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VOL IV. NO. 1.


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T7HE H(I l'U OF ISS.- was established in ISO.; on a foundation of Better Value. At the
time we had not much to offer the people of Jamaica. Our stock-in-trade consisted most-
ly of high hopes and good intentions. but the public were not in the market for 'aims and
iijects', but for merchandise more concrete.

.\. the years went on. our policy of giving B'tter Value was strengthened as we saw signs of
its public approval not by words, but by steadily increasing Sales. It was not, however,
until we were in the Dry Goods business for 37 years, and had reached the position of ack-
nowledged leaders in that field, that we decided to enter the Retail trade.

Always with the same set of building plans, always with the same material, we have since
1930. placed at the service of Jamaica's buying public three smart shops: "ISSA'S" .
"THE ENTERPRISE"... and milady's'S". With unusual opportunities for buying well,
and by extensive use of these opportunities, we have been able to offer in these three shops an
incomparable selection of fashionable merchandise at prices that positively defy competition,
and at the same time ensure the buyers considerate attention and comfortable shopping.

Today, we have been made to feel eminently satisfied with our policy of Better Value .
ISSA VALUES have been stamped with the mark of approval of the people of Jamaica.



ISSA'S ENTERPRISE MILADY'S
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SHOP "LESS-TH -N-ELSE' HERE" LADIES' SHOP IN KINGSTON



E. A. ISSA & BROS., (ESTABLISHED 1893) Harbour Sreet, Kinston.
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PLANTERS'


PUNCH


Vol. IV. No. 1.


MIXED BY

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


For the Year 1938-1939


cJ'o


Colour


By


CAIoonl h t


By E. ARNOT ROBERTSON,


C-Duthor of


(Specially written for
Planters' Punch)



46 NE seaside resort," said the
little governess, "is so
like anothrlr. isn't it? UBeause, I
mean-"
The remark skuttered into
silence, like one of the small trans-
parent crabs skuttering out of
the way of the children over the
white sands of Montego Bay. But
the crabs at least dashed into the
sea and disappeared when they
were frightened. If only the re-
S mark could disappear too, thought
Miss Elliot, feeling a familiar
crimson flood spreading up from
her neck into her face. Why was
she always saying, out of nervous-
ness, thiniig as transparent as
the crabs, only so much less en-
dearing? Montego Bay like any
other resort-! When everyone
within hearing knew what mar-
vellous luck it was for her to be
there at all.
As if the scenery were not
enough-the coconut palms and
the purple shadows drifting over
the sea -- lying within pebble-
throw (had there been any pebbles
in this shining sand, and the
governess not too shy to throw
there I there was one of England's
most glamorous young actresses.
True, the actress was the mother
of the nine and ten-year old
children whom the governess was
paid to look after, so that her
glanioul -Iein :it close-quarters,
wuuld have worn off for most
people lI-sI impressionable than
Mis-, EllliI lint when anyone
had be,-ni Ile glamorous young
aclrLsb fIr -lch a long tinme,
neilhel shll 1l1 Miss Elliot were
likely tn think ,of her at any time
in any olher role. And it seemed
evident that the explorer who lay
at her feet felt just the same. He
was writing piostcards at the mo- AI OT RlOBER
ment like e*vrryone else in the achlNIed the disi
party, and p:isling awe-struck to I ;nKlnnl sIh il
listen to levryilhing she said. The A.rnot Rboher
little governess sighed and took of lem1-i Mr.
elicelent and etr
her eyes off his expanse of brown. the land., and
ing oil. One oif the things in Arnot R berti.o
which .Montegif Bay stood t';'lill story form. II I
alone was that it was probably Bay.
the worst spot in the world in The Turners
which to keep your eyes off any- work which there
one with whom you had fallen novel. the baekg
suddenly and (dep;iriiii'ly in love.
It was not his reputation: it was his slight stammer
that had done it even in spite of the browning oil.
which Miss Elliot considered effeminate.
Glamour and renown on one side of her, and
on the other the peerage-Lord Oxshott, of whom
everyone said that he was so good-natured. (This
they did because it was so nice to like a lord for
being something besides a lord.) Miss Elllott always
blushed when he pinched her cheek. It was so dif-
ficult to keep in the front of her dutiful mind that
it was nice of him to pinch hers along with many
other cheeks, all far more distinguishing young or


"Four Frihtened People,"


"Thames Portrait," etc.


LTSON in a well-known 1English noeAitat more ttan one of
ntinllon of rbeinag biest eller." tHer work in on well received
a brilliant conversationilalt, and, admittlely, a striking perom
iann. witl her huslanln, Mr. Henry Turner., ( .t.E., was In J.nm
Turner is an exiorditannlrily gifted amateur photocgraiher, as
rctlve General Seretary of the Empire Presar I nln., This couple
were some delay in Montegro iUn. At the ipecIal commission of
n wrote a sketch on Montteo liIy for thin magcaziiOe buIt ele
s Illustrat.ed with three of her husalnd's pictures of scenery nea
epelrt to return to Jamitca to mnlke a htm llustratioe of isti
y have anromplished with suri-es* before, Arnot Robertson is
round of which will be Jlamain life and srenery.

alluring. The trouble was that though everything
she said sounded illy to her at the best of times.
when she was blushing she became utterly incoher-
ent with stupidity.
Flying towards them between the coloured um-
brellas and the staggering beach costumes came the
two children, scattering the delicate trali---Ni,-ky
and Wicky, the publicised pair, who could be relied
on to produce their quaintest whimsies in company.
Healthy and well-meaning and 'elIt' pl,Is'ied like the
others .. how wonderful it would have been to
knock their heads together at the moment. The


A Tale of

MontegoBaj



little governess knew suddenly
that, itn spite of the white break-
ers on the reef, and the pictur-
esque boatmen ll 'llil a incredible
coral, a lone II.'ahillg pelican in
the bay and all the wild colour
of a tropi al morning-or perhaps
Sbeause of these tlhaing -she very
miuch wanted to cry.
She had made the remark to
impress. and instead of being im-
pressed they the all-too-humnn
gMods -the brave, the great and
the gifted people- those to whom
the Ia, ly places of the earth be-
longed by right -the five who lay
or ran so fitly upon the beach
that held more brilliant hues than
anywhere she had ever known-
they had received it in silence.
And in silence condemleaed, and to
the end of tille,. in the uttermost
spaces between the stars, that
off.eriiig( of hers would go ringing
for ever in its unmitigated
id iocy.
Not one of the party had even
heard what she said. 'Th.y had
their own problems to con-
sider.
"Oh death where is hy
Ssti nc" thought M.iss Elliot pas-
sionately. The actrIess wondered
whether she would be wise to g'et
any more sunburnt in view of the
part she was soon to play at home:
that of a brown girl real tan
went so uiIll under ntiumber five
nmke-up). The fahr young man
from the yet wider open spaces
was considering the trouble of
saying that he had never seen the
sky so blue, except ill the Arctic,
but it did not seem worth while:
he would he sure to stick over the
'b' and then someone would
prompt him with 'beautiful',
which was too annoying to risk.
wrnoe iouoa 1ns But Lord Oxshott was really wor-
Sin America a Iied: he had playfully I lunrhol
llity.
alca in the winter the cheeks of two pretty Ameri-
well Us being tile catI girls that morning on the
trnoelled through way from the terrace to the beach,
P'llanters' Punch" and one of them had said he was
ted to put it in a fresh fellna; but the other notice-
ar and in Itontego ably had not. She had looked at
him instead in the way he was
nd life. a kind of coming to dread. Just exactly at
also enganed on a what age did fresh f1.-la ship end
and dirlty.ilt rold ilnhl l set in? It
was an uncertainty that was be-
ginning to cloud all his bright, middle-aged activities.
The children stood before the governess holding
out their cards for her to collect. and stamp in due
course, and see ;aftely into the post. Everything
like that was always left to Miss Elliot. Even the
explorer who, like Lord Oxsb-,lt had simply attach-
ed himself to the party (what marvellous nerves,
she thought, everyone else possessed!) never got
further in apology than "Would you m-in?" before
someone finished the sentence for him: "Mind? Oh.
I'm sure Miss Elliot wouldn't mind. Would you?"
Her face cooled off a liltle, while she thought how








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surprised they would be if it were ever pos-
sible-but of course it never would be: on-
could not blush and explain anything-to tell
them what a lot of things she did mind.
Their poise most of all.
"-because now," she said -.Lnly, desper-
ately, trying to retrieve that Imbecile earlier
sentence, "we've all written 'This is the view
from my window', haven't we? Yes, I'm sure
we have."
Silence again. "tl0. please let them say
snmethlini'" prayed Mliss Elliot, and in
answer they spoke all at once. "You've read
them!" cried the children accusingly. "Our
postcards."
"Oh, Miss Elliot, we're navrcus and
boulvers(s annd perdus and I pouvantls' by
you!" said Nicky, whose particular talent
was for the cultured impromptu.
"Unless you looked over my shoulder,"
said the actress languidly, "I really can't
see how-"
"Would you m-m," said the blonde young
manl. sittnIC up and appearing to see her for
the first time; but Lord Oxshott was pinch-
ing her cheek and saying, "Naughty-naughty,"
so that it was not worth his while Ipelr'isti]i
in the sentence.
The hot flood rose again. Fril. I to
the fountain fly'," quoted Wicky, l.I.apimt her
arms like a bird and pretending to peck at
the burning face. Misunderstanding hymns
was Wi\i ly speciality.
With the labour of writing finished-al-
most too great a burden in such a place-
they went to bathe, all but Miss Elliot, who
remained seated upon the sand. Afterwards
they rowed out over the reef to look down.
through glass-bottomed boats, at the blue and
yellow or stripy fish that darted like birds
through their beckoning branches. MiNs
Elliot by then was walkmi: rapidly down to
the post. making an excuse to go into the
town instead of leaving the cards in the hotel
box--"'m so fond of the loading girls who
oirry bananas on their heads: so quaint"-
and saying to herself over and over again,
SWh\\Vh did I have to be right about their
bea~tly nlressige? Why need they all have
written that!"
From the balcony of the hotel, through
that exquisite afternoon they watched the big
fish chasing the shoals of small fry through
the shallows, where the bright water lalpplfed
against the wall. Miss Elliot said that she
had mending to do and I.:tayvd in her room,
picturing them d.is u"mmsllu the episode of the
postcards. But no one else gave it a second
thliioght there were so many pleasanter and
more important things. to consider in this ex-
citing world.
TIhry ran out after tea, by car, to one
of the ntighbouring lonely beaches, to watch
the dusk as a miracle of fridinR hues. Miss
Ellht who loved these deserted places, got
out of coming too: it was safer to be out of
sight where no one could, by confusing her,
force out any more of these agonising re-
marks. But there was no avoiding the expedition
by night, filling with fliirts. before the moon rose
in a boat where the native rowers sang occasionally
to themselves, absent-minded songs of death rend-
ered with ierepressible syncopation. Someone whose
pleasure did not matter was needed to man-
age, in the half darkness, the thermos and the sand-
wiches and Nicky s fruit and Wicky's chocolates.
And the cigarettes: "Would you mn-m?" said the
blonde young man indifferently.
Out on the scarcely Ile.ahillng sea, a mile or so
from shore, they anchored beyond the reef. Down
below, in the star-filtered depths, the voracious, hid-
den life of preying creatures and swift death swept
under tlimin. and mingled briefly with their world in
the lm~lht of the flares: a splash and hint of phos-
phorescence told where some unseen thi, t swirled up-
wards to the light, and was gone again; and on the
surface of the water nothing moved but the refec-
tions of the Hares. wriggling slower and slower, and
the half-circle of lights on shore, blinking as the
boat lifted and fell.
"I can't bear it," ihiticht the little governess. "I
could touch his hand when he pulls in the line to
see if the bait's still on. Only he wouldn't notice if
I did."
Awestruck, he was listening to somethingg that
the actress was saying. She had made a sweet ma-
ternal gesture of allowing the children to stay up
late. "Miss Elliot won't mind for once, I'm sure,
chickabiddies," and now he too was saying again.
"Would you m-m?"-To hand back his cigarettes, of
course. What else was she good for? Lord Ox-
shott's foot gently touched her shin-Oh. to amuse
elderly peers as well, it seemed. And, she remind-
ed herself vehemently. she must not mind. Nobody
but a fool in her positiiii would mind. She would
not mind-She said this, and half way thr throw e
sentence it seemed fantastic: it seemed to stretch
on and on forever through the loveliest night thit
had ever enfolded the loveliest place she could Ima-


SCENE TAKEN VERY NEAXR ONTEGO BAY WHERE TiE IIROAD SEAS BATHE THE SANDS


gine. "Of-course-I-don't-mind-of-course--I
don't-of course-" as though she would never come
to the end of saying it.
Afterwards the silence tingled, until Nicky
caught the first fish, a biggish, tlbhtiin one.
"It's a l)tiir. n'lta. I know it is." "Bet it's just
a snapper." "Oh, I hope it's a grunter; I've never
seen one." "Doesn't it pull' "Hold on, it might
be a k-king-" They were all over the boat in their
excitement, treading on her.
'~ hy. if it isn't a parrot fish!" Miss Elliot
heard herself exclaiming brightly, and then no one
said anyiliti4 more, For there was niithimn more
to say. It was a parrot-fish.
"Whether I talk sense or whether I don't." she
thought in panic, "it doesn't make any difference.
They simply can't hear me."
The moon came up, big and red behind the
land: they put the flares out and the night of in-
credible beauty dragged on. The actress caught a
fish; Lord Oxshott caught another, which at least
distracted him from his preoccupnaions. both with
his fate and Miss Elliot's shin. (That Jolly young
New Zealander to whom he had told limericks in
the lounge, in his good natured way, because she
appeared to be lonely irl never used to hane
to go away to look up siteamnslhip times just then
.... was it possible that the time had come whe t
. ... But of course not; for here was the little gov-
erness behaving In quite the npprov'vi' manner --
wriggling away.)
Wicky in her teddy-bear coat snuggled up to her
mother to offset Nicky s success with the fish. 'Can
a mother's tender care cease towards the child she-
bear?'" she quoted, and caught her fish at last.
just before several bit at once, and the explorer got
his.
"Now everyboilv'' got one," said someone, add-
ing belatedly. "except you."


"How nice," said Miss Elliot. "That is, of
course-"
"Miss Elliot, I bet you're blushing," said
Nicky. "Aren't you blushing? She always blushes
when anyone says anything. Pity you can't see col-
ours by moonlight, because then we could tell.' D'you
know, lots of people never notice there aren't any
colours by moonlight."
"Only silly asses don't," said Wicky.
Miss Elliot had never noticed it herself.
"Ow!" Miss Elliott had suddenly leant forward
and boxed Wicky's ears.
"You horrible, clever child," she said slowly
and distinctly. She spoke authoritatively to the boat-
men. "We'll go back now."
"Wicky!" cried Nicky in consternation, and got
a slap in the face with a wet fish.
"Guess what that is? It's whimsy," said Miss
Elliot, her voice warming with pleasure, like her
face, whose colour no one could now see. "Only, my
sort, not your sort. Not so winning, is it? You win-
ning little beast, you."
"Miss Elliot. how dare you?" said the actress,
and to the boatmen, "Row. row."
'You're just as bad," said the governess, still
more surprised at herself than anyone else in the
party. "Oh, yes, you are. Selfish, that's your trouble.
But so gorml at living, and I'm not. You didn't
need to catch that fish. You might just as well have
seen to it that I had a line to hold too. Only you,
didn't. And no one else bothered either. You've
caught .veliything you've ever wanted. Everylhin'
I've ever wanted. Oh, you're all so splendid and
right and sure inside yourselves," Miss Elliot's
voice became almost caressing, "I loathe you all."
"But reasl'y." said Lord Oxshott, "this Is so un-
called for." Habit made his fingers move patting-
ly, pinchingly. onthingly towards her cheek.
"And I'll tell you what you are-"


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PLANTERS' PUNCH


"No," he squeal-
ed. "No, don't let
her!"
"Oh, yes," she
said, more culimly
than she had ever
managed to say
"Good morning" to
these glamorous pe<-
pie. "This is when
you hear it. You're
just a dirty old
man. I'rctL('lndng to
be so kind-hearted.
That's what you
are."
"Would you
m'm?"
"As for you,"
Miss Elliot spoke
suddenly with hya-
teria. "You're the
worst of the lot. You
you blonde men-
ace. Troprnl beach
lizard. You and
your browning
oil-!"
"P--people do
use It in the Arctic
too. At least whale
-Only I d-don't see
what that's got-"
"You don't?
Well, and I don't
mind what you don't
see! That's the only
thing I don't mind.
'Do I mind' 'Would
I mind' 'Dare I
mind?' Yes. I mind.
I mind never saying
the right thine, and
never having anyone
saying aniyllJing back
when I do say the
right thing."
"But. Miss El-
liot," said the actress,
"we've always been
so nice to you."


4 -J
4= -e;~ .


FISHERMEN HOMING IN DISTANT BAYS


"That's what I mind most," said Miss Elliot. "I
didn't even matter enough for you to show when
you Ihought I was silly." The moon had gone in
now behind clouds. She wept bitterly and silently


and unobserved in the stunned pause that lasted all
the way back to the land, in the grateful night where
there were no colours.
The boat steadied at the hotel steps, and as
they got out the explorer began to laugh.


THE WHITE SANDS OF MONTEGO BAY


"Go away," said Miss Elliot sternly. The others
had gone. It did not matter that her face was a
mess of tears, a deeper than crimson wreck of shame
and sorrow, and the moon was coming out again.
It would still be a hueless mess.
"Would you
m-m-"
... "Don't you say
that again!"
". "But I wasn't
going to say, Would
you m-mn-Oh, curse.
was going to say-
i- Well. I'm terrified of
confident p-people.
I thloutlghl you were
.'. one. Al wa ys so
b-bright and chatty.
Now would you
rm-mn-"
"DON'T," shout-
ed Miss EllI(,1 to the
great interest of all
visitors in the neigh-
bouring h o t e .lo s
"Don't, don't, don't."
It seemed to her
the sound must go
all round the world,
all about this fantas-
tic paradise of black
and white brilliance
in any case. Let her
voice shake the sea-
weed on the reef,
tcare the buzzards
roisting in the hill
behind the towi.,
startle the fishermen
homing in distant
bays, and set the
moon I i t coconut
groves a-tremble: it
had never felt so
well employed before.
S"Don't." There were
= some things too ter-
rible to hear. (Poor
Lord Oxshott: she
knew the first. deli-
cious gnawing of
the remorse of
power.)
"All right, y-you
propose to yourself
then," suggested the
young man mildly.
E na


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PLANTERS' PUNCH


ENGLISH


C ND


By
LLCILLE PARKS.
B.A. (HONS.) OXON.

ONE of the first things
we learn is that wxi
cannot compare entirely
dissimilar objects: there
must be a common like-
ness somewhere. Earcl -'l
and Jamaican society have
nothing in common except
the denomination--Society.
But if we must cotl-
pare Illn-mi perhaps the nest
way to obtain all inkling
of the differences between
the two is to watch, as I
did, the behaviour of one
of our Jamaica society
girls in a public restaur-
ant.

TIlllilI illtilT the meal
she talked il a loud,
higl-pitched voice, none
the more attractive because
'f the flat Jamaican aic-
** ii which several yearit
in England had failed to
obscure in the slightest
nd which soon loses its
novelty even cfr those who
at first most exclaimn *I
over its 'clharnn'. Her coni
versation, or rather, her
monologue, was riddled
with expressions like '"
even 'Christ!' She did not
even remain true to tll,
strength of Ilangage hat
varied it with weak er
slang idiom borrowed from
Ti States: Ir,* I,'ii inter-
ins of 'oh Iboy!' and
'I'm it IIIt you!' rivitng
a ludicrous effect o anti-
climax. No sense of pri-
portion, that girl. Sihe
leaned her elbows on thi-
table throughout the meal,
was i'rni,.iai'lirli rude to
the waiters, and once, when
one of those unfortunateiI
accidentally tripped over
the unwashed little dog
she had brought with her
and which spent its time
darting hither and thither.
yelping and 1 l111 1iii l ,'
Under everyone's feet, she
nearly threw an apoplectic
fit, so angry was she.
Finally, she and her boy-
friend 'I,..,,,. Il the bill
item bIy itcn. casting sall
picious glances at the dis-
tressed head-waiter, before
slouching out still ic.Ilil n I:
loudly alnd making way
for none. Needless to say,
her escort was not an -:11.
lishman.


7 llI: two articles on iEInglili and Jamaican Sirviel. a.Iippe:lrin, on this and the Iopposite
pi':ii. are written by two well-known Jauiican yaing l hIli.-. Iili well acquainted with
1:nlI'li-i and Jamaican sci.rv, both ,II thenim gr-.iilii. r of the :iini\'r>.il of Oxford. On tlic
whole they express radically different views, ill,.., views being put inlr .alr ill i a dllfiiiirv
iidivid quality. It is not 111n purpose of tile editor tf this rill:I;-lill'n, who is a mere 1i.III. to orm-
mentel iIfiii what lihas beeI said, or to Illri any Jopinliim of his own. Suflni it to :I that he
invited both ladliets to write on I:.11i11-11 atldi .Illlllirtan ii .i'il, allnd lais uctlh pleas rei in print-
illr colltrihitioins that are ertaill to prove iillli.il. and provocative.


MISS I.ClI, L I 'PARKK. II.A. (lions.), Oxno, who e article on Ja matnr aind ERnllh So vty appears on this page.
Miss Iarks Is now in Engiland, but will proitnahi lyi tt Jiamlni later on.


TIII'I: you have one essential di:.Trenuc, In
England a well-bred woman iu b:ioutiht up Po
avoid being conspicuous by every means in her pow-
er. The Jamaican seeks the linmt1.hii no matter
in how unfavourable a light it reveals her. She
loves publicity. She does everything to create conm-
ment. And after all it is the women who make a
S.ulli.vand who give to it its prevailing tone.
Again (and It is not surprising after what I
have said), good taste is seldom to be found in the
Jamaican born and bred who has remained in the
island all his life. He likes the 'smart,' yes, the 're-
fined', but he has no innate sense of the Illline The
most courteous, tactful and considerate Jamaicans
we have to show, are those who have been schooled
in England or on the Continent-and it is not fair
to adduce these as examples of Jamaican t'rSrlry'
proper.
Of course, I do not for a moment imply that
you do not find in English 'Society' examples quite
as flagrant as the girl I mentionedt-peih.ins worse.
You do. But everyone realizes, and they do them-
selves, that they are a deviation from the true path.
They may glory in their coarseness. They do not
deny it. But the loudest Jamaican will fiiht tooth
and nail to convince you that he is the very actme


of perfection of all that is good, virtuous and meet
to be envied.

A GREAT deal of this is undoubtedly due to the
fact that it its so much easier to reach the
dizziest heights of society in Jamaica than in En -.
land. Money paves the way, for we have no true
aristocracy. Let the parvenu first make his for-
tune: granted a poor minimum of education, and
the much-vaunted 'culture', and it is an easy thing
to call at Kiiii, -- house and leave one's card. Buck-
ingham Palace is more difficult of access. It is as
easy to buy a race horse, build a large house, and
keep open table. The bon vivcur is sure of friends
ino matter how unpleasing his manners may be. Al-
most no doors are closed to him. Even our men's
clubs are not really exclusive. But in Enciland one
can break in so far and no farther. There Is al-
ways a die-hard party which will never admit him
to its privacies. And. of course, it is this party
into which he must force his way if he is to be truly
'received'.
Money goes a long way in England too-a very
long way. But the shibboleths are harder to learn.
and there are certain barriers that never fall to
hard cash; certain impregnables who despise a vul-


TWO

VIEWS

gar display of luxury.
SERHIIAPS the word
'mondaine' provides a
key to the difference-with
all that it implies to a
Frenchman, so much more
tlanl its Eglish equival-
ent. When a place is 'nmon-
daine' in France it means
that all the best people,
all the most chic, and
.rn,,, tI dressed people, go
there :i *11i iit l. Nine out
of ten of the 'best people'
in Jamaica are always
smart, well-dressed aid
fashionable. So many of
our womlent till all their
days with designing dress
after dress in which to
deck themselves, and corn-
pete with their friends.
The best people in Eng-
land are very ofteu ibadly
dressed, sonletiules even
frumps. The Flreinch know
it when they say 'You call
tell an l.iiplishl lady by her
dirty diamonds!' H er
foundations are on some-
thing more solid tlihan
Iclot es and money. She do s
not always scorn those
concforlabhli assets, hut sihe
can afford to do so if sile
wis les or it needs be.

A .GAIN, the backbone of
England's stately
homlles are the old ladies
and old gentlemen; the
awesonc old dowagers who
present their daughters :It
oaiirt, wnho toptlen arden-

.\loth r-' Unions. whose
daughters are pleased to
(and I do not mean graci-
ttusly condescend to) play
inI tIhe ill concert. 'l*h. y
are nldIll, .u-:"* or old
and they realise it. and
take tile best from it. T'lihy
are often intole-rably over-
bearing and tyrannical,
but they stand firm on
their authority in years,
in experience and in it
their dependents put their
tr st. How different they
are from our ageless, ie-
painted, antd he-dizened eld-
erly girls of Jamaica! We
do possess one or two of
the real sort, and they
make their presence felt.
But we have not got the
fir backbone they form
for lingland.
Nor have we in Ja-
maica got the village life


of old II.-l.ini We can't have it. I' ieh.ai now and
then we find the squire lOt.iidim:C side by side with
the parson. But our people never feel in the same
way to either, as do the KiEnli-'sh lltlu-Is to their
landlord and vicar. I'fly don't, for they can't.

IT wasn't so very long ago, at a dinner-party given
by one of the wealthiest, oldest and most dis-
tinguished families in Jamaica, when an English
guest had helped himself from a dish of clgetables
handed round by the black butler, that the young
son of the house called out in stentorian tones:
'Lawd, me (;awd. him tek de berry piece of roast
plantain me had me yeye 'pon!'
And again, I read in one daily paper only to-
day, that with all his irmphasis on clothes and the
"uperhlcmalities of life, the Jamaican is not above
escorting a ldtly in evening dress to a cocktail party,
himself wearing a inlungesuit-and that at King's
House!

BUT the most striking differences are not extern-
al, and the Jamaican will never improve by
aping the outer habits of the Englishman. He is
all too eager for outer show already. Let him try
and pierce to the qualitie- beneath.


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JAMAICA N


By

RITA GUNTER. M.A. IHONS. ) OxoN.


J AMA IAN Soiety presents an entirely differe-it
piclure fromi English Society. How cull ione hwi-ve
to compare Ijur society with that of iElnglainl" It
seems unfair, and yet Jamaica tot has her it-, %Itl iI
required stating iin some detail
In this island, the society Ih. ; ireilUlt i itIur
hereditary British senti-
ments and irr Iyosltllt *!ii
the New W11Iril IIin c -i
collntry Il r ;Ii'- many
strait. f'l sitm I-ly .iiii in
our tiny island we knnw
uirIs well. frnii the I val
cairier anti li.ld l.ti la trer
upward. Few ivlrv uae
III .lal .t11.11. 111 '.1 lel'l y who
are rcll. and the "idle
ri h" iare almost unkliinwn.
Most rich people ii Ia.
mica wriork MLiliy iil n
people iIn .i. Ilt'.y allt' il
"idle poor." There are a
few who. though not rih, '
combine te work and play andil
are ahll o tin (rnel nud
pend lhilt sIteninli ilil uad
It I,. here l'ih.l wlo ll l ll r
society coifirll ni'L:Il toi l111
Vest'rln lttprill in. H. lli h i
1111l. .in .n joa" 11ll' !; .hi l
gills of IIfr. r'atll I'Jtl t
slliillll t l..i 1f I l hlls In\ 'lr "
The few Iler' whill) i tli in.
lherilt ed I.i.i I l III i t -


ci 1. i'hlilll sll h*it ]ii h ii
thliey 11.1' I.. 1111i- I. II.
1gl'TtIIItmI ; I] v1 .111111 % I,'
ti l 'l h*(si'0 abi';n It i h, In t
1li1r- nill. l:lill i ll jI l Ill
;I. lIII :1 1 I ill S l 11 II.-4
S. II IlltIhlllr 'l Ill lld l ll'l Il
ISIS .ill II II I 1:1111 ll 1 II l' I 1'
it is % Ili ut It i- thlni
i'la s. 4omoiliIr-Cd -f pIIh,11
els. civil serv.il-l i I .i
ginversa nnil %%,,Ii, r- iU61.
erully It..h ;itr. ..i4.Id '. So
clely witlli Ilt1 lllt it;l
by the llit,-r sir itihi whi
rhioosr to helideve lint :1
little in.ai l wtr.1111 :11 ii'
leisure and Itss fear *of
Sh e iierri- I" ".M I.
Crllnldy. aiill ll r111 I I, .
( lit ly linvI vil .-d v lz .i-s'


B EFORJItLI liiMsMin] onl "-%0
inmut lake Intol ui
count the Historic Faclt-
ui I I st xiiliIroximIt'!y
4K ii y'elrs i- i .*r .I:;ln:ll '-
was dim- -n% ilv iliIl illy
27:i y'at ; lt.im v i % lci tilt'
a British (..I,,ny W IIIt
ha ti rilslil C*ll lll "i l l )

began. \' W liha iall i e-:il
the history If tIlhose :nd
ensaung tlt's l.;aly Ni
gent is |iii t i tiI1 ly iilter.
kistlll T ii tll ite slll Ijet. aind
the old prints -a i t-i IIn
stitu nrp ar vivilly al"a e
and entertaining.


SOCIETY


shores of Jamaica! It was with a girl of this type direction. What we can compare, however, is the bo-
thai the Duke of Winds o when he came to Jamaica haviour of the Jamaican girl with that of her Eng
as Prince of W.ille-. was particularly iil-iiiV srs.d He lish sister, though each is only a part of the whole
meI other girls here who were from larger countries, of society. From an educational standpoint, the av-
had travelled widely and achieved a certain sophis- erage Jamaican girl has not the advantages of the
tication, but it was the charm peculiar to the Ja- English Rirl. for she has not got Eigland But it
inmican pill that no doubt made him single her out has always been the policy of many Jamaican fami-
to the exclusion of all others. lies to send their children to Einlland whenever pos-
sible for at least a part of their education, and travel
O U society is imperfect when measured by the in Itself is broaildeing
standard of that old English class which dates
TIllS is an ea-entially
.Eng1lish idea too. Many
girls from the bett I-nI;-
lish families have spent
years in schools in Paris
or Switzerland or Belgium.
The results are beneficial
in many cases; but in

that the -i I- itht1i Eng-
lish or Jamuican wiI'
have not gone abroad are
more charming than their
travelled friends. As in
most thiiig'. it is impos-
sible to lay down the law
about the matter.


Mll. RIT.A (t \11Ti:H. tM lloneS.i. ), On. whol* ret mmrlet otn Eangtikh mad Janma-a S
In now In Junlmnl,.i. ll.is ttnter hia visited England vrry rlac Ie her graS


Certainly wt- Il..zi\ \%t y irl .-t .ius.I s i I hi proliu
that in so comparatively short a Iliinc we lpussol
today a class w'htih is deemed t rlthy. in cons-.
quence of its finer feelings and genetl :lr of bre-dt
ing, to meet on a footing of equality with inelimbers
of England's most exclusive hirainchc' ,of Socicly
England has her 1.I)Mu year-old civilisatlion. with
proximity to the Cnnlinent with itl wealth of art
ists. musical and other urillural influences, and Jna
maica Is a veritable dot in the nrenns. so small and
remote that thousands in England have no idea where
she is. It is true that in these days of faster ships
aeroplanes, and wireless we are not as isolated .as
formerly, but it is not yet such a far cry from Ja-
maica's days of early civilization when it took six
months. or much longer. to gel even a letter front
England!

IT is no small matter for credit that Jamaica with
her remoteness, her chequered racial career, lier
economic difficulties and her educational handicaps
can yet produce a group which does itself credit
when brought into social contact with England's aris
tocracy, whether in Jamaica or in England. The
miracle of it is that many of the most gracious. kind
ly. and well-bred Jamaicans have never left the


from the Norman conquest. But Ihlli we live in a
different country where there is small parallel in this
or in other ways, and so we have had to build our o-
4 ial life on a foundation of another order. English
Society on the whole, while benleftling from Conti-
nental itiitiiinlcs. has been homogeneous. The geo-
gralphicsil Ipsition of Jamaica, as well as her eco-
nomic problems. has brought about a distinctly cos-
intipolitan air in the country.

T one time Jamaica was regarded by some as an
Americanised British Colony Today, besides
the Janmaicans. there are English people, (taiiadlnr s
ind Americans, and members of other races also,
settled in the island for a number of years. These
all contribute their share to Jamaican Society They
all bring something to it with a cachet peculiarly
their own. Yet-supreme compliment to Jamaicans
-many of them wish to be Identified entirely with
this country and to be called Jamaicans. Thus in a
social gathering here one hears several different ae-
cents. Soft southern Jamaican tones mingle with
the crisper speech of people from Northern coun-
tries.
We possess no aristocracy in the English sense.
and consequently can make no comparisons in this


Even people from the
most exclusive ligh-lih o-
ciety evince examples of
unseemly behaviour here
in Jamaica, but we take
these as the exceptions and
not as the rule. The samel
holds good abroad In our
case. I lid it iul.l Jamaicans
in E-ngl:ndl may not be a
credit to their country, but
we should hate to think
that English people would
regard an individual tsa
the criterion of our .'i.i ;)
as a whole., ndeed Ja-
maican girls who behave
lih-dly ill illiill plaCeS
abroad, lthilllih very smart
in apperanee may belong
to very iii'..iriiit.itih. '
branches of Si., it'.t rather
than to the best.
As regardds .llidtlI1.
there are I'i-:li sl girls
who, apart from interlard-
ing every sentence with
the word bloody only
used by our lowest classes
lit ,',ni-iind'i ifd by English
'Caf S.,s-ttily as the only
proof that they are not
bourgeois and middl-class
-display such conduct at
iiitli. fneutions that they
shock even our society.
But knowing something of
l*:lutithii si t'll-i' in Eng-
land the only pl. i. in
which one can t l:illy judge
it-I should be ashamed
to liliild. tl.', it on their
account.

EACH type of girl is the
result of her environ-
ment, the one a product of
wty appear on this page. small country with its
ueIton at oxltrd. limitations, the other of a
large country with all its
advantages. Is it fair to compare them? Yet It
is precisely in this matter of its women that a small
country may possess an advantage over a large one.
Jamaica's daughters are found to be more sincere and
kindly, genuinely friendly. happy and generous, and,
above all things, lacking in that peciliarly repellent
hardness and calculation characteristic of some I.:n
lish society women of London. The softness and
sweetness and feminine charm of Jamaican women
are traditional, even if they do lack some of the
savorr fire' and "eye to the main chance" that
is the creed of many an English society girl.
Jamaican society has its limitations and must
admit them. There are no "dizzy heights" to attain
here. The class known as Society exists only In con-
sequence of a similarity in taates and outlook; per-
haps too because of its possessing means which enable
its members to give and to receive hospitality. since
Jamaicans hate meanness and stinginess. Lack of
means causes many who would be readily admitted
into Society for their good taste, wit. or geniality. vol-
untarily to retrain from accepting the hand of friend-
ship offered by those in society They debar them-
selves even from the society Jamaica offers-that
simple friendly intercourse where we enjoy the plea-
ure of each other's company, and the sun and the se.


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The


By HERHERT G. DE LISSER.
author of
"UN THE S ;N."

"'TIE WHITE \VITI'll OF li8 ,1:IIAL.L."
ETC.


LI-.OLGGUE

IN May, 1,35. a British army, beaten in Santo Do-
mingo, landed in Kingston harbour and marched
towards Santiago de la Vega, the Spauiili Capital of
Jamaica. The total number of Spanish inhabitants,
including slaves, did not number more than 3,000.
The invaders were at least 8,000. Even so, had the
invading army been ambushed in its passage from
the sea coast to the town it would probably have
been driven back. But the Sp alin.ui.d. who marched
to meet it retreated in spite of the earnest advice
of Juan Batista Mendez, the leading character of this
story.
Juan Mlendez spoke English. IHe had been
taught this language by an Irishman, Patrick
O'Brian, who some twelve years before had escaped
with some other sailors from the small fleet of Ca'p
tain William Jackson, who then had captured Santi-
ago de la Vega and held the town to ransom. Pat-
rick O'Brian had become a Si.plnisljh subject, had been
attached to the household of Juan Mendez, had been
his tutor, and loved him like a father.
The SpaniJ.rdil fled front their little city to the
adjoining woods. The last of the Spanish Gover-
nors, Don Arnaldo de Sassi, maintained the unequal
light against the .nhlislh for nearly ilve years.
During this struggle Juan Mendez had been des-
patched, with his friend, Patrick O'Brian, to Mexico
to ask for help from the Sp.niiali Viceroy there. On
returning to Jamaica Juan and Patrick landed at St.
Thomas-in-the-East, then g' inI .aly known as Mor-
ante, to spy out the EI:li-ush Settlement e.iablished
there. While on this mission they overheard an
altercation between an Irish indentured girl and one
of the English settlers in a positition of some authori-
ty. These two were sanlilllndi some distance away
from New Settlement, a great En:l.l-h pl.ntiationI
that was being developed, and the Englishman was
making it clear to lBrnaidt O'Hara that she must be-
come his mistress or be whipped into obedience.
Juan Mendez shot the EnI-litshinman He used then,
as whenever he could, a bow and arrow, although
that weapon was now obsolete.
Juan Mendez and Patrick left Bridget, the Irish
girl, at New Settlement with the intention to return
for her shortly. But many months elapsed before
they could go back to rescue her. When they did so
they found that a Spaniish traitor had arrived almost
immediately before them to betray the Spanish
This man. Acosta, wanted llh idcet. but he was warn-
ed by the chief Englishman in charge of New
Settlement that one of his own ,fllcers. Robert Went-
worIhi. was already in love with Bridgel All this
was overheard by Patrick O'Brian and Mendez as
they lurked in the darkness outside the house in
which the English Chief and Acosta were ditl-l'uslni-
plans one night.
That same night Acosta was killed by Patrick
and Juan Mendez, Bridget rescued and carried from
the south to the northside of the island, Juan Mendez
being on this occasion accompanied by his tuwo faith-
ful followers, Jose and Gomez, once his Negro slaves,
but now made free men by him.
On reaching the camp of Arnaldo de Sassi at Rio
NNueri. Juan found that the Spaniards were prepar-
ing for a battle with the English which he knew
would determine the fate of the Spanmsh forces. Re-
inforcements were arriving from the Spanish colony
of Cuba, and with these had come Maria Fuieni a a
girl whom Juan had known when in Santinta de la
\'v.t and who with her husband had fled from Ja-
maica to Cuba nearly three years before.
Maria had begun to love Juan Mendez before her
flight. She had come to despise her husband. She
was a Spanish beauty; in character ruthless, sly,
determined; imtterly without moral consideration,
also an excellent natural actress. She tried at Rio
Nuevo to induce Juan to abandon Brid:et. whom she
described as a red-haired foreigner, and also to aban-
don the Spanish cause and make terms with the En.--
ish. Juan refused with scorn. Bridget also defied
her. Maria escaped to the Enhlish and betrayed to
their Commander, Colonel d'Oyley, that Juan had
some gold hidden in the hut in which Bridget
lived.
Juan decided to marry Bridget immediately oe-
fore the coming battle, there being a Spanish priest
in the Spanish camp. Hardly had the wedding ser-
vice been completed than the guns of the Englih-l
fleet opened -n the Spanish stockade. Juan left hits
bride at one- and flew to his post; but in spite of


White


filInIIIC bravely he was captured, while Maria's
young husband was killed. Thliri. through Maria's
treachery. In-iidut was taken by an lI'nllshi liani l-
force. Patrick O'Brian, hastening to find liI 'Il.
fell into the English hands; In consequence Juan.
l-ridlit.i and Patrick went as prisoners to tStIIIIIL ..
de la Vega, whither Maria also went, but as a free
woman.
The decision of the KEnilrish Commander was that
.lrnld, I O'H"ara should return to New Settlement as
an indentured servant or slave to work out the re-
maining years of her indenture. She was very
young, an Irish lady by birth, but her people had
i.lnht against Oliver Cromwell and she herself had
taken part in that desperate adventure. Patrick
0 Itrimn. a as a deserter from William Jackson's fleet
many years before, was also sentenced to be an in-
dentured slave for several years on New Settlement.
Juan as a prisoner of war was exiled to Cuba, al-
though Maria strove her best to induce him to join
the l-i"lih.li even then, and take her instead of Brid-
get, whose marriage she reignirdanl as one in name
only, there being no certificate and no consummation.
Juan's last words on leaving Jamaica were "I will
come back." And thus two years rolled by.

