tila. i.ca ineltd for :.iavin\l and I'elltil "
"YiIl know a ideal." said tile Dl litninan. witlh
his heavy -areasm.
"[ keep myself iitil'inid." was U it,- plauible-
answer, ii'illy delivered. "It prudentt"
"Ay. provided that y',i1 informii .iirself e..irr-t.
ly. This time you're s.irFly at fault Believe m-.
sir. at present Calptain Blood is so-li%\ here- her--
a b u rs."
Captain Blood smile l. **Tilt I can well hli
liev-e \W hat I d nii't p l receive is whly y..i -lii.juld .ii'
pi',Se it."
Thle [Duit hlnan ihtlnmpledi thil taille w ili liths i_-rl.at
ril,; Di in't I ti-ll \,li u hat s.ine hier' .ft' r'ii-t..
it-n his f'ielia-t \,.aF straiiied. int atilon rl il -i


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Spaniards? What better reason than that? He'll
have run to one of these islands for repairs That's
certain."
"What's much more certain is that your
Spaniards, in panic of Captain Blood, see an Arabella
in every ship they sight."
Only the coming of the Sack made the Dutch-
man tolerant of such obstinacy in error. When they
had drunk, he confined his talk to the plate-ships.
Not only were they at Puerto Rico for repairs, but
after their late experience, and because they were
very richly laden, they would not again put to sea
until they could be convoyed.
Now here, at last, was matter of such interest
to Captain Blood that he was not concerned to dis-
pute further about the horrors imputed to him at
Cartagena and the other falsehood of his engage-
ment with those same plate-ships.
That evening in the cabin of the Andalusian
Lass, in whose splendid equipment of damasks and
velvets, of carved and gilded bulkheads, of crystal
and silver, was reflected the opulence of the Spanish
Admiral to whom she had so lately belonged, Cap-
tain Blood summoned a council of war. It was com-
posed of the one-eyed giant Wolverstone, of Natha-
niel Hagthorpe, that pleasant-mannered West Coun-
try gentleman, and of Chaffinch, the little sailing
master, all of them men who had been transported


Capital $12,000,000


with Blood for their share in the Monmouth rising.
As a result of their deliberations, the Andalusian
Lass weighed anchor that same night, and slipped
away from Sainte Croix, to appear two days later
off San Juan de Puerto Rico.
Flying now the red and gold of Spain at her
maintruck, she hove to in the roads, fired a gun
in salute, and lowered a boat.
Through his telescope, Blood scanned the har-
bour for confirmation of the Dutchman's tale. There
he made out quite clearly among the lesser shipping
two tall yellow galleons, vessels of thirty guns,
whose upper works bore signs of extensive dam-
age, now in course of repair. So far, then, it seem-
ed, Mynheer Claus had told the truth. And this
was all that mattered.
It was necessary to proceed with caution. Not
only was the harbour protected by a considerable
fort, with a garrison which no doubt would be kept
more than usually alert in view of the presence of
the treasure-ships, but Blood disposed of no more
than eighty hands aboard the Andalusian Lass, so
that he was not in sufficient strength to effect a land-
ing, even if his gunnery should have the good for-
tune to subdue the fortress. He must trust to guile
rather than to strength, and in the lowered cock-
boat Captain Blood went audaciously ashore upon a
reconnaissance.


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Scotia at Kingston and the other
principal places of the Island are fully
equipped to handle all banking transactions
5.' in connection with Jamaican trade.


Branch at Kingston, Ja.
Other Branches in Jamaica are
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Brown's Town Port Antonio
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Clean or documentary collection bills are
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2
It was so improbable as to be a..'iiunted
possible that news of -Captain Blood'. carptuire
the Spanish flagship at San Domingo could lrea
have reached Puerto Rico; therefore thlle h:ltnt-a
gold splendours, and the pronouncedly Spani-h lili
of the Maria Gloriosa should be his suirlieint
dentials at the outset. He had made f'ire wihli
Marquis of Riconete's extensive warcrobil. and
came arrayed in a suit of violet taffeta. withh -tu
ings of lilac silk and a baldrick of fin-et C',rl ',:1
of the same colour that was stiff with silverr bulij
A broad black hat with a trailing clarity rf-~.v
covered his black periwig and shaded his wveath
ed, high-bred face.
Tall, straight, and vigorously spare, his hi
high, and authority in every line of himi. I-e i:a
to stand, leaning upon his tall gold-hetidd i:.ane,
fore the Captain-General of Puerto Rir,-L. LDon
bastian Mendes, and to explain himself in tlhat Illi
Castilian so painfully acquired.
Some Spaniards, making a literal tr:iinslatiii,
his name, spoke of him as Don Pedro Sangre. lthl
alluded to him as El Diablo Encarnaiil Hum
ously blending now the two, he impudently.v aui..u
ed himself as Don Pedro Encarnado, deputy it 1
Admiral of the Ocean-Sea, the Marquis idf I'i.,rne
who could not come ashore in person bei.iaus:. i:ha
ed to his bed aboard by an attack of guir. Fr,
a Dutch vessel, spoken off Sainte Croix. hi,- -si
lency the Admiral had heard of an an.rl.k
scoundrelly buccaneers upon two sh'ips 1t' Spi
from Cartagena, which had sought shbltrr her.-
San Juan. These ships he had seen in iL.- h
bour, but the Marquis desired more pretii inf
nation in the matter.
Don Sebastian supplied it tempestu-.u -ly
was a big, choleric man, flabby and all. 'w. wi
little black moustachios surmounting lip ai. tli
almost as an African's, and he possess-il .i iinit
of chins, all of them blue from the raz,-r
His reception of the false Don Pedro i.hai Ir
marked, first by all the ceremony due tr. liie lIh p
of a representative of the Catholic Kini. .inii rt
by the cordiality proper from one Casildian lunii
man to another; he presented him to his dnii
timid, still youthful little wife, and k.-it hin
dinner, which was spread in a cool w!ile I'atii. I
der the green shade of a trellis of vine". a nil s-ri
by liveried Negro slaves at the orders ,if :a -i-e-r
formal Spanish majordomo.
At table the tempestuousness arcu---l iln D
Sebastian by his visitor's question was ni.iriuta-i
It was true enough-por Dios!-that the pli-shih
had been set upon by buccaneers, th.e aiie
hijos de puta who had lately transformnud c'.air'ta
into the likeness of Hell. There wenr Irll;i.,ll
details, which the Captain-General supplied wiili.
regard for the feelings of Dofla Leocadi.i. li'h- lt
dered and crossed herself more than oi...- huile I
horrible tale was telling.
If it shocked Captain Blood to learn thali si
things were being imputed to him and his ti.ll1
ers, he forgot this in the interest ar-ti--i in h
by the information that there was buliil ab',,
those plate-ships to the value of two hiiiiii'r l [llt
and pieces of eight, to say nothing of [ppir a3
spices worth almost the like amount.
"What a prize would not that h:b.e h(-en-
that incarnate devil Blood, and what .a mri- y
the Lord it was that the ships were a l,- u..r i.
to get away from Cartagena, but to es a,-e lih si
sequent pursuit of them!"
"Captain Blood?" said the visitor. -1-, it i
tain, then, that this was his work?"
"Not a doubt of it. Who else is t'..il ti..,-d
who would dare so much? Let me Iy hi.i,'Jd-
him, and as Heaven hears me I'll havi tli- skili
his bones to make myself a pair of br-e, hit '
"Sebastian, my love!" Dofia Leoc;ilau shadi'ld
ingly remonstrated. "What horror!"
"Let me lay hands on him," D'.in Seibati
fiercely repeated.
Captain Blood smiled amiably. 'It ni.-:iry :
to pass. He may be nearer to you thanl y'.u s:
pose."
"I pray God he may be." And theii- Ca(jl
General twirled his absurd moustache.
After dinner the visitor took a i-reinoiil
leave, regretfully, but of necessity since he mu I
port to his Admiral. But on the morti'w he
back again, and when the boat that I)riicht
ashore had returned to the white-and--I..d lnaest
the great galleon was observed by the iill-Is on
mole to take up her anchor and to be lihtiiiin a
Before the freshening breeze that ser a p:.irkl
ruffle on the sunlit violet waters, she ]iimve-i I
jestically eastwards along the peninsula ou wh
San Juan is built.
Penmanship had occupied some tf Capt
Blood's time aboard since yesterday, aIl thei
miral's writing-coffer had supplied his nepi-.s:
Admiral's seal and a sheet of parchmentr surmai
ed by the arms of Spain. Hence an iip..'.sing dc
ment, which he now placed before D.:o, Seb.sli
Explanations plausibly accompanied i:
"Your assurance' that Captain Blood is in th
waters has persuaded the Admiral to hunt him
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his Excellencyl'' aisenu..e, he commands me, as
Pa observe, to remain he're."
'..The Captain-iG~inerl I as purin e t.ver Ihe-
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S,arms if' the Marll ilis of, R iion, -te. It ordec'd.i
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ia.Juan dt Puerru Ili'u, the Fort of Santo: An-
mo, and Its garrjin'l i.
i::It was not au urdier that Dou Sebastiau could
i~eB petel to receive wi h equanimity. He frown
..:d blew his fat lips. "I do not understand this
4 l. Colonel \'argas ho commands the fort un-
Smy orders is a ,cimpeteut, experienced :ltiei-r.
ides," he bristled, "I have been under the im-
.Buion that it is I who am Captain-General f:t'
o Rico. and that it i s for ie to appoint my
!No speech or manii.- _i :-ild have been more >i..u-
tory than Capt.iiu tiiuBd s. Il your plain e. Dol
tian I mulls. .enfess--oh, but entirely hetwoen
yes-thai I should ftel pie wisely as you ldo
S... What "w.:llld yo:,"? It is nel.tsary tIr hanve
ence. The Admniral is hit-:di to exc:ezsive anxiety
:the safety iof the plat.---hips."
:"Is not their safety it San Jiuan my affair Am
hot the Kiug's iepreps-ntativel in Puerto. Ria'o
the Admiral r:,miiimand as he pleases on the
; but here- .ii lind
Suavely Captain Blio.,d interrupted him, a lha il
early upin his shoiilder. "My dear Dun Srihas.
!" He lowered his ',iLce to a confidential lluti'.
It know how it is with these royal 'favioritllis."
oyal Dron Sebatian choked down hbs aniI
ie in sudden apr[t'i'-'L ll-n ioi. "I never h A.i:rl
the Marquis of Itiicnete is a rosal fl\aviurite?
A lap-dog to his Majesty. That. of i.nurse. Ie
ourselves. Herni his audacity. I should not
you for holding the opiniiin that h- ahtus'-
"King's affection for himi. You kno -iw hIl w ith
Sfavour goes ti a mran's bead." He pau.-d
fighed "It disrre6sse me to be the instrumrint
is encroachmuti up..iu your province: Bur I
h helpless as yur.relf. my friend. "
,ua brought to inmagetiu that lie Irid ddangr-
pound, Don Sebastian suppressed the heat be-
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komifort in the th ineht that the Admiral ii.
oe possessed at least the advaii.-:fe t'.rl him
yWyng him of all rei-l,,insihility for what mnsbit

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from it, having made a close inspection of the fort,
its armament, garrison, and munitions he warmly
commended all that he beheld and generously con-
fessed that he should not know how to improve upon
the Colonel's dispositions.
It was on the first Friday in June that the false
Don Pedro had come ashore to take command. On
the following Sunday morning in the courtyard of
the Captain-General's quarters, a breathless young
officer reeled from the saddle of a lathered, spent,
and quivering horse. To Don Sebastian who was
at breakfast with his lady and his temporary com-
mandant, this messenger brought-the alarming news
that a powerfully armed ship that flew no flag and
was manifestly a pirate was threatening San Pat-
rico, fifty miles away. It had opened a bombard-
ment of the settlement, so far without damage be-
cause it dared not come within range of the fire
maintained by the guns of the harbour fort. Lament-
ably, however, the fort was very short of ammuni-
tion, and once this were exhausted there was no
adequate force in men to resist a landing.
Such was Don Sebastian's amazement that it
transcended his alarm. "In the devil's name, what
should pirates seek at San Patrico? There's no-
thing there but sugar-cane and maize."
"I think I understand," said Captain Blood.


"San Patrico is the back door to San Juan and the
plate-ships."
"The back door?"
"Don't you see? Because these pirates dare
not venture a frontal attack against your heavily
armed fort of Santo Antonio here, they hope to
march overland from San Patrico and take you in
the rear."
The Captain-General was profoundly impressed
by this prompt display of military acumen.
"By all the Saints, I believe you explain it."
He heaved himself up, announcing that he would
take order at once, dismissed the officer to rest and
refreshment, and despatched a messenger to fetch
Colonel Vargas from the fort.
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was kept in cool shadow by the slatted blinds, he
gave thanks to his patron saint, the martyred cen-
turion that Santo Antonio was abundantly muni-
tioned thanks to his foresight, and could spare all
the powder and shot that San Patrico might require
so as to hold these infernal pirates at bay.
The timid glance of Dofia Leocadia followed
him about the room, then was turned upon the new
commandant when his voice cool and calm invaded
the Captajn-General's pause for breath.
"With submission, sir, it would be an error to


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take munitions from Santo Antonio. We may r-
quire all that we have. Several things are pos.sil.i-
These buccaneers may change their plans when eity
find the landing at San Patrico less easy than ti.,'
suppose. Or"-and now he stated what he kUiew
to be the case, since it was precisely what h- hlid
commanded-"the attack on San Patrico may
no more than a feint, to draw thither y,,i'
strength."
Don Sebastian stared blankly, passing a jewe-ll-,l
hand over his ponderous blue jowl. "That is In--
sible. Yes, God help me!" And thankful now t.-i
the presence of this calm, discerning commander.
whose coming at first had so offended him, h-e a:
himself entirely upon the man's resourcefulness.
Don Pedro was prompt to take command. "I
have a note of the munitions aboard the plate-ship-
They are considerable. Abundant for the needs ifc
San Patrico, and useless at present to the vessels.
We will take not only their powder and shot. :it
their guns as well, and haul them at once to S.i
Patrico."
"You'll disarm the plate-ships?" Don Sebat.ti.in
stared alarm.
"What need to keep them armed whilst ir. 1haI-
bour here? It is the fort that will defend thee n-
trance if it should come to need defending. Th.,
emergency is at San Patrico." He became more ,i--
finite. "You will be good enough to order the nie.:-'-
sary mules and oxen for the transport. As for nim:n.
there are two hundred and thirty at Santo ArLt-,iii..
and a hundred and twenty aboard the plate-shili-
What is the force at San Patrico?"
"Between forty and fifty."
"God help us! If these buccaneers intend a
landing, it follows that they must be four or fii.-
hundred strong. To oppose them San Patrico will
need every man we can spare. I shall have to seii
Colonel Vargas thither with a hundred and it'tyi
men from Santo Antonio and a hundred men fro.ill
the ships."
"And leave San Juan defenceless?" In hie hh,:-.
ror Don Sebastian could not help adding: "Are :1i
mad?"
Captain Blood's air was that of a man iwhsi.
knowledge of his business places him beyond all
wavering. "I think not. We have the fort wnth
a hundred guns, half of them of powerful calilre.,
A hundred men should abundantly suffice to '-;r.e
them. And lest you suppose that I subject y'ou i-
risks I am not prepared to share, I shall, my --if.
remain here to command them."
When Vargas came, he was as horrified as F ,il
Sebastian at this depletion of the defence of S.-i
Juan. In the heat of his arguments against ir he
became almost discourteous. He looked down his
nose at the Admiral's deputy, and spoke of the .\rt
of War as if from an eminence where it had ii,,
secrets. From that eminence, the new commanilait
coolly dislodged him. "If you tell me that we '*:-.
attempt to resist a landing at San Patrico xwii
fewer than three hundred men, I shall undersianil
that you have still to learn the elements of .,-. i
profession. And, anyway," he added, rising, s-. i_
to mark the end of the discussion, "I have the lihii
our to command here, and the responsibility is lim,:
I shall be glad if you will give my orders yii.r
promptest obedience."
Colonel Vargas bowed stiffly, biting his lip, aiinl
the Captain-General returned explosive thanks in-
Heaven that he held a parchment from the Adnilal
6f the Ocean-Sea which must relieve him of all blamn.:
for whatever consequences might attend this rah.i
ness.
As the Cathedral bells were summoning rlt.
faithful to High Mass, and notwithstanding the -in
preaching sweltering heat of noontide, the matter
admitting of no delay, Colonel Vargas marched hi;
men out of San Juan. At the head of the columni.
and followed by a' "lonl train of mules, laden iv.th


:nil uiiii!Oiii ain I :f ...xen-.teanl s haulliin tie- LiII-.
I le I i: ol',iill .ito k t rolad at.ro; t e. nt t ihe .nly undlu
liiliii- rla'is i .t Stlan Pt tri S fifty Inmilt., a-:1 ; y.


Y.,iI iil l 1ha- .e -,InL oIV d i.lhat the pira-tte thria.- .
t-iiicng San I l-ato i.o) wa. the ersthrl ile t.lieship of
il, r-i:anih i AdLmiirail f th lle O) :-a Sea. 1ijNw the
.ti,, t Iht -oit i..tl l d'ie pat.:hed th' itllh r i-,n that l u--
I '- i.y Capla nU ll .:..:d. \ll ..lvert- ,,.- haji bei [la.-.
i- i] i -,.d liann ind .:-f[' h r. aind his ..rd r k r.l i t.- m aiiith-
ta l i l- .~i i..i-.nstaloiit k-e.p thi mi s-eriale littl.-
[ t ..I.[' aiS l PIarn'I'i: l i ply fi..r f. v-e lit houi r:U
At the iirl ...'f th.t tutle, and undelcr ,%'.,-r iof iii.:li;.
hei, \a t... -lip ijuiertly away befoLrel the arrival ,if
il.-= r.it-. ..itenits from Sanil Juan, w which by ilth'i
v.,..uld I- well tupn their way. atid. alandoring tl.h
I'eiit, .:..llei rooind at 1)peed to deliver the real hinw
at lth- ,ijr ,:,,iin|pa'ativ .ly deftnc? le"I SaiL Juan.
.\I-.t--- 1 .1 ire i.rn Sail Patri, .i arll in at r i-'.u-
lai- iutivitiali throtliahiuii Minday bri-tiuht i'pCrts
that -h.,wed li.:.tvw fa ithlfully \Volver.tt.,- \as fulfill-
[in his itntrinttiois. The minessagec- Eave assurance
that the conlstait fire of the fort wa-s compelling the
hlirat--s to keep their distance.
It was he-ar'teninug news to the Captain-General.
piersuadil-dj thar. eviry hour that passed increased the
lhatnt.-, that thl.:- raiders would be caught r-dJ hand-
ed by thP Admniral -..f the (Oceau-S!ea. who must he
,...iiei here- in the uEie-lib',ur-hoi-d. and ]in:-ntinentIly


England and Jamtnala. The ltwO, chie terminal ports
were. and hae sin,,-e remaitied, Av. iiinniith atni King-
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the na-pship of the new line was L.f 4 "III tons srol-'
registered IttOimagE,-., with an- otinmodat..hii for i:.lie him-
died first-i la's, tifty e aiid-i. ia-s l.;-i.- '.i= '. and five-
th ,'ij aniil ti.ont ':.f eniieral i arg.j.

THE first hip ..f this line to arril v at Kiineston
S was the Puort tlorant. It >atnme into) Jamnal.l.is
principal harb.'uiir on the Ist of M:r,.h. l'i.Ql. andi it
adveuit "as : :nsidered an historicl -\ent. A ir -Xv.'
...f fat hio'nable pe...ple wxa.s invited t :, iniie.t the 'es-
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tile ship's i.ars anrd :;igarettie. dr.,nk i s h \hiskt-.
,, ktla titli ad lenin,nades-. and declared that this wi -
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ana huslii as .advanta'teously to all parties as i:
had hOped. in spite if[ the subsidy it rei.eived froni
b',lth thli Imperial and the Jamaica Govelrnments it
wa.. l, ing mnijny; the service. in fact. seemed likely\
t.i be albaniined: but at that critical mnomcrit Mr.
Harold Stockley. Senior. the Maanager ofi the Jamnal.a
-rranch .if ihe Elder Dempster Company. ,got iu,.j
tiii li wrh tihe Unitced P'Frit C..impatny of Amerie'a.
whii.l i ndrli ..itd rpeifectly the trol.i,': l laa n a iIsi-.
ili-s Mr. Stickiley interested the United Fruit Cnom-
pany in tile E ingli'h shchmm-l This treSultird in llR.
Eldier D[i-rnplrer Liie i,'ecnmring the EldIer', a:Id Fyffc-
Lin.- tnhi.h it hl.s sitle re imaintd i t i- 1 r,, -i,-
intimatlly lihiied up with the Uniti.J Fruit Ctomn
pany. Buit ili.iuh a branch :if the areat United Fruit
pn..-pary iorganii-ation. the Englishi Conmpany is mar.
azel by its ow,.n Brard :if Directrs and maintains
an iindeirp-'en't us. Nt only are itsl -hips u nd.-r
the Eritish flar. ibut itr offir-ers and crew are Eriti-n.
its methods are British. and during the ereat war
its hhipr a u -ie auxiliary cruisers of tlie British Navv
and f':.uict many a battle with _Germian-. .uhmarines.

THIS Iu Iri, h siteiadily iroi.wn in talue and imp.irt-
I an ? it: Jamai:ca. Fo:r many yv.ar; bananasn wrtl


dcstr-. yed. "By ttonrl'li.,w." h'e said .." Vargl'ad
Le at San Patl ici) with the reinfrti.pi'].-nm s and'
piir a--' chance of lauding \will be at an niid.'
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\ery different from the expectatioins o'f ail cron.e
ted. Scit..n after dayrl.,rak. Sai Juani w.as anakel
hy the roar of guntt. Don Se:bastian's fir-tt uplift
thou-ht. as lie thrilst a leg out i.,f hlil. jas II
here was itheN Marquis iOf hLicO'itiee: anit,ittlineit
return hy a fully riyail s.alute. The c'inrilnujiu bi
biamdinier-i. li.weve. stirred his nlisgvixins e-veli
fore lie reaci hed tli- trracl e of hiA lii i h.l..i-e. 01
here. andl ha\vin seen \ha.t lis tI-le s:i..p. .Iuld shl
lln in de tail, his i s l\ii .' re tl. ''. -I ti., st.
ciunsiernat ion
Captain Bl:r:dl'- s 1irst aakltnilllting e.tiI:.1 l 1
hli-n the very oppositee t.,I Dn S.h-la-.tin'. But
annoyed assumptions ntece at uil.e (litni- ed. El
If Wo lvrs-touie slioulld ha\e leftt San Pat. i,:o h. If
midniLeht. which \as utilikely, it was tinilii..?sji)l,
the tecth of the kei-u n -,i.iy wind ,ii., h, bln i
that lie i.ouild reach San Juain tir i .ll..thl- ti'
hours. Mor-over, Wilverst-.ine \was not the ninri
a t in sui.h careless disre-:ard of' IIIn inluii:cti,:ns
Haltl Idrssed, Capta;in Blh.i.Il nnmade Iliaste to si
at Dr-in Sebastian's side the explanatinin i..f this
tllery. and there or-xpcrenc:-dl a coi-i iternati.in
w\hit inferior to the' Capltain:-General's. thil.uh \as
tlifflerelt of' source. F..r the c-reat red slip whi
guns were pounding the fort fronl the ric...ls, a hb


shipped in it- refrigerated space to England: b
a lait'ei p'roportijlo of this 'fruit was Central An im
.an. In 193n. however, under the ternis of thil'
awa .Agreement. a special prefet-'eiite on baiiac
%wa % I\'PI1 by the British G ternniIltu, with tIh- r(-s
that the exports of this ion :iuditdlt to th- U'nit
Kingdom r di:ubled within a couple of years E!igl.a
has theref.ire become Jamaiia's principal inarkit I
Nhanan a:1s.

BLT it a1i nojt the lneieCsitirs oif this Etigall.i-4
maina daia banana trade that caused the Uniwled FTn
Compalnyi to institute a spci.ial weekly servie- bet-we
Jamiiai.:a atld the Old I''tulitr-y i'frm .ar.-h u. A.lX.,
in lyT. Thie re-asin ,if ltlis pectal service \%as til
f.ld fir-t. to i meet the dtin.liantui if Jainaii.anii wil
ini t... e,. lt Elngland for ihe Kinic's C.oroinati..n al
whr.. vislitid to be slire ..tf return transportatiri n wihi
thEri hIlllainy was enri.-d: se-nlid, and equally,
meet the i.onveiieni:e of tiiurists tayiiig fur sio
time in Janmaica dliinng the winter season and ani
..us that they 'Iho.uld niot have to remain longer
the il.anid than they originally intended The usa
foirtliiphtly service of Messrs. Elders ahiid Fylf
woulId niit have covered these partiieLlar ex-e.it:..,l
hence the tnew arrangements which were prlimpt
and effectively made. They hal the pr'-er~gers e
t i'-ly iln ni in i.
TI '= ha ni.t been. :and i ill i t Ii.i.. f...L',,t -i ]1
r,,:r-s.n- l.nliinctedI with laial :n
Brit. illdleed. tile a i t iti': ahi a1 i 'i "l]la n -nll I
tlhtee t'v.. uLiittil shipping ii r 'atitsait is arl'e vel
little kl, .nn to the ordinary i.titsid,-r. The serr-i
they ret!dt-r to tile island is barely gtu~ssld at. Ho
nanny pters-.ns are aware. ft.:,i instance. that d(urli
Ili- w-eek endinr, March ith. 11,37. th,-se cp niprin
liindled ei- hteen shirps herie? S.-me .f tiles. I
i'iiurt-. wi.re -entitir.ly :arp'., boats, hut ari lhis Il
be c-ariried i.r a ioiititry tarvei. Smi.ne :an.ie f'rd
Encland. either r firi Ameriia. two from Canada.i. l
..) ii.n Every ,rnl of then meart min-'lhiir- i 1,i
niaica. And the mallett idf them niiilil have ',in- i
a l:iatr i.. th- Jntmalian- of a hundriil years .i o g


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itlay, had all the app-airan, e I,f hlis .wn .iri,.-
t which he had left careentEd in1 Ti.irtuca l1-?:
L::a month ago.
:1 remembered tie false Iurrt tal- ..f a rial
3aptlin Blood on Cartagena. auti. hli aiked inlii
::aa it possible that Pitt and Dyk-e andl .tlir
ates whom he had left beh-ind h3.l gine :i'.n
:I his absence, condrnting their raits with inI
incruelties such as thnse w-hiit-h hail dirl-rai cl
it and Montbars. He ioiuld not helit-e- it .'i
lf abd yet here stood his 'hipt under a hail iht i,:
3 of smoke from her oun % LIfIlr-. Iellnr'.i'-i
Sides that were bringing li-,'.s riI- .tlls I.( .
.that had the appearance i-t b.-rnlt iina-ti-' a;i-
iatal, but the mortar -t' whi-li. a s lhe htad I.-. !
Std ascertain when iii p:(I tilig t. \'. is -'

it hie side the CaptaintueireiralI .. Pueirt R. i
ITvoking alternately all the -ainins, li the- i:al-
ilad all the fiends in Hell I:l. i c-' v.toii-s thi r
iWas that incarnate devil ('.ipltatn l.....
-ilht-lipped, that in'aruati die-vil t li -.v
Gave no heed to Ihs iniln-. r.it..n-. \\tiil
ilto his brow, so as t'. shade hi -yeQ frontm rlih
jlng sun, he scanned th lines of thant r-rl hi11ii
1i: llded beak-head to toweirilig p.'r Ir 1 *.:.
nfbella, and yet it was not the .1 ra.br;l.. ThI
kee eluded him. yet a diffl.rim-n e i -i- pi i.-i

he looked, the re-at \i--'sel i.am,- l)':..l-, il -
the act of going abitn. Then. evrien -thi.r
her gun-ports. he oh(bairnedl i liaiI' nrs-il
Ile carried four guns les's than hii; :.%n fr- l:.

at1 is not Captain Bluod ." he sat.n
t Captain Blood You'll tell nime tih; I .,11
t tlan Mendes. Is not his ship tlnn3e1 .1 Ihe

tIs not the Arall.r-i "f
al Sebastian looked him \.ve'r .iilt a i:- .".
e;l, blood-injected eye The:n lie prli-.ffrEIil

Sthe name on the i'-iii[ttr fr t' .,II

JI* n Blood took the glai. Tne- hip 'a:1'
ikilg I so as to bring lierl starh.barld lin; ti- hI'i l'.
f1 counter came fully intl) \iew In lieit.::
~d, he read there the naine .trai'cllai. iand li-'
R ament was renewed.
e rd not understand." he .aid But the i'..-:I
broadside drowned his wrda.- il l,.::,. -!npi
l.ti other tons of ib- r'jfrt'- ma.a--ilnry .AII.1] I..
;. the guns of the furt thundllri'td ii n h.-ir til ;I


If. ti,- lfist tini-e The fire was wild and %i ide iof
itie iiilmk. but ai li;si it had the eff'e:[ of '..nill II
iit ili-t aLtt;nking '-lip i., stand -off. so as to ;-et umi
1:,1 If iLn e.
R B:> t.:.l. tii y'I'r awv.il:e at last!" i ri:.d [.iin S;, .
h -iailh. t, ith lirt -' rr.niiy.
13 ,... 1 e ,tiarl,-i ih --.ei]:h tof his bui.,i oriel'ril .
iih.- si.ra,-d --i .at ii.I h .liod about to fiiil anri
-aid ltl ill li a ir'-e.
V h, _h. li. ', I miiiiltf l_ Ile hoot,-cld, iut still It.,[
ni..-i- rhan half ili -s--id. lie "asa settisiE his i'i..t l ui
thi 'iltrrtip. lthe- Cj(itiit li-ilneral slurg-d lrhe'de- himl.
' Ir'' .ii p r .i|-:,..]n i lIliry. he iag il. '"Y.,ur.' a: ll
y..ir [ pi i.i i l- A iliiIiran l' .. Y .iiIr fat i'j is I ea-.h iT
:, '.1 i'-ft ,i h. 2iiiji.,lle-s I hpl) e \...u'l l be a111 ,l- l r
'>"1- r.> f,', si t. I lihc.pe s,."
SI hi. e i t,:... airndI, that lhrigand. .] .i- '-',_ i
lie Imay Ii (C:'iriiiin RP.I-..d I .llke throuit i hi t.--'ll
ii al .i!n -'i nI l.t ti.itl if lesi i ,ijister.iiit s thani ti',
I lit,, ii .I.;,-1 r:l' Fr he Fa t expI-'i: li" ini -, tle
. '...!dit..n '. ( be*f .i- i l,.l_ %t iith his nmit pI'tar',i A nli
jll r I l:P lli, til.. that .1,1 ,...i ln ny it. H e hall hI. ri
.i t.h lil.t'ivt a rifl .rifty pariia tiu disar'm S.ri
. i.a,.i. iir-i'ly. it L iJ. si. S as no mak-- it e.isyv t.i
'i -ril. iiti.il iinrerl.pl.n'r tv Iome and snatch f'r.im
,iiI -I r hin; 1 -. ry i .-('i- il i- priz li for \vhicrih hie il'iy: l.
H.- m ..hl.I in.it .,el' .tlre tile id- llity of the inter .
lPl:er. tli .I Ii.- hli l nir'- than a si uspihni n thla iit
'.. -ra li.t biy in ii-re i i..iin iidi-En that thi, red ship aix-z
I.n, lit:t-d Itit .r- ,i .t iIarIJ id i t a doui)t i hti that hi
.I.--tiei t i- I' he i ailith'.r '.if tho--e hi.i .irror in C(ari'i-
S v. I ih lih '..Pe ,.1n1 a: ionlled to Captain Pl.-,d..
Ir..wev,":r thl. IIi hhthI h 'o hat .matter.- i',.. -,%% i
i., ij.i h ini i ilt i.: l one ) a- ro futistira -t thln-
ni.,-r ;i..|p. iiiti.- ..i iiti-trl.per-; A nid sit. bv a r--iin' l-i
lii, on',li-n '. _n p ia n I I.,.,i rile f. rth ipo: ll the- II.,,.,
r.-ti'i f.i l[.lra I),, h -' n.i i.i :ontri\vir% if *-i'au iz
*l- Ihi i-,l-'.n. -..,f .z ,l'iii h place aga nlr-z .t1 .,.
.,. : by hi :.lM.k '.
II.- f.riii l rii e f'.*.. '' iii a state ':f il.:-,ilat rin
t 'l ,nfurl.-. H:llf th'- ziins wver'e already rit if
1. ti.,i tindJ.r [ile hi ,ap,-,1 ,n' blile I Of the lIi!Id -d
n1i thIl liaril I.-?rn lI-tr Iti .a"i'r is In it, tell h t ll 1, II
ill'ii aiii l hilly i i d i'ihlcl The sixty thar !' nair. i
ed--r Mle l.i.%- v-- re'i..i-ll" aid t y illell-th'- v li- '.
I.: I .' I ro'l ii l,- w. arhi than those if' t he S'pa i
Ji- iif.ani y'.- Iit i-iIIh' .i.i iru hiel[ilesilines hy ihe i .
v ild .- .i ili. nii'.r n.ili .- t yii e n.iiJni r.r'i 'r ini ',oiin.