SIIAI'TI-t ONE

BRII)GET'S TERIROOI
TiE sky was faintly ilIr.innic into opal and gold;
the darkness above had paled and the mountain
summits to the east stood out clearly; but the valley
itself was still submerged in shadow, and at the
base of the foot-hills a soft white mist floated and
rolled and billowed to and fro.
Yet the people in the valley were all awake and
busy. For work began with the dawn in those early
Jamaica days, and ended only with sunset, and dur-
ing the long hours of the night the workers must
rest and recuperate for the hot sweating labour of
each succeeding day.
Men and women, all white, trailed out of the
huts and rough wooden huhildings in which they
lived and went wearily towards the fields and pas-
tures in which their duties lay. Among these was
a bearded, stroll ly hult1 Irishman, condemned to
slavery for seven years on this or any other
plantation to which he might be removed; a man
who had spent many years in this island of Jamaica,
living easily, lazily, laughing; but now there was
a grimness about his face that marked a deep change
in his character. For some two years now, indeed,
Patrick O'Brian had hardly been heard to chuckle
once
He was clad in a pair of trousers and a shirt
of osnaburg, but the coarse cloth had no power to
Irritate his tanned and toughened skin. He wore a
wide straw hat which he had plaited for himself,
and sandals; his business was to look after the cattle
of New Settlement at Morantr. and because he
understood how to deal with cattle he was regardl-d
as a valuable servant. Under him were a couple of
Indentured men, or temporary slaves.
There were not more than two hundred people.
men and women, on this settlement, and most of
them were free. They had come from I.lnilund di
rect, or from the West Indian Island of Nevis, to
plant and settle this country, and in spite of autoch-
thonous diseases of which they knew nothing, of
exposure to tropical heat and showers; in spite of
monotony and drink for many of the free men
drank lard lthey were building up the plantation
thanks to fertility of soil and to steady .iinflir~jitnII
Cane grew in cofmlpara;tively wide areas now, and a
little sugar mill denoted the purpose to which the
cane was put. Maize was cultivated, and cassava
All was primitive; yet the cattle and the pigs were
well looked after, and the pastures for the cattle were
ample and lush. Sonimetinie had been won from the
wv'rinlei's. and what was won was held.
With qpades and wooden ploughs the husband-
men turned up the soil; the planting was all hand-
work. They had had breakfast before setting" out
to the fields. at eleven o'clock a horn was sounded.
which was a summons to the second meal of the
day. Patrick heard the sound gladly; it would give
him an opportunity of having the little daily chat
he enjoyed so much with Bridget O'Hara. For. by
a kindly combination of circumstances, both he and
Bridget had been cinnslnedd to the same plantation:
and Bridget had always looked upon this as a mer
ciful interposition of the saints, since without
Patrick she would have had no friend among all
those with whom she consorted day by day.
Bridrht's business was, in part, to cook the food
for the indentured servants or slaves: in this she was
assisted by two other women much older than her-
self. She baked the cassava bread, boiled the maize
on the cobs. or the rough meal into which it had
been rnund(ed boiled also the odds and ends of beef


aroon


Spanish and English and

Maroon in Jamaica in the

first days of the English

occupation-a thrilling

Romance

that the bondspeuple were sometimes allowed, and
the fresh hides which. scraped of hair, and chopped
into little pieces, formed the sustaining element and
flavouring of occasional soups or stews. The fire-
place for the preparing of these victuals was built
in a rude shed which but partly shielded it from
rain when showers came; her utensils were iron
bars and cauldrons, and long wooden ladles. But she
managed well enough with these; and hunger was
the sauce that made the coarse food palatable to peo-
ple whose life was one long succession of weary
labour and animal repose.
Patrick hurried towards the cook-house, outside
of which the food was served to the men and women
who squatted on logs of wood or on the bare irouind,
eating out of calabash gourds or iron basins, their
iIII'-.- and mouths doing duty for forks and spoons.
When Bridget and other women had served then
she could draw apart with Patrick and talk. To this
there had never been any objection. The masters
saw no harm or danger in it.
Patrick noticed at once, to-day, that Bridget a
mind was disturbed. On her face was a look of
worry, from her eyes fear peeped forth; indeed, be
saw terror in the swift glance she tlung at him. His
heart pounded suddenly and with violence. Had she
heard overnight that she was to be removed else-
where? Or what was it?
He waited p;atiintly until, her work over for the
present, she brought her gourd of victuals to where
he sat and crouched beside him. She was still ex-
tremely pretty, he thought inconsequently. despite
all that she had gone through since her husband,
Juan Mendez, had been exiled from Jamaica to Cuba.
YIiuth. a splendid constitution. hope also, hope that
Juan would keep his word and return to take her
away, had served her in good stead. She had lived
for the future, believing in the day of coming de-
liberation with a splendid faith. But now she look-
ed like a hunted animal, like some poor beast flying.
with relentless dogs upon its trail.
"What is it, darlint?" he asked, dropping for
once into the native Irish form of speech which he
had hardly used for over twenty years.
"Pat, when will Juan come?" she murmured;
"or will he ever come? Pat, there is danger ahead
for me, and very near."
"Juan will come, never fear," he soothed her;
"\.hy. only last sundown I had word of him."
"Tell me, Patrick, what was it?" she demanded
with fierce intensity. "We hear so seldom, and I-
I begin to despair that he will ever come in time."
"He will come. You know, Bridget. that pasture
near the foot-hills over there?"-he jerked his head
-hi-chril in the direction he spoke of, so that she
only should understand what he wished to Indi-
cate.
"Yes."
"I give it a look over every evening when the
darkness comes. I now, regularly, leave it to the
last to go over; though I know there's nothing wrong.
with the cattle there. You will remember I told
you, about a year ago, that it was from among some
underbrush there that, one evening, I heard a low
call in Spanish and answered cautiously. I was sur-
piisedl. almost 'tartled, but I thought I knew the
voice. I was right: it was Jose, Juan's former Ne-
gro slave, and he had come all the way from the
northside to say that Juan had not forgotten you-
or me; that as soon as he could leave Cuba Juan
would be here."
"But that was a year ago, Patrick. and Juan
hasn't come yet," she answered miserably.
"Nn. for he cannot cross a hundred miles of sea
alone and without a boat; but he is planning to get
some men and a boat of a kind, and the day he is
ready he will sail. But liten. darlint. Last evening
I heard Jose's low call again. And he told me that
a boat that had come in from Cuba with mes-
sages for Arnaldo de Sassi, our rightful governor,
brought a secret word from Juan to him. All it
said was. "at any moment now." but Jose understood
what that meant, and knew it was for you. So, at
any moment now, we may see our Juan."
"And perhaps too late!"
"But why. carissima?"
"Attend cnrpfu'llv. Pat we haven't much time
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ago, there was that big brute who wanted me to be
his mistress. Juan killed him, you remember?"
"Only too well," replied Patrick grimly.
"But there was another, a younger man, though
he gave me no trouble; he lived here, at New Settle-
ment. He had come but lately; he used to look at
me strangely. spoke kindly to me once or twice; but
there was something in his look that made me.
afraid."
"Well?"
"Then you and Juan came and rescued me. And
when [ came back here, he had gone: I heard to
England."
"That must be Mr. Wentworth."
"He has returned."
"So I was told yesterday. But he is leaving this
afternoon."
"He returns in a week, and he will be the chief
man here ." she paused, and looked Patrick in the
eyes with shame and fear in her glance. "He saw
me last night and spoke to me, and looked ."
"I understand," said Patrick gravely. "Indeed,
colleen. both Juan and I overheard one
night, when that traitor Acosta was supping
with Luke Stokes in this same New Sette-
menl. that one of Stokes's officers was in
love with you and wanted you: I recall that
Luke Stokes warned Acosta that that young
man would kill him if he should venture to
touch you. Well. we killed Acosta u:stead.
and that was a good piece of work. Is this
Wentworth the same man that Stokes spoke
about?"
"Yes."
"I imagined so. But it's over two
years ."
"He has not forgotten me. I tell you
he saw me yesterday after going over the
Settlement, and he spoke to me. He even
said it was a shame I should be doing such
work as I have and that he would see that I
was better treated. He put his hand on my
shoulder as if I was already his."
"And you answered?"
"That I was quite content here, and
that I was married. He asked me who and
where was my husband. I told him the
truth: he would have found it out for him-
self if I hadn't."
"Then ?'
"He laughed, and said my husband could
never come back to Jamaica, that Arnaldo
de Sassi. with a handful of men, had just
been beaten again at Manegua and was pre-
paring to leave Jamaica. And that a pretty
girl like me should have someone to look
after her "
"Where will he live, do you know?"
asked Patrick abruptly.
"In the house where Luke Stokes stayed
when he used to come here; it's the best
house in New Settlement. I worked in it
for some time."
"And my quarters are not far from it.
We must plan to escape somehow, Bridget;
but first you can make sure it he intends
you harm." MR. T
"He does so intend." Fmet
"But he will try gentle methods first, one of
I have no doubt: that will give us a little United
time. ] must make plans. At the least we
have a week."
"And it we go and they don't track us down
and bring us back-which would mean death for
you and hell for me. Pat-could we make our way
over to that part of the island where the Spanish
are?"
"I think I could, Bridget; I have lived in this
country for many years now; anyhow, it is our only
chance. There is nothing else to do."
"And if Juan does come and find us gone: shall
we ever meet him again?"
"It is all in the hands of God," answered Pat-
rick gravely. "The Holy Mother and all Blessed
Saints will aid us": a speech which would have
sounded strange from the lips of Patrick O'Brian
five years before. "But it we can get safely across
to the northslde, where de Sassi still Is with a few
men. Juan surely will find us there sooner or later.
For this I know you will pray colleen."
"I will pray," said Bridget fervently, "and if we
fail and this man tries to -to-I will kill him, Pat.
I swear I will! Do not doubt me!"
He looked into her blazing eyes, saw that her
Irish blood was aflame, and smiled. "I know you
will." he assured her, "or I will. And it will be
better that I do it. For then, when Juan comes, you
will be here for him to take away."
"We have talked too long'" exclaimed Bridget
suddenly: "the others are going back to work. Let
us go."
"Until to-morrow," agreed Patrick, scrambling
to his feet. and then he uttered an exclamation which
was echoed by Bridget. "Holy Mother!" she cried.
For riding in their direction she saw three per-
sons. a woman and two men. One of the latter was
Wentworth. whom Patrick at once recognized The
other was young, English, but a stranger both to
him and Bridget. But it was the sight of the wo-


man that had drawn forth from them their
cry of wonder; for in her they recognized Maria
Fuentes. whom they had never seen or heard of
since they had left Santiago de la Vega two years
before to come as slaves to Morante. It was Maria,
laughing, talking, evidently satisfied with herself
and her companions. And as Bridget and Patrick
prepared to part and go their several ways Maria
caught sight of them. and so did Wentworth. Before
they could move a step Wentworth called out and
ordered them to remain where they stood.

CHAPTER TWO

TWO FtltIOLS WOMEN

BRIDGET and Patrick waited, and the eyes of
both were fixed upon Maria. She was a trifle
fuller in figure now, had grown more beautiful also.
Her dark eyes were bright and sparkling as in
former days. but now they slowed with determi-
nation and pride: accustomed to riding from child-


'IHOMA5 ABRADHAW. wife of the Oeeral Manager of the
onpany n Jaia is a nowa re ident In this island. Mrs
o Jamaic at the bsginnamng of 1N Uand qlickly establtshed In
our most charming hosteslse. Mhe was born nad brought ul
States. She has travelled nl the tropics. is well aiquanteld wi
and hs already made a host of friends na Jnails.

hood, she sat her horse with accomphplhed ease;
her riding habit was evidently englishh and mu*st
have been imported especially for her. Looking down
upon the two Irishers who stood on the ground in
the garb of their unhappy position, her lips curled
with scorn. Maria had, quite clearly, not forgot-
ten the contempt with which they had treated her
during their ineetilm in Santiago de la Vega. when
she had been openly taxed with treachery by Pat-
rick and had triumphantly admitted it.
To the surprise of Patrick and Bridret she
spoke in English. though very broken English. They
had forgotten that she had been living among the
English for some time and was a girl of naturally
quick brain and aptitudes.
"So dese are de two old runaways, no?" she
said to Wentworth. "I know them. They once
threatened to keel me because I know de English
peoples would win de war."
"Well. It was only a threat," answered Went-
worth good-naturedly. though he looked like a man
who could be very stern and determined if aroused.
He was not more than thirty-one, with a fine aquil-
ine nose and steady eyes. Patrick noticed that
those eyes were fixed on Bridget.
"Slaves have no right to threaten," observed the
other man. He was somewhat younger than Went-
worth, dark, strongnfeatured also, but obviously
not of Wentworth's class. Still that he was some-
body in the island was patent from his association
on terms of apparent equality with the other man.
The difference in class and breeding that would have
kept them apart In England had very much less
effect in this newly-conquered island.
"De man is full of bad words, and he also is
veery what you call dangerous But de girl is


preely, don't you think. Senor Wentworth?" asked
Maria slyly.
,"Who wouldn't?" answered Wentworth gallant-
ly, but intended his reply more for Bridget th n for
Maria.
"I know when you describe her to me las' night
dat I have seen heir before." continued Maria mali-
ciously, "and dat she was de one dat runaway from
here. Now she is back again an' your servant. But
perhaps dis odder feller. Patrick, is making de love
to her; he used to make a lots of love to de girls in
Santiago de la Vega."
Patrick muttered an imprecation, but was suffl-
irently discreet to modulate his voice. He saw the
quick. imperious glance that Maria's male compan-
ion gave him, though his words could not be
heard.
But Patrick was not born with courage for.no-
thing. He would not stand there silent and let
Maria do all the talking which was really a series
of insults.
"And how have you been getting on, Maria?"
he asked. "You wanted, I believe, to go
back to Cuba; have you been?"
".1My good man, if you address this lady
in that tone you are very very likely to be
whipped," cried Maria's friend sharply His
name was ('anirose and it was evident that
he had taken a dislike to Patrick at sight.
"But I have known the senora since
she was a little tot," explained Patrick quiet-
ly. "Her mother and I were friends."
"What once was is different from what
is, my man: remember that."
"Si, I'trick." smiled Maria with malice.
"My husbandd does not like what he call de
impudence from slaves, especially Irish
slaves."
"Your husband!" exclaimed P'airick. "I
didn't guess you had married again."
Camrose scowled, Wentworth smiled,
and those two facial gestures enlightened
Patrick and Bridget as to the true relation
between Maria and Philip Camrose. Doubt-
less it was convenient for them to speak of
one another as husband and wife, for Puri-
tan Ideas had not yet entirely died out of
the colony, though they were fading fast.
"Yes." said Maria deliberately, "an' we
going to live here a little while; my husbandd
is next mans to de Senor Wentworth, who
have odder places to look after besides dis
one. An' you will be our servant, Patrick;
while Ilridgeet but dat is for de Senor
Wentworth to say: no?"
"I think Bridget should cease to be a
servant," said Wentworth promptly, "though,
Siilfoirtunately. I cannot free her from bond-
age unless the Governor consents. But I'll
see what can be done for her; she shall
cease this wretched looking-after of the food
of the slaves and become my housekeeper.
I am a single man."
"Ah, dat is delightful. Bridgeet," laughed
Maria gleefully. "Your husbandd in Cuba,
Ui Juan. you know, he will be veery glod to
Update hear you are in de Senor Wentworth house
eseif a n looking after him. Perhaps I find way to
p n the let Juan know dis; yes?"
th Cuba "You would do anything dirty you
wretch!" burst forth Bridget, to the sur-
prise of all. who had seen her standing
there so quietly that they, even Patrick, had
imagined that she would keep her temper in hand
to the end. "Ye low-living slut, who wanted Juan
for yourself, but was scorned by him, who wished
to sell your own country, who now is living unmar-
ried with this Enulish heretic, who-"
A ,harp swish from Maria's whip. and Bridget's
lips smarted suddenly with pain. The blow was a
light one. solely because Maria was not within easy
reach of Bridget's face. Had she been, she would
have struck to wound, to draw hlood. so furious
with hate and anger was she, so intent upon harm-
ing the woman who, she felt, had stolen Juan from
her, though Juan had never been hers. She urged
her horse forward to come closer to the Irish girl;
she would flog her to her knees before them all!
But Bridget also moved, sprang straight to-
wards Maria, grasped her whip-arm, gave one swift,
strong, desperate pull. and in a second Maria was
lying prostrate on the ground. The whip was torn
from her hand: It was raised high by Bridget and
fell with cruel force upon Maria's squirming body.
Up again went Bridget's muscular arm, and this
time she was aiming at Maria's face with the cry,
"I'll spoil your beauty, you bawd!" But others had
also taken action. Already Wentworth and Camrose
had sprung off their horses. But before they could
interpose between the two maddened. furious wo-
men, Patrick had flung himself upon Bridget and
snatched the whip from her grasp. He flung it away,
and held Bridget tightly. "By the saints, colleen
think of what you are doing." he whispered swiftly
in her ear.
"That bitch must be whipped!" stormed Cam-
rose, helping Maria to her feet but compelled also
to restrain her from hurling herself at Bridget
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about Bridget's throat and choke the life out of
her. She was no coward, she was strong enough.
and the humiliation she had just experienced rend-
ered her half-lunatic. But, struggle as she might,
Camrose would not let her go; while Patrick also
held Bridget in a grasp from which it was impos-
sible for her to extricate herself.
Those people in the settlement who were not
too far away to notice, gazed at this scene with curi-
ous eyes that registered surprise. This was some-
thing most unusual. But it was none of their busi-
ness. They would not venture to intervene unless
called upon to do so. They wanted to see what
might happen next.
Wentworth at once took command of the situa-
tion. To the demand of Camrose that Bridget should
be flogged, to the shrill cries of Maria for vengeance,
he interposed his orders, which had the effect of
quieting the two vociferous persons.
"Enough of this!" he commanded. "I'll have no
more squabbling and fighting here. And please re-
member, Canirose that it is I who will give orders
for flogging on New Settlement, not you when I am
in charge."
"But-but," spluttered M[aria. still wild with
temper.
"You insulted the girl, first, remember said
Wentworth, "and when she replied you struck her.
All the provocation came from you."
"But she is only a slave," stormed Maria.
"A slave here, for a time; but I have heard it
said that she was a lady in her own country. And
here she is under my direct protection, you under-
stand?"
"Oh, dat is quite. 'i iugh for me," cried Maria
shrilly, with venom in her voice. "I t'ink she would
prefer my whip to your protection, Senor Wentworth.
but I prefer dat you give her de proite, tin. An' I
will fine means of letting her Captain Juan know
of it."
"Silence. Maria!" commanded Wentworth, while
Patrick pressadl his open palm over lridget's mouth
to stifle the bitter reply that he knew would come.
There was nothing to be gained now by a bandyin,
of words. Later on there might be action to useful
purpose. At this moment he would practise discre-
tion.
His reward was inamediate.
"As to you, my man," said Weiilwnrth, address-
ing Patrick, "'yu have acted with gimd sense. In
fact I have heard quite decent reports of you: you
have done well since you have been here. Now take
Bridget away to my house, and pacify her. I'll see
her later."
"Yees," mocked Maria, "de senor will see de
Senora Mendez later, Patrick. An' I will see you
an' her every day, an' will be so veery happy to see
you."
She laughed and mounted her horse. Went-
worth, before riding off. endeavoured to catch Brid-
get's eyes to give her a sympathetic glance, but she
resolutely would not look in his direction He nod-
ded instead, in a fairly friendly fashion, to Patrirs.
and rode away with Maria and Camrose. He was
not sorry that there was someone of Patrick's age,
and apparently of calm and reasonable temper, to
be near Bridget in these lays. Soon, of course, she
would have no need of Patrick: she would be well
protected by himself, and happy. He had made up
his mind as to that.
"Come, Blridget." said Pat. after the others had
ridden out of hearing. "On the whole, things have
turned out very well!"
"What do you mean?" demanded Bridgelt fierce-
ly. "Could tln.cw be worse than they are?"
"Very much so. That man. Wiit\\''-rth. will not
mind my being with you now and then during the
next few days: he believes that I will influence you
to be quiet and seni'iblo. and he suspects that you
need someone to prevent Maria from harming
you."
"I'll be more than a match for her," panted Brid-
get. "And Wentworth' You know what he wants
me for."
"None better, colleen; and if Juan doesn't kill
him, I will. But just at present he is our friend.
He will not trouble you for a while; he may not be
back here for another week. Before that time we
should be ready to flee; I will make my plans. And
Juan may come."
"He cannot in so short a time." sobbed Britdg.t.
despair having now supervened upon fury.
At any moment now.' Jose said," was Patrick's
patient rejoinder. "Juan, actually. may be at this
very moment in Jamaica."
"You say that to comfort me. Pat. but ye don't
believe it," returned Bridget "We must flee away,
as you proposed. I shall be ready to go with you
at any time. Even if we perish in the woods."
"We won't perish," said Patrick confidently. but
did not feel the assurance suggested by his words.
He took Bridget to the house of which Rnb-rt-
Wentworth had said she was to be housekeeper: 'he
wished to inspire the new chief with confidence in
him. He felt certain that Wentworth would give
instructions regarding him to the men in perman-
ent charge of the settlement or plantation. He


would now be allowed a certain latitude. That
would suit him immensely.
And as he had surmised, so it was. Wentworth
left New Settlement that afternoon, but not before
making arrangements that Patrick should become
a sort of guardian, if necessary, of Bridget. And
Bridget was to cease cooking for the indentured ser-
vants and to be attached entirely to the main dwell-
ing house. Camrose was also charged to keep Maria
from harming or insulting the Irish girl. This he
promised to do, for he wished for no quarrel with
Wentworth. But he disliked and mistrusted Patrick.
he believed Maria when she insisted with sibilant
vehemence that Patrick was dangerous though how
Patrick could actually prove so it was beyond the
power of Camrose's imagination to perceive. Nor'
could Maria suggest exactly how.
Of all of which Patrick O'Brian had a shrewd
suspicion. He had seen Mr. Camrose, had instinct-
ively realized that worthy's dislike of him, and he
knew Maria very well.
How she had developed in character, he thought
whlimically, since those times when he had suggest-
ed to Juan that he might marry her! That she pos-
sessed temper and strength of purpose he had al-
ways known; but had never suspected she could be-
come a little fiend. Perhaps change of circumstances
had had much to do with the emphasising of this
part of hetr temperament; there would have been
slight opportunity for any manifestation of it in the
old quiet days and life in Santiago de la Vega.
As Juan's wife she might have become shrewish
as the years went on; but Juan's calmness would
have been proof against her railing. Now, from a
sinpleh Spanish Jamaica girl, she had blossomed into
an enemy of her own people, an intriguant, the mis-
tress of an EInlihshmitnt. and that she would do
both him, Patrick, and IBridget especially. all the
injury in her power, he could not doubt. le had
never expected to see her in Morante; but here she
was in the flesh, and still sinurting from the scorn
of her rejection by Juan. There was no forgiveness
to be expected of her, especially because it was she
who had soIught to harm Itulidget and the Spanish
cause, not they who had plotted against her. So
even had there been no Wentworth to take account
of, IBridget must leave New Settlement as early as
pissihle Happily though this had not been told
to Bridget-Patrick had confided to Jose, Juan's
faithful follower, the way he would take if he should
decide to escape with Bridgel to where the hand-
ful of Spanish Jamsiicans still held out in the north
under General Arnaldo de Sassi.


CHAPTER THREE

JUAN'S RETURN
" N that bay are boats and men!" exclaimed Juan
SMendez. "Our people."
"Si, Senor," answered a tall Negro. who unstep-
ped the sail that had helped them make the voyage
from Cuba during the past few days. and then gave
directions that the boat in which they sat should
be paddled ashore.
There were eight of them. seven black, one white
man only, and their approach had been discerned for
some time by the men who stood about the bay.
These knew that the voyagers were no foes, other-
wise they would not have been so few in number
or have so openly sailed along the desolate, thickly
wooded Jamaica coast. Larger vessels had come
and gone in these last two years between Cuba and
Jamaica. This was evidently the latest from the is-
land to the west.
A voice hailed in Spanish from the boat, was
nn-cered. and in another couple of minutes the new-
comers were being emotionally welcomed by those
who had been watching them.
It was a strange and dramatic foregathering Otn
its landward side the little shore was sheltered by
a thick grnwth of trees; in a clearing, half beach.
half space created by machete and hatchet, lay two
great canoes all ready for launching. The men who
had built them. white, black and mulatto, were rag-
eP(l dirty, emaciated. Those who had just arrived
were dirty and ragged also, but strong and muscular.
not having in the two years of their exile from Ja-
maica been harassed and driven and often in want
of food.
Around the shoulders of Juan Mendez were
thrown the arms of the old Governor. Don Arnaldo
de Sassl, and he was weeping. Down the cheeks of
other men streamed tears. "You have come back to
Jamaica. my son." said the older man. "only to see
us leave, only to return with us. It is all over, Juan.
Jamaica is lost to us forever."
"I knew that, my General. when we were beaten
at Rio Nuevo two years ago and I was taken by the
English and shipped away to Cuba," replied Juan
sadly. "But you were indomitable. You still stayed
on to fight."
"Hopelessly. At first I thought you were dead,
Juan: then someone told me you were in Cuba. But
why have you come back?"
"My wife. the Irish girl. General, is a slave at
Morante. I have returned to rescue her."
The old man's brows puckered in thoiehtl he
had quite forgotten the domestic concerns and snr-


rows of his erstwhile captain. He shook his head
dismally.
"But I can give you no help, Juan; we are all
fugitives now. We set out to-morrow for Cuba; or
rather, the most of us."
"Some will remain then?"
"They must. The two canoes we have made can
hold but seventy-six persons in all, and there are
nearly forty others. They are all Negroes, and they
know the country well. Hog-hunters you know,
who will live as they like in the mountains."
"Maroons, therefore. And free men. General?"
"Of course. I gave them all their freedom long
ago."
"Then leave me here in charge of them as their
captain. I think they know me. There are others
like them in the woods, and, banded together, we
will hunt the English as we hunt the hogs!"
"But Juan de Bolas and his Negroes have now
made peace with the Engli-li and may hunt you,"
was de Saassi's gloomy comment. "Still, if you in-
sist-"
"What else is there to be done?" cried Juan;
and the old man, recalling the inadequacy of his
canoes, nodded agreement.
He turned away sadly, and then to Juan ran his
old servant, Juse, who had been embracing his former
friend, Goinez. with extravagant gestures of wel-
come. "Senor. Senor." cried Jose, seizing Juan's
hand and kissing it, "the Senora Bridget is safe and
well. I saw Senor Patrick a week ago-I only re-
turned here last night-and he told me so."
"Thank God and His Saints for that!" said
Juan fervently. "But there is no time to lose, Jose.
The General unils at dawn to-morrow for Cuba, and
those who remain behind must go with me to Mor-
ante."
"Thu.> ,l.nlly will. my Captain. I have told
them all that you might return at any moment, and
they will follow you. And if we meet Juan de Bo-
las-"
"We will fight and kill him," said Juan simply,
a reply which delighted the heart of Jose.
The men of the little camp once again went fe-
verishly about their preparations for departure in
the morrow, while, on his part, Juan reviewed those
who were to be left behind.
With the few followers he had bright with him
from Cuba, the total was forty-two, a conting-ant
large enough for his purposes. They could undertake
long journeys through woods and over mountains
from which the average white man would shrink,
and they could forage for themselves with their
old muskets and especially with their murderous
machetes. They would not starve so long as the
wild pig roamed the forests, and in some fertile set-
tlement they could plant cassava. Their women were
even now in such a settlement some miles away,
and with these were a few men also. They would
be an independent people, hard to track and diff-
cult to escape. They could not retake the island,
but something in the way of vengeance might he
done.
The camp was astir the next morning when the
sky was paling and the slate-coloured sea of the
night had turned to grey. In the two large canoes
had been stored water and provisions for the voyage,
and such arms as were not to be left behind. The
canoes iloatedl on the water: they had been tried
out more than once. The fugitives scrambled into
them. then waited for their General who, in their
eyes, was still the lawful and only Governor of the
island. He turned to Juan.
"Farewell my son. And God go with you. I
doubt if we shall ever meet again."
"Perhaps not. General. Adios."
A thought struck Arnaldo de Sassi. He turned
to the black Spanish subjects he whs leaving behind
and addressed them so that all might hear.
"Soldiers and comrades." he cried. "I bequeath
all my power and authority to Senor Don Captain
Juan Mendez. He will be your General and Governor
henceforward. Follow and obey him. my chililnii.
as you have always obeyed me. And may God and
His lily Mother and all His Saints protect you."
A ringing shout answered him as he stepped into
the canoe, and the paddlers pushed off. De Sassi
kept his face to the shore, as though he would imprint
upon the retina of his memory every visible feature
of the land in which he had been born and would
never see again. There was silence on both sides,
as though the meanest of those on land and on sea
realized the tragedy of this moment; and tears stood
in the eyes of most. With every second the sky
grew brighter and the water gleamed and flashed.
The wind sprane up and blew with gentle. steady
force. Then, in the canoes, masts were stepped and
sails of coarse sheeting hoisted. These filled with
the breeze, and the boats, moving west, soon became
but dancing dots on the surface of the sea.
"Maroons!" shouted Juan suddenly, "it is now
our turn to go. We march eastward. Gomez and
Jose are my lieutenants. On our way we will stop
for a while at the settlement where your women are:
those of them who can move at once we will take
with us; for the others we will send a little later
on."
"We are to live elsewhere, then, senor?" asked
one man.
"Yes: where the English are not so far away


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as they are from here. We shall live closer to their
plantations, only so can we strike at them. Is that
agreed?"
"Si. si!" was the immnedilte response.
"Then let us go, taking with us what food we
have."
He led the march. Across his shoulders
was a long. new bow. by his left s!de from
a leather belt hung a sheaf of arrows
lipped with steel. These he Ilad made in
Cuba; he accounted then his best instri-
ments fri lighting. But he carried also a
machete and a musket. For a man o those
times in the tropics lie was heavily armed.

C

Far away to the east a man and a wo-
man awaited Juan's coming with fevriish ..
anxiety. A week had passed since Jose had
brought the news that Juan might be in
the island at any moment now, a week of
planning and plotting to escape from New ''
Settlement and strike out upon the way L
to the north by which the Negro hog-hunt '
er. the Maroon. had been certain that Juan '
would come. Blut Pltrick had met with nil
unforeseen and inescapable hindrance As
though she had divined his intention. Maria
had caused him to be incessantly watched.
At her instigation, Camroe set more than
one of his trusted servants to be always
near him. Maria knew that a stranger like
Bridget would be helpless outside of this
place without the aid of some man acruaint-
ed with the country; and Maria was deter-
mined that Bridget should not escape the
fate which Wentworth. thiukiln" that he
would help the Irish girl. had decided should
be hers.
Patrick's plan had been simple: after
thinking it over since the encounter between
Bridget and Maria, he had confided it to
Bridget that same evening.
"I have fixed it like this. colleen: we
shall slip away the iuiht before Wentworilh i
is expected to arrive. I will tell you when .
to expect me; then. at about eleven o'clock,
when everyone is asleep or within dooa i
you will join me outside your door with
a change of clothing and we'll make toward
the hills. I will take my m usket and
machete, and some food, and we'll put as great a
distance between New Settlement and ourselves as
we can before it dawns upon these people in the
morning that we have gone."
"tBut why wait so long, Palt?" Bridget had ex-
postulated. "Wlhy not go tonight'"
"Because we must give Juan a chance
to meet us. Otherwise we might have to
spend more days in the woods than I think
you could stand."
"I have been through the woods anti
over tihe mountains before," Bridget remind-
ed hinm
"Yes. but then Juan was with you. It
will be different now."
She thought a moment. Then: "They
will hunt us relentlessly." she said.
"I count upon that." said Patrick calim
ly "Amnong the dogs here there isn't a
single one with a strain of the bloodhound
inl hint. They are worthless as trackers,
and evell if they were bloiJdlhmolnil there
are so many streams and rivers to cross
on our flight that they would never pick up
our trail. But they and their masters, as
they try tl follow us, will mn:lko : devil ,f
a noise. and that will tell Juini all thatl we
want Iini to know if he is in thi' vclinity.
Ile will find us then. and will also flid
theml."
"So you see," he continued, "it is best
we should put off our going to the last
moment that is safe."
She agreed; but the very next day he
noticed the persistent spying on his move-
nieits: that spying had beguu the evening
before.
.Naria had not waited, had taken no
chances. It was not for nothing that Maria
bad known Patrick for years. She knew
he was fertile in rIesource; she had no
doubt ie had fathomed Weiitwortil's de-
signs upon Maria and had resolved to frus-
nrate them.
Pairi(k communicated his suspicious,
which soon became certainties, to Bridget.
"I walked out of my quarters late last
night." he told her three days after he had .
made hi- plan. "and there was that one-
eyed ruffmla. Broadshy. lying outside my
dono. He said he had come out for a
breath of air as he couldn't sleep. At three
o'clock in the morning there was another man In his
place""
"Then what are we to do. Pat"' asked Bridqrt
in dismay.


"Wait and play for time. 'lattence. and shuffle
the cards,' as the Spanish proverb has it."
"But Wentworth comes soon, and then-'
"You must find some way of pulling him off:
not roughly or brusquely so as to anger him. but as


MABOOON FIGHTER
thoiughl you wanted to be sure in your own mind that a
he loved you nud you him. Practice ldeteption with tin
him. He will play your gae for a while if you Th
play it well." m
"1 will so." said Bridget gravely; "but I wonder Thi
-i


MAROON FIGHTER
how long I can keep It up with MaiM l-t hre to egl
him on."
"Anything may happen to help us." returned
Patrick philosophically. "We can but go now from
day to day."


And soon the day came when it went about New
rlenienti that Mr. Wentworth would be returning
t selling

CHAPTER FOUR

M AIHIA AND BRIDGET

M ARIAS house was but half a mile from
that in which Wentworth was to live
and whire Bridget was already installed as
housekeeper. She had purposely kept away
from Bridget all these days; today it came
into her mind that she would ride over
S and see :nd talk to the Irish girl. She
told Camnirse of her intention; he demurred
but she overrode his objection. She armed
herself with a dagger. however, and bade
him accompany her. lie wa to wait out-
,ide. within easy call. Maria did not pro-
pose to trust herself too much to Bridget's
fiery temper.
It was high spring, May; the sun still
lingered in the western sky. The mountains
glowed in the golden light of the sunset,
S the stream that flowed through New Settle-
ment sp:.iikled like polished silver. Heat
lay upon the land, but now it began to be
tempered by a wind that blew softly from
the north. A sense of peace was In the
air.
It was deceptive. There was no peace
in the hearts of the indentured workers,
men and women, some Irish, some Scoti h,
the most of them Elnglish. as they truldgred
from the fields and pastures to the miser-
able huts where they would bolt the fi'rd
allowed them and then stretch themselves
upon coarse mats or heaps of dried leaves
to rest their weary limbs. Some of them
were jailbirds. others prisoners of war; all
of them. had there been a chance of victory,
would gladly have hurled themselves upon
their masters and torn them limb from limb.
SBut they were in the minority and poorly
armed. And they shrank fronL facing cer-
tain death.
There was no peace in the hearts of
the dominant class themselves. They were
mostly young and robust; many of them
had been soldiers: once they had thought
of these lands of the sun as places where
fortune might be made within a short space of
te, or wealth wrung from their Spanish owners.
le reality was drab and sordid and bitter. They
ist plant or starve: there was no other alternative.
ey blistered under the rays of a fiery sun; often
they shivered from ague; many had di-d
from diseaSes they called fever and flux but
could not cure. More would die. and they
knew it. There was no escape for them,
no means of fleeing. Drink was their single
solace, and they drank when they eould.
And envied the few at the head of them all
who had a better time.
But there was no peace in the hearts
of these also. They hoped for wealth, but
knew it would take them long to acquire:
they craved to sail the seas in ships as pri-
vateers, but just now there was no earthly
chance of doing that. And life was duit.
Women were fewer than men; there could
be no wild roystering and wantoning. The
soil must be tilled, the cattle reared. and
illness faced with what fortitude one could
umnmon1. They had heard. too, of hurri-
canes that came sweeping over the land
and il an hour might destroy the work of
years. At any time the golden peace cf
evening might be torn to tatters by black.
raging winds from far over the sea.
In Maria's heart there was no peace as,
iaccllulpanied by her paramour, she rode to-
wards the house of Bridget. This life suit-
ed her beer r than the one she had been
compelled to live for three years In San-
tiaco de Cuba; but then she had been su-
tained by hope of joining some day. Juan
whom she still desired And now this Irish
hussey stood in her way, this girl who
would pretend to an impossible virtue. That
%irtue must be beaten down: Juan, whom
Maria believed to be still alive in Cuba,
must somehow be made to learn that his
wife-a wife in name only-had become
the mistress of an Englishman who would
ail away after a while and leave her to
be the plaything of someone inferior to him-
self. In two or three years this Bridget
might become a drab. a slut. with a child
or two clinging to her dirty skirts and name-
less, while she, Maria. would take good care
that labour should not spoil her looks, and
would plot to be "protected" by the highest
i this land. Camrose was but a stepping stone to
inher things. Meantime she would savour her
engeance to the full.
It was with a heart of doubt and unrest, of
Conatinueda on Page 2)l


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C4


CPaAe


.Pems


rTHE 1 :.\

The surging .-ca.
The urging sea,
The rtrckle-.. driving.
Ever -.lri' iln'

';lifiii meil
( lI Il li. III IIIe ',
I.*'.I ill L. i..-in :ill .
While spray, stinging
sildwhilit.lul me.1
T l r l. ll litlil .l : iI.
Il. Ihuhhlihg sea,
Si l ln h li ll fIIl:.
W ild I.,o i l... or
Ih.ni t i ll'. sea l.





\I was s hornI rlI itr. feeler





I was Iorn tot ae h11e1 sl" raY.
S liillil ,.. lh. '. ill i' l
T l he hear of me.d thi


.soM (; )F A S.Mll.Ill


Si111l to Ine *he iL ll" ihl. q Isl
S 1ing 14 I P e i tlhf ll i of llf 1 S11 l l
Fo lr I was bo| rn lher ,'hil.I
I was bIornI to feel hler I. .,
I was born to taste her spray.
To love her lover tlhe wind that

]I1Pr ]. as. iolnale o1ig,- on il
stormy day.


ONE IN EXILE

W early for IilI tlfillh of anll ].11"
lisli dawn
And the gliolu 1I aln ln:iili-.
I i' Y .
For her sweet clear bealuty
from nighli till morn,
The white of her ,ilgil,.,l
Snows:
SllOWVS :
.\1 heart cries out in its lone
lines
For her glintinii'iig d(usk anll
S~Iu 1111111 li;Il l.
For the n~il.l of her Winter
anlid ila ess
Of her Splriini I g'i. foir
the light
Shli inspires in my heart to

The dIt.lp;ir that envelops myi
soul
whoxise poemin anpi
Witil Iill* hope fIf an uinswel'N of her prnoe pier
ing 1l,.< enjoyed by tbhe
S il popnlr I- anilr il
That miy1111 i li sw etnIuesS f ll.. isarner
1:ii in.1 may ri promirw It is a
a Mr. 1. If. Couisi
Thte EUiil:andl of "1iin I waNs til write poetry
lorn.
The Einil;lindi for wliom I will live.



A\NI: JISILEYN: Till: 11 IVATE I;GAlllEN.
II.\ II"'(IN ('01 ;1"T

P''rh:lijup. she realisMd here
Amid the cool iii shadowed green.
I1lire i lni fiirgr tl nl,' Ii n is shine lihe- -
Perhaps her tears broke Ilirongh
And fell from wise Iut Itragic eyes.
So C;L':rt and yet so sad a queen.


By DOROTHY


BARNES.


I'rlh lap sihe I'pr.I'.dI a liltl here.
I'rii-htnii*.l in the illiilg sun.
'.1111 a lli 1t.I:li,'_hter ln hili ll i>\il ~
PIerhlap8 she knew Irblllliilliii hours
And Ipl.11d1 her part irlh broken heart.
BesIet by dreams and love and doubt of one.


MIBS DOROTIY BARNES. A FEW OF
tar on thil pare, Iha distinety a Itterry as well an a pote Ibent of mind. Somet
r- are very well worth reading anderd. The poemn printed on thil i llie will he
ide eirtle of readers, both lor-l ind abroad, with whmlonl "P'lnltern' PI'rnh" in a
nstltution.
i very young. She, thil Jonrnal tlrnmlS betlerv, lh. in a lternry future of areat
pleasing i lneldenev that a dainugter of tie previous Directur of Agrirulture
is, It now writing novel o n Wet Indian life In Eaglinl. .Iterr on Mlist larnes
with a Jamali cn background, and perhaps novels as well.


I'i l.ll,1s she realised helre
ThilI all Irer I,.nli-l1 dreams were eci ianilling.
Her pIr.'y',is. hier sii-h. her tears of no avail--
Plerhapls i cold wind blew for pity of her tal!,
Antd l \ill troubled yv.a 11aI., clouded skies
Sh li ran into this ,;llih'll. stuimnlling.


'PEACI'l AND TITE Sill.11I:;i

Hle LI. in the trenches of 4 inaII.
A twisted liuirie of war.
I'in.;' ename hiron'ih tlhe dirt and the blood,
iu linaral down and saw .


And I'laceld cool lingers on his head
And soothed tlu* tired franie,
r1ently bound lte wounds that hlcel.
Then li:snl on her way down the lane.


FRIl'N SI1[SIP

'lTlv told me iW,-,hlin was the rarest
.\ il Beauty the most sweet,
ThIat Power she was the greatest .
A.\,i I bowed before her feet.


Th'I1- told ilie 'IIliI shile Was
Slih best
And Ronour the ll ost wie.
'I'Iiv told me Love she was
the ,a:h, -i r
And I must sacrifice .

They did notI tll of Friend
-hiip's virtue
Where I could turni when sha-
dows latne,
They told ime all I lli. God-
desses
AnId fnigii to mention Friend-
shilp's tlinle.



III IN FOlH YOUTII.

It is only youth who is wise
For we kiow Iot Tilme,
Eternity wraps u1s roulld.
()r dreIa is translceid lie
lrinle

And s(ot of broken cities
Our mnllg- echlo down the
years.
hur hopes are sure, Iriinilllll
ant,
I:,keril not bly learned tears.

\We atre siriIng- and wise
Il-r knowlcedl.e has no claim,
We are aiinmplhft.l ours
For ours is only dreamed of
fame.

\We are great, eternal
For we know not reality,
1-11 riuishle b1 experience
Only dreams have our fealty

We cry, *i"Yil4 i s immortal"
Thllere'frll'r are we wise.
We think not of I.iathi who are
illll..
irh hilg but dreams in ou"r un-
8shadowed iye .


A ('LOAIIt lhESTINil ON A HILL.
Iim pearly radiance
Gossamer soft.
One from the heavens
Si r. iyal from aloft.
Fine airy il4ihili 'n,-n *..
Opaque and hazy,
jliist inlg on earth
Quiet as a fian.t:iv.
S;ilim.ily white loveliness
('aim and serene.
Gentle as Peace is
Swiveet as a dream.


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QOhe


Banana


Goes


'Home


L OOK out!" shouted someone behind, 'the banana
J train is coming."
One made a hasty leap anti cleared the train
track: then presently came an engine pulling a long
number of freight cars filled with bananas, one after
the other, until the centre of the whole length lof
the long. covered pier of the wharf to the west end
of Kingston was occupied by these cars of fruit.
about which. on the instant, a great number of
men and women swarmed like buzzing lees

M OORED to the right side uf the pier. as you
looked southwards. lay one of the ships of
the Elders and Fyffr-s Counip.ny. the auxiliary
company of the L'iiitrd Fruit. At several in-
tervals along the sidr ,if tilis ship littler irn doors
sloodd :aIII I these opened on Ihe hatch's 11n which
were stored the hilllnanias th, were t I. l tlrann-
ported from Jaiiaii.i tio Eninglnd. Within the ship
itself, iolnw I1h ilr'ck-- 1it which passenai.s and
their friteinl-. piiin imided. talking. laUl'hii 1... enjoy-
ng thnimsrlvers. ,tood the nleni iho wereT i receive
the hil hana;ll: b llo i hl' fi 'in tile uikl.'.l on1 the
pier. Already IIi.. train hadl heclin tij disLNre its
freight The sliding dons I' f tihe carsl had been
opened. w kei. etii fvl%'i ,ihily passing the fruit
outl to the crlowd if mniii anil women that waited for
it. niist m11 .meiill ha1 d lbeen lost. thr -liIp wa:i.
to sail at :i certaiin hour and all arrangtmeniTts had
been made' s,, that it, schediilletd time should not, if
possible. be etui.assed lieai]. 'oi.f the ri-h and the
noise and the h lsling irverywhere, t-i thii casual
eye it Inight seein ,n- tIlli h iiifusii n ll Iir.led. Buti
the prnatised f..- sIaw airl 'relistd' lth th there wnis
method and iilddir in everythiinl that was s., quickly
done

T Il' hanana earrl-ir, s 'awnniedl -the sinile of the
bees is most appropriatee For it hin been written
that the busy bhee "imilprove. inrh shining, hour."
anil these walkers, itrainied. .liiI rTvisierl. disciplined
(although they may appear iudiscqplined- i. were
bent now upon improving aeni I ii lnutr in the per-
formanc'e of their work. Iltinch nafl r htniirh of fruit
was passed iout to them. each liviild:il catching
hold of one and hoisting it dexr roisly s 1.t in his
or her head. It has always been :i mly. piv to the
stranger how the Jamaira peasant or inTiril work-
er manages to balance any and pevrythini on Iiis
or her head. But these people doiin i Mviiy f the
women wear on the top if the hea:nd a sin:ill Iironl
turban, some two inches hiah. known ,a a n' it.i this
prevents the fruit from resting tno hPavily li upon
their skulls. With the help of th!< ioni;i tlhiv
suffer ni sl-rain. do not feel the burden ;is ;i iiattrnr
of fact the country people of Jamalcia D11i lar-*
heavy loads on their heads, baskets filled wit pro
visions. and trudge with these for milsp alone the
country road without once lifting a hand to adjust


A Long Sea Voyage and the

Preparations made for it

by Numerous Assistants


tlie b.Ilanlcle of the buliden. The men wear no cottas.
Tihy :ivoitd hi-* fir two reasons. Fisi. because they
are physiu lly stronger than the women; next, be-
canist i one fancies they would think it effeminate
to prllect their Int.ds with something designed for
the rlinfort alid convenience of the women. On
the whole the numbieri of women workers on these
laannn:L pier's is intiuh larger than the men; more wo-
init'n Ihli.in lirn iseek this partllt il;. kind of employ.
rnclit Iui tl:. rIat. of pay is equal for both, though,
becai-i- of Iliier siiplrior ,itrungtll and acilnty. the
nrlen e.arl n i rie tihan dr) the women.
p EIlllAPS- for it is wonderful to see how these
woinen wik lRapidl.. aliil.niah i 11.y. they form
tlI-niemlve.-s into lunch lines, according to what part
of Ilhi ship 11 is at which hli,.y must deliver their
htle bunches uf fruit When the bananas are cut-
and *.i-'lh llluih or "'stem" may weigh from thilty
to sixty iilunitiS -theny are often left with a longlsh
pi'.e if staik jutting lit from behind the last handle "
out ili ni any bhnds uf bananas which compose what
is piliiiiarly alliedd "the bunch." Now, near by
the ship l, tani;d nmn armed with sharp machetes.
wl l' C smele'wherl'e onII the pier, but farther off fro
the ship. stand other men behind recording ma-
chint-". As coach carrier passes one of these machines,
he .ir she is handed a small metal disc which is
the ieteipt for tlhe bunch of banana that is being;
carried to the ship. and at once the fact is record-
ed hy a sharp "clink by the machine, so that for
every dis" presented an accurate record is made.
The di-tc received which will later be exchanged
for coin of the realiii the bearers or carriers now
speed towards It le men with the machetes. Up goes
tl- brawny arin of a wielder of a dangerous-
hliuklin \,'iiullll. [)" Un it comes; and to the unac-
c-uiisrliied eye il mius seem many a time that the
bunch of frnil will be severed. and perhaps a very
ugly* winlnd intlicted on the head or body of the
carrier IBut the latter does not batt an eye. He
or .hli nIote- wines o.r shrinks, does nothing lut
niul listiruiisIt uhcnal. not stopping for a moment.
not fi'anrie injury. For the men who wield these
mna.ihett: ;irt. experts and e.xpinrienit'c'd Their job
i tI s rlle 'off that piece of the long stalk upon
w h ich tlhe bananas have grown.
T IS will save space, and, particularly, will
prevent the bananas from weighing more than


they should. The machete-men know at a glance what
bunches they should strike at, not taking off too
much of the useless end of stalk, not detaching any
portion if the stalk is already of the appropriate
length. So up and down, up and down, swiftly,
tirelessly, swing the machetes, as one by one in a
long and swift procession, the carriers surge for-
ward. The sight is of extraordinary interest. It
is really an exhibition of the struggle of living labour
against the mere machine.
For it is all so rapidly done, the workers some-
times running instead of walking, that, with labour
at a reasonable rate, machines for accomplishing
any part of this work can be beaten. And as each
carrier reaches that part of the ship where his
bunch of bananas must be delivered, lhe or she passes
it on to a muscular-looking man who stands just
in front of the open hatch-door, who seizes the bunch
:Iinl. with one deft movement, hurls it inward to
where other workers (all native West Indiansl
wait to receive it and to carry it away into the elec-
t Ili .h:e'd recesses of the ship, into those (p' iially
prepared chambers that may accommodate a hun-
dred thousand "stems" or bunches of this green
fruit which will slowly ripen to a golden yellow.
TO see these men swinging the bananas from the
outdoor carrier to the interior receiver is an
object lesson In *,ii> ki,.'-- II synchronisation of
movement, in real energy and strength. For, as
one must again emphasize, there is no 1il.i. Ih, i.ir
can be no delnay Spi*.d is the order of the hour,
speed the necessity of the work, and these men
who do what machines partly do in some other
banana countries know that they must move with
an extraordinary celerity. And they do it, so that
the fruit passes along the wharf and into the 'shli
in one continuous stream, much in the fashion of
the conveyor belt. and far more picturesquely. Yet
they seem to do this without effort. Tliiy. enter into
the -pint of the job: they would have no soft words
for any carrier that kept them :lintlln for an in-
stant longer than was necessary. Nor do they ever
appear to grow weary.
BUT of course the banana carriers can also do the
Loading and uinloiaditi of ships other than the
banana boats. They number hundreds; their chief


MB. THOMAS BRADSIHAW, I Grnerarl Manacer or Ile Itnllel t'nrutll (omlnpny a Illillinn la J.eimtrnca. depleted by our i-rlrturtit na brlnaing up to a KInston pier. sagle handed,
one of hi comppan)'m hipi.. Thirrre is u lrim irlr.rminainllnn n In r Itrullndlhj fi.r'e. taul one run an o dett twinkle In his eye. loth the deterlmiati n t and the twinkle are~ charo -
teriatle of "T IS." a. his frienodi somtllmes rail him. liHe lr reiulullin, but hi allo Iure i ha humorous triemntrnint.
Mr. Bradihaw knows JIIatica L well annd I. IPr popular Ir onil *rlrt-.ll n itrr.ed Mr. J. G. Kteffr bemuse of hls knowledge of local condiltlon and I al of his pra tleu
abillltr nd aaroor faire. He Is a good worker. a good mlirr also. and one must be both to srt'ied tl Jlna Iteif one has to dent with many people of all types.


1938-39





PLANTERS'


employers are the
United Fruit Con-
pany and the Eld-
ers and Fyffes
Company (really
one combined or-
gallnizalt il) ; but
there are other
companies also
which give them
employment .
One looks at
them as Ihley !iil.
the ship waiting
patielinly. anchored
beside the long
pier. And it may
seem to the
stranger that these
workers are garb-
ed almost in rags,
and these rags
badly s.il.id But,
as some may no- 11
twice, many of the
women wear a long
apron ( covering
most of their dress,
an apron which is
soiled butl not torn, l
and tliin.ticl the
upper part of
which their arms
are slipl|l'di The
mamm j4 simple.
The dripinims from
the green iananas
stain. A bad ban.
ana stain is inera-
dicable. Tliilerlllf v.
were these carriers
to adorn them-
selves in pllo hws
garments in the
morning, they
would find them-
selves with ruined
clothing when
their day's work
was done. And be-
cause of the hurry,
the strenuousness
of their move-
ments, the nature
of their work. they
carefully select as their working garb the oldest and
poorest of their frocks.

AS one passes along the pier towards one of the
ships of Messrs. Eldi-rs and Fvnyfes or the United
ruit Company which is being loaded, one finds one-
self sometimes In the very midst of these hurrying.
bustling, shouting, eager workers. Their eyes glis-


% .A CARRIERS AT WORK ON eUITED I'll IT COMPANY'S PIER AT KINGSTON


ten, their teeth gleam, it would seem as tholzIh il.-y
would hurl you out of the way, first-class passeniei
or fashionablee visitor to the lli thuoughl you may ie
But this does not happen. Now and then a uan int
charge will for a second stop the procession of car-
riers, and then you slip Ihruiirh to nItlliher I,:rl;-
of the pier. Or the WlIkers themselves. oljediint
to the quiet request or admonition of **Please. will


let you thliio'gh. ulitir eyts giving you a quick flash
uI appreci:it .ll ;I. triiiin 1o lthe courtesy of your
dltldress. Fr n-thIey nle i polite. Tlhe stranger might
illt irsti lii;ni iiof ithill ii. savages. though as a mat-
ter of fact s:ivanes are usually polite. These people
are also police whenlii uai agtated: and their train-
ing under ihe( .'niLd Firull Comnpany In Jamaica
has impressed upon thenn the necessity. not only
of p)Irl'lllllii(uitd and efficieiry. but
alan of courtesy. which men and
llielrSi shOwl alili-


ti*


UNITED FRUIT COMiPANI's IIER AT KINl.iTONU- .MITO II C.AK. HAITING FOt I''l: \ll..H


BL'T tlop: You are now outside
uf thle sllealu and scramble of
thie I.:anaii workers, and you see
i rutillp who have evidently finish-
iii their- j,'b of work or are wait-
I:1 in IeSllntm1 11 They may be
:'l bniIt I lhtI 1 1 II R women and
imein. iddti-nly ithey grab at one
.:ln.!rher: ri ey Jutiii about; they
vttireliate.i this. y)it are certain,
:s h I he IugIlnIIItg III a IdangeIrotIs
Iilht. -f 2illiItin llt" that may end
il IlriindslitiiI aindl even murder.
.\i Ii n 11111 p1ili-.laeni ai appears to be
in siglll! Ye it l 'Ileecellll are with-
IIn ila lllI.i M linsiii. water-police-
IIIenl di'reeP'! in whlte uniforms,
I[Il' I In,-cl ianl l d lhie helmets, a
liosll reffitienlt hdy of native police.
Iill they miake uno the slightest
iti" inw'ardls this struggling,
-1hiilling g9-0,iip. 1 Yiiu look again;
iI sillhis youli Ilt th, ie shonis and
sFite'eiins ire Ithose of latchtoi'r.
Thelt peniplr inlly be calling one
nalllelllr iill'prllloriolus names. but it
14 all (I-lne in full, and then you
i.tlise that they are not fighting
hIt pliyiing: ihial this is horse-pley
evenC Ilhnilih it Imay be accompanied
ly some rolling lit thie floor of rhe
pie.i ull iillvo'allioI to the higher
liiiwtrs for help It dies away as
suddenly ;s it Iegaii: nobody has
heelln Ilii. nIi lle is in a bad
ihIIIImoiII. aillll S, yoll pasB further
dClwilthe lpier. where an eltireliy
different view InI:y break upon
yom r vision

H EIRE alsai are a number of peo-
ple Ilmoving aboutu, the streams
-. cir Ir!ers pass on incessantly, the


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recording mlachilnls clink tilIr
machetes 'lice off tlie redillldail
parts of stalks. thle inrti i:(ltandnI
at the doorways uf 1th1 haItchte
seize ;and fll gc s iftly the l t.-ll-i
bunches of Irtiit tl tin' 'recivcer"
inside. ilt ll strti I id lir'nI' tiliti
thie pier. with ll I IIllI i Liirhl'l Iht il
heads. here and thl're. ni a bent :iL nl. i?
sRome nlien ald wlulinii tiiiiilli .1-l'. i 1
They h.iCP Iebt'll '- C lllk l I lill lii v
nllw ret'iiild. Ihell la'11111 i\ -I 111m
the timn' l'ilrhiiis Ih i wiv'ie the
first 10 tackle wh|li ;hat lhad I I- il ..
SO IIrW Ilhey 1l' Illair l ;l ll wui.11 .
perhaps I.ilter on the'rr naill I.
snnirlhinig else for lthem 1.. in,. anri
for Ibis they %mniist \\a.i t l It hety
will nit Italk ;iand I ,l lzhi. .1 i v.-ii
sit silently aiind itst Th'y .-~Iri'ih-
Ihenilm lves Cinul 1111 Ih l. u .-,il n
planks of the covered II.i .inil f.1ll
easily into deep :ilI ih '..lllllt--
sleep NI Ii.ll il-IIC-. II IIiit' I. ii C
commti nlitii th;Ilillll i I 'ill ind Ve'1rl
one feo i-. ir n111 11 1 Ih iit Ill.." I .
ple aie ti i. ieueni, ii i 1 i% .il .1 ,
the bloumiii;n of a ; hisli i 1 I ll, i :1
of some inriiL -',lii>'l hIl I 1 'ill
spond ininiiii|laie(ly in. ,i hi -1..
ial ii d n h(I .-evild ini| lli. l ^hply%
awakenill if eili 'l ini ..C il l hi| Clih,
expected 111ii w itn11 l lIri.lll e ; i l!
ed. fir alli 1. IIh fi .hlCII ii i i
which Ii4 i l h nti .iii .111l1l il -i Ir. I ,
ously funnel l Ions


T IHEIRE .l i' Il tull.I f.1C i.r
InoI I whilt 1i 11 in li. I.nll ll l
supervising ll itoiinr i..i 1 .Jiaii.ii .1
pier o lwnel l I1 I lllt I hilld .illal
operated hy the (l 'iniiil Fi ii I ..iI
pany and Messi 1-Ild.-I a, ili
F ylfes: futIel.. III (.ii. iI ll- I-,,!i". h1ii l II '1
one sees iI n i i'.ii l .\nllAr i 1. .
port 'where' I L'llilh't h i n1 (il .ntC i.iii n. CCii i.l. .* I
there arti 1111 li.iiiuna: .l d:ilin :g ii, iii.. h l. \\ 111 i n 11 i
chines nare uied by lll I in'llllr-iL F nII l ii i .iny i i
hour is e expensive '.,ii tinil -11.) 111 1 i .1 1 .1 i I..I
loading Ithe ibnana llips atl .Sanita 1l.irrin Mi I'll ...
Barrios ld Plselhliite ull thi l I .i l-. :C ]." .','
number of hailid ,v rk' -i %- truilil l ii CII I i t ii itlln lIli
these machines ihtPr l s 1 1.i 1 1..- Il .JlJ:uiii I :I it
machines :are 'niir'ely ilIIIIIl 1I'r.d
For thlls lthelreI r ;ir' l i ...cr i- 1 IU. l', i
Fruit Conipiy and .NleMsil Eldll'i :1inil FIyrT., IlitIP
Dn wish ti ( e itlnlil. Illm 'l:llllln l i C11 1c l.i'i, in, .1 ,
detrimeill .f Jani.tia i 1.li, llli. .\1. n labilnll. in .1.1
maica is I nT i faqi iiy in SI laii. i'li .\All'i.l!.il t Il.
workers on thle whole aie less effin tll It ll.i iIhiO-' -If


'I%, 11t%% % 111 .1. llrl.l i'KII'* l Till 1%1TI7li 11 R IT lil'.ls '.. PIER AT MONTEGOO BAY


.1;1111.1;I, ill T I il '.-lin ll in.ie llty lh.i- lh .-ri .-plp.il llY "
-.1 11 in1:1 ; l.tilii ir III -n l l u( i1 I ii llll lll IiII i .i ~NC
-1h, i .llth l i y il l -.e ill .l.alln iia i .\1 lll l Ih i.- 1llll.
P1 IIIII C iIlIplliy Ilir .' i l lli ll l iy M T'.iilrIl a I l I 'A
IIIt I II IT a* I. S I 1 11 "1 11 111 I I e- .-np..III -p-. %..nI
. U l 1L1-, I II 1 lt 11 1 I1 1 .-i'ilhIl I ;ll "I .


P O liT .T\.i I'llNin l I- C ,i li II TI iillil i:. liti l '1 TI
Ih,.- I'lllH d Fiul uiil .\1t--l l:hl rl'l allal F.tlff -,
hill l l l n ln le i Ill inll.i lll|iil .ni T,111 i
SlitI l llh' I iII st l hi' t l l I' lll.tT i l F i l 1Iu i .1 I illi~r. il
'u1 VIIvt 6llii11 il I ii 1ll -'l r i i -11 i.l 11- .ii \. ll% I ia -f-, is1
thai l -hillp 1111 l a: ;ilW li. L-idl' 11 Thil- I Ili in
.1i( 1ii.L-' CIIJ 'IC ll A I. .l nill'. It iV lli (hI O 0 .l.l ,''-';l
. Ih : ill 1 l Ilik l l i.n I i 1 I I I -i- I I I I I I .I


I..


I'Cit .\itil IiI and Bowden, though at Bowden
.ils.1 Ii III ulld sugar and other merchandise for ex-
Il,,, pIFi t, Ihi, ship direct from the pier and not by
I iuniii-.1 i iilllers.
Itullr.in .and Port Antonio are beautiful. As you
ili tr a-wblu- ilre road to Bowden you have the great
lull,.. all, Ilihlrd in green, towering behind you and
in thrl lI 1 while on the right stretches a sheet
ofI p:;IrkIIhn water, emerald and blue, and made
I.velier nill I1-. vivid purple streaks.
N; iin -lf -f forced these ports. iliu-hli man has
ilt il. wh.rves and the piers and t pir a the liuildiiics
IKritC rpriinll- ruiit companies have erected iron sheds
and %%,,Clrii walalls, and painted them i rinchtlv. laid
i.ilw.L 1 liII- n provided all sorts of facilities for
shipping; and done this in a very
little time. Nature on the other
hand has taken millions of years
to rear the stupendous hills to
clothe them with verdure, to send
rivers cascading down their sides,
to make of them iliingl of beauty
and of grandeur forever. When
this work has been done, how poor
seems mlan's achievement in comn-
parison; and yet, even as one says
this, one rillemibers that but for
their Idlr ihinnn-. their piers and
IL:aII.I. lines, mene might remain
poor 1and wretched and disease.
and all the surrounding beauty of
nature 'would then lie to thetl hut
iueaninglcss.

NEVERTHELESS, wlheni thti
Writer has gone to thie Bow-
den 1'Wharf. it is at the hills that
lie has looked far more thita at th.
wliarNf. And wlhen lie lhas bien in
Port Antonio it is the brilliant
far-reaching sea that has left him
breathless with admiration, not
the steel and concrete pier with
the ship inside it, the ship into
Which the United Fruit Company
is loading haananas for England or
Canada or the United States. Still.
oille nltst conie down to the prac-
tical. One cannot but remember
that wheil Port Antonio was the
headquarters of the United Fruit
I',milii.liv it was the most flourish-
ing town outside of Kingston (the
capital) in Jamaica. And since
the ('ni.llli.aiy had perforce to make
lKlli' Inellt its headquarters, and the
northwestern side of the island
also began to develop banana-
.. .i' w..l growing with .IliAnteg,, Bay as the
I: .-.7(,--. (.I headquarters for these bananas,
7.i ". Montego lay has usurped the place
of Port Antonio and is today the
island's second town.


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I UNITED FRUIT COMI'ANY'8 PIER AT IORT' ANTONIO


THlIS position has been won despite the circum-
stance that Montego Bay has not yet been made
a port at whiIch thle lshii4s can go alongside of the pier.
The United Imruit Company's and Messrs. Elders
and Fyffes' boats calling at Montego It.t must .ie
at a distance of about a mile from the pier and 1:e
loaded from great lighters. On a fruit-shipping
day in this town the pier is thronged with people,
with motor cars bearing eager agents, with great
banana trucks tlhat come thundering from miles
away, and with Iong snake-like trains disgorging
their green freight. By the pier lie launches, and
also li hI!r pulled by pis rt 'l oars. As in King-
ston, there is the same checking, the same carrying
of fruit on the pier; but in Montego Bay thIse bunch-
es of bananas are quickly and
swiftly lowered by hand into the
lighters, each one of which moves
off toward the ship or ships in the
offing when filled to capacity.
This fruit may have been brought
from as far away as Bluelields
(forty-three miles from Montego
Bay). Some of it may have come
from (reen Island, from Lucea,
from Appleton, tio BIleno, Adelpht,
Maroon Town. These names mean
nothing to those who do not under-
stand the geography lo Jamaic(a;
hence one may say here that Blue-
fields is not in the paiish of St.
James. of which Mentego Bay is
the rt.inl1:1l town, but is In West-
nioreland; that Green Island and
Lueea are in still another parish.
Hanover; that Appleton is in St.
Elizabeth; that Rio Btueno is in
Trelawny. Therefore this Montego
It. wharf serves the bananas
grown in five different parishes:
St. James itself and the four others
that have been mentioned. Many
of the bananas have come by train.
But as one drives along some road
in Trelawny or in Westmoreland
one may pass great motor trucks
pill highi with bunches of fruit
and -Ip.'. Il'sl- on to M>.ninm .., Bay,
their drivers, with eyes fixed
sOti.lily in front of them, taking
curves and corners with a dexter-
ous movement and aware that Ihthe.
must not be late.
And when the fruit has arriv-
ed. and the lighters begin to pull
off towards the ships lying out in
the "stream," one watches the flash
and sparkle of oars as itil.\ lift
out of the water and plunge into
it again, and through a glass one
may see the ceaseless activity on
the ships as the fruit is lifted on


board, to be hung carefully in the chambers special-
ly constructed for its conveyance over hundreds and
thousands of miles of sea.

TO Kingston the bananas shipped by the United
Fruit I'.-iii1i. IIn nid Messrs. Elders and Fyffes
come from even longer dis-ances than bananas ex-
ported from iil.I -. Bny and Oracabessa. The maxi-
mum haulage to Oracabessa is from what is known
as the Di.v Harbour Mountains in St. Ann: it is
forty-six miles. But1 to Kinmu.stIn fruit is hauled by
the Jamaica governmentt iI.lNlbn; to the United
Fruit (i'IiI IaI, -, pier for a distance of sometimes
seventy miles. Thus lalaclava, in St. Elizabeth. is
seventy Smles by rail from Kingston, while lih


gate, in St. Mary, and Ewarton. in
St. Ann are at fairly long distances
also. The Kingston ships, indeed,
even take fruit from St. Thomas-
in-the-East where the Bowden
wharf is situated. They also take
fruit from St. Andrew as well as
from St. Catherine, both of which
are not very far from the capital.
Kilngstlon is itself the only
parish that does not grow bananas
for export; though such is the
tl;iplailbiity of Jamaica to banana
growing that in almost any yrnd
in the city of Kingston you will
Sfind a few banana trees either
bearing or approaching a state of
maturity. Incidentally, it may be
mentioned that one of the largest
bunches of bananas ever produced
in Jamaica. a bunch with fourteen
hands the average full Jamaica
bunch is of nine hands-was dis-
covered early in 1938 on a tree in
a Killstin.I yard. lint the city is
merely an entrepot of trade, not a
producer of agricultural exports;
and because of its situation in re-
lation to many of the other par-
ishes, and also of its inaitIliriint
harbour, it naturally is the chief
shipping place of the great fruit
organisation, the United Fruit
Company, which built up the Ja-
nmaica banana trade in the United
States first, and subsequently in
England and the Dominion of Can-


T HE head offices of the United
Fruit I'lil mpny are, as has
been said, in KingIsitn. The pier
at the west end of the city which
it uses is owned by the Govern-
ment but has been leased by the
United Fruit Company. This or-
ganization looks after the ships of
Messrs. Elders and Fyffes in Jamaica, but of course
Messrs. Elders and Fyffes have their own Eua.:liit
offices and are essentially Elnglish in that their ships
are on the I-.'n.lihli registry, their officers and crew
are rl(i:ilih. their .l:inaging Director and their Gov-
erning Board are English. while some of the capital
of the company is held in Englandi The head of
the two big companies is Mr. Samuel Zemurray, a
man of great practical ability and fine personality:
one of the giants of modern progressive business.

In Jamaica the present General M.\anager is Mr.
Thomas Bradshaw, an Englishman and under him
work a great number of persons, elhish American
and Jamaican-and mainly Jamaicans.




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By RAFAEL SABATINI
1
NEVER In the whole course of his otilawry did
Captain Blood cease to regard it as distressing-
ly ironical that he who was born and bred in the
Romish Faith should owe his exile from England to
a charge of having supported the Protestant Cham-
pion and should be regarded by Spain as a heretic
who would be the better for a burning.
He expatiated at length and aggrievedly upon
this to Ybeiville. his French associate, on a day
when lit was constrained by inherent scruples to
turn his back upon a prospect of great and easy
plunder to be made at the cost of a little sarlleg-.
Yet Yberville whose parents had hoped to make
a churcbman of him, and who had actually been
in minor irlders before circumstances sent him over-
seas and turned him into a filibuster instead, was
left between indignation and amusement at si'rupli'q
which he accounted vain. Amusement, however,
won the day with him; for this tall and vigorous
fellow. already inclining a little to portliness, was
of as juvill and easy-going a nature as his humor-
ous moulh and merry brown eye announced. Un-
doubtedly-although in the end he was to provoke
derision by protesting it-a great churchman had
been lost in him
They had put into Bieque, and. ostensibly for
the purpose -it buying stores, Yberville had gone
ashore to see what news might be gleaned that
could be turned to account. For this was at a
time when the ..rabella was sailing at a venture,
without definite object. A Basque who had spent
some years across the border in Spain. Yberville
spoke a fluent Castilian which enabled him to pass
for a Spaniardl wlhen he chose and so equipped him
perfectly for this scoutingg task in a Spanish settle-
ment.
lie had cone back to the big red-hulled ship at
anchor in Ihe r-o:adsieal. with the flig of Spaiin im-
pudently flaunted from her maintruck, with news
that seemed tio hini to indicate a likely enterprise.
He had learnt Iliat Don Ignacio de la FIlent-'. some-
time Grand Inliniriior of (astile. and now appointed
Cardinal.\rrlibi.hliui of New Spa.in. was on his way
to Mexico in the eighty-gun galleon the Santa
I'eronirr. an; d in passing was %isitinle the bisho-l-
rics of his pruoince. His Eminence had been at
San Salvadr,. and he was now reported on his way
to San Juani d- Puerto Iu(n. after which he was
expected at S;an Domingo, perhaps at Samintlaul de
Cuba. anid crtainily at Ilaii;na. before finally cross-
ing to the .Main.
I'niblus hin gly Yberville disclosed the profit
which his riaseally mind conceived might he extract-
ed from Ilirse' ii numstances.
"Next in Kingl Philip himself," he opined, "'or.
at least. next to the Grand Inquisitor. the Cardinal-
Archbishop (or Seville. there is no SIi.iiiard living
who would colniiand a higher ransom than this
Primate of New Spain."
Blood i licked iih his stride. The two were
pacing tile which p"op of the Arabella in the bright
November sunshine of that region of perpetual sum-
mer. Ybhrville's itll vigor was still set off by the
finery of lilac satiini which he had gone ashore, a
purple lhve-knol in his long brown curls. Forward
at the capsian and at the braces was the bustle of
preparation tn get the great ship under way; and in
the forechains. Snell. the I*'r'su. his bald pate aleaii
Ing in a circlet of untidy grey curls, was ordering
in obscene aid fragmentary Castilian some bum-
boats to stand off.
Blood's vivid eyes flashed disapproval upon the
Jovial countenance of his companion. "What thlen'"
he asked.
"Why. just that. The Santa Veronica carries a
sacerdotal canro as rich as the plate in any ship
that ever came niut of Mexico." And he laughed.
But Blood did not laugh with him. "I se.e And
it's your hlackgtiardly notion that we should lay her
board and hoard, and seize the aiTlihislllp"'
"Just that. my faith! The place to lie in wait for
the Ranto I'rionira would be the straits north of
Saona. There we should catch his Eminence on his
way to San IDomingo. It should offer little dliii-
eulty."
Under the shade of his broad hat Blood's
countenance had become firbildiung He shook his
bead "That is not for us."
"Not for us? Why not? Are you deterred by
her eighty iuns?"
"I am deterred by nothing but the trifle of sac-
rilege concerned- To lay violent hands on an arch-
bishop. and hold him to ransom! I may be a sinner,
God knows: hut underneath it all I hope I'm a true
son of the Church."
"You mean the son of the true Church." Yber-
Tille amended. "I hope I'm no less myself, but not
en that account would I make a scruple of holdin-t
a Grand Inquisitor to ransom."


"Maybe not. But then you had the advantage
of being bred in a seminary. That makes you free,
I suppose with holy things."
Yherville laughed at the sarasm. "It makes
me discriminate between the Faith of Rome and the
Faith of Spain Your Spaniard with his Holy
House, his autos de f6 and his fagots is very nearly
a heretic in my eyes."
"A -ophistry. to justify the abduction of a Car-
dinal. But I'm not a sophist, Yherville. whatever
else I may be. We'll keep out of sacrilege. so we
will."
Before the determination in his tone and face.
Yberville fetched a sigh of resignation "Well. well!
If that's your feeling .. But it's a great chance
neglected "
And it was now that f'iptin Blood dilated upon
the irony of his fate, until from the capstan to inter-
rupt him came the bo'sun's cry: "Belay there'"
Then his whistle shrilled. and men swarmed aloft
to let go the clew-lines. The Arabella shook out her
sails as a bird spreads its wings, and stood out for
the open sea, to continue at a venture, without defin-
ite aim.
In leisurely fashion, with the light airs pr.evall
ing, they skimmed about the virgin Islands, keep-
ing a sharp look-out for what might blow into their
range; but not until some three or four days later,
when perhaps a score of miles to the south of
Puerto Rico, did they sight a likely quarry. This
was a small two-masted crack, very high in the
poop, carrying not more than a dozen guns, and
obviously a iSlpinlnaat. fromn the picture of Our l.adly
of Sorrows on the lainlimining mainsail.
The ArObella shifted a point or two nearer to the
wind. hoisted the Union Flug. and coming within
range put a shot across the Spaniard's bIows, as a
signal to heave to.
('nisliiel irn the preislii d l:l-"lli.r l .iii a heavy
armament and superior sailing power, it is not sur-
prising that the crack should have ben prompt to
obey that summons. But it was certainly a sur-
prising contradiction to the decoration of her main
sail that simultaneously with her coming u1p into the
wind the Cross of St. ;Ge.,rcr should break from her
maintruck. After that she lowered a boat, and sent
it speeding across the 11u11:11 ti 11, il' f gently ruffled
sapphire water to the Arabella.
Out of this boat, a short, stockily built man, red
of hair and of face, dce cntly dressed in bottle green,
climbed the Jacob's ladder of Blood's ship. With
purposefulness in every line of him, he rolled for-
ward on short, powI.Wifil legs towards Captain lliriH.I
who, in a stateliness of black and silver, waited to
receive him in the ship's waist. Bood was support-
ed there by the scarcely less splendid Yberville, the
giant Wolverstone. who had left an eye at .,siil...
moor and boasted that with the one remaining he
could see twice as much as any ordinary man, and
Jeremy Pitt, the Maillin ii aster of the Arabella, from
whose entertaining chronicles we derive this account
of the affair.
Pitt sums up this newcomer in a sentence. "Not
in all my life did I ever see a hotter man." There
was a scorching penetration in the glance of his
small eyes under their beetling sandy brows as IlI.'
raked his siirroiiiundlilgsi the deck that was clean-
scoured as a trencher, the gleaming brass of the
scuttle butts and of the swivel gun on the p11.p 11r:il.
the iiid.rrly array of muskets in the rack about the
mainmast. All may well have led him to suppose
that he was aboard a King's ship
Finally his que'ti ng hazel eyes returned to a
second and closer inspection of the waiting group.
"My name is Walker." he announced with a
truculent air and in an accent that pri InLmit-il nt
northern origin. "Captain Walker. And I'll be clhli
to know who the devil you may be that ye're so poxy
ready with your cliliitii. If ye've put a shot athwart
my bows 'cause o' they emblems o' popery on itmy
mains'l, supposing me a Spaniard, faith, then ye'rl
just the men I be Ilooking for."
Blood was austere. "If you are the captain i
that lhip. It's glad I'd be to learn how that comes t
be the ease."
"Ay. ny. So ye may. ecod! It's a long tali
Cllip'i. and an ugly."
Blood took the hint. "Come below." he sal
"and let us have It."
It was in the great cabin of the Arabella wit
its carved and gildedil bulkheads, its hangings ol
green damask, its costly plate and books and pic-
tures and other syhai lic equipment such as the
rough little North Country seaman had never dream-
ed could be found under a ship's deck, that the tale
was told. It was told to the four who had received
this odd visitor, and after Blood had presented himn
self and his associates, thereby mnrnintarily abatin-
some of the little shipmaster's truculence. But he
recovered all his heat and fury when they came to
sit about the table, on which the negro steward had
set Canary Sack and Nantes brandy and a jug of


SA CRILEGE


An Episode in the Life of

the famous Buccaneer,

Captain Blood


bumbo, brewed of rum and sugar, water and nutmeg,
and it roared in him as he related what he had en-
dured.
He had sailed, he told them, from i'lymiouth. six
months eairlir. bound in the first instance for the
Coast of Guinea, where he had taken aboard three
hundred able-bodied young negroes bought with
beads and knives and axes from an African chieftain
with whom he had already previously done several
similar tinlincig With this valuable cargo under
hatches he was making his way to Jamaica, where a
ready market awaited him, when, at the end of
Sptii'iiilri. somewhere off the Bahamass. he was
Caught by an early storm, forerunner of the ap-
proaching hurricane season.
'"iy the mercy o' God we came through it afloat,
But we was so battered and feckless that I had to
jettison all my guns. Under the strain we had
sprung a leak that kept us pumping for our lives;
most o' my upper work was gone, and my mizzen was
in such a state that I couldna' wl' safety ha' spread
a night shift on it, I must run to the nearest port
for graving, and the nearest port h:alppe'd to be
Havana.
"When the port Alcalde had come aboard, seen
for himself my idrltillh.talled condition, and that,
anyway, wi'olit guns I were toothless, as ye might
say, he let me come into the shelter o' the lagoon,
and thier. without careening, we set about repairs.
"To pay for what we lacked I offered to trade
the Alcalde some o' the blacks I carried. Now hap-
pen, as I was to learn, that the mines had been
swept by a plague o' some kind-small-pox or yellow
fever or summut-and they was mighty short o'
slaves to work them. The Alcalde would buy the
lot, he says. if I would sell. S.ii',:ul how it was
with me, I were glad enough to lighten the ship
by being rid o' the whole cargo and I looked on the
Alcalde's need as a crowning mercy to get me out
of all my difficulties. But that weren't the end o'
the wiuilf.ill as I supposed it. Instead o' gold.
the Alcalde piip.i- 1 to me that I takes payment in
green hides, which, as ye may know, is the ch;ef
product of the island of Cuba. Naught could ha'
suited me belter for I knew as I could sell the
hides in I-.'clliiid for three times the purchase price,
and maybe a trifle over. So he gives me a bill o'
lading for the hldes. which it were agreed we should
take aboard so soon as we was fit to sail.
"I pl-ihed on wi' repairs, counting my fortune
made, and looking on a voyage that at one time
had seemed as if it must end in shipwreck, like,
to prove the most profitable as I had ever made.
"But I were reckoning without Slani.sh villainy
For when we was at last in case to put to sea again,
and I sends word to the Alcalde that we was ready
to load the hides on his bill of lading, the mate,
which I had sent ashore, comes me back wi' a poxy
message that the Captain-General-as they call the
Governor of Cuba-would not allow the lliplllnni.
seeing as how it was against the law for any
foreigner to trade in a Spanish settlement, and the
Alcalde advised us to put to sea at once, whilst the
('allptallui-Geit'lal was in mind to permit it.
"Ye'll maybe guess my feelings. Tom Walker,
I may tell you bain't the man to let hisself be impu-
dently robbed by anyone, whether pick-pocket or
tpllanin-tiener.il. So I goes ashore mys-lf. Not to
the Alcalde. Oh no. I goes straight to the Captain-
General hisself, a high-and mighty Castilian grande.
wi' a name as long as my arm. For short, they calls
him Don Riuz Perera de Valdoro y Pefiascon, no less,
and he's Count of Marcos too. A grande of the
grandest.
"I slaps down my bill o' lading before him, and
tells him sliiiihtly how the thieving Alcalde had
dealt by me, certain sure in my fecklessness that
justice would be done at once.
"But from the way he slhrgiig-d and smiled I
knew him for a villain afore ever he spoke. "Ye've
been told by the law, I believe," says he. wi' a fleering
curl to his mangy lip "And ye've been rightly told.
It is forbidden us by decree of His Catholic Majotly
to buy from or -ell to any foreign trader. The hides
may not be shipped."
"It were a sour disappointment to me, seeing
the profit on which I'd reckoned. But I keeps my
temper to myself. 'So be it,' says I, 'although it
comes mighty hard on me. and the law might ha'
been thought of afore I were given this poxy bill o'
lading. Howsomever, here it be; and ye can have
it back in return for my three hundred negroes."
"At that he scowls and tries to stare me down.
twirling his moustachios the while. 'God gi' me
patience wi' you!' says he. 'That transaction too
were lle.lil Ye had no right to trade your slaves
here."
"'I trade them at the Alcalde's rpieqiqt Excel-
Icncy.' I reminds him.
"My friend.' says he, 'if you was to commit


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murder at someone else's request, would that excuse
the crime?'
'It's not me what's broke the law,' says I, 'but
him which bought the slaves from me.'
'Ye're both guilry T'hcernorir.. neither must
ilii The :tlatvt.s is confiscate to the State.'
"Now, I've tild ye, sirs, as how I was making no
ado about sLtff-r-it the loss of my lawful profit on
the hides. But to be -tripprd naked, as it were, by
that hlt-uck tineu *g I Spaniish gtiluoltn'iiii robbed o' a
cargo o' blacks, the worth o" which I had agreed at
tell thousand piees of eight Od rot my soul! ---
that was more nor I could stomach. My temper got
the better o' me, and I ups and storms in a mighty
rage at that fine .ilhiihalii nobleman Don lIuiz
Perera de Valdoro y Pefiascon crying shame on
him for such iniquity, and demanding that at least
he pay me in gold the price o' my slaves.
"The cool villain lets me rant imyrlfi out, then
shows me his teeth again in another o' his wicked,
fleering smiles.
'My friend,' says he, ye've no cause to make
this pIithir'. no cause to complain at all. Why. you
heretic fool, let me tell you as I am doing far less
than strict duty, which would be to seize your ship,
your crew and your person, and send you to Cadiz
or Seville there to purge the heresies wi' which your
kind be troubling the world." '
('.,i pt:nlI Walker paused there, to compose him-
self a little from the passion into which his memories
had whipped him. He mopped his brow, and took a
pull at the bumbo before resuming.
"Od rot me for a coward, but my courage went
out o' me like sweat at they words. 'Better be
robbed,' says I to myself, 'than be cast into the
Fires o' the Faith in a fool's coat.' So I takes my
leave of his i -1 I i11 n, y afore his sense o' duty might
get the better o' what he calls his compassion-
damn his dirty soul!"
Again he paused, and then went on. "Ye may
be supposing that the end o' my trouble. But
bide a illr. for it weren't, nor yet the worst.
"I gets back aboard in haste, as ye'll understand,
We weighs at once, and ships out to sea without no
interference from the forts. But we've not gonte
above four or five miles, when on our heels comes
a crack of a guarda-costa and opens fire on us as
soon as ever she's within range. It's mny belief
she had orders from the muckety (.1111.111tInIi(i i i
to sink us. And for why? because his talk of the
Holy Office and the Fires of the Faith was so much
butter. The last thing as that thief would wish
would be as they should find out in iSp,.iin the ways
by which he is t booming rich in the New World.
"Howsomever, there was the guarda-costa, pump-
ing round-shot into us as fast and hard as bad
Spanish gunnery could contrive it. Without guns
as we was were easy as shooting woodcock. Or so
they thought. But, having the weather-gauge a
them, I took the only chance left us. I put the
helm hard over, and ran straight for her. Not a
doubt but those muck-scutcheons counted on shoot-
ing us to pieces afore ever we could reach her, aud,
on my soul, ihl y all but did. We was sinking fast.
leaking like a ,iliil.r wi' our decks awash when
at last we bumps :il uii'sidl o' her. But by the
mercy o' (od to heretics, what were left o' my poor
ship got a hold on that guarda-costa's timbers wil
her grapnels, what time we climbs aboard her.
After that it were red hell an all they decks, for we
was all mad wi' rage at those cold-blooded murderers.
From stem to stern we swept her wi' cold steel.
I had five men killed and a half-score wounded; but
the only sp.iril:n1l- left alive was them as went over-
board to drown."
The slaver paused again, and his fiery eye tfluui
a glance of challenge at his audience. "That's
about all. I think. We kept the carack, of course .
my own ship being sunk, and that'll explain they
emblems o' PIptwry on our mainsail. I knew as
Ithey li bring us trouble afore long. And yet.
when, as I supposed, it was on account o' they that
ye put a shot athwart my hawse, it came to me that
maybe I found a friend."

2
The tale was told, and the audience, thrilled and
moved by it, sat in silence a while. still under the
spell of it after Walker had ceased to speak.
It was Wolverstone, at last, who stirred and
growled. "As ugly a story as I've heard of Casti
lian subtlety. That Capt.iint;enI.rl would be the
better for a keel-hauling."
"Better still for a roasting over a slow fire.
said Yberville. "It's the ontly way to give savour t(
this New Christian pig."
Blood looked at him across the table. "New
c'hrin. ltn?' he echoed. "You know him, then?"
"No more than you." And the sometime semin
artist ,*x\pIlainI "In Spain when a Jew is received
into the Church he must take a new name. But hil
choice is not entirely free. The name he takes muls
be the name of a tree or plant, or the like, so tha
the source of his house may still be known. ThiL
Captain-General bears the name of Perera: Peal
tree. The Valdoro and Penaseon have been subso
quently added. Th.'. are always the readiest. these
rinerladl,' with threats of the Fires of the Faith."