:'.-a rial i r ..-:i.l I. iiini- J.u ln-s-r them jinlt 2: 'l
...ri-re i.i.:, il'ic sli.i're :away tI ty yard .:.f[' rari
I rls IIIn hie w...llki .: ,iiir ii (. talfl i: Ii ..h kel li
hIe l .iti --f I'iiirnbliJ m2 ii' iii 'y a ndl t l ai : rid flllln -


,..f .- iliJp ,\.'wil '. hIi- ,t...i'n-(]d .t thl ,,rn1:i1r w hlo ran
tI ll e'P:t him.II
"\\'1ll 1 o keep y..'Ir '.ulIIpaify V.i eVi' ii 1- here
111 il n i-n in)tiil uns ar'e all ijii'.i-dJ t.'-'elher i h ItI -se
Sinii '
C'apI aini Ai.nl'ia h l idled He th,'lii.- a C.h- "''W e
:an J iat '.iii'r I -:.- -ii'. to pAy r.,r 'l 1r i rI' r -i' "
-'S.. .i l anr 1 .:.' l r,, iaB t if 'vii hAli a-l i iot ih in-
li-ll,..a -i ,- iiipei rtini-la.Ie F .iu wAItulld I.i -. i iV 'WO irle
- i the '-_ihh-. TI-[h.y il I l; iie11ld l re. riitly Hauil a
, 1 .- f' III- i ..II t .fI r I I a nij hax\ lIe il ,ol .I :l 1 i:
IIar i vl r He- ,iimi.-.l I.' a [ip iieiiln r.,''. le -
Itha i ;I li l'f-inil. i n til: il i e. II...nu i,' If il- ..i y.
* Li-;a .e in, n h'lI.illnl- i 1 ts i tin- 2 il lil- I t
i rrlami i-il I 1 jl:-. :- iiy ..h-iia ii n.i i iih "ir I. Antir
.I. y.:,li A n ...ll hi -. i IIit t th li.i P i \Vh ,ii
y.inl'l' inI l ihe -,iI';.'. mi' Lil i'l t 'iria l i- m ..if i-ill .
Ii'.rs---. ,t wh .n y.mou v.ill. a lt t he t iliee d lm :r
'rth lr hjila ad ili- tl,.ad with -tlaniit L NI- your
. i- '. n i iL,. andr-l \ i ;It: .- ii timiL A .i-. ir it' "
1ir I i tn ai.t l iii i ll i' i. k .-.1 in ; 111 r iatr ..n r. l... ..hi .
.1 leaSd he:- 'ss -- I r I ,r ry L. :xei-i im thi i:.-.n..l
l i... i..f .f o r -r lri.,ni reii.r i Ii L i. l :L'.m ii liii
I'lii k .:ju ihrilty. fir i by -l int l r ti,.ii f. i' ill-liv -l 'e
i hl .'-e ililli le -!'..ii n ,- i1 i, le i ier' *, i-i|. tli-
%il t dJiliL.- nr. y I.. i .: i:.. h ail-t rI..,., Iii .,k I i larce
''" i lu .i.t u:le'ry .-t intll c tin I- ( iI :.ei ijl i til.e -..iit 'i'
r tnil itart whh h ,.bl l ,,..' nlinaildeIl the bh.-y A lz-n11
mien. jr u.'-id I O'li. li ir ini i-rria bi y his "i;..ur. nilo
-r mi i l:]nll l 1 Iii S I n n I n.,%\1 i tnilii,-i- i .i ,,-' rrl l-;l
**iir i i-r ..Id i .r llly rid sjso.ttl '
T he blii':- I: i'. ii.i ; l n ip el tied i' -tor. li,- rdJ
E| nS. o- ...ii l ab..ui i'i ;i r,, i n l i' l. 'boad.
inJa d '- I.. 11 t-a f Ta.knl .- .li .liiitj.l .."' t tii rmaini.
Li'i re lld l t-a i] 11 a 1, 1. h .',illrl th.- -t'ti .Ih fraili
v. h h i h i i tll t rl '....ii I l I-.- i .li. ] -r l' -BI... J |p a-.
,.Arl fr.'. ,II I, _'I, i la y illn l i' '. i I I1 ., in
In., li il. tlh -i tr-ly .l l ,..' fiil H- had oi, r lai l
thII a.: 1 ..f the'l wn l ..n LIt 'l I Ship. h:i IILr 1 pilt th,
ii-lni %i.-r. I.ie:-nhi d ht I larb."i iil fl.lik. H -li.atc-i-
edil I- pi ai ntei'ili-n lij I Ih fi',, il .h W i!d V .., a nii -
ketl-- '. iiin l iili t'i1 y r.,io l,.-| d .If ihe- 1.. 1!, II tIi t
i d I.., :, 1 : f-I if the ,IlI.-.t '. a hi.rI .i ii .:ky J h.
ho.ped,. ; tr i v. a i., I.y env"i;il it 1-..,,. .,wa.,y Wth
|i Ite S I.: 1 ,i it. s!n., .a ell ll-0 0il- l, ...1,,:kk rut il
ho od-'J l'n'hilry. ano thli :r the '. iy iilni-a lt lh 't
her i. II',a [ide a-% liI.-licre l A a iA ,la .iiileij>e .,f
r|iu t f...rl | ..il i lil > i '-irl ,-levat. i,, l ihl .I,. [ib !" r .-
*-.*,l -ll II I ta in llle ly -. 3r tihe fc .t a nd i .r, 1. l.,., li
tile mr nin l a1 1y in o. r'ear At i'6n -? W1 '2
Ii,, i ih'.i '." I a ri '., r i, .0it of Ca '.nl:,
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The buccaneer's stern presenting but a narrow
mark, Blood could hope for little more than a mor-
al effect. But again luck favoured him, and if eight
of the twenty-four pound missiles merely flung up
the spray about the ship, the ninth crashed into her
stern-coach, to speed her on her way.
The Spaniards sent up a cheer. "Viva Don
Pedro!" And it was actually with laughter that
they set about reloading, their courage resurrected
by that first if slight success.
There was no need now for haste. It took the
buccaneer some time to clear the wreckage of her
bowsprit, and it was quite an hour before she was
beating back, close-hauled against the breeze, to
take her revenge.
In that most valuable respite, Arafia had got
the guns into the cover of the grove a quarter of a
mile away. Thither Blood might have retreated to
join him. But, greatly daring, he stayed, first to
repeat his earlier tactics. This time, however, his
fire went wide, and the full force of the red ship's
broadside came smashing into the fort to open an-
other wound in its crumbling flank. Then, infuriat-
ed perhaps by the mishap suffered, and judging, no
doubt, from the fort's previous volley that only a
few of its guns remained effective and that these
would now be empty, the buccaneer ran in close,
and, going about, delivered her second broadside at
point-blank range.
The result was an explosion that shook the
buildings in San Juan, a mile away.
Blood felt as if giant hands had seized him,
lifted him and cast him violently from them upon
the subsiding ground. He lay winded and half
stunned, while rubble came spattering down in a
titanic hailstorm; and to the roar as of a continu-
ous catar-apt, the walls of the fort slid down as if
suddenly turned liquid, and came to rest in a shape-
less heap of ruin.
An unlucky shot had found the powder-maga-
zine. It was the end of the fort.
The cheer that came over the water from the
buccaneer ship was like an echo of the explo-
sion.
Blood roused himself, shook himself free of the
mortar and rubble in which he was half buried,
coughed the dust from his throat, and made a men-
tal examination of his condition. His hip was hurt,
but the gradually subsiding pain assured him that
there was no permanent damage. He got slowly to
his knees, still half dazed, then, at last, to his feet.
Badly shaken, his bqnds cut and bleeding smother-
ed in dust and grime he was, at least, whole. He
had broken nothing. But of the twelve who had
been with him he found only five as sound as they
had been before the explosion; a sixth lay groaning
with a broken thigh, a seventh sat nursing a dis-
located shoulder The other five were gone, buried
in that heaped-up mound.
He collected wits that had been badly scatter-
ed, straightened his dusty periwig, and decided that
there could be no purpose in lingering on this rub-
bish-heap that lately had been a fort. To the five
survivors he ordered the care of their two crippled
fellows, saw these borne away towards the pimento
grove, and went staggering after them.
By the time he reached the shelter of that belt
of perfumed trees, the buccaneers were disposing
for the tactics that logically followed upon the de-
struction of the fort. Their preparations for land-
ing were clearly discernible to Blood as he paused
on the edge of the grove to observe them, shading
his eyes from the glare of the sun. He saw that
five boats had been lowered, and that, manned to
over-crowding, these were pulling away for the
beach whilst the red ship rode now at anchor to
cover the landing.
There was no time to lose. Blood entered the
cool green shade of the plantation, where Arafia
and his men awaited him. He approved the em-
placement there of the guns unsuspected by the buc-
caneers, and charged with canister as he had di-
rected. Carefully judging the spot, less than a
mile away, where the enemy should come ashore,
he ordered and himself supervised the training of
the guns upon it. He took for a mark a fishing-boat
that stood upside down upon the beach, half a cable's
length from the water's creamy edge.
"We'll wait," he explained to Arafia, "until
those sons of dogs are in line with it, and then
we'll give them a passport into Hell." From that,
so as to beguile the waiting moments, he went on
to lecture the Spanish captain upon the finer details
of the art of war. ,
"You begin to perceive the advantages that may
lie in departing from school-room rules and precon-
ceptions, and in abandoning a fort that can't he
held, so as to improvise another one that can be.
By these tactics we hold those ruffians at our mercy.
In a moment you'll see them swept to perdition,
and victory plucked from the appearance of de-
feat."
No doubt it is what would have happened but
for the supervention of the unexpected. As a mat-
ter of fact, Captain Arafia was having an even more
instructive morning than Captain Blood intended.
He was now to receive a demonstration of the fu-
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The trouble ,:.lnme flm in l D S.-i'I.alin, who,
lthile, had ulirtrtUinJiatll y IIn r i..-i i i lle. As
l-General i ft' Pui.rt.. R .:, lie .; '.i. t i ed it to
ik duty to ai in tv-i'vy mnian ., tiln- t':. n who was
:to lift a w.-arp... \ith.,ut takl;lll thi- precau-
Sconsulting [Dn Piedro. .-cr v itn rf informing
what he pi'op..rse. ie.- hal iic:lll the in-
S army. Snome li\.t -.i 1sx .:oI- trl'ng, under
ot the white bIuildriine, tI,: \ith a hundred
Of the water Th re Ie he-li thni in am-
lo launch then II a cha';- aI.viii-r the land-
caneers at rthp \tiy lair itl,.:,ll-nt In this
h calculate.l tr,, i;ik i. it impll o-J ilil for the
artillery to plaly upn his i,.',~ii. aid he was
pll y ',Ud i.t hlis ta,..ti,.. i i '',on.p r it,,,n
benlmseis these ee- ta:i s\r-'e .ss sound ?as
were oblt.ias: lil ttey iiffeii ll iri'tn the un-
*disadaiiatagip that in psorl'ill tI.: baulk the
gr gUtiilr I- (ii ill,. -iilp til no less
i the Spansh ibatt-'iy II1 the rv'',- Before
would dellier li.le fire I.- war- hbrlding, he be-
his dismay the- y-viliiin itullro'i-ed army of
lean t'.wnrft'lk i(-. i.' etria d..i n the beach
he invader, s.. that in a Imiii.-nnii all was a
writhini, battling. lrei.iiuirr- press, in
*'friend aiu ft-e 'ere r inxtritainly mixed.
'this :cifisiitn that lir htilllg i l.lb i urged up
h slowly at first, but steadily gathering
in a measure as LDon SO-iRtan's forces gave
ore the fury it little inore. than half their
of buccaneers. Firing and shouting, they
ed together int'j the r.uwn, le-aving some
behind them on the sands.
ist Captain Bl.:i.:d \as ..ursiiug DI:n Sebas-
timely i ntirflrr-uti~. Captain Arlaia was urg-
tecue. HF ri-_eivled y-et anr..ther lesson.
les are not %,,n Iby elic'oii.s, my friend, but
latio. The iru-fi ns ah.-ard will number at
ce those that hale l'een indi,-d: and these
:iow masters of the sittiatlin. thanks to the
:Of Don Sebastian If' we iarcith in now, we
taken in the rear by the niet landing-party,
find ourselves taught Ir:-tweel two fires.
-wait, if yrui plea..-. for thlie second landing-
d when we've destr'.yedl that. Ae'll deal
Sblackguards wh. aurt- by n.wi in possession
I Thus n'e makie sure."
Time [of watuing. hwt\ e-. was consider-
each of the boats .,irly twon m-n lhad been
l back t, the ship. and their' pi',.icress was
W, to o, wa tili- ser.,.'ill h..adlng and re-
that cl..se upl.'n t"i, Ii.-Ini- hadl iased since
Standing ltef.ie ti<.- -hI...nl lin ty leapt

y hare appeart.ild tj his se.-indl party that
no need for li-hste. slin .e nil the. signs
ly to show that th.:- ft'elle orpp.trion offer-
n Juan had already I)-enl fully over-

fore no hal-e they mnilde e'?inr when their
on the beach In li-i irely t'.fihion they
of the bats. a m`ltli-y crov.'i. like that
composed the hrs.t laiilin.-pjrty: some
s:ome few in nt mr'oriL.., th r'. with heads
A.i dirty, gaudy scare. nud .:,ff-ring the
ety in the re.maiundr of their dress. It
stative of eveiy clja '. 'onti the frank
..lo cotton shirt and iaw hide brieeches to
in a laced coat. whilst h ire and there
breast supplied a nimre military equip-
were uniform at l-eat in that every
carved by a bandoleie-." e\v'ry shoulder
ket, and from every belt bhun a sword
description.
numberedd perhaps fifty. and :'nie- ho seem-
:authority, and w,'re a caudy s.iarlet coat
ed lace. marshalled then at the water's
a parody of military f.rint ati.n tlien, plac-
if at their head, wav-dr hi. suw,rd and gave
:.to march.
m narched, breaking inti s,.nL, so as to sup-
m. Raucously bawvlue tlheli l'owd ditty,
ced in close order, wiilst in tie pimento
l.gunners blew on th-ir miat lie-. their eyes
SBlood, who watlited and waited, his
raiseded. At last the raiders \ere in line
oat which had served the Spaniards for
blood'ss arm fell, and i-\e eini-s .\-re touch-

Jall of canister swept away the head of
together with thei-b rl'd.wna\ inlg leader
red coat. The utitexpf,,-t nii---, of the
the remainder with a suddl-n palsy,
'few recovered in time For -i\ ce more
arm rise and fall. anil ,- i.'. more did
~o five guns mow th'ruiglh rhi...s too ser-
Luntil almost all that remnaiiicl of them
About the beach below, some writhing
iFU.. A few, a half dozen perhaps, escap-
oUIty whole and unscathed. and these,
:o return to the boats whi, lh tood un-
r mnpty where they had heen drawn up,
for the shelter nf the town. and wrig-
i tomachs lest yet anothlir murderous
.ep death across the beaIh Captain
Mterribly into the startled eyes of Cap-
-a-e resumed the military education of
.3t" ash officer.


"We may advance now with confidence, Captain,
since we have made our rear secure from attack.
You may have observed that with deplorable rash-
ness the pirates have employed all their boats in
their landings. What men remain aboard that ship
are safely marooned in her."
"But they have guns," objected Arafia. "What
if in vindictiveness they open fire upon the town?"
"Whilst their captain and his first landing-
party are in it? Not likely. Still, so as to make
sure, we'll leave a dozen men here to serve these
guns. If those on board should turn desperate and
lose their heads, a volley or two will drive them
out of range."
Dispositions made, an orderly company of fifty
Spanish musketeers, unsuspected by the buccaneers
to have survived the demolition of the fort, were
advancing from the pimento grove at the double
upon the town.
5
The pirate captain-whose name has not sur-
vived-was set down by Blood as a lubberly idiot,
who, like all idiots, took too much for granted, other-
wise he would have been at pains to make sure that
the force which had opposed his landing comprised
the full strength of San Juan.
Ludicrous, too, was the grasping covetousness


which had inspired that landing. In this Captain
Blood accounted him just a cheap thief, who stay-
ed to rake up crumbs where a feast was spread.
With the great prize for which the scoundrel played,
the two treasure-ships which he had chased across
the Caribbean from Cartagena now lying all but at
his mercy, it was a stupid rashness not to have de-
voted all his energy to making himself master of
them at once. From the circumstance that those
ships had never fired a gun, he must have inferred
-if he was capable of inferences-that the crews
were ashore; and if he was not capable of infer-
ences, his telescope-and Captain Blood supposed
that the fellow would at least possess a telescope-
should have enabled him to ascerain the fact by
observation.
But here Blood's reasoning is possibly at fault.
For it may well have been the actual perception
that the ships were unmanned, and easily to be re-
duced into possession, which induced the captain to
let them wait until his excessive greed should have
been satisfied by the plunder of the town. After
all, he will have remembered there was often great
store of wealth in these cities of New Spain, and
there would be a royal treasury in the keeping of
the governor. It would be just such a temptation
as this which had led him to plunder the city of
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to linger. He did not know that she was the wife
of Button, who, she quite plainly realized, had now
done with her forever. This of itself she did not
regret; she had been willing to be rid of him for
years. But she hated him, and she wanted to help
her mistress, the Senorita Maria. So she called out
something to Maria as she ran away, but to this,
wisely, the girl made no reply.
"Suppose them slaves go and fetch help, ser-
geant?" questioned one of the privates.
"Hum; I didn't think of that," grumbled the
sergeant; "but there's nothing to fear. There aren't
no Spaniards within miles, otherwise that fellow
Button would never have brought us here. He is
a pocky coward. And, anyway, our fellows can't
be long now. As soon as they come back we'll be
off."
They waited impatiently; they were not so sure
that the sergeant was right, nor was he at all con-
fident himself. When at length they heard footsteps
approaching they grasped their arms, crouching.
But voices hailed them in their own language and
in It,,rdo if nii .atul ti.nt. and presently Button and
.lie il,,th-' were in their midst carrying two large
rawhide bundles of silverware. They had found this
spoil without any difficulty. Inigo had led them
straight to the spot.
"A good night's work," exclaimed the sergeant;
"and now we'll be getting back at once."
The sergeant barked an order. Instantly two
of the men seized Maria and hurried away with her.
Button and another caught Inigo by the arms and
followed; thie rest of the enemy brought up the rear.
It was all done so suddenly that Dona Fuentes had
scarcely time to scream before she fell heavily to
the earth in a dead faint. What she had dreaded
had happened. Maria was the prey of a group of
devils!
"What are you going to do with the wench, ser-
geant?" asked one of the men. "She's a pretty
enough piece; does she go to one of the officers?"
"We are all God-fearing men, me lad," laughed
the sergeant, "and so must not talk like that. And
the less you know the less you can be asked about;
so keep your ugly mouth shut. And you, John But-
ton, tell that girl that if she doesn't stop screaming
we'll gag her. She seems to be calling for help-the
ungrateful slut!"
Maria realized the futility of disobedience. She
ceased her cries. But she pretended to be unable
to walk quickly, and the men, perforce, were com-
pelled to accommodate their pace to hers. The bun-
dles of silver were heavy; no one wanted to carry
a struggling young woman in addition. And all felt
safe, at last, from danger.
They had not gone very far before Dona Fuentes
recovered, coming back to face the awful fact of
Maria's abduction. She opened her eyes to see sym-
pathetic black faces peering into hers, and to hear
her slaves' exclamations of sorrow. She'fell to weep-
ing. She would gladly have given up every dollar
she still possessed to have Maria back. But she could
do nothing now.

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An hi..ur pal sed To the L...rl'lw-str], ken l.a y it
seemed hours
Then l e111' rs h -....\e [....ulId~'] .. illt ,.ar- th I -I, .
side. Dunid Puentl- sti up2led I,. her t--e Jitan an
his 'rienJs at last' llut Mli 'ia wv;. alri..r y grlti
and there w rere at least a d,,zen nit-i t... h.lii li-i
]]'],>.nlie'. W hat e,:,uld thr,, pi ,ple d,, ";]'--.n1tr! .,1&
The lho'emn en itlpped ia th1 ...peon d r....r ..f th.i
Eslal.'K. dll iilnlit ed lid n ent- -\ I:-e h-.
i alisedl what hliad happtiiin d Ii '.a v.n li Ih,..> h.ui
,., en -' _-r .
Butt...nII slave.wir fe -spol.i;. Thi sitn.lla ;knio.
. \ ilI l'.lli.. % ani rie.I s i h le i'. i I .th.. i. y .
l ie intil 'l' hie tc i luaen he'd hisut h-l. il licvl I llt.
rThey ar miue i:...l.. [,.. Hli.. p, t- wih that v..rhi-n -- B
-uil. Tliheit ill riley n e d-.ny ilh-y alln t, k-e S11.'
ordt.rl'ed us to tell .,1. i lh, .'
"H.ly God'" exLlanied PAti[Ick. while .%,:,-h..
I'- r'eame in wrath like a niadma JIan 1 a-ted .n
ere m.
**CLmnie'" he oI .Iniiiandtd his Omipanii.on m thire I
not, a minute to lo-e. Happily. thE.y ire -n fot'ot atdi
\we hav\,- hr-, bs-,=ides. I kn..w. a r- 1s Ihi'.,u1 il2 h,..
i ooiJds that will shorten the di-. iil'ce. Sr.i.,-ra w,. h,.,Ill
hrinz Maria bark "
They were niminted and wa.vy. The-y rri-le :.


b


where the savannah ended and the th.ck dark w
began. Here riding was not easy because or the
nan;ing branches. They dismounted and led I
horses.
"Th,'y a ll hear us as we approach. Ji
earned Patri.C. "and will lire upon us. If wi
lurn their rir e we may bit Maria. they will pul
ir. daniers wayV \itlat do you pr.:pose'"
"Tins t rail lead ni.tirth. Pat. it conles out
an opr'en place tlihru..-tl which the accursed En
aliu t pass. W\e shjljd get there before they do
-ad lih- ..rt \ i a- i ve h-eein ridina. and tills
i Is i j.:.vn l l .- l.i. rh ..'I our J.,trne.v Th:at I
I'res Ti l 1.11lh
"Bit .v.._ii ill tik1 .-are. Juan." in lllored
If ,il i''i- andL hiti- d be niLrI fill to ui I I
it vinildI he h-t.t. i if w ar,:--tl linn .'with our
liet[,- Th.t \ill be saf'r 'or Maria "
l\e may have to. charge them. Jose. but ni
fur- I give the- ord. I will not harmn Maria."
The hor-ss .f.llowued willingly. facilitating
lroeress of the men. In the pitch-darkness that
surrounded them. with the sky blotted out bh
heavy foliage overhead. Juan yet pushed on wil
halt or hesitation, and Patri'k realized that
yolirg fri'-ind knew tile c'iLitry t 'ar. hb tti-r i ha
Patri:k O'Brian. did. While he had lounged


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led, Juan had wandered about, making a keen
l note of every pass or promontory with a ti ne
the's and woodman'- iinrln.it. For year' Pat hiad'
md that he was Juan's leader. Now. without
lightest twinge ot dissatisfaction. le yielded in
leadership uf this young mlan whose ani-resers.
i days before the Spaniards' niiing. Itadl been
ie rof Jamaica.
Thedarkness giew less: Juan slackened Iu~P pact:
ithe others did likewise. They hitiihed their
to to ree.lira.tihi.-. am .il trl -it I'.i aild wairilv.
Shad caught a distant sound ,t mmen lauihinic
iWlking. Hidden. yet able to s-ee lelarly what
leasing in the open spa.e to wvhih It thel- irt l haid
iey saw that the English company was arriv-
t straggling frahi' n. l..ad thda int .v\ lentl y w.,
:to halt.
.tdid so, and all the iembersP of it sqluatted on
iiound. Maria followed suit with alia'rity. as
h she was very wL.aryi Thei thlre- e i tcihin:' n ii
LTEd that she kept her eye- rixed on the route
. which she and her captrors had co: ,m. these
it also and laughed They had iaI doubt now
Security.
ediately the reason ...f tlhe-ir hIal w as mniai'-
t. The serl'gF r t ,rde-rel rli;:i tlih- I ib ndli' -
ned, and commented i- .illhI. t.. -aI:h n i
orof the spoil, taking a double share for him.
lchone was to carry his own lot for the rest
journey. luigo sat shivering in sp;le I f the
iwarmrth, and whimpering: but the soldiers
:Ia good mood because he had not endeavoure l
themaway t'fron th silver "Thi-re's n eii-.
,a this lad to tile town.," aid tlit- r e,'-al,'.
Ioald only eat food that -e iieer t.i .i.ur-elvI-
lay of us are eating dog's th-lsh aid raw r.j..:-
SSo now thai he ian dj ni. ha'mn. le.rt all
-escape."
e others agreeing with this proposal. the ser
Sihanded to Inieo a silver sali-cellar "Here.
Iflow," he cried, "take this. Your mother oi'
r whatever she is. v.il know by this roken
|Io were as glad to get her goods as we."
Sall laughed at this sally, and Iniso. when
|:'told him what was intended, gladly seized
St-ellar and incontinently made off. He afford.
| merriment by his undignified haste.
e lady remains." the sergeant continued.
a prize Indeed. I an not sure that I shall
m her for myself. Why should she go to an
Am I not also an officer'"
high enough to have a girl -of your own."
,one of his men, using the familiarity that
med this army. which had never been de-
teiplIned.
Share in a new country now. mue lad. and far
wrath of me Lord Prote.lor. I will thhance
der if the piece would give me a gn,.d buses
A of you?"
was another lauel ai this: aidl then swirl
'ell upon that group. Fori wth \w h i,.r.
anway," Juan had strung with an arrow
Iwlthout which he never went far. the hbw
lhich he had shot the swinlingr ri.l-idil-
before and which he har car,-fully bh-rni-
through the woods that nipht. The hat't
ihke sergeant's heart, and then another sperl.
l another. The soldiers sprang to their feet.
en; they heard a voi(e thunder out s.joe-
"'Bpantab-it was Juan conmmanding Maria
Son her face. a command whih:b she im
Sobeyed. Then the muskets of Jose and
roarede, and Button and another man rolled

:.wa. enough. The survivors, seeing five of
:down, believed that they were anmbusheil
Ill In Imminent danger of death. They
generall sort of way the direction in which
they occupied; without giving a lainre
'lying prone on the earth-they did n.ii
r she was dead or alive--they rushed


pellnl-mell away. ome of then still UIni..)i' llnil i'
clutchling the silver articles distributed amnliig them.
others flinging them wildly down. Jose and Patrick
Sl'ratig tu the pursilit: a stern. ringilig call f'roi)i
.uani srplped them. 'idiots. do. y. want them to
IIh.w iur i numbers?"" lr shouted "\\'e have killed
* ini : lic ill- Ii liern' e-.L'.
Patrick paiused i' hiI- tira:k-1 utnwillini'ly. Jose'
rushed ver ti. Maria: .luain wathed the backs of
'the dii.appe:aril: mn n t ii.e ." f' \. l n I lirne.I d lii-
head to hI..-k at %%hat inilLht he behind him. '"They
v.ulit-ed into a trap. s itled tel e y._lung Spaniard grili-
1.I "-W n mnliht have driven them froni Jaiina, a
wtheu the.y ri'iet landedl. had we ioly bIeen Lri-nsile
iuough. or brave eiiiiih. 1t set a trap.
Mlai a n-, II..w 'It lih b i(el. iiInLt .I1-,e w ,.
\ulubly explainiiig that ,r ia- his huller that had
laid Buttotn I-.% ': bhit even while he spoke Mari.i
turuid t,, Itiun with a -uItte-r l-.:k in hi e yeli tiihan
halij ,-ver li-n1 Ithle in siny tail lie-tweein thliiin I.
f.'re. "I knew youl wi,,ul icome.' -he said. and Juan
leplied- "N y iluty. Ml ria. but I Ioulil ni t li.ate d,.,n
anything wiithout joie, and Pariii k."
Sie snmilled AIt linli There \w -l tellid--rle' in hle

Wlihere is youlr iiithelr moneyy', udrilnly d-
nlilnded Patrick. "yi.i d. 'lt niall 1t0 .. hay [hat Ihh.at
Sr-etchlies L..t awav nILu it'"
"They never cut it.' atiiwre'i-d Mlria, "It is
b)lnried in llir hut. W\e will take it with us to Cuba
W ill y.I u n.t aonie to 'tba. o100. Jilal'.
"I >aniot. Maria. I snay here to light ithe English.

Irave. we sha:~l mi- 1n h. hLil. I Lll.m -one Inil.1t li.t" V.11
,',, ll a ,i y," ll. n i,, Lic '
Theie waq r-inality in his .,,ne. Maria ieYo allied
r hat
"Yes." she Ic-plied s..iftly. "Jose is brave, and I
li,.\ himn Cut I 1iall hill- you Juan '
"Thaiik-. iM.ia "i .aId Juan. taking thet spe-I li
a but a ic niillpliiiniiit pI.l he, aluse he had IeeLl f
.-,.khe, t, tih-e PiIl I that nijltr.
But Patrick O'Brian thiuglit that it was better
for Jose that Maria and he should cross to (.'uba
on'.n. tf.r hIte -aw ihai M l iaa adl :i.me thi-s nichr
I peihl.ps li-r-ecitue sht had Mmildd-nly realized lihr iwn
hi-arti i th thlnk rteindrly .11 Jilan. There wa< a
look in her eyve t[hal t II- had never- se-iLl be['re. tilt s
was a Maria whom he hild ilei-r knruiWn-a eirl M .,li
hadil w Itl. y li s,, .iielld i a w..ianll an] w l l hi liti htir
iea-ilvy l)e tnte a p'Js-ii:ii. te. -es.,lui,- w.intin n F=Ir-
tnliiat ly t(in- h1el all, at thin;ll i in st. .... sli.. wi.ull'
l.rtl l be ) uinL w tlit J...'se ti ('tiLi Aid Juanii h,
it.lI one pUij-i..' e in \\II. *' \ .11 h il II .r.lially ili-ant
the i:]iriitie of i .h lifre ,th.l mii ." iniuisi-d Patrii l:
But I ani clad we 'l-hall ee ni mnii..-re If Mari "-a
rt I ne,. iir .- : ll ih.. eni rhar h,. ri ,i no.t f',re- e the0
tt ii I,-'.
.il.l ;t a-t l y l w er' ; .lit h,. lea --v.. iat l ..il l tlait-
e"J i..1 .J,ln I tlt,utn Li,-aint l. Ht- l had ni. bheln kill.
t- ..'Iur'lht I it hadly iiniur." il D r- I l .eave nle here
i [r-I iis .' e Ih e_. -d For Gu ..i .4k. hi, l, "
Ah." si red MaI'ia. aiid ttlhee wtas a iote :.' fierrc
i.." ill her ,i,.n T i's i- the 11"d tl.r Jii.IiT. a. 'L,
.r:.iL'li tilr hore-'li:s It *,,II hilt. He knew they nme nt
t.. take ini Now lie l.egs fo,,l' nel-r y II
"I.ct irm ti ri it lfrum ti_ .'- said Juan :uldidy
"W\e leaie him here"
"But I will die mi-serably.' screamed Button: "by
,ir BlEtsed Lady-"
"I want yon tc (lie miserably." Maria interrupt.
I-l "I prayed f,,r that. dilin' you iremembi er' I rh.ill
think of, your dyine here with joy
"I ronld shoot him." s ggested Patrick. "Per-
haps that would be best."
"No." said Juan sternly. -soft methods will not
d., now Our women are dyine like rattle in the
oods6, in the mn.untaius \Ve W are fugitives in r11" owi
i.tintry. driven like beastly. This wa s a iman w -
tr-a ed kindly- how did he rap.ay .iiur kindness? \Ve
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"Mercy, mercy," implored John Button.
"Lead the way to the horses, Patrick," ordered
Juan.
"Very well, senor," said O'Brian, and muttered
to himself:
"Juan and Maria and Jose are true Spanish, after
all, when they hate."

CHAPTER FIVE

THE GIRL
THE little vessel crept cautiously along the coast,
the pilot feeling his way more by instinct than
by any guiding signs; for no light gleamed in the
thick bulk of darkness to the right, which was land
and Jamaica.
This pilot was one of the two men who had first
seen the English fleet when it was approaching the
island over two years before, and had sailed swiftly
west to warn the Spaniards of the doom that was
descending upon them.
He guided his ship very cleverly now; there was
no part of the coastline that he did not know. He
was captain as well as pilot; his present business
was to put two of his passengers ashore and then
make off swiftly, retracing his path, for this was the
south of Jamaica and his General holding the island


against the English was in the north, He had
come out of the way in obedience to the command
of Juan Mendez, now returning from Mexico and
resolved to see something of the new settlement
established by the conquerors at the extreme east
of Jamaica, at Morante, some fifty or sixty miles
away from the town of Santiago.
Juan and Patrick stood on the vessel's deck,
striving in vain to pierce the darkness with their
eyes. The sea was heavy, the ship pitched and rolled
even when it came to anchor; the tiny boat that
was lowered into the heaving water looked as though
it could not live five minutes. Yet it was into this
boat that presently Juan and his friend clambered
down the frail, swaying ship's ladder, and, seizing
the oars, pushed off. The captain of the Enrique
had assured them that smooth beach lay ahead of
them. Once ashore they would abandon their fragile
craft, and afterwards make their way overland to-
wards the north and General de Sassi, the man who
had succeeded the unfortunate Ramirez, now dead.
"I have always had a feeling that I was born
to be drowned, not hanged, Juan," laughed Patrick,
"and by all the holy saints I seem to be very near
my end now."
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"Your craving for knowledge may be the d
of you, me boy," chuckled Patrick. "Here are
just returning from Mexico, and instead of going
to our people to report we stop at, part of the to
try I have never been in before-that is. if we a
reach it-and soon we may be surrounded by
dreds of English heretics thirsting for ,ur blood"
"You forget that I have been this way bel
Pat," Juan reminded him. "I came about se
years ago; you had fever then and remained behi
And I never forget what I have once seen. I
win my way back to our own people easily. m
time I may learn what these English are do
I have sent on my report by the ship's captain,
the General will not be displeased at my stopping
here for a while."
"Faith, he won't be displeased at anything
do, Juan. What a letter he gave you to the 'Vic
of Mexico! Such words of praise, such a laIdat
Yet you deserved every bit of it, son, and I co
see that not only the letter but you yourself
pressed the Viceroy. I wonder when the help he
mised will come."
It will not be long coming," answered Ju
"Alburquerque is a man of his word. Buti
large will his force be? And of what quality.'
you realise, Patrick, that while we have been gelt
mere driblets of men from Cuba, E-panola. P
Rico, the English have been pouring nol only
men but also women into our land' Wi\.nmn'
you grasp what that means?"
"It means settlement, colonisation."' retu
Patrick gravely; "they are doing here now li hat i
have been doing in me own country--in:y G,;d bl
them! It is Cromwell's method. He means to pl
his people here forever. But there is somnethini
which we must not forget."
"What?"
"That these English die like flies in .J.iin
More than half of the army that landed peris
within a few months, Juan: don't los islght ft' tl
Why, one night when I stole into th- towntii ,i
tiago all by myself-it was three months Mft.r t
were here-the place stank like an open gCa.i.i
And that is almost what it was, for the swine hjai
buried their dead deep enough, and the effluvi
from the shallow graves helped to klil ..f -,nie
them. I say they die like flies."
"But still they swarm in like flies, anl that is
danger. We fight and kill many of tliir s..Idle
but our people are also killed, and but fl'w .San
come to Jamaica to help. The English -,-ndl Ih
women and their men to settle far from n hI,%r- ih
is any fighting; these plant and rear .attl. ,in
lested, as you know, Pat; they have fo.id ... eat wl
we, the natives of the country, are st.iian ing in
camps. Now, if only I could get togerh.-. I bi.d
men from Cuba or Mexico, land here, n.L i.ri., h h
overland with them, surprise these new -ienleme
burn the houses, put the men to the mi.wi.ri--"
"And what would you do with the iv,.
senor?"
"Pack them back on their ships t1, thi. slia
they came from; their ships are all abhut .*r ,.,a
now, Patrick. And even if these women 'iic. w
should that be to us? They are eneii.:st. t... 3
our women have perished horribly in the hills o.f
own country. I could not think of woenll anid
dren when setting fire to a town, ainltr.-n ,
at war, and at war with vile and mali., :o.i heretic
"Well, I agree with you," said Patii :k jiilif-i.
ly; "we Irish know how our women are rrjt
when we fight the English." He dropped rths si
ject swiftly. "Go carefully now, Juan," he cried,
there is the beach as plain as the nose on your r
I have been talking because I wanted tn keep
mind off drowning; but it looks as though we wo
drown. I never expected to live for teii minute" af
leaving the ship."
Juan laughed. He knew that tholicil P.ari
talked in this fashion there was norliin that
wouldn't attempt. And Patrick was an infinitely I
ter seaman than he, who had but twi,'e in all
life sailed the seas, and then only-as far as Vesi
The shore, which had been almost i iis.,:ieni
half a mile away, now lay before theim -niisti
though' gloomy, a long curving sweep of: l.'Ilyi
land with a fringe of sand and a :r'L:t.eri..umi
mighty mountains clothed with trees. ij\erh
twinkled crowds of stars where the -lies n.r-i
overcast with drifting clouds, millions ipui niillh.
of tiny points of light that faintly lit ti- rat
which slept beneath them. The water in1 whlih t
two men rowed was calmer now and rolled wi th pb
phorescent flashes shoreward; their oar s,.,niul
cleave into sheets of liquid emerald. aii in th
wonderful radiance of the sea little r-lih- i:..-li
seen darting hither and thither like liiin .- -ielk.
They saw, but had neither time in... heiarI
admiration. Their minds were on the ...rk 'L
had to do. This was November; some ilh'e iIn-
before Juan had been commissioned by I;)en eral
Sassi to undertake a mission to the Vi.eri:, .. :tiei
co to beg for help, for arms and food andi mien
carry on the fight against the English Taw d
ago, on his homeward voyage, Juan bail :outi.e
the idea of striking the English where they had
tied as planters in that part of the c.-.untry k: o
(Continued on Page 37,


1937-38







38 PLANTERS'






Unpiraticall


PUNCH






SSpeak inA


HE would love t.. hear Mr. Eustace Myers, alias
."0", sing that rollicking song of the pirates, "Yo
tad a Bottle of Runm But. i:ome to think of
bo has ever heard G singa? Can he sing? As-
tig that he can, would Ihe warble that ditty about
title of rum? That would seem. as the dramatist
1 maay, rather out (of character : for G has never
Dbea heard to make a noise. even to raise his
I; quiet decorum is part of his very life, to him
.;ough-and-tumble behaviour of Robert Louis
imaon's friends would be utterly foreign.
:fet our artist has depleted Mr. Eustace Myers
fratical costume, with a bottle of rum in his
laad with a lieri'' and must warlike expression
IaB face. We must suppose that the artist in-
1e to stress the r-intrast bwetwe-en piratical ap-
tee and living. ri-aliy., -or perhaps he had a
Ir purpose w hat he may have intended to illus-
I. the earnestnness of this y.iuine man's disposi-
Lhis determimiati.n to n.mke of the business he
.tered a sui.ts; Fir iliat is true of G.
hough there be six de-ad men on a dead man's
|or nine. or ioni. .or utine, G is always going to
khis bottles of ruin wherever they may find a
int, and is going to do so in a sober and righteous
.. Especially in a sobl'r spirit The writer of
sketch can never fiortet how one day, happening
lat the Myers" Sugar Wharf. 0 came up to him
I.nked him if he had seen the Myers' bonded
onse. He had unt, and had no particular de-
it see it just then as there were other appoint-
.to be kept ; did not draw a cutlass and
.mhili to walk the plank towards the bonded
Ifuse; he did not pit a Innc-barrelled pistol to
Iitter's head and ,cominmand him to advance or
tbeahrew me. sirrah. your blood will spatter
Icound." hIstead of that he laid a persuasive
atpon the writer'= arim. and gently talking about
fad that-perhaps the beauty of the skies or
of the sea-led him towards the spot where
e intendeil
kou ld go.
iJ initiated
$to all th?
e of the
of run
ir bonded
us con
This ..
example a ',
sweetly
method
was yel *
Inedas
method .,
Ogg
possibly
The young
had his
before one jN
inew that -.>-'' '
Shaving -
He did
Aihe was re-
Supon, and
d what he
without
t knowing
pu are do-
The whole
was as
s; barley
Bi as swee;
hon ade.
the end of
was the ( C
I of the
Whlch one
aldvertlsed.
ote hotels
.W York
[ all the
~ that
trom New
Sto South-

is lit-
true. I
ll-r'~e a-^-------
s-. open a
istt in Am- Eli'ST.CEE. PERFECTLY SOB]
greatest
thout coming across Myers's Rum Punch; and
on the Berengaria, looking in the wine
'absent-mindedly asked an American young
lhe would have a little G. "A little what?"
looking puzzled. "G". I answered; "of
:gou have met himi."
If he is a 'him'. how could I have him?"
naturallyy questioned.
I awoke to a sense of reality and explained
mind had been wandering, and assured her
name of Myers on this Wine List had
.lu o. my mind the image of a young man I
i:alA whom his friends called G, who


Eustace Myers, alias "G",

Characteristically Steady,

Suave and Sober


had not a G in his name, but who was associated with
the House of Myers whose rum and drinks were
being advertised in the wine list before us. I suspect
she thought I was a little mad.
I should say that Eustace is distinctly of the


7 \


ER, DEFIES ALL OPPONENTS WITH THE SLOGAN "YO HO

new order of businessmen. He is of the English or-
der, though his theoretical commercial education was
received in an American institution. The idea of
the businessman as one rushing to and fro, hither
and yon, dictating in a loud voice to half a dozen
stenographers at once, rushing off in an aeroplane
to conclude a deal, rushing back on a streamlined
express train to undo that selfsame deal, living in a
state of tension, roaring, gesticulating, firing anyone
who ventures to disagree with him, and altogether
making a spectacle and a nuisance of himself, is one
to which we have been made accustomed by the mov-
ing pictures. But the English businessman rather


strikes one as doing as little as he can-until you
realise that his quietness of manner and unfailing
urbanity is merely a cloak for a very resolute and
ardent spirit. All the while he keeps his goal very
steadily in view, pursues it unswervingly, but never
imagines that the demeanour and attitude of a gentle-
man are inimical to commercial success. And that
is Eustace. Years ago I made up my mind that
he was certain to succeed, but I was of the opinion
that he would take some time before, his business
attitude would become well understood. It was the
natural expression of his disposition; he could not
change it if he tried, and would certainly not wish
to change it. But eventually, I thought, it was bound
to be appreciated, and so it has been. If, as the
writer of Proverbs said, it is the
soft answer that turneth away
wrath, it is also the quiet voice
and courteous demeanour that win
personal appreciation, and, when
understood to be complementary to
intelligence and practical know-
ledge, it also inspires confidence.
Now I think our artist under-
stood these things; so in depicting
Eustace in piratical uniform and
singing a pirate's song about dead
men's chest and a bottle of rum
he gave him a dandy dress and
hair meticulously brushed. He
could not for the life of him por-
'tray Eustace as dishevelled. There
is no better dressed young man in
all Jamaica, none with a finer re-
gard for personal appearance, yet he
is never over-
dressed, never
Merely 'dapper'.
He reminds
me of some
young liquor
merchants I
once met in the
City of London
who discussed
business with an
F Oxford accent
and who spent
a couple of
S \ hours at lun-
.W cheon. I after-
wards discover-
ed them to have
been Oxford
g graduates who
^ had subsequent-
ly devoted them-
selves to learn-
ing their busi-
ness with as
much assiduity
as they had
learnt their La-
tin or Greek. I
know very in-
timately one
other such man,
although he was
elderly; nothing
pleased him bet-
ter than to talk
about fishing or
literature or
even racing with
Shis friends. In
SI\ dress he was al-
ways perfect, in
-manners he was
more perfect
still. But he
was, on occa-
sion, a daring
speculator, a n
extremely cour-
ageous man of
commercial
affairs; if he
HO AND A BOTTLE OF BUM" lost money he
took his losses
with unruffled calmness, and when he died he was
very comfortably off indeed. His trade rivals all
liked and admired him. They respected him too, for
they had long since learnt not to under-estimate the
keen brain that was the accompaniment of a polished
manner. Of this type is our young friend G.
G is still a very young man; his life is be-
fore him. He is already successful, but I think that
most of his success is yet to come. For all his quiet-
ness he is a fighter; his persistency I have remarked
again and again. We shall hear a good deal more
about him in the future. But he will never be a
singer. "H. G. D.