Blood gave his attention once more to Capitu l
Walker. 1
"You'll have a purpose, sir, in giving yourself i
the trouble of it Illn, us this nasty tale. What ser-
vice do you seek of us?"
"Why%.. Just a spare set o' sails, if so be ye have
them, as I'm supposing ye will. I'll pay you what
they're worth; for, burn me, it's inviting trouble a
to try to cross the ocean with those I carry."
"And is that all. now! F.aith. it was in my t
mind ye might be asking us to recover the value
of your slaves from this t.'lllIll. IinL;Il of Havana,
with perhaps just a trifle over for our trouble in the
interests of poetic JifII Havana is a wealthy
city."
Walker stared at him. "Ye're laughing at me,
('.tip:ii I know better than to ask the iipii'-.ihii"
"The impossible!" said Blood, with a lift of his
black brows. Then he laughed. "On my soul, it's
almost like a hailli n:"
"No ,lhillhniin' at all. Ye'll be bonny liirh'ir'.
like enough; but the devil himself wouldn't venture
to sail a buccaneer ship into Havana."
"Ah!" Blood rubbed his chin. "Yet this fellow
needs a lesson, bad cess to him. And to rob a thief
is a beckoning adventure." He looked at his asso-
ciates. "Will we be paying him a tIsi. now?"
Pitt's opposition was immediate. "Not unless
we've taken leave of our senses. You don't know
Havana. Peter. If there's a Sp.nish harbour in the
New World that may be called impregnable, that
harbour is Havana. In all the Caribbean there are
no defences more formidable, as Drake discovered
already in his day."
"And that's the fact," said \\inlk,.r whose red
eye had ,iiinilntaiiiiy gleamed at Blood's words.
"The place is an arsenal. The entrance is by a chan-
nel not more than half a mile across, with three
forts, no less, to defend it: the Moro, the Puntal,
and El Fuerte. Ye wouldn't stay afloat an hour
there."
Blood's eyes were dreamy. "Yet you stayed afloat
some days."
"Ay, man. But the circumstances."
"Glory be, now. Couldn't we be contriving ir'-
cuastances? It wouldn't be the first time. The
thing needs thought, and it's worth thinking about
with no other enterprise to engage us."
"That," said Yberville, who had never been able
to reconcile himself to the neglect of the opportunity
presented by the voyage of the Archbishop, "is only
because you're mawkish. The Primate of the New
World is still at sea. Let him pay for the sins of
his countrymen. His ransom need be no less than
the plunder of Havana would yield us, and we could
include in it compensation for I'.1it.n Walker for
the slaves of which they've robbed him."
"Faith, ye have it," said Wolverstone, who, being
a heretic, was undaunted by any thought of 'n'r'll-',e".
"It's like burning candles to Satan to be delicate
with a Sip.mnIIlI just because he's an Archbishop."
"And it need not end there," said Pitt, that
other heretic, in a glow of sudden inspiration. "If we
had the Archbishop in the hold, we could sail into
Havana without fear of their forts. Th,-ly'lI never
dare to fire on a ship that housed his holiness."
Blood was pensively toying with a curl of his
black periwig. He smiled mil Iin' lively.l. "I was
thinking that same."
"So!" crowed Yberville. "Religious scruples begin
to yield to reason. Heaven be praised."
Fai i now, I'll not say that it might not be
worth a trifle of -., rlles.' just a trifle, mark y iu
-to squeeze his plunder out of this rogue of a
Captain-General. Yes, I think it might be done." He
got up suddenly '.lniitai \\V.ll,.r if ye've a mind
to come with us on this venture and seek to recover
what ye've lost, ye'd best be scuttling that guarda-
costa and I,.i hline your hands aboard the Araabell't.
Ye can trust us to provide you with a ship to
take you home when this is over."
"Man!" cried the tough little slaver, all the na-
tural fierceness of him sunk fathoms deep in his
amazement. "Ye're not serious?"
"Not very," said ('Ciapta. Blood. "It's just a
whim of mine. But a whim that is like to cost
this Don What's-his-name Perera dear. So you can
come with us to Havana, and take your chance of
,laluiiL home again in a tall hip, with a full cargo
of hides, your fortunes restored, or you can have
the set of sails ye're asking fri. and go home empty-
Shanded. The choice is yours."
Looking up at him almost in awe, (I'aplt.n Wal-
ker yielded at once to the vigorous vlnalniy and full-
blooded confidence of the buccaneer. The adventur-
our spirit in him answered to the call. No risk, he
Swore, was too great that offered a chance to wipe
off the score against that fwosworn Captain-General.
Y-erville, however, was frowning. "But the
I Archbishop, then?"
Blood smiled with tight lips. "The Archbishop
t certainly. We can do nothing without the Archbis-
t hop." He turned to Pitt with an order that showed
i how iillyv he had already resolved not only upon
r what was to do. but upon how it should be done.
"Jerry, ". II lay me a course for Salnte Croix."
S "Why that?" tri..lTh Yberville. "It's much far-
ther east than we need to go for his Eminence."


"To be sure it is. But one thing at a time.
There's some gear we'll be needing, and Sainte Croix
a the place to provide it."

3

They did not, after all, scuttle the Spanish car-
ack, as Captain Blood proposed The thrifty nature
of the little North Country seaman revolted at the
thought of such waste, whilst his caution desired to
know how he and his hands were ever to get back
to En:lland if Blood's schemes should, after all, mis-
carry even in part and no such tall ship as he pro-
mised should be forthcoming.
For the rest, however, the events followed the
course that Captain Blood laid down. Steering in
a north-easterly direction, the .irabellz. with the
guarda-costa following, came a couple of days later
to the French settlement of Sainte Croix, of which
the buccaneers were free. Forty-eight hours they
remained thler. and Captain Blood, with Yberville
and the bald-headed little bo'sun, Snell. who knew
his way about every port of the Caribbean, spent
most of the time ashore.
Then, leaving the crack to wait their return,
Walker and his hands transferred themselves to
the Arabella. She set sail. and laid a westward
course once more, in the direction of Puerto Rico.
After that she was seen no more until a fortnight
later, when her great red hull was sighed off the
undulating green hills of the northern coast of Cuba.
In the genial, comllparatively temperate airs of
that region she sailed along those fertile shores, and
so came at last to the entrance of the lagoon on
which Havana stood in a majesty of limestone
palaces, of churches, monasteries, squares, and mar-
ket-places that might have been transported bodily
from Old Castile to the New World.
Si .iiuini the defenses as they approached, Blood
realized for himself how little either Walker or
Jeremy Pitt had esn.gerated their massive stremliii.
The mighty Moro Fort. with its sullen bastions and
massive towers, ncciupied a rocky eminence at the
very mouth of the channel; opposite to it stood the
I'inial. with its demi-lunar batteries; and facing
the entrance loomed El Fmi'.l' no less menacing.
Whatever might have been the siln riith of the place
in the time of Drake, he would be rash, indeed, who
would run the gauntlet of those three formidable
n.iUn ii In,, now.
The A rabella hove to in the roadstead, announc-
ed herself by hinIc a gun as a salute, hoisted the
Union fl.ic and waited events.
They followed soon in the shape of a ten-oared
barge, from under the awning of which stepped the
Alcalde of the port, Walker's old friend, Don
Hieronimo. He puffed his way up to the Jacob's lad-
der, and came aboard to inquire into the purpose
of this ship in these waters.
Captain lhood. in a splendour of purple and
silver received him in the waist, attended by Pitt
and Wolverstone. A dozen half-naked seamen hover-
ed about the trim decks, and a half-dozen more were
aloft clewing up the royals.
Nothing could have exceeded the courtliness
with which the Alcalde was made welcome. ll.,,l.
who announced himself casually as on his way to
Jamaica with a valuable cargo of slaves, had been,
ie said constrained by lack of wood and water to
put in at Havana. He would depend upon the kind-
ness and courtesy of the Alcalde for these and also
for some fresh victuals for which ttin- would be
the better, and he would gladly pay in gold for
what he took.
The black-coated Don iprronimno. pasty-faced
and flabby, some five and a half feet high and
scarcely less around the helly, with the de% l.ip of an
ox, was not to be seduced by the elegant exterior or
courteous phrases of any damned heretical foreigner.
lHe responded coldly, his expression one of conse-
quential malevolence, whilst his shrewd black eyes
scoured every corner of those decks suspiciously.
Thus until the slaves were mentioned. Then a
curious change took place; a measure of affability
overspread his forbidding surliness. He went so far
as to display his yellow teeth in a smile.
To be sure the Sefnor Capitan could purchase
whatever he required in Havana. To be sure he
was at lilRTrly to enter the port when he plrn.-il.
and then not a doubt but that the bumboats would
be alongside and able to supply all that he lacked.
If not, the Alcalde would be happy to afford him
every facility ashore.
I' ini these assurances the seaman at the whip-
staff was ordered to put down the helm, and Pitt's
clear voice rang out in command to the men at the
braces to let go and haul. C'athing the breeze
again the Arabella crept forward past those formid-
able forts with the Alcalde's barge in tow, what
time the Alcalde with ever-increasing affnbility
was slyly seeking to draw from rnptain Blood some
information touching this cargo of slaves in his
hold. But so vague and lethargic was C(apti:n
Blood upon the subject, that in the end Don Hieron-
imo was forced to come out into the open and deal
frankly.
"I may seem persistent in quesatining you about
these slaves," he said. "But that Is because it
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PLANTERS' PU.VCH


Men Iron and amaica SuAar'


Sketch


of a


Seat ionsltip

Li title

Understood


has iron to hio
-.iig:l or sli.:r

liiin' seem as
I'oles from on1a

**I.,\til of our


Jaiumii al siig.ir industry has
meant flihl .-r '\ ilh Of a i'ft'
engilnelriiin an d I'i ndl y
establishmeniit in this isl;iidl.
and nllivii we think of the
liii IIre~is Iil the sllg l.i"
ent.ites we Ii;ime also to think
of vriii] ii.aclhi ists ltiai*
triiiitl iI lltis 1hiig.q work-
ihop l I 1 il'ii' aii i to make .-
A)];1.i;-ll1is rl slnsugar malniln-
f.ilt rilig: ti ,:,, out into)
the .J-llamia iia world as well-
equipped Ilchnliri:illai. to take
charge of ii ;g mills, to be-
conme II, In itl:eld anld well-salaried rinploh e- of
Ia. Ig; It;lit lries in Ihli 1'11iiir.1 when .laIiaica
S will lit Ii.lillug ;aiid exF"ilillii twice anld three
tinjes as iirunih li-'l; as she does today.

S >I\V I'imany aplpireiii'es have you in tlhe
SKinilgtii Industrial workss? the writer
asked Mr1. \'rnon Henriques the other ,l.iv.
S "TIhe ln|r ,pa; list will show the exact num-
ber at rlh' ill*noielnt." he replied, and requested
the Ipay clerk to look up the numbers.
S "Sixty fliur." said that individual laconical-
ly, after goiilng IthrI, iigh his list.
S "Thlat. said Ver'lill. *-lnillns about one
apprenti'i e to ei\ li fully trained :.liilt
workers. Th,'i' ing111g fellows we take on from
i they mae ail.iiit sixteen years of alge. and mainy
of then l hi m come I roni the Technical School
in Kiigsoii where they have gliniledl Trade
.r Scholarlhilpis. They come here to learn maci-
S inist wmVnk. ;nid IIIr. period of tihir :Ililrl.llti'
ship is live years."
"Are StlIy paid maylhing while 1rinig?"
was the lilUestion directly put.
"Of riliiise. ffrini the very day they liI'.inl
their hlIhiiirs. Nir is there any 1i\%il rule
about ;iIn ;il'lirentice ioiiplt'ling his li\ years
S before lh (-;iIn earn a workman's .ilaiiry. There
are soniv nir' who within that limin will have
become iilii- cnmtpetelnt and opportunity is
taken to e(ncIrinig;lri a idis;llly of ability lhy pay-
ing an efliih iit and Itrainiii 'l ipprie tif'r in tili
interim \i liit he would normally receive later
on when hi. apprenticeship period had ceas-
e."

S1AN1) inl li years these fellows learn their
wo'rk?"
".As general rule. No, i and then one iniiv
i Iihac to i I weeded ,iil. or may leave of his

I.


GENERAL VIEW OF MACHINE SHOP OF THE KINGSTON INDUSTRIAL WORKS


OWl accord; tile work does not suit himi or
lie doesn't suit tlhe work. Ili the iSi;ijriiiy
remain, learlln steadily, de1velo coInlltelnev
and skill anld so today you will find .11 over
Ilie island, inl sniar fiactories m n elsewhere.
men who have beenl trained in il i I\illc ha'ii
Industrial Works.
"Yon see." continued Mri. Vernon HIlenriques,
i"hliy like iI tlithi- that ilIiy have got to do.
It is hard work: ilthei li.ailliii of iron is not


a 'll job for a soft man. But it is also work
iti1 requires iiillliige'inc'. and these yiiiimn
te11leiu take to it. When tly come here at
sixteen ihliy have arrived at a time of lifi.
whlien ille. miore or less know what they want
to do. Therefore they put their minds to tie
tasks to which they are allotted, and by the
time IIhey are yllllin men ll y 11 have a vocation
on which they can depend lhroiugh ilie rest of
1 lhnir lives."


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A S we talked h tile writer
-1..ii'il about the
workshop whlichl 1 to I l nll-
acellnstonllied leye presented i
a1n .11 .[.pr:I.1|,. ( nf uflsioll, t | B
liut ~1lihli too the ItIanl on11
tlihe spit -il. l l Oi I t l r
fusiolni whalev r. IHere light
be a; hI tap of what looked
il, irod en iron, there a i t
Ihuge rIoller l.owly tllrtilthi

1t1 111 -i a i ii iv iiiii mk oin -i
ilill*. to 1it: 1.11I I I O(ill 1
sort of Iit 1fr-1111 which issued
a liv id bluish thllne, ndiiI.
rtillnd it stood a grolli of
llHi c i i.. il' l Illneltilii
ietlil t-rolu iaiothler p.;ii I
of ilthe 1) i. i' ; llile I II l. 1.ilmli
ing soutndl of ihlows iroll
stlikiill-. i-oiIn.
l.,,,ilL: ol, l r( ld onle nlsaw
that scores of I I.IiIl werel, .
at work. that every now an'l
then ai kind of trlctk would .
make iti way down the long | w
IiwI' li off the \% ik-1i |l thtli
sheet iron was I ibinl sliled .l.
into different .sizev s y an
a.;paratts that spat sparks 1
o.f violet f ire. Yet in ll-I ti
of all this the pliae was
quiet iiisiglih for ordinary A METAL CAST
Coliverslationl. It was not so
mnuch at the actual work, however, that this
writer g.iz..l at the imomenlt it wias at the
workerIs; the older menl each w illi a V.il-lli"'i
liman beside hiin: tlie older man the instructor.
ite younllgelr oe the .il.l'rentiche. About ontr
apprentice to ;each fully trained adult worker.

H EIlE was vorltional ti..iiiii,_' at its very
lihst hIc'ratise in its lost prllati(tal form.
I'i each plupil to havel a llmasterl to hilselff, to
be coiistalitly -', inii done the illiiin- thllat l
himself would have to do, to assist in I,,ini.
things until lihe was able to iunderitake all the
work I hlilmii.ll, was an edn'iatioin of the evye
and of tle htllind-an education of the brain


iSNG OPERATION-POURINGo SMALL MOU'LD IN THE FOUNDRY OF THE KINGSTON INDI TRIAL WORKS


and of the instemunents of the brain: the fin-
g1ti were to hieronte deft andi expert ll:illIugh
lralltic,.
One could think of the open spaces of the
country, under 1l;:ziill-. i blue skies. upon which
grew the tall -i.ilk. of cane crowned with lIn.'
spears of r.crli These will Inb cut and undled
andi eiedl or run on i trucks, to the f;ina lti i--
where their juire is grotudll out of them iiIil
thle trashli ir.ii.ini. is almost as dr aus match-
wood. And sonle of the rollers illt will press
this jitire will have to blie nle. and will more
and more in the future lie timatle. in .Ianaic.i.
They will Ie the work .l .hamnairoins traineli
oiln tlie spot and al ,u ii_ machinery which.


t x (IO tUGAR MII.. ROLL. AND SHAFT MANSI'fl ACTUIE ('OllPI.ETE KFOR MONYMISK EsTATE. VERE
JAMAICA


it was oncle tlIhmtili. could never be manufac-
tured in this i mlllly.

THlE Kiiislinli Inldustrial Works began to
nitake our i -ii.i n mill-rollers mInly in I lI.
1ihl in the iilnr ciiiing years it has not only
protducrd( some of the li-ii-i rollers ever mlan!l-
1.11 i111'11 for iuse in this island it has executed
orders for IPanama as well. Each year these
orders have ilncreatised, and lone of the illustra-
tiios of this article sllowss two crane-mill rol-
lers of considerable size which are now in use
on thlie IE.stellai SivL.i Fartory in I'aanani and
whiih were miadie ;t11 the lii i--.toli Industrial
Works. For 'allilina to send to .Iallnica for
some of ithe naiichiner it needs, and for more
anttd iie orders to- be v*. 1i6iil4 here for such
nttch inry,. is ;tssuretdly soillntilhiil (ori hllaialea
to lbe liproutltl
11ii il milt io i has helin madte of the ex-
jiressing of Ilhe 1ant1 so as to i wriig ott of lhe
stalks as linutch juice as possible. This ipricess
dtllanllds? harder i and hiarer materilal for l11"
roller; lihe ordinary cast ironi roller lihs there-
fore had tol lii, lI;Ih-' i, I h o ilto a semi-steel
roller. Blt pure steel is a lolghier material
still, and so we hind the Kin,.-li Industrial
Works now projecting the manufacture of steel
as well as of irot llpp in.ills.

T IIll: -i'-..r liciniii s of .lanmaia no 1(o) ,,r
worry laoutl having to send an order to
iiL;iliild or (anlllida or America whent sometl
pa"rtl f llthir Inacillchery relaks down or wels
ol1u of Lp-*II. A ill'gra'lli to the Kingston in-
tdutrial Works now bin hi;- an expert inlilhin-
ist to tlhe farttiory within a few hours. He sees
what nlust lie done, returns to Kliiig-l i, issues
tile order, and at once all l'riig. is directed
towards filtilliiig the requirements of thie fac-
tory or factories which need to ibe facilitated
in as short a space of time as possible. Then,
too. the material supplied is oif excellent qual-
ity. T'Ie metal used is smneltedt on the spln.
;Ivnil (tcare is taken to ensure its durability, its
resistance to strain and shock, its adaptabil-


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[i' ity to tlhe Iur1-11,,.- I', f l- which il i.,s ne hlnl. .11.1
although l iI ma y Il lIthI'., liw o li;i\ Ilalllll I l iri
calling it ll li t K iIn.'sl II Illill.;istri l \\',ilkk :11'
now to Ih' fr llii lll in ilifl'Tri'll jlirts II' *lll-il.; l.
and itiltnd 1 ill li 'r1fiif',111 1 l>a 1, 1 ,r l 1 t,- w,-rld--
i there iftre siinll- l* -ll ill the I iiitil ed itl" it
AmericJ i. linlafi |t i l li, il lhi 'is -i'illish.
m e. nenl Ia- lir, li In l 'il, "ll it, I 1T l l li li a
v~i et hI'l l il iit'lill.i-il* l, 'i i lit i ,I. t*,. i.l
and tw iil i' tal ';l. ;I .. 'l'hi i ,n: ll i- ih 111;1 I
has ag :1 l ln 11:11 ,1 .1 aIl ll''r i l' \n I.I. 1 i \.ti .
me neiil tl it l ii-klh.I .1i \ iilti i,, hi-i l li.t v
: m y ia Ill' IIi :i 111'11inll" 1 i 11111ii '11 .

S NDLIe I:1 it' linl, :Ii l..r nI livr. Mi. I. I. 11. -' .
i. a 1 1 elllI t till iiinllh ."ill. % ii \ t:i sl Ih enl :1
Syoung ell f. I lii Ilr .l itsl I um.a1 I Iu til


Ceo silers hi i i-.lf a;i ipaltl lo it : Ih is. i.ri; 'i'i
- as suchi. l li. stall l iarei i i iaii.ll- n illth oli
E excepltimi : lhi; i. .M r.. linasid V\ ili-li. ni Svntcl
mall, ailld .\i'. VI 'il a'l bies ternl uoliiivlvil within
: the W ork lil .iii. iighienvii .%,'iiar-. Il I h.la-
We n i IIru ny li y i.:' I ;l i iI-e'l il li "r ,\\m II. all-I
pass into till, lilh li lilllI ks f \i, l .l i niiclhi; !
f'.r. is s h: eli l. I*' l 11111 it : i, i, at I i l l 11 \ l rk,
to liecf illt 1 I llll, l ,ili| h .\ '.l ;111.1 Ilirt.ll l. III'
other nii'n l ls lh ri'r : lie (.' i i-ilk il I is IInin i
about "'i Iprl -s.lll"'of ;'i I m tlulls 11 lhl' *111l;,'
inchl illilI tll I. \\ill Eliif l'.li. lit 1 1 1 1ii.l Ill illl
(.thoii ll it fl it l lli .- illi id sli lli lraill', 11\ 11.i
I meanling hillt'L i I l: -i n l 11' I:III' .i'mi.; t .M 11.
Vernoni, 1r. 1:mrii in' l. M11. Ia'llii:In ll 'irililes
R a id I i. ..1 r 1 I111i \I,. (1t ilr l'I|.,Ill i" l pl,:ll

almenl d if ,ii li.; i[ii l-ii o.fiii l i,,1ie li i.fl \' kl s
will li t I~c i<' ls ril i-t.' ll si.ze. .111-1 i nI;y I i. ,I -
ing Il'f'' tivle iti !irr il i ;in iim llt i|' f Ilrk.


T HillS i 1l11 anl iniiliii-s.iil il flltl A.\ l--
iall. :is % a.iIs ili ll i, .1| 4 I ill ,i i I illil bi' of
S 'Planlter-.' j'iunli ." th lit i-.nIil lKiti"-lii Ili
dustrial \Vo' rk- iha.il iti ori,,in in :+il ,ni il .-iliI
a for'e ;iandl iill il.at iiIl :il ilo'iii ti,. ll. i- 'till
connrletedl l ilt h l h lit \'irk.. .t ithli inil f iit-
first week oif i.rai' iiinll it Ii:iy iill :iIi in'Iitedl
to ten shlillilgs : Iin;i. tlIr s.tilllihllllni t ';al1
Cnlates ill ihitll- i l fis lf lililll ls -,1iik filr l igi -
gest thing of i.ts kinll, i ti, f l i. y of priait-'


PL AN TER S' PUN CH


( I II l-II ill l. .1*.i.l -I.IF.'%TOR FOR BEROE ISI.AND ESTATE


<'lll'rpr 'i- '. Ill :ill Ihl, IlIli l- \V,'.. Ili, ,l.- It
'Ia I i re or l l irr. nl nii| likely b -hl 11 iii l i a h lil iIt t
It 11 ,l l'llil. \i lI I k l IIIl1 ,llthl l hr. It ,.I
11,11- ll l v l..1141l ,, Il,'. .l llj l ,l '. l % hI' ?!vh
lbillllI In ,lr 'hl \\w ilh lthe l .rl \ rlii lli riil ,|" *!lf e
isl.anl.

I I11- l lr 11 1 #" l r11 ] lil l i- ,f m akilll.lkii_
.11. '11_ Ili.illll- ,inll1 i : iT l i ." lll 1- I I r lll' I :
it *.1rv. ; i.. I llnlllllfa 1111 11 111'l Il f i ril'n 4' llllll r'v
nling-. rupairil hiIpI-' anii hIinv Y. maki n*L
,':11 W 1 V I. 'll lile' -l I-his I; Ild; Ill -iit I It ll, lll-ai -"
IH'#. |i;ll~l s vl' l rh, llu'ri ,. i.ryll : .illlil hll '1, ihlr -I:1} l,
Il tt.liiri l i' :.III in ,hiliIIII il < i',, ,iirl-:llll inl l ;1
assistanllce' r 1111,4'1 1 nii1r1 AIll tha it i l.-l'd


ANOTHER VIEI 0l 4I I" ( I Sl II I

to do in former I n days it still ,Ii,': l:hil|.iih,
still looks to it forl manihinery repairs; foundry
.-.i.til i ari e still its job: lut it is with the *I.-
velopinlent ,-i i11:iil that it will mainly pro-
*-i'- ill the future. l'ir, the development ,of
'llii" in .laniatiil is quiite certain. And this
couItl nlot -.lli-inll i'rily take Iplce' without
means lilin.. lit hand to prevent any ila.iy in
Ith i lr 11111111.11illltl t lE1 o1f .ilgi.ir (r gh the break-
,lil ii or dislocation of the s:IlmrI machinery.

More, since t he Kingstulo Illllnustrial W\\orks
has demonstrated that it can make rollers as
'well as repair a mill, it has also ben discovelr-
ed 1 th this work can be done more cheaply
on Ilte spot i1Ihai if we had .la ..ivys to resort
to imlportation. And this work is done 1Iy J-a-
illi ili.ll-. trained, skilled, iall e. w\\ilh a real in-
terestin their vuonation, with a true Ii ild in
their completed product.


SO) one looks around ilie busy workshop and
SHees %lit -:Il, iIlll fili 4. never less than
'.i\lv at :iliV t1ili., tI ,. iiuii g angl, d lif.ii in and
hI.ilriii.n, undtile the direction aindl iii ll.iii V of
ltmen who know exactly what to do. One ap
prentice to t r\li indtllt niachiniist, and the
whole establitshenet ili illde into live section'.
will a forevniat ait li head of 11;.11. and aliove
ili 1- what mnity Ie called the generall S ;iT conl-
sislihil, oif somie ,'f t(lll IIenrique'se and of M1r.
David Veitch. the ,itEilillnin whio has now
lived in ,latniaica for nearly twenty yv;i r-. And
one tliinks ofI the \'-iiks as a school in iron
where some tf tlhe li'ra;l'icil ililtllignilc'i and
aptittude of tlhe enmintiv is developed; at the
aunle time one1 thinks oEf the silillir ilili.lls ry as
assist.ini in that dEvelopment; while tl King
Stone 1 .11111 rll.ial \\',o-ll itself stands as an ex-
ample ofr what ri;iiy lIe aicE-llil.lisli'dI by men
who have made up their minds to achieve sec-
cess by practical anld munch-needed industrial
service.







PLANTERS' PU' CH


The White Maroon
(f'ontiinrd firom Poac Ie 19
terror also, that Bridget herself awaited the comtin
of the Englishman. Wentworth. that evening. Peac
was foreign to her now. She heard the sound .
horses' hooves and stared in its direction; it wa
not Wentworth who came, but Maria and her man
Perhaps. she thought, they had arranged to mee
the young head of New Settlement presently. bu
what had Maria to do with him? When she wen
to the door and saw that Maria alone was cominl
In, it dawned upon her that the Spanish girl had
ridden over to renew their quarrel of a week ago.
She braced herself for the encounter. Shi
noticed at a glance that Maria had come armed witl
a dagger, which hung from a belt round her waist
But Bi idget guessed that this was for self-protection
in the event of an attack, and not for any murder
ous purpose. Maria feared her now, and hated hei
more because of that; but she would never again
venture to strike at her openly. She had learnt
her lesson. Yet her tongue could be as bitter a
her lash.
She passed by Bridget into the house and enter
ed the apartment reserved for eating and talking
and also for the transaction of business. She seated
herself in one of the rough. leather-bottomed chairs,
and placed her arms upon the table, on which shl
fixed her eyes. lRridgel. standing by the door, watch-
ed her. Maria seemed to be thinking. Presently she
lifted her head and glanced fully at the Irish girl.
When she spoke it was in a studiously pleasant tone
of voice.
"Bridge'l." she said, "will you come here for a
little while' I have some things I want to say to
you."
Bridget crossed over from where she stood and
placed herself -pposlte to Maria, the width of the
table between them. hostility and suspicion glared
from her eyes. "What will ye be wanting of me?"
she demanded, not as indentured servant to a free
woman, but as equal to equal.
"Nothing. B'ridgeet. but as the Senor Wentworth
say the other day. I was rude to you. I anm so sorry.
You forgeeve me, yes?"
"Seeing as ye struck me and I pulled you off
the horse to the gr-llnd and whipped you, we are
quits." said Bridget brusquely. "There is nothing
to forgivee "
"No? I am veery glad yon t'ink so," and some-
thinig In Maria's voice caused Bridget to wonder ex-
actly what she meant.
But Maria was a consummate actress. The look
on her face was not only pacific, it was kindly,
friendly. Though her new tactics had been sudden-
ly determined upon, though when she had brushed
by lriidget a minute ago she had been resolved upon
insolence as far as it might be safe to go, she now
seemed as though the thought of such conduct had
never entered her mind. She kept herself in hand.
She looked into Bridget's eyes as though pleading
for her friendship But she too, in her heart, was
following the old Spanish proverb that Patrick had
quoted to Bridget not long before: "Piltielre. and
shuffle the cards."
"I am glad you not bear me ill-will." she went
on; "an' you are right; we are queets. I want to
be friend with you, Bridgeet; we are both young
and not English. and of de same religion-"
"Haven't you become a heretic. then?" asked
Bridget. bitterly. "I thought your 'husband' was
one."
"He. yes; he knows no better; but I. never!
You misjudge me much, Bridgeet But I don't won-
der; I have been-what you call it?-nasty to youth.
Over Juan too. But de Senor Camrose he love me,
an' I love him, an' Juan is far away an' I have for-
goten heem. He is yours; only-"
"Only what?"
"You won't see him no more, Bridgeer He can-
not come back; de Engleesh dey have all de country
now. I would be a slave like yourself if I was not
friend with dem."
"Isn't it better to be a slave than what ye are?"
questioned Bridget bluntly.
"Oh, no," replied Maria calmly: "you see, de Se-
nor Camrose will marrv me some day, I know dat.
An' God understand me. P'raps I may convert my
husbandd I will try. Don't you t'ink dat is right?"
Bridget sniffed, but refrained from comment.
"But if I was a slave like you," Maria continued
evenly, "I would have no 'ope. Some common man
here would take me against my will. and den he
would t'row me off when he was tired of me. An'
I would have to work for heem, an' grow coarse an'
ugly, an' soon I wiuld die. It may be so wid you.
When I think so, I feel veery sorry for you, Br!d-
geet."
"It hasn't happened so to me yet," snapped
Bridget, wondering what all this was leading to.
"Why should it?"
"You have been of the good luck up to now,"
agreed Maria thoughtfully. "An' you are still lucky,
for Senor Wentworth love you. I see dat. But you
don't love him, no?"
Bridget had never been quite off her guard She
felt that Maria was pumping her. She remembered
Patick's advice. She must play a part.


"How can I know whether I love a man I har
hardly seen?" she countered. "How can I even knoi
if he loves me?"
"You will know soon," said Maria; "an' del
g what will you do?"
e "How can I say?" fenced Bridget "My husband
f is still living."
s "He may not be; how can we know? An' I hear
When we were all in Santiago de la Vega, dat before
t your wedding was over he had to go an' light. and
t since den you have never been wid him. So it i
t no real marriage after all."
9 "Why do you tell me all this?" cried Drldgii
d passion overmastering her self-restraint. "Ye harv
some meaning!"
e "Yes," replied Maria calmly. "We could bl
h friend an' I would like to help you. Dat' what I
mean."
S "You think I should become VWentr,.rih's Ie
- man?"
r "Oh, dat is a bad word!"
S "A true word. You came here to suggest
t that."
S "No; he will suggest it himself. But to see you
a slave--I not like dat. But. if you prefer it-
* well."
"I do not say what I would prefer," returned
Bridget sullenly, again taking a grip upon herself.
"I want time to make up my mind."
"An' not to run away?" queried Maria soft-
ly.
It had grown dark by this: Maria could not dis-
tinctly see the other woman's face. And Bridget's
voice betrayed linthing as she answered: "Where
should I run to? The whole country helonis to yoIur
friends now."
"Yes. An' tlhey would fine you an' bring you
back, if you didn't die in de woods. But Patrick, I
know heem. He would risk anything It's better
not to be fioleesh. Bridgeet."
"I don't intend to be," was the sharp answer.
and then ltrliliet turned to light two thick tallow
candles and a lantern that stood on a shelf in the
room.
The faint illumination Ilghtened the gloo(i
somewhat, and Maria rose. She felt she had not
accomplished much, had not really learnt what was
in Bridget's mind in regard to Wentworth. But nt
least she had hinted to the girl that her best inter-
ests lay In falling in with Wentworth's wishes, while
she had carefully refrained from saying she had
heard from Camrose that in four months Wentwor:ih
would be going to England. and this time might
never return. She also believed. or hoped, that she
had convinced Bridget that she was no longer hIer
enemy. Now it was time to go.
"Well, goodbye, BridReet." she said. "We shall
meet again if you don't hate me still. I have ken'
my 'ushand waiting for too long."
"l;rllbye." said iridget. grudgingly. "I must
see that my master's super is ready when he comtM's
in."
It was an hour later when Wentworth entered
the house with two companions. He had ridden for
some distance thrmlgh difficult country where th-'re
was not yet the vestige of a roud. he was tired and
hungry, yet he must give some entertainment to
the two men who had come with him, for they were
I)laiiler)fmcners of some standing under Colonel
I)'(yley.
He was too busy, then, and too faliLletd.1 to
show much notice of lridget: he seemed to take
her presence in the house for granted. since he had
ordered that It should be so a week before. He and
his friends flung down their hats, then went outside
again to wash the dirt and sweat off their hands
and faces. A huge haked-clay jar was the receptacle
from which they lipped up the cleansing liquid
with an iron can. Their nbliitions. however rude
and primitive. refreshed them. Not many men in
New Settlement. indeed, would have taken the
trouble to wash before eating.
Meantime Bridget had put boiled beef and flour
biscuits and cassava cakes on the unspread table.
and jorums of wine as well.
The men fell to eatiigr wolfishly, and cdllnklill
It was only when the edge of their hunger had beeti
taken off that they gave any attention to the pretty
girl who served them. for they could see that she
was pretty.
"She's going to look after this place for you?"
asked one of them, jerking his head towards Brid-
get.
"Yes." answered Wentworth briefly.
"Fortunate man. There isn't a woman worth
Inlking at over at my place."'
Wentworth smiled, not caring to talk about
Bridget to her face with these two men.
They finished their dinner; then the master of
the house asked Bridget If the hammocks of his two
friends were hung, and she explained that they both
were, and in the same room. He took them to the
room and left them there; when he returned she
was still busy clearing off the things left on the
table. He put a hand affectionately on her should-
er. "Well, my girl, we'll have a talk sometime to-
morrow." he said. "You will find looking after tme
more pleasant than ruoking for servants."
To this she returned no answer, and he seemed


e to expect none. He did not notice that she trembled
w slightly.
She curtseyed and left the room, taking the
n lantern with her, and leaving him to extinguish the
candles when he should be leady to retire. She had
d arranged that one other indentured woman sholtid
share her apartment and her mat with her at night.
SShe felt that that would be safer. But to-morrow.
Sshe knew, the conversation hinted at would come.
d And, after that, wlht?

CHAPTER FIVE

e VWENTWORTH
e ATRICK was up betimes next morning, hoping
S floor a chance to have a word with BS idget He
guessed that now that Wentworth had come to take
tlhage of New Settieieni, Ctamrose would, not be so
keen on setting spies on him at Maria's instigation.
IBridget had also risen at dawn and was in the
t cook-house among the clay jugs and pots and Iron
pans when Patrick made his appearance. In a few
words she acquainted him with what had taken place
on the previous evening. He whistled softly.
"So Maria is pretending to be friendly. is
she?"
"Yes: she thinks I am a fool."
"But you may use her, Bridget You seemi to
have done very well as It is. Let her think you be-
lieve she has changed towards yon; tell her you
hope to come to love this man tWent worlh- she will
surely inform him of everything you say. But in-
sist that you want to be crvurted. not to give your-
self like any trollop She will let him know that
too If she thinks you are in earnest. All this may
ain its i few days, and then we'll slip away."
hi ldget made a grimace of distaste. "I don't
mind lying, Pat. if it is necessary, and I have
tried to deceive Maria .tlready. But for a decent
young married woman to allow a man to make love
to her as if she wanted him to-I feel that that's Just
dirty."
"l11ht else would you suggest, colleen?" he ask-
ed her frankly, and she faced the situation.
"'N'tilgiii. but it will make me hate Wentworth
nil the more, and I don't know how I shall manage
to hide my true feelings." she said.
"Yotu must," he insisted, and then went off to
his work.
She knew that she must. Besides. the thought
of uiiaittilug Maria. reducing the designs of Wn\'n-
worth to inught, and eventually seeing both punish.
ed by Juan, was not without its aIppeul t1 her.
Bat se was naturally chaste. in matters of eru
iniliitely modest, and she had all a staunch Catholir-'
regard for the sanctity o marriage. It revolted her
to have to act as though she were only leading on
a man before yielding to him. desiring him to make
love to her before she ~ave herself to him. Yet to
refuse to do this would not help her; she thought
this again for about the hundredth time. After all.
it was a game to be played, and she must match her
wits against those to whonm what she regarded as
her ruin would be but a game indeed.
She took in Wentworth's breakfast and set it on
the table, he came out of his room while she was
thus ocruped, carrying in his hand a riding jacket.
and wearing a flne linen shirt open at the neck, with
the lower part tucked into his trousers, though
usually the men on the plantation wore their shirts
hanging loose outside their trousers. He wore high
boots. bad already shaved: prejudiced though she
was against him, Bridget had to admit to herself
that he was a handsome fellow and quite clearly
superior in station to any other man in New Settle-
mient.
"Well, lr'ldget." he greeted her pleasantly, "ddl
1yo drrela of me last night?"
"I was too tired to dream of anyone," sihe ans-
wered gravely, "and why should I dream of you, .r.
Wentwnrthh?"
"O. I suppose because I wished you would. I
was tired myself, but I know I dreamt of you."
She made no answer.
"Sit down, Bridget. and let us have a talk." lie
suggested, pointing to one of the rough, heavy chairs.
She took the chair and waited for him to ron-
tinue the conversation. The game of wits had com-
menced.
"'Where do you sleep?" he asked abruptly.
"In the little room back there"-she pointed In
the direction.
"In a hammock?"
"The likes of me, in this country, don't have
hammocks. I sleep on a mat on the floor."
"That's quite wrong for the likes of you." he
said sincerely. "You are not like the ordinary in-
dentured girl. I can easily see that."
"I was somebody in Ireland." she answered
proudly; "but when your Cromwell murdered my
people he sent many Irish girls to your islands. Crnnm-
well"-she choked upon the word, her eyes now lit
with the fire of hate.
lie laughed. "You may curse him as much as
you please In my hearing, girl," he said; "I was no
friend to Master Oliver. He Is dead now: have you
not heard that?"
"Yes. and I was glad to hear it. You hated hfn.


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p:., you say? But you are not of our faith secretly.
you? And you are English!"
"English and Protestant. Bridget; but my peo-
Swere for King Charles the Martyr and his son.
understand, as D'Oyley himself has secretly
..e.. I and my family had to dissemble, though;
at was prudent. Well, it doesn't matter now. let
Stalk about yourself. 1 have the only bed there Is
t this house, and it is large. Wouldn't it be nicer
you to share it with me than to lie on a mat on
le foor?"
SThe blood rushed to her face and forehead, but
Answered steadily enough.
"Do ye take me for a wanton. Mr Went-
qr'
"Faith, no' If you were I should not want you.
tI have a tenderness for you, Bridget; don't you
me a little?"
"I don't dislike you." she replied evasively: "you
kind and handsome."
i "or that, much thanks."
"But it takes a little knowing to love any

"Not amongst the tEnglish gentry. I can assure

S"I am not of the English gentry; I am Irish."
S"Does that mean you require time?"
"It does so."
"How much?"
i "How can I tell?"
S "You want me to come a-courting, Isn't that
r he laughed. "I must make love to you-but
indeed is what I am doing now-and perhaps
sonnets In your honour. Truth. you are worthy
them; but I am no verse-writer, and In this fiery
life slips quickly away. Often we die before
have a chance to enjoy the little existence we
have. Then why delay?"
S;,"But wouldn't ye prefer me to come to you lov-
than to feel that I was forced, and hate you for

S"God's truth, that is so!" he swore: "but am I
lhard to love. Bridget?"
S"No; not very hard you should be; then why
walt till I love you?"
S As she looked at him she felt that In truth. If
were not already in love with Juan. and this
were of her religion, it might not be difficult to
him. He bore a resemblance to Juan with his
lie features and his look of boldness and deter-
g ion. In his stature also, for he was tall ana
and strong. Her feeling lent sincerity to her
,gave her words a certain warmth which he re-
d and which thrilled him. Here. It flashed
him, was an opportunity to win love, not mere-
mpel compliance with his desires; such an up-
tunity as he had not expected to find In this
try. This would add a spice to a mode of life
oh bored him. He had liked this girl when he
frat seen her in this same Settlement over two
before: she was n lady brought low by the
.rd of war. He would make love to her: would
t her as a cavalier should treat his well
ed. That was what she wanted. had more than
at. He was not merely sensual: romance and
glamour of an exalted passion appealed to him
py. And there would he romance in his court-
of this Irish girl.
I:i Ee knew she was married. Maria had told him
story. But the marriage had never been con-
mated, her husband-In-name was out of the Is-
and might be dead; in any case he had no sort
Pebjection to a love Intrigue with a beautiful young
led woman; Indeed he welcomed the idea of It
Itltaismn had not Impressed him: rather it had
in him, as In so many thousands of others in
and, the seeds of a wild revolt. But because
Swas no mere sensualist he wished now to win
~igat's love. There was courtesy and a hint of
feeling in the glance he gave her as he rose
the table. She had the conviction suddenly
at she had won the first part of the game.
.: "I take my leave now. Bridget," said he as lie
killed on his light riding Jacket. "and shall not he
Ak until sundown; I hope you'll be able to sup
with me."
iThis he said with a cuutrtly bow.
I; "Will ye be forgetliiig that I amn your servant
Stressed like this?" she said, and glanced down
t her clothes.
"Well, Ignore that part about- the servant," he
'glwered gaily: "I might have been one myself had
my people-and I-truckled to Oliver Cromwtell.
h to the dress. I have noticed that. It is a far
to England, but still we must think of getting
yVOU oout some things that are fit to wear. You ought
:o be clothed in silks and satins, my dear, and your
aJllrn hair should ie crowned with a diadem."
She smiled, wisely making uo protest against
die promise to get her pretty clothing. Let him
thinklk that she was pleased with that proposal.
"Have you seen Maria since I left?" he asked
hihter abruptly, pausilng as he was about to leave the
i: room.
"i.' She was here yesterday, shortly before you
dame."
1 "All! And how behaved the fiery Spaniard?"
"She did me nothing; she said she wanted to be
a friend of minne."


"H'm. A welcome change. Do you think she
meant it?"
"How would I know?"
"Well, perhaps she did. I shall probably see
her today; I shall have a meal at her house. I am
glad she did not try to molest you; truth Is, I fear-
ed that, and so set your Irish friend. Patrick. to
keep an eye on you. Now that I am here that won't
be necessary any more."
He passed through the door to where his horse.
already saddled, awaited him. He did not offer to
kiss her. she observed, as she had more than half
expected he would. She would not have objected to
that: a kiss more or less would not matter. But
his abstinence hinted to her that he was bent. for
the tinie being. on treating her with a considered
respect. He would prove a more ardent lover In
a little while, however, she feared, and she on her
part must pretend to be yielding little by little.

About midday Wentworth rode up to the rough
wooden house that Camrrose and Maria inhabited.
and with him was Canimrue. Both men had been
riding over New Settlement, making an inspection.
The place was large; there were many things 'in
which to turn an enquiring eye; Wentworth weut
through his task conscientiously, for a considerable
part of this property had been gifted to him for ser-
vices which his family had rendered the Lord Pro
tector's Overnment in England, albeit hating It.
;Maria was at the door to greet them. clad in a
low-cut, short-sleeved gown, which made the heat of
noontide endurable. Her black, glossy hair-for she
had grown it long while back in Jamaica-was coill
ed in two long plaits on the crown of her head, a
fringe fell low on her forehead, her large, dark eyes
sparkled with vivacity She knew she was beautiful;
she wished to impress any mlan wurth looking
at with her beauty. But though she wanted the ad.
migration of Wentworth she fully realized that his
desires were centre upon Bridget, whom it was her
intention to help him to take.
Wasting no lime on preliminary washing, as
iresi-iently they would e out In the fields and the sun
ngaiii. the two mien went It tile table on which was
set the lunch of roasted pork. bread, and the inevit-
able canssva cnkes, which Maria had prepared for
Iht m She sat down with them, eyeing Wentwortli
iinqulsitively. Site waited a while to see if he would
introduce the subject uppermost in her mind: reco-g
nisinit thint he showed no disposition to do so. sihe
broached it herself.
"Ai' how did you fine your beautiful Bridgeet.
Stollr Wentworth?" she asked with her quaint pro-
iuncitation. "Glad to see you?"
"We are still almost strangers." he reminded
ler.
"She should not feel stranger for long with so
iait'snome a senor," smiled Maria. "If you make de
love to her. she should love you In a day or two"
"That sort of thing depends on the nature of
the woman. Maria; some are slower than others
Iint your compliment pleases me."
"I was with Bridgeet yesterday in de evening."
"So she said."
"We are friend now "
"I hope so. Maria "
"It is so An' I t'ink she will love you veery,
very noon; perhaps she does already."
"What makes you think hint?"
"A woman knows the other woman. Senor Went.
wl.rtlh. A woman likes to be, what you call In your
Engleesh. squeezed hard. You tin!; Bridgeet want
you to wait. no? She want you to t'ink so. but she
will lie mooch disappointed if you don't show you
have de fire and speed in love. She will t'ink you
tare liow you snay it? lockworinth."
"lukewarin, you mean. Well, I an never that,
whatever else I may be. You seem very anxious.
if I may say so." he added, "to see Bridget and I
as lovers."
"It would make you happier. I know," she re-
plied immediately, "an' she too. Look at Pillpe and
me. We are happy because we have both of us."
Thus she brought Camrose into the conversa-
tion, feeling that he had been too long Ignored; but
he wouldn't be drawn. He was willing enough to
help Maria In her schemes if that gave her pleasure.
but all this talk about love simply bored him. He
had had no trouble in inducing Maria to take up
with him. and he could not see why the chief man
in New Settlement should make any bones about
dealing summarily with an indentured female who
could never appeal against him even to D'Oyley with
success What he didn't realise was that he deeply
cared for Maria, and that, for the most part. she
ruled him.
Both men left soon after the meal was over:
and Maria gave herself up to speculation. She won-
dered whether her words would have their Intended
effect. Would Wentworth decide to force the Issue:
and. if so. what would Bridget do? Bridget was
helpless: she would probably realize that and accept
the inevitable with the best grace she could (and
here Maria unconsciously put herself In Bridget's
place and concluded it was likely that Bridget would
act as she. Maria, would). Maria had failed In
fathom the deep burning determination, which could
become a blaze of fanaticism, that formed the back-
ground of BrIdget's character.


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But her words. us she hoped and believed, had
not been entirely lost on Wentworth. They came
back to his mind again and again as he rode about
New Settlement with Canimrse. Perhaps. he thought.
he would really but disgust this Irish girl If he
dilly-dallied. playing the court gallant with one who.
whatever her former estate. was but a servant now
and doomed to live her life, so far as he could see,
in a wild land of heat and storms where the uncer-
tainties of the future were greater than they could
be even in so uncivilized a place as Ireland.
Should he make strong love to her, take her in
his arms. kiss heri fiercely, force her to share
his bed. and trust to the very impetuosity of
his passion to awaken shortly a reciprocal feel
ill her? That. Maria was certain, was the best way
and, after all, he knew he was flne-looking and that
women had easily fallen in love with him before.
He had had many an amorous adventure: why should
the preliminaries of this one be allowed to take up
too much time? But even as he thought this a pic-
ture of Bridget's face would rise before him, grave.
strong. beautiful, the face of a woman who might be
won with love hut hardly driven by coercion. 1e-
sides. he felt in his heart, he did not want to coerce
her. "Maybe." he reflected with a smile. "I am more
fond of her than I myself am aware."
So when he got back to Iris house, the day's la-
hours being over ;aid the people returning to the
places in which they slept. lie greeted Bridget much
as he had done at his departure in the morning.
Then lie went outside ilno a rough shed erected for
hathing purposes, washed, changed his undtrrclotlhllng.
and, entering the eatinle aind living room, sat down
to supper. All tie flol ;aid drink was already on
the table, lie waved lnilgel to a chair. "Remem-
ber.'" he said. "I nske itl y'nt to sup with me to-
night.
"And now tell ne.'" lie went on, with a voice
full of tenderiiers. "of your past life. It will relieve
your heart as. :umong people of your fnaili, eonflt-
slon is said to relieve the soul"
She told him her story. of how because her
family in Ireland had stnnd by the Stuarts and
fought for them. they had been killed, and she exil-
ed as an Indentured servant. Of how a big, coarse
man on this same New Settlenent had tried to com-
pel her to become his mistress Of how a gallant
Spaniard. Juan Meudez. who had ben in the neigh-
I,ourhood at that time. had slain this man and saved
her. and of how Juan had returned some time after
atnd taken her away.
"Yes. I know something about that," he inter-
rupted; "I was here at the time. So it was Juan
Mendez who snatched you from us! Luke Stokes.
our leader in those days. suspected as much. You
must remember me very well. Bridget I was in love
with you even then Dlidn't you notice it?"
"You used to look at lie a lot, but you hardly
ever spoke to ile." she admitted
"Hadn't much time' I had only been here a
few days when yon disappeared. But Luke Stokes
guessed In what dliretion the wind was blowing so
far as I was concerned "
She felt thit they had got again onto dangeriiis
ground. so she hastily resumed her story.
She had crossed over the Island from south to
north with Juan Mendez and his friend Patrick O'
Brian, she told him: she had waited some time for
Juan's coming: she knew he would return, and he
had
"Did yiti get to love him then?" he asked, "or
did you love him at your first meeting?"
She saw Ihe mistake she would make if she
answered explicitly, for .Juan and she had loved one
another from n tie inomeiil they had met. ,So-
"I rnred for hi more atd more every day," she
said; "and every day we were together on our jour-
ney was more to us than if we had nime for weeks
in n town or selllement like this." He smiled, know-
ing she had evaded answering his question directly.
But he was touched by the pathos of her story,
by her simple recital of the hardships she had under-
gone. of the final frustration she had experienced
when. her marriage ceremony barely ended, the guns
of Colonel D'Oyleys fleet attacking the last Spaniidh
fortification in Jamalca nat lti Nuevo pronouticed
the doom of her separation from her husband. In
spite of her efforts, the tears slowly stole down her
cheeks as she related to Wentworth how Juan had
been made a prisoner by the English, how she her-
self had been taken, how he had been exiled to Cuba
and she sent again as an indentured servant to New
Settlement. She ended upon a sob.
There was silence in the room for a while.
Through the open windows one looked out upon the
darkness of the night and saw the myiiads of stars
that hung over the mountains, which, in that enve-
loping obscurity, were sensed rather than seen. Cric-
ket and frog filled the outer air with sound, but of
human noises there were none: it was as though
adnes aness and wriess and indifference had stifled
all human emotion with the passing of the day.
The stillness wrought upon tense nerves, affected
the man whi had heard so pathetic a tale of a girl's
unhappy life. as well as the girl herself And he was
all the more disturbed beranse he knew. and knew
that she knew. that his intentions and efforts were
to wean her from the love -he bore her husband and
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He came to a sudden decision.
He could not hurt her. He loved her; that he
realized with a definite tinnlity If she came to love
him, well and rg,wt. and he would strive for that.
There would be no pretended gallantry on his part;
to her he would be truly affectionate and sincere, lie
would prove his love by tenderness, his care for her
by deeds. The rest he would leave to fate.
"The man to whom you are indentured, [lridge- "
he said at last, "'s not, I think, still in Jamaica,
though I expect he will return. Yet the Governor
may have the power to release you from your in-
denture if compensation is paid; I will see him about
this when next I go to Santilo.io de la V\'r; Mean-
time. while here, you are free. I ask you to look
after this place for me; I do not order you. You
shall do as you please, my dear. You understand
that, don't you?"
"You are to kind," she stammered, "I .. 1"
.... she could say no more, for she knew that now
he was plttlin implllii trust in her, trust which she
felt it was her duty to betray.
"The hammocks slept in by those men who came
with me yesterday are they still bune he asked.
"Yes," she answered.
"Then I will take one of them, and you shall
have my bed from to-night onwards."


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"But that is inmpossible." she cried. "You are a
fine gentleman and the master here, while I-"
"You have said all that before; but if I am the
fine gentlemmn you believe me to be I will not let
you sleep on a mat or even in a hammock while I
lie comfortably. Let us not beat about the bush,
Bridget. You know I love you. You realise also
that I will take no advantage of my poasiti here,
or of yours. If you come to love me, I will rejoice
as never a man did before; if you do not--but I hope
you will. my dnarline. In any case you have nothing
to dread from me. And now I will say good-night."
Her large, luminous, blue eyes, still moist with
tears, were fixed upon him with a world of gratitidl-
(Good-niiRht. and all my heart's thanks," she whisp-
ered, and left him with the mien and walk of the
Ildy that she was.

CHAI'TEI t SIX

A MAN IN LOVE
A T the midday meal next day Patrick listened
closely to all that Bridget told him.
"And where may Mr. Wentworth be just now !"
he enquired.
"With Camrose I think. and Maria will be there
too."
"'.aria will be disappointed at this new mood
of his if she knows of it," said Patrick; "it isn't
what she wanted." He chuckled, and seemed to her
at the moment more like the Patrick of the days
u hen she had first met him than he had been these
last two years.
"Thinis are turning out better than I dared
hope," he went on. "Our friend Wentworth will be
all courtly bows and sweeping gestures for a couple
of weeks, perhaps longer; but we shouldn't need
all that time."
"He is very lkid. Pat. I am sorry to have to
be deceiving him."
He looked at her whinisi uilly. "Don't bother
\* rll'rlr cillhii." he trmarked. "this mood of his
wouldn't last forever. He would grow impatient at
your continued indifflrtiirit.. and then he might do
anything."
"I don't think so, Pat."
"Ah! There speaks a woman's vanity, and per-
Iaps a woman's heart. Sure you don't dislike him,
li idgel' ?
"I don't. How could I now?"
"We'll hope there'll be no occasion for you to
feel otherwise," he smiled. "and not much time either
for him to work upon your feeling. Little country-
woman, I think that if you were not Irish. and so
staunch and true to Juan, this En'lishman might
win your heart. He has come nearer to doing it
than you seem to guess'
She bliushed but drew herself up proudly. "I
am Juan's wife." she answered,
"And that's what the likes of you will never for-
get, my dear. I know that."
Yet as he went back to his work Patrick's mind
dwelt doggedly on his plan of escape. Bridget. he
thought. was in no immediate danger from Went-
worth, but might be, unknowingly, in danger from
herself. She saw the Englishman now, not as an
enemy but as a friend; not as a ruthless, treacher-
ous master whom she might have to stab to death.
but as a man gentle to her, treating her with high
courtesy, patently and confessedly in love with her
and asking nothing more than to please her. He
could have adopted no better tactics with a woman
like Bridget A month of this sort of thliin: and the
image of Juan might begin to grow dim in her mind.
But this month would not be griantd to Went-
worth,
To-morrow he would tell her that during the
night she must steal quietly out of the house and
join him. Then they would make for the mountains
and the woods. If Juan had come from Cuba. as
Jose his Negro servant had seemed confident that
he wild. he must by this be pushing on to New
Settlement. So they should meet him very shortly.
That would be far better and safer than that Juan,
with but a couple of followers, should enter New
Settlement to take Bridget away.
Patrick knew that the Settlement had grown
in numbers since Juan was there last; had become
better organized; and that another adventure on the
lines of the old one might not be at all successful.
What he did not know was that Juan now had a corn-
paratin.ly numerous Ifollowing. But that would have
made no difference to his present determination:
for whereas he had first wanted to take away
lridget because he believed that Wentworth would
try to coerce her to become his mistress, he was now
persuaded that Brldcet was in peril from her own
heart, Not that she would be unfaithful to Juan:
he had no doubts on that score. But physical
faithfulness to an absent man might easily go with
love for another man whom one met daily
It was a very hot day. Patrick was therefore
not surprisedd, ihotgh much depressed, to see dark,
dank heavy clouds bhnkine up to the south as the
afternoon wore on. Steadily they drew over the
sky until all Ihe blue was blotted out and dim
gloom rpiienld everywhere. and a grey world lay be-
fore his eyes. Presently the gloom was plIrrpd by
cruel stabs of living fire, and the thunder crashed and


roared like a maddened thing overhead, and the
rain began, at first in great spattered drops, then
to pour down in sheets of blinding water. All
that night it rained. And next morning the
skies were still overcast and the rain still fell,
and the ground became sodden and marshy beneath
one's feet. Patrick's heart sank within him as he
surveyed the watery, cheerless prospect that met his
gaze in every direction. It was as thuouh plain and
hills and forests were weeping with heart-broken
abandon.
How could he take Bridget into the wet woods
so long as the rain came down? Not that she wasn't
used to getting wet; but to go wet for days. as she
easily might, and to sleep on wet earth, might be
courting sickness and death. The streams too
would now be rushintji rivers, the Guts-the nar-
row passes between hills and mountains-would be
torrents. No harm would come to him if he ven-
tured to face all this. but she was a different case.
He could not risk it. He must wait until the rains
should cease. He consoled himself with remember-
ing that these downpours never lasted very long at
this time of the year, and, once over, might not re-
cur for weeks.
The worst of it was that, so long as it rained,
We\ntwurtih would not ride about the Settlement but
would remain indoors. And with him would be
Bridget His every gplanr at her would be eloquent
of love; his eyes would flash the message of his
heart. There was no help for this. however. No-
Ihing could be done.
Twenty-four hours later the scene was changed
Day dawned on mountains and trees washed clean
by the torrential showers. and now brilliantly green;
streams that had been transformed into turbid rivers
soon would disgorge their surplus waters into the
sea towards which they flowed and would become
sweet silver rivulets again, For a brief space a
breath of coolness blew over the land; once more
the skies were radiant and bashing with gold. "To-
morrow night." thought Patrick exultantly. "we shall
get out." But fate had still another obstacle to
throw into his way.
For that day Wentworth came riding up to one
of the pastures which was in Patrick's charge, and
soon he made it plain that he had come there with
a purpose.
The truth was that Wentworthl growing more
deeply in love with Bridget with every day that
passed, felt kindly disposed towards anyone whom
Bridget regarded as a friend. Those whom she lik-
ed he also would like; those who offended her would
be his foes. He wished now to show his apprecia-
tion of Patrick, who had for so long been faithful
to his Irish countrywoman. That morning he had
mentioned to Camrose and Maria, to whose place he
had ridden over on business, his design to send
Patrick O'Brian down to Port Morante on a mission
to the officer in charge of that Station, He had ex-
pected ofppoialtion from Camrose and Maria. But he
would override any objection on their part; indeed
he hoped for objections so that he should override
them.
And Camrose did suggest that someone else
might be sent.
"But why not Patrick?" asked Maria with a
smile. "He know the way an' can stand de jour-
ney well."
"He must have a horse," said Wentworth.
"But only free people ride," Camrose pointed
out, for already a difference was established in the
colony between a white man on horseback and a
mere "walk-foot buckra."
"He shall have a horse," returned Wentworth
shortly
This decision displeased Maria, but she took
care to conceal her displeasure. She merely said:
"He will be able to go an' come back queeker, to
watch over his leetle friend."
"What do you mean, senora? For now that I
am here I take it that Bridget has all the protection
she needs." Wentworth spoke with a meaning in-
flection of his tones.
"So I t'ink too, Senor Wentworth: but Patrick,
he may believe different. He may want to watch
/yoi."
"Hold your tongue," growled Camrose; "you
won't be thanked for interfering with what doesn't
concern you."
"You are right, Filipe," agreed Maria softly:
"but I like the Senor here, an' I have no more quar-
rel with Bridgeet But I know Patrick from I was
veery little, an' I see he is not friend to the Senor
because of Juan Mendez. So if he can protect Brid-
geet from Senor Wentworth. an' take her away,
he will do it. Dat is what you call a prophisee,
no?"
"It is silliness, Naria." interposed Wentworth.
"Don't you see that if Patrick had wanted to take
Bridcet away he would have done so before I came
back?"
Neither answered him, for neither wanted to
tell him they had set spies on Patrick during his
absence from New Settlement. but had found no-
thing overt to justify this action on their part. Thy.
both recognized that in his present frame of mind
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suspicion shr had sown might take root and develop
in Wentiworth's mind. He might not now be inclin-
ed to trust 'atrirk O'irian as much as before. That
at least was what she hoped.
lhenl he Ilft then. and Camrose also prepared
to tackle- some other business to which he must
addires himself. Malriii ssifly closed her tinfcers re-
maiking *lli'idceet has W\entworth like so."
'That's G;od s truth Ilughed her man. "I have
lold yo. i. havenl'' I. ili:it li. sleeps in a hammock
while she -leeli'p i IinIs lwl lHe is a love-struck oion.
No iither 11ian waiildil Ii. fo this Irish girl what tie
is doing
Ji.a'll % uld "
"A Spimiii-h fIol n111t 1i see an Englishman act
that way'"
'*.AI. but ili i .Inin Mu .ndez and Senor Went-
wlrilh. alir Iaillliitl'liI- i han you call ii'tiil t'iIIn lly
Filipe
"[I)in't ili '.k itl In'. umy girl. because I don't set
up I lit-e i lil-. genl.'nuluii>' Iemnember, I have a
whip '
"*.\A 1 t-inil'.'il r I hai;v a dagger, Filipe. ninl
can use it lint l,,n't let Ii ii uarrel over these mens.
Your Senllr l('Ii f, lie %i\e his bed to llrIlil 'e cause li huolll to i leup in t1 wid her some time. IHe
making lov- Iiis Iwll wn .. an' it may be dat Brid-
geet iinle in, lii. lion 1i, But I suspect Patrick."
S"W'ell. I 'aii't (I anyiiyiliiun more about that,"
grlunted tC':ilamiti's *ilhoiiih I would like to put a
spoke in Ithu Irin.lhnii s wheel if I could. I don't
like a hboni in lin i "
S"'.\' ln e un'lt like your bones too." said Maria
quietly "Sit watihl hi-eni i1 mooch as you can."
But site hadl not Iaffn'ted Wentworth's kindly
disposition iu.-alll-ds I'ntr'ik. Wentworth indeed was
too happy mand >iai e-free atl ile moment to be influenc-
ed by anything ilhe raid llsides, he wanted to talk
10 someone abint! lrildget. someone who knew her
and liked htr. unaiiieliuII II) whom he could confide
his feelings. IeP felt a itt'-d for self-expression where
Bridget was I,'-i'eirned: lii was no writer of verse.
but even hail hip lbee-r he till would have wanted to
talk aboui hlr to syiinpailheliir ears as well as to
wrile about her in paa-oiilllnte poems. So he sought
out Patrick as .,uarly as lie could, and informed him
that he was t i cg. oni horseback, to the Port with
a letter to the Offmrpr there "I can trust you with
this mission. I':irlck hie added. "for not only are
you an educated inan nnr one of experience, hut
Bridget likes y.ll. and I have faith in her judg-
ment."
"You are very kind. sir." said Patrick, while he


cursed this kindness under his breath. "When do
I start?"
'*E:trly. To-morrow morning, say."
"I could go this afternoon."
"But there are no roads, and It will take you a
day to get to Port Morante, even on a horse. You
should be away not more than three days altugti.ll i,
with IpI iiltiitnilbl' To-morrow morning then."
"Very well. Mr. Wentworth."
Patrick was on foot, of course; Wentworth lon
horseback. The latter glanced about him as far ias
his eye could travel, lie noted the cattle lying and
browsing on the green plain that stretched towards
the foothills to the north, some of them enclosed in
pastures or pens, the niost of them left free to roam
at will. They seemed in good condition. Hie smiled
1-1 1p .0 1 1-'It
"You have done some good work since you have
been here. O'Brian," he remarked.
"We have had luck," said Patrick.
"Not only that. You are a good man. It is a
pity you are not free and one of us; even as It is
you will be free some day."
"I was a Spanish subject when I was made pri-
soner," explained Patrick, "and I expected to be hang-
ed or shot. Colonel l-\Iyliy\. however, only made
me an identured servant for seven years. That wtas
lucky for me. I believe I now belong to you."
"So you do; and I think I can annul the inden-
ture at any time: I will bear that in mind. But it
is different with Bridget. Patrick. She has been
given to another man, and he is away. Yet I have
promised ItIt ilm' to see if Colonel D'Oyley cannot
deal with this business of hers himself. She ought
to be free."
To himself Patrick thought: She will be. soon,
but he said nothing aloud.
"You have known her for some time, she told
me." the other man continued. "You helped to save
her life once. It is no wonder you did this, O'Brian,
for she is a sweet and lovely lady who has met with
much misfortune. I am grieved when I think of
what she has been iltI rIliU "
"And she will not have told you all of it." com-
mented Patrick. "It is diffirlt. nay, impossible, to
tell anyone of all our secret feeling."
"You are :icllt. but I can guess. She married.
and then was straight separated from her hus-
hand. At best, I gailhr, she hadn't known Juan Men-
dez for long. She hasn't heard from or of him for
over two years. Don't you think he is dead, Pat-
rick?"
"He may be." said Patrick Judiciously "But we


don't know. Will you send her over to Cuba if you
buy her freedom?"
"To what?" demanded Wentworth. "The man
may not be there, probably is not there. And how
do we know that he wants her after all this time of
separation? How do we know that he has not, lik,
the average Spaniard of these parts, taken up with
some other woman, and more than one? She is not
Spanish, rmemeber, but Irish like yourself. She
doesn't speak their language. It would be better
for her if she remained here. Much better."
"Or returned to Ireland, or even Kllglilld." sutg-
gested Patrick slyly. "I know that Oliver Cromwell
is dead may God and His Holy saints be praised!
And soon there will be a restoration of the true Kill-
of Ehiil.-I.i yoI can mark my words; perhaps has
been already. Then we Irish should have a chance
in our own country once more; though we have never
had much of a chance from the EI.:i:l-II. asking your
pardon Mr. \\'Wi Iiwin ii.
"Oh. I know," laughed Wentworth. "Indeed,
since knowing Bridget I have come to see the Irish
front a new point of view, and sympathise with
them. Bridget is of rirtllefillk "
"She is so." agreed Patrick with emphasis; "a
1,ly born, and a slave in Jamaica. Holy God!"
"Not ri-ally a slave now, O'Brian, except in name,
and even that. I am sure, will not be for long. She
is a lovely little lady. Do you think that, deep
down in her heart, she still loves this Juan Men-
dez?"
"How should I know, Mr. Wentworth? May I
say, sir, that you seem very curious about poor
Juan?"
"I am, O'Brian. Let me tell you the truth: after
all, you are Ii tlialcr friend and countryman. I love
her. I want her for myself."
"A complicated business," admitted Patrick, ap-
pearing to be surprised. "She's (';:thollir you are a
heretic-if you'll pardon me putting it that way. She
is Irish. you are EnIli'-hi She is married-are you
married by any chance, Mr. Wentworth?"
"No. And the irlicious and race differences
don't matter much now that Cromwell is gone."
STlih' may to her, she being Irish."
"I am no fanatical Protestant, no Puritan. One
religion is much the same as another to me; and
there is no Irish or Englslh where there is love.
Patrick."
"It may be as you say, sir: but there is the mar-
riage: what about that?"
"It was no real marriage, you know. A cere-
mony only. not a scrap of paper to show that it took
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and Bridget O'Hara might be brother and sister so
far as any true marriage between them is concern-
ed."
"You have said that to Bridget" asked Patrick,
presuming upon the other's evident desire to talk
about Bridget to him.
"I have; but she evades the point."
i Because she is playing a game with you, my
fine fellow, rtihught Patrick, as I am also. And yet
she likes you, and so, bad luck to it. do I.)
But aloud he merely said: "I suppose she's think-
ing things over. Trying to make up her mind."
"Yes, that must be it." agreed Wientworth eager-
ly, Patrick having shrewdly put into words some-
ihing that he guessed the other man wished to hear
"And if she thinks as you do, what is your pur-
pose with her, 1Mr Wentworth?" Patrick demanded
bluntly.
For the first time during their conversation
"\'entworth's brows went up haughtily. and his voice
grew cold. This fIllow he thought qiuirkly, was pre-
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self have admitted. IHidget Mendez is an Irish gent-
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lier present position is a mere accident, so-"
"Yes, I have already said that myself-a mere
accident." interrupted Wentworth imperiously. "And
what I propose is no business of yours. We'll
talk no more about this matter. This evening
you will come to my house for the letter you are
to take to the I'rrt. and Mr. Camrose will see that
you are given a good horse. Be careful to fulfil my
commission properly!"

He rode away. and Patrick's scowl followed him.
The pleasant relations of five minutes before had
now completely altered. "So you would not be frank
as to your lrgsigns on the girl, my mighty English.-
man," Patrick muttered. "though your silence alone
made them clear as day in spite of all your love and
your sympathy and the rest. I felt sorry for ye at
first; I felt sorry for the awakening you would have
when I came back, But now! Ye are only another
English villain after all, and in your heart you think
of Bridget and me as only Irish dirt. Blast you! I
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ATRICK heard the rustling again. Since setting
out from Port Morante. the village on the east
coast with but a scattering of rough buildings by the
shore and a barracks for the few soldiers posted
there, he had twice detected on either side of him
a sound which could hardly have been made by any
animal. Wild pigs might be about, but they would
have made a different noise. Yet. peer however
closely he might, he could see nothing. And he
knew that the wind had nothing to do with this
Susiling sound. for there was no wind.
He had heard it first about a mile from the
port. He now heard it once more when he was with-
in five miles of New Settlement. This time It was
louder.
He had pulled in his horse on this second ocea-
soon. He was about to ride on again, slowly, for the
horse had to pick its way throauh the trees that
grew wild and thick on hill and plain, when some-
thinii that looked like a tree detached itself from
the underbrush and spoke. In an instant he had re-
rmagn ised the voice.
"So. Patrick. my friend, we meet again!"
"Juan!" he cried, "but, Mother of God, why this
masquerade? A tree comes towards me speaking
in the voice of my friend! And there are other
trees!"
Laughing unrestrainedly, Patrick threw himself
off his horse and rushed to meet Juan Mendez. The
latter flung down the bough he had carried in his
hand, tore off the disguise of vines and leaves that
had swathed and hidden his body, and embraced his
old comrade with Spanish warmth and gestures.
Other men now removed the leaves that covered
their faces, but retained their dress of vines. All
of them were black. Patrick recognized Jose and
GComez. who grinned a cordial greeting. He return-
ed Juan's embrace again and again. "I knew you
would come, amigo mno," he spluttered in his joy,
"but I did not look for you here or expect to see
you all walking about like plants."
"How is Bridget?" questioned Juan anxiously.
"'Quite well when I saw her last three days ago,
and looking for your return. Have no fears on her
account."
"You relieve my nind." said Juan. "We were
on our way to New Settlement when we saw you
coming from the direction of the coast. We follow-
ed: we have been with you for hours now. I thought
it best to wait until there was no possibility of any
body of the enemy coming up with us while we and
you met; and here seemed to me the best place at
which to reveal ourselves."
"You could have revealed yourselves safely at
any time I was a mile from the coast, Juan; you
will not meet soldiers going about this part of
the country. Here the soldiers have become plant-
era, and hate it. But they could never have recog-
nised you, habited as you are like Birnam Wood
marching to Dunsinane.-"
"I do not understand, amigo."
"I use an expression employed by an English
writer of plays now dead," laughed Patrick. "God's
blessing! It seems that at last I can laugh again."
"I shall not laugh again until I meet my wife.
old friend: but that will now be soon if she is as
you tell me you left her. As for this disguise, it is
what we have adopted to tight the enemy more suc-
cessfully. You see, Patrick. they cannot distinguish
us from the trees around even when we are mov-
ing, for their ears are not as keen as yours. So we
shall be able to fall upon them at our convenience
and slay them. But before I take Bridget away from
New Settlement I do not begin the war."
"Do you mean to carry on the war, Jan? But you
can tell me about that as we go along. Will you set
the course, comparee"
Leading his horse, Patrick walked by Juan's
side. while some forty or fifty persons melted again
among the surrounding trees with scarcely a sound.
The talk of the reunited friends went on.
"Arnaldo de Sassi has left Jamaica for ever, Pat-
rick; I saw him go."
"Then the war is over, as I knew it must be
some day. with our final disappearance. You will
follow de Sass as soon as we have rescued Brid-
get."
"Not so, amigo. De Sassi has left me in charge
of the free and the freed Negroes here; in reality
I am now the Spanish Governor of this island. My
men and I will carry on the fight against the Eng
lish. We shall live in our own settlements in the
mountains, we shall hunt the hog for our food; we
have becoe Maroons. you understand. While we
live, Spain still lives in Jamaica."
"I see, Juan. Yes, it is just like you to think
out such a plan. But what of Bridget?"
"Bridget will feel as I do; you know that. Pat-
rick. It will be a hard life for her, but we shall
manage. I do not leave Jamaica again, my friend.
"I have spoken often to Jose, my faithful lieu-
tenant, on our way from the north to this part of
the country." Juan continued. "He tells me that
you have watched over Bridget I thank you,
Patrick."
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"Bridget could always take good care of herself,
Juan; of that I can assure you."
"I do not doubt it: but a woman needs a friend.
Tell me, Pat, has she been pestered by any of these
English with their vile love-making?"
"Not so much as you might think." said Patrick.
and decided to enlighten Juan about Wentworth, so
that he might Judge what t would be best to do.
The lean, bearded, fierce countenance of the
Spaniard grew dark with anger as he listened. The
muscles of his throat worked convulsively. "Are
you sure that no harm could come to her in your
absence?" he questioned sternly.
"Quite sure; for, you see, this Senor Wentworth
wants to make Bridget love him and so is willing
to wait upon her. And she plays him as it he were
a fish."
"She must be rescued to-night. Patrick. you will
lead me to the house she lives in and I will take
her away. Perhaps I shall be able to kill this Went-
worth at the same time."
"Or he you, if you are not careful. Understand.
Juan. New Settlement is much grown since you saw
it last. And these farmers can fight and have arms.
I think it would be best for me to return to Went-
worth this evening, make a plan with Bridget at
once, and then join you to-morrow night among
the foothills at a spot that Jose already knows. A
mistake may be fatal to Bridget. If there is shoot-
ing, a shot might find her for target."
"Perhaps you are right. I will think about it.
But I shall hate to have to wait another day."
"Where do you go to now?" asked Patrick, chang-
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element, about ten miles from it, but unknown and
inaccessible except to people like ourselves. Jose
found it; he said It would do finely for one of our
camps. From there we shall fall upon the English
farms from time time, and cut off any parties of
English we find in the woods. We shall harass them
continually."
"But they will come out to fight you, and they
may find your village."
"Let them. We shall have more than one vill-
age, and shall, if necessary, be prepared to desert
at any moment the one nearest to the English. Let
them destroy that. if they will-that is, if any of
them live to do so!"
"I understand." commented Patrick. He glanced
sideways at Juan's face. He noticed again the deep
lines of it, the sombre fire in Juan's eyes. This
young man had become a fanatic, a grim seeker of
vengeance, an implacable instrument of hate. lie
loved Bridget, but into Patrick's mind crept the
question
Would he abandon his vengeance on her ac-
count?
She would not ask him to; perhaps would not
wish him to, reflected Patrick, for she was Irish.
and the Irish too were terrible haters. Een lie,
with his easy-going disposition, knew what hate was.
But for this one white woman to live among people
who would have to revert to savagery if they would
continue to exist: that was a terrible future. But
a far better future for Bridget. Patrick added to
himself, than one as the mistress of Robert Went-
worth.
"We had better part here, Juan," he said after
they had walked a little farther; "then to-morrow
night we shall meet at the spot to which Jose will
take you."
"Very well. amigo," consented Juan; "perhaps
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They separated there, fairly far from open
ground; Patrick mounted his horse once more, sit-
ting still to watch Juan swathe himself in vines and
small leafy branches until, a little distance away,
he became indistinguishable from the insentient
green world around him. A clever, savage way of
escaping observation, thought Pat, and the fighting
of the men led by Juan would be savage also. Al-
ready, in imagination, he could see them stealthily
creeping towards an unsuspecting foe. getting nearer
and nearer, while the hunted quarry rested or ate
or slept; suddenly their muskets would belch smoke
and fire and fierce noise at close quarters; instant-
ly would follow the rush of yelling fiends whirl-
ing machetes with razor-like, murderous edges. One
sweep of the broad, short sword, and heads and
limbs would be shorn from bodies spurting blood,
and entrails would gush forth from severed stom-
acha, and the wounded would be hacked to death,
whether man or woman or child. For Juan would
fight thus-there was no other way for him to fight.
And reprisals would be made in his own coin: the
conquerors would not tamely suffer such assaults.
Patrick could envisage any Maroon captured by
the English paying for the deeds of himself or of
his comrades by slow starvation or by pitiless burn-
ing at the stake.
He rode on, coming presently into the open
where the going was easier, and soon one of the
buildings of New Settlement came into view. It was
still afternoon. and bright: there might be a chance
to talk to Bridget before Wentworth should appear
upon the scene. He pushed directly on towards her
house.
She saw and came out to meet him. "Carlssim-
ma," he whispered, "is anyone near?"
"No. Wentworth is not yet at home. and the
other people here are not at hand."
"And nothing has happened to disturb you?"
"Nothing. Patrick. He has oeen kind and gentle.
But you look excited." she exclaimed, observing the
glint in his eyes and the tension in his face. "You
have news!"
"Yes. Bridget. but speak softly and show no
surprise. Anyone may be watching."
She started. "It is Juan," she whispered. "Juan
has come. It is that that ye would be telling me!
I know it."
"You are right. I have met and spoken to him.
To-morrow night, when the Settlement Is asleep, meet
me beneath that great tree standing there; the new
moon will have quite disappeared by ten o'clock.
Bring what clothes you can conveniently carry, but
leave them if they are likely to give you any trouble.
Juan will be waiting for us in the Gut in the foot-
hills to the north."
He gave her a warning look and rode away to
find his master: she stood rigid for some seconds
before she turned and walked slowly back into the
house. To-morrow night. to-morrow night she would
be gone. Juan had kept his word. Her husband
had returned at last!
To-night. for the final time. she must play out
her farce with Wentworth: a farce to her, but to
him. indeed, a sweet reality. He believed that
she was coming to love him. She had led him so
to believe but soon the deception would be done
with and he would know the bitter truth.
She sat down to think upon all this; she had
ample leisure now, far more than even Maria. For
under her were two indentured Scotch girls to do
the household and other work On the surface it
seemed as though the whole plan of her life had
changed. But she knew that this new plan would
be shattered in a very little while.
Meantime Patrick rode on. As he came to the
treee where he ad told Bridget to meet him on the
following night, he glanced at it. And then he ob-
served that even during his brief absence from New
Settlement some changes had taken place. Close to
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had been erected, and suspended within it was a
large copper bell, evidently one of those that had be-
longed to one of the churches in Santiago de la
Vega. It must have been brought in and erected
in the last couple of days, he thought: then wonder-
ed humorously if it were to be used to summon to-
gether the people of New Settlement for religious
purposes.
He halted by a group of workers in a sugar cane
patch, who were cutting the last of the ripening
canes to convert them into sugar, and asked where
Mr. Wentworth might be. These workers were young
Englishmen down whose faces and bodies the sweat
rolled in streams as they toiled in a heat almost as
great as it had been when the sun was yet high
above their heads. They looked curiously at Patrick
on his horse, knowing him for an indentured ser-
vant. One of them began to inform him that the
Chief had ridden only a short time before in the
direction of Mr. Camrose's house. but before this
obliging fellow had quite finished speaking-
"Blast my guts." said one of them. "we are see-
ing strange things these last few days. and hearing
strange things too. This Irishman is allowed ia
ride. and an Irish girl sleeps in Mr. Wentworth's
bed!"
"If he sleeps with her, where else would she he.
blockhead?" said another; "it's more convr-nient r,r
both. But as to this horse now--"
Palrick would not remain int hear In..tI These
were free men as well as English: if he quarrelled
with them they might strike him; if lie replied with
blows he might be terribly punished. An indentur-
ed man had no rights. And though Wentwiirth had
saved Bridget from the anger of Marin andl amrose
after the fight between the two women. Bridget was
a woman on whom, as it was known. Wentworth
had long before set his eye. And Maria was Span-
ish and Jamairan. not a member of the crniiuering
race. He. Patrick. was altogether a different case.
and even Wentworth could not save him from pun-
ishment if he went too far.
SAnd would not wish to save him if he cnild.
thought Patrick. as he moved away with iiirder iIn
his heart. Three days ago Wentworth had purtl'd
from him coldly and haughtily, with ni atlitude of
Insolent superiority. because he had deliberately
ventured to ask what was Wentworth's plrpliIse will
Bridget. Wentworth had handed to him the letter
to be taken to Port Morante with a few curt wrrds
and an air of aloofness as though llarii k O'Brian
were something lower than human. .\M well. re-
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all this humiliation. Perhaps New Settlement might
go up in flames some night and the machetes of
Juan's Maroons might hack at the bodies of those
men who had just spoken to him like a dog. Time
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He met Wentworth on his way to .Maria's house
Patrick reined in and jumped off his horse. knowinii
that such an action would certainly be expected of
him when approaching the Chief. But Wentworth
called out impatiently. "Mount again. man. mount:
I don't want to stand talking here. Give me the
answer to my letter and ride along with me.
"No, not behind me, but by my side," he laugh-
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Patrick was astounded. This was not the recep-
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worth from the one who had dismissed him so su-
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now was so jaunty and friendly and gay that into
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they had been completely successful in some unright-
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Patrick set his lp grimly. He would wait all
to-night under Bridget's window and break into the
house if he should hear her scream. He would kill
Wentworth and make a dash with Bridget for the
hills where Juan could find them. A desperate ven-
ture, but now the only thing to do. fail or succeed.
What a fool he had been to postpone his plan of
escape by a single night!
"You look very serious, my friend," called out
Wentworth. "while I, on the contrary, am in the
gayest of spirits I am full of loving kindness to-
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even waiting to consult Bridget. Rather hasty that,
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"But." he rattled on, "I'm sure Bridget will not
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Maria protests she is now Bridget's friend, and is
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And the answer is that my bed, in which Brildet
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given a thought to Maria, who looks to me to be well
enough "
"I am puzzled." confessed Patrick. "You-"
"If you mean to say that I know Maria isn't
married, I reply that I know nothing of the sort. II
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occurs to me that if you choose, you need not be ut
the cost of carrying them to Jamaica. You would
find a ready market for them here in Havana."
"'In Havana?" Blood raised his eyebrows. "But
is ii not against the laws of His Catholic Majesty.'
The Alualde Ipursed his thick, dusky lips "The
law was made when there was no thought for our
present dillieulties. There has been a scourge fi
smallpox in thr mines, and we are short of hands.
Of necessity we must waive the law. If, then, you
would care tl trade, sir captain, there is no obstacle."
"1 see." said Iloodl. without enthusiasm.
"And the prices will be good," added Don
Hieronimn. s. as to stir him from his lethaigy "In
fact. they will lbe unusual."
"So are my slaves. Very unusual."
"And that's the fact," \olversIlie conflrmn'd
him in his haltilig Sliini-h "They'll cost you dear,
Sedor Alcalde Th.ouah I don't suppose ye'll grudge
the price when you've had a look at them."
"If I inight see them," beged the Spaililnrd..
"Oh. hlut why not?" was Blood's ready agree-
meat.
The .Iraiobllr had come by now through the
bottle-neck nt1o the great blue lagoon that is the Bay
of Havana. a full three miles across. The leadsman
in the forechains was calling the fathomns. and it
occurred to Blood that it Inght be prudent to go no
farther. He turned aside for a moment, to order
Pitt to anchor where they stood, well away from the
forest of masts and spars reared by the lhiippingi
over against the town. Then he came back to the
Alcalde
"If you will follow me, Don Hier-oninio1." said
he, and led the way to a scuttle.
By a short narrow ladder they dropped to the
main-deck below, where the gloom was shot by shafts
of sunlight from the open gunports, crossed by others
from the grating overhead. The Alcalde looked
along that formidable array of cannon, and at the
lines of hammocks slung behind them on either
side, in some of which men were even now reposing.
Stooping 1t avoid the stanchions in that shallow
place, he followed his tall leader aft, and was follow-
ed in turn by the massive Wolverstone. Presently
Blood paused. and turned to ask a curious question.
"Does it happen, sir, that you are acquainited
with the Cardinal-Archbishop Don Ignacio de la
Puente. the new Primate of New Spain?."
"Not yet sir. He has not yet reached Havana.
But we look daily now for the honour of receiving
him."
"It iny he yours even sooner than you think."
"Butn tint s.iner than we hope. \V'ha. sir, do
you klnoiw -f the Cardinlll-Arihbishop's v.y.iL''"
Blood. Ihwever, had alre'nly resumed his pro-
gress aft. nid did not answer him.
Thty came at last to the door of the ward-room,
which was 'gu.irdeil by two musketeers. A muffled
sound of ihli:IIInIIK. I;rei'eliia.l of character, which
had mystiried the Alcalde as tlily appi .irl hed w'.is
now so clisiinci that as tl- halted he could even dis-
tinguish the wIr.ds of that droned *'luppl1ral.i.
"'iostet r'pelllas longins.
Sl'iat-ellqiet done protinus:
Iiil. tlrle sic te praevio,
Viit'nellit omne noxilin."
He frownIed. and stared up at Blood. "IPor Dio'i
Are they yuir ~Ilnves who sing?"
"They appear to find consolation in it."
Don ilierloninlio was suspicious without knowing
what to susplecL. S~-.iiithlil here was not as it should
be. "Oddly driivnt. are they not?" said he.
S"Certainly devout. Not oddly."
At a sian from him, one of the musketeers had
unbarred the diir. and as he now flung it wide, the
chanlin :aibrptly broke off on the word "Sneculo-
rum." The .III n to that hymn was never uttered.
Cerenioninutsly Blood waved the Alcalde forward.
In haste to reshllve this riddlle. Don Hilei-.nllim step-
ped boldly and iiuickly across the IhrReshlld.. and
there abruptly i-litcked, at gaze with horror-stricken,
bulging eyes
In the spurious but sparsely foirlislh.11d ward-
room, invaded lh. the smell of hillge-waiti-r and spun-
yarn, and lighted by a window astern, he beheld a
dozen men in white woollen habit and black cloak
of the order .f St. Dominic. In two rows they )at.
silent and iinmllloable as lay-fieures, their hands fold.
ed within their wide sleeves, their heads bowed and
cowled, all save one who stood uncovered and as if
In immediate attendance upon a statiily i'nii' that
sat apart, enlthronued in a tall chair. A tall, hand-
some mall of pertaps forty, he was from head to
root a flame of smiarlet. A scarlet skull-<'nip covered
the lonsure to be presunind in his flowinlr locks of
a rich brown that was almost auburn: a collar of
.finest point adorned the neck of his silken cassock;
a gold cross gleamed on his scarlet breast. His very
hands were gloved in red. and on the annular flulicri
of his right flashed the episcopal sapphire, worn over
his glove. His calm and the austerity in which lie


was enveloped lent him a dignity of aspect almost
superhuman.
His handsome eyes surveyed the gross fellow
who had so abruptly and unceremoniously stumbled
into that place. But their lofty calm remained un-
pertu1rl ed It was as if he left human passions to
lesser mortals, such as the bare-headed. red fa. edl.
rather Ibullus-lookinii. friar behind him, a iu.an
relieved by nature from recourse to the tonsuring
razor, whose hairless pate rose brown and gleamtingi
from a crown of grey, greasy curls. A very human
brother, this to judge by the fierce scowl with which
he surveyed the intruder.
Fr,' ily C('alamui Blood thrust forward the pal-
sled Alcalde, so as to gain room to enter. Hat in
hand, he st'pprd ipas him some little way, then
turned to beckon him forward.
But before he could speak, the Alcalde. apoplec-
tic and out of liri,'ali. wvas deniandlin to know what
this might mean.
Blood was sin liu*.ly bland before that indigna-
tion. "Is it not plain? I understand your surprise.
But yni'll remember that I warned you that my
slaves are unusual."
"Slaves? These?" The Alcalde seemed to choke.
"For sale? In God's name, who are you that you
dare so impious, so internal a jest?"