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S(Continued ireon Pairf .3)
Wrte and where they would never expect
. enemy. But how strong they were. and
stud, he felt he must disco-iver for himself
.:iold act. Hence this adventure of hls.
r:-ultimate outcome of which, he believed.
it depend.
uoat grounded gently enough. Juan aind
Wio out of it the few things they hadi
ilith them. Two parcels of food itlihe kiie,'
5d iand plenty of water in the numerous
,a country whose Indian name was Land
lind Water), their muskets. their ball and
tir machetes, Juan's never-forgotten bow
10: that was all. They wore serviceable
nothing given to them in Mexico. and broad
i. Their boots were of tough leather. They
ot, much better accoutred than their col-
h the island who were conducting a war
Sdesperate circumstances, a haudfull of
thousands.
.lpUhed Into the woods, both of them trust
It hunter's instinct which should wai'n
were close to human habitations In
!iW seemed centuries ago both Patrick and
L hunted wild hog in distant parts of the
u ilept night after night in the ,open air.
Accustomed to guessing at whar was near:
whether man or beast. That unconsciously
bowledge and habit served them now. Th'.y
i:t present they had no reason to wall

Li-ae to an open piece of ground on tile
Sof which flowed. from north to south.
SThey waded through ibis stre'anl. th-.n
bank overhanging it. an easy slope of
ght crowned by a wood in the recess-s,
greigned utter darkness. Here the great
out buttresses of an enormous size and
were thick with leaves that blottid
Under one of these trees Juan halted.
e tonight." he said. "and then to inl.lr-
iexplore."
I ld is open down there." nmused Patriack
that river may conveniently waler a
ihbe used the word plantation to indicari
S"I shouldn't wonder if we were nea--
he enemy people now "
I thought," said Juan.


"Do you thitk ally uf them w ill find the boat w,:
left otn the beal.h?"
It was listened to ,in.thing., t will probably
drift d'lown the coart. Eiean if they found it. wh.at
ctuld they make of it'"
"I d...n't know. Bit w\e want ti keep -our mlO.i--
menlts as secret as fossil ie. don't we? If nte are t.,
strike at them it must Ibe by surprise SJ. you ha,.
said."
"True. but I do ut think they will lind the bo.ar.
.And if they do the3. will imniJue. probi:ably that it
is fronlm ome ship lost iut tat sea."
"That is niv' Iuwn belief. JL1an. bill I wantedll I
s-e if 'oi sitlar-l'- it
They si-tcth:llh.d their lilnibs and s-ttled dilo.n I:.
sleep. A hard day s wurk v. as before them aind th.i-v
lad lhy this beit-riae used I., slailtl ing l at every hiu.l *
rest that came their way They could never know
what they niitht have next t.i fa.:.:
The sun rose late that November ni-irning. Ilu. h
later than in burning, bright days of surimmnir -. h,-n
all the landscape would be alight and linwiing b-fotre
it was six o'clock And these two were dog-tired
It was seven before Juan stirred. ruse. slihik Patrit.l;.
and then opened his parcel of food. only jerked het-f
and dry cassava cake. bht a grateful meal f-lr toulghi
crned. hungry men N..t tn eity feel anway they c.iulcl
hear the nmurniuri of a rill that fell. bAliowv. intu tile
riier they had crossed in the nieht, indeed they)' h, l
canpedl where they did because If the nearness if
this water They took their iral.rlns with them ti:
tller 'd-,e of thie fall. Ih(-y stlioopJ d nd laved th..ir
hands and fac:es- ihey w;uld not risk strippin-I anu.i
bathing their bodies then. Aft-r tllh they te. andi
Juan rx-slained once mnlre. his plan ti illi friend.
It was simple They wuatldt liuk wiia'lt'i th
w i.oi. )hut i.lo-e- t: l iis eitt arid ill.v'- tiit nd cli\ il.
keeping the valley and the river below in sIl-at
That. they were -ertain. w.uild l ner.llr Ier I lantrr brin, L
them to one .if the English setilemenic iIn this pat
irf the island. and they would nore everything ih.
I'. ill-i- th. i silal ti. n itf the tIowi tha. iIIIIleh-r of ;ll-
people. their appearan-e Pt prosperity. or p-.,vert'-
and they would sitdy hw' the t-ttlei s miacht Ir.,r
be attacked if a surli eency of nmen niam river fronri
Mexico tu niake such a venture plraticlable
Their breakfast over. they blgan movicmn nii..r
wards Often some Ilirige mllass of r:o'k suddenly r''i.-
sh-er upwards. foriner them farther into the w.:.:,J
than they wished to g,.. and curttine ,ff fi-rm their
view the erour.nd and river beneath. But always th.,y
returned to the edge of the slope and fo:lloweil 'h l
river's windings.


It was just after they had skirted one of these
rui.ky interruptions in the way of their marc~ and
cojme into view of the river valley again that they
heard the sound of hunlan voices. These voice were
lifted high in arcumeint and anger. Juan clutched
Patrie k by the anm and brought hui to a halt. They
both peered down'-ards.
A iuan and a girl were standing by the river's
farther brink. The uman was miiddle-aged, the girl
y.,ung, and fine-lo,.ikui in spite .if her scanty cloth-
iiig .f riuLli carton shift add lIuse jacket of coarse
cl(:oh open at the ine-k A straw hat was on her
lt-ail. Bilt did not uiiipletely bide the masses of her
rn.h aulburn hair which ishe wure long and unbraided
like a wild Inane. On her feet were leather sandals,
.but her tIrit small and delicate, were bruised. She
arrivedd herself with a proud, irmperious air.
The man was a big creature, clad in thick high
leather boots, a pair of trousers of canvas cloth, a
coarse cloth shart. and armed with a whip and a
musket. The musket was slung over his shoulder,
the whip he carried in his hand. His head was pro-
tected from the sun. both by a hat and by a huge,
dirty handkerchief which he- had wound about it;
this made him look like a pirate-. as probably he had
been at some earlier stage of his career.
"I won't have iyou' I won't become your wo-
man." the girl cried, stanmpiug her foot. "I may be
only a slave. I may have to serve your master for
years and years. though I don't think my life will
last s., long But I would not have you if my only
refuge was death I would not even be your wife,
though ye have nIt had the decency to ask me to
be that You Enclish heretic. dog, beast-"
"Faith. she's Irish. or I am English," muttered
'Pairi,:k "And a slave One of the Irish women that
Master CronmwPll shipped off to tile plantations be-
cause they ,or their fathers were true to their right-
ful Kani and their religion. This is a matter for
me. Captain Mendez'"
'Quiet." commanded .luau. "Do you wish to bring
a' crowd of the enemy down upon us?"
"But would you--
"Listen to what the mau is saying. He is not
harming ilPr' at .his monient. and we may learya
soime hin "
-"Yo)u 1f.l idolatrous slut." snarled the fellow
in anl~n-r to the girl. "why do) you think I ha' al-
loawed you to) sneak out here. so far from the farm
where you should be at work? Because I wanted to
put sense into your head. or to try to do so for the
last time Hear ime now. You either come to me,
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am the chief man here, for the master leaves all to
me. You are a slave and an Irish one at that: do
you understand what that means? It means that
you are in my power, that I can whip you when
I choose until you bleed."
"And I can kill you," hissed the girl.
"Ho, ho! So that's what you think? Men have
tried to kill me before this, you Irish spitfire, and
women too, but they are dead and I am living. You
left your work this morning to wander about, being
a lazy piece. But I was watching you, and followed
you, and now I can flog you home unless-"
He raised his whip, and the girl must have read
a brutal determination in his eyes.
For she gasped with sudden fear, and "For the
love of Christ and His Blessed Mother!" she
screamed.
"I will make you a mother without the love of
Christ," he .laughed,-and never knew what struck
him.
For even as a startled look of terror leapt
into his face he had toppled to the earth, dead. True
and unerring the arrow had found its way to his
heart. Juan was laughing softly while Patrick
bounded down the slope, reckless of who might see
him, and rushed through the intervening water
in the direction of the startled girl. She saw him
and turned to flee; but he headed her off and called
out to her that he was a friend and an Irishman.
She paused and stared at him with frightened, puz-
zled eyes. Leisurely, Juan descended into the valley
and made his way towards the pair.
"You are Irish and yet free?" he heard her asa,
and Patrick laughed.
"Free and Irish, and Spanish also, colleen; I have
been in this land for nigh upon fifteen years."
"But how?"
"I was one of Jackson's men. I am a Spanish
subject now, and I fight the English. Ye under-
stand ?"
"Yes. I have heard of Jackson's men; there are
two of them here; they have deserted from the Span-
ish. And you have saved me."
"I would have. never doubt, my dear; but as a
matter of fact it was this senor here who did. He
kills silently. He is a Don of this island, he is the
Captain Mendez. A Spanish gentleman of whom I
have the honour to be a friend."
She had not noticed Juan before, sq intent sh.e
had been in speaking to Patrick; besides- Juan hiad
come up quietly behind her. She looked at him
now. She saw a young man, tall, strong of feature,
lronzed. bearded, with a hl.k of aiilib.rity and conm-


mand, and a carriage of
how matched her own.


And he thought at that Ilinmei that lie had n,.v,:r
seen a woman one half so lIrvelv
Deep blue eyes gazed at him iii thank; :nd jpe:i
admiration; parted lips rev.-aled two. r % .f .' Jiiitv
teeth. Her chin was rounded. well f0ored. the n.i-,s
straight yet with an indatni i t I-'ltn-'5r Ihe
whole attitude of the girl one ofi pride. "Oh. thanks
you," she gasped, and impulsively strertheld ,tiu h'?r
hands. Then her face fell slightly: "I ft-,rot." she-
added, "he cannot understand me.l aid I spe-ak '
Spanish."
"But I speak the English a little. -.eiicita." said.
Juan, sweeping off his hat, -'aud I understand every
word you have been saying. My friend here taught
me the English."
"Senor, what should I have done had not you
and your friend appeared just now!" she exclaimed,
and then blushed scarlet. It was not a subject that
she wanted to dwell upon.
"We could not hear what was passing between you
and that carrion," said Juan, pointing coldly to the
man's corpse lying not far away. He and Patrick
had heard everything, for both man and girl had
spoken loudly throughout their altercation, but Juan
knew she would be relieved if she thought that they
had not. "We saw him threaten you with his whip,
and that was sufficient," he continued. "For that he
had to die, senorita; there could be no forgiveness.
And, in any case, he was an enemy of my King and
country, and such we slay whenever we can."
"I am glad he is dead," she answered simply.
"It must have been his life or mine. But if his peo-
ple find his body here-"
"They will not find it," interrupted Juan. "He
has bled but little, and that blood we can easily cover
over. We will take his body away from here. We
shall do that now, and then we shall talk about you,
senorita. Will they miss you for another hour?"
"I do not think so. I slip away from the house
in which I am a slave-indentured-sometimes; but
only he has took any notice of that. He has watched
me. But I must go back after a while."
"Have you dogs, bloodhounds, in your planta-
tion?" asked Juan suddenly.
"No; but why?"
"Because, behind that rocky height that you see
there,. Noticed a precipice while we were coming:
in this direction. And you say there are no dogs
to trace him. If I remove my arrow we can throw
him down the precipice, and if the body happens to
be-found a few days from now, it may he believed


that he fell over That will be easier than hi
nini And h- should not be buried decently
soul is no, ii hell
"[ hipe s.." e:olaimnied Patrick devouily

CHAPTER SIX

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liWare hard and women as well as men
f part in saving themselves. Besides,
ft a glance that this girl was not on!y
WIng: had she been a weakling she must
i among these surroundings months ago.
f-.your name?" he asked her as they
kI the corpse.
biIHara."
i old Irish name," approved Patrick
u-O'Haras are of the true faith. even a-.
Shate heretics."
S-hate them," said the girl quietly: but
Itnaty in her lone.
If got to get rid of the body of one now."
:-'We will drag it up-tre'am fl'r a while.
I1l leave no marks .01 thle ground whe-r'-:
maily be seen; then we must pull it up
L)o light task, but it has to be don,-

the dead man's shoulders. Patrick tojik
:;rl helped by gripping the clothes ajb-u:.
Together they lifted and threw the
ile shallow water Then Juan and Pat-
itt along for some distance. knoiwiin th.Al
-;action would soon obliterate entirely
aitything having been drawn along its
itey came to the spot indicated by Juan
ftmie more arduous, for the corpse had
uK p an incline where the ground was
,hre. Juan did not want Lto leave br.-ken
ahed grass everywhere for every ey.-
irbapa to understand.
FIkt the top of the slope, they lifted the
cld carried it. staggering with the eight
i:.to where, on the other side. the g'rounil
t' nto a ravine or "gut." at the bottom
iter also flowed. With a mighty sw An
ir burden hurtling do:,wnwards: it woulil
Milt now for anyone to find it awirioc ii
Agg. Juan smiled grimly. "-Th-re pF-',,
i'emies-and yours r o." he add-.l ad-

nthem are my eteuiies htere." he r-.'-lll
SIrish, and some of the Si:lt:h are
'Tants-slaves for a nuutmber if .nart.
wd e must ork: for our Enlil-h ima-
*lland they have tic pity on us Mlany
Here and in Nevis already I -up-,
loet us will die before lIon '
wore loudly. "Need yo:u go back to

.I to do? What do .vou think I might


"Humph. You speak like an educated woman,
a gentlewoman."
"I was supposed to be such in ny own country,"
she replied sadly. "Here I am only a slave because
my people stood by the King and our religion."
"What do you suggest. Juan?" asked Patricl;.
turning to the young mian. who had been listening
to this conversation with a puzzled frown upon his
brow.
"Where is she to go if she leaves this plate'"
demanded Juan
"You are Spanish and Irish." she said eagerly:
"Etnemies of the English as I am. I have no relatives
here You have seen fi.'r yourselves the risks I run
C'uld tlot I go with iyou to join your people? I
should te happier with theil than hern"
i You do not know what you are asking. senorita.'
Juan answered sorrowfully. "NNearly ail iour women
and children have left this island sin:e the English
:diiir: they are in Cuba. WV--my friend and I--
lihave bell av. ay f.ir orne liinlle; it l.may be that wlhein
we rejoin our uown people we shall not rind a single:
autiman with theiim. They had to go. otherwise thiey
wouldd have died o.f hunger and exposure and dis
ease they who: lIvxh e Iv >II ,ifort and security before
the Enilish i4.ame We nmay be a hundred mll-s
front were m)y general now lies: I shall have t,:
seelk h11111 it And we are always moving from one
plac- it an'oth-er. fighting. fighting, fighting If you
survived tihe jonirne.y over the hills, and reached tllh
ji.rth'hidJe oif the island. yiiuI too would have to go to
'Cuha. And Iherl' yo)'lu \.wutld be a stranger withorl
friends "
'But--" hlie be'-an. then akeJd. "'And .il 11. y,-.ii
do not go to Ciba?"
N. I say here wait somen of tlie men to fliilt
I help to hold Ithis country for His uisit (Cathrollo
1Mait-sty. I shall ni-\er -i.n ,-don it whil-. i have life
ailId an Eiielislihman reniali 1s i it as i on uiier.ir."
H '-r fa'.-.e fell She- :lisi' .etJ slowlh v "I i.Iulll
h:it enC to 'ubia ai..n. tfrieilless. not eveni speakili;
your langtiuae.''
"But here are s'. iil Iei.,iple iln Cuba that we
know. Jllan.'' Patr! ik rn mindi ld hiit: "titt-r's -., D ll.
Fiile reS .til Maria Tlih t ,: ladies w.ihl 1):e 1 l,-
t1. I ,.Ik ,itt-i the S.-i-rritof O'H ra
.Juan i u ei iiont li Brid-_,et as to this plan tithl his
..ve .- itn iers he rei-al iiisahl proval of it. Nor. toI"-
Si.tie old-i. re reaiin. lid lii- himself appr'.,'.e of it
P'atl i< k. li.hokiiit ki-ienly at them bith. suddenly rea
lii-d tli-ir 'reai on Ihi u.li h thi-ey tlhemn elves dtid n.:.
HIe laughed liclitly
t"Bit I do li' tlink v. hat I 'supg est'd would doi.
ery w-ell sad le" "w- niusi think of something:;


39


else. After all. senorita. the n mian you had most to
itar is dead, isn't it so?"
"It might be; I believe it is.
"Then you could stay here ft.r a while lunger
till we came back. couldn't you. without anything
unroward happening'"
'I might.' she said: "'1 think I c.ul
"But," she added quickly, turning to Juan. per-
Laps I am expecting tuu much of this gentleman I
am asking him to do too mulih for me. Ale you
niarriid?'' she queried. liekitn J.ilu Ifull in the ey.-'s.
"Not a single attachment.'" laughed Patrick.
*Neither wife, nor :hild. nor mother. brother nor -is-
ter has he. senorita-or perhaps I had better say
uolleeii: that sounds more like Old Ireland., dli-sii't
it?
"No iine in all the wi.rlid.'" lii pered Bridget
0 Hara. as if speaking to herself. anil ii..t answering
Patrick "That's like Ile lMy parent.- are dead Myv
brothers have been killed. I never had a isteri. I
tou am alonh'.."
"Juan has Jamanca. Blidget." said Patril.k: *"iirii
JuaLiIn i tihe de-.te'lndait i .f 11 ian l Jian PI-in.e- % wivl,-.
died fighting for' heir ciouIntryv he v.-as pei'rlhap) tht'
inly ijnie hliirt- wh.t >i't'r ftlrh-i t. it is a tradliti..il with
hini. you se.', to give- his life fI.r Jain iea."''
tHer eyes sought Jilan'". A loikl pa-sed betwi-en
then which said f1ar Ittore tlhan v. ,irds I would
stay Inl Jamniaii too.'" LridJet Ilit. tiinEllil. "I noiillI
;ladly lIve and die in it: biht iii.t ulnd,-r iith Eni-lish."
And I will live aid die iin it blt ii.i under tile
Enplish." .aid Juan. andl thi-n. ilh:,ligh seized with
a siiddeni res.jive lie turit' dr'ii i.-.lv, t., Rirideet
'Look senorita' L rt tis make [ia"ri : 'iii nmist r,'
itain hlire for a awhile, but yoii nia. i'oniint 'it OuIr'
u- n gliIi bai k to re .iie f3I. tfrin thi iil it: ..f wr' 'r i.:h dtl
nlurilerli'ier and eieni .; i.f G nl Sh.. ni.- yiiir towni.
and I tall I- n.:i wvhh-i t..i strike llnt y.vin nit t 11 ll
lbe h:irnietl .:, w.e hall irrari-iie itor a .'_inAil t. n.lll.
yoiu ,if what i af.it, w h' w e .. ine .haik:
liHe i:ke with a itra oig .' in.l ..i f-i 'jir sult
il-nly hbe i- r w : i...:, ant.l cal.tilJlll acairi i' %:,- his
wont. lie conti:nuieil---
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"I will do so, and if I am not to flee with you
now," returned the girl, "I had better be going back.
I have already been longer away than ever before:
I may be missed "
"You must walk below; we will keep out of sight
among the trees up here." said Juan. "S:, shall we
find out where lies your place. But if no hue and
cry is raised for the brute that followed you, could
you not come here t-m.l.lii r..w? W\e '.hall he waiting.
And then we -an ,ay ni.i-r about l tir iitiire plan;
"I will come if I can," she agreed "Thank you,
sirs, for what you have done for me."
:'We are partners henceforth," protested Pat-
rick, "so thenr'll be tit, iil.,ire i.ft thanks Let LIs
march."
They went with her down the slope. Juan lend-
ing his hand for assistance, though there was little
need for that. They retraced their steps, then site
set off towards the English settlement, the two men
keeping a course as nearly parallel with hers as the
nature of the ground they traversed would allow
Now and then she saw them plainly, saw the ges-
tures of friendly encouragement they made to her;
but when they IpeTeIl vd tihet- flr .eii ..f' human
habitation they disappeared from view entirely, and
she went on alci-
She now turned slightly westward, for she had
come to a wider, more level part of country. and her
new-found friends must halt in their progress unless
they were to go. in their need for concealment. far
in the opposite direction. They stood still and
watched her moving away towards a rough building
of wood; they inrii:ed two 'ir thiee other such build
ings, and some s(.artered smaller ones of wattle and
mud, with thate'h.,l ri..'s. each standing at same dis
tance from the other. This i a i 1: [.:'.n. but a farmn
They guessed that uther farms were in the vicinity:
that the English -ttlver- nere spread out over ;a
large area, not tso o'nceiitrated that they colld ;,al
be attacked at nni,:
The land at rhis spot. though more level itha
that which surr.:iided it. nevertheless rse i., to hMili
here and there, and still was br..ken and almost wild
Where it had not been cleared the %egetation was
rank; there wa nu., tra:e o:f a r..,ad aliivwhere. and
yet it was not all wilderness. For there was cniti.
ovation here: filly liree iiaritlies ..if -iie' r irane arnd
cassava and s..ni e ohrber lldible planti- we're to bh
seen; and there "as tattle t.,o, and Jilai saw a iew;
horses, and the i..u-ues lIoked as thiuthli they had
been put up by n-ili n\h, kni-. tlieir bIusiniess This
was a settlement thau hliia ,tl ati .rf .rniiniileiv
Some people \'-ie '..l:irg ii th.. rrlds. all .4
them white &.i.nii-i a;s ell as mIrii.
These paid n.. aitentri'u to the girl. rh.lse bus,.
ness was in tit,- hi-iis. wher-e she looked afrer the
stores stacked there She nwent inside. presently she
emerged again anld sauiiiered in the directiirn frlm
which she had ,o.,me: ihe was n.w\ car'yini a lather'
water bottle on her i aig sh.tol.ld r. and walked oI.
wards the streamn Bur Juan and Patrick gii.sseil
that this was d,:,ie to l'onl\y to thnm a hilt that.
so far, all wa l as w'-ll with l her .inl n111 o1 s~ i
had been aroused. They saw her fill tie recerptac'le
and go back into tiP- house Then they alseo ihean
to retrace their ilrep-
"These Enzli-h Iha\v not built a toi nh ere
Juan," said Patrick. as they went "'You see what
that means?"
"Yes," replied the younger man thoughtfully.
"We should have to strike at farm after farm. and
the news would spread if one man. woman or child
escaped. The waurnii:g w-Iuld be given: I suppose
they have made plans to come together at some spot
if ever we should fall upon them in this part of the
country. Our adventure will not b- as easy as I


hoped it might be. Patrick, for I could not dare 4
vide my men into small detachments. Those m
will be strangers to this country. Mexicans for t
most part; they would be cut to pieces in detail
divided."
"You have begun to doubt if your advent
can ever be made?"
"I shall not give up the idea so long as I ho
to get men to attemIt it. Pat. I shall think o
other plans of attack But that is a matter for t
future What concerns us immediately is how shi
we help Bridget O'Hara."
"That stumps me," Patrick confessed with ca
dour. "If we can't take her with us now, what ca
we do for her?"
"I do not know; but if we take her now, havli
tu pass through country held by the enemy, movie
at night over the mountains, perhaps pursued, I
may be taking her only to her death. We cannot
that so long as she is in no danger here. But tl
night may bring counsel; we will sleep on this.
think to-morrow she will be with us again."
"And if she doesn't come?"
"Then we shall know that all Is not well wil
her. iand w% shall risk anything. But that is fort
morrow, not for to day."
They went back to the spot from which thi
had first seen Bridget, and Juan, with an arrow, sh
a small wild pig that was roaming the woods Wil
sharp knives they skinned it and cut it up on tl
bank of the falling rivulet where they had breal
fasted that morning; then. while Juan kept a shag
lookout in the direction from which some Engli
enemy might come. Patrick built a fire and roast
the animal's flesh. They ate heartily, like men wi
could not know when their next meal would be. Thq
each bathed in turn while the other kept vigilas
wat:h: and all the halani:e ..-f thr ilay they saw -
huniman Il-iii
()n the i-llziiig i riiiilling they nere up before l
sun It was still early. the mountains and the IhL
valley had oiily just begun to show their ouilin
clearly int the golden light that was flooding frs
the east when they saw Bridlet conlizlg in their
section. carrying the big leather water bottle she na
taken to the riv.'-r ...n the day bhifure. Juan's ke
eyes, stweping the discernible country from hi
ground, noticed nothing to indicate that she w
being followed. Both mien. indeed, observed t
Bridget walked with confidence.
They went down the slope to nim-'t hter. S
climbed it with them. an') v uou they were well wit
the shelter "They liive not missed hint." were her fi
words. 'I heard so-me of the people say he mi
liiha cu,' ii. r. Pirl M-lola tie tl' see hi mnastter: lie
been planning i.: go for a couple of days He
done t that lw anid then and has been as long a
as a week or two There is nothing to fear on
acicunt, theref,..re What about yourselves?"
It i more like what about yourself. senorlt
-ald Juan. 'Tell i-. i., you truly thiilnk y..u w
he safe here 1f.i a while?
"It might It "
"You ai e nut sure?"
"Who could he with uih people?"
"True Yet it will be best that you should
main until] we return: I see that even more dea
now than I did yesterday There is no other way
onc- "
'And if .v)ti urever return"'
"You know I will. Bridget "
Again their eyes met and something passed
tween them A message and an answer from bo
They had seen one another but a few hours befo
were utter strangers, had spoken no word of a
tion; yet each had been drawn to the other by
powerful magnetism of yuuth, sympathy. a comm
enemy, a common Faith. and something deeper, m
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Captain Blood

S (Coll tinutr, d IIroi In Pay,i 31)
JoSa whilst those treasure-ehips were putting
i:: Evidently not even this had sufficed to teach
4t.who seeks to grasp too much ends by hold-
ing; and here he was in San Juan pursuing
;.e inexpert methods. and pursuing them in
Eae disgusting manner as that in which at
ia he had dishonoured-as Captain Blood
Fully persuaded-the name of the great
per leader which he had assumed.
lll not say that in what he had done Captain
wM..was not actuated by the determination that
irloper should come and snatch from him the
f!ur which he had laboured and the capture
l0 his disposition had rendered easy, but I
il it beyond doubt that his manner of doing it
d an unusual feroi.ty because of his deep re-
lnt of that foul impersonation at Cartagena and
itors perpetrated in his name. The sins of a
r which harsh fortune had imposed upon him
:IhUvy enough already. He could not patiently
P:that still worse offenl:es should be attributed
i as a result of the unrestrained methods of
ir pretender and his crew of ruthless black-

hi It was a grimly resolute. not to say a vindic-
Captain Blood who marched that little column
aUdsh musketeers tu clean up a place which
WSpersonator would now be defiling. As they
Wihed the town gate the sounds that met them
lantly justified hik assumptions of the nature
a raider's activities
he buccaneer aiptain had swept invincibly
a place whose re-istanme had been crushed
Voutset. Finding it at his mercy, he had de-
d t to his men for pillage Let them make
Sphere awhile in their brutal fashion before
Down to the main biisiineis of the raid and
ilg themselves :o the plate-ships in the har-
And so that evil >.rew. composed of the
t of the gan.l rf" every land, had broken
a groups whibh had scatteril through the town
ioluptuous Icorse ...f outrage, smashing, burn-
jiliaging and murdering in sheer lust of de-
n. l the leader ard down what should
Pa bimself the leader marked down what should


prove the richest prize in San Juan. With a half-
dozen followers he broke into the house of the Cap-
tain-General, where Don Sebastian had shut him-
self up after the rout of his inopportunely improvis-
ed force.
Having laid violent hands upon Don Sebastian
and his comely, panic-stricken little lady, the cap-
tain delivered over the main plunder of the house
to the men who were with hin. Two of these, how-
ever, he retained, to assist him in the particular
kind of robbery upon which he was intent, whilst
the other four were left remorselessly to pillage the
Spaniard's property and guzzle the fine wines that
he had brought from Spain.
A tall, swarthy, raffish fellow of not more than
thirty, who had announced himself as Captain
Blood, and who flaunted the black and silver that
was notoriously Blood's common wear, the pirate
sprawled at his ease in Don Sebastian's dining-room.
He sat at the head of the long table of dark oak,
one leg hooked over the arm of his chair, his plum-
ed hat cocked over one eye, and a leer on his thick,
shaven lips.
Opposite to him, at the table's foot, between
two of the captain's ruffians, stood Don Sebastian
in shirt and breeches, without his wig, his hands
pinioned behind him, his face the colour of lead,
yet with defiance in his dark eyes.
Midway between them, but away from the table,
in a tall chair, with her back to one of the open
windows, sat Dofia Leocadia in a state of terror
that brought her to the verge of physical sickness
but otherwise robbed her of movement.
The captain's fingers were busy with a length
of whipcord, making knots in it. In slow, mocking
tones and in clumsy scarcely intelligible Spanish, he
addressed his victim.
"So you won't talk, eh? You'ld put me to the
trouble of pulling down this damned hovel of yours
stone by stone so as to find what I want. Your er-
ror, my hidalgo. You'll not only talk, you'll be sing-
ing presently. Here's to provide the music."
He flung the knotted whipcord up the table,
signing to one of his men to take and use it. In
a moment it was tightly encircling the Captain-Gen-
eral's brow, and the grinning ape whose dirty fing-
ers had bound it there took up a silver spoon from
the Spaniard's sideboard, and passed the handle of
it between the cord and the flesh.
"Hold there," his captain bade him. "Now, Don
Gubernador, you know what's coming if you don't
loose your obstinate tongue and tell me where you
hide your pieces of eight." He paused, watching


the Spaniard from under lowered eyelids, a curl of
contemptuous amusement on his lip. "If you pre-
fer it, we can give you a lighted match between the
fingers, or a hot iron to the soles of your feet.
We've all manner of ingenious miracles for restor-
ing speech to the dumb. It's as you please, my
friend. But you'll gain nothing by being mute.
Come now. These doubloons. Where do you hide
them?"
But the Spaniard, his head high, his lips tight,
glared at him in silent detestation.
The pirate's smile broadened in deepening, con-
temptuous menace. He sighed. "Well, well! I'm
a patient man. You shall have a minute to think
it over. One minute." He held up a dirty fore-
finger. "Time for me to drink this." He poured
himself a bumper of dark, syrupy Malaga from a
silver jug, and quaffed it at a draught. He set
down the lovely glass so violently that the stem
snapped. He used it as an illustration. "And that's
how I'll serve your ugly neck in the end, you Span-
ish pimp, if you play the mule with me. Now then:
these doubloons. Vamos, maldito! Soy Don Pedro
Sangre, yo! Haven't you heard that you can't trifle
with Captain Blood."
Hate continued to glare at him from Don Sebas-
tian's eyes. "I've heard nothing of you that's as
obscene as the reality, you foul pirate dog. I tell
you nothing."
The lady stirred, and made a whimpering, in-
coherent sound, that presently resolved itself into
speech. "For pity's sake, Sebastian! In God's
name, tell him. Let him take all we have. What
does it matter?"
"What, indeed, if ye've no life with which to
enjoy it?" the captain mocked him. "Give heed
to your pullet's better sense. No?" He banged the
table in anger. "So be it! Squeeze it out of his
cuckoldy head, my lads." And he settled himself
more comfortably in his chair, in expectation of en-
tertainment.
One of the brigands laid hands upon the spoon
he had thrust between cord and brow. But before
he had begun to twist it the captain checked him
again.
"Wait. There's perhaps a surer way." The
cruel coarse mouth broadened in a smile. He un-
hooked his leg from the chair-arm, and sat up.
"These dons be mighty proud o' their women." He
turned, and beckoned Dofia Leocadia. "Aqui, mu-
ger! Aqui!" he commanded.
"Don't heed him, Leocadia," cried her husband.
"Don't move."


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"He .he can always fetch me," she answer-
ed, pathetically practical in her disobedience.
"You hear, fool? It's a pity you've none of her
good sense. Come along, madam."
The frail, pallid little woman, quaking with
fear, dragged herself to the side of his chair. He
looked up at her with his odious smile, and in his
close-set eyes there was insulting appraisal of this
dainty, timid wisp of womanhood. He flung an
arm about her waist and pulled her to him.
"Come closer, woman. What the devil!"
Don Sebastian closed his eyes, and groaned be-
tween pain and fury. For a moment he strove des-
perately in the powerful hands that held him.
The captain, handling the little lady as if she
were invertebrate, as indeed horror had all but rend-
ered her, hauled her to sit upon his knee.
"Never heed his jealous bellowing, little one.
He shan't harm you, on the word of Captain Blood."
He titled up her chin, and smiled into dark eyes
that panic was dilating. This and his lingering kiss
she bore as a corpse might have borne them.
"There'll be more o' that to follow, my pullet, un-
less your loutish husband comes to his senses. I've
got her, you see, Don Gubernador, and I dare swear
she'd enjoy a voyage with me. But you can ransom
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geln. 'liiS .w Fr I .l.-i help mni. ell ti.. h.h it I ".e
a mlind l. it. '
Thie thrl at'lcit-tl v...hll i (l:,jijldli not ha'e ilut
Donll Selia-ti in .' .-i i t-e ,Jiiicui-h
Y..il <. ,' Ev.h i II i yi lhi, w liir 1-1il.l1.*v ha.e
I ti .,t .y.il will ke-,-p tla til '"
"T hI ..- -A, .. ,I i_'. i. ipt'iII :llu, l '. "
A ild' it ljjrt- ..l aiint ire ;hooi.k lth, lIhtiise It
wa- ,l,.,tly f.,l,...w -ti hy a -. 1.i d, andI yer a i third.
M% ., l' -il,: :ii'!ly it .I1 i 0 l llI 1 "11
\V'W.It t l,: .1,- il rh i .pt. v t.,iti ln-
nir-. v.ieili ie lii :k-d.ll pr...ipllt.t I -rilli ithe explaill .
tici Di h' Mf. i l, i .ilnlt theiS .-lvres Thar'4i
all
ULRI l ..iltl lhi illy li.iir l.ii hilerl :f hea'rtl.;l
as l.- dii.1 'i.li he Ihav,- i-'ue ed thait tlh..e l 'bursts
of mill- ir'e hail ni..wn i -d n s fifty if., tlhi,-. child.
ren of hlis. In the very a-t o:l laIndihg L,, rl',I t'.ifT
hitm .Ir iliat sr.-ii.- fiity Spanish itmuketl-.-rs \vere
advan.iniiLL .-t titi. l.ilt;'e froni the pimrienit grnve.
led I.y lth- aitlicitli. C(iptaitl Bl.)ood wh.' i .aeii. ti
deal \vilth tli. p tiii. iattierl'd tthroi.ll h the i r..Wn.
Ail le dl wllil ti-iii he did with sharp e.fii ieic'y
as ta-t as hic- iaa ie iIpini them ,ti iiin a'.ijp- if f iu r. .,i'
six ,.ir '-t n ;at l li,. S i lllc- wi.re -hiot at sight. aniti
thc I eiti.m iia li' i'i.Iundl-il tip aud token pr.'i'..trt :.
thna ni.. 'i.I.l: wna- i-\'rl' their t,- assembly e anul .i-ff.-r
ar. ,'.-7;iiz.d re i-s[dini. .
I i llhe ":lit. il-<-enel'r l'- d iniil -ir.-,:il thie I)li -.
cai-I i ji' i iii, i11 h rl'rid'l 1 a use d -i'lvii-a in.ire
and r nli:.e l i.--i Li..m the ,it.ualli'.i iI d 11.19 --
ume as ibe. '.!i \i- Ile r[iiill-d hy the htiady MNlagc
w ine. paJ e limill!- 1i. i I.. Ihe ii'er.`i-ilI mu '-i.iu. lld. s 1niI.
silde. th- ii'..i. their !r. lt-n a ind rhle bur-t, i.-' nliu .
kcI-rry In l- ... l r:.- ptIrl'; i.i ,n I i l( .i l l p.m -r
of r- z i' l cl].c hadl I-e in r'ila h-dt h. .- suIppJ., ild th--.-
to .,e 1 i.-- ..tdhia i'y im ll tii ,,in lhat l i;; ( hiiirl n ,... -
tiiiued l,, an3111i e Ii-htnilmi-i es. Idle guiinije wVas :1
cc-tiill .* ii p ..it.(I n lntii Ii .i bila it ililbu i'-rt m- ind wb..
bN i hl i.,\Wi nl !ii ihoi. li v hi .I ll- nulAkes ti. 11 r'e in
Sail Juaii

VL..l tipU. :ls u himli ll,,Lur .,ft w' n ienll tina the ( ap lltain-Gen l
ei [ %l w % -i 1 h..".-. bei-twe n i ... nI l his wife -.i IliI
di.iiii'lhl .us Uirill .1it l:-t D.n Se'-ba ktin'i 5sspirit lbrok..
aw ld hi- t1: l i.hetit \vm i i t- th King's ti S.anr,- i.-li..s
W-e- 1,',Ted
Butl (lie -ill n ii ll. ll)'U v lancer wJ: In.. alloye-,
"T..O late." he di lril "Y0o1 v, been trillion wilth
me ov\el.inl -. Anil i1 iithi l- -a tlitm-: '\I e L.io ii'l. I .il
o:' hi"- daintty p.'vi- l ,i.urtir. S. r.ind that I i wouldn't
bear u l- artd 'r,,m 1'her Y..ur life yi
m.`iy hav.-. yii a SpaJ iiti ,ig. And d ft,-r y- .ur Ctiri'-tl
oblstii;, y tl.At' mi'ire than yrp l d'l le rve. Bi. y'ouii
monlty and yi.r w,-Iein uo with me. Ike th, pl-airt.
ships ( rhe Ki--ng .,t Spriin "
SYi.u pli lr'ed il11,- y .4ii' wi..rl'd c:'id their dl
menii-l Spi anir ii
"A.y. a'y! Buit thai was linig s- inr Y.l dilin'
a.i:ei-pr wi h-inl tlie .i:hain was y'our' You i hoijse l.
t:rile witlh utme." Tille the ilibuteir Ini..'ked hitut.
anld in the run- n1,ne hPetied th. rllui':k appria ,i
of Ste.- "And I wV.irned yoiu that it is mt safe to,
trifle with l.'.ipain Blind "-
The last w.,rd a inut ullt of hlin whidlen Ilth
d.,i>r nwa- nlinz ,l.n d Ia rpp. mttid a 'p. t'-tallil \n.iie wvi
anw t-rin i himu i.i a LriIiml hii'moroiii ant.:
"'Faith. I'm glad;l t, hear 3ilt say ii. whoever"


For


you imay i)'." A tall inau in a dishevelltd bla,.k
pi-r lwig in thoiut a iar. his violet L.vat in ras, lilS
lian farc snieare'd with sweat andl grlllin, came II.
,i\,t.rd in tlhand. At his heels followed tbhire mlit-:
keiteit-r Iin Spfitii-h orlteies and steell caps. Th''
s i.ep if his glain-e t..o..k i1 the situation,)
S i Su N,. mr.ire thai in iune-. I think."
Sat lled. thEe rufiliau fung Dte.inla LetcaiJdl fl'rlj
hint and hOiUnld,-d It hi f'e,-t. a hand .ni .ife ,o ih.
ptritIs bie carried slung lietore himii a.l thi- ends .
ali tilbroidere'ld srrole.
*W'atr's thiis Iii Hell's namnt-. ahlo art- y'il"
Th.- nuewv,,iiie r ste''p.id ,:lo-4-e i. him.m, antil uIt EI
that ibt.rllniiJd I(liuteliaLnt- eyes blue as sapiphlii
and a. h hard -iit a i:hill thri'..u h hiu "Yin ..ii p..u
liretenidi'r! YOil (tlre .o' lled illlpos -t '!"
W'hatr-vei th' e rufllan may ..'ir may not have ua
dtl-rstltood. he was in il:, dullbl that here wa.s i:ei
.,r' instant a. tiun. He plucked forth the pistul 11
which his hand was resting. Buit I)fet,.,e he tcou
lI-.el Ir. captain n Blood had stepped bak His rap-e
liikedl forth. -udden as a viper' tonIgue, to tlraii'f
thi:- pirate's arm. and the pistol clattered frri.n
nerlv-le-4.3 hauldj .
"Youi shull d liave had it in the liart., yi':u dg,
buit f'ir a V\Iw I'e muade that, (;od heiping nit. (Ca
tan BIn.....d shall never b h bang.-d by any hand iti
ni i iit .
One tof the Ilunkt e-rs elios~jd ih rtl-e ldi.saitl
rman. and Iilbur him tld\n, snarling and ti..i'rin
whilst Bluiid and the othIlers de-alt swiftly and ll
-ieintly wi'r his miien.
AhIove tile din if that brief .truiegle rai ti b
st ream oft'f [iia Le:eocadia. \who ie-,led rto a chal
fell into it. and fainted
UD.nu Shas.tian. s.a'r-evly in hbl-tter i:cae i- h
his h,.inds w-lre cut. l.abbledi wieakly a:11 Iieobl'el
mixture tof tbanksgivines for this timely mira,
ajdll quie-tit.!It upon how it had [be-il \ wr'.ii'ht.
"Lo.ik t.i .\,.,ilr lady.'" Blood add' ed him. a
giv.e 'yo'rIIi lf' nl iothler th-uilght. San. Juan it :iea
ed of[ thk lilicht St..me thiir'y ,f the" ; ,.i-landr
are safe n e in the gnol. the -olheri's. s ar ,ll .
Hell. If any have ,i away at all. Ith-y'll iid
party walliig 6 I',r tiltem -I at the I-,vis \\'W %e :1
d a-jil li i ury, the \w..iiid d Iio attend. tlhe iitl'e
fi-m the t.,tvn to recall L...:k tu y,.ur aiiy ian
y.Inir bIII ru srlite ldJ, idt lea\e th 're S slt to m l.'
He was away again. a. ahriiptily a- h -
ittne. and piiiite toou were his nmiiskete'-r. i bn-cri
the raiinig aptive. with tiheim.


He ca'nte ack al supp,-r-iintte to find orldr
torled to the Captain(.clen-iralI'- house, the serval
lit their p.i-ts ..ini e more. and the tale spread I
fia Leocadta burst int., lears at slight uo hli,
all begrinied fr..in battle. D.ni Se aian Sehiigl
him to his ample bsomni, the grime nIitwliihstandi
proclaiminr him the saviii ol' oi San Juan. a h
of the trie Ca(tilian pat ern. a worthy represeil
mive of the great Admliral of the (Ocean Sea A
this. too., was the opintiin iof the ti\an. whith 1
wounded that night with ries of Viva [)on Pedl
Lonen lve iv the hi-ro .if San Juan de PLiertho lco'"
It was all verv pleasa-nt and tiitoi bing. and
duced in ('apltaiii Blo,.i. a. hlie ait'rwaI rd i:.ll'ei
tu Jeremy Pitt. a mood o[ rerlectin upon ti he


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teelothed. in garnenlis at onlle [trn lI..ooe ain
it, borrowed from D,.u Sebastian' wardroh,-.
down to supper at the Captain-Cieneral's
ie heartily, and did justice to somnni exellpoit
-wtine that had survived the raid upon llh-
aGeneral's cellar.
ilept peacefully. in the runsil,,usaness of a
pn performed and the assurance that, bein*r
.boats and very shurt ,f men. the pretin-nd
Wlla was powerless to aio:niplpsh upon Ihih
Fihlps the real object of hbr des.ent upon
I6, So as to make doubly sure. however, a
,..company kept watch at the guns in the
grove. But there was no alarm, and when
Ie it showed them the pirate ship hull down
horizon, and, in a majesty of full sail, the
i Maria Glorrio.a entering the roads.
breakfast when he came to it. Don Pedr.,
1do was greeted by Don Sebastian with newa
I Admiral's ship had just dropped anchor
bUy.
SIs very punctual." said Dnn Pedro, think-
Wolverstone.
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1 late to complete your ghlrions work by
.that pirate craft I shall hope to tell him

Il Pedro frowned. "That would he imp,',i
Mlldering his favour with the King It i-
o to ruffle the Marquis. Fortunately he is
Sto come ashore. The pour. ywu see."
t I shall pay him a visit aboard hi- ship."
I was no make-believe in Captain Blnol- :
Winless he could turn Don Sebastian fronl
enablee intention the smooth plan he hall
iwo ld be disastrously wr,-.k-d
;:.tO. I shouldn't do that." he said
" do It? Of course I shall. It is my

S:.no, no. You would dero.ate Think if
l.. poaltion you occupy. Captain.General if
o; which is to say. :;,vernnr. Vice i-
lAt: i not for you to wait upon admirals.
ati"irals to wait upon you. And the I ar
tRicoaete is well aware of it. That is why.
fble, from his plaguey gout to come in pe'r.
Ilat me to be his deputy W'hat you hav,-
Mthe Marquis you can say here, at your

Don Sebastian passed a reflective.
.is several chins. "Thpre is oft' *.,ri)f .
th in what you say. Yes. ye, Nevr-.
Sase I have a special duty to perform.


in person. I must ac-


hqtlalit the Admirial \el y fully with the heroic part
.1.ii pla)yid in sav\i'g Puerto Rico and the King's
trie:i-slry helr., n,-t r,. in-ntion the plate-ships. Hon-
our a here li.:,nor i due. I must see, Don Pedro,
that you have your deserts."
Andi Dfia Leoi ada. remembering with a shud-
der tlhe h.,ri':,rs if y stei-day which the gallantry of
L'. n Ptdr.i had -iit sh,.rt, and further possible hor-
Irs im:ichIt his timely coming had averted, was warm
ani.l (:a-. i n reii'f,,rcement of her husband's gen-
=I'.:,II? illr-n[i ,,ll..n
Bit 1'ci-Ie th at display of so much goodwill
Di.in Pedr.'s ft'ai .re more and more forbidding.
Sternly he shook his head.
*It is as I feared." he said-"something which
I cannot pemi-tii. If yVu insist, Don Sebastian, you
wi ll rarity ime. What I did yesterday was no more
than was imposed upon me by my office. Neither
thanks nior praise are due for a performance of
bare duty. They are heroes only who without
hoiiuht of risk t1, themselves or concern for their
.,wn interests. perform deeds which are not within
their duties. That. at least, is my conception. And
as I havxe -aid. tn insist upon making a ballad of
nmy **indtuir -stierday would be to affront me. You
-v,-uld ih.t. I -I. d Li;ie. wish to do that, Don Sebas-
tan. ."
"Oh. lut what modesty!" exclaimed the lady,
j:,ininp hitr hands and casting up her eyes. "How
riue it is rhart the great are always humble."
iDoi Sebastian looked crestfallen. He sighed.
"It i- an attitude worthy of a hero. True. But it
dis: lipints me. imy friend. It is a little return that
I '.'uld make "
N'. return is due. Don Sebastian." Don Pedro
was f':.rblddiingly peremptory. "Let us speak of it
nr more. I lbe oif y.iu" He rose. "I had better
c-z, ah,..ard at oni e. t, receive the Admiral's orders.
I will Infi..nm hni. in my own-terms, of what has
rakeii rla,, .i'- e And I can point to the gallows
y.ii aret- i-r rilntil n lth beach for this pestilent Cap-
rain BinIl. That will be most reassuring to his
ExL : ll-i., y ."
Of hlw reasisurii it was Don Pedro brought
iiws when towards n. on he came ashore again, no
Incer in the bilrrowed ill-fitting clothes, but array-
ed :once minie in all tie glories of a grandee of
Spain.
The' Mllrqui i:ft' Rconete asks me to inform you
that tmiiie the Carihhean is happily delivered of the
infamoii, Capt:,in DlIod. his excellency's mission in
thi-se vaters i- a' in end, and nothing now pre-
vent him 'fro, y-ilding to the urgency of return-


ing to Spain at once. He has decided to convoy the
plate-ships across the ocean, and he begs you to in-
struct their captains to be ready to weigh anchor on
the first of the ebb: this afternoon at three."
Don Sebastian was aghast. "But did you not
tell him, sir, that it is impossible?"
Don Pedro shrugged. "One does not argue with
the Admniral of the Ocean-Sea."
"But, my dear Don Pedro, more than half the
crews are absent and the ships are without guns.'
"Be sure that I did not fail to inform. his ex-
cellency of that. It merely annoyed him. He takes
the view that since each ship carries hands enough
to sail her, no more is necessary. The Maria Gloriosa
is sufficiently armed to protect them."
"He does not pause, then, to reflect what may
happen should they become separated?"
"That also I pointed out. It made no impres-
sion. His Excellency is of a high confidence."
Don Sebastian blew out his cheeks. "So! So!
To be sure, it is his affair. And I thank God for
it. The plate-ships have brought trouble enough
upon San Juan de Puerto Rico, and I'll be glad to
see the last of them. But permit me to observe
that your Admiral of the Ocean-Sea is a singularly
rash man. It comes, I suppose, of being a royal
favourite."
Don Pedro's sly little smile suggested subtle
complete agreement. "It is understood, then, that
you will give orders for the promptest victualling
of the ships. His excellency must not be kept wait-
ing, and, anyway, the ebb will not wait even for
him."
"Oh, perfectly," said Don Sebastian. Irony exag-
gerated his submission. "I will give the orders at
once."
"I will inform his Excellency. He will be gra-
tified. I take my leave, then, Don Sebastian." They
embraced. "Believe me, I shall long treasure the
memory of our happy and profitable association. My
homage to Dofia Leocadia."
"But will you not stay to see the hanging of
('Carain Bl.'.id. It is to take place at noon."
"The Admiral expects me aboard at eight bells.
I dare not keep him waiting."
But on his way to the harboui, Captain Blood
paused at the town gaol. By the officer in charge
he was received with the honour due to the saviour
of San Juan, and doors: were unlocked at his bid-
ding.
Beyond, a yard in which the heavily ironed, de.
jectedi prisoners of yesterday's affray were herded,
he came to a stone chamber lighted by a small win-
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noisome hole sat the great buccaneer, hunched on
a stool, his head in his manacled hands. He look-
ed up as the door groaned on its hinges, and out of
a livid face he glared at his visitor. He did not
recognize his grimy opponent of yesterday in this
elegant gentleman in black and silver, whose sedul-
ously curled black periwig fell to his shoulders and
who swung a gold-headed ebony cane as he advanc-
ed.
"Is it time?" he growled in his bad Spanish.
The apparent Castilian nobleman answered him
in the English that is spoken in Ireland. "Och now,
don't be impatient. Ye've still time to be making
your soul; that is, if ye've a soul to make at all;
still time to repent the nasty notion that led you
into this imposture. I could forgive you the pre-
tence that you are Captain Blood. There's a sort
of compliment in that. But I can't be forgiving
you the things you did in Cartagena; the wantonly
murdered men, the violated women, the loathsome
cruelties for cruelty's sake by which you slaked your
evil lusts and dishonoured the name you assum-
ed."
The ruffian sneered. "You talk like a canting
parson sent to shrive me."
"I talk like the man I am whose name ye've
befouled with the filth of your nature. I'll be leav-
ing you to ponder, in the little time that's left you,
the poetic justice by which mine is the hand that
hangs you. For I am Captain Blood."
A moment still he remained inscrutably sur-
veying the doomed impostor whom amazement had
rendered speechless; then, turning on his heel, he
went to rejoin the waiting Spanish officer.
Thence, past the gallows erected on the beach,
he repaired to the waiting boat, and was pulled
back to the white-and-gold flagship in the roads.
And so it befell that on that same day the false
Captain Blood was hanged on the beach of San
Juan de Puerto Rico, and the real Captain Blood
sailed away for Tortuga in the Maria Gloriosa, or
Andalusian Lass, convoying the richly laden plate-
ships, which had neither guns nor crews with which
to offer resistance when the truth of their situation
was later discovered to their captains.


EPISODE III
THE DEMONSTRATION
ORTUNE," Captain Blood was wont to say, "de-
Stests a niggard. Her favours are reserved for
the man who knows how to spend nobly and to stake
boldly."
Whether you hold him right or wrong in this
opinion, it is at least beyond question that he never
shrank from acting upon it. Instances of his prodi-
gality are abundant in that record of his fortunes
and hazards which Jeremy Pitt has left us, but none
is more recklessly splendid than that supplied by
his measures to defeat the West Indian policy of
Monsieur de Louvois when it was threatening the
great buccaneering brotherhood with extinction.
The Marquis de Louvois, who succeeded the
great Colbert in the service of Louis XIV, was uni-
versally hated whilst he lived, and as universally
lamented when he died. Than this conjunction of
estimates there can be, I take it, no higher testi-
monial to the worth of a minister of State. Nothing
was either too great or too small for Monsieur de
Louvois' attention. Once he had set the machinery
of State moving smoothly at home, he turned in his
reorganizing lust to survey the French possessions
in the Caribbean, where the activities of the buccan-
eers distressed his sense of orderliness.
Thither, in the King's twenty-four-gun ship the
Bdarnais, he dispatched the Chevalier de Saintonges,
an able, personable gentleman in the early thirties,
who had earned a confidence which Monsieur de
Louvois did not lightly bestow, and who bore now
clear instructions upon how to proceed so as to put
an end to the evil, as Monsieur de Louvois accounted
it.
To Monsieur de Saintonges, whose circumstances
in life were by no means opulent, this was to prove
an unsuspected and Heaven-sent chance of fortune;
for in the course of serving his King to the best of
his ability he found occasion, with an ability even
greater, very abundantly to serve himself. During
his sojourn in Martinique, which the events induced
him to protract far beyond what was strictly neces-
sary, he met, wooed at tropical speed, and married,
Madame de Veynac. This young and magnificently
handsome widow of Hommaire de Veynac had inherit-
ed from her late husband those vast West Indian
possessions which comprised nearly a third of the
island of Martinique, with plantations of sugar,
spices, and tobacco, producing annual revenues that
were nothing short of royal. Thus richly endowed,
she came to the arms of the stately but rather im-
pecunious Chevalier de Saintonges.
The Chevalier was too conscientious a man and
too profoundly imbued with the sense of the import-
ance of his mission to permit this marriage to be
more than a splendid interlude in the diligent per-
formance of the duties which had brought him to
the New World. The nuptials having been celebrated
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importance, Monsieur de Saintouges re-
k.with the increased consequence which
im the happy change in his circum-
lok his bride aboard the Bearnis. and
roi Saint Pierre to complete his tour
OI'ore setting a course for France and
ent of the fabulous wealth that was

,: Guadeloupe, and the Grenadiues he
IMted, as well as Saiute Croix. whr:h
ing was the property not of the French
rle French West India Company. Tlhe
pt part of his mission, however, .*e
ibeaccomplished at Tortuga. that other
e French West India Company. whi.h
the stronghold of those buccaner-.
eh and Dutch, for whose exterminati..-n
Oteller's duty to take order.
Maoe in his ability to succeed in this
Shad been materially augmented by
F.Peter Blood, the most dangerous and
i all these filibusters, had lately been
i Spalnards and hanged at San Ju;la

kut torrid August weather the Bt-arnqs.
passage and came to drop anchor in
hrona, that rock-bound harbour which
have designed expressly to be a pirate's'

ailer took his bride ashore with him,
i.'in a chair expressly procured. f..,r
imen opened a way through the heteon-
..of Europeans, Negroes. Maroons, an.d
oth sexes who swarmed to view this
m the French ship. Two half-caste
itnaked, bore the chair with its precious
iithe rather pompous Monsieur de Sain-
a the lightest of blue taffetas, cane in
-the bat with which he fanned himself
walked beside it, damning the heat. the
Smells. A tall. florid man, already
Sat this early age to enbonpoint,
tsely, and his head ran wet under
Wg en periwig.
e acclivity of the main unpavr.l
O l with its fierce white glare of cocal
ngs of languid palms, he tulled to the
t shade of the Governor's garden aii.
:..the cool twilight of chambers tfroin
's ardour was excluded by green,
lHere cool drinks, in which rum and
ne were skilfully compounded. :,:-
iordial welcome extended by the Go-;.
itwo handsome daughters to these dii-

itrt in which Monsieur de Saintii'es
itined to be only temporarily allay-d.
mane de Saintouges had been varridr
Arnor's daughters, a discussion enmsu-l
ugall the Chevalier's p(iortI
,''Ogeron, who governed Tortiua 1i11
reach West India Company, had lis-
SVity Increasing to gloom to the forei-
:i~made by his visitor in tite:' name ofi
DiWols.
I lort, elegant man was this Mllnsii-cir
detained in this outlandish island of.
thing of the courtly airs of the greint
*leh he came. just as he s.iirounderl
House and its equipment with th e
per to a French gentleman of birth.
i:and good manners enabled him now
Ihli impatience. At the end of the
ta.nd pompous peroration, he fetched
p'there was some weariness.
a:e ventured, "that Monsieur de L.ll-
Btiy informed upon West Indian cn-

..Saintonges was agbast at this hlin.
llHism sense of the importance and
itEo[ansleur de Louvois was almo0,t as
of his own possession of ths-o

IOr, if there are any condirltion iin Ih'
llh Monsieur le Marquis is not fully

l eron's smile was gentle and Iiouir-
:i*orld Is of course aware of i.nllumt-!e
Worth. But his c-xcellen. y ldu.:s
experience of these reIoteii-rl,'-.:
to think, lends some value ot: inv

enlt gesture the Chevalier wa'.-~
of Monsieur d'Ogeron's ,pinion..
the point, I think. Suffec me rn h-
oTOrtuga is under the flae of Fran-.'
.tol akes the view. in \\inr-I I
hat it is in the last degree i:n
,that it is not to the hluir ..f
.that it should prote.:t a h-,ide

Jlijd's gentle smile was still :11
m j':.' it is not the fla rf Frati..:-
uter$ but the fihbustvrs th-el
.rsne."
father r imposing representative
to his feet. as if to mark his
that is an outraceouis state-
(Continued orn prage 'i i


A


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of


MR. CUNDALL'S FINE WORK AT


THE veteran Secretary of the Institute of Jamaica
has lived to hear himself described as one of the
Grand Old Men of Jamaica. He was but a little over
thirty when he came to this island, but already he
had to his credit two or three volumes, biographies
of well known painters whose lives he had beerf com-
missioned to write. He had been connected in Eng-
land with Exhibitions, with secretarial and with


MB. FRANK CUNDALL, O.B.E., F.S.A., T.R. HIST, S.

literary work, had been appointed to his present
position on the strength of recommendations such
as few young men would have been able to obtain.
And almost immediately after his arrival here he set
himself out to build up a collection of West Indian
works such as is to be found in no other place except,
perhaps, the British Museum.
He saw that Jamaica history was greatly ne-
glected. He made it part of his life's work to stimu-
late an interest in this field of knowledge, feeling
that a country should know something about its own
story, should show some concern about its own past.
A result of those efforts was the compilation of many
volumes dealing with this colony's history, one of


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Culture

THE INSTITUTE


which is being published this year, and another of
which will probably be issued in 1938.
This work tas probably been far more appreci-
ated abroad than in Jamaica, though it is but fair
to say that such appreciation has come from scholars,
of whom there cannot be a large number in an island
of our limited population. But even in Jamaica
there is appreciation also. First and foremost, Mr.
Cundall is an antiquarian; hence we see an emphasis
laid by him on the antiquarian aspects of his re-
searches. Yet he can also give us a very vivid pic-
ture of some place and period of this island; witness,
for example, the chapter on Port Royal in his "His-
toric Jamaica." We have read that chapter at least
three times. Within a small compass it presents
the best picture of old Port Royal with which we are
acquainted.
The Historical Portrait Gallery of the Institute
was made by Mr. Cundall. By one or two persons
it has been criticised, though we do not believe that
much of that criticism is genuinely meant. If any
fault is to be found with the Portrait Gallery, it is
that it contains too many portraits of men who have
lived and worked in Jamaica during the last forty
years; but this is not merely a concession to popu-
lar feeling, it is obviously intended as an inducement
to the formal recognition of men who should not be
ignored or too easily forgotten by their contempo-
raries: it is a lesson as well as a record.
Taken as a whole, the Portrait Gallery built up
by Mr. Cundall is of considerable value. In it one
may trace pictorially the progress of this country.
And even if there are but comparatively few persons
interested in doing this, that can be no reason what-
ever for underestimating the value of a collection of
pictures and objects which not even the severest
critic would seriously dream of demanding should
be destroyed or hidden out of sight.
At the age of eighty most persons cease entirely
from work. But though afflicted by a severe illness
at the beginning of this year, the Institute's Secre-
tary still continues his labours and is even now en-
gaged upon bringing up to date some Jamaica works
of general interest. The two most popular books
amongst tourists are perhaps "Lady Nugent's Jour-
nal" and a book by himself which has appeared at
intervals for nearly forty years on different aspects
of Jamaica life. The latter, from "Jamaica In 1901"
to "Jamaica In 1928", was written for serious set-
tlers; by one of those peculiar happenings that can
never be foreseen it is regarded by visitors to Jamai-
ca as the best book for tourists ever published about
Jamaica. It is the transient visitor who has bought
this work by the thousands, and it is more popular
today than ever. As to "Lady Nugent's Journal,"
admirably edited and annotated as it has been by
Mr. Cundall, that gives a picture of the beginning
of the nineteenth century such as the average man
would never have been able to obtain but for the pa-
tient work of our Grand Old Man. For this and his
other achievements he is certain of remembrance in
Jamaica.


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.Governor's uriianlity r-inained unimpaired.
lef that i-s uili ,tnLIIh.s not the statement.
Ie to observe to yivi r ii-nsieur, that a hun-
'fifty years ag... HL Hi!ness the Pope bes-
ipon Spaine li- N'-\ \ ..rld of Columbus's
y. Since the li'i ih.l na:,tions, the French,
ibsh, the Duti h. hli.vc i[:Ad less heed to that
ll than Spain ''.'i.Ili-r: proper. They have
rd. themselves, r.-i settle s.-mne of these lands-
:.which the Spaiiard,- lha't- never taken actual
Li. Becaiu e Srpaini ii'-,ts upon regarding
. violation oif ihe ri.4hr. the Caribbean for
bi been a cocrkpit.
We buccaneers themeiei,-- -. whom you regard
Ih.contempt, vwere originallyy peaceful hunters,
Mp, and trader; TiThe Srpaniards chased them
lbUpaniola. drove rhimn. English and French,
L Christopher andi til. Dutch from Sainte
i ruthless ma-sa. I .- which did not spare
ilr women andi hi1lr -t. In self-defence
a forsook their p,. r, -ill houcans, took arms,
themselves togeth-r itr.. a brotherhood, and
,e Spaniarlds in the-ir tut it. That the Virgin
:today belong to h.. Ellish Crown is due
i.Brethren ofr the Co.:air. as they call them-
iese buccaneri s nih, ii,1l: possession of those
[the name of En-_iland This very island of
':like the islanI .'f S.iiite Croix, came to
o the Frenth Wet-r Inidj Company, and so
k, in the same wii.v.
. spoke, sir. ...f ti e I r.tr.-tion of the French
iYed by these .ii',,aii,':, i. There is here a
i.:of ideas It thler- i- no buccaneers to
.rapacity of Spaiin iu heck, I ask myself,
::.:e Saintonges. it thin voyage of yours
have bern iun'lernl.n, for I doubt if
ld have been any French possessions in
hbeau to be risitedl." He paused to smile
Sblank amazement ,'f his guest. "I hope,
that I have s.ijd imiAf-agh to justify the
hIch I take the ihberrv of holding in oppo-
t f Monsieur de' Li.ivois, that the sup-
Sthe burcaneers might easily result in
the French \West Indrin colonies."
..point Monsieur de Saintonges exploded.
only happens, it was actually a sense of


the truth underlying the Governor's argument that
produced his exasperation. The reckless terms of
his rejoinder leads us to doubt the wisdom of Mon-
sieur de Louvois in choosing him for an ambassador.
"You have said enough, monsieur more than
enough to persuade me that a reluctance to forego
the profits accruing to your Company and to yourself
personally from the plunder marketed in Tortuga,
is rendering you negligent of the honour of France,
upon which this traffic is a stain."
Monsieur d'Ogeron smiled no longer. Stricken
in his turn by the amount of truth in the Chevalier's
accusation, he came to his feet suddenly, white with
anger. But, a masterful, self-contained little man,
he was without any of the bluster of his tall visitor.
His voice was as cold as ice and very level.
"Such an assertion, monsieur, can be made to me
only sword in hand."
Saintonges strode about the long room, and
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"That is of a piece with the rest! Preposterous!
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"Where is the difficulty? Close the market in
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themselves."
"How simple! But how very simple! And what
if the buccaneers make an end of me and of this
possession of the West India Company? What if
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which is no doubt what would happen? What then,
if you please, Monsieur de Saintonges?"
"The might of France will know how to enforce
her rights."
"Much obliged. Does the might of France realize
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"Surely, sir, surely you exaggerate."
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fundamental still; for in the eyes of each there
flamed that strange fire which Patrick had already
seen and which he knew for love.
For a long space of time they gazed at one an-
other. Seeing them thus concerned with themselves
alone, Patrick quietly moved away on the pretence
that he was going to scan the valley. They did not
want him near, he knew; and he did not want to
hear what they might have to say to one another.
The Juan Mendez of today was a very different man
from even the Juan who had come ashore but two
nights ago in a frail boat on a desperate military
adventure. Patrick sensed the difference. Juan had
been thinking deeply, had been more wrapped up in
himself during the last few hours than Pat had ever
known him to be. Juan had been like a man who
walked about asleep. There was but one explanation:
Bridget O'Hara.
"When do you go away?" asked the girl after
Patrick had disappeared.
"As soon as you leave us this morning, senorita.
I only waited for you."


Why not call me GriOager
I will. car rnma. It s sweer t anic, And I
..in .Iiiin. ;mid I am i.'niii' b.[ :k ti yp ia
"I will live and succeed. and you will live als
As often as you can, day after day. you niust walk
this wnay. some time I shall l h here with mir, io
meet you: ior alone if I lave no n-mn I mlayh ha:.-i
to iZllht. buti you will be out of danger--
"I too can fight.'' she ansiweri d rp':idl., 'I
fought th,- English in I'rland oii,.
i '"an well lelieve it. yo'v are brave :t;s w ll aq
beautiful. But I would not have yuu risk your life.
darling. I would risk mine for you."
"I know you would. Juan "
"And when I take you anay. Ae shall be wirh
one another ever after, is it not so?"'
"If you wish it Yuu love me then?"
"'You have seen that in miy eyes you have h ard
it in my v.:.le."
"I have so. And I I'-,ve '.ou too I l.-ved y.-u
a? s.:on as I saw you. my wlld man out of ihe wo,:drk
Last night. for the first time, I felt no re.ret thant
I had been sent in bondage to this strange landi
For I had found you "
"And I you. most wonderful. For ths. I ou.kn .v.
now, I laindtd from ny hip .iil my wav back fr..im
Mel.\:.,, perhaps for this alol. e. I outild not kn,-.w


at ili-i it s-enis all l-ar to tioe i ow. And ]
leavie- oui. That is a bIitter fact. But I will
hack. never doubt it "
"And will take me avway even if you ) 'an
thinc against the English here?"
Ye hotit I lihall endeavour to strike at th
You will. Juan. bIit they are strong. and
leard then ralk oi '.'.,u Spanish They hi
, t :11alu ioit" rt b.ii! Iabl. to hold Jarnai Ta. They
i.ej' tl:ii' saiiti'j, niwv. anil th.-y say that you a
a mnr-e handufil. Tht'.-y say that while they pla
starve. arid that imre and more English, wibt
servants, will C.nom. and that they will also
N-groes to. till Tile around They are very col
that they will be complete masters of this ce
Yet I would g, with youi anywhere, were it e
certain death."
"You shall go with me to life and love, al
to death. heart of my heart. I have Negrom
will follow me: who will never desert me.
nr- rmy slaves. I have made them free since
in\asir.n of our land. They love me. They
tre nituintains They will stand by us. But
he hard for vyu % to 'uit here. alone, for Ilbe
I .r u -- l l a nd iiiii n i li- iia.yn i'-.
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ad now. dearest. I must go back. If you
.you would be pursued and hunted."
; would be bad for the hunters," returned
inl, "not for me. But for your sake we
ien no suspicion. Adios, most dear one."
sk her in his arms and kissed her passion-
in and again. All his habitual repression,
stomary restraint, had swiftly disappeared.
:Bow the fervid lover in the midst of
dangerous circunistan:es. leaving his be-
OUg enemies: he was the patriot fighting
ty, for love and for life itself against dread-
the man who had known little woman's
sId tenderness. but lindirn at last his soul's
I filled because of this with a wild delight.
alone, hopeless but for him, yet with the
ilng found him singing Iu her heart, gave
p to his warm kisses a t.I earth's suprem-
Meas. They belonged tu one another, she
j death should part them.
heard Patrick's footsteps. That careless
Ir, who had so often in days gone by been
r his lazy. unprincipled. dissolute life, was
is own way. He knew that the girl, not
iterday, might be missed this morning, and
irst not take more risks than were abso-
emary. He would interrupt them now.
It.part. When they sh:,ould meet again, only
'od and His saints could know.
iaeed him side by side when he came up
and he nodded.
6 how it is." he laughed. "Well, Bridget,
oman of mine. we shall come back for you.
Llta your heart and miiin But I think we
igW."
bught with her tears, and Juan's eyes were
d. She descended into the valley, and
~ewell. They followed her as she walked
Ie settlement as on tne day before, keeping
imit of the slope. ultil onice more she en-
Ltfarm, having rirst filled her water bottle.
i:.about as long as she da red, feeling sure that
lied her; then at last she disappeared in-
t Until then did Juan and Patrick turn
iaroa the island and to find, at last, Arnal-
il who, with his few score of men, still
id his unequal fight against the English.