"I am called Blood, sir. Captain Blood." And
he added, with a bow: "To serve you."
"Blood!" The black eyes grew almost inTisible
in that congested countenance. "You are Captain
Blood? You are that endemonized pirate out of
hell?"
"That is how Spain describes me. But Spain
is prejudiced Leave that, sir, and come." Again
he beckoned him, and what he said confirmed the
Alcalde's worst fearful suspicions. "Let me have
the honour of presenting you to His Eminence the
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Primate of New Spain. I told you that it might" be
yours to welcome him sooner than you th iu.h" "
"God of mercy." gurgled the Alcalde.
Siately as a Court usher. Blood advanced a pace,
and bowed low to the Cardinal. "Emninenr... i-.,
descend to receive a poor sinner who is. nevertheless'.
a person of some consequence in these parts. the
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At the same moment Don Hieronimo was thrustt
violently forward by the herculean arm of Wolver-
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to ask a blessing of his Eminence."
The prelate's calm, inscrutable, deep-set eyes
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"Eminence!" gasped Don Hieronimo, almost in
tears. "Eminence!"
As steady as the glance was the deep. rich voice
that murmured: "Pax tibi. fills meus," whilst in
slow majesty the hand that bore the cardinalitial
ring was extended to be kissed.
Faltering "Eminence'" yet again, the Alcalde
fell upon it and bore it to his mouth as if he would
eat it. "What horror!" he wailed. "My God, what
horror! What sacrilege!"
A smile infinitely wistful. infinitely compassion-
ate and saintly broke upon the prelate's handsome
face. "We offer up these ills for our sins, my son,
thankful, since that is so, that they are given us to
endure. We are for sale, it seems, I and these poor
brethren of St. Dominic who accompany me and share
my duress at the hands of our heretical captors. We
must pray for grace to bear it with becoming for-
tilude, remembering that those great Apostles St.
Peter and St. Paul also suffered incarceration in
the fulfilment of their sacred missions."
Don Hieronimo was scrambling to his feet, mov-
ing sluggishly not only from his obesity but alo
from overpowering emotion. "But how could such
a horror come to pass?" he groaned.
"Let it not distress you, my son, that I should
be a prisoner in the hands of this poor, blind here-
tic."
"Three errors in three words, Eminence." was
Blood's comment "Behold how easy is error, and
let it serve as a warning against hasty judgments
when you are called upon to judge, as presently you
shall be. I am not poor. I am not blind. I am not
a heretic. I am a true son of Mother Church And
if I have reluctantly laid violent hands upon your
Eminence, it was not only so that you might be a
hostage for the righting of a monstrous wrong that
ha been done in the name of the Catholic King and
the Holy Faith. but so that in your wisdom and piety
you might, yourself, deliver judgment upon the deed
and the doer."
Through his teeth the bare-headed, red-faced
little friar, leaning forward and snarling like a
terrier, uttered three words of condemnation. "Per-
ro hereje maldito!"
Instantly the Cardinal's gloved hand was raised
imperiously to rebuke and restrain him. "Peace.
Frey )omingo'
"I spoke. sir, of poverty and blindness of the
spirit, not of the flesh." he quietly answered Blood.
and continued addressing him in the second person
singular, as if more signally to mark the gulf be-
tween them: "For in that sense poor and blind thou
art." He sighed. More sternly still he added: "That
thou shouldst confess thyself a son of the True
Church is but to confess this outrage more scanda-
lous than I had supposed it."
"Suspend your judgment. Eminence, until all
my motive is disclosed," said Blood, and taking a
step or two in the direction of the open door he
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akimbo, to confront the Alcalde.
"Good-day to you, Don Ladron, which is what
I calls you. You'ld not be expecting to see me again
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He had been listening with obvious attention to
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"Wait, sir. Wait. There is something here
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Eminence to be the jld(l.>, of that. That is the judg-
ment to which I alluded. It is so that you may
deliver it that I have ventured to lay hands upon
your sacred person, for which I shall hope for your
absolution in the end." Tlii'h-II.IInii in a dozen
crisp, incisive sentences, he sketched the tale f f
the robbery of Captain Walker under the cloak (f
legal jiit i ,i .alloln
When he had done the Cardinal looked at him
with scorn, and from him turned to the fuming
Alcalde. His gentle voice was warm with indigna-
tion.
"That tale of course is false. Impossible. It
does not deceive me. No Castilian man of honour

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placed by his Catholic Majesty in authority could
be i:;lty of such iurpilude. You hear, sir Alcalde,
how this misguided pirate iniperils his immortal
soul by bearing false witness."
The perspiring Alcalde's answer did not come as
promptly as his Eminence expected it. "But is it
possible that you hesitate?" he asked, as if startled,
leaning forward.
Ilsleperately Don Hieronimo broke into stum-
bling speech. "It is that Dios mio! The
tale is grossly exaggerated. It-- "
xiertratt; '" The getlll voice was suddenly
and sharply raised. EIx.iccraiiltd? Not wholly
hIlt-' then?"-
The only answer he received was a cringing
hunch of the Alcalde's shoulders and a glance that
fell in fear under the prelate's stern eyes.
The I'adtiiial.Airlihhislhop sank back into his
chair, his face inscrutable, his voice of an ominous
quiet.
"You have leave to go. You will request the
i'.iiin-t.i~.(li ul of Havana to wait upon me here
in person. I require to know more of this."
"He he may require safe-conduct," stutter-
ed the unfortunate Alcalde.
"It is granted him," said Captain iluoold.
"You hear? I shall expect him at the earliest."
And the scarlet hand with its sapphire ring majes-
Incatiiy waved lion Hieronimo away.
liliillln no more, the Alcalde bowed himself
double and went out backwards as if from a royal
presence.
4
If the tale borne by Don Hieronimo to tihe
( ili:iii'nt;lneiil of Captain Blood's outrageous and
.It I jl.-i-11is violence to the Cardinal-Archbishop
of New Spain filled Don Ruiz with amazement, dis-
may, and horrified indignation, the summons on
which it concluded, and the reasons for it, supplied
a stimulus that presently moved his Excellency to
almost superhuman activity. If he delayed four
hours in answering in person that summons.
at least the answer that he then delivered was
of such a fullness that it would have taken an
ordinary Spaniard In ordinary circumstances as
many days to have prepared it.
His conscience shaken into uneasiness by what
his subordinate told him, Don Ruiz Perera de
Valdoro y Peflascon, who was also Count of Marcos,
deemed it well to omit in the Cardinal-Archbishop's
service no effort that might be calculated to con-
ciliate his Eminence. It occurred to him, naturally
enough, that nothing could be more conciliatory,
nothing would be more likely to put the Cardinal
in a good humour with him, than if he were to
present himself in the r6le of his Eminence's im-
mediate deliverer from the hands of that abomin-
able pirate who held him .iaptine
Therefore by exertions nlpiete dented in all his
experience Don Ruiz so contrived that in seeking
the Cardinal-Archbishop aboard the Arabella he wawb
actually able to fulfil all the conditions upon which
he understood that 'Captain Blood had consented to
restore his prisoner to liberty. So great an achieve-
ment must fill the Primate with a wonder and grati-
tude that would leave no room for petty matters.
Thus. then, it fell out almost incredibly that
when some four hours after the Alcalde's departure


from the Arabella the Captain General came along-
side in his barge, a broad-beamed, two-masted. square-
rigged brigantine was warped to a station a cable's
length from the buccaneer's larboard quarter lu
addition to this. Don Ruiz, who climbed the ladder
with the Alcalde in close attendance, was followed
by two alguaziles each, of whom shouldered a wood-
en coffer of some weight.
Captain Blood had taken his precautions against
treachery. His gun-ports had been opened on 'he
larboard side, and twenty threatening muzzles had
been run out. As his Excellency stepped down into
the waist, his contemptuous eyes saw the bulwarks
lined by men, some half naked, some fully cloithd.
and some actually in armour, but all with nimukets
poised and matches glowing.
A tall, narrow-faced gentleman with a bold nose,
Don Ruiz came dressed as was demanded by i.n
occasion of such ceremony. He was magnRiti, ent
in gold-laced black. He wore the cross of St. .Jamnes
on his breast, and a gold-hilted sword swuni at his
side. He carried a long cane in one hand andii a
gold-edged handkerchief in the other.
Under his little black moustachios his thin lips
curled in disdain as he -acknowledged the bo% %niih
which Captain Blood received him. The deepening
sallowness of his face bore witness to the wn ked
humour upon which he strove to set that mausk Ifi
lofty contempt.
He delivered himself without preamble "'*Your
iiiiplllent conditions are fulfilled, Sir Pirate. There
is the ship you have demanded, and here in th~iNe
coffers is the old-the twenty thousand piPea've
It is now for you to keep your part of the bargain
struck, and so make an end of the sa legi-lims
infamy of which you have been guilty."
Without answering him, Captain Blood turned
and beckoned forward the little North '.inniry
shipmaster from the background, where he .-sti"i
glowering at Don Ruiz.
"You hear Captain Walker." He pointed in lthe
coffers, which the alguiazles had set down up in
the hatch-coaming. "There, says his Excellency.
is your gold. Verify it, then take it, put ylor In-i
aboard that brigantine, spread your sails, and he off
whilst I am still here to make your departui- *-afe "
For a moment amazement and emotion i-efi,-
such munificence rendered the little slaver (dluinu)
Then speech bubbled out of him in a maudlin ngi'
of wonder and gratitude which Blood made hliaie
to stem.
"It's wasting gnod time ye are, my friend Surj..
don't I know all that: that I'm great and noble *ind
that it was the lucky day for you when I put a -hrt
athwart your hawse? Away with you now, .iial .ay
a good word for Peter Blood in England ,vl.-nu ye
get there."
"But this gold," Walker still protested "Ye'll
take the half of it at least?"
"()chi now! What's a trifle of gold-' I'll k niw
how to repay myself for my trouble, ye mI'v h%
sure. Gather your hands and be off, and ;,id be
with you, my friend."
When at last he had wrenched his fingers f orn
the crushing grip into which the slaver Ipa' kled all
the emotion that he could not properly utter rthid
gave his attention to Don Ruiz, who had st'od :al.-)'f
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"If yi % III ll iu low inle. I will r'ihiii-dil yni [11 I:!-
Eml neilli r.
i He led ithtl r n I)y Ih.ell w. aid Pill :;iid ll' ivlrsto'~ -
went % till lit-ein
III t lit :ird roimi ;.i sight of ithllil ii11lt. r .i fl
ure, glitteringI iii alIer spleildouli agi inll t II itli hlumii
ble monkish backzr,ulnd. li on Iliiz. i\\tlh i11 111;i1 i
culaie iry. ri' li uilrlard tIin tai hilinisr ll illupon fill
knee-
"Be ledit tus s i-." In rinur tta rhl .'i .1.1l1. .I111
gave' him hi.- ring tia ki.ss
Myl lurd' EKinience' That Illse iniiarnaii
devil.- should have slibjet led V'Jir sainl inei i tL siini
indignily'
"That is Inu ilmlpurtall my slml." said the I Ki
tie. Musical vtiice. "'ly me anld ilihser miny l'brelhrr'-1
in Christ suffering is accepted Ihankltully. us isin:r
thing if which in inake an uffer'iig to 11 tihe Tliront
of (;ra e. \\hal i is important. what giV, minl deil
concern. is the reason pielextd rfolr i[ whihli I
learned only Ilis inorillnie here I alite bhi.eii ll ld.
Lord ('ColiIu. that in tlih KIeng's naiime delivery :I-i
refused f iierchandilllbe that lad hetti i-I ld to :-ii
Ei:glish seanianl. Ihaul i h" iloneys ht' I.hal alreanly
paid. as the plric'e of that merchandise. \\%ere 1ii-
fiscated. that he was driven emnptl .away will
threats of priosectillon by the Hily OJffIe. and ti:it
even when, thus rubbed, he had depiitied his ship
was pursued and lsink by one of yitir gii;tida-a'os:I;L.
"These thliniis I have heard, mny tin. biut :il-
Ihough )your Alrcaild did not niriadictl then. 1
must refuse to believe Ihat a getillenifiii tof Si.ilii
and a representative of his Cutholic .MajisiJ rs i the-r'
parts could be guilty of such conduct."
Don Ruiz got to his feet. Sallower lithai u\%'r
was his narrow face. But he contrived tha lhi. tone
should be easy and his manner imposing iy a
certain loftiness he hoped to wave the inattllr aw-iy.
"That is all overpast. Eminence. If error lth-re
was. it has now been corrected. and with generi ins
interest. as this hurenneer captain will hear nit
witness [ 111n here toi give myself the hlnoiiur of
escortrlng your Emniienre ashore to the joyous w'l-
S come that awails you and the great rreeption whiv'h
expectanti lavana has been preparing for tsonll
weeks.
But his ingralialory ,ysmlle found nor reflrc-titi
ID the Primnale'.. iflty rouiinteinan i It remnainiiw
overiastl. sadly grave. "'Ah! Yon aadmilt he err)r.
then Ilit ylui dii not explain it '
('holeri Ibyv nature tand imprimn.us frim ilnonE
habit l f riiiiiiand. the Caplain lleiierni til ws Imomenl-
arily in idangi'r .f forgetting that he stiund itt the
presence uif .ine who was virtually Ilhe ll Iope if their
New W'(rld. a man whose powers Ihere were in.
feriir only to the King's. and before whom ini rer
lain callers eveii the King. himself. must hbow .l-
Ibough he remembered it in time., a hint If ltarltness
slill invested his reply.
"Efxplanalion must pio)ve tedious tii y'ulr Lcor'l-
ship, and perhaps obscure, since these arle Iinatters
concerned with my legal oflrce Youir EIllnienre .
great and renowned enlighlnmenitil will scarr-lv
cover what is a matter of juriaprudeilne
The most wistful of smiles br-ki upon l lth
handsome face. "Y'ou are indifferently intorniel. I
fear. Don Ruiz You can never have heard that I
have held the exalted office of Grand Inqillsiltor ,r
Castle. or yiiio would know-sinre it miost. follow--
Ihat I anm n doctor not only of canon. hill also ,,f
civil law Be iinder no apprchensiin ihen. that I
shall fail to folliuw your legal expnsinion f t he eve!i
and even less on the score of ledulm Many of ity
duties are tedioul. my sor, but they are nit i1:i
k hat account avoided
To that cold. relentless intsi-tienie ihe C'aptl.ii-
General saw himself under the neressivy uf sulimil-
S ine. He swall-wed his annriyantre. steadied hlili
self and provided himself with ;i s'-npeeonal wlih
would not dare oni his life. to deny himn


S11 I I III -' E n il lli III -"- 1 i l lllII A tI ..,ItIs 11 r1
11i mnili.ui1 iI:litI t myitiV kiiini liI IUI: Iy ity Al aILa d -
Tilll i11 1il ii. iI i lln i I L' n h l>l i i li n 1.ii s. in.ai '
ii rliin l h11 u illl u I li. 'l I t r I t s 1 .x I i' l i v III I .I I I
-i i di l V 1111 i \ ltn I n i llit. l ,I lli n1 I hl il d :'l,
i in .li lillt III -irlnII h Ihllr ll silll.. i .< l lul y ltv I
1ll-s1 r 11 in. I thl r laiw u.ll ti l furdll .ill I. -rl'lII lS I..
i i I; ll- Ill i l- C .illh ll M iij y- y l.ilii :il, t-, "
\\'ill Ill il tIhl it i ni lll ln i I l111 :l:ll 1 .I Illll I
hn11111a i-.11 iil 1 il ii i. 1 is -InI -Il-h *. n.illl lln II.ll .ilrllAl)
pai d II f. hl l Itlr l hb.lllll.- '
'Ill.- hli ll lild ll' L i slhll -.. fI.I h r-lln l !IIIInl ,lll I
.N-I ItIt lll tr a hllil i t. tlIll IIi t'll \W e l li.-
slit I I i' .ln i idl it hi 'lll d tu le' l l' i I i Ii-i l-A .ra l i ll wi ; t

"a her lt w wh'icth I l ilrhlli-d of liin lie iirhad d hl '.i
iii11d riitul di f Iik ha e hal
dtirfdl l s li'i l itt itiF"l 'i'lll Ilk'-\\iIi' '
"(lrt il ;ri ly' th Itiihl l *tn. Hiell t t a Illt. if I i .In
lightly iilrmiitrPed. I i t- i li iiilinalry i'r I am tIl,
tllhilt h. lir as I i rlg d lo IIitl t 11 11 1 at\'Lt- i'.by yuii r l.\1I
Suald, "
.lla l .ts h liit d Ihllit lld .-i' d. "iunt IIrfn eil l i
liln 1I nIlls mornilla Ii l r-nil liniill And Ill- swei)P..
uf hi- hl ld nlldicraled tih i ':lillni l-r..\l lhliship and
his atllndlunt monks. "lil, dli nll( IaIlrn by Itl-
ri lrs tien. this .A\lcrile Iof y iiirr 'Perhaps yo
iii i nol uinire thatl he shall.'
).-lenllhilln -ly il3n ItIliz t li ud filims sho ldll i'r.
upolln IIh...d. Inlla iIng him. Y.iII IEni innllce rann ,
nnit uiil ni- lie iind by lihe ill c:ilit y ( ai sillurdnllh. "
Thfn pn rinllllllil hlli elf 11 lilt !. I llle., hi adiled
tilt- sophism whihl hl had nallredy ist-d with Captain
WaIlker "If n m ni il nn it Tmurlde'r I r'lllnnl exciil-
patle himn u Pay that he had >th sunll.lln of anotllher '
"That is to be nhlle Is tl ni I mInilt liak.-
Illiil ht iupiln this. li.n Rm iz W e will talk of it
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.'lll" I.' i .III-n .i ,.:i I" W .nilll. "M meanwhile,
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'"lhI (niilldilill ImNie illllu.i ly l '0 .l ll in his robes.
.il h'i\. 11i- ,rarh.i- ilic k ali.itnt lhim. The cowled
li.imiiuII i.lll A11n h. ll sinii l d k' i I a 1iues, stirred res-
p..n11-.iv, l i .ii, liftr H s 1 I ill in ll retried to them.
"lit indtlul. imy chilidlri.ll 1 i turn thanks for
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liy I(';tlaplai llliil Pa['iient'c yoe awhile Eminenee.
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Illinl.l ll.%ir 'tr %%; il lillvrt-ed i.l her to the scowl-
in ('it:iiii n .-ne'ial than] I ii to tih' prelate. "So far
w r 0' Ii :li:l ii I.- i hii i.li i stlllitiont. Comie we
fill in 1 th 1 I irlll lllll il ill r nIsni [lli..i11Il ."
('ilp ,iis,.~, l ll 1 llt' i-d t'e P'irila:i '. and for
ilur.I- tihe -ilelindld l aliin llf h1111 %ii ruffled. Sternly
li iaildrld( Iht l I ili-t1 llsi
"Wi;il 14 2ii Ds' I)o viou hieak faith, sir?"
'Thinl ,1t last lhas never 'yet been said of me.
I hltik lin liltii l )11 ithe (i niiin. ry. I 8anl puritctliois.
\\'lllt [I ild tlie .l-alde %;L ws Ihiat when restitution
wais made tie unuld dilruass tIhe illaler of your Emni-
nelnre's Iliindliig. That we would discus it. No
iiire Ihain it li ,"
[)I, Itutiz siiledll II iniaie :inl malice, a smile
th.it dii)lliied'tl his whi ir' Ietili. 'Ingenious. Yes.
.And i theit y- in hiri'gandtild
1 riil4l li- w tilhl t i'l diLrep 'eI to 10 his F nllllllrn o.
the Primate of New Spain, set his ransom at less
llan ;i hulniired Ihousalind ducats"
Duon luiz sucked in his breath He went livid.
Ilsi Jaw fell loose. "A hundred thousand ducats!"
"That is tolay Tomorrow I may not be eo
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is wiser and better not to enquire too closely into
the private affairs of people here. amrose says
Maria is his wife: that is enough for me."
"But still, Mr. \entworth. I don't understand.
Not," Patrick added hastily. "that it is my busi-
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"In a way it is your business, O'lrian." return-
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He stopped as if searching for words.
"Yes, sir?" prompted Patrick quietly
"There is no opinion in this place. or in all Ja
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"Maria was a young gentlewoman in Santia.or
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Patrick.
"Quite so. And if Bridget sees me Invite Maria
to stay with her she will have additional proof of
the regard and respect I have for her."
Rut." began Ptrick. still much bewildered.
when \\'entworth cut him short with a laugh.
"I count upon going over to se Colonel
l'Oyley shortly. O'lrian. I want to buy Bridglt's
freedom. You see. I have made up my mind. I in-
tend to marry her."
"Good God'"
"And why that exclamation. man?"
"Don't you know she is already married?"
'No. I don't. No Church or Government on
earth would regard hers as a true marriage; I
think I have said that before. Besides. where is this
Juan Mendez. my friend? Can you answer me
that?"
Patrick's head whirled. How would he dare
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of him, that Juan had come back to take away Brid-
get and to wage a guerilla war against the Engt.
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Wentworth would realise that he had been played
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be his duty. But be might strike at Bridget also.
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"You seem strangely preoccupied, Patrick,"
Wentworth's voice broke in. "I thought you would
have been delighted to hear of my intentions. Sure-
ly they could not be better."
"No. They could not be better, senor," said
Patrick. uncuoiciously dropping into the Spanish
form of address. "But I was thinking of Bridget
as married."
"Have no fears on that account. I am sure Brid
get will see the matter as her own Churchmen would.
Have you seen her since you came back?"
"For a few minutes. I stopped at the house l,
ask if you were there."
"And did she speak of me?" The question was
put eagerly.
"She said how good and kind you had been."
"Ah. But I have done nothing yet. I have muih
to say to her this evening. And now you had bettor
go to your own quarters. Patrick; you must be
tired."
He went off at a somewhat quicker pace thin
they had been holding Patrick watched him go. He
felt paralysed It was an easy matter to trick and
fiellt an enemy, but this man was bent upon prov-
ing himself a friend to an unimaginable extent. lie
had not injured Bridget; he was wholly, passionate-
ly in love with her and pro to make her no-
thing less than his wife. It was amazing, incredi-
ble; but it was also more than that. For this deter
nuination of Wentworth's. this poetic, utopian beh.av
iour of his, was producing the most astouiiding coin-
plications. Maria in the same room with Bridget
would be an effectual spy on her movements. Pat-
rick knew that for Bridget to leave that room with
Maria in it. at any hour of the night, would be al.
most impossible; Maria had surely not grown less
suspicion in the last few days than she had been
before. What indeed If she had pretended Indispo.
sition so as to get Bridget close to her? Wentworth
would not see through such a ruse, but Patrick could.
Maria must have heard about Wentworth's strange
conduct; she must have something in her mind.
Whatever it was, this idea of getting her to share
Bridget's room had blasted Patrick's plan Was
there ever such a coll?

CHAPTER EIGHT
THE RESCUE
'TT is as though there were a curse upon me," Juan
1 muttered billirly. Patrick answered nothing
"I came here e\petring to find Bridget will yo,
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you were so confident about that when we met. And
now--
"But Maria will not be staying with her for long.
Juan, and then we can carry out our plan. It is only
a few days more to wait."
"I do not propose to wait those few days, my
friend," said Juan quietly "With me to-night there
are only Jose and ailnnez. and from what you have
told me a raid upon New rit-ltlillleit conducted by
but four men, might endanger Bnrdiltt life and
fail: things are not as tlilr were when I was last
here. But to-morrow night I shall come in force.
We will steal LIiintugh the Settlement close upon mid-
night, avoiding noise if we can, for lL l l.I-tis sakIe.
iiiu. whatever happens, I shall take her from the
house and carry her away."
"You forget Maria, Juan; sie will be with Brid-
get. She will raise an alarm. She--"
"will die, my friend, before she can open her
mouth. From all that you have told me, from all
that I know of her, she deserves death. She is a
traitress; and now she would betray an unfortunate
woman. I have already sentenced her."
How characteristic a Spaniard was Juan, thought
Patrick. For he spoke as though he were a;tillaLiv
Governor of Jamaica with the power of justice vest-
ed in him alone. He believed it too, and arguing
with hhn would be a waste of words. When his
friend assumed that tone he meant to be obeyed.
"Very well," said Patrick, "let us make our
an.'" And they weni on to sketch out what should
be done on the 'llIiWiii g t night with the thor,'ii:hn..
of which Juan had shown himself capable again andi
again.
They were standing in the Out to the north of
New Settlement. Patrick had stolen thither after
silence had fallen on the Settlement; but indeed,
even if anyone had seen him going, liontiiht would
have been Ithionlal of it. For cattle were pastured
and kept about here. and sometimes at night it was
necessary to see that thiey were not straying away.
That was Patrick's business. Hence though he deem
ed it wise to be cautious in his movements, lie know
that those movements were hardly likely to be re-
garded with suspicion now, except, perhaps, by Maria
and her husband.
You reached the Gut, or gulllb between the hills,
through a thicket that covered the southern slope
of the foothills. the slope that prevented the water
that filled the Gut in rainy weather from overflow-
ing into New Settlement. The rise of the ground.
before the descent into the Gut began on the other
side, was about ten feet. and that and the trelel
etfei nully prevented anyone in New Settlement from
seeing who might he in tht' Gut even in broad day-
light As to voices, these could not be enard if onel
took the elementary precaution of moving some dis-
tance away front the entrance to the (unt before
l;lking
In the thick darkness, Juan and Patrick could
not see each other's face. nor the bodies of Gomez
and his companion, who stood but a few yards away.
The rocky walls on either side towered upwards
ominous and black; far. far above a few faint stars
might be discerned; below one's feet was rock that




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had been scoured again and again by the water rush-
ing down the mountain sides and along that narrow,
restricted bed. But this way, though difllcull led
to higher and safer ground by a pass that opened
into it at right angles and ran towards the west;
and once that was gained Juan was confident that
he could make his temporary camp farther off in
safety, after rescuing his wife from bondage, and
then, if pimn aIlid. push still farther on until there
was no chance of the l-:lEIisIh tliIIln:e them. He did
not doubt that his plan would be successful. Pat-
rick had failed, though through no fault of his own.
Henceforth he himself would take command of this
Situation.
ItmnIIIL, the next day Patrick found means of
Shli 't I it'i to lInIl.'.I what was afoot. She nodded
comprehension and agreement. When she returned
to the house and to the work she had to do-for
though that work was now less, there was no one
in that country who could he idle Maria, who pre-
tended ilain.sl"p-ii ant noticed her preoccupied air and
set her wits to 11 .f1 al ea., if pi i.llthv. the cause,
IHnd Bridget by any chance heard from Juan? Had
Patrick anty plan in mind ;ifft. iii IlI 'I't'r Went-
worth had made no secret of his intention t1 marry
the Irish girl. a decision which filled Maria with
worn for him. Why marry her? she asked herself,


when the other way was so easy if the man would
but be masterful? But as Maria was certain that
Bridget did not love Robert Wentworth. that Juan
was aliv.e. and that Juan still loved Bridget, she
felt that even the foolish resolution of Robert (as
she called it) would inflict misery upon both Bridget
and Juan. Which was what she wanted.
Therefore she must still prevent Bridget from
escaping the destiny planned for her by Robert Went-
worth. Such a task pleased Maria mightily, for she
was of those who love intrigue for its own sake
and whose hatred never wanes.
At supper that night, with but the three of them
in the room, she launched out upon her attempt to
make Irldgetc betray what might be in her mind.
"Bridgeet do not look well and happy, Don Ro-
berto," she said-she had adopted this more inti-
mate fashion of speaking to and of Robert Went-
worth. "An' yet, as she know how you love her,
an' will make her a great lady, she should be all ot
joy, no?"
"I think we should not discuss what Bridget
should feel or do, Maria." remarked Wentworth. "If
she is thoughtful. surely it is because she wishes
to think. I, for one, would not intrude upon her
thoughts."
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you be a leetle jealuis? .An' 1 believe Bridgeet do
think of her husbandd often. He is a great man In
his own way; he save me from your people once.
he save Bridgeet too. When you imagine he is far
away, he is here. like he was when he kill dat
Acosta in dis veery house. Perhaps." she added with
a laugh, as though she were merely Joking, but with
her eyes fixed tensely oln Bridget's face the while.
"perhaps Rrdgeet she hear dat .luan i rnmling bark
soon. an' it make her think Is dat si. Bridgeet?"
Rven Wentwrtli saw Tlridgel's filre grow tant
and her eyes startled. lut whereas he attrlhuted
this to anger with Maria .1Maria %as certain that
Bridget had heard something nlhoul Junn very re.
gently Indeed
"Yoil are annoyiing Bridgt. .Malra l Flw 'c-nlid
she possibly have heard anylhlnlli u itiit the Sienor
Juan ,leudez?' W\'eniiw.rlh spuke a tritlie ohlily nitl
he renimlibered li ht .Maria iwas his guPslt. aind tlhal he
had not ceased to be a geitlemanl
"Patrick went to Puertol Morantol the other dny.
an' Is return. He hear. perhaps,. plenty bnhout .ian
who knows? And. if Bridergel feeI sad liecanue io
anything. why. she is a woniann. llnii llolbnerl. it'
maybe she love Juan still-"
"That is enough. Maria!" cried Wentworlh ailg
ered by the Spanish wontan's harping o n a abject
that he wished forgotten "I regret now." he l went
on. casting courtesy aside. "ithat I invited you in
stay a few days here. You wish I make mischlef
To-morrow you goi back ii your own hnus "
Maria was astouindedl She hald ciiiinletl tloi muchil
on Wentworth's hospitlll.y allnl guied mnIlline1rs. cioulll
ed too much and so had gilO farther than wais sa:ft
She hastened to apologise
"Oh. hut I didn't ntPiil I nothing. I lie lpardmii
You will forgeeve me. Don[ lliihirt'. an' Ilriildge
also. 1 am so foolish. I ialk ilit' talk, hut I niitnn
nothings. You forgeeve ne. yes'""
**Very well." said Wentnllorth hlortily. hut in th-
brief interval Bridget lhd been thinkinli. and :in
Idea had come into her mind that filled her wilh
hope
"I do not forgive what ye hali.e s:iil ainal Thi
mischief ye hare tried to make. Mlarli.' sit as irt
ed resoliltely. "[ do not think youl shillil r.Im nii
in this hol.i- Ye had better lie going hark to yv1ir
husband to-night The word. "hushtanll." was cruii'l
ly stressed.
"Oh. lill I can't.' exclaiiimed .;aina. "I hav.i- ilit
sickness of de iailelitlurn. what yoii call feel Ai.li
look. Brideelt t is drizzlinE If I get wet I di'
She rlntrivedI t. I inke her imele so und teilflll
It was true enoilnh that u lliL'ht tdiizzle %ais i"i.


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to serve as an excuse. She looked pleadingly ilnd
repentant from Bridget to Wentworth. Ihen r.lnc'ri-
trated upon Wentworth. knowing that frIom Ilrid~,t
she need expect no mercy.
"She can go to-morrow. lrcdgetl.'" I:nd hli. .is
sho says she has the fever, nnd there I *nllle
rain."
"She'll be having no fever." rtrliPrtd lridtl.t
contemptuously: but feared that Wentlwollh miclit
grow suspicious if she Insisted lhat Maria silloniii
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"Oh no. lliidrge.t I will slop, iII de liaminmck,
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3he Riots: The Hand of the Lord


E THE 2.lrd of May," said a very grave person to
1 me. "'wll never be forgotten in Jamaica."
He was referring to some rioting which had taken
place in Kingstonl on that date and which could
easily ha.ive been stopped had the authorities acted
with cltn-aitrI Ininness and promptitude; he wished
o10 iaglnily II into a major event and so ascrib-
ed tn it ia permanent quality in the memory of all
men lHu It happened that less than three months
after thr- .v-niti I went about Kingston speaking to
varloul" IerIr-ans about it, and some of these were
already turlii'tting it, while a few others pretended
to hate h.udl I1 personal cognisance of it-perhaps
they had lhaid I, much!
THE tiirst inlii of the non-working classes in KIIIn
still tIn whom I spoke was very enplllhaicit He
tame IIIu t inlle one afternoon-it was about a week
after I hiial returned from Et-iiland :alid assured
me that ily i;lr was not within sight; ultheiwise. he
protested.i he would have gone to call it for me. I
informtedl InI Ilnat I knew that the car was miles
away.
He expressed great sorrow on hearing this.
Immediately. however, he cast about for some
olher topiul of conversation.
"Mr. D.." he unformed me cinrideintially. "you see,
[ have been doing my best. Look at this. sir. I have
joined the l'nion."

HE pointed as he spoke to a little button he had
pinnelt'l in his shirt, a button which I had
never seen lbeirle. He was evidently very proud of
it It sieeed to stamp him as a worker, even
thoughlitie IIcht t be of those who, like the lilies of
the field. toll IInI nor spin, while not caring in the
least thaI tiley are not splendidly attired as was
Solomon in all his glory.
"Very well -aild I; "but now, tell me without any
further he.ntillng about the bush, what is the aim of
all this talk? "
"Well. MAr l1. I thoughted you would approve of
me and give nme a flp."
A lIp liing K equivalent to threepence, I found his
pel.tilln int uniineasonable, but decided that, as prob-
ably he did Iniore working with his mouth than with
his hands. h night answer another question or two.
"Were yiu *,lie of the Kingston rioters in the
merry inonll ot May?" I enquired, looking at him
keenly
His fave i' l.sinled an expression of perfectly insin-
Scere holinIrr aind disapproval. "I, Mr. D? he cried,
as though I lhad wounded his deepest I'etliini. "'1?
I can tll yi' lvo. ir, that I ain a young man of the
highest prlillll i l a -l i "
HE didn't look it. but, after all, we must not rely
Ioan muUch upon appearances. And, anyhow, he
was not nii'ting now, and maybe had only shouted
and sang "Onward. Christian SiSldli 'i ." on the day ot
the ruit iFo if he had been in the riot, he must at
least have taken part in the singing. I can think of
no Jamai'a processionist, bent upon demonstrating
his destrl'utive powers, who would so far foi'-g't
what %ats due Ito the dignity and solemnity of the
occasion at to abstain from chanting "Onward,
Christian Soldiers." In other countries the mInb
sings the International or some such communistic
ditty. Tihe Jamaican sticks to his hymn. He has
been bl ouclht utp r'litioniliy. in so far as verbal x-
pressions ,of silal and religious emotion are con-
cerned. cillnseqnenitly he eschews merely secular and
profane ords and melodies when he marches
through tihe streets devoutly hoping that God will
be so grod uis to give him the opportunity of looting
some inluffetinlve Chinaman's shop, or even uiandly
spiriting away ai few mangoes or an avacado pear
from a ancient hil ler''s basket.
L'T mark this about your average rioter. The
S disturbance, over, he will once more be on the
friendliest uf terms with the Chinaman, even though
he may have filled to despoil the latter. He will call
the higgler *lnamnma," even while regretting that he
did not lake fromt her two days ago another mango
or two. He will be polite to and most friendly dis-
posed towards the "big boss" whom a week before
he had been denouncing as the author and creator
of his diainmlination to engage in permanent labour.
Of this attitude on his part I could give several 11-
lust-ations.
S To return n I my own particular gentleman He
watched me anxiously while I searched my pockets
for "a ip." "I am afraid I have no change." I re-
marked at length, seeing with secret amusement the
growing anxiety in his face. He rose superbly to a
solution of the problem. "Well, give me a bob, in-
stead. Mi. D)." he pleaded, and I laughed aloud at
his ambition.
"Just why should I give you as much as that?" I
questioned. "even if you be a man of high principles
or principalities?"
"Because I atm a good boy," he replied simply,
with all the Ininoence of a youth who is the favour-
lie at Sunday School.


Just then. however, I found the lip, and he received
it with ptii.uu expressions of gratitude. He had,
I am sure, quite hIinesIItlyv f- g-Ittien all about M1ay
23rd, except that it had been, for him, a well-de-
served li'lulaiy
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ed an old woman who whined a request for alms
as she moved along. She could not possibly have
been identified with any ilydni')i'otrliinli. except per-
haps ilrtllhctIitally. She may have hoped that, as a
result of all the shouting that she heard, something
good would come her way-a little extra assistance.
I was certain that it hadn't. Therefore she had
lapsed into a profound pessimism and was now per-
ambulating the streets bewailing the degeneracy of
a world the leaving of which she would nevertheless
regard with a peculiar reluctance. As I passed her
I heard her exclaim: "What hard-hearted people in
this Knli-,toll.i. me God! An' I don't 'ave a single
penny this awful Slliunday night."
That touched meI. I turned, hastened after her,
and handed to her a small coin. She opened her
lips in blessing, she opened her right hand to receive
the largess I bestowed. And there, insilinrie in her
palm. I saw a sixpenny-plece! It wasn't much; It
mtay have been all she had; butt then she had said
that she had nothing, Had I been a Ilpuhili orator
I might have given her nothhin. and then have gone
about denouncing a condition of society which al-
lowed a poor old lady to starve to death. There is
great scope in Jamaica for the orator who much pre-
fers words to deeds.
A DAY or so afterwards I had a conversation
with another man whom I found regarding
the universe with the detachment of one who was
not inclined to exert himself to better its condition.
(In which regard I greatly '.ynip.itin-11 ld with him,
since reformers fr'.Iirte'!ily do more harm than gu,,Il.
and, in any case, never receive any gratitude.) lie
bowed to me as I was passing; eIncmIIIurImEld by this
I paused for a moment's lubItt' conversation and ex-
change of -iews. All time was at his disposal, Ihe
was probably an unconscious sunbather who never
bathed in anlylthiang except the sun.
"And how is all the world?" I asked him.
He seemed imlzzled by this question, but was in-
terested in my social gesture.
"I tell you what it is, chief," he exclaimed quite
suddenly, "the Governor didn't dead at all."
This he said as one who imparted a great and con
fidential secret, but I had heard the same opinion he-
fore. The Governor had died some time previously
and had been buried at sea; yet at once the legend
had sprung up that he had never died.
"How do you know that?" I queried, wishing to
probe his mind.
He prepared to reply.
CAREFULLY he moved his left shoulder from the
wall of the house which he ullparri'tly imagin-
ed that he was preventing from falling to pieces,
placed his right shoulder where his left had been a
second before and looked as though he were now
satisfied that, whatever else happened, that house
was temporarily safe. Then he spoke.
"Consider the circumstances, chief. A lot of peo-
ple went to the church to see the Governor: he wtas
laid out in state. But all that we saw was a eoffll.
Now, why didn't we see himself if he was dead?"
"Because he was dead and in the tlffin." I point-
ed out. 'Snilily that is obvious enough."
"But we wanted to see his face," he insisted.
"Did you make that reqlium'st""
"Well. no, chief. I didn't. I wasn't there."
"Then how did you know the Governor's body
wasn't there? "
"I know. he replied with the faith that would
move mountains if it were ever applit'd to moun-
tains; alid. so far as he was concerned, that was that.
So I started to go my way. But not before he had
begun a suggestion that had siomelnlitiC to do with
thirst and the astonishingly high price of rum, all
things considered. I did not waniti, however, to hear
the rest of his *peuech I would not relieve the thirst
of anyone so obviously a sceptic.