CHAPTER SEVEN

THE SEARCH
ft was setting. The sky to the west was
j1 With green and with scarlet and gold;
a t delicate blue shimmered, darkening mo-
Iresently, star after star began to peep forth,
: the night had come. Upon forest and
MLess descended. Four men rose and
Themselves; then looked at one another.
i-day, Patrick. and she has not come," said
t of them.
1"could not come every day on the off-chance
i us, Juan: remember. it is months since
last here, months since you promised to re-
Im'may think we have been killed mean-

"lor she-something miay have happened to
o longer."
plan?"
u to seek her tonight. It is dark; these
re early to drink or sleep. They will
If any of them do. so much the worse
T'They will get the knife "
Do we take Miguel anid Gomez with us?"
faithful Negroes. and brave. And they
of country. If we find Bridget we may
a run for it. It would not do to have
to this spot to find .,ur followers."
hen do we go, Juan?"


Juan turned to the two stalwart, black fel-
lows, clad in ragged trousers and shirts, barefooted,
gaunt, but armed with sharp-looking machetes and
knives, and wearing an air of veterans.
They were both free men. Once they had been
among the six slaves of Juan Mendez, but he had set
them free so that they might feel that the country
they fought for was theirs as much as the white
men's, and they had never deserted him. They were
in rags; but so were Juan and Patrick. Some months
had gone since these two had met Bridget O'Hara,
and much had happened since. Now they had come
back to redeem their promise, and for days had wait-
ed and watched to see Bridget come sauntering into
the valley of the river; but never a sign of her had
they glimpsed. They had gone along the ridge of
the slope to where they could peer down upon the
houses of the farm in which she had lived; for
hours they had kept their eyes alert for any sight
of her; but she had never once appeared. They had
seen other women. She was not among them. And
after the second day a gnawing pain had afflicted
Juan's heart and been reflected in his face.
She might be dead, she might be sick, she might
be gone. If sick; how could he get to her? If dead,
how should he learn? If gone-taken away-where
could he find her? The problem haunted a mind
distressed already with the calamities from which the
Spanish people were all suffering. Now, on the
third night of his arrival at the appointed rendez-
vous, he had come to his decision. They would seek
her down below, even should that mean death.
Patrick understood. He too did not think that
all was well with Bridget O'Hara.
The two men had spoken together in English.
Now Juan turned to the Negroes and explained to
them briefly, in the only language they understood,
that they were all going to the farms to look for a
woman and take her away. If they met any man
who saw them, or if any dog should so give tongue
as to draw attention to them, they must swiftly use
their knives or their machetes. They must kill
quickly and silently; always silently. The two fel-
lows grinned and muttered, "Si, senor." They were
pleased at the prospect of slaying. That seemed to
them good Christian work, as their foes would cer-
tainly be heretics.
The four men marched along as far as to where
the ridge overhung the farm. Then, sheltered by
darkness, they crept downward. Juan led the way.
They were neither hungry nor tired. Two had
always slept while the other two had watched, and
wild fowl had been plentiful in the woods. They
could go all night now if needs were; and Patrick
felt that that was what they would probably be
called upon to do.
They crossed the little river gleaming darkly in
the starlight and made their way stealthily towards
the house into which, many months before, Bridget
had disappeared. A faint light was burning within.
A wooden shutter hung open on the side by which
they approached; Juan judged that on the other side
there might also be some means of peering within.
He whispered this to Patrick. Patrick nodded si-
lently, then took a course that would lead him to
the farther room. Soon, at practically the same m')-
ment, both men were peeping into the two-roomed
timber structure where Bridget had lived once. Juan
saw two women busy checking stores; at one side
of the chamber he observed spread out upon the floor
a litter of cane trash. He knew that this was the bed
and bedding of these women.
From his point of observation at his end of
the house Patrick noticed three men lolling in ham-
mocks and drinking. Bridget was not there. But
Pat lingered; he hoped to hear something that might
be of service, and a few minutes more or less would
not matter.
Besides the slung hammocks there was a small
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:"t's up with the sti l and beft'Ire,. ai id .1
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e than a dip's BL.dno'r'ea is enjoyinme bin-
doesn't work or feel tils blasted heat, Ilk-
-I wonder when wei shall he able to get a tfe
help us."
till we drive all itbe S ai'allh :iut of the i ..iju
.e soon shall," said the ..lther "Th- ft.1
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sen't any: bht Luke Stloke- says v.- Iilln't
i till all the Spanish are gitne. We might
t," the man added thliou-rhtfully. "but tlih -
many, not half enough And the white -er-
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Bel. Those niamtaee .-. haing in ti spitt1 ..
they hope to live iut their seven ycar
settle here. make sunlie llmoney, and be
Masters. They are a canny lut Quite dif.
the Irish." the se(lnd man ihobsP'rvd
| lent papiste! Damnen d ,.,i.ite. th.l e Irish
theirr day one attempted to stab nime benaiise
what I thought his mother had been."
I guess you told him that properly."
the other fellow "Well, what happened tL
n? And how is it you didn't tell me of
forget that I only rejoined this wret'hod
ae of yours today," muttered the other, "and
'the matter was not important I knocked
down before e lieruld touch nie: I k:iin'
4 what he was likely to do. He forgot he
s!eaped lightly!"
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on his hare back, and he is now marked
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not forever. Yet, of course, they must be punished;
otherwise there would be no holding them down."
"Quite true; I believe in the whip and the irons.
I had to flog that girl, Bridget, just after you left
us, John. But I was gentle with her, though she
was getting above herself."
'Oh, oh. I did not notice she wasn't about here,
Jake. She was a fine piece, but uppish like the devil.
She wouldn't have anything to do with any of us;
wouldn't sleep with a single one when I was in these
parts. You know," said this man suddenly, half-
sitting up, "I have always had a suspicion that she
had something to do with the disappearance of Bill
Powell. What was to prevent her from murdering
him? Anyhow, he used to make up to her, then sud-
denly he vanishes, and no one knows what has be-
come of him. Mighty strange."
"How in tarnation hell could she have murdered
him?" queried Jake. "Where, when? What could
she have done with the body of a hulking rascal like
that? You don't think straight, John. But she was
a froward piece, with her dainty airs and her virtue.
All sham, of course; she was only waiting for bigger
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was glad that it was he and not Juan who had over-
heard these remarks.
The third Englishman, who had not yet spoken,
now joined in the talk with an oath. "By all hell,"
he swore, "are you fellows going to chatter like two
pocky wenches all night, instead of going to sleep?
Why don't you shut up?"
"Bill has good reason to hate pocky wenches,"
laughed Jake maliciously; "and he too had an eye
cocked at the O'Hara girl. Well, she's for none of
us, my hearty, and that's all that there is to it. Now
I am going to sleep."
He swallowed the rum that still remained in his
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without troubling to take off his clothes-they had
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and the rnooII itself wias lnolw pliunlged in dlarki.:';
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longer here." he whirperekd "-l;'s at a lda, 'all. i
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to one that we night ;-ati nI infi.riialion "
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our search the easier, selli:r. \'e begin it nuow "
"What is that y'ou are carrying, Pat?"
"The carease of the dog that so nearly blitray 'i
our presence. If we leave it hbre suspicion inmay I
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"Right W\e cainot aft'ord to be careless beft'e-.r
we find Bridget "
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tened warly fit Willdo'Ns. s- eure in the i.liltlerilii
darkness '-t dlit night. hil tliey heard nollhine tli.[t
gave them a clue toi the whereabontis of BEi'll.l-t
They saw a euple- iir other wominen. still ait w..r: iii
their wool,- ii r b.nls, but these said Iitile J!l n-:i..
evidently il&.1- tr ild iil il'iil:iiing ,f -If-epp
"I believe that the plnce called d New '-. it-lin-i-;:
must be farther on.I" llirpesited Patriik. "Tii' ninii
I heard lalkinc wn.iiil.1 sunri-ly have 51pok in t.f it lIf-
ferently hald it hbcn -i li.se ly Wiat do y.. II Ihik.
Juan?"
"I agr'e th yivi .I. Lit II 1i sh :5,i
They ii.il-t.l f,,r'wiarid for anotlther tlhi i':- InOi -
They pa-'id lhir..iu;ii hik nioid i. lth y i r..t1 ,i
stream s; ir-; I-Xir"'[t u e.l'.', 1- mnl w .Illld Iin -rv.l' I \
have been 1-t in lih -t a.i ,iiiciIrity. Biu th.-y ln -r-
not. And th.,il h they hlid hilly cri'iintl to t.i -. ,i
at times, tihe land vwas iii the while In..re l-'i-l h-.'
than fartliei I-ai k Thlity made .i..i Iiri..lr! ---
At lasIt tlihey ame to what was 'idetliitly iln ,i':.
tensive clearing: and nwt they foinnd lrthmiisel\ve
passing through a field 'if stigar cane They saw ai
dim light in tle lianreiisane when they near.ed it rlh-.y
perceived that it came from a lIii'se niwili Iitr:'.r


tlrani ally ihey h.id yei seen. This hi.,nise wa.i stiu.i tly
built hiiO, :mid ilts linmates .hal.d early not ltretirf d.
tlhou,1,tg it was Io,- h % iiite liate. Th-.y wV ere hIrIIT'l. n f.".r-
.%ard w iil-n ,ll.uethin broiiglt them to a seidti.-n
halt. It wa;s the dt-,[. baying of a dog. and that
io,og %a c.lii 'ii ii' llir-i' direction.
It aasa a bl' brate. half nastiff. half bIloodhl.und
Thliee- \wa but one thlI 1,., do Julan to:.k the lead l
a l rhe beast 'pranit he hbroliiht his niac'hete down
iuli'ln it-s hrd natli tle rtir li..r:e. iH- split the 'kull:
rlie doi s\ie-red to ,onii sli'-. uttered a strangled yelp.
killed ovEr dead.
"W'e cannot lea.e I the i:areiase here." w hispirid
luan. tiholih they mill rims the beast ti.moirrww, aid
imay s.._ the Ibl.o ci the- p -lini d liieirl. take; it
up: w'e will thiirot it aw:iy in some obscure plare
nhen we leave, as %we have done with the other one."
The black obeyed; tlie iien again went oni. hop-
ing that ino other dog nould smell them oit Luck
favoured them, for there was no other dog upon this
1.01 2Ec IlalP titalion
FlI o.-ugw their tactics of that night, they cr--pt
up t.i an i-p-nI1 window. itaniiing so that they miiliht
not be s'ien. hbtt ye so that they nlitght peer within
oni.l b ready to duck should eyvet be turned ill their
dirt tion. Juan was first to reach the window. Pa.
trick f-lt a chiliph upon his arm. He khiew tlitn,
thi.Ui ugh no wordnt had been spoken. that the youin
man had at last Ifound Bridget O'Hara
Hie ered'l :v-r Jiuanll's shoulder It waf hisi turn
t, start :and grip Ili- young mann by the arm. Fior
rlhicr. -e:iteil ar a linr ruii.hli table, with tive olthcr
i.l'i. w\.is Span[!iad. 1or rather a Portir.'aes. who,
i:iad remaint'J apart gently, faithful to the Spanish
'iise. one wlio was n '- ll known it all the colonists
awil in ithir .:.nitrilene He had evidently arrived
iiiil a Ittli h n ile hi lbefr. '.ir hii Enelish hosts were
In a state- ..f dil.i.lbille indaiar ie of a hasty roisinii
film bon l h i and --lep A n..nman was placing cold beef
nnil ca-isavn I.rd. witi large hb.lttl.s of drink. on
the lal.rh Iii her Patrick r.-:ocnitied Bridget.
One man. a stirdy. th..uIIltfil midile.aged per.
inii. sat at the head rof the t'lle lie was obviously
iii ,:..l ri niian The i[-l 'te-iu e -llium ,A, lin b ly the
lh i'-- n ; pri..i of t lirI
He w,- -nrea'ltinr '"So thai's the plan. eh Don
Aeni-.ra? i am glad th. C'.ilnmandeirin Chief sent youl
I- t.:li me if it. And I as well as he am much
hi. ., tio, yu f,,r all y3ou have done We appi rltiare
.-,ulr I..-alty to Irh Lord P'riotctor, under whs.se
'-..r'"ii te 'y..u -' Wv' isely pinc.ed you"r, i 'elf froin 'hlis
w'ry he.nniiu iii- o lih stiliti-s. Permit mi sir. It .a3..
Ilitr y:il :ri-e a ver fine c ntlenan "


ruin A)osia was visibly flattered. "We
eiiese. S-inor Stokes.' he answered, "have ne
i:epted nillihgly the Spanish domination V
the Spaniards. W'e love the English."
Stokes. who hadi some Spaninh. translal
tor the lbinefir if his omnrades. ,ho were
pleased nith Don A.osta. They looked upon
almost a good Elglishllllan Juan cursed his
his breath for a nraiti.r
'So i lltee MlXitan reiilif orenlents have al
inus-id Stokes aloud: "-that means a big batti
o0ir ihief at SauiibFgo says in this letter he
he viill n,.it need any help from our fartners.
is a great man; he will handle the situation
ly I am glad of his warning to us, however,
you tell us. Don Acosta. that Seuor de Sai
not allow any men to lie led by this madmra
lMendez, against Morante?"
"I know that. Excellency, for a fact. I
heard de Sassi tell Juan Mendez so. Mend
to admit that the Spanish Governor was rig
lie is mad enough to endeavour to do you m
jury all by himself. He is a very desperate
ter "
Bridget was standing still. She did not
stand the conversation, but she had heard
iarme mentioned more than once. She kne
part of this talk was about him Her eye
dilated with terror. But she had c-ourage; al
a grip ,in her emt, tons And she listened t
absorbed. while the others hibought that she
wvailed for further orders as a go,,,d servant a
"This Mendez i- not likely to make any I
against i1s." sailed Luke Srokes. "lie is but o
he is far away. Even if he were on the spo
ouiild he di'r"
"Nothing. I airet. Don Stikes: but as
thie country and was willing. .yilr (Gverlnor
tiag., sent nie -i warn .011 I return to S
soon with mny Ilhorsezs and the two slaves 1
with e Naiurally. I cannot i back now
naldo de Sassi and his Spaniards."
"Yes. rhe.y inii;it already have wondered
3su are. and they n vll be -suspicious. And I
that tour people are ready to exterminate ihem
cans?"
"B.o:th Ihem and the others fromi Cuba, I
Spanish-Jamalnians alo- De Sassi nill be wipi
"Yet he has won so:nme slight victories
I have heard." sand Lukel Pokes.
"A mere noitlion. This time Hi.s Exi
('iii,,, lniii rcm Pitri .;:


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F OR over a quarter of a century we have been meeting
people coming into our theatres... and for over a quarter
Sof a century we have been meeting them coming out.

Confident always that we have done our utmost to bring "the
world of entertainment" to Jamaica ... we are always in front
with a smile to exchange with our patrons as they come in to
enjoy the entertainment we promised them ... and when the
show is over, and the lights come on again, we like to stand aside
and watch the smiles coming out which mean so clearly that we
have fulfilled the promise we made.

For in the show business no one ever knows in advance what will
be a success .. and what will not. Entertainment can never be
made to order nor can it be bought by the pound. Individuals
have moods ... audiences have mixed tastes ... and countries have
peculiarities. A roaring success on Broadway may be a lament-
able flop in Gibraltar ... or Jamaica.

It has taken us a long time to learn what we know about winning
smiles from Jamaican audiences but a great deal of it could be
summed up in six words "Variety is the Spice of Life".

From ever since you saw your first motion picture in Jamaica, we
have been bringing you variety of stars... variety of stories ...
variety of directors. .. variety of producers.

In addition to this we offer you perfect sound reproduction, per-
fect projection, and courteous attention while you sit in comfort
with the heavens above you, gentle tropic breezes around you;
and the world of entertainment before you.

I: For over a quarter of a century we have been seeing our efforts to
i entertain Jamaica produce the smiles that spell Jamaica's satisfac-
tion ..the smiles of our patrons coming out.



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cThe Scree


By

G. St. C.

SCOTTER


1937


JESSIE MATTHEWS and IAY xFRA
ROBERT YOUNG
THIS article does not intend to set out the best
pictures of the year in order of merit, with so
many stars adjudicated to each one, after the fashion
of bottles of brandy in a bar, giving perhaps an
even less reliable indication of their real quality;
what I want to do is to indicate what seem to me
the most striking screen achievements that have
been presented to us here in Jamaica during 1937,
in the many different directions screen achievement
assumes. Thus, the best adventure picture, the best
love story, the picture that makes you think most,
and so on-to say nothing of the best of the play-
ers, who is the best looking, who has the best fig-
ure, who is the best dancer, etc.
The article covers such pictures as have been
shown by the Palace Amusement Company.

HERE IS LOVE.
It is a curious fact that though almost ninety
per cent, of all pictures shown throughout the world
concern themselves with love as their main theme,
it is the rarest thing possible to see a really
good love story, even a love scene, in a picture-
one that is really convincing, that "gets across"
to the audience. Particularly is this true of Am-
erican films, American mentality being somewhat
too crude and material to envisage or portray ro-
mantic love.
Too much sex, and too little spirit; "petting"
instead of passion, "mush" instead of mind, com-
bine to make the average screen love story either
wearisome or ludicrous.
That being so, it is not surprising that such good
love scenes as do appear on the screen are apt to
be in somewhat unexpected places-probably where
the mush-minded directors have overlooked them.
It may be something of a shock to picture-fans to
hear that, in my opinion, the best love scenes shown
this year on the screen in Jamaica took place in a
wild life film "Jungle Princess." The gaiety, charm,
and spontaniety of Dorothy Lamour in this film
are intensely appealing, and she is very well sup-
ported by Ray Milland. Both possess that all too
rare screen (or indeed, real life) attribute, a clear
and musical speaking voice; and to hear Dorothy
sing "Jungle Night" is to listen to the very voice
of love.
AND FEELING.
Naturally, the thrilling and picturesque settings
of these love scenes enhance their effect-but, if
you want to see how much of it is due to Dorothy
Lamour, compare similar scenes as enacted in the
serial "The Call of the Savage," or in any of the
Tarzan films.
After this there remain in my mind some charm-
ing scenes of conjugal devotion by Ann Sothern in
'Don't Gamble with Love" (or perhaps it's just her
beauty); the fire and sparkle of Elisabeth Bergner
in "Forsake Me Never"; the distinction of a new
discovery, Rosalind Russell, in "Craig's Wife."
This sounds as if all the love-making on the
screen were done by women-well, most of it is,
In which particular the screen is nearer to real
life than usual! When one comes to think of any
good love scene enacted by a man, what have you?
The somewhat slimy sexuality of Clark Gable or
George Raft? the "rough stuff" of Victor McLaglen?
the conceit of Herbert Marshall or Warren Wil-
liam? There's little of love in these.
As fine a portray-
al of real passion
(though here it is
of two strong pas-'
sions contending) as
has been shown is
that of Charles Boy-
er in "The Garden
of Allah" (contrast-
ed, incidentally, with
one of the worst
portrayals of the
year, that of Mar-
lene Dietrich as Do-
mini Enfilden, com-
pletely colourless);
while for pleasant,
natural, yet appeal-
ing, portrayal of a
CHARLES BOYER man in love, Ray


DEANNA DURBIN
DEANNA DURBIN


Milland in the same "Jungle Princess" will take a
lot of beating, and he's just as good in "Three Smart
Girls."
AND GOOD LOOKS.
Love and good looks are naturally closely in-
terwoven, how closely it is perhaps just as well not
to enquire-so who are the best-lookers of the
Screen at the moment?
For eyes, Marlene Dietrich, expressionless as
they are; a nose, Barbara Stanwyck; a really allur-
ing figure, Dorothy Lamour; vivacity, Jessie Mat-
thews; the rare (especially in a woman) charm of
a sense of humour, Marion Davies. Taking everything
together, face, figure, charm, my vote for the most
attractive gal of the year, would go to Ann Sothern
-and she looks like a lady!
I have not seen much to beat the modest man-
liness of Gary Cooper; or the dare-devil charm of
Errol Flynn in "Captain Blood." For a more intellec-
tual type of attraction Leslie Howard has it all
his own way; no one has yet shown a figure to
beat Johnny Weismuller in -the Tarzan pictures
("Buster" Crabbe, an even greater athlete, is some-
what ungraceful), but Ray Milland is still my choice
of the lot.
To pass from "biggies" to the "littlies"-there
will probably never be anything on the Screen to
equal Shirley Temple in sheer charm-but two very
appealing child actors of the year are little Sybil
Jason of South Africa and Freddie Bartholomew in
"Little Lord Fauntleroy."
SONG AND DANCE.
This has not been at all a good year for what
we might term musical comedy shows, song and
dance, display shows-nothing at all of the class
of "Flying Down to Rio" "Top Hat", "Love Me To-
night," etc.-and perhaps the best of a rather in-
different lot would be Fred Astaire's "Follow the
Fleet"-but how tired one does get of that death's
head grin, and doesn't one wish that Fred would
treat himself to a good square meal!
If musical comedy and dance pictures have
been poor, real song pictures have been scarcer
still; and all that remains in my mind is the glori-
ous bass of Paul Robeson rolling across the waters
from the prow of a war canoe in "Sanders of the
River." To do him justice, I must admit that a lot
of people here have gone quite crazy about Bobbie
Breen, the boy singer of "Let's Sing Again" and
"Rainbow on the River"-but, for myself, I can't
stand Master Bobbie at any price, there's something
altogether too girlish about him-while admitting
the sentimental appeal of the songs in his pictures.
This department of the screen was relieved from
complete mediocrity for the year by that delightful
comedy "Three Smart Girls"-you must love Deanna
Durbin.
A BLACK HEAVEN.
On the whole this must be admitted to have
been not a particularly good year for pictures; but
it has shown us here perhaps one of the greatest
productions to date of the Screen-"Green Pastures."
Marc Connelly's marvellous picture, treating as it
does in thoughtful and sympathetic manner of
two most difficult problems in conjunction, re-
ligion and colour-such a picture was naturally of
the highest interest to Jamaica, where the colour
question ,has perhaps a better chance of solution
than anywhere else in the world. How was it re-
ceived here? Well, as one expected, very few peo-
ple understood it; they fastened on the obvious
aspects of it and judged the picture on these ac-
cording to their own reactions to them.
The white people did not like it because it por-
trayed the Almighty as a benign old Negro who
smoked cigars and went to "fish frys"-the black
people did not like it because it emphasised that
virtue of humility which their race is possessed of
but is so rapidly losing; neither the religious, nor
the irreligious could stomach it for the same rea-
son-the real religious feeling in it.
Quite apart from its theme, however, it would
stand out as a great picture at any time for origin-
ality, depth, superb natural acting, beauty of set-
tings and song.
Second to this I would be inclined to name
"Mary of Scotland"-here again superbly artistic
treatment combined with a splendid theme.


For beauty of setting, the "Garden of
for adventure, and, incidentally historic intes
scene portrayal, "Captain Blood". toh best ndi'
acting performance, Ellijlijrh Bt-Igu. in "
Me Never"; and of i..iir-, Chirles Laugbh
"Rembrandt," easily the lest a.tor iln the scrn
day.
IN THE FUTURE.
As very often happens, some of the best pl
shown will be around the end of the year,.
the Xmas holiday sea- ii draws thb big crowd
This year the am.nie ..t' ttin- in..1,ie lea
likely to be one of Ih lbrilet -viet e-l .ppri
in Jamaica, and this i- asj a good a time as I
express the appreciation thati rm'vie fans
aren't we all!) must ,t'-l i.. l tih. admiiable
the Jamaica Theatre- Ltd.. heiiaded by Ihati
man of business Mr. Aud'ley MoVral. have been
for years in the movie line in this Island: as
sult of which Kingston today has two of the
open air installations iII the world. the Palai
Gaiety, and nearly every town in the Island 1
Movies. What this has meant in intertainn
the people of this Island for the past twenty-
it would be impossible to estimate, and whe
entertainment has been supplied in the most el
and untiring manner, at the lowest reasonable
as it has been consistently done by this Comni
that is indeed a splendid re-urd of achievemel
LATE SEASON PICTURES
Among the late sel.si.n pit-turtes that are
attract a lot of attention here is the screen q
station of the famous "C'lirge of the Light Bri
one of the most spectacular pieces of military'
ism in history, due in the first place to a
blunder in transmitting an order.
The heroes in this picture are iwu very a
tive stars, Errol Flynn, who was such a gallas
fian in Captain Blood, and a comparative ne
Patric Knowles, who will capture a lot of fil
hearts (if they have any' I
A story of adventii're and intrigue on thel
tiers of India, with sRFl.; Bi-der arfarfar ill
Lives of a Bengal Lanrer." has been built up
the famous Charge (which of course takes pl
The Crimean War)-aiid the a,.tual Charge its
stitutes one of the great ~l-nee-n arhbleements in
ed action. Latterly too the ':'reetn has been pa
good deal of attention it, Heroes of Peace, as a
from Heroes of War; and tno very fine pictl
this direction are the Story of Louis Pasteur, .
that fine character actor. Paul Muni. gives an
lent impression of the great scientist Pasteur,
discoveries in the directi1,in of antiseptics and'
lization (nothing to do with the unfit, how4
have saved, quite literally, millions of lives.
Equally appealing and instructive in t
way is the beautiful presentation of the La
the Lamp, Florence Nightingale. by Kay Frail
Personally I have never been much of an
er of either the looks, or the acting of Kay Frs
but you've got to give it to her, that she mD
to give a peculiar impression of beauty, with
the actual material of it. than anyone else a
screen.
SOME SUGGESTIONS
No article on the screen for the year woe
complete without a suggestion or two for imj
ment, so here they are:- In the first place;
necessary to put on the- luone drawn-out, t.
advertisements before every show?
As far as the trailers of coming pictures
selves are concerned, naturally a certain amo4
this must be done, but care -lhould he tak
to overdo it. As regards the type of pil
shown, Jamaica
Theatres have al-
ways shown them-
selves very much
alive to the tastes
of their patrons -
but perhaps a better
service in regard to
big sporting events,
especially in Eng-
land, would be an
improvement. This
improvement, fortun-
ately, is now assur-
ed, as Mr. Morals
has made some good
contracts for Eng-
lish views with the
best English pro-
ducers. MERLE OBF.RON





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ONQ UES T

rill s-nrl Ilb it-,.i.l- ..I brave English to
, the Engli;-h-- li.- .re- o brave!"
'Stokes, v. h. v... v.j ii:i a nof courage and re-
i Di l %m.i,11 111t is i\.," many of the men
SCimnlainMe1r-nl lIhiti dijerved this eulogy.
nodded I,- an i. i.. l ments, saying ui-
Swe had iti~l-i lih..- some supper now;
you will g, I..1. iAl..... I can give you
iy yorir'self. bl) iiiiiri-tuiiately we have no
Only a hajmiiin..1 k.-
ilent," gugi.-d Iti,. i..hi,-laious Don Acosta.
I nexl to thi- v...,-ii apartment; one of
i*ervauts l'-rps al tn- adjoiningg room."
01 the lme:" h .:.-1 L...Ii Acosta, indicating

t adelet-ahi,- i'.i.,rih..in' She is what you
i entlurell. iI1"' .k -'it ...f slave?"
ar D'n Srt.k- -.i, A ..sista eagerly, with
rai3tinFg -Sl.-. -'.li-ii.is there would be
dc ift stayed i..,' -i- i.:- of the night with
g wnln Iwal i.' 1 1.r. l-ied far, I am not
-this was ir.,i- r, .- .ind she is not what
lady, ehb If--
i was a shadli .. ..i.. -l-s in the English-
le as be i Iril ,ii[ li. I -ippreciate all that
lone, Don ., .,r' .I. i "and so I would
you risk yrin ilt'. nlii.... ssarily. But you
10, yuu SHee. i..ir in1: .-i leman at your side,
IlaLely Jo)ts ui. 'i i'.. st.,rnd one word that
been saying. lia- .: ..l1-tly made up his
Iave this pirl fi..r hli.-lf, and he is, like
lain Juan A:\ili'k ...iy desperate char-
I would i....t i.-,.i'r r,, cut your throat.
Igh yin ar- .. 1, I.. v ,iuld do it if I had
fin for it alterta.lt.i-. I' ou took from him
* has st his riiI.l ,ii 'i. She may be al-
. for all I lii..-i. I m11ink myself that
oi woith mi.ie tt lIi ii -L irl."
i&osla lool,:ed I', '-lial.io)intment. He be-
t1 hat thp Eiiglih.i fl.r all, had a poor
irpreciatill:n .,[ i nlli.-.ll services. But he
Kd the change i Luiil- St..kes' tone of voice.
i:he music niot i'--; ii- little matter to-
Irhaps he w ail 1ii' .iI ,..ty of getting what
,later on with.-'it lih ''iii his throat cut bl
:.he now i 'itil., l.L .- barbarous and in-
imunan. Time w..iill tlli.
;id Patrirll haid liher-. every word of all
eti was at ihmilliii 1l.nt, but felt that he
.his friend fr.ii -i,, 1 lillition of temper.
Mprise-Juan h.al iit- ian ulty of surprising
who knew him I -t- the young man re-
parntly as I:i:. ,i :i~ nt eberg. He it was
rew Patn ik away:
ave heard all ihat .aii be of any use to
when ihFp.- lt-i ...1 ,if earshot. "They
bed within an hitir aiid then they will be
e know "here Bi&.-'t will sleep, and
4LAcosta. The P,,-ri .iiese is a traitor and
spy. I. Captain .ii.I Al Mendez, of His Ma-
holding Jamnan:a f..r Spain, here so-


lemnly and officially condemn him to death. He will
die tonight. Then we will take Bridget away, as we
came to do. In another little hour or two, Patrick.
You may pray meanwhile, if you like, for Acosta's
soul, for it leaves his body soon."
CHAPTER EIGHT
ESCAPE
" RIDGET!"
The girl started, looking wildly towards the
small open window from which had come a voice she
had instantly recognized.
"Shhh-! Quiet, carissima; we must not be over-
heard. It is I-Juan."
She had been brooding, seated on the upturned
half of a barrel, the only bit of furniture in the tiny
apartment she was allowed to occupy in the house.
Her mat lay close upon the hard floor, but she had
not yet thought of seeking it for rest and sleep.
She had heard Juan's name mentioned more
than once that night, and so had sat down to think
of him; for surely something must have happened
that he should be talked about by these people here.
But what?
So when she heard the well-known, beloved
voice whisper her name, it was as though she had
been expecting this summons. She did not cry out,
made no exclamation whatever. Bridget O'Hara had
long since trained herself to restraint, to a command
over ordinary feminine impulses.
"Juan," she whispered, and was at the window
in a second.
"We have come for you, as I said we would."
"Darling, I knew you would."
"If you have a change of clothing take it and
come; we will talk when away from here."
Swiftly obedient, she turned, snatched a poor
piece or two of coarse wearing apparel (all that she
possessed), opened the leather-hung door carefully,
and the next moment was in her lover's arms.
One fervid kiss, and Juan drew her some dis-
tance away. "We must wait here for a few minutes,"
he said, "and then Patrick and my men will join
us."
Looking towards the house she saw a flash of
light in the apartment next to hers; then darkness
once more. There was no sound. In another five
minutes she saw shadows approaching. These ma-
terialised into three men, one of whom greeted her
softly. "We meet again, colleen," he said, and Brid-
get murmured, "It is Pat."
"This way," said Juan, and took the lead.
Bridget walked beside him.
"Why did the others remain in the house?" she
enquired, having in mind that momentary flash of
light.
"To execute a traitor," Juan answered. "That
stranger you saw tonight was one of us, and betray-
ed us. He had to die."
"Yes," she agreed simply. "But if they find his
body at dawn-"
"We shall be far away from here by then. We
need not fear pursuit. They do not know these hills
and woods as we Jamaicans do."
It was as he said. In the morning when Don
Acosta's body was discovered, the tongue protruding
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. mouth thlotilh imai';uii.Utii t .O. intId \wh1
aown that Ith Inli iirl bh d ati-,.:. sine. thl-re
4:talk at first uf fill mij 1 Bril:idpet .iiid j.11
Pt be her .ac:tulphli.-. Bit Luke Stokes
s head.
kiaight fall into an a ius.h,'" li p.I' ni-d ou' .
a case we don't know what ii'ettuioli the\
. and we ha\e no digs. Th. y have killed
itne on this farm. We lhd better. I think,
iirp look-ut ufor an attack If any had be-nl
a~ us last night we shwjilld l Iae be Le dead
,li were so drunk that we ic.iid iit ihale
Ourselves, would have heard nti-thiing I .il
r didn't. I shouldn't be surprised if thal
SAcosta spoke about--Mendez he call-ld
ai.pround just notw. Perhaps it was he who-
Stellow and stole the girl." And so the (ear
'iilintentlunally instilled by A.\costa, protec:-
ilpinst pursuit.
little party pushed on for some hours. J uan
i assisting Bridget by turn l hen the way
Ilonally rough. Then when the sun came
kited to eat and rest and sleep. feeling
.seeure. Only by the wildest t:hant:e could
ble upon the spot where they lay hidden.
Aiswoke at dusk. All ar,:und thenim as the

go by the way we came?" asked Patrick.
-answered no He was reticent, sitting a
and thinking deeply. The others respect-
lce as they unquestioningly accepted his

w west and north." he explained at length,
in the hills that I know. The going is
iay meet hardships. But it is necessary."
well, senor. But, of course we shall re-
de Sassi?"
fat; and something tells me that we shall
for a great fight."
rested and slept that night: at daybreak
lsy they began their .iouin-y to the un-
Iiation hinted at by Juan. It was days
reached it.
ng that long. trek ,on foot they met with
human being, and at times had to hack
'through thick undderblush that covered
"en to their sunimmts Well it w-as fr.
tshe was young and stronit and hardened
the rigours of life in a ,,tvaee tropi,.al
ledly she would ha\e falt.-ied antd tfailedl
plucked up her ctjiraee andil pushed on
miien, winning their adnliratition: andl he
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e free, and tine% waS ei:tpnlllg frl'onm servi
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mass of Iirees that ~ic'.errd a 'iopinsre
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a -V.I.S f_'st,,.l nr}i-ic d 1'il1.'. I..n 11 surface to I
Ilie iw-, i~ilnitr- all ,[ 'iI -ll iiIi 11i' L .-,n11 allowed
[l' iit'r<.. ahnit t. I : .*[ ie.'--I-. il::." wouldd just
a li ; l'ew o i illlll d i. l I :' il [il' ili l; !id. Juan's
ke- i -ye s I. k,.lJi lilnil .:.nil l i r .e pointed.
Tho En._li.li Ah ips.' .. -.i.,i ami -Piii .'t irh hate.
The f..re-, ;r t*i. l: a' a.. :. i'. C- ii ) left, and
In r l'onl, d i:, hI::a\ Larirn'ut. tly ripenetrable.
No blea lk n1 t he nlurl. .ja- ti.. i.- tiit-'vered any-
vwhite. n..ii. a mninle habitatoiin. no itra. of road or
path. That there wi re- -tr'amiii. .1o ii .i- very well
aware bilt tlies- wete hidden i- ,:p lhi-i-arh the green
illlhbrl:leijs >\l-rting that lay lIlke t ireat mantle
i..n th.i b..s-: 'in .if the earth. They r el- II.cking down
,.n1 the Liguanea PiniiI. iilllln the tip oif whichh some
day. the > Iity of Kiliston: w.:.ui l h uinill.
Comie." taild Juan at leticn.
They turlin d tlic-ir I a.k- uprl'nl fort'.t and ;ea
anid fa'-td .still hitheir nmnjunirain They pushed on
a little farther t-Lh' w t. anti niio Bridget dis-
t.overld that they wvre polin- i.y a; natrr..w path, or
sirminethitig that I.ikeFd like .,n-. i -,neihiii that had
hiecn inad hy imeii.
Patrick observed this also. le i.alled it to Juan's
atltntion.
"I kuowT." -aid Juan At that le halted.
**I might have uld y'.i hbef'ort-." he said; "if I
didn't it was probably because I have in me our
Spauish love of the dramatic Here is something of
which. I believe, only two persons IIn all this country
have known-Gomez and myself. Here. Bridget, live
the only Indians who yet remain in Jamaica, and
they too will shortly disappear. leaving not a single
representative of my mother's people in all the land,
except, maybe, myself And I have very little of
their bluod."
".You never told me. Juan!"' exclaimed Patrick.
"I meant to do so some day. old friend; but
thought it best to keep the secret for a while: you
might have talked or hinted something unintention-
ally, you know." Patrick nodded. remembering
that he had not always been discreet when drinking.
**There are only half a dozen of them now. All
of them lived with us Spanish once. then drew away
and could not be traced; but they found means to
let me know where they were. for me they consider
their head Of all the thousands who once inhabited
this country, they only are left. Of all my mother's
people for Anacanoia of long ago was. after all, my
mother, they alone survive. The others have gone,
as I suppose we Spaniards may go in the end now
that the English have .cnlte. Perhaps this is the
punishment .on the Spaniards before whom the In-
dians went di\\n like wthlEred grass when fire runs
al.ing the ground."
J.uai's fae antd v\iit>e had it.li- somlnre, there was
pain and !;ittetirt'ss in tlheti Bridc.:t stole up to
him and put a handle .1 hit h-nildtr "We Irish
uni. Is.tatiid." she itm n trltured
SThey live ill a (ave abniut here." Juan resumed;
-they who loved the open have had to hide from
the people tto whi\ohnl I heltoic' Think of that. They
should hale mni.- mayhi buit they du't. they are a.
simple folk and they bear noi ill will. I shall call
to them. they will Luo:' the :all"
He i.iippeld hIis tliaiis lf..re lhit mouth, and a
!,di l-drawn.-.tit it y peIet -ated tli' dim :iisles of green
hIef'tre ti-ill It a.S nut wrl. e- l 'C'.,ine," he said
Fc in,. and tihey fli ll .."e.i htlti
Pr.-ently tlh.y fi.iinl [htnin-hes at the foot of
the lnoinil1tai i"w.ardll- ahih li thl-y lhal been moving.
.\ild th!' r:-. at ain .,[.-illliC Il i!i -i&l- the entrance
ti -.,mie l.i r.w- hitin ..a '- -tat d -m il band of peo-
pl i. t w..'i w.iIIt-n ri n .1 fii niie i,r .ne of them
uiilng. ilhoiusl tlh-ir c.e. it .:as .i.rt t-.-y to guess.
They Ilft-t thl ir !Iaiid. iin \vel. nile to Juan, but
y-d hi i....illp[ l...nl tllitL i bnily .JIuanl i!oke to them
in Spaniii h. i\hi ii they well r-Ii..uch unlerstood.
Tilhyv heiaye,, Iir, funrthlr ll..tii.t., hilt turned and
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entrance was narrow. After aii:.ut a trll.;)
the path widened into a fairly .p-racous
rock, which was clearly the d', ilriiiL plaie
few people. To the right of it, .i.:..-it le w
a kitchen heap or midden with ..ik,-. ea rt
pots and instruments of polish i flir iiljlb
Arawaks had used two hundr.I :'..e b-E
the bones of small animals; he'- ruiir libi.,
tripods of wood, poles cut frori -i..ii Iile
swung the hammocks of tlh -- hInians.:
lived as their forefathers hadl I-1I i.rfore
Somewhere outside, Patrick guL-.-ii [Itn h
tle field of cassava and maize n!i it -,,nitfil-,
humble wants. All that they a-:-,I v..as t be
On rough logs of wood ti i.. -~ ..ilra:
themselves, and then Juan sp..i.- 1.. ii-he
the Arawaks. All his compai l,.u. *, ..rpt
understood what he said. And ieii.! -li.lten
was that a story long currentr i .11:1uiii
Juan's hidden wealth had not Ih :n ., ml-re
after all. Curiosity gleamed it ili-r!' yes,
wondered what marvel they wei .I,..r irj s
Into an inner, smaller car- .,i i.. ili.
peared, reappearing presently li r .ll hha
made out of softened cowhide. I'r. y I ml ih
at Juan's feet silently. He uil ,-I tlwe ,iri
secured the mouth of one of th-i.. i.liincdi
into the receptacle and drew ..ni ., iiii.ludi'
nished metal.
"Gold," he admitted, "the -..'i.ili-il i
mine that you have heard talked .Ini. I'Lric|
spoke in English so that Bridg..r im-hr iitiea
"It is not much, and it never v.., iiinitd in
You will observe that all thest- i,,'- a.it pi
ornaments, thin, small plates of in-tal and
things, roughly cut. They came i'..i ( iiha, al
Espanola, from Panama, Costa r; t .I' i,thei
tries to the south of us. The ]inlita! i hiad s
of communication with one a..iltrh ,l I.,lu a.
much, but enough to enable th'.r,- .it J.anaic
cumulate a number of golden II..I.i.-riii. a
Conquistadores coveted when th,.y i.i i Th
ish hoped at first to find gold ii J.laiji.a. thj
discovered that there was non-. in i ..- sil i
rivers. But the Indians percehi-il i.ir they
and hid what they had of gold .an,' cud
my ancestress, Anacanoa, had -.i-lht to lea
against the Spanish, they gave I.-' li-i lai-:hle
pledge of secrecy, what gold th.- lI'..1 That
ter married the nephew of Die-" MNl-i'lr. w
mother had loved. He was a f:i ....;-in. man;
lived that the day might come ih Ii rhis lit
sure-it is not much-would b.- riifilll tu th
dren or their children's children. :,id ,, hi
not waste it as so many other Si'audiil-d woU
done. He died here, young; aldri u have
kept this gold against a time %whii we shIf
it. When Jackson took Santiag,, i.,-,i- as ri
gle ornament or piece of all these iI that
was hidden far away. Only I ; fi-ew ,f iI "
"And now?" questioned rtuli.ii. Speak
Spanish, as he might have to lit:fc rt, CPid
was not sure that it was wise that she shown
what he might have to say.
"The time has come to maki usi- if it."
Juan, in Spanish also. "I havi- livel thin
ever since the English landed ail ti ..r*d usi
our city. De Sassi has no m .i'y aij .;btsa
scanty supplies from neighbourine Spianjh uit
With this gold he will be able t... hily srnme
he needs."
"You give him all?" asked Parrick.
"Two-thirds. The rest must e-, to Bridge
is only fair. We men need nothlni .f it." I
"Gold is of no use to us n,.." Imaihed F
albeit a little sadly. "All we .:an aik btr il
while we still have our lives. Bi1 Liridgeit
man, and should not be left p.iniiles- in the;
of anything happening to you E ndle "

"Our very lives are no longer oiur nui. We mi
here fighting."
"And Bridget?"
"Must go to Cuba. I have tih-clit Itl "ver.
this gold I shall give her her pr'ti .:i u1 be
ent than if she went penniless. W'e -blil dil'i
'treasure' into four parcels, one fr,,' ;-ii of ia
men to carry. We shall stay he, -i.-laiy and w
to-morrow one of these Indian- dill I-ad ui
the mountains to the north, ov.-r tri ihe- oth
of the island. Then we shall f,'ili.n ri- sea,
due went until we come up wi'lI ..iir pi-,piej
Sassi expects to fight the Engli-l -!i..hly
he will not wait to be attacked. .-ho ild
against them himself and atta kI. B-iri1e thaj
"You will marry Bridget, my -. n: there.
thing else to do. If I know her ar all. she i
take your gold unless she is y'iic a if' An
shouldn't she be? Didn't you tell her thi it she
be?"
"But she may be a widow lshirtly allr.
tered Juan.
"She knows that and will i han, it "
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i, her s'anty ilothiln.l ti ..r o 1111 l:.lIiti -.l
here. But in her 'ai, a- -- iiirii-.
li:moment ar i lfllit.: ri-lr f -liiie ti- hi-i
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(Continued from Pnat I:,)
htt 1 am actuated by something more than
interestt you so offensively attribute to me."
uaieur de Louvois will regret. I am sure, the
| of that assumption when I report to him
Nlhing clear what you have told me. For
,air, however, you have your orders."
Ot surely, sir, you have been granted some
jrin the fulfilment of your mission. Finding
i you do, as I have explained them, it seems
lat you would do no disservice to the Crown
mending to Monsieur de Louvois that until
i in a position to place a navy in the Carib-
lsl to protect her possessions, she would be
"Aed nut to disturb the existing state of
I Chevalier merely stiffened further. "That,
ir, is not a recommendation that would be-
. You have the orders of Monsieur de Lou-
kich are that this mart for the plunder of
i.must at once be closed. I trust that you
We me to assure Monsieur de Louvois of your
ta compliance."
ieur d'Ogeron was in despair before the
0of this official intransigence. "I must still
nonalieur, that your description is not a just
I:plunder comes here but the plunder of Spain
deate us for all the plunder we have suffered
Continue to suffer at the hands of the
of Castile."
t ir, is fantastic. There is peace between
I France."
ke Caribbean. Monsieur de Saintonges, there
1peaee. If we abolish the buccaneers, we lay
arms and offer our throats to the knife.
s were, however, no arguments that could
ieuleur de Saintonges from the position he
la up. "I must regard that as a personal
More or less coloured-suffer me to say it
i:fence-by the interests of your Company
w.elf. Anyway, the orders are clear. You
tbat you will neglect them at your peril."
Il also that I shall fulfil them at my peril,"
*s Governor, with a twist of the lips. He
and sighed. "You place me, sir, between
0t and the wall."
'me the justice to understand that I discharge
W; said the lofty Chevalier de Saintonges,
)concession of those words was the only con-
SMonsieur d'Ogeron could wring from his
le self-sufficiency.
i 2

sieur de Saiutonges sailed away with his
it 'same evening from Tortuga, setting a
Sor Port au Prince, where he desired to pay
ifore finally steering for France and the opu-
whlch he could now comniaid there.
(tiring himself for the firmness with which he
plted all the Governor of Turtuga's special
I, he took Madame de Saintonges into his
ies in the matter, so that she too might ad-
bit little trafficker in briganilage might have
lad me from my duty if I hadl been less alert,"
ed. "But I am not easily deceived. That
Mlonsieur de Louvois chose- me for a mission
Importance. He knew the difficulties I should
nid knew that I should not be duped by mis-
Ltations however spvecoi'l."
p:-was a tall. handso.hme. lan.-uprous lady, sloe-
hek-haired. with a skin like iv..ry and a bosom
,. Her languishing eyes ,.,:,nsidered in awe
verence this husband fruni the great world,
O..to open for her social gates in France that
have been closed against thle wife of a mere
ihowerer rich. Yet for all her admiring con-
it his acumen, she ventured to wonder was
kot in regarding as purely si-if-interested the
its which Monsieur d'Oeern'i had presented.
Snot spent her life in ihe- West Indies with-
iaing something of the predatoriness of Spain,
perhaps she had nueier until now suspected
bnt to which the aRtvitieq iof the buccaneers
.keeping that predatoriines in check. Spain
d a considerable fliet in the Caribbean,
.lor the purpose of glardinl her settlements
1bustering raids. The ,l['ippr-'sion of the fili-
..Would render that rle4- iiparatively idle,
-ideness there is no knlinc to what devilry
it turn. especially it they i- Spaniards.
Is, meekly. Madame de Saintonges to her
husband. But the adoi:ed hu-band, with the
iTrit that rendered him qso adorable, refused
haken.
I-such an event. be sure that the King of
:my master. will take '-rder "
ailrtheless. his mind t. 11a longer quite at
Wife's very suhmissive and tentative support
eieur d'Ogeron's argument hail unsettled him.
easy to gird at the self-interest of the Gov-
t Tortuga, and to assign to it his dread of


Spain. Monsieur de Saintonges, because, himself,
he had acquired a sudden and enormous interest in
French West Indian possessions, began to ask him-
self whether, after all, he might not have been too
ready to believe that Monsieur d'Ogeron had exag-
gerated.
And the Governor of Tortuga had not exaggerat-
ed. However much his interests may have jumped
with his arguments, there can be no doubt whatever
that these were well founded. Because of this he
could perceive ahead of him no other course but to
resign his office and return at once to France, leaving
Monsieur de Louvois to work out the destinies of
the French West Indies and of Tortuga in his own
fashion. It would be a desertion of the interests of
the West India Company. But if the new minister's
will prevailed, very soon the West India Company
would have no interests to protect.
The little Governor spent a disturbed night, and
slept late on the following morning, to be eventually
aroused by gunfire.
The boom of cannon and the rattle of musketry
were so continuous that it took him some time to
realize that the din did not betoken an attack upon
the harbour, but a feu-de-joie such as the rocks of
Cayona had never yet echoed. The reason for it,
when he discovered it, served to dispel some part


of his dejection. The report that Peter Blood. had
been taken and hanged at San Juan de Puerto Rico
was being proven false by the arrival in Cayona of
Peter Blood himself. He had sailed into the harbour
aboard a captured Spanish vessel, the sometime
Maria Gloriosa, lately flagship of the Marquis of
Riconete, the Admiral of the Ocean-Sea, trailing in
her wake the two richly laden Spanish galleons, the
plate-ships taken at Puerto Rico.
The guns that thundered their salutes were the
guns of Blood's own fleet of three ships, which had
been refitting at Tortuga in his absence and aboard
which during the past week all had been mournius
and disorientation.
Rejoicing as fully as any of those jubilant buc-
caneers in this return from the dead of a man whom
he too had mourned-for a real friendship existed
between the Governor of Tortuga and the great Cap-
tain-Monsieur d'Ogeron and his daughters prepared
for Peter Blood a feast of welcome, to which the
Governor brought some of those bottles "from behind
the faggots", as he described the choice wines that
he received from France.
The Captain came in great good humour to the
feast, and entertained them at table with an account
of the queer adventure in Puerto Rico, which had
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to the name and fame of Captain Blood, and had
enabled him to sail away unchallenged with the two
plate-ships that were now anchored in the harbour
of Tortuga.
"I never made a richer haul, and I doubt if many
richer have ever been made. Of the gold alone my
own share must be a matter of twenty-five thousand
pieces of eight, which I'll be depositing with you
against bills of exchange on France. Then the pep-
pers and spices in one of the galleons should be worth
over a hundred thousand pieces to the West India
Company. It awaits your valuation, my friend."
But an announcement which should have in-
creased the Governor's good humour merely served
to precipitate him visibly into the depths of gloom
by reminding him of how the circumstances had al-
tered. Sorrowfully he looked across the table at his
guest, and sorrowfully he shook his head.
"All that is finished, my friend. I am under a
cursed interdict." And forth in fullest detail came
the tale of the visit of the Chevalier de Saintonges
with its curtailment of Monsieur d'Ogeron's activi-
ties. "So you see, my dear Captain, the markets of
the West India Company are now closed to you."
The keen, shaven, sunburned face in its frame
of black curls showed an angry consternation.
"Name of God! But didn't you tell this lackey
from Court that--"
"There was nothing I did not tell him to which
a man of sense should have listened, no argument
that I did not present. To all that I had to say he
wearied me with insistence that he doubted if there
were any conditions in the world upon which Mon-
sieur de Louvois is not informed. To the Chevalier
de Saintonges there is no god but Louvois, and Sain-
tonges is his prophet. So much was plain. A conse-
quential gentleman, this Monsieur de Saintonges, like
all these Court minions. Lately in Martinique he
married the widow of Hommaire de Veynac. That
will make him one of the richest men in France.
You know the effect of great possessions on a self-
sufficient man." Monsieur d'Ogeron spread his hands.
"It is finished, my friend."
But with this Captain Blood could not agree.
"That is to bend your head to the axe. Oh no, no.
Defeat is not to be accepted so easily by men of our
strength."
"For you, who dwell outside the law, all things
are possible. But for me Here in Tortuga I
represent the law of France. I must serve and up-
hold it. And the law has pronounced."
"Had I arrived a day sooner the law might have
been made to pronounce differently."


D'Ogeron was wistfully sardonic. "You imagine,
in spite of all that I have said, that you could have
persuaded this coxcomb of his folly?"
"There is nothing of which a man cannot be
persuaded if the proper arguments are put before
him in the proper manner."
"I tell you that I put before him all the argu-
ments that exist."
"No, no. You presented only those that occurred
to you."
"If you mean that I should have put a pistol to
the head of this insufferable puppy ."
"Oh, my friend! That is not an argument. It
is a constraint. We are all of us self-interested, and
none are more so than those who, like this Chevalier
de Saintonges, are ready to accuse others of that
fault. An appeal to his interests might have been
persuasive."
"Perhaps. But what do I know of his interests?"
"What do you know of them? Oh, but think.
Have you not, yourself, just told me that he lately
married the widow of Hommaire de Veynac? That
gives him great West Indian interests. You spoke
vaguely and generally of Spanish raids upon the set-
tlements of other nations. You should have been
more particular. You should have dwelt upon the
possibility of a raid upon wealthy Martinique. That
would have given him to think. And now he's gone,
and the chance is lost."
But d'Ogeron would see no reason for sharing
any regrets of that lost opportunity.
"His obstinacy would have prevented him from
taking fright. He would not have listened. The
last thing he said to me before he sailed for Port
au Prince--"
"For Port au Prince!" ejaculated Captain Blood,
to interrupt him. "He's gone to Port au Prince?"
"That was his destination when he departed
yesterday. It's his last port of call before he sails
for France."
"So, so!" The Captain was thoughtful. "That
means, then, that he will be returning by way of
the Tortuga Channel?"
"Of course, since in the alternative he would
have to sail round Hispaniola."
"Now, glory be, I may not be too late, after all.
Couldn't I intercept him as he returns, and try my
persuasive arts on him?"
"You'd waste your time, Captain."
"You make too sure. It's the great gift of per-
suasion I have. Sustain your hopes awhile, my
friend, until I put Monsieur de Saintonges to the
test."


But to raise f['rI.i their nadir thie hop,.s ,of Mi
sieur d'Ogeroln s.ijaethingu inue n\s ilices-dry th
mere light-hearted a.suranc:es. It was \vilth the si
of an abiding d.spundeiu.y that he bade fai'nir ell tl
day to Captain Blood. and without runfiid-nce lt
he wished him lu.k in u whatever he min-lit adventu
What form the adivenrute might take. CaplA
Blood, himself. did uot ,vet know wilhen h q illl
the Governor's hliuit. and went aob.ard his own spl
did forty-gun ship the .trrbellai. which. ready
sea, fitted, arimed ;ildi \V1 tialled. h.d I),.-n Srtandi
idle during h i Ilate aib)einc:. But theli tll.uht
gave the matter tas tlo stich g.oId purpose that hl
that same af-erniiuu. with a definite plan con(eir
he held coun,:il of war in the crea taibin. and
signed particular duties to his l eadiijg assuijates
Hagthorpe and Dyk':. were to r-main in Tortt
in charge of the treasure ships. Wolv-rstone a
given command of the Spanish Admiral's captui
flagship, the l,'ria i;l..,r ios', and was required
sail at once, "ith very spet:ml and detailed instr
tions. To Yerville, the Frenh:li biuianeerr [iho A
associated with him. Bli,.d bjitrtuscted the El:abe
with orders to make ready to pu)t to sea.
That same *veniug. at sunset, the A.r-tbllO
warped out of the swiarnim of lesser bhirplnm- that
collected aborit hLr anchora-e. W1Vth Bir.:. lhims
in command, with Pitt for sailing Iiait-r ,aiid 0
for master gunner. he set sail from C(.'v'la. ['..llI.ii
closely by the Fi:,lab'tlh. The J ri,t1. ,,)ttl
already hull Ilumin .-in I h li.'rizon.
Beating up uaaiii-rt pentil eiasterly lihr.-_--e.
two buccaneer sh-pls the A.,br'll, and hl r e.:lins
were off Point P:lllinih il..n thb- n.rthl:rn II t If
paniola by the r..l!,iwiu evening. Her a'!i...urs. wh
the Tortuga Channel narrtwju~ to a mete tfive mi
between Paln-ih nnid Port iual Point. Captain l Bk
decided to take ; p his station fo r whit was to
done.

3
At about the rtini. trllt the .Arbii,.l, and I
Elizabeth weir castingn i ami h.r in that l..nt-ly .
on the north.-rn coast tf Hieiprni.ia;. Lthe V.'. arli
was weighing at Prtr ait Prin,.e. Tihe melll ,fa I
place offended the d-lI, ailt iistril iN Madame
Saintonges, iild .,ln thli's aci unt -.-iiip w\ive
well endowed are tI, Le ipanmp:-red--rh.' Chr'lial
cut short his \-ist -V-n ir the c':Oit of s, aln[iJili I
King's business. (Glad t., have set a term to this
last, with the rt-i'eine ,o:,vi:tion o:f having idisctharg
his mission in a manner' that rnust dtes-r-e the pra
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h [ace towards France and his thoughts to lighter
Id more perl'onal matters.
SWith a light wind abeam, the progress of the
aknalt was so slo that it took her twenty-four
Iwur to r...und Cape St Nicholas at the Western end
(the Tortuca C'hainei;: so that it was somewhere
bot sunset >.u the day following that of her de-
nture t'rom Purt au Prince when she entered that
0row passage.
a Monsieur de Saintonges at the time was lounging
eantly on the p,...p. beside a day-bed set under
awning I.i brown sail-cloth. On this day-bed re-
ed his handsime Creole wife. There was about
Superbly proportilie-d lady, from the deep mel-
wness of her voice to the great pearls entwined
I.her gloss y black hair, nothing that did not an-
-Mnce her opuleni I. was enhanced at present
profound contentment in this marriage in which
il party so perfectly o implementedd the other. She
mined t,. glow aind swe-L with it as she lay there
uriously. Ifinirly waving her jewelled fan, her
hki laugh ;o ready to pay homage to the wit with
hiech her bridegiFroi.n :oaght to dazzle her.
: Into this idyll stepped, more or less abruptly,
Wd certainly intrusively. Monsieur Luzan, the Cap-
iln of the lD'.rnail. a lean, brown, hook-nosed man
lething about thr.l middle height, whose air and
iriage wer- those ,if a soldier rather than a sea-
in. As he approached, he took the telescope from
ider his arm and pointed aft with it.
S"Yonder is something that is odd," he said. And
M held out the glass. "Take a look, Chevalier."
I Monsieur de Saiintlouies rose slowly, and his eyes
glowed the indication. Some three miles to west-
md a sail was visible.
S"A ship." h-e sad. and languidly accepted the
difered telescope He stepped aside, to the rail,
iene the view w.a clearer and where he could
ad a suipp.ri un htcwl t,, steady his elbow.
Through ilie glass he beheld a big white vessel
ry high in the piop She was veering northward,
Ia staarboard tack against the easterly breeze, and
I displayed a noble flank pierced for twenty-four
s, the pirts gleaming gold against the white.
her maintopmast. above a mountain of snowy
,as, floated the red-and-gold banner of Castile,
above this a crucifix was mounted.
The Chevalier lowered the glass. "A Spaniard,"
s his asual comment. "What oddness do you
Over in her, Captain?"
: "Oh a Spaniard manifestly. But she was steer-
south when first we sighted her. A little later
veered into our wake and crowded sail. That
what is odd. For the inference is that she decided
ijollow us
S"What then "
"Just so. What then?" He paused as if for a
Sly, then resumed "'From the position of her flag
is an admiral's ship. You will have observed
sthe is of heavy armament. She carries forty-
lt guns besides stern and fore-chasers." Again
*paused, finally tu add with some force: "When
uam followed by a ship like that I like to know the
Boon ."
Madame stirred languidly on her day-bed to an
Mompaniment of deep. rich laughter. "Are you
man to start at shadows, Captain?"
"Invariably. when cast by a Spaniard, madame."
stan's tone was sharp. He was of a peppery tem-
r, and this was stirred by the reflection upon his
irage which he found implied in Madame's ques-
en.
The Chevalier. disliking the tone, permitted him-
i some sarcasms where he would have been better
played in luquiring into the reasons for the Cap-
il's misgivings. Luzan departed in annoyance.
SThat night the wind dropped to the merest
hith, and so slow was their progress that by the
Mowing dawn they were still some five or six miles
Sthe West of Portugal Point and the exit of the
1itta. And daylight showed them the big Spanish
ip ever at about the same distance astern. Uneasily
id at length Captain Luzan scanned her once more,
passed his glass to his lieutenant.
"See what she can tell you."
The lieutenant looked long, and whilst he looked
Slaw her making the addition of stunsails to the
antain of canvas that she already carried. This
announced to the Captain at his elbow, and then,
iving scanned the pennant on her fore-topmast,
1 was able to add the information that she was
le flagship of the Spanish Admiral of the Ocean-
1, the Marquis of Rii:onete.
That she should put out stunsails so as to catch
ke last possible ouIucP ,f the light airs increased
Ni Captain's susplwion that her aim was to over-
Mil him. and being imbued, as became an experi-
med seaman, whilst in these waters with a healthy
sltrust of the intentions; of all Spaniards, he took
tidecisiou. Crowdiniu all possible sail, and as close-
uled as he dared run. he headed south for the
Biter of one nf the harbours of the northern coast
(French HispaniIla Thither this Spaniard, if she
p indeed in pursuit. would hardly dare to follow
I. If she did. she would scarcely venture to dis-
Shostility. The manoeuvre would also serve to
bly a final test to her intentions.
The result supplied Luzan with almost immedi-
.certainty. At ouic' the great galleon was seen
tiVer in the same dtreit.ion, actually thrusting her


nose yet a point nearer to such wind as there was.
It became as clear that she was in pursuit of the
Bdarnais as that the Bdarnais would be cut off before
ever she could reach the green coast that was now
almost ahead of her, but still some four miles distant.
Madame de Saintonges, greatly incommoded in
her cabin by the apparently quite unnecessary list
to starboard, demanded impatiently to be informed
by Heaven or Hell what might be amiss that morn-
ing with the fool who commanded the Bearnais. The
uxorious Chevalier, in bed-gown and slippers, and
with a hurriedly donned periwig, the curls of which
hung like a row of tallow candles about his flushed
countenance, made haste to go and ascertain.
He reeled along the almost perpendicular deck
of the gangway to the ship's waist, and stood there
bawling angrily for Luzan.
The Captain appeared at the poop-rail to answer
him with a curt account of his apprehensions.
"Are you still under that absurd persuasion?"
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should a Spaniard be in pursuit of us?"
"It will be better to continue to ask ourselves
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snapped Luzan, thus, by his lack of deference, in-
creasing the Chevalier's annoyance.
"But it is imbecile, this!" raved Saintonges. "To


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Luzan's patience completely left him. "She'll be
infinitely more discomposed," he sneered, "if these
infantile fears are realized." And he added bluntly:
"Madame de Saintonges is a handsome woman, and
Spaniards are Spaniards."
A shrill exclamation was his answer, to announce
that Madame herself had now emerged from the
companionway. She was in a state of undress that
barely preserved the decencies; for without waiting
to cast more than a wrap over her nightrail, and
with a mane of lustrous black hair like a cloak about
her splendid shoulders, she had come to ascertain
for herself what might be happening.
Luzan's remark, overheard as she was stepping
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himself described as a paltry coward and a low,
coarse wretch. And before she had done, the Cheva-
lier was adding his voice to hers.
"You are mad, sir. Mad! What can we possibly
have to fear from a Spanish ship, a King's ship, you
tell me, an Admiral? We fly the flag of France; and
Spain is not at war with France."
Luzan controlled himself to answer as quietly as
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At. "'In these waters, sir, it is impossible to
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eight. I have been telling you this e ver since
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hMa very similar. Madame. however. was:
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ship. He uuild Ibe better fitted to cl-,mn!ia!d
en batteily."
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y to change th. se i-ne and the temnpels of t ne

igleoIis Hrea\l'.-i" S'! eamlled Madamen. anid
idieu!" swre h-.' hiusuand
p lady clutc:hd he!r Ibsouto. The Chevalr- r.
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accused oi cnwai-lice laughed outright with a
toured mall -.
on are .nsa'-i.d. Madame. Atnd ytI. sirt
r time perhaps yo'u will reflect lIbetre oi
r tears intantile aiid my uinduct imbecile."
th that he turned his hat k iiupon them. o that
jht speak to th- lietit.nant who had hias.erteid
elbow. He bawled an ordI r. It w.as lnstan.ily
4 by the whistle o.f the bnatswain's pipe. anlI
waist about Sainionges and his bride there
gudden jostling stir as the hands caine pourinri
heir quarters tin be marshalled fir whaiteer
ptain might reqiiire of then. Aloft thelr'e wa.
. kind of atlivity. Men were swar'in lthel-?
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mly spars that mii-lit Ibe l'rouhl down itn rli
aof action.
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i his distress.
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y unruffled, ultterd what ie helievcd to be
nce.
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"But you cannot go into action with Madame de
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"But they are brigands, then, these Spaniards?"
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The Captain was no longer heeding them. His
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"Keep to your course. Take advantage of this check
to make that harbour"
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CONQUEST

(Continued from Page 61)
blown off, revealing thick, soft, glossy hair, a wide
forehead beneath which two sparkling black eyes
twinkled mischievously. "By all the holy saints:"
swore Patrick, "if it isn't Maria! What on earth
are you doing in Jamaica, ninaf"
"Juan, darling," cried the girl, "aren't you glad
to see me once more? It's nearly three years since
we saw each other, and sometimes I wondered
whether you had been killed. But I asked and ask-
ed, when people came to Cuba from Jamaica, and,
some of them knew of you and told me that you
were still alive. And now the very day I land we
meet. Did you ever think to see me back in Ja-
maica, Juan?"
"No, Maria; your coming quite astounds me,"
Juan exclaimed. "You were glad to leave, remember,
and you were wise. But Jose-where is Jose? And
Dona Fuentes? And how comes it that you are
dressed like a man?"
"General de Sassi has been asking that the Ja-
maicans in Cuba should be sent back to their coun-
try to help drive out the English."
"True; but he meant men, not women."
"Because of that I cut my hair, dressed like a
man, gave my name as Pedro Fuentes, and was allow-
ed to come. Not till we were well away from Cuba
did anyone except Jose know I was a woman."
"But Jose?"
"He came too."
"Ah, I see. You would not have Jose come alone.
You are a brave and devoted wife, Maria."
She gave him a swift odd look that Patrick no-
ticed. The Irishman pursed his lips as though to
whistle. His mind went back to that night in the
clearing on the southside of the island when Juan
had rescued Maria, and to the something in her voice
and in her eyes that had warned him then that it
was as well for Jose that he and Maria were going
over to Cuba. He had believed that Maria was fall-
ing in love, suddenly it seemed, with the man about
whom her mother had been constantly talking. But
marriage and distance, he had thought, would soon
put an end to all that.
And now she was here again, and not quite the
same Maria as before.
Patrick realized this in a flash. Maria was
twenty now, and had developed in mind and will
as well as in body. Even though garbed in the ill-
fitting uniform of a Spanish soldier, which she may


have fashioned for herself f.r all he knew. s.he lok-
ed stronger, handsomer, mire determined than lie
had ever seen her. The intrveniung three years had
wrought a great change in her Indeed. nolt one w...
man in a thousand would have d...ne as she had-and
it was, he was convinced, not at all lbe, ase oft J:osf .
"Are there any little ines. seni.ra?" he a.k.-d
her with a chuckle.
"There was one, and it died "
"And your mother?"
"She is well."
"You think Jose will need yu I.-re?"'
"I wanted to come bat k. Sen-.r Patl ik Afteri
all, I am a Fuentes, and tti-sk oijtry hel.,'igs to II(-
as much as to any one else."
"True, senora; and bei.ause yi-u are a woinl:ln
you will no doubt offer the ii.anid's bh'pi~tality--.
such as it may be now-to ano-ther i\.inudl and i
stranger: yes?"
"Whom do you mean?"
"There she stands," said Pa-i. ik i,.ilntinig.
Maria turned, and for the fir't tinle obser,-l
Bridget, who had halted but six yards amay.. Brid-
get was unlike in appearance any S'paniard Mlarri
had ever seen. Her hair, like Pat's, was reil; PaitrI k
had said she was a stranger. One of the EnLlish
then, a captive? "Who is she'?"' Maiaria deded.
"A woman of the true faith, Maria." Juan re.
plied. "One who was sent to Janma.ca as a slave by
the English. I am glad njo that y.v.u have c '?ue.
because you can help her."
"If she is a slave she canl wrk-," sanj llMarin
shortly; "she looks strong euout-h."
"You do not understand, Malria. She is to lie
my wife as soon as we can rindl a pr'e1.'".
"Your wife!"
"Yes."
"But would you marry a i:.r ,-ner..Juan" Why.
you have always been Spanish ,f i tie Sianish. J:,
maican of the Jamaicans. HI.w iiv lo ki.no that
this girl is not a spy?"
"You will know she is i-ir v bq n yiu her-ar her
story, Maria," smiled Juan. "lim.nminli-r. I have .aid
that she is of our religion and i- nit Eni'lih But
I cannot explain now. You aind hep ih,.uld be t' ends.
though I am sorry that, ex:-i r'r sil -me wr..rtls ~h l
has learnt from Pat and my3-_lf., -hI, des t i't .peakl
our language."
He walked towards Britlg,-. ftil~o-edl I) Patrn i
and Maria. One glance at Marian tIld l3rid.-tr thit
she was a woman; but she sa'w noth!inl sJ-iijrriirine
in Maria's dress; she put that d.wun r, someic rea-.in
which these people doubtless .rpp'riod .if Juan tird
her that Maria was an old fri-nd, wh.. had jI~jt arrive


ed frum Cuba with her husband. ahom she4
wa\n to come alone to Jamatia He praised
devotion. Meanwhile the tw\o cirls eyed one4
andl there was open hostility in Maria'. look..l
Women often form swift likes and disl
what they believe to be a process of Iliitiol
their first impressions linger. But even if
had been im lined to like Maria. as another
to whom she rould tlurn fIor I.unipatldiinsl
,:amp of rough men and in a strange oun'iit
ve ry language she could not understand. the
,tute-rtined towards her )y lMaria was too
fi.i her to nmsunderstand it. Her. was end
dlisguised. here was an anltacLnimn there C
I.i doubting. VYit ihis girl wa- mai rid, a
had said that her hiii-banid 'was ith her q
.he was devoted to hint And they were o:f ti
taith. Thlli what wa s the reason -of the
blazed so fit.reiy in Mliaia'-, eye.
Revelation came with the iiiiestlon
Bridget had noti which Maria had accosted Juan: it now flash
her mind liat thi- Spanish girl had not n
to Jamaica beauise of her lusiband's eoni(
was Juan that had been the magnet. it w
with Juan that she had cr,,ssed th'- ea. So
in Patrick's face told her that Patri:k thou
also Patrick was troubled.
But she could do i.iothing. "....ild say
even. She was conscious of a f.-elhnig f' aim
sical -sickness. of a sensatlo.n of dread A
tion of peril It came to her with the- t'fol.of
that she hall escaped from one danger only;
into another.
Juan also was conlis ill.As tf a distur
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(Contiinud irom PIa 70)
to be sent ba.k to' Cuba. while this senorita
.alone-or without anoith'-r woman-in this
That wt.uld niiit I)pr,-'r, Patrick. Remem-
is unmarried. while I iav.- my husband with
fan look after her. Juan has said so him-

IVer." niuitter(d Pairilck: then aloud, "Well,
Be we had ititer hnd a hut .'ir something. The
.Aay not be here ii,r days."
y went f.iw.ard again. Juan taking Bridget
id Patrick walkmin wirh Maria. "Where is
oria?" he asked.
"the shore, helping to di.senibark the supplies.
join us shortly."
we shall join him; we have got to do our
'the work."
Sound a rainshackle structure which had
Seen hastily constructed a little time be-
lthin it was no furniture whatever, but all
Id be required for the night was some dried
pon which the tao women might sleep, and
.'two to serve fnr seats Four of them entered
hg the two men servants outside. The hut
It against a rocky eminence to the left as one
*orthward: it was within the precincts of the
lt the Spauiards had decided to build here,
tis spot it would be protected by a slight in-
irve of the elevared land from any shots that
Il fired from the -ea.
Il had handed his baa of golden discs to
h'before accosting the Spanish officer of the
rce a little while before; consequently the
pra knew nothing about this gold. "We had
p t it in here." he suggested to Patrick; "only
Will know anything about it."
r the General, when he comes?" asked

hall tell him about it." said Juan.
ihat is it you are talking of?" questioned
Nariously eyeing the four bags now lying on
bld in a corner of the hut.
liay Juan told her the story of what he intend-
Is with his little treasure. She smiled. "My
:always said there was some truth in the re-
ttyou were a ri:h man. amigo," she remarked;
iR are so secretive. ro Ieser'vd, that one knows
Htle about you.. But why give General de Sas-
0f your gold' It will only be wasted. Over
, Juan. no one b -lieves that de Sassi can
is island against thr- Enalish. It is lost, as I
la know yourself. Better keep what you have
~ays to crime '
dget agrees with nl at I pian," Juan replied;
Snot waut t everything for herself."
, Bridget'' ex.:ljimn-d Mlaria dryly. "I was

*won't talk any inmire, of this now. I would
that you do nth.it my inm.ther and I did with
IBrt at the ranI.h iiii'ee years ago; bury it in
und of this hut \~,u and Patrick can make
\e here; it would be wi;. not to let your
:,know of it"
are trustwa thy nimn." said Juan sharply.
Sbut why inot f ,lll w Ii.w your own past
Juan, and l-t is ife. people as possible
t you do? Look. I \\ill help."
!ran outside and sent i;rinez and his com-
ff to tell Jose where 'he was, bidding them
witb him until lie iould rejoin her. She
that this would rnu I)- for an hour or so,
n3en. who had 're-P.ni-,-d Maria and had
well in tormi'r ye.irs. had no doubt that
acting with Jiuan's peimLssion and so hast-
ey her order Shi- huri'rd back into the hut
'"Now if ynu are bu,lh not too tired and
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better start digging with your machetes at once,
while Bridget and I will go to some stream nearby
and tidy up ourselves."
"Don't drown Bridget," laughed Patrick, after
he had translated to the Irish girl Maria's suggestion.
"Maria seems to have taken charge of the situation
here," he continued, when the two girls had left the
hut; "she has become a different person from the
girl we used to know."
"I hope she and Bridget will be friends," said
Juan; "she was not very cordial when they met."
"I doubt if she is very cordial now," commented
Patrick. "Perhaps, Juan, she remembers that her
mother wanted you to marry her once; maybe Maria
herself wants you to marry her now."
"You do talk nonsense at times, Pat," Juan re-
plied with a laugh; "do you forget that Maria is
married and Jose is here?"
"Would that prevent a woman of Maria's tem-
perament from wishing anything?" chuckled Patrick.
"These are days of war, senor, when husbands die."
"When any of us may die," added Juan; "but
nothing will ever prevent you from talking wildly,
my friend."
Patrick said nothing. But he would keep an eye
on Maria, The warning he had given her as to not
drowning Bridget had not merely been uttered in
jest.