N VER very far from the tholughli of those who
took part in the rioting, or who .synmpnthiis"l
with the rioters, was the possible attitude of Al-
mighty God. What did God think of it all? was the
iIIqestinill in the minds of all, Ithough we must re-
member that the real rioters were never very many.
Riots too do not last for long in the West Indies,
and are, on the whole, of very infrequent occurrence.
They begin with some strike or labour procession,
or galher'ing for protest; but it is noteworthy that
it is not the strikers or the protesters who proceed
to anything like violence. That is the work of peo-
ple who pour out of the lanes and obscure .*-lIint.
chiefly ladies of loose life and gentlemen who have
often known the Inside of a prison. These exult in
the hope that no one will identify them. and. In any


event, what are a few weeks more or less in a peni-
lentilry' Here too is an occasion for a lark, pI.--il,'y
an opportunity for some loot: why not take advan-
tage of it, why not even regard it as a picnic pro-
vided by a beneficent Providence for the entertai!I-
ment of the Svri n'igun People, or of that section of
the Sl, IIn tl I'eimile which is not favourably regard-
ed by the rest of the .Si.i\-ntlii People? This mi-
nority, hastening to make trouble while the making
is good, enjoys itself immensely. It leaps high into
the air, it laughs '1hrllly .1 sort of battle-cry this-
it whirls round and round as though it were prIr-
tising the Lambeth \\,ilk. and i prs.iinly it begins to
process or proceed, feeling, in the words of the
hymn. that "We are marching to Zion, beautiful,
beautiful Zion."
U P to then a crowd may be in a fairly Ideent mood.
merely exhilarated. It can then be dispersed
without much trouble, if a firm attitude is displayed.
But II'reuiltIly a change begins to take place. A
sense of power or of immunity supervenes il tha
minds of these peple; they are no longer marching
to Zimnl. they have become Christian Soldiers, march-
ing on to war. Th.y grow ugly; they have grown
angry, though they themselves could not exactly I ay
why. It is now that they may be dangerous i
still left unciheked; it is now that the sober work-
ers, even if they have joined the processioniing
crowd, begin to separate themselves and sneak home.
or at any rate to refrain from forming part of that
band of Christian soldiers whose desire to miake war
upon other people's bananas, bread, yams and what-
not has assumed heroic proportions. I have been a
witness of three or four of these dlenionstratio i.
They are always the same.
And always the rioter, and the peo ple in g -neral.
wonder what Divine lProvidence may lie thinking
about it all. Sometimes, to their lndls, the mnuI wer
conles ti a form which is ierrifyiniI.

S when, at the end of July, 1938. some ten
weeks after the rioting in liKiinstinii a railway
train ran off the track nearly seventy miles
from Kingston, and over lihi ly persons were
killed and sixty injured, there swept through
Jamaica a sort of feeling of consternation. Thou-
sands and tens of thousands of the working
orders must alrLady .have been censuring secretly
the extravagances of the mob; now it became appar-
ent to all that the Lord Himself was about to take
a hand in the punishment of this recent rising
against law and order. For your West Indian peasant
puts no limit to the Lord's .msil 'i ily. to His right
to strike with death and maiming those who may
have had iuiilIhinie whatever to do with a particular,
reprehensible act. On the contrary, he sees in thl*
punishment of the innocent a snrinkine instance of
divine logic. Let ns hear how the peasant or
town labourer argues.
FyJELL," said one old woman, after she lhad
WV heard of the inlw ..y accident, "them make
a big row in Kingston, and now just see what hap-
pen to so many of our own classes."
"Blut they were not amongst those who made I lie
row." I pointed out. "Most of them were not of
Kii tiiii n at all."
"That is so, sitr." she r-'il 'b,,I. "but don't you .ee
that if it was only those who make the trouble that
was killed in this train, it wouldn't Ibe lesson to
us? "
"Wily not?" I demanded, "assuming that a lesson
was intended."
W.Ill massa, it's like this. If the whole of we
know that, if some of we do wrong, any of us is lia-
bility to suffer, we will try and keep ourself from
doing wrong. For the Lord is no respecter of per-
sons, and he send rain upon just and unjust alike."
"That may be true," I conceded. "but is it fair
that the just should also get wet?"
"We cannot question the ways of the Lord," she
retorted piously; "if He do a filing. it must be just."
FACED with such unshakable reliLn.,us prin-
ciples, I could no longer dispute And whatever I
or some others may have said. it still was the popi-
lar view that the train wreck was a visitation, a
punishment inflicted by the Lord, in a very general,
indirect sort of way, on those Christian soldiers who
had marched to an iutlholy war. The hand of God
was seen in the calamity: indeed, it was only a
finpgi For who could be certain that s mnimthniFi still
more terrible might not later on occur? There
might be a hurricane or an earthqinake Hence it be-
hoved one to behave decently, in so far as abstinence
from provoking violent disorder was concerned, or
even those unborn inmiaht have to pay the penalty.
Divine Justice. it was felt, would not trouble about so
trifling a things as separating the sheep from the
goats.
Which was, on the whole, not bad doctrine from
the authorities' point of view.
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The White Maroon
(Cotinued from inle 47)
Bridget slept in her bed. and she, Maria. occupied
a hammock out here, Bridget could not move with-
out being seen-unless she climbed through the nar-
row bedroom window. Even then anyone awake
would probably hear her. And Maria was determin-
ed that she should be awake all night.
But again Wentworth spoke
"You must occupy the bed if Bridget wishes it.


Maria," he said with finality, and Maria realized that
she dared not argue the point.
The three of them continued to sit lierer. in
silence. Maria's brain busied itself with conjectures
as to whether anything were likely to happen that
night. and how she might be able to interfere n
such a way as to achieve her object. She knew
that the later they sat up, the better her chances
of interference or prevention might be; but she soon
saw that Bridget had no intention of allowing her-
self to be kept waiting on anyone's convenience. For
after a little while Bridget went into the bedroom
and brought out ostentatiously the single garment


into which she changed at night. Then she said to
Wentworth: 'Will ye help me sling my hammock?"
The hint was too plain to be ignored. Maria
rose, murmured "buenos noches." and retired. but
left the door between the two apartments slightly
ajar. Bridget walked over to it and drew it close.
Wentworth assisted Bridget to sling the ham-
mock to the heavy rafters overhead. "I am sorry
for this," he murmured, "it is all my fault."
"Ye are in no way to blame." she assured him
with a smile. In her heart she was sad because
of the part that circumstances had compelled her
to play with one who had. after all, proved himself
to be a very gallant gentleman and whom she had
come to like so well.
Then he surprised her. For suddenly. as though
driven by a mighty impulse, he flung his arms round
her and kissed her. Kissed her again and again as
Ihough he would never ceae.
She did not pull herself away. did not repulse
him with indignation. She was momentarily sur
prised: but understood how natural was his actlii.
hlw iunpremeditlaed it had been. "Goodnight." slhe
whispered when at last he drew away, and with n
low. "D[arling. goodnight." he left the room.
She sat down to think and to wall Presently
she would lie in the hammock, but in her clotlhs
as she was, for the summons to come must find her
fully prepared She would never see Robert Went.
worth nanin- must never wish to see him. Had 4he
been false to Juan in word or thnucht or act? She
assured herself that she had not been. She had an
affection for this Enclishnan: she rerngnised that
now; but it was not like the love of a wife for her
husband, of a lover for a lover. And if Robert hatl
kissed her as a lover, she was not to blame for that.
And of a surety, for this once. he could well be for-
given.
She put out the smoky tallow candles. got into
the hammock, and continued her vigil. What was
Maria doing?
Some instinct warned her that Maria was also
watching and waiting. She knew that Maria's ques-
tions and remarks that night had not been without
a meaning.
Then how to silence Maria? There was no way.
if once she heard anything. A struggle before Juan
and Patrick appeared would be out of the question.
it would keep the little household up and so frus-
trate the very idea of suddenness and secrecy upon
which her two men depended so much for their suc-
cess. She would not dare to attack Maria; though
if Maria should attack her or venture to keep her
nack-well. she had concealed about her the knife


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that Patrick had slipped to her that day Maria's
doom would be of her owrn making.
Thus two hours dragged their weary way along.
and Maria too waited. wide-eyed, for what might
happen.
But Maria did not lie in bed She stood at the
little window of her room. tireless. indomitable.
waiting, waiting, with eyes grown habituated to the
darkness without. so that she could discern any-
thing that moved not very far away. and with ears
so alert that sounds came to her which she was
able to distinguish. She would watch and wait thus
until dawn if need should be.
It was about eleven o'clock when her sharp
hearing caught the sound of footsteps and recognized
that they were many. Then she saw shapes approach
ing. two bands of men. it seemed, and at once she
heard a low whistle. She understood' With a swift
spring she threw open the door between the dlini;;
room and the room in which she was. rushed up ro
Bridget. screaming at the top of her voice that they
were beiig attacked. and. with surprising strength.
dragged Hlidget into the bedroom with her. while
still shattering the silence of the night with the
shrieks of her tar-carrying voice
It had nil been done so quickly. so thoroughly.
that Bridget wa, for the moment taken utterly iny
surprise. But before Weintworlh Iould come upon
the scene she had recovered and was acting. Hurl
log Maria from her and drawing her knife whi-ch
Maria saw. because she had kept one ntndle burning
In her room at Ithe head of her bed. where its light
could not be seen outside -Bridget ran into the
open Maria continued to scream. Bridget flung
herself upon a number of men. nhoutini for "Juan.
Juan!" and was answered by one of those obscure
figures with the single word. "carissinin'" Then she
felt herself seized and hurried away. and words of
command were shouted out in Spanish She did not
know that this command was given to the other
group of Maroons. that they were being ordered to
retreat at once. I'nfortuniately. because of the sudden
screaming within the house, these men had become
confused and were themselves now adding to the
tumult of that single voice by their own exclama-
tions They were to seize and carry off a woman
who spoke in English. that hail been the order
given to them when Juan had thought it wise to
divide his force into two parties. one to take Brid.
get. tie other to cover his retreat with her if need
for that should arise But the screa(lingl woman
was uitteiing words that certainly were not Spanish.
.that must be English if anything. They could iont
know it was Maria who was calling aloud for
Wentworth in the language he understood, and pr-)
claiming the attack. Therefore they rushed indoors
and one of them. a giant black. swung her on to
his shoulders and then made off to follow Juan But
by this time Wentworth hail appeared. He held his
musket ready to shoot, hut paused For to shoot
wildly and in that darkness might mean the death
of Bridget As he hesitated he wvas felled to the
ground by a blow from Patrick's fist.
For Patrick had recognized his figure and knew
there was but one way to save his life Let him
be recognized for English. and the flashing machete
of a Maroon would descend upon his head. Down
went Wentworth. and Patrick fled: they were all fly-
ing now- Juan in front with Bridget. the rest with



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Maria. The screams and other noises had awakened
the people, both free and indentured, who lived near
to Wentworth's house. These came pouring forth;
and one of them, remembering instructions, rushed
to where the bell from the old church in Santiago
de la Vega hung and, seizing the rope suspended
from its huge tongue, began to pull frantically at
it. A frenzied tocsin rang through New Settlement;
Camrose heard it and started to clothe himself and
arm: a matter of moments. For more than a mile
on every hand that warning call. urgent, clamorous,
imperious, could be heard. Lights sprang up; some
of the English wondered whether the Spaniards
had by a miracle managed to march upon them from
the northern coast, whether a fleet from King Phillip
of Spain had been sent at last to aid his faithful
Jamaicans, whether de Sassi had not been utterly
defeated as they had been told. But whatever the
thought. the speculation, the belief. the reaction to
the summons of the tocsin was the same. The men
were arming and pouring forth. And they all ran
in the direction of the clamorous sound.
Wentworth had been scarcely stunned; in a few
minutes he was himself again. But by this the Ma-
roons were already well away, and the screams of
Maria had ceased. A huge hand clapped upon her
mouth, a rude oath. had warned her that she might


be in terrible danger as soon as they should
recognize who she was. Her mind worked quickly;
she must pretend that she was no unwilling captive.
So she fell silent, and her captors went with swift
and silent feet in the darkness, all of them look-
ing like moving trees, for all of them had entered
New Settlement in the Maroon camouflage that was
shortly to become so famous in Jamaica. Then
Wentworth. shouting aloud for Bridget. and receiv-
ing no answer, was struck to the heart with the re-
alisation that she was gone. "Juan Mendez!" he
exclaimed. And he realized in an access of bitter
disillusion that she had known that Juan would
come for her that night.
CHAPTER NINE
MARIA AND BRIDGET
THE scene was wild and sordid. Against a back-
ground of mountains, and in a clearing dotted
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was built. Here and there stood a hut run hastily
up, with badly thatched roof, sides of wattle and
mud so casually and quickly put together that large
apertures appeared in the walls, forming unintended
windows i for no attempt had been made to arrange
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SACRILEGE
if ol ;ini.1 I from IPi e 'li 11
.i'lldil.ll his gestures wild. "Y'uir Eiiiiiitn1 I11.u' -
what this thief now demands? '
But the Cardinal, having nlii ri'siimnl d Il.is uIl
worldly calm. was not again It be shakt.rn finn- ii
"Patience, my onl. Patience' .1t. us1 btew.arew t lthe
mortal sill of anger, which will a .eOlct-ly h.Il.siil IiV
release for the aupostolli labou(rs lll- i llt ai alll i 1:'
Havana."
It would have needed a giIl'I Ideal Iii1.il h.ill
this to bring Don IRuiz to yieldl hl d inot li.- v-'r
fury that now possessed hi1 Iir.il a il ill r rril' .
veiigieanlce, shown him the wiay TI riliihin a liill.
in his suppressed wrath. yetI hi. 'i -niillirn'ieli I
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Eminence's deliverance shoulll Is- pi-Iiiird :aI ithi
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5
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with the Alcalde, the ';ip;iita ;t'eral IIbetraye.d thl
fact that it was not the delivelilire of tihe c.lt rdinia'.
Aichbishopj that spurred him s, iiilt'ili iias II-l elige'r
ness to crush this impudent' 1il'r-o nhi dtftelai'di
himn at his own game.
"The fool shall have the gold s.,i that dhsiri'llr
tionl may overtake him."
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thousand pieces!"
"There's no help for that' .\lAmn-r Iin tlinzi
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price the destruction of a mania wi had al Iiclit
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.lll,It hl i t IIll
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FIlit I ii Il ilt Muort. nlld tlh I'lnntal II lily Iitllle
ntll %lll nlid ir L tIe r mili allndailt of eaiih irf Ihnse
I 'r I 1s:1111 i r1n h YIIs l Its II thitt r l l--h ; it IlR hulll r
3oIntlir llyinig lie' Enlish flag. Ariter thatil Iihey .are
it. u:lil lt[r h1le sillIdl. which will be ithe Ilring isf Ihp
irti l uil ih- IIIol'. w lhen tl-i ('ardinalll-Archbl l n.ii .ii-f
Neut .-p1111 ainll i IlH .i-hoP l .s S.I Ille aus Ihey h.r it.
hlIl I fl h fiirft're. they Iare to nlelln fire upolln that III Ite
'hllp i d sinik her Let there be no nilstake'
I [lpii lith ofli .i' s assurance that .ill V;s p'-rfel'-
It l'Iir. Illns D ril lZ dismissed hlinl Illn Illry Ihis,"
inIles. .aind hllen lurneid his ;attentllC[ 1tl i.tldinilg
lit- ro)ya.l liriiasily iiir the- gold which was (I1 del ivi'i
the cardinal frnni his duress
Sh u ixpedliiously did lie go about this Ih niit
tliat lie w;LS ailonlside thr .1rnbella again by tilhe
first doiR-ill'll. and oit Iif his charge four nliuapssi
IlIPSIS W''IP Ieul.strd 1ii Ithe deck iof i he biuclanrer.
It laid 'llieartentllcedi bisth him and 1(th Al'alde.
% h% h L:in I .il hrifll l ti 'ornlm ianied hint. ti ih)hnid. .)s
They aipprli,i,'hed. the ( Cardinal-Archbishlip nilt llihe
isili hdkes k ll'iled and red-hatted. hI- i iroziltr lhi.rie
lief 111ii 11111 I)Vy thi harelPeaded Prey I)ollnllllC :ii|l
111hi tilhl r lii)lisli irisll t nilodeslly ni wled iiand r' illp -il
lihilnd hint it wn.s rlear Ihai talinvady ini h ii
l i.VIII' H IS t11 ;. I l Ii lll l It n pil F II llhr. ThlIS.
.iill ell' Ila11i- sill if i lbe' rhrly hllnh his pl'res Pnrle son
(dii k ;illllllllin id h.l already beelln ai iirdPi l t lihin.
li silly ;i a ltd [), Iu hl Ollrl Il i':l lll Well'P
Iplfaid here w ilil ise iil etid Lof Il i., sa 'rile I-.v 114 1
Eli*nlite l' Il IPrlifilill and II0n firlhi r I. l l'I, woulbI
dia:i Ils d ll-iililre from thliat -I'll 4Sd sl ip \Viri l
li<- it. -lllV n il iI f that prl.ti'llm >V-)iliset.raItl' d 1 )rnspylIe
Ill 1111111im m 1 1niy ii[f lhe .Irlblll ,1 Wmlll lie Iat ,Ii 1rl.
.,till II,-' IIII if l ItHavana folrs would ni;ikp sihorl
wkil k air he'r limibiers
-xultingp Il his thr-iught. Don Ruiz rould liot
Iefrlln frlnl talking with Blnod. while recr-nve'fd hlin
nt lhe head of the eili-rance ladder, the trne prIli'prl
trom a royal representative to a pirate.
"Maldito ladron accursed thief -- there is
your gold, the price of a sacrilege for which you'll
burn in Hell through all eternity. Verify it, and
let us begone."
('llumnlil Blood gave no hint that he was so much
as touched by that insulting speech. He stooped to
the massive chests, unlocked each in turn, and cast
a casual yet appraising plati-e over the gleaming con-
tents. Then hie beckoned his shipmaster forward.
"Jerry, here is the gold. See it stowei." Almost
disdainfully he added: "We assume the count to
be correct.
'rlhel t'p111- he turned to the poop and to the
scarlet figure at the rail, and raised his voice. "My
Lord Cardinal, the ransom has been received and
the Captain-General's barge waits to take you ashore.
You have but to pledge me your word that I shall
be allowed to depart without let, hindrance, or pur-
suit."
Under his little black moustachios the Captain-
General's lips curled in a little smile. The slyness of
the man displayed itself in the terms, so calculated
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SACRILEGE

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to avert suspicion, in which he chose to give expres-
sion to his venom.
"You may now depart without let or hindrance
you rogue. But if ever we meet again upon the seas,
as meet we shall...." "
He left his sentence there. But ('apatun Blood
completed it for him. "It is probable that I shall
have the satisfaction of hanging you from that yard-
arm, like the forsworn dishonoured thief that you
are you gentleman of Spain"
At the head of the companion the advancing
Cardinal paused to reprove him for those words.
"Captain Rloirl. that threat is as ungenerous as
I hope the terms of it are untrue."
Don Ruiz caught his breath, aghast, more en-
raged even by the repiirii than by the offensive
terms of the threat that had provoked it.
"You hope'" he cried. "Your Eminence h-ipri'
"Wait!" Sli.ily the Cardinal descended the
steps of the companion, his monks followed him,
and came to stand in the waist, a very incarnation
of the illimitable power and majesty of the Church.
"I said I hoped that the accusation is untrue.


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and that implies a doubt, which has offended you.
For that doubt, Don Ruiz, I shall hope presently
to seek your pardon. But first, since last you were
here something has been troubling me which I must
ask you to resolve."
"Ashore, your Eminence will find me ready fully
to answer your every qlte-Itiion And Don Ruiz
strode away to place himself at the head of the
ladder by which the Cardinal was to descend. Cap-
tain Blood at the same moment, hat in hand, passed
to its other side and took up his station there, as
the courteous speeding of a departing guest demand-
ed.
But the Primate did not move from where he
stood. "Don Ruiz, there is one question that must
be answered before I consent to land in a province
that you govern." And so stern and commanding
was Iis mien that Don Ruiz, at whose nod a popula-
tion trembled stood in disllily before him waiting.
The Cardinal's glance passed from him to the
attendant Don Hieronimlo, and it was to him that
the crucial question was set.
"Sefior Alcalde. weigh well your answer to me,
for your office and perhaps even more will depend
upon your accuracy. What was done with the mer-
chandiseI the property of that English seaman
Which the I'aplta:in;-'niir .il ordered you to con-
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Don Hieronitno's uneasy eyes looked anywhere
but at his questioner. Intimidated, he dared not
be other than prompt and truthful in his reply.
"It was sold again, Eminence."
"And the gold is fetched? What became of
that?"
"I delivered it to his Excellency, the Captain-
General. Some twelve thousand ducats.'
In the hushed pause that followed. Don Ruiz
bore the searching scrutiny of those stern, sad eyes.
with his head high and scornful, defiant cuil to his
lip But the Primate's next question wiped the
last vestige of that arrogance from his countenance.
"And is, then, the Cuptain-Genieril of Havana
also the Ktiim" Treasurer?"
"Not so. of course, Etmiuence." said Don Ruiz
pItl fill c'.
"Then, sir, did you in your turn silrrenider to
the treasury this gold received for good. ymu con.
tiscated in the name of the King. your IIIster?"
He dared not prevaricate where verification of
his word must so liortly follow. His tone never-
theless, was surely with resentment of siuch ia rlqs-
tion.
"Not yet Eminence. But ...
"Not yet!" The Cardinal allowed lint to go
no further, and there was an undertone -it thunder
in that gentle, interrupting voice. "Notr el: And
it is a full month since those events. I ai answer-
ed, sir. l'nhallinily I did you no wrong by III. donht,
which was that an officer of the Crown who inter-
prets the laws with such sophistries as ilint which
you uttered to me this morning cannot plmisbly he
hllonlest."
"Eminence!" It was a roar of anger III his
excitement. his face livid, he advanced a s ep.
Such words wherever uttered to him mitust have
moved his wrath. But to be admonislhed and in
sulted by this priest in public, to be held up to
the scorn and derision of these iiilliainldy liii.'anieri.
was something beyond the endurance 1II' .lly ':rs-
tilian gentleman. In his fury he was seeking wnoids
in which to answer the indignity as it dI-et v'd,
when, as if divining his mind. the Prima- laulncrlied
a scornful fulmination that withered hisi .inm,-r aind
turned it into fear.
"Silence, man! Will you raise yoli vI'lr Io
us? 1iy such means us these you no iliit 11i inw
rich int gold, but still richer in dishoiniii Aind
tlere is more. So that this unfortunate I-:nclisili -.a-
man should quietly suffer himself to be ilhbled. vyo
tlirentened liim with persecution by the lily (Ofire
and the Fires of the Faith. Even a Neu ('ln histln
and a New Christian more than any o' hl.. holdd
know that to invoke the IHly Office foi '-iIi l)h
ends is to bring himself within the scop,' ,i s juat
resentmentt"
That terrible threat on the lips of .1 -minieine
Gland Inquisitor, and the terns in wln'ih it was
delivered, with its hint of old Christian *.io rn.f
New Christian blood, was the hhiiiiiii. .i l.ke. th.It
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honoured, rttiled, sent home to be armrai til in 11
auto de ft. stripped of every dignity b'-fie bie-ine
flIIL' to the secular arn for execution. lv lord'"
It was the piteous wail of a broken man Hi I1 hld
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"That I can well believe. Oculos habent et non
videbun;. No man who saw would incur that peril."
'Then his normal calm descended upon him again.
Awhile he stood thoughtful, and about him all was
respectful silence. Then he sighed. and advanced
to take the stricken Count of Marcos by the arm.
He led him away towards the forecastle. out of
earshot of the others. He spoke very gently. "Be-
lieve me. my heart bleeds for you, my son. HIu-
manum eat errare. Sinners are we all. I practise
mercy where 1 can, against my own need of mercy.
Therefore the little that I can do to help you, I will
do. Once I am ashore in Cuba. whilst you are its
Captain-General I must discover it to be my clear
duty as Inquisitor of the Faith to take action in this
matter And that action of necessity must break
you. To avoid this, my son I will not land whilst
you hold uofice here. But this is the utmost I can
do Perhaps even in doing so much I am guilty
or a sophistry myself. But I have to think not
only of you. but also the proud Castilian name and
the honour 1of Spain herself, which must suffer ini
the dishonouro of one of her administrators. At the
same tune. you will see that I cannot suffer that one
who has so. grossly abused the KinA.; trust should
continue In auihoiity. or that his offence should go
entirely iipnliiishled.
He paused a moment, whilst Don Iuiz stood
in abjection with lowered head to hear the sentence
that he knew must follow.
Yoi will resign your governorship this very
day. on any pretext that you choose and you will
Lake thr first ship to Spain. Then, so long as you
do inoti leurn to the New World or assume any
S public ofif t it houme, so long shall I avoid oficlil
knowledge of your offence. More I cannot do. And
may (;nd forgive me if already I do too much."
If the rience was harsh, yet the broken man
who listened heard it almost in relief, for he had
not dared to expect to be so lightly quit. "So be
it. Eminence." he falll'red, his head still bowed. Then
he raised eyes of despair and bewilderment to meet
the Cardinal's compassionate eyes. "But if your
Eminet due l not land ?"
la. no t he concerned for me. I have already
sounded this (i aptitn Blood against my possible need.
Now lbtha I have taken my resolve, he shall carry me
to San IDolimigo. When my work there is done I
canu take ship to return here to Havana and by that
time you will have ilepasiet' "
Tinas I) ,n Ituiz saw himself cheated even of
his vellgeanlie upon that accursed sea-robber who
had rough Ilhis ruin upon him. He began a last,
weak. despair inig attempt to avert at least that.
"But will you trust these pirates, who already
have .
lie wais Interrupted. "In this world, my son,
I have leaint to place my trust in Heaven rather
than in maiin And this buccaneer, for all the evil
in hIn. is a son of the true Church. and he has
shown met Ili tha he is a scrupulous observer of his
word If there are risks I must accept them. See
to it by your future conduct that I accept them in
a good cause Now go with ;,od. ton Ruiz. There
is no i season why I should detain you longer."
The (apila.in (enera;l went down on his knees to
hiss the C'rdinal's ring and ask a blessing. Over his
bowe headed th Primate of New Spain extended his
right hlll.nd. i w tfingeist nd the thumb extended, and
made the Sign of the Cross.
"'Benedlt llus sis. Pax Domini sit sempre tecunm.
May the light of grace show you better ways in
future Depart with God."
But for all the penitence displayed in his atti-
tude at the cardinal's s feet. it is to be doubted If he
departed as admonished. Stunmbling like a blind
man to Ilhe entrance-laddel with a curt summons to
the Alcalde I, attend him and not so much as a
glance or word to anybody else, he went over the
side and down to his waiting barge.
And whilst he and the Alcalde raged in mutual
sympathy, and damned the Cardinal-Archbishop for
a vain. meddling priest, the Arabella was weighing
anchor. Lnder full sail she swaggered past the mas-
sive forts and out of the bay of Havana, safe from
molestation since because of the imposing scarlet
figure that lpured the poop the signal gun could not
be fired
And that is how it came to pass that when a
fortnight Inter that great galleon the Santa I'eronrna.
in a bravery of flags and pennants and with guns
thunderiinI in salute, sailed into the bay of Havatna
there was no Captain-General to welcome the arrlv-
iug Primatle of New Spain. To deepen the annoy-
ance of that short, c..rpulernt, choleric little prelate.
ino only was there no proper preparation for his
welcome lint the Alcalde who came aboard in an
anguish of bewilderment was within an ace of treat-
ing his Eminence as an imposter.
Aboard the Arabella in those days. Ybervillc.
divested of his scarlet splendours. which, like the
monkish gowns, had been hurriedly procured in Sainte
Croli. was giving himself airs and vowing that a
great churchman had been lost to the world when
he became a buccaneer. Captain Blood. however,
would concede no more than that the loss was that
of a great comedian. And in this the bo'sun Snell.
whom nature had so suitably tonsured for the part
of Frey Domingo. being a heretic, entirely concurred
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The White Maroon
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for windows), and with a irl iing of hard earth.
There had been little effort at regulation or order:
it was indeed more a canp than a settlement, and
a camp of a temporary and unorganised de tl' i
tion. It stood on a shoulder of the mountain, ahbo"
the rest of the sloping d land. To the left, the ground
shelved -1i.11i.illy downwards and was not so densely
wooded, and this was a weakness from the viewpoint
of defence.
Escape from it could quickly be made to west-
ward, where the ground rose in a fairly easy gra-
dient up the mountain side, between the trees grow-
ing on which there was space for men and women
to pass who m1ght he leaving in a hurry. A tiuy
cascade fell incessantly i:to the clearing from a
stream above: thus this place could never suffer from
lack of water.
The clearing itself was some acres in extent,
and for the tmot part of hard and rocky soil.
This was still covered with coarse grass and shrubs
where the machetes f the Maroons had not been at
work, and some care had been taken to build the


miserable huts close to or under the trees as a sort
of protection against rain.
The largest habitation of the lot housed for the
present a group of persons, two women and two men.
A pallet of leaves, covered with rags brought from
their former village by the Maroon women, who had
r gained in this rude camp while the Senor Gov-
ernor las Juan was now called) had marched out
not long ago to rescue his wife from the I:in, i -h
was in one corner of the room; on this Bridget lay.
while Maria crouched beside her. On a log of wood,
farther off. sat Juan and Patrick. It was afternoon.
They had won to safety in this place only that morn-
ing. All were dog-tired, and Bridget was apparently
ailing.
Outside the huts a few black women moved
about, black men sprawled upon the ground seeking
rest. There was little work to be done, except for the
preparation of food. Over glowing embers hung sus-
pended on improvised wooden spits whole carcases
of wild hogs, slain but recently. These were being
roasted for the evening meal, which would be for
the most of these people a meat diet alone. The
odour of fat flesh rose in the air, and was sweet
in the nostrils of those who waited to be fed. So
long as these M.aroons should have enough to eat,
and a chance to raid some English settlement. they


would be well content. Both Juan and Patrick were
well aware of that.
But their leader was not content. The flight
that nilht from New Settlement, when rain had
begun to fall and Bridget had been soaked to the
skin and hurried through thick woods to a higher,
cooler altitude, had told even upon her strong con-
stitution. Yet her malaise seemed mainly of the mind.
She reclined quietly on the wretched substitute
for a bed, and, thlogh she did not know it, her
temperature was not high. But her spirit seemed
broken. Juan had returned to her, and yet there
was something lacking about this reunion, so long
hoped for, so long dwelt upon as the reward of faith-
fulness and of an ardent faith in Providence.
She lay now with closed eyes, though she was
not asleep. (.Incn.ii at her every now and then was
her arch-enemy, Maria, a prisoner, a woman won-
dering acutely what was about to be her fate.
Juan and Patrick had been outside for some-
time. looking to see that they should not be sur-
priised though they felt sure that they and their men
could not possibly be traced so shortly. It at all, by
a body of Engli-h settlers. But they could not trust
the careless, casual ex-slaves who had always in the
past depended so much upon their masters and who
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Norwich Union Fire Insurance



Society, Ltd.


Fire,


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Norwich, England.





INSURANCES AGAINST:-


Motor,


Personal


Accident and Sickness,



Earthquake and Hurricane,


Travellers



Wnrkmen's


Liability.


LIVINGSTON & ALEXANDER

AGENTS,


20 Duke Street,


Baggage,



Compensation


Jamaica.


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on then Ihrough woods and ove\r hiitli tlrils .Pat-
rick knew the Englilah better. knew thlill Itfr herlter
than Juan Abovr all. he had an uindeistandhiiir of
WIentworlh's temper, and giuesPsed that that cavali-ir
would dare anything to crme i'. grip' w ilthl thlse
who had stolen Bridget away
So much did he dread this than lie had peruaRd
ed Juan that morning ts send 'iilt .1 *na Ihulting I x-.
pedition three of the men whii had bren left behind
at this Iamilp when Juan haul ramiled 'i Srttlenl'il
He had explailnedl thal these riiulld g. inI the dirrec
tinn of New S *ITlemenitl anil .nso liln mliT nst'el'i
if1' aiin ni v-velrnilfi w-r len-i .ii l. r ii I iyet arnm
Juan and his Ma1roionsl hy \\entIIi'h I'atrtik elx
peeled that these ihrre- ni I wild le nwm.iy rfr a fPw
days He counted iupimn lilth nimislinrne .' itmiralnc
of tie surrounding .,iinlry Ito kep Ihn l ntii puzzled ;rill
Inactive flir sllmne time dIspiple tlie frIl'.i'i. epxertllolis
Ihat Robert Wl\'nt worth nilallut In ake
\\What shall we doi wlrh Mlarinf' .li:irii sk'il
Iini III l tlthl ly whi n lit y e v ie :ll ist **ih'. i in Ih-
Inil, Jin.i i 11,1 IIIIIIlIln l I hill vI '1111'i : ..'111a 11 n111-i
Ih(iir v.el -i. w%\ l na'd lliat ha s) k.
"*Wll." said Patrltck jIIIdinm.i-ly. spel:klng Rit
.1nplishl. an.11) s illln rling .I;J.11 I., II ililt- ';iam.l.
.M; l 1.1 is hlIre. alld r .l'll l 1irrir1iI-Ilitil'l[y senl d hli'I
In. k Hle I l;i sedlt iip tiAI :i 111I l i i ll inlil
"Slie --hnlild Intil he here." elirnridi .hinin har'lily
'Onlle or twoor of my nien mistook her I'nr Bridetl antd
brought her ahlIliz. I did nlll kno1"w hig until I ar-
rived at this pline"
"That was hlrtauzse y" iI pushPd 'in quickly. far
In frint of the rest of is." said P'atrkik loudly., for
he wanted lBridgP to ln I-- Fi1. wird if what he wall
saying "W' had to linger a little I, ,.-)ver yovi
rri-at shl1ulil Tlhuit I lhe aniv p1ir-niml thal was yoll
1ar l rllri .Itmiiii 'm ir lll 'rio lh,,ii lih w -i. I.. pt
Im, I..1 .1 .'llll it 1 111h 11 0 111 11"glif ,,f '. f 1Y1 Il"
|e I I' Isl1J 1 1 Hi dil Iitan1 111 -1 .1 plAh C" 1. f ff lty -
".. fli plaipi' iif .ifety." w .wit lFiati ginon"m
rlniiiirI "Briligt i ill "
"Shlt will shortly i'niver
"lillt Ileantllinllr ih.' mi ,4istli 1n i<. wlhui? alrlpe p I
d., with Mliria"' 'iA- kio aw ,hait -h is .i I* 'inegad'.'
a rillltre- i an in I llllllllm'l 1i mle n "' f ;. ;'I and Ilth,
Kic alld ii- S.painish IHail I kni-i\ll ili- if !lltn
hal takrn t her I % limihl hlina lt. a Ii l lir r unt ll and
her hI)mldY' hrom i\i r mSili*L |i). ipii .'il tllt- w.i
rBut we P n do thal hlit-
A. sh ill I -* l'lIIl i ll an l .Mi 1 *. i i' f w ilIl
terri' [.in i.-vi hl It.I.s F1 1 1iur'lm I ul irI.n ; Sli-
lerrII.l f.i ,1 d I rlln i | ,l I 1i:ir l. l I \. I il .:irll S II,,
Pal Ip 1ii i he p.Ii111 I ".Inn1 ." 1 11 11 r lh It uiil
lie Iliuri lhl. I wm ur li -i. n ui"irl
n he iiiI. .I I'. I i i" I 11i"I .i ll y p ,ilon I
nnl" he inll.l!i>" \I',ni ni111 i ,,11-dii,.r ni p, itlton I


am in char.i.t .f hi t -.'iiluntry Int as Iipg as I live.
iand the saflfr. I f ithi.cm of uis who remain independ
tllt and frIttiI is iii iny ha:lnds That safely is Ilhrl.'t
i e11"Id iy -lii lI .i- m\l;ir.1r l ih ,I 'il v,-- il'.ill \Vily
.-h.l ll I, i' lirI. h II '
"'llut Jua Ull. 111 V i alli I have grown iup
II%'l.lt r -n1111 1 U I U l- 1 r hildl '1i lliIllnI lNl M l lll I11l
hl lr Ii l1 n l. Il'iii ll F |I 1.I a III, l',i -il- qIf nml lw' kll .''-
lu fri 111111 h l l t r 1 it 11li'1 .lIl 1ll. :i ll 1 I 1,'- ll
.r'1m
Y, II M .1111 .I 1 lid [1 IIR l <- ii. li-nll y Ir.irre
thanri I l %,s.,l i, YNm l i' l .I1-. u h--in f 1'il m ar
ri-rl rindl h,, I. iitul ,Id ',I


.\1 III I .l l llI,11 I 9ll1n.,'l Il'' Ill I" ,1 IhOll h,1 "
1.1 1 i-i1 Im.iu isI' .111 ii1'1. 1 11''' its 1 ihmuglt'
IM.II.h i m ll rFll TrI III I-.,II ll- h. In..I 1 i thi ou h it
11. ll I .nir 1% 1]i\i. .In1 .ifr-llil '. ils, Jluan .
thliiiiiu i I II.I1 n.i- H I ..nlr. I blhr.'w yi'.11 ii'in-i love ntm.
11.1n t 11 s Hl, l inlrdtl''- vyni lIe.' Init-\' Sl know it
It 1 l I"i I a.1- iail ]'.l' 111;1. hillt ina I .1111 I ure, awl
I l i~iii l ,11 ii l i l.inll l ti1* S '-n11i al ( 1n iI.-. even 1 i
I .i i 1rirngt'ei IIn k 11 hilin .\Ii 1 I .iv- clone you
;:i Ilrrldgel Ilir'lll .'. Jllian. -11i -1' I linMln at New
SmFIInll- ii t .I k ihrr if y'..n d'nI11 1 Il ,I
S 11i' 1.n11i -I..k.- n 11: I-:1 1'lsh pilli I,,'4ely, > )
l iIi i i III'hl el 111,1 1 1111 -.i'.'1. 11111 t. r.I llin depend-
i n', t Irll,," ,l I 'J- ', ;" .


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DISTRIBUTORS FOR JAMAICA


AMERICAN AIRWAYS SYSTEM


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1938-39







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THE


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DOMINION LIFE


ASSURANCE COMPANY



BLDGS. TOWER ST. JAMAICA, B.W

GERALD MAIR, Branch .\Manager


The White Maroon
ij 1t iinl t liii 'tl l:it'a I'aiaj 'tr i
.1 Ilinl II iI Ih l'. 1s lliO)ud. Illup ll lhel All.-suI''lr" ItII C. I
lhiil Ii,.I I, pills -1 hli r. .- ie had ili d,' d. % litiI dul li I -
llial l -Il' 11 .iI1 l n ll' i 't'i itd l r un IIICt slight 'r I i A11 il
lridit i t.t liid -I i .illt'd 'jitt that to kill litir % nild i.
litalltl'r 1ltidut I llti ilt lit. IIPI'Illul
"Sihe' ItrIII I harmed mite. Juan," int rp-isad
hlidgf-t Slit is iIt. frind. but what could we gain
liy her death?"
"Tril tors imiilist be punished.' replied Juani 'lit
side-. 'Patrick said i-noutgh when we ilrst intl ii l"'
days eago iti comlitni- ie that Maria was still ynii
file "
\a'lt 'iyii l ;iy about traitors is true rtllucih.
S viil I ;lv i nTjr. intll liiila.ted Pairick tactfulli .
"bitl you will ii.'0t. I am sure. iln private vengeanll
Will pubhln Iuiii shniit'l It would not blit jlsticr"
'Tliat will I Itit dt,' it-reed Juan giavely luir,.
Ilattered liy that Senor I governor front is ild
fIri'id IhaIn lit wais hims.-ll nwar, v'I fliill :i
public point uof vie
SIt niii ht lite wial. I, I hold thll- .minttlll ... a.
hliosig.i I'liri k *1;1i Ily '11ii in
iHut Alihy?"
S"'cr;llus if I "r any f ouIllr men shillld fall iniih
the hands If Ilie Einlishl tlihere might lihe a questllon
of exchange \'i- alt I very few as yet Every '' t
Of tus tiutill If wt' bi'Lin to kill our prisoln'r. Ill.'
Ellglllih ill fallow tir example. And this womnlli
is the wife of otiit of them. remember, and also is
a Spanish ludy af hicli descent, one oif yrur liwn
people "
"Ald tlieri-'lr.r. in theil rircumsalltances dliubly d.-
Ierving t-f deatli. Patrii k Yet there is muich in with
you have snad. I slhll consider it Meanintim. it I4
unsafe It trust her nllar tlo Bridget."
"She can do nie no harm now." said Brialdrt
quietly. and fell hackk igaii l upon her wret'hlid Ihtd
I wrillll'r. w i- I'l.i irk's unspoken i iiiiimn'i i
[Bul hii gave lil indhiation of his doubt Allhoulli
he had Ibtii it-hel, pirate, renegade. and other Ihlln r
in his lift. lit did not like the idea of seeing it w.,
maln wthlllu lin had known from childhllod al rllly 'ill.
to death hy titoe who had been her friend There
was somnethliing about the mere suggestion uf this
that revtliited hinl Intad Maria been killed dinriii-
the attack on New Settlemnint he would have thout.ll
It in igod riidanice of lher But now no. hle ciill-l
not stomach the killing of her. And if she still


liaild llItt'iiIl it) |iI lilridat t igIarmn shrlt' llIld lie
-lii 'i.dl h 1 llu .'II IW' kln w 1 ull tillH Malli. l l ttitl
iImake' In IIl, !sIII.mIUII exislllil n1 ut i terl iptil l.- II
Pi Id ,l ls lift,
'I tailt Ilp I llriduce'r .liiall. Ii]u | pill Ill l li 1:1
I*.l'i .ly. fill sithe sen'ise that she had won *'She
i, .te'k. ;il' lierrt Ilher- i s tinly ignliolant sinre w..
ill ii I tr llt lIt'lp
I il n It lirni l't o rlpliedt Jaiun bluntly. 'and
Illelt' Ir.- i1I.1.1lt l o l lot nii hlirv Lll are free except
.)'mill f "l
"Ij-l l'-r lit. Junl" said Bridget wearily 1
k11.w l intr l l -11 iiin lgh .\lid it i better fTir l nilI
lil;tl -lir shmilll .reinain f in thIs hill with in "
A iilnicr' fillowaed Ithis -peech Everyone Illt
il-erstalid its p1111 prl
"I liln'll" eiltititlBPd Bridget. a IIttlP sariled hy
Il11.t ll i .l *, i "llilll I lunl hollter W hiclh I sah lll
.".n lit TheIl. i l i lllri-. slhe IIUlt n somewhere
.].i. Til- pll.n, I- ,i l !):iit ; (l ine, Juan for hnll
itiidl ni ll wil'p "
It is 'qin..'" 'connniitedt Pitrrk. hut with no great
litrilrlii'sI Mt : arin atiid nothing Maria had already
i, iii..v'r.l hliti tallllne s. allthiligh tnlly a few mInintts
,lin hI-h hall I'llt thin slhe was close to deatIlt
.lratidy hiri (liia'k librai was e exploring tihe Ip'-
sibilitins f thi f it tuatIilon as she no w iu gan tn n set' i
.Ai idtl-a Iil hitd itrlltl)y dilawind in lihr mind WIaB
Lr'iwing niil -ti '-ngt henliig with cev-rvy noneit that
p;t.L- il Shl fllt-htil In lightnaiit l k ill Patlrirk .
fa It rt'alliserld that flit' snllte Iden was in his


11111111 lill .i 1 .inl l I. I III du l I :IS s l I.nIll lived
I t ill ll n. ill'it Di I l l nl In .I .ih l"
She asked lih-rslf Ihr lu-sit'tlii blhantly. 1lIdd vell
tl Ihalt still ptiil nlli is tlnjI11 lIt' lll Ilhe? 11 .ilvl 111 .M aria
would not lie Itiiplelil)3 sltfle'd She rise frlllru her
ilkneeling iislture Ili flunt of Jiiun anlil d iit back
iln lito' i li hud beeii suted Then hlit awn lInuigilKilat s lfly IIY lov ilth t'i nintry
iiini. 1)1:11 illt11 i lillii g in life d ili'l y.otl. Ji iani" I iean,
iiiiie than nllyhing exce'pi HIIidel't"
'It il my iflst thought le am inwre-d i nilletu-
''Ull -'. "1ltI Hrildge a a tf t u'rse, i- talllual ]lll t11
"'Bu why should i aiswel >I''ar luqestllalll' he
Ciiiililliued 'Yii hti e l n, i light it ii-k IItr .anili ltinL
and ill any ''ase youl dni wiiul iiinderil1iil "
ihI yV. I lilt I klrno haw yV%'ii hil.t Itived
Janiili. t. JaL il. buil Ilaiw dot youi vXpt I lilt' iler
wiman. to feel like you'' \t r w.nIllsnii il aii1 l tCiiint.
And niy tir-a husband, well. he nia hra\r inll y-iuing
iatid weak he wasn't like you. .Jn lnl
"And what does all this tend lit. .Mnl ia"
"Only this That if you-aild lridmI'lI will let
me. I will remain all the lime wit you and your
people. alld help If I 'an. I have been bad. but you
tan foiir'iv that. you whit are cs lpowert-rfl l alnd grtat
ntiw. the I;.'vernor fi Jaumna.i. a;s Patrick rail- vowi."
"Y i.. aria nlt i I..- trlirls il. Miari:
H" ll 't ii illian ii s lid iInI, I,.iik I1i ihoi l.:E ngli| Ju an They y nuld try i. n;ik iii i. .ll thaI ; allout
yinii and viir niulipers anld whoer' y'ii :Irt in the
hill,- y'ln se. I aini flank withi .i ('nlnrol %i)ould
l rin l 1 Il n I ll P r* .""P


1938-39


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He is well dressed ..

but feuw will know
The part we play to keep him so:
It is our pride to serve with care
The Men who value what they u-Ir!