CHAPTER TEN

MARIA SPEAKS OUT
THE young officer to whom Juan had spoken on
his arrival at the Camp of the Conception had
been mistaken, and so had Maria been. The ships
from Cuba did not sail homeward on that same
night, for the work of unloading supplies was far
from completed when the rains began, as they did
on that same afternoon. Crouched in the hut, Juan
and Patrick and the two girls watched the water des-
cending in a solid sheet, saw the swift flashes of
lightning illuminate sea and land with appalling
splendour, heard the thunder crashing in the skies
and reverberating in the mountains, while through
the flimsy roof above them heavy drops pattered
down and soaked them to the skin.
"This may last for days," grumbled Maria; we
shall be penned in here like sheep."
"You might have avoided all this discomfort,
Maria, by staying in Cuba," Patrick pointed out; "but
of course you felt that you could not leave Jose, a
mere man, to face the situation alone. Your devotion
is remarkable."
In the twilight of the hut he could not see the
venomous glance the girl shot at him, but he guessed
it. He chuckled.
"And here," he continued, "is Jose himself."
The frail door of the hut was thrust hastily open
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Three years before he had been wildly- in love with
Maria; three years of marriage seemed to have sub-
dued his frenzy remarkably. Of the pair it was plain
that Maria was now the dominant partner; she it
was, on Jose's own admission, who had persuaded,
even compelled, him to return to Jamaica: she far
more than the General's order. From which both
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be a fight here shortly and that shlill I hItr' n.
After that, what?"
Juan waited until a t-rrii',rah i .i f til ind-i.
with its long tremendous i.-ieriler.it-ii..,! h. dir'i
away, before answering.
"No one has any right i : mi-iie tha.t -hlilli
be beaten," he insisted; "I ha'e s-aid tIl.t behlr,.. RI.,.
ria, and I say it again."
"What do you really. ritily b-l]i-v.- \ours-Ilf.
Juan?"
"That it is our duty t-i tilrd uniil ni,.t a iman .i
us is left alive."
"The same old Juan! .\lay.v liiiiL' in a t(rean
But I have learnt to face r-aliirf-, .senr.,r: I li:Ia.-
heard men who have been riiiiiel in ithie arny il
Spain say that to wait he:'- ti II :itiai kid, is far.il:
do you agree with that?"
"I do, Maria; that is why I c-IulJ lilk- r1h. (;e.i
eral to march against the Eiiinhlih i Santing..."
"But he won't?"
"I am afraid not."
"Then we are only fai-ini det'-at. Otlhe Jaitini
cans have seen that. Some hla. i- rnit'e!l ed in C_'iih;.
some, I have heard, have mai l- thrir ipMicei with
the English. They say over in Cu'iha that a [e-w A,
our people have been allowed to remain in this island
as friends of the English, while the rest wvhr hale
surrendered have been permitted to leave in peace.
Those who remain are well treated, are given land.
may live in comfort. That is not s,, bad for them.
Juan."
"Is that why you and Jose have iome river t.o
Jamaica?" coldly enquired Juan "But surely you
could have had land in Cuba."
"You insult us, Juan!" exclaimed Jse holly.
"We have come to fight, and, if neel] be. die."
"That is not the teniir uf Maria's remarks."
laughed Patrick; "she rather suaeti ts that the better
plan would be to surrender and live in pea:e in this
country."
"I have suggested nothing. Senor Patrik."
snapped Maria; "you were always the one to he rqu,, i
in arriving at conclusions. Rut I admit that I doin'i
see the wisdom of dying for a lost iause. and ili'i
is all the prospect that any .ft' yiii hold i.ut \he-
we are dead, what becomes of the cai'- ?"
The heavy beat of the rain. the lurid flashes 11
lightning, the ear-splitting crashes anl Illun. haklio-
rolls of thunder had made thi. rirjvp'-rtin nat eas-
to maintain; and now nII 1Ol i. Iriineid rIi MarI .I
question. But in one of the iitihiing I.-lle. Patri. k
had noticed the expression i:i .lee's ft':i? it c\a;
that of a man who realized rth fu!llity ia' ihc- -t!il-l-e


I.hait v.a hell b ni_ i il IIIlarMn-,i aIl- l A h,. c. % .. ret...l Iu
h,. liid Itb.( tI for ',: -d l" tak .1i .y parr Ini ir
Tli' y slirept Itel-- rl %ety W i -n i thr i h ii hr. 'i;-liiI
i'?tle ,Mid i-' l 'I f i' h i' I- .., lrm .,'hi ll Bl
t h-iy wer. hinarl'-ne id jl id .' .. ii-t..noi r... t i..Ii:iil .I a
dJiti i-.. and tlih y realti--ll tli.It IIi. a .- .1.,r
W\lih n m.l'irll I LA InII-i Irt nI -J till I iinin1
Ih i'. ll'h l i n, s'., li h vily a r inll i l uih e hi'e... Jol
Iih d it huasl i, l;aIk It l i l'- ii i. tay. i 'i.. tlih iieh thb
it-. n, it I ut .h (l-t I ilnl ihna I ti r l- irSpa I i'lc rl: S in
Ih l l n'V .)t111ed hI d. l d- I ;\ Ij, y -jq.t' 'i h 11 l.o' f wO e
Ji [ani anld Pat I. ll-.. 1 .I i 1j i n j 1. 1 [.t1 in their qil'
-if CrtIlit llhiii '- .ii, n.i O.-dr. i n.tiw the l-. t11 :, h s-iI
I II '- t' el '* rlid .II = t1 il'i ht l .. n .i (i fI r..lll I'u






li. 1 11i1i .-l l I' I Ie i I a a.-1iV.t'i ..,lie i i Ih, t I j
llh d Illtle .. Iit l th y l ha l I li il.l ,.,.i:i t.. ua ke lw

I hl r!n .ia d lDrlI'uet t-iol I,-'r j oillt T icv r lad
a clhalriini t e i rn. -.ir. Ili, rlatylM up if t hi- h u a
Iiit ofl the (iiii-isti n. t he ny R'i.uld h ,nt -l.\ hhxc'h :1 &, tg
h arid The a \\tie r h ie the ily i .i, W In.-li iii this carn
Rhiy shi'toull ( Iav- lbeenr ir;ain t .tIic-.rlier lIy Ithatl
i i llll'nIslan e lit. lnd B rl' t i i l~e, Juld haiv.- h ein glad
lhnt niinbet f lendly 1 i;hi Mar'l a. ri'iiter wva- s soi.:.: 1
hy Iinatur'. we u. an .a 'frnd .4f ikilinj a: Juail asa
sil, niee: shelit,. would eludly l liav', s eized ll hi pp,:,rtuint
..h learlnilnu a fe n wird. ufSpani ih fr..n lllo other
had the latter ,hiiwn anly willing es tn i teacns lh
But Maria's faTe beiime O.-tnnv when rha- n-n Ili
left. With 'right elbow -i.n knee. and chin in the e
of her band. she l-brouided. And Bridi t I- lteined
silelnaie tu the rain.
Bridget reiugnis di that Maria wad g.i...d h' 1a
at. a handsome, deternmined yolunpe w.,mnan In 1
dark eye i'l.weld the Iire oft intense f.elingi her
pier lip. a trifl- .I-Ie. ci.llno firi'ly' di wni upon t
I-0utiIil lF wV-%rV lip. a ;rr..n', g I i .utth hei-r<. and 1
chin was as resilt teli fir'lined Eve-ry nii. w and tll
she claned at Bridpit. and the Iril.h irl rahli
hliat she was t ll ikil ah.tl, liher ;I ppri':I llly, t
d -ridedly iIn n,., friendly fashi..n TIhi. ari...u
.!:'idyet's res-ntinie-nt She felt that if thei're was
he unr betw,..-iin hier ;'id Ml'a shlh> wo.ulild Lo.w 1|
she 'Rls' iull inht And if th.,- fieht \a;is t.-. be
Jainn. sh i- n iild k-erp hin iiin ie rf -ill thatN MI
night enitdea ..IC' ti, doi.
.\rt ntera.ils the rain ieri-,d. iillI thiii the t
3. niil wrnnie-ln w-it tl iIIIn thle m..pi.n .-i I rankeded abi
th nll W i ll. i.,' hjblit aill ini ir. th.l' -r nil I i fe aw )
til-y .i'. d h.iii-ni i h its ra. s'. thi t the-ir' i lth
night ,-et dry. W thiii their huit M.i i.i. iiith lit a
'ilectl. icnitndi a fire ah, iit ..ii i... it she r.al
,m f- If ithe- .ierlor. d niP.i it h:r liad iee i-i bro
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from Cuba, and toasted a few thick cassava cakes
for both of them and their men folk to eat when
these should cease to work. Later on the women
were informed that the men would build some shelt-
er for themselves nearby, and that the hut would
be for the women alone. Thus three or four days
went by, and then General de Sussi's men began to
straggle into the camp.
Even Bridget realized that they were a scare-
crow lot, both those who were the Jamaicans and
those who had come over from Mexico. Most of
them were barefooted, all ill-clad, many the merest
boys, not one of them looking like a soldier. But
they were put to work at once, felling trees to make
a stockade that was to form a fort, and also to build
huts in which to live. At last the General came
himself, an elderly man, lean, haggard, with grizzled
hair and beard, and so full of duties and anxiety
that he could hardly devote five minutes to Juan
when the latter presented himself to him a couple
of days after.
Juan had determined to persist in his effort to
induce the General not to remain at Rio Nuevo to
be attacked. He knew de Sassi was fond of him
and would forgive this interference; besides, he had
a gift to make to the cause. He told the General
of the gold he had brought, and de Sassi's eyes light-
ed up.
"Where is it, Juan?" he asked.
"Safely buried in the hut our women occupy,
Excellency."
"Good. Let it remain there for the present. It
is as safe there as it could be anywhere else, and
I would not use it now. If I sent it to Cuba for
the purchase of supplies, I should probably be cheat-
ed by the people over there; only you and a few
others could be trusted to take it, and I cannot spare
a trustworthy man just now. I suppose you know
we may be attacked at any moment?"
"You will be, General, if you remain here; more
than one heretic ship has lately been seen in the
offing; they have come to spy upon us. Our only
hope is to march upon Santiago and surprise the
English."
"March without shoes, Juan, and over rough
mountains and through forests? How far should
we get, and what could we do when we reached
Santiago?"
"But to stay here, General, is to invite defeat
and extermination."
"We may be able to hold the enemy off, and
to inflict heavy losses upon him, Juan. Remember,
we shall fight behind a stockade, and our camp
slopes upwards. If the English land from their
ships we can sweep them with the cannon we have
and with our muskets; we shall be safe enough
within our fort. After such a defeat they will leave
us alone, and then the King may send at last the
fleet I have been praying for. Only a fleet to at-
tack the English ships, with enough men to march
on Santiago, can drive the enemy out now; that is
quite clear. All we can do is to continue to hold the
country, as I hope to hold it."



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M R W\. J. PALMER. .1 P. arrived in this island ,,n
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may be said t:, bhave sprut hi fir-t year in g-tting
h11 Ijearines. In lei,.mnilllg taniiiiar with conditions. a'
the end oft that y.tar lipemnharkl.d piion a :areer i.f
active s,.n a1l service in thi-. :i,,untlry. therefore il i l!.47


he nimy lie raid to have le Oi if- t, ar nas a1 Jamaica
sin Ial wnrker.
Him- is a man ,f uhflalpii_2 enerl' y and f -. ustain.-
-l( Ilteri-l' t ill \ihhatev. r lie undertak.-s. It is by U1'
:ImansI surpril'sinv that airi Ibeeonming a nimenher of'
the C'ujnnimrtee of tIhe Kingitoti Charity Organisatl.in
St iety in 1116. and d,.orkliac steadily in that capacity
f,.,r -nme 1x y'arl's. h.- .-hoiild have been applintedl
VYice-Pr,.-ideti in 19'22 anli Pliesident some iten years


Thb rijder imani bpko' nithi the finality rif dc -
Ipair Jui.n :.aliiti ant d \i.nut liha k i n hi, li hit
"'Ve1ll'" a-ked Mari
"We'. rtlmain livre. t i'-h l I[ wf e .llti<-ed "
SY'lu l li.-' Il.tha that Ul ai l {I-,t'.-a1. ,,nU't youu
J uI n '
He ild ni..i aiisr -r. luit s.li I ad hlits answer
in Ills eye z.'
".Lt us valk." -.1 siIL -'-stred, "jI.n t 'oI and ml i,
alonSi." I I-. intti n i. ild.i '- .. ly -nt.- fl .
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after. He is Pi.-silent still. The members have had
ini: reason t., I'earmt il e confidence they placed in him.
It was as Presiideiit of the Kingston Charity Organi-
atian Scivety, tio. that Mr Palmer was made a
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in thles-e cnne. tiiiin. Suffire it to say that as VicE-
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as Or)eaisi iih Secrettary. and then Treasurer, of the
Jalnaiua Scial Purity Association. as a member and
as Ae'i.li i Chairman .i n ii several occasions of the Brit-
ish Sailor, S So,.iety. Mr. Palmer has an admirable re-
c. rd .[f' .,-ial work to his credit. It was unly last
3tar halt the Board if Directors of the British Sail-
i<.rs Sicielly inI London passed a special resolution mak-
ing him a member of the English Society in recogni-
tion of services rendered by him to sailors here. This
is an honouir seldom onferred, since its Constitution
restricts liemeiibrship uf the Society to one hundred
persons throughout the world, and membership is
understood to be for distinguished assistance to sail-
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the trend of hi, activities and of his natural inclina-
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the Jamlaica Masonic Benevolent Association and a
ntnmbh r of its Board of Management. For it may
truly he said that benevolent work has an irresistible
atltra.-tlion -fer hnim. But he has also been. during the
la-t few .it.ar-. the DLeputy District Grand Master of
En-lli-h Fr'r--niasory in Jamaica, his activities as a
lasoin Ihavn'ii h;i-n widely appreciated.
When in Eneland during the summer of this year
il:';7i Mr Palner found himself the recipient of
'n\ilationl; to fuli [lions all over the United Kingdom:
lie di.::-i.er,-d that lie was better known and reog
nisd in tht Old Country than he had imagined.
He has ri-e.eived the King's Jubilee Medal, the Coro-
nation Medal. and is a member of any number of
Clubs and Sol'leties in Jamaica. Obviously an ex-
trelnily htiu.y Inan who never loses his enthusiasm
and cher-rfjlness. and who always finds that he can
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0 misunderEstandinig.
or Dios! no' Maria." he exclaimed. startled
ej you much: but you, you loved Jose: and
is now your husband."
.y mother wanted you for me. as you know."
fntinued rapidly. "but I was very young and
Spiqued becaus.- you never seemed to give me
ht, while Joue was always making hlve to
Believed I loved him. yet now I know. Juan.
t was you I really loved. It flashed upon me
lnght when you saved me from those men who
mie from our ranch, and I have known it ever
Mightn't it have been the same with yuu.
Don't you realise that nuw?"
en if I did Maria-and I don't-it would
i;n to think of it nuw. You are married, and
I be married within a few days Our r.'-

Our religion doesn't affect given some if our
'" she scoffed. -and love is more to me than
lng else in the world. I love you. Juan. and
t you. It is for you that I have come front
Fly with me. caro mio. and leave all this be-
Let us go to the English: they will receive us
You have gold, we shall be rich. and-"
And Jose?" he asked her quietly, restraining
r at her unblushing proposition
,oe will be glad. He is as weary of me as
of him. I have seen him making eyes at the
:In Bayamo: aftlr one year we had had more
,enough of each other. My old mother was
,Jfuan, Jose is not the husband for me"
,t he is your husband." be retorted grimly:
Church has made you two one."
There are many whom Holy Church has made
o have not remained so." she replied; "and
Sto think of our happiness."
t my happiness is with Bridget. not you." he
llAnd now his voice was angry. "You have lost
te of shame. Maria- you have become a wan-
You would have me betray my king and coun-
our own people. You would have me rob
e from my friend. You would have me o:nm-
lifelong adultery-"
3 that so strange among our people?" she flun.i
with a sneer.
Devil has taken possession of you." he cried
d, I suppose, you think you have an anlle!
Bridget of yours! She lines to you now.
ause you have rescued her from slaverv
ls proud and haughty; I can see that. A.ni
of her own kind, her own people'. could gi i'
om from slavery she would desert yon Io-


Ilrri'ti.w To he'- yViii aI I.I ly j cfiiivent1e? n e. ai
Spanish d, g. as liese Enilii s tall you, and yet y'u
imagine that she loves yr..u! And what would she
do in C'uba if yioui sent her there? Do you tilink
the people iit Cuba wiouhl like a red-headed strancer-
who might be a spy for all they knew? You are a
fool. Juan. and youi havI always been a fool. But
I have not finished with you yet. I--
"Juan. Juan'"
They both heard Bridcet's vuice as sihe >ame
hurrying towards hemn. She had seen thc:.m g-.'
had guessed that aria had enticedl Juan away f,.r
no righteous purpose. had hesitated. and then had
made up lier iniiid ti. fillw them. As she drre-
near she had heard their uantry voices. and event:
while Juan. in a transport ..i anger. itad raised hi..
arm to push Maria .Iway she had called out 'o
him.
He paused, indt in a nliiilt slie vwas at his sid,-.
"'What has she been saying to you. dear she ques.
tioned
"Sh'e wants me to i'vo away with hier." he ans-
wered bluntly: "she hates bothI yoru and her huii-
band, and the cause fjur whii.h we fight."
"A traitress and a wanton." exclaimed Bridaet
filerely- *'I suspected ai nuchi A vile woman.'n w-h.l
looks what she is. Let her go. Juan; I would not
share the hut one other nriht with her. She is more
dangerous than the heretic English."
"I believe you." said Juan: "but because I lhav:'
known her since she was a .hild I will say n'.thirine
uf this to the (etiineml But she must tlind oth r


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.'iil te'rs -1i.- iannl.'t lnay any loingcer with you. Not
t.ii aln lO:'ii ."
In :I Cfe'A wr,',d l he inf'oriined !\iar:i ,of 1 the il ,-
Si:n lie hadl rea, i.hd: she laughed
"Atid did y...i think I was likely tI. slcep in Ih.?
sanie i.: r.n with red-head after this.' l she mockle'l.
"Oh. no Ad'ios. t c.l': I think y'ii will s-c ini.-
aisainI."
Walth that sle turned f'r.tui thiiieiI anl walked
,.nvralsd; tile topp,.- tte side r-t" tie hajby where the laniI
a;s hi2hil and the wood gU'rw thlik. They wat. li-d
her' dii-app- r !' t.' the i'ect.e s of thlis wood
"Wlhat niAl she do nw?" w onijiered Bridget
"Remnlan ;iiawy tor a while. and then go to her
Itlibdljid s'*il Juan: "'there is linotulli else for her
i,. i..' Sh- ki.-w- I wiIl vay in lhig to Jo e."
"A.\rd we. what shall we i.."'
A prie'i-t cuni, ':, tr ino'orrow. ar'issimn. he \'iil
ii:iarry us
"II have Ie '-n w.aitine fi'r thliat." said BridLet. with
a happy ladli. She felt iertaini of Juan
The pi'iest came that night. and Juan saw hinm
As the 2irl was ,of the Faith, he readily agreed to
marry th-m. even though the words of the wedding
service wri.ild have to be interpreted to her The
mnarriaoe w.,iuld take place in the following forenoon.
And on the niiruiiTr.w. with Patrick and two or
three ni-ni as witnesses. Father Telles perfornred
lheo service anid blessed them. and pronounced them
man and wife. During the i.eremoniy they had heard
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(HAPTERI ELEVEN

THE CAPTUREE
THE -lnemny'. ship r had i nie by way of the east.
',undcd the rithlt arm of the Day. and had at
niii.e beiIn the b nombardmenelt. They tlood close t!i
the shur..-. where the idater aas deep tinough for th-pi
I., i.ini, utre a hitliO t dany ri'Sk. alnd thlir 1Ulni rAe--.
;r. trained ihat t he rjilid shot ari'i k the stocka.l
S2ai ii .iti angai., ith vid. ni inti nit ti... l ttter i'
dir,, II
I;.eatjltiir the mI in .f G,-i.n ral die SJ-si[ s arni
%t r'e l)iivsy iii their det'rlthi Th,-ir forticaril- it 3
i re nir. ye-t iliilte ii.ritrpleted. thli y hal hut half .
id.z.-n i rn ]l l il aiii i \i hliit the re-.li-f l r.. Ir.-int (ii)
had brought, buit they plai'ed dependence ,il the -.it. ,
tril (.f 111.-r l' ,r l.,lilt as it \w1 -. aLaln1 t hi- ii n .iu -
[lin-lll ill.p w ith a i L1 -pt in rlp 1 tr in t''r.)it '\ hi% h it
R:dIl u.I L 1 l e.asv r 9 a li r med attackers t,- siF r 5
nalieos-. especially ast they nut rd he river that
flow\-il litbeitee their landinii-plaedc and the fturt above
Tihre w-as nli time for Juan and Par'il.k ti do?
mnire ia lin take the inost |ierfune-try leave rif Brildept
Th.-y hurried her bark to her hut. biddingp hi-r remaiiii
out of harm's way: the canalun shot from the lh.1--
".uld inot rea.ih her, unless she left hir nn sil hiltrid
inet'-hllbtrhod. Then. arliling bteinsl-lvrie with miln
ket t.nd maucehete-Juian not forgetting his ever-fairth
till bln--Lt-hy ha'.tnedr i to the stockade where tile
re.it of the men were being disposed to best advant-
age. Frinn there they could easily see the bay in
which rode six or seven English warships. and boats
filled with men that pulled towards the shore
'o it had come at last. the big battle hetw.-enr
Englnand ani Spain for the final possessihU of .Ia-
ina, a. Hitherto the fighting had been hete-iite
-.mall detar hnienrts of men 'r a c.iuple of ships n.it
eitlier side. and on the day when the Engli.h had
landed r5nime three years before there had been I1.,i
'iElrngle whatever. Rut r.ver a thousands soldiers-
.-n eith,-r sidIe were Low engaged. larne foric,.s .1
sui h alln o:CRasion. and de Sassi was certain that if
lie rieilld beat rif ihi- English with heavy loss thitt
wi.- ldl rI'l. i- all the neighboring colonies of Hi-.
Catholle Kin- to omrme 1.t Jamaica's asiistante. On
ItI- -rile Edwarl DOyl-y. head of the English aimn -
,f i, uipation. hid rnade up his mind that the Spran.
i'!i resi-mtancre nmurlst now be hruken once f.ir all
This wa' to he what Oliv.r Crtnriwell t\\Inld have.
all.1 lithe t ir-witin i merr.y."


Tile gtuni firoi iiit h.. li.i tlhulndered ein
tihe giins fi.tl,. I.i toirt :aIllt ,lred. hut the
o)uld nut I taarry as fir as the water uip
danced the bh.at. that were pulled inesLra
ward. Patrir k served a gui perhaps the b
of all that de Sa-,si conrirolld. Juan stood
him. Impatn-int for an opportunity of char|
iereruy whcn he 4h,.uld land and.begin his
wards the fo'rt. Nenhtr rIf them gave a th
Maria. In the e\i ienenlet oft that iniorning'
sni- had p.lised entirely ,,ut >if their minds.
But Maria lad not fIrrzitten thrni.
i\\lhin the had left Juan and Bridget on
hi.ie the pren.riii- day.. -Il- had retired
wi.id i t think iiii1 her plans. She did not
lhat .Jil'il wiillld say aiiythliiL l, Jose. an
i-it nmaittri- nl h 1.1 her if lie should. She
there f'roim th. [talk -he had heard in t
that lie Enilish rineht c(nme in their ships
inoment to-, cie lbatti to th- Spaniardls, t
-lie_ hani -Cd i tied =i.. do alone hat she had
thnt Jiian wi.ild .l-in her in d,..InL. She
veloped a lreat contempt for the warlike-
of her nown people- she had never forgo
panir- that had seized them on that day w
Enelish had landed in Jlamarna She would
to the English: more. if e lived. she would
it that Juan fell into their hands also Bri
unlc5ss .he -shi.nild he killed. as Maria ho
she would hie DBit Juan must be set rc
Bridcet shiltld relirnrI ti hler status as a
She hadl noticed hbeach.d here and thl
the narrow strip of shore some small boats
lon-'ied to the Jamaicans. These were fral
not make Irua distances. but were safe en-
the enterprise The had in view. With this
her mind she had returned that night to th
bought out J.ose. and explained to him that
determined lnot to lodge any longer with
who dill nlnt like her: the weather was an
she said. ant she would nct ihjeer ti slee
the open until slie rould find a hut. He r
objei tinrn h. had] lon incice ceaised t nhbjept
propositions that 'ame from Maria He. of
as a soldier. had to lodge with the other t
lie had nI. doubt that Maria rcoi!d take g
of herself
After her interview with her husband
stolenn out of the campn aalln. for. as ius
Slaniard-. kep t hilt 'careless wvat h when no
are d.raner seemed to threaiu S llp had sn
with her. lie woiuldi sleep bheni.ath the trees.:
she w'as tii- first ion.n at Rio Niievro 0
English Chips sailinh n eastward on the f









ihen they wei'r about a mile away. At
it into execution the plan that she had
Sa mere canre. layv .ui the beach below
story upon which she had maintained her
e hurried down to it. seized the paddles,
f.of towards th' approaching squadron.
UL.mander's shp led the rest. The watch
;y the boat with but a single occupant
isdily towards them- and passed the word
onmel D'Oyl.-y hims.lr went to the prow
tout; for an instart he wondered if this
1iiissary sent t, l offr surrender. He or-
Vlt, Maria canip- iiidently up to the side
S11and clambered up the ladder lowered
iivenienie. In a; tri- she was standing
i man who re-pr'eJenrit the new owners
C, The upper parr if her jacket was
E:Swelling bosnm u.,uld easily be seen.
b er part saw a man in early middle age,
lute face and i.le.ar blue eyes; spare, erect,
:.inch a soldier.
by spoke no Spanish. he had no English,
re were Interpreters on board. Colonel
took the youth. -wh-m hlie had at once re-
a a girl, to hi- I.their way.
INterpreter wa's a r',rtnruese, one of those
gone over to the I.onquerors three years be-
who had learnt enough English in the
i to act as a medulinu of understanding be-
i two peoples. Maria ,ame to the point at
S::Laniards are expecring you," she said;
I built a furt of trets with a few guns-"
!imany guns?" demanded Colonel D'Oyley.
or eight."
Sor small?"
. many men hate rhb Spanish got?"
L not sure: bur I should say not more than
ud in all, ani many of them boys."
j.they trained?"
ije heard it said that they are not; in fact,
k from Cuba had n, h-ope that they could
i.your troops."
la sure they cannot." smiled the Command-
v; "this is their la't land. But why do
* to tell me all this"
a se I have been badly treated, and because
It.would be better for til Jamaicans in this
to make their submission to the English."
lould he," arire-l D'Oyley; "but I am
itt that is too late iiut.. We do not want
is any longer. They must go."
:necessarily all Why do you ask that?"
:lase 1 should like to rrmnain-with Captain
hdez."
iTi heard of him. a dangerous follow. But
,aunt to remain, senirita? That would be
range, if the reports about him are true."
could keep him until the others left," an-
ti la coolly; "yc' can take him prisoner for
that is what I have L.ume to suggest."
i d! And how should we know him? And
pld we do ihis for yoiii You cannot help
SThere is no -ay .of taking the Span-
.ove by direct attack- we know that. You
Sus no other way. anil nothing that you
uB is of any assistance. We may shoot
i Mendez (if yours. ir take him prisoner,
my escape we Lannout he sure. Anyway it
ake much differeice You understand?"
Maria replied. looking D'Oyley full in
i; "but if he is killed, or escapes, his gold
ey: you: do Uyo understand?"
I didn't know that any of the people
Sany gold."
in has. and I know where it is hidden.
* me would you learn in time to take it."
M nobody else know of it-except Juan
ig course?"
In thought rapidly Were she to mention
and Patrick this man might decide to wait
i/eould get these into his power before prom-
anything. Patrick. she felt, would say
Bridget, to help herself and Juan, might
Ithe hiding place of Juan's small treasure.
it answer evasively.
do not know: but I suppose not. At any
in take you to the spot, where the gold is
ad all I ask is that you should not kill
iM but capture him alive and keep him in
ee. I also will emnain. Is this too much

i as a matter of fact it is not. But how are
ow this Juan of yourss'
biys he carries a bow and arrows. He is
bftout them. No other man in the camp
is impossible to mistake him."
w..:hat if he is killed, senorita?"
Syou do not get the gold."
you do not recover your freedom."
t will not matter "
I::' see. You desire this Captain Juan Men-
ill, we shall do our best. But, remember,
I taken a prisoner of war and wants to be
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I shall not be able to hold him here. We do not
make slaves of the Spanish. With that proviso I
agree to what you have proposed."
"There is one another thing, senor."
"Yes? what?"
"I shall accompany your men when they land.
I can point out Juan-and anybody else."
"That might be helpful, senorita; but I do not
see a woman fighting in the midst of my troops.
Besides, you might be killed."
"I am willing to take the chance of that."
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D'Oyley; then he thought to himself: "A strange
piece; something quite out of the ordinary."
"You must dress as an English soldier," he
commanded, "so you will be safe amongst our men
and not be recognized by yours. But I will decide
when you are to land. And now we'll go on deck,
for the battle begins at once."
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their ears, and yet another. He hurried away, and
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gle on the shore, then noticed that the English
were withdrawing to their boats. The first skirm-
ish had gone in favour of the defenders.
Her heart was in her mouth. Not for herself,
but for Juan. She knew him; he would be amongst
the first to come to grips with the English, he would
expose himself recklessly and would be encouraged
to do so by that daredevil Patrick. What of the
girl, Bridget? Would she too fight by Juan's side,
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problem.
And Jose? It didn't matter much what should
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contempt.
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knew that when the English had re-embarked and
from the boats could train their muskets on his men
it was prudent to seek shelter. He and his com-
rades were flushed with victory; the General too
was jubilant; but Patrick realized that this was but
a trifling brush and that the battle had not even
yet properly begun. He was right. With the with-
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ilst others fight my battles for me?"
aou have a lady on board," Saintonges raged
"Madame de Saintonges must be placed in

e is in no danger at present. And we may
.A while ago you accused me of cowardice.
u would persuade me to become a coward.
sake of Madame de Saintonges I will not
battle save in the last extremity. But for
extremity I must stand prepared."
was so grimly firm that Saintonges dared
'io fuhrher. Instead, setting his hopes upon
Heaven-sent rescuers, he stood on the hatch-
B, and from that elevation sought to follow
rtnes of the battle which was roaring away
ward. But there was nothing to be seen now
great curtain of smoke, like a vast spreading,
Sihg cloud that hung low over the sea and
fed for perhaps two miles in the sluggish air.
Isomewhere within the heart of it they con-
I for awhile to hear the thunder of the guns.
i:came a spell of silence, and after a while on
Muthern edge of the cloud two ships appeared
rere at first as the wraiths of ships. Gradually
Sand hulls assumed definition as the smoke
agway from them. and at about the same time
rt of the cloud began to assume a rosy tint,
afg swiftly to orange. until through the thin-
-amoke it was seen to proceed from the flames
ip on fire.
ILt the poop-rail, Luzan's announcement
Relief at last to the Chevalier. "The Spanish
is burning It is the end of her."


of the two ships responsible for the destruc-
the Spanish galleon, remained hove to on the
f action, her oats lowered and ranging the
n her neighbourhood. This Luzan made out
his telescope. The other and larger vessel,
from that brief decisive engagement with-
be scars, headed eastward, and came beating
t the wind towards the B6arnais, her red
gilded beakhead aglow in the morning sun-
till she displayed no flag, and this circum-


stance renewed in Monsieur de Saintonges the appre-
hensions which the issue of the battle had allayed.
With his lady still in her half-clad condition, he
was now on the poop at Luzan's side, and to the
Captain he put the question was it prudent to re-
main hove to whilst this ship of undeclared nation-
ality advanced upon them.
"But hasn't she proved a friend? A friend in
need?" said the Captain.
Madame de Saintonges had not yet forgiven
Luzan his plain speaking. Out of her hostility she
answered him. "You assume too much. All that
we really know is that she proved an enemy to that
Spanish ship. How do you know that these are not
pirates to whom every ship is a prey? How do we
know that since fire has robbed them of their Spanish
prize they may not be intent upon compensating
themselves at our expense?"
Luzan looked at her without affection. "There
is one thing I know," said he tartly. "Her sailing
powers are as much in excess of our own as her
armament. It would avail us little to turn a craven
tail if she means to overtake us. And there is an-
other thing. If they meant us mischief one of those
ships would not have remained behind. The two of
them would be heading for us. So we need not fear
to-do what courtesy dictates."
This argument was reassuring, and so the Bdar-
nais waited whilst in the breeze that was freshening
now the stranger came rippling forward over the
sunlit water. At a distance of less than a quarter
of a mile she hove to. A boat was lowered to the
calm sea and came speeding with flash of yellow oars
towards the Bdarnais. Out of her a tall man climbed
the Jacob's ladder of the French vessel, and stood
at last upon the poop in an elegance of black and
silver, from which you might suppose him to come
straight from Versailles or the Alameda rather than
from the deck of a ship in action.
To the group that received him there-Monsieur
de Saintonges and his wife in their disarray, with
Luzan and his lieutenant-this stately gentleman
bowed until the curls of his periwig met across his
square chin, whilst the claret feather in his doffed
hat swept the deck.
"I come," he announced in fairly fluent French,
"to bear and receive felicitations, and to assure
myself before sailing away that you are in-no -need
of further assistance and that you suffered no damage
before we had the honour to intervene and dispose
of that Spanish brigand who was troubling you."
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whilst his men had taken scarcely a scratch. The
fight, he explained, had been as brief as, in one
sense, it was regrettable. He had hoped to make
a prize of that fine galleon. But before he could
close with her, a shot had found and fired her powder-
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i.and so the little affair ended almn.'st b-lf..rl'-
rell begun. He had picked up n.ost tof hI>,
Shis consort was s.tll at that wi.rk of ri', u.
for the flagship of the Admiral idf the O..:--i-
iiee what's left ..f her. and \eIy s.,';i y.-ii
ne even that."
carried oif this aiyI tlrldaut [i' .t li I."
t cabin, and in tihe inI i o :f FraIii li hi.-v
EH opportuneness and the \itr ry wlhlh ihad
them from ills unnamahble et i l thruIlh,.i,
from black.aud-slit-r no hiir of hi i.l1--.
lationality, alth,,ugh this thr ei-ssed ft'..l .
at to be Euglish. Santiti,u :- ut last. .; ..
I the matter obliquely.
Sfly no flag, sir," he said. when they hal

swarthy gentleman laughed He conveyed
region that laughter camie to him readily
be frank with you. I am of those \ho fly any


flag that the occasion may demand. It might have
been reassuring if I had approached you under French
colours. But in the stress of the hour I gave no
thought to it. You could hardly mistake me for a
foe."
"Of those that fly no flag?" the Chevalier echoed,
staring bewilderment.
"Just so." And airily he continued: "At present
I am on my way to Tortuga, and in haste. I am
to assemble men and ships for an expedition to Mar-
tinique."
It was the lady's turn to grow round-eyed. "To
Martinique?" She seemed suddenly a little out of
breath. "An expedition to Martinique? An expedi-
tion? But to what end?"
Her intervention had the apparent effect of tak-
ing him by surprise. He looked up, raising his brows.
He smiled a little, and his answer had the tone of
humouring her.
"There is a possibility-I will put it no higher-
that Spain may be fitting out a squadron for a raid
upon Saint Pierre. The loss of the admiral which
I have left in flames out yonder may delay their
preparations, and so give us more time, It is what
I hope."
Rounder still grew her dark eyes, paler her
cheeks. Her deep bosom was heaving now in tumult.
"Do you say that Spaniards propose a raid upon
Martinique? Upon Martinique?"
And the Chevalier in an excitement scarcely less
marked than his wife's added at once: "Impossible,
sir. Your information must be at fault. God of my
life! That would be an act of war. And France and
Spain are at peace."
The dark brows of their preserver were raised
again as if in amusement at their simplicity. "An
act of war. Perhaps. But was it not an act of war
for that Spanish ship to fire upon the French flag
this morning? Would the peace that prevails in
Europe have availed you in the West Indies if you
had been sunk?"
"An account-a strict account-would have been
asked of Spain."
"And it would have been rendered, not a doubt.
With apologies of the fullest and some lying tales
of a misunderstanding. But would that have set
your ship afloat again if she had been sunk this
morning, or restored you to life so that you might
expose the lies by which Spanish men of State would


cover the misdeed? Has this not happened, too, and
often, when Spain has raided the settlements of other
nations?"
"But not of late, sir," Saintonges retorted.
Black-and-silver shrugged, "Perhaps that is just
the reason why the Spaniards in the Caribbean grow
restive."
And by that answer Monsieur de Saintonges was
silenced, bewildered.
"But Martinique!" wailed the lady.
Black-and-silver shrugged expressively. "The
Spaniards call it Martinico, Madame. You are to
remember that Spain believes that God created the
New World especially for her profit, and that the
Divine Will approves her resentment of all inter-
lopers."
"Isn't that just what I told you, Chevalier?" said
Luzan. "Almost my own words to you this morning
when you would not believe there could be danger
from a Spanish ship."
There was an approving gleam from the bright
blue eyes of the swarthy stranger as they rested on
the French captain.
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have now the proof of it, I think, that in these waters,
as in the islands of the Caribbean Sea, Spain res-
pects no flag but her own unless force is present 1o
compel respect. The settlers of every other nation
have experienced in turn the Spaniard's resentment
of their presence here. It expresses itself in devas-
tating raids, in rapine, and in massacre. I need not
enumerate instances. They will be present in your
mind. If today it should happen, indeed, to be the
turn of Martinico, we can but wonder that it should
not have come before. For that is an island worth
plundering and possessing, and France maintains no
force in the West Indies that is adequate to restrain
these conquistadores. Fortunately we still exist. If
it were not for us ."
"For you?" Saintonges interrupted him, his voice
suddenly sharp. "You exist, you say. Of whom do
you speak, sir? Who are you?"
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then his answer, for all that it confirmed the sus-
picions of the Chevalier and the convictions of Luzan,
was nevertheless as a thunderbolt to Saintonges.
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The buccaneers. sir And he added. alnii-1 it seentii
with a sort of pride- "I am Captain Blued."
Blankly, his .aw fallen. Sainti.nges lh-.ked across
the table into that dark, smiling face of the redoubth
able filibuster who had been reported dead.
To be faithful to his mission he should place this
inan in irons and carry him a prisoner to France.
But not only would that in the circumstances if
the moment be an act of blackest ingratitude. ir
would be rendered impossible by the presence at
hand of two heavily armed buccaneer ships. More-
over, in the light so suddenly vouchsafed to him.
Monsieur de Saintonges perceived that it would be
an act of grossest folly He considered what had
happened that moriinc: the direct and very disturb.
ing evidence of Spati's indiscriminate predatoriness.
the evidence of a buccaneer activity which he could
not now regard as other than salutary, supplied by
that burning ship a couple of miles away: the fur-
ther evidence f oone and the tthelr ', iltained in this
news of an impending Spanish iaid o Malrtiniqiiu
and the intended buccaneer intervention to save it
where France had not the means at hand
Considering all this- and the Martinique busi-
less touched him i- si closely and personally that from
being perhaps tlie richest man in r'rance he might
find himself as a result of it no better than he had
been before this voyage-it leapt to the eye that for
once, at least. the omniscient Monsieur de I.ouvois
had been at fault. So clear was it and so demon-
strable. that Saintonges began to conceive it his duty
to shoulder the burden of that denmonstrati"n.
Something of all these considerations and em-..
tions quivered in the hoarse voice in which, still
staring blankly at Captain Blood, lie ejaculated
"You are that brigand of the sea!"
Blood displayed no resentment. He smiled.
'*Oh. but a benevnennt brigand., a you perceive.
Benevolent, that Is. to all but Spain "
Madame de Saintonges swung in a brenthle -
excitement to her husband, clutching his arm In
the movement the wrap slipped from her sh.julderd.
so that .till more of her opulent .-harms brcaivirt'
revealed. But this went unheeded jby her itn Fiii
ani hour of crisis niodesty became a negligible matter
"Charles. what will yv...I dl""
"'ii"' said he dully.
"The orders yvii left in Toitup.' i may mean rat n
t. me, and .
He raised a hand to stem this hetrayal -t i .lf-
inte-rest In whatever might have to he dice. .i-
cnurse-o, no interest hut the interest of his m;alti-r tliih
King of France must be permitted to sway hiim.
"I see, my dlear I see Diity btl.-. ome plal


\Ve have received a valuable lesson this morning.
Fortunately before it is too late"
She drew a deep breath of relief, and swung
excitedly. anxiously. to Captain Blood. "You have
no doubt in your mind. sir, that your buccaneers
can ensure the safety of Martinique?"
"None. Madame." His tone was of a hard confi-
dence. "The Bay of Saint Pierre will prove a mouse-
trap for the Spaniards if they are so rash as to sail
into it. I shall know what is to do. And the plunder
of their ships alone will richly defray the costs of
the expedition."
And then Saintonges laughed.
"Ah. yes." said he. "The plunder, to be sure
I understand. The ships of Spain are a rich prey.
when all is said. Oh. I do not sneer, sir. I hope I
am not so ungenerous."
"I could not suppose it. sir." said Captain Blood
He pushed back his chair, and rose. "I will be tak.
ing my leave. The breeze is freshening and I should
seize the advantage If it holds I shall be in Tortuga
this evening."
He stood inclined a little, before Madane de
"iintoiees. awaiting the proffer of her hand. when
the Chevalier took him by the shoulder.
"A moment yet. sir. Keep Madame company
whilst [ write a letter which you shall carry for me
to the Governor of Tortuga."
"A letter!" Captain Blood assumed astonishment.
"To commend this poor exploit of ours? Sir, sir.
never be at so much trouble."
Monsieur de Saintonges was for a moment ill at


ease It it has a further purpose." hel
last.
"Ah' If it is to serve some purpose i
own. that is another matter. Pray command
5
In the faithful discharge of that courtiers
Captain Blood laid the letter from the Chevr
Saintonges on the evening of that same day
the Governor of Tortuga. without any word"
planation.
"From the Chevalier de Saintonges. you
Monsieur d'Ogeron was frowning thoughtfully
what purpose?"
"I could guess," said Captain Blood. "
should I. when the letter is in your hands?'
it. and we shall know" i
"In what circumstances did you obtain
letter?
"Read it. It may tell you. and so m
breath."
D'gOer'on broke the seal and spread out thl
With knitted brows he read the formal ret
by the representative of the Crown of France
orders left with the Governor of Tortuga I
cessation of all traffic with the buccaneers. Mt
d'Ogeron was required to continue relation
them as heretofore pending fresh instruction
France And the Chevalier added the convieth
these instructions when and if they came wol
wise change the existing order of things. I
confident that when he had fully laid before tlh
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S (Conlihuced rfroi,, Page bl)
Xf the attacking party the ship-. guns we\i-
o~ight into play. They wenr- nirw etdea,.
1 batter down a part of the ..t,,ckad-, and
' purpose they wtre handled skililflly alr,
6l deliberation.
fley sent word to the ships that h:ad land.1
i-ad anyone been observe-d among the Spr'an
Crying a bow and arrows? One man had
officer evidently. So far ;a wai known. It,
ped injury.
inmust be taken alive," said the (':inniand,-v.
i order was pdass.d tfroii ship r, ship S
Eias elamoured to he se-t ai'hore withil te
Sof soldiers she received a message fr.";,
Mlnander that that would nitt be nr,:-s:ir.'.
ian had been re.'o.vguiied and would probaluly
i that day. C!ilni,,l I' yyley a -lrfanuk f'roiii
i woman amone his a.t\i tie isldi r, Reslidl .
Iifme to his miid that if M;.ria shli,ild lj
are would be n il to t -on himni the g..l'J
lrds sunset ih- Engll-'l nhImi de llat.rlir aIn
itan and the nletj plac redl under his ,,iinianiiil.
Wptain Morales wilh anollihr lnUiLid .,1 iispaii
were orderiedl t. b ilt tihelm -f Th,-.y v wait
ie enemy were tillnblliig Jout 'of tll-i1 hlibat
~.ihing to meet thtmn; but thi-s unaii,-euinre
Iaeted and the rush we.- met lIy desulrt.,y
len still on the water as well as by thi...-
Ilanded. Ou e the hbcah the two parr-ies o er,
Mad in a wild melee, and Juan ft'jundl hiiuielf
led by a body ,..f about six English who
1out their hands to grasp him. -o closely
:aa he that he could inot use his nat.here.
pd, went down. felt himself lifted budlly and
towards a boat. He was thrown in. hidlately the boat began to pull away.
liaen, seeing their captain captured. broke in
fled swiftly towards the t'.rt The others
SThe pursuit of the fleeing Spaniards
.:fective: for now the guns orf the f.,ri b -.2an
Ppon the pursuers, the most deadly r-f the-ti
i one handled by Patrick. He wished to cov
k.he believed to be Juan's retreat
i4lmost staggered when he learnt that .luan
in taken prisoner That was a eontineeien'
leh he had never calculated.
r-to break the news to Bridget? She. "n
agS command of Juan. had remained in her
fng all this fighting She would have been
W willing, even glad. to stand with the men
. defending this last stronghold of the Span
iWieana, but Juan would not havei her take
lsk for nothing: as he had pointed out o)
efforts would be wasted, and at nmit roiild
little. It had been a cruel ordeal for her to
tme, wondering what might happnii to her
1; and in this anxiety of hers there wae- n'n
of self, no bitter reflection that if he wiere
he. would be left with no friend in all that
k country except Patrick: and than hte ioni
l killed. It was of Juan's safety rnly ti:,i
eight: and now he was a prilsollur. imused
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forgive our enemies seventy times seven; curiously
enough, when our great earthquake occurred in 1907,
the building in which Mr. Dunn carried on his busi-
ness, his own property, withstood the shock and stood
practically undamaged while all around was a mass
of ruins.
A fire swept Kingston. But the James Dunn
buildftg was not touched. It contained a large stock
of goods; in the destruction that had taken place any
quantity of foodstuffs disappeared. Naturally people


Night fell, and the fighting ceased. At last
Patrick could seek out Bridget.
"Juan?" she asked, and then the look on his fa"e
sent a thrill of terror to her heart.
"Dead?" she whispered.
"No, Bridget, and probably not even wounded.
But our Juan is brave and desperate; he charged the
enemy so furiously that he was alone amongst them
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thronged to the establishment of Mr. James Dunn;
in such numbers indeed that the place had to be pro-
tected by soldiers of the West India Regiment to pre-
vent a dangerous rush. It was a time and an oppor-
tunity when a small fortune might be made by doub-
ling the price of goods. Mr. Dunn, in those days of
general adversity, advanced his prices by not a single
farthing.
News of this came to the hearing of the Governor
of that time, Sir Alexander Swettenham. That stern
and stark administrator realized that Mr. Dunn was
assisting the Government at a very serious crisis. So
one day, while still the crisis endured, Sir Alexander
Swettenham appeared at the James Dunn business
premises in Orange Street, saw its proprietor, thank-
ed him for the work he was doing, became one of
his customers, and remained so for all the time that
he (and Lady Swettenham also) resided in Jamaica.
Mr. Dunn has been in business in Jamaica for
nearly fifty years, seeing period after period of seven
years come and go, serenely accepting both good and
ill fortune, never relaxing from his high standard of
service and integrity. During the earlier part of this
year his business was entirely reorganised and im-
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over to his adopted son and nephew, Mr. Fabian Lo-
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ciated with Mr. James Dunn all his life. But Mr.
Dunn himself, in spite of his seventy-seven years, is
still on the job. He was ill some time ago; he re-
covered; he returned to his work; he is happy in his
work.
One may say that he has three devotions: first
his Church, for he is a devout Catholic and his Faith
is of all things in this world of the supremest im-
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make for it; it has moulded his character; and his
character is one that is universally respected. Then
there is his family, and there is his business; but his
business has never been pursued merely for the pur-
pose of making money but also for rendering good
and faithful service. He may be said to have carried
religion into business in this vital respect, that he
believes in giving the best value possible for the price
received, that he believes in good quality, that he has
an ideal of commercial integrity to which he con-
forms.
"A servant with this clause makes drudgery di-
vine." One thinks of this line when thinking of Mr.
James Dunn. We hope seven years hence to repeat,
though in different words, our present tribute to a
good and worthy businessman.


sooner. They will exchange him for one of their own
men later on."
"Thank God and His saints that he is still alive!"
she cried wildly; "I wish I could go to him. Have
we any man of rank we can exchange for him, Pa-
trick?"
"None yet; we have taken no prisoners. But
rest assured, Bridget; I myself will see that he is
freed. Depend upon me."
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:ONQUEST
('illrlaril ,rI irom Page 87)
ht how?"
fell, if we don I take one of their officers I can
myself in rzstlnige for him, you know. I was
Jackson's metL: they will be glad to get me.
thought of that."
int then you .. %ou?"
fo, I shall be in no danger of my life; and
ire it wouldu't matter. I have only Juan in all
World. Bridget: he I1 almost like a son to me.
loves yr.u [ wo.iil like to see you both happy.
it worry, colleen; I feel sure that matters will
nat well lfor bothlb you."
iuan in English hands-0, Patrick!"
SSpanish gentle-minl and an officer of this Is-
Bridget at I..ast the English will remember
They will not trv-at him badly."
out if they shuil'd hear of me, his wife, Irish,
runaway elave otf theirs?"
iad how are they to hear, senora; how even
wr? Fur if wE are beaten you must retreat
be rest. The English must not see you. They
ber know."
either of them thought at that moment of

CH APTER TWELVE

CONQUEST
I:heat in that part of the ship in which Juan
Sa prisoner wa, .. \erpowering. Night brought
ae to body or mind; he almost stifled in his
.:prison, while tormnented with bitter thoughts
Chat would be Bridget's fate now that he was
.hands of th-E English. True, there was Pat-
blt misfortune might come to him also. And
Banish bad to retreat, as he feared they must,
lidget was takln with them, when should he
ie her again.
ria, on her side, knew what had befallen Juan.
L told that he was in another ship, but safe;
Snow remained was for her to make good her
li.the bargain. She would be informed of the
time to do ilii'.
Next d da ddvaned. the fighting recommended.
rOg the long hot hours of daylight, with the
tonmmer sun blazing like a brazen globe over-
the English cannonaded the fort and the
1 answered; but as it drew towards late


afternoon the answer of the Spanish guns became
less and less; one half of them had been shattered
and some of their best gunners slain.
De Sassi followed the progress of the battle with
bitter misgivings now. He read in the faces of his
men their belief that all was lost. But yet he strove
to hearten them, still he endeavoured to hold out;
and when, just before sunset, during an intermission
of the firing, emissaries arrived from the English
with a flag of truce, he went outside of the stockade
to hear what they might have to say. They bore a
letter, a demand for unconditional surrender.
"No," was de Sassi's reply.


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"But you are beaten," said the officer in com-
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"But we have the island," de Sassi bravely re-
plied, "and reinforcements will come at any moment
now."
The Englishman smiled and bowed, he and his
retraced their steps; then night fell and silence
descended on the scene.
On the flagship Colonel D'Oyley looked steadily
out towards the land. He saw the fires lit in the
Spanish camp, realized that the defenders must now
be weary and disheartened, knew that de Sassi's


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hint about reinforcements was but a shallow boast.
He had lost but few men, de Sassi many. The hour
had come to put an end forever to the Spanish pow-
er in Jamaica.
High overhead twinkled millions of tropic stars,
and the wild land lay before him. The mountains
towered towards the sky, great masses of darkness;
he caught the gleam of the river as ceaselessly, silent-
ly, it poured into the sea; the shrill call of the night
insects came faintly to his ear. A black veil had
descended upon earth and sea. He had waited upon
this to hide his decisive movement.
He sent for Maria; she came to him eagerly,
wondering what he might have to say to her.
"Senorita, we shall presently be landing in
force," said the Colonel, "and now you will go with
us. I do not think there will be any danger for you.
You will take me to this place where your lover's
treasure is-I gather he is your lover. The treasure
is to be his ransom, subject to the conditions you
have mentioned and which I have accepted."
"We go at once?" asked Maria through the inter-
preter.
"In a little while. First we must further de-
moralise the enemy."
Even as he spoke the harsh booming of the
ships' guns broke out again, and in the Camp of the
Conception weary soldiers sprang up in terror and


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!I him prisllll lt..' C he >,-iild strike an bhlw.
,otf t'uses broke trmin hll n Maria recolgnised
Ole and thanked all her saltrs that the darkness
il her fromI his eyes.
iia few inunienlts the sldie lii had siiurrotnded
t'e but; she ihrew \ide open the door andl
unt itj meet them. "What will ye e wenantiig
:she demarnded. and wa s anu -ered in Enlli.,h.
ae knew.
hbo are you" quieStiflned tColniiel D'Oyley.
o are ye?' she asked prtidly 11 return
is is no Spalniard." said 'Oyley He turnci'l
.Maria. but she had slunk tr. the I-ear. She
desire to, be knrwni as ihe ,, n \h .had
Sthe English 1.i thi.t p.)l I in siie tay. it
;eome to JIuanI' ears She prele'-rredl il he
Sof as a prioueir tw heln 'lie lshild Imeetl Ju.ii

hle heretii s. ilhat'i wh.i y- ar.t." liedi Bride r.,
n it was that Pdaii, k did ain IllprtideiInt thi n2.
Ing the leCtess.ity it'f liion eal.lnI hI identitl.
ted out to Bridceet to kti.. stillnt. ;ia il his 1..r'is
eard. "Twj rei'-ade hr-. i It ei. ,ii-d
Sand one .it' tlhe!i at least.-t-he n.ianr- -i-,
'j"er voice tells us that [ rllluk I und,-r't:iand
SI the girl that ditlapp.lar-d frt.in M-ranite
S Stokes stent tv. tell nil ath..iii h.-r. HId ihb-ntl
en, and take them to thi- liait- And ni .
i: that other girl?"
number i"f mnn l),ire P.tri'k andi Brlh.-.t
M Iaria now dr.-nied it it'~e itt I ti-e ifor aril.
id Is in here. as I sanl.l" ip whi.uli-peil iin
el's intel preler's f ar. '.: nd l-d t!le i wav iili-)

e pointed out the spt. a i-%- tnliiites' i ?-iillg
Light of i'n he-h kllidl.ld I t- r.j ,itf the s-.ldirrs
t nto view the uaur l)i t tri s. .: tit-rs. e'\.-ij
larly a hutidied aud iu'ty yt-a)'. wIl h w-r.-e
heritage froln his Indi ait e.t R ,-': D'O. 1y
one of them and to,..k iut smrnme r.i thi- metal:
ad to Maria.
Spoke truth." lie -aid. aind his reiiai k was
Iell to her.
ld you will keep y.tiir '.trd'" she a-kt-d
on need not duuht it But tell ni-. what do
about these Itwo peil .ns W. hlavre Iaklen''
Share not English. thouuh they (.ie. I be-
m some country near to .',ilrs and speak
gagee"
both Irish The girl?"
ulave whom Juan rescued.'


"I rh.ii2lit s.. lThe mlan'"
-.e- lia liet.-n li-re I.-ig. He wau i \ith mile pirate
Jat k tson.-
"Iniit-ed! Well. he de-ervel t.il t,.li n i..I enslav-
ing
"And the eirl'." ake.d Maiia iti r rnl
**lhe must g.j hatk t, her rnt-hiei llt we have
-Ltaye~ hiere Itn2 enit-nh Y..ur peI,.lt s.,eem to have
all flei t'lfri th- rtainil. st-iin!'iita a- I knew they
w,.ild This is thl .- nl itf them." He irili-d to four
,tf tis mniiil. Taki' th,:se bags." 'lihe idertdl "to my


boat; you will answer for them with your lives. Take
this senorita with you too. I shall be there in a little
while."
He went off with the rest of his soldiers; he had
known that there would be little fighting once the
fort had been stormed. The fleeing Spaniards had
been fired upon again and again by the English, as
dead and wounded bodies lying about testified. These
were not touched; the wounded would be rescued in
the morning by the returning Spanish as soon as the
English squadron had withdrawn; some of them
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MONTEGO BAY



One -of the Best Hotels
to stay at in Jamaica.

Rates: E. per Day

Room with Private Bath

25/-

ETHEL .11. HART,
'Proprieli ess.


Ow old days in Italy, all roads led to Romt--
iadays in Jamaica all roads lead to Mlintez..)

Out can get there by air. you cain gt thi.' biy
jU can get there by the Jamaica i;.v,.i tinn'it
tiy, and a few hardy spirits haive betnl even
h to hike it-for the cool watEi- of the I.ntu-
'ity by the sea are \wonth even a 1211 InTl-

It If you'll take my advice, y.,u II r ytoulr
lew of Montego Bay 'frum the window o f a
Ca Government Railway carrija-e Not that
Aren't quicker ways of getting thb.-il-- :'
y has all the leisurelini .s of this s4tn-dreni h-
d., quite aparr front having a ..:.i.iOi t'...ot clniIU
he glorious bills of the interior of the Island.
tufses, even on the plains, to exceed a dignii-
onvernment speed of 25 numili anl lihiir. tak:nii
portablee six hours for the trip.
It It Is a comfortable six hours- -you lay '..f
Bug easy chair in a tronmy and airy ftrsi-c Ia'"
htment which rarely 'oniains Ii,.re thiti lialf
Passengers: eat your lunch. drink a boli-?
Wellent local beer. and ':'aze drireaaily .uI .1it
t aried assortment of moluntains and tr.r
lsenery ever assembled an) where. S':l -ery--
the point of going over by rail. and the best
to come. Round about o'clock i ollt t.. b-.-
rticulart you shoot in a dignifi-d %way -:,f
le through a succession of dark tuin-,I. and
Some through the last. there burst., IIi|i.i yol.
the loveliness of evening light. the Bay of

e combination of the suddenness with wlin h
'ew breaks upon youi alnd it; -t.i-er bre-thI-
beaury will case it to live in y)ou'r menmoii


. miles you ha\, hieenl out if spiht .f the sea.
since you lft KIingston. 'iiii have clli-mile
higher and higher through ruggc r.d green lad
dotted with little villages. interspersed w.ih
elds of cane. rustling banana patches. grc-n
ere, of every shade For the last half hour
you have been descending again: the air


Montego Bay-


Its Town and People, its

attractions for the Visitor,

and all things else about the

MIontegonian Scene.


By G. ST. C. SCOTTER


rl.' -I c,.,.'l"' a' s e entilt a ..nl s .ii a i then h-lid-
clenly I)t-loe yoir eyes tbhis half moon oi f the bluest
'ea in the w.v,rIld d.'ltj ed with thie pretty little Bogule
I'lahiid. ii mtl.ed by the li.w hillI around the town
V.iben' |)ihctjresiiite tei1de ,ei-s hide aitid i.,ii 'oli-
'ce
Tiley ui sd tl to ay S--e Naple. aind die." but this
bhr-t .iLtbt of MNI.iiteiLo Bay i- at oPi,.e so restful and
., -xhiilarlat in' lia r ,we s~a S.e iirtie-..': Biay. and


Niw. .to de',.endl from the i.et : i. rh-e piactis.:l.
lI.J are the pri'c s c 1f Ilie lartinis foii ii-s If rarni-
purt Y,.u .anll hirle a ejood i.ar tIo d.. the 12.I mile
by riiil fotr 5. this wioulId be a seven p[assenl.-:.
car3 and .wi.ultd iarry f.' ur- or i\e i,:,mtr..itably wi:h
ilheir lIuvlage. so- that it works out rOut-'hly at 1
apiece It will be driven by a native clhatiffeur. who
wil I l)oisibly sail ar.uind the imaity clrnrs in the
hilly part 'if tlite it-ad with a :crtniii amountlh of
\-Ilo.: ty). aiid may also have the encaging. if some-.
Vhat al.ti'iliinc. habit if driving wirh one hand ion
the wh-el while- tionilt1iinig an aniniated citiiv.r-
-a in. n %. ith tIl ,-,iht.er-- itlh lir r-'e-en 's In tile
I-.i. k-hlir. make n..i mistake. somewhat reckiei's
th.1 Igi th,-y : ire. the Jamaii.an is a first class drivx r.


uteing cool in an :lemergent y. and iar-ely has an ati.-
dent. Moreover they're hee rfulu andI i oirteous, ani
will readily ease up on the accelerator at the slight
est hint It' y jui ire ;ar-minded thereI is at present
a two-passenger plaue uoiirated from Kingiston to
Montego Bay or elsewher'e by two first-class young
fliers. oni-e English. andi one Anierii.an. whlch dries
thie jl-b fir you for 5 pe pltpas''lengerl and gets y.i
there in little over an hour uf lthe mnliit gorgeous
f-neiry yoi can IIn!aLlle--ltair a Cariblean islaitil
trom the air looks like Paradise should. hut pro
bably dil:Tsn't.
The Janlai,:a I..v-ernl enti-i "rl1ier". ,ir train. s the
c(liearllesi 'I.I'.i' uii t.i'tnsji'.r a lh'irst.:lss .ingle King-
ston to Mlont.go Bay coustiig 1 1lii.

W'tile on this mantti-n cost of transport, I may
say that one ift tlie few really ba.l features about
Mintico Bay is thie praticai pii.e4s i:hare-id by lio.al
taxi diive'rs. who are alli.'ir\il by ireigularlin to charge
6 tu dri'v y,.u t'r..n town ti tlle ctl'ollntryt Club. a
distant, i.f 2 nil-z. antnd thert journlle.s in propl..rtioull:
and n ho. ift yiiii didn't knui% anything about the reeu
lati.nus. which very tre\ visitors do. will cheerfully
charLe you lI.i ..r uio re for tile arne jol).
Howexvr. all the big HoI)il have thrir ,awn
motor hilSes while hl r'un their catests to beach or
Clutb ifr very reasonable fares

Hlaxing inow Ii youi t:i .lourtego Bay, the nect
thing is I here will y..itl stay. There- are ix first.
class lHotel, in aund ari."und tilhe ti wn Besides these
there are a d.ezen or niore smaller Hitie], pensions
and l.:.ardin ii'u~-es wlIer''r y3, '\ill I-6 \ivi'v i ,ont-
tori:ble iat lner rates. as w-llA as many private
house(- whi:h take a -siit o.r two during the
season
As to the Hotels. what vyo, want first of all in
a Hotel is. naturally. service: but hardly less import
ant han thli is that indefinable s.mnlimthing knowvi
as liharai-ter or atnilphere. which Iiakes so much
or thel.- harm :., rlitherwise. of a Hotel.
As [ say. all theli hie Hotel in ; Montego Bay give
good sel\vi.l.. (:'asa Ulan.:a. Ethelhart and Fairfield


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Happy Days ys


Care free mornings when you take beach luxury and necessity, cameras
your pineapple or pawpaw to the and films. lral products that make
orchestration of the waves beneath i. Intrsting p'resuts and souvenirs.
ourn verandah and wati h the ithite An etidied s variety tIal ittltbIU.10
ines ol'f ilishing canoes vanish i ier H mlespuns. Tr.pictals. fascl tin
the incredible bluete if hte riz.n. i 1 Liberty scarves and ties Saxon.:--
Footwear and Brooki-'e Jeacer andi
Penman's Sweaters.





.- In the Can ilaii Hu-el i' yu can go gay ,inIl M.itege-. P
well as iiin the t.owi f .' ll .,ti gt They like it, and whatever Ihe'
Buy. you will find 'onletbi thi fashion fancy oif the
else to deli-ht y :I ur heia t. A mt mnient yril wil! find it
hlranch of the itrore that sb-',,- hest e\plresse, Iand b r
Jamaita. se!litnc ;o,,ds -f th plict d at NATH.\NS
first quality. Every kind ..f
L P F S 4MONTEG BY DCOSNrD
PERF IIES MONEGO BAY DOESKINS
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With thlle sea below its u;ndo0 s the Caaa Blnnca offersevery
fac;lir, fo, a GranidI Vacat;on Exerv Spoit Bahi,,g-Motor-
ing Etiertaininent Dainci;g Atlractive Pu1blic Roous Cool
CoimlorIal-le Bed Roomni wit B.rL anul Balconies -
Congenial Fellow' Guest and a Friendlu .4tlmosmhere.


HOTEL CASA BLANCA AND COTTAGES
A MaI, HI...,e .,eh.,ICki, the sen and Eight Detached CoLtagei. All
P llc Rc.A:.,. ;n r iite ..i. hh se ;ith I..InSes Sea TeaMIce. DCn;,i
l.,.,.m and Modern C.,-r1il Bar
F,.r Re.einalt:,.. C-,tle CASA BLANCA" JAMAICA


all specialis:ig in ihcir dln-l.rllli waylf. iLI t[h i I'r
aspect.
And all Iia'e a distiitt char.iacter the-r ,..ir h
- Casa Blanca ,itli jts little villas anil iit 5s ripht
by the sea, V re. I ri.e yrou ll ;iasi-p 'n!X't lime rnmi nliLIr


EXQUISITE THINGS ...

that are inexpensive ...


If you are in Montebo Bay
Be sure to shop at

Dadlani's
-Hindu Bazaar-

SILKS, LINENS, CURIOS,
PERFUMES
ENGLISH DOESKINS
DOESKIN GLOVES
UNDERWEARS
ETC.



DadWani p.f
wHinduBaaar.*-,
MONTEC-O BAY--J.AIIAICA, B,.W.I.
"THE SHOPPING CENTRE OF ST. JAMES"


1 th ,. I.,l 1' lit l 'l II-. l[ 1 '1 it h-ll %i1y. i,] c t ,l 1 t
,,E L l,, I I p I-I- nn li i nL, L. 111 I Iia t 1 it
y..nir h .+ ..I _.l.i l-t|'.i-t -0. lll htll..lh.b rt w ith it.-
truly I Hi i lh ii il I :l i ll il2 IV. ly [ t I l). t '1- r.l I .
I iI I EIelj HH al l, khnoiI to t ll J.mni.it:a ,ind i nrL -
pr:l'tir-I. iof England, Am crina, Canada, and pulila
East and West, as Ethel toIit c-.inI
Fairfield, the new Hotil IIF-hi by th.- Cijounii
Club, within 100 yards of iih clt ,i:.iur-. aniJ det.,iii
courts, is like an English C:',lintry H.,itt! .ft' tI I,.r-
type; and so on.
*
If you are staying at :0iy ..,' thi.-': Ila..e- n ,:1
do not have to worry about tiaiuip,. t. a- I I. th -y
all keep their own motor hui.-s aiId rillu y1.. :11
about the place in them. Anrd Ii.:.\w ahn1t 1 rn..--
a great deal has been said anid written tn th.- firt-
that Hotel prices in Jamaica art :xlhorbitant Can-
didly this is all rot! Considering that tiheln Hii:,e!'
have practically only a three: mi:iiintf s.-asli. ,:..nihl.
ering the unquestionably ex:-,.ti..iral ilIniatn and
bathing they offer, and the rirst-:.las- sr-'.i:. tin-'ir
rates are distinctly reasonable.
*
Having got you to Monteg,' Bay.. arnl d I:.i.-I
in the Hotel of your choice. the next q1- llII u.n I
"what are you to do?" "Bathe. bathe, bathe' i-s th.
first answer to this-there are pl.nry i:if .,aher h II
terests in and around Mont-'-o Bay. as ill he I.-ii.
but the bathing is param.tiut-and it is njo idll
boast or local exaggeration I.1 say tha t ii i ,'e... i
to none in the entire worll.
There is a tonic and i9. -i1orati.g quality ii
the waters of the Doctor's Ca've Bathin! Bear h ii
all times of the day (or ripht t.:.:. it y..ii vir-h ,I
that has to be experienced to be believed
It is literally like blue ihalinaiiil e. anI a. .- '
hilarating as one could imaclinliF ?liih a: w-IjI- Ir.. i
if there were one.
Then the sunshine of Jamaica iin winter cares-i.
you, rejuvenates you, makes y.:i forget all y.:.ir-
cares (even financial) while rarely hiienc- hot -nr,ulh
to be enervating or oppres.slve


Y':.II I il i tliinni r i l lik.: to have a
.ili.l I ai tl.i' n, i ii iiIh a rl i oruing, wl
:n...I iii'. ir." l .' ir ill m ake you eat a
i't r thrt w '. i't l 1..t .' \.:.iii H-. -Il m uch ml
Il.l1t-- ,.,i I.l tlnEl':;. I.11It'r" t1.11i ilM mien


Why Pay More


Why Pay More


Get It At


PEREIRA'S N01


STORE,


And Save The Differ


Monrteo


Department


Store.


J. EI. KRR & Co. (sue.) Ltd.

MONTEGO BAY FALMOUTH.


Agents, General Merchants,


Wharf Owners.


Dealers in Jamaica Produce.

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Lumber & Hardware.
CABLES:- MITELLA, JAMAICA.


HILTON


& HILTON


.ION'I'ECO 1BAY


DRUGGISTS


- GROCERS


We carry complete stocks in every department Reasonable
prices, Courteous Service, Fresh Goods.


Prescriptions Accurately Prepared.


W. GORDON HILTON,
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