HAMILTON'S-
THE CHOICE OF DISCRIMINATING DRESSERS

"We SERVE and SATISFY."

The HAMILTON SUIT COMPANY,

MERCHANT TAILORS DRY CLEANERS & DYERS.
88 HARBOUR STREET. PHONE 3036 KINGSTON JAMAICA 27 EAST STREET PHONE 3202.


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BETWEEN
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GREAT
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UNITED FRUIT CO. PIER 3, NORTH R. NEW YORK OR 40 HARBOUR ST., KINGSTON, JAMAICA.


ELDERS


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For full information re Rates etc., Applh to United Fruit Co., 40 Harbour St., Kingston.


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enquiry.

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27-31 Orange St., Kingston.
BREWERS.


The White Maroon
(Continucd from Pa I a i)
beat me if I did not speak, and I am weak and
afraid. I must stay heir., and you will not kill tme
now: me, whose life you saved once, and whom
you knew as a little girl. Hard and wild and dan-
gerous as it is here, Juan, I want to stay. I will
follow and obey you without a murmur, ilm.ll.v I
will become a good Siip.1ii.itii once again: I was yo
at tlIst. you know. I am still so at heart, and have
always been true to my klin and my religion, though
you may not believe that. Why not try me, Juan?
Ask ilh dgeet I believe she will intercede for me."
(So that's her game, thIulgrli Patrick. She loves
Juan still, and even now would wrest him away
from tBridget She will stand ainlythini'. face any-
thing, to obtain her heart's desire. And IHrlil't,.'
Would she so greatly care? She is sick, but not
only of fever. I can see something like despair in
her eyes. I feared this when she began to be so
much with Wentworth, and poor Juan was far away.)
While these liIihuht.i raced through Patrick's
mind. Juan was busy putting what Maria had said
to JBridgetI "I still do not believe in her and any-
thing she says, carissima; but what do you think
about it?" he asked tenderly.
"I think as you do." mumured IHltrilK.t 'it
would be better for us if Maria were not here. Biut
she is here. you see. and here she must re-
main until we should want to exchange her for
any of our people taken by the IE:mlithI She wishes
to join us, she says." Isriili't opened her eyes
widely and stared at Maria, though she could not
put that born and consummate actress out of coun-
tenance. "I am not surprised that she loes. Per-
haps, Maria. I know your reason. I)on't ye think I
do?"
"What is her reason, liiiiL,'i '' demanded Juan.
while Maria called out, with a sharp note of anxiety
ill her voice, "Blut l Iidglp.. what reason can I hawv,
except I lll.liii ii ''
The situation had qiiIudthiily become tense once
more. Maria. Juan and Patrick waited for in Il-. I
to speak, with a sharp consciousness that what she
might say might be like a blast of gunpowder in
their midst.
"It doesn't matter," answered IlT idu'.I at length.
"I think Maria. for all her cleverness, is a fool. Ye
will find that I am right, Maria, try ye never so
hard at what is in your mind." And, as she spoke,
Bridget's lips curved with contempt.


Had Maria dtl.aed she would have lthmii a ven-
monus glance, a glare of deadly hate, at the Irish
girl, who, almost openly, was telling her that her
plan to steal the heart of Juan Mendez was doomed
to failure and that she, the l if. would watch her
go forward with her attempt with scorn. Pat-
rick, on his part, was glad to hear Itdurlir speak
sI she did for he knew her meaning. But he was
worldly wise, and guessed even at that moment that
: woman might despise or fight against the efforts
oI her rivals and yet not love the man that they
would take from her.
Juan opened his mouth to make a remark. But


GOOD


before he could utter a word two men broke into
the room with desperate haste, and at once, outside,
arose a babble of sound as a third man's voice was
heard shouting out some strange news to the startled
Maroons. Juan and Patrick started up. They knew
that this unexpected iii iptlioi of the hunters tl:i.
had sent out only that morning portended some-
thing serious.
"What is it?" demanded Juan imperiously.
"Senor, the English are on their way."
"Already! Where were they, and how many?"
"Not three miles from here now. They must


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have travelled in the night. They number thnii
or forty."
"Then we shall await them here." laughed Juan
fiercely, "and kill them as they try to come up :he
slope to our camp. That is. it they ever find this
palace "
"Ah. Senior (lnver'nor, hilt they will find it." ex-
claimed one of the ment
"\Whyi di yui say that."
"For two black men are with tlihem. hniit"rs
like ourselves
"Like yourselves: But there was nlo :etgro ill
New Settlement when I was there'" exclainired
Patrick.
"We recognized one of them. he was no olher
than Juan de Bolas himself. Juan ide Bulas. who
may have visited the heretics since yon were there.
senir. The other man we did not see distinctly "
Patrick whistled: this pit a new complexion
on the affair. Juan de Bolas. a Spanish Negro chief.
liad joined the English with his following Ihrre-
years before. He was regarded by them as an ally
they were semi-independent. lie and his people, and
he would fight on the English side. He lived smile
distance away to the west. among the mountains,
but he knew the whole country, moved from point
to point of it in the interest of his English allilt-.


and had certainly been to New Settlement before
There was ino shelter woodsman than lie in the is-
Innd. except perhaps Juan M.endez. antd lie could
easily pick up the trail of the fairly large body of
men who had stolen two women out of New Settle
menat o shortly hefure. .Junn dI Inolas! Here ii.
deed was a ceulnpllcanllii It was 1unl mierly a m(at.
eir of while against black now, built of hlark against
black And with these tIw expert black llides were
aIl least hirty w.ll.llrined and determilned Eiilishi
"W'e still can Ilah.t I'atrick." urged Julii "'WV
iave the advantage of the groulld
*'iu JuI an de Bolas will endeuvoinr t outiflailk
us. or the English will besiege us here till we starve.
amigo." 'answereititd 'Patrick "Thi cnl.iiilty hl.hind
them is open to then. anid tll y will have hrnughtl
food with them WhPei we grow weak front hili-
r'r. and retreat. they will follow Ana llidulet i
sick."
"Ah. Bridget' But. Patrick, do you not see that
she, as the wife of a Spaniard. will prefer to run
siime risk rather than let us lose ilns chance rnf
lighting' If we annihilate this force and rapture
or kill Juan de Bolas. we do something memorable
for Both Majesties, for God and the King Bridget
will rejoice at such an opportunity"
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juan frowned. "I, personally, have not failed
so far. Patrick."
"No. But you were wise to hurry off the other
night with Brid :et. and you would be wise to do
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more diplomatic manner; "but if that happens.
amigo, who will be left to carry on the battle of
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you now propane?'
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Juan was visibly nullified lI felt that Patrick
as right, thoiih it went aluniist the graze l to have
to retreat just then *'Iuiur Hiinl[l e will have to be
carried."' he siad And. revie if we gw. will noi
the- English Ilflloi '
"I doubt it ift hey iind thi-s anip abandoned
'\ elllwirth Will w:lnl It push sill. Iut thr free mern
ill his party % ill feIFl t liitl ih-y rsainnll K hunting
all over the isulntry foir l ni intzll'lluredItI Irish wiilall
and the m -ll tres i f I 'hili (':1iinacii I think ihe
piiirt-111i ill litill hiirP. .1l ln iiidle'ld 1 w iill ioill
s, fIzai nnly hlit'rullst 111l i ti rll 1i I1 i Hi l.'di lmli1zi lls In
h i'with the lit1il-iin a ii lt > .\irl JInui i ti I lol.a
hinm splf cra iiiiiit l Ilil tIIll is tilnli IIi this pari lT i'lit
island. especially si wr- ha;vi s' i In I nI harinn s y
t' New Selllement '
"You arl pre.hi ailly i 1 11h.' s ill'dt'ded Jtl. ll Illinold
il "W' I '1111 II Pill I I ill ilid r .sit '11 i f
tlli-r Ito i IIIlrli- fir' It isigrl :ir iinir' Trhen n .
po
"Butl onni day W'entlworth will follow." mut
iriil Pa' riIIk vipii if niy p iir ii i nli lywiini In li.s"

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lit A \. .L lt.\ N I ; l-:1 .N'TS
* 1: 1111 -t 1 f1l o .e1 l ii'I I if 11I liw.Ai, II t hih. i
W qLi n ly Ilieir itw Ilifilli. plalu t1 is fii
l. -hlillr IIt ,llhlit ilIh m tI kl'-ep (twoI if Iour w1 iinlitn iii
4: iviy \\'. lIl I s z lin llln'l ii n I thel ir klinees "
W1eutworth it was who spoke, urgently, even
imperiously. Care and anxiety had wrinkled his
i I ll. ad.l misery looked out of his eyes.
"That is so, tRolert,' replied an older, stolid
I-oking man, who spoke with an air of tutisliiliy.
"but what exactly are we to do? Look you,
we don't know where they are. When you got to
their camp with our friend Juan de Bolas here, they
were gone. But whither Juan de Bolas might
have found out if you had been able to continue the
pIursuit, but you came back. Now three dayI have
passed since then and we have heard no word about
them. What are we to do?"
"But surely, Mr. Bryalist Juan de Bolas can post-
pone leaving us until we find this Mendez, for I b-
lieve it is Mendez that we have again to deal with.
Can you not persuade him?"


"[ ltave Irietd nlrilndy. as yitu kiinow. IInt I have
1) iilllll'll.r y oter I;vll'-r0n1r de BIolas.' .illi Hr-yl.a t.
(Ih liv i(d if ill t lil stImem Il Ilhe HIrell parl
i1I Ihr I.llianl HIIOI' I.iike St.lke dEt'ilIh Htit splsike
In Elnnglish. Illt kllteW Ihlil lithe. Negis i rhieftllii whI
haILL1 abalildiiitn lhi .' Spulisih titlIl H011III linie lJefirlli
hud ieirkeld tll a smnaill lin'Iig sf lial lillllllgeI Hel Iliul'
pur'liur s lyS 'I l sllksit of himn its "G;t('oivernilr si i tiliiu ". itl
lit' w.I.- o(l'lii illii killed l B ryantillt( klln w hll io 11 aifloi
.III. dll Ir Miil.L. I llli sii m illls4ll.Hl C.I II ..ll i dl t ,at1 hei
1 dllllll t'.41 1i i .Mt ll .111111p rliiri'dl tll 11111 J lll 11l lll I
'llll I 1 l |i *.*iil' l i IIrl> tr ul. hl .U, r' l. IIIsl
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was resolved to make the most of his position of
importance.
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Wentworth's rough living room. Arthur Bryant and
other respmisible chiefs of the great eastern "Planta-
tion" had been hastily summoned, they being ad-
vised at the same time that Wentworth and Juan
de Bolas. who had so opportulnely arrived the moru-
ing after the abduction of Bridget and Maria. had
gone with some men of New Settlement in pursuit
of the nimaraudingS Spanish Maroons. Camrose was
there al.o. and he looked intensely worried. Since
the ftoribltl abduction of .Viaria. Camrose had real-
ised that she had come to mean much to him. iHe
missed her more than he would formerly have im-
agined tl he possible; he was quite as eager as
Wentworth himself that the Mendez Maroons should
be hunted down and the women rescued from them.
He lbrke in now. "The longer we wait the
noise it will be for the women. I can't imagine why
Ihey tii,,k Maria with then. except for purposes of
rivellte She has told me that Spana.irdsl( like Juan
Meiindz lhtte her. They may use her badly, even
kill her' Bt. by (od. If they do, I will burn at
the stake every bastard of them I can lay my hands
upon No man will treat Maria as he likes."
'*Your wife, I believe," iiilltrllstlil Arthur Bryant
dryly. "lihu strong, wild talk will not help just now.
Canmrose Iet me speak."
'('erIittnly. sir," they all said with deference.
Hough as most of them were, they remembered that
he was their head, and that, especially when un-
known dangers threatened, discipline must be ob-
served
"The defence of New Settlement must be In the
hands of its own people alone. Every one of our
settlements will have to look after itself," declared
BryaInt
"W'ouldn't It be better to combine for action?"
queried Wentworth.
"There would be peril in that, and there is no
ne.essiti. We know already that the men under
Juan Mendez are few: surely not more than fifty.
So you are not inferior in numbers. But if he
once thought tht that men from the other settlements
tvr.e ldrawi to one spot, he might strike at that
plin.' where we were weakest. From what I have
heard of him, he is the sort of man to think out such
a plan "
.lIanlt de Bolas griinned. "I know the Senor
.ltriidz." he said. "Hie means to tight and he will
fight as the Senor Governor says. I have the great
love and admiration for him. If I saw him first I
would not wait for him to see me. I would kill him
printo. Otherwise." added the Negro chieftain sim-
lily. "he would kill me. He is a great man."
"And very dangerous," added Bryant. "And it
seems. from what Governor de Bolas has told us,
that he has come to settle In our part of the coun-
try 1 know de Sassi has left Jamaica. but we shall
not have any peace so long as this cursed rebel of
a Mendez is here"-Mr. Bryant unconsciously en-
visaged Juan as a rebel, though Juan had never
been a British subject. "But white men cannot
track him down: we do not know the country. And
Juan de Bolas must return to his own town to-mor-
row But surely, Senor Governor," he continued.
turning diplomatically to de Bolas. "you can leave
with Senor Wentworth one of the men who came
wilh you? That would be a help until you return.
Of course, no one could ever fill your place; but we
must have someone who knows these woods and
mountains better than we do."
Juan de Bolas bowed.
"But even I do not know them well, Senor Gov-
ernr,." he admitted, "and my men know them less
than I do."
"Even so, a guide less great than yourself may
be of some use in time of emergency," urged Mr.
Bryant. "And then, I am sure, you yourself will
return to help us some day."
"Ah. yes," responded de Bolas readily. "I must
kill Juan de Mendez, for whom I love and admire
so much. ir he will be the chief leader of Maroons
in Jamaica instead of me. He is a man of very great
ambition- "
Bryant hardly refrained from smiling; at once he
realized that jealousy and the wish to be first among
the free Negroes would induce and spur Juan de
Bolas to action against this Juan Mendez. Juan
was while, but his followers were black. If black
could be set against black, the Enclish would be
stronger and safer for that. De Bolas must there-
fore be encouraged.
"Then you will leave one of your men with us,
Governor. until you an return?" he asked persua-
aively
"Yes." agreed the Nearo chief, "and when I
return." lie continued grandiloquently. "I will not
need the help of any white men. I will bring my
own people, my own army, and seek out and attack
and defeat this Mendez. You may regard him as
already defeated. Governor Bryant."
"I am sure he is as good as defeated the mo-
ment yu appear against him," said Arthur Bryant
quietly: "hut in the meantime we shall have to take
some rare that he does not defeat us. I thank you,
de Bolas You are a true ally."
He made as if to rise from the conference; but
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for so abrupt an ending of it. This was a palaver lihldinm up his right hand. "You have not yet told
after his own heart. He loved to talk. and now lhe me what the man I leave here is expected to do."
was talking as one whose words carried the great- "I plan to hunt down Mendez and his people as
eat weight. Such a discussion he would willingly early as posble," exclaimed Wentworth. not seeing
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man will be of some service to us in our efforts to
find the new camp"
""Which we must do without delay." ejaculated
Canirose "Good God, my wife's life is at stake'"
"The Senorita Maria? I know her well." said
de Bolas. "SI, senor, you are right about her. Juan
Mendez will execute her for a traitor I know him."
"He may have cause to know me." growled Cain
rose. "but perhaps Maria is still alive, had they
wanted to kill her quickly we should have found her
body somewhere near here. That they carried her
off suggests that they did not immediately Intend
hler niurder."
"Execution." corrected de Hulas
O0 hell, man: .What more has sle done than
you have done?" exploded C'aniose
"Silence. gentlemeii.' coninanlded Arthlur iryant
sternly. "There is one special reason why we ask
you to leave with us one of your nen, de Bolas."
he quickly went on. "We might he attacked here at
any time. and one who knows the ways of your
enemies and ours will be able to give us good advice
how to meet them And so. though you yourself
may be far away at that time. you would still be
aiding us"
"That is so." agreed Juan de Dolas "E'very
thing depends upon me '
Camnrose stifled a curse. \Wentworth flushed an.
grily, the other white men's lips curled in a sneer.
but the middle-aged, hluff. shrewd Hryanit never
batted an eye "It is as you say." he replied "As
long us you and your men remain faithful to us
English. we can defy the rebels. And now. Governor.
I will say good-bye for the moinent. as I shall leave
for my own settlenlent this evening "
Ile rose. and the rest of them stood up lie had
come in that day. lie was guing hack to-night. nn
extraordinary feat if endurance in a hot country
without roads, uncharted, and possibly with some of
the Mendez following to be met upon the way He
had hut two men with him. and his death or cap-
lure would mean a great loss 1t the new colony
But this maii had iilI risen to place and rei.
p'onsibility without possession oultstaliding qualil-
ties One of these was Indmiilitlable inlirage. Ain-
other was his ability to handle iien
lie paused before leaving the ri ii! and turned


In Wentworth *"Dl you think that Irishman, Pat-
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lie asked.
"I believe lie was in the plot with Mendez,"
('anirone put in "Marria always suspected hint.
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"lt may be as ('anrose says, Mr. Bryantl." Ie--
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shortly
'No. perhaps not. But the Irishman probably
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his old friend. Some Irishmen are like that.
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better dead than alive."
"I will attend his hanging with pleasure,"
Camrose snarled. "I never liked him."
"I should like to see the Senor Patrick hanged,"
added de Bolas politely: "he too is very dangerou..'
"His death is decided upon, then," smiled Mr.
Bryant; 'iand. of course, the death of every other
one of these Maroons, beginning with Mendez him.
self. There can be no quarter given. They must
be exterminated. Let that be clearly understood."
He bowed and went out of the room, the others
following. Two hours aifier. in spite of the gath-
ering darkness. all the white men who had come to
New Settlement that day for a conference were on
their way to their several places. Juan de Bolas
would leave at dawn on the foillwmnI morning.

Juan's new camp was nearly twice as far from
New Settlement as had been the former temporary
one. Quite eighteen miles away by the tortuous
route which led to it and which could never be
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land it could be approached from one side only, and
that along a narrow, dangerous and prelcipitous
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This site had been stumbled upon by Jose the
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Jose had had some time at his disposal and had
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found that it led to a fairly level stretch of land
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or settlement; and as he had always believed that
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his master.
It was to this place that he had led Juan Men-
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He knew Wentworth as Juan never could; he knew
that Wentworth would leave nothing undone to re-
capture Bridtle. or at least to avenge her death
if she should die. Or die himself. And, somehow.
Patrick did not want Robert Wentworth to dip.
"He is not a bad kind," he would murmur to
himself, when he :huiight of the young Enthlish-
man. "And Bridget likes him."
Bridget. She was a problem now. What was
likely to happen to her?
liirdget was still ailing. Juan did not live
in the same hut with her; Maria did. The frail
single-room structure of thatch and wattle and mud
was the habitation of the two women; some way
from it was another hut which was shared by Juan
and Patrick. Other huts had been or were beine
run up for the black Mlaroons. and Gomez had gone
to the old settlement in the north in which these Mia
roons had lived. when they were not itlively figh:-
ing under de Sassi, to bring those women still there.
with, also, the few goods that they possessed In
a few days this town would be larger, more pe.
pulaItd. and as there would be food enough and
the people were well accustomed to the climate and
conditions they would multiply in time. There
would be children. There would be booty also. if
successful raids upon the white villages and plan-
tations below were carried out, and upon such raids
Juan was Implacably determined.
Patrick knew that. He had long since rehilted
that nothing could turn Juan from this purp.l-e of
his. The curse of it was that Juan seemed utterly
to fail to perceive that Bridget could not continue
to live for years in such savage surroundings and
among picople who must exist as savages. Wh.t-
ever her wish, her will, she would wilt and 'nillier
in such an environment.
He himself did not mind them; if only .luan
could be got to return to Cuba with Bridget. he.
I'atnick would gladly undertake to lead the M:iar.n~
against the English whenever opportunity offcl-ed
He could and would carry on the work to "hich
Juan had dedicated himself. But that was just
the trouble: Juan believed in his personal ldedlra-
tion. He was terribly sincere about it. Yet Pat
rick had too shrewd an understanding of human
nature not to realise that vanity, self-love. ruaged
Spanish pride and individualism had also something
to do with Juan's determination. That young nman
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Mlon'le7. must keep a footing for Spain in Jamaial
until he died. He had taken very seriously indeed
the last words of Arnaldo de Sassi appointing him
as de Sassi's deputy Patrick had the uneasy feel.
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"A funny lot, these Spaniards," he reflected.
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cane also that they had brought with them from
their former village. Wild hogs captured by strata-
gem Instead of being killed were grunting furious
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plateau. The Maroons hadl guns. Ihese. liy Juan ,
command, were kept clean and loled, and some tf
the meni. laughing and talking loudly, were now e-I
gargd in looking to the urdter of their warlike iii.
plenents There had been ai rnmmandll hat lhi
should d le done. give thai very day
As Ihis camp. or town as the people tIhemli elves
called II. iimw was so waiuld it remain for m y 111i
Ilng year. thought Pai rick 1s setting wins heauliful.
Itlhlfm Wt appalling The sky allhoe wais iiluaifneaiiT
with its radiant blue. the slilpi ai height Ii the real
aid t1il lltl sides of it were li.\NAi Hilli dark i''le-
anid ith light. witi stately trees aild laRgings i il
li-illnouredl oll bid4. with the lamilig crimson aidl
s arlet anld yelloww cif irnppiral plants that had huirsl
intili i.li'ur iwh l h filnuitid i1 Ithe sin it was all
ildi. altipressi'e breatihlaking But Patri'k hlatd io
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hie lh it lIhl iltlld ai ll Ill Ih l-iilll m woli i
and ithe miseialabl hluls thatii h gazed
.111 .111 1.iii' lit iof Il .' I l iai In l11 1 li'h lil I'l I id
gel :iind w:ilkred slowly tw.iarel. Iatilrlck iHe hail
(tonllrivIel 11 ii in the li't-l* li I hland crown while' 1i
('lCil l. l Ill his il.lhli I wil' 11*l-d .lull ir.agl get' d nlad
his hair was un ntill Anidl in hii eyes there lurked.
mnlre plainly than ever the fires of his fannaic Ife-'
ing
**Ilow lrid rlt iask d I':rl'ierk. i make n ii ,
I er sll i ill
"*\tih Ihe saine-r hill. I; d lie thanked. she thinks
she's 11ni w.irse and I Ihlllk it lII i Maria iays that
shl is losing tile f'ever
She w.oild lhave 1ti. i CIrow worse." agreed
Patricli "She's lsronig. and slie's youlin She'll lir
l.ne of lthi few whilr. c- llll IiI Ihthis coilltry in thp
last live yeari wlhi will live ti any thing like a
goo iId gld ie. I fnellI. t lie r"tl of 'ein gia dnwn like
leaves iII a hulriranlrp
*] am glad she i is ipt'villi.' i said JunII. "and
not nierely s iltishly I l.ild
What does thai mean. alinllli"
*This. That as her husqlinnl I wish for her
letirl'ii Iperfect health. y-,a I oniuld give my lifl
foir her. anil yolu know, it. mt :IS the leader of
this little band here I nna h:anlicrapped ly a sl.-k
wife. and sta 1 pinnnot io nmy duty With her ri'r.v-
ery. I shall t ieel mnrh freer."
"I lion'! see lhhal youi haairr iae'l.''litl itiylhllu,
Juan." said Patrick kindly "Ylil have reared her
and bronghl her it :i ipl;anie o safety. Yon have
esTablislied vlinr following her'. anid they tin are
safe enmliil What more niiild yon have dlne"'"
"Nothing yet. ilerharip. Patrick: biut remember
than we live lip Io this smtiiik iot a -ingle deadly


blow againsllll I il' lgllsh. W, hlinavlr simply fled
Iriiio t he Tatl galls in
"Faith, 1 fancy lhey think yr hitave d one Ililhr
enough." laiihed I'iatrick. tholuh notl with hil
erstwhile he rlinets "Ynu live ileflel Lhieln. hliii-
taken fraiii thl-nl Ilirim prrsolns lioii Iwhm )'hey thliI hl
belonged Ii thet Ii h ide, l i. Maria arnd ii,-"
"Yfe i r-hni0is thil somtlllh, llil it i ille,.
a1 great dllalI to halel' fri'ed hringer. tlih'iglh yn
miy iritnil. riilllil always liav i., aped .il .. A i :
ila h11t wr. will nlll spe1 Ri k f llil alt I sll .ntill \W hia
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I Conlint ld Iroin Pigec P;i)
"Aud you, my old friend, knowing New Settle
meant so well as you do. shall be our guide, with
Jose." concluded Juan.
"I shall go with you, of course." returned Pat
rick quietly. "but don't imagine, Juan. that it is
all going to be as easy as you say or think. First
of all. the English have had one surprise: 1 am
sure that Ibey are watching out against another
They will be on their guard now. there will always
be sentinels posted. They know that some of us
are about, perhaps they even understand that Juan
Mendez himself has returned-you never can tell
They will look for me. We may do some damage
but before we have got far within New Settlement
we shall be met by armed men. Robert Weit-
worth who is in charge there, will see t-, that."
"If I did not know you so well. Pat. I should
think you were afraid. But you are afraid of no
thing. So be it if the English fight. We know our
way and exactly what we intend to do; we attack
where we will. Thus we have the advantage."
"I think so too. Juan, but a good general never
leaves out of consideration any fact that is within
his knowledge You understand, of course, that we
shall be pursued sooner or later, and that Juan de
Bolas. at some time or the other, will give his Eng.
lish allies a hand?"
"I dn And. as you know. I have already cnn-
demned Juan de Bolas to death."
"That is. of course, provided he doesn't kill
you first Which he will try to do. That fellow
will hate to have another chief of the free Negru'es
living in this country."
"I also object to his living as a chief in this
country." asserted Juan proudly; "I am the only
true chief here, now that de Sassl is gone. I tell
you. Patrick. that some day I will kill de Bolas.
I feel it. I know it. But now I must go and make
other arrangements One is for Bridget's safety
I will order two of our women here to watch over
her alternately I will not leave her alone with
Maria: that devil is capable of anything."
"Which is true enough." commented Patrick:
"but she will not murder Bridget."
"No? Well, you are probably right All the
same I will take precautions."
"I think you should, senor. And. whenever you
will. I shall be ready to march with you."

CHAPTER ELEVEN

THE FIGHT
THIRTY men. including Juan and Patrick. left
the Maroon Camp early two clays afterwards
They went swiftly, it being Juan's plan that the'y
should rest in the afternoon not far from New Set
element, sleep awhile even. and then make their
descent upon the settlers sometime between eleven
and midnight, fresh, alert, and with a suddennriss
that would render any attempt at concerted resist-
ance impossible.
Juan and Patrick walked together, the others
straggled on as best they could, for anything like


orderly marching, ever i if that lhad been the Iicll
nation of I he band. was out of the question In i
virgin forest where. in places. the underbrush was
so thick that it had to be hacked away by vlgoro.ms-
ly wielded machetes.
But this was the forni of progression that the
.Maroons preferred. they were ignorant of and dis.
inclined in discipline. they walked along In twors
and threes. talking at the oip of their voices. laugh.
ing loudly. Iehavina like boys out for a holiday.
and neither Julan nor i'atrick did anything to dce
ter them. These knew that there rnuld be no enc
my within miles of them, they alsr understood
that their followers would resent interference with
their cuslomnary habits when Ino actual danger
threatened
Swcepling away with a blow uf his machete a
lw, Ihrainhli f a tree that b irred his way. Patrick
remarked to Juan "You haven t an army but a
rabble rminil mii I shouldn't like them to have
; flight the English In the open "
'"Nor shuulld I. Patrick. but that is just what
we shall never do. These English fight best in the
open, we in the woods. Or in the dark. So. as
we are few and they many. we shall choose our
time and place for encounters"
"Iui. serloiusly. Juan. you don't expect ever to
drive the English out of Jamaica. do you'"


"No. That is not possible-unless, of conurw,
the King sends a fleet and soldiers from Sp iini at
last."
"Which he will never do."
"I feel that. Very well. Patrick. But at least.
you see, we remain free in our own wods and
mountains, and we hurt these thieves and aggressors.
The only alternative is escape to Cuba or submis-
sion. And submission would mean, at least, slavery
for you and Bridget "
"Wentworth would save Bridget from lnat."
commented Patrick.
"Yes. perhaps. But at what price? You your-
self have hinted to me, friend, that he would make
Bridget his lean. If ever I meet W'entworth I
shall kill him for having entertained that 'idea
"I told you that at first. Juan," said Patrick
earnestly. "Let me correct that impression now.
Wentworth intended to marry Bridget. He told me
so himself "
"When?"
"After I had met you on your way from the
coast to New Settlement.'
"And neither you nor Bridget mentioned this
to me. Why. my friend?"
"Because it did not matter. Wentworth's in-
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(Conltinued from Page 65)


tentlons had no further meaning for
any of us once you had rescued yom~r
wife. I have not given them a thought
since then."
"Yet you mention them now.
Why?"
lIHr.aaiis -Patrick paused as he
and Juan separated so as to slip, each,
through narrow openings on either
side of a huge ceiba tree whose thick
lateral branches and dense leaves
made the twilight of the forest denser
than ever-"because," deliberately i"-
sunmed Patrick when they reunited, I
want you to know, since your mindl
is still on this KlnlI-im.iii that at
least Briigmt inspired him with suffi-
cient respect to force him to see in
her, not a common servant but a lady,
not a wanton, but one lit to be his
wife. I am proud of that, Juan, and
so should you be."
"Proud of the fact that he want-
ed her to forget me, wanted her to
commit bigamy, Patrick? What is
the difference between bigamy and
concubinage?"
"But he didn't think his marriage,
would be bigamy," patiently explain-
ed Patrick. "He thought that the mar-
riage between you and Bridget was
not real, had been but sa interrupted
ceremony, and that even Mother
Church would not recognize it as it
stood. Don't you see?"
"I don't," answered Juan; but
even as he spoke it came to him that
there was something in the English-
man's paint of view. For over two
years Bridget and he had been mar-
ried. though there was not a marriage
line to show that. But there had
been witnesses, and even if the only
one of them living was Patrick, he
was surely enough. But Bridget was
still a virgin! She had been with
him some days now, yet she was as
she had been when first a servant.or


slave In New Settlement. Were they,
then, truly husband and wife?
The shouts and laughter of the
Maroons smtte the ears of the two
white men; they caine from in front.
on both sides, and from behind. These
warriors had not yet donned their
disguise of tendrils and leaves; that
would be done when they were nearly
ready to swoop down upon New Settle-
ment. Now and then, even a shot
was heard, the men shooting a wild
pig, the progeny of those that had
strayed from the I.n,.lslhi vtill;ti'- be-
low and had been breeding fast in
freedom. TIhy had set out without
food, knowing that such could be pro-
cured on the way. And they wished
to travel Iicht
It1 midildaiy thpy had traversed
not much more than about ten miles;
signals were sounded which brought
all of them inteih'er It was time for
a meal. They Ichted tires and roast-
ed the flesh of the animals they had
slain, salting it with some of the salt
they had brought with them, and car-
ried more crartfiMlly than they would
have carried gold. Juan had selected
for the halt a c,,mnOmparalively open
space, a place where the trees were
not too numerous, owing doubtless to
some defect in the soil. Water was
near. He talked with his followers
cheerfully, ntentionin i that this en-
terprise of theirs was certain to be
as successful as the first one. "More
so. I hope, senor," said one man; 'for
when we rescued the Senora Il idc.'t
we killed none of the enemy, and now
that is our intention."
The man brandished his macht-te
as he spoke, and laughed: there was
something frankly animal, savage, in
this laugh and gesture. Juan smiled
approvingly.
"I would suggest, my children,"
lie said, when it was time for them
to resume their journey. "that as we
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The White Maroon
(('unitnued from I'tir 66)
tcomne closer to the enemy's town we should keep
more together, though that may not be easy in these
woods And we must make less noise. One or two
of the English may be straying about; they hunt,
as we do. They must have no suspicion of our pre-
sene pe and so escape to spread the alarm."
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to the spot where they must wait for some time
before traversing the short way remaining before
they entered the English village, they had grown
subdued and even cautious, eating in comparative
silence as their evening meal the remains of the
meat they had roasted some hours before and had
brought along with them.
That done, they assumed their disguise of
leavP s.
Juan's plan was simple. He was still on elevate
ed ground thickly covered with trees. At about ten
o'clock he would lead his men down into the Gut.
which was the easiest entrance into New Settle-
ment from north and west, a natural entrance
which could be negotiated without loss of time, and
through which, their work accomplished, they would
safely retreat. Jose and Patrick knew this route.
Juan thought it was probable, as Patrick had sug-
gested, that the English would keep posted at the
opening of the Gut into the settlement a sentry
or two: but these could be overpowered and kill-
ed by men who went softly and barefooted and could
differentiate even in the obscurity between a human
figure and a tree. It would, too, be something like a
tree that would fall upon these sleepy watchers.
They would be stabbed before they could realise
what was upon them.
Sonme of the .Ml:roona, while waiting for the down-
ward march, fell into a doze. Even Juan him-
self nodded and lost all sense of time and place.
his back propped up against a tree. Suddenly he was
brought to alert wakefulness by an imperative
touch upon his shoulder. "Senor," whispered the
ooice of Jose in his ear, "I hear something."
Swiftly. silently. Juan laid his ear to the ground
and listened. As swiftly. as silently, he rose to
standing posture. "Tell our men to get ready." he
whispered. "I hear feet marching up the Gut. and
they are coming our way."
"I have heard them too," whispered Patrick,
who had now crept up to his friend. "The sound
is made by boots on rocky ground. And they are
many."
"What do you make of this. Pat*' asked Juan.
"These English would not hunt at night, amigo,
unless t were alligators, and here there is no big
river and no moon. And those that come are many.
They seek us."
"But surely they could have no idea that we
are here?" Suspicion flamed for a moment in Juan's
mind. "Is it possible that any traitor from our
camp could have hastened to tell these English that
we were on the way to attack them?"
"That is most unlikely. But, remember, you
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The noise of marching was a trifle more audible
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ground," suggested Juan. "Lying on our stomachs we
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tre of it.
"They may turn right or left." muttered Juan,
"and then we shall take them in the revr."


"I think they will come right on," replied Pat-
rick. "You remember that, the other day, Juan de
Bolas was with them?"
"Yes, but you thought he would not remain in
these parts for long."
"No. But he was not alone. I believe that he
has left one or two of his men with these Einglih.
otherwise they could never have hoped to find our
town. A Maroon is probably their guide."
"You are right, l':t. I see that now. Thl'y
would have marched all this night, then, early to-
morrow morning, when we were asleep, they would
have attacked us suddenly if our town had been
found. We should have been at their mercy then.
Now they are at ours!"
Within ththe forest aroons were tl..-.Ily
still. waiting with bated breath. The onconmers, on
the other hand, came up from the Gut (irlaresIr,',
and soon were on open ground. A sharp word of
command rang out. Patrick could not at the moment
catch the purport of that order, but soon he grasp-
ed it. From the shelter of the ambush he sensed
rather than saw that the En:gliIh were now mov-
ing slowly forward and in single file. "That is
wood tactics, and necessary," whis\ipered Patrick.
"One of the de Bolas' men must have suggestedd that.'
To fire at the approaching enemy in that dark-
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been mere waste of powder and shot. This was
work for cold steel. But assuredly, thought Pat-
rick, the enemy would have swords as well as mus-
kets. and at night. in the excitement of a struggle,
Maroons might slay Maroons without knowing what
they did. An idea flashed into his mind. He whis-
pered it quickly to his commander.
Juan reacted immediately He emitted a
stinawk. like one of the little green parrots that
lived in the trees, a signal previously arranged be-
tween him and his men, and at once began to draw
back farther into the woods with hardly a rustle.
But slight as was that noise, natural as seemed the
sound of the parrot's cry, they caught the ear of
1Wentworth's Negro guide and immediately they in-
spired him with caution if not pexa-'ly with
alarm. He was walking in front of W\entworth, in-
mnI.nlly he fell upon his stomach, and was followed
by the others with more or less alacrity. % Went-
wirth fumed and cursed inwardly, not seeing the
i,.-~e-siiy for this supercaution, But he had agreed
to be guided by the only man who, just then, could
bring him to Juan's headquarters if that place could
ip'ssihly be discovered.
And now he and the rest crawled forward pain-
fully. while still Juan and his Maroons drew farther
back. Wentworth was creeping into an ambush,
with fourteen men in all. against thirty These
thirty had already their machetes prepared for the
rush forward when they should hear their leader's
order to strike and slay. But Juan de Bolas's man,
with ears that listened for the slighept intimation of
human presence, was certain now that the faint
rustling he occasionally heard had some dangerous
and sinister significance. He had been told of the
first attack, or, rather the previous raid; that had in-
deed been the talk of all New Settlement. He was
quick-witted ct-ough to grasp the fact that another
raid had been about to take place to-night.
The lCinglish party was now within the woods.
The guide rose, and. one after the other. Wentworth's
men stood erect with him. Dem is here," he whisp-
ered in broken EInglish "Me hear it. We go back
or fii ht'?"
'Fight' How?" demanded Wentworth, whisper-
ing. "We can see no one to fght. By God. we are
trapped Yet we cannot retreat. We must take our
chance."
The Negro shrugged his shoulders Spanish
fashion. He had done his part, and it occurred to
him that he also was in a dire predicament. But
not hopelessly so. He could crawl quietly away and
leave these white men to their fate; for certainly
the Maroons about them would not allow them to


go unscathed. Or he could hide somewhere, climb
a tree quickly and silently, and ihei. if he could
not dare return to New Settlement or Juan de Bo-
las, he could offer his services to Capt:ain Meendez.
That would be better than being killed by Juan's
men or beaten for incompetence either by the
English or by Juan de Holas
Ventwortlh turned to speak to him, but already
he had --lippedl away. linCaultioulsly \Vciinworth rais-
ed his voice a little to call to the man, and that
gave an indication of his whereabouts to a Maroon
with a musket who was standing behind a tree not
far away. hi'hl Maroon, disobeying orders indeed


not even remembering them-instantly blazed
away in the direction of the voice, and at once the
battle in the dark was joined,
Five English muskets answered the one that
had spoken; ten Maroons fired viciously in re-
ply. Not a man was killed not a wound inflicted;
but both sides knew that this was but the begin-
ning. Swiftly Wentworth rose to the emergency.
Whispering would serve no useful purpose now;
prompt action alone could help: in the lull of the
firing he lifted his voice and barked an imperative
order. "Every man join me here, and put his back
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against a tree. Do not tire! Wait until daylight,
ihen we can ihcot to effect. If you hear a noise
near at hand as of anyone approaching, strike at
Lnim with your sword."
Iis following obeyed; they, were of different
mettle from the soldiers who had originally con-
quered the island; they had some discipline and
plenty of courage. Besides, they realized clearly
that their only chance of survival was to do as
their chief commanded, even though inactivity dur-
ing the long hours of the night would be a terrible
strain upon their neIrves. Immediately they placed
themselves with their hacks against trees, very clese
to one another, and so arranging themselves that
they stood face to face with their ears alert for any
sound of an approaching foe.
Mleantlme Juan on his side was not Idle. He
had been near enough to Wentworth to hear his
sharp command, and so had Patrick been; he realls-
ed that a condition of temporary stalemate had
been established by Wentworth. since to shoot in
the darkness might only mean a loss of the am-
munition he possessed, without perhaps a single
result. But there was still a possilbllly of ulsin1
the machete in spite of the liEnli h leader's precau-
tions.
lie drew Patrick away for a i ,llrquy.


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"The El-:nglch. are waiting for daylight," he said.
"Then they will tighl '
"But you, Juan, will not wait until it is quite
daylight, will you?" asked, or rather suggested, Pat-
rick,
"I don't propose to do so. I will lend anl at-
tack upon them. a silent attack. IIin: our me:i
iiet llher Pat."
The Maroons were brought together as much
as the nature of the terrain p.rmi11tteI'd then they
were divided into two parties, one led by Juan, the
other by Patrick. But the Englishmen were as si-
lent now as the Maroons themselves could be; they
expected some attempt to be made upon them, there-
fore they were prepared. I'ro'rInly lthely heard a
rustling near at hand. Immediately they grasped its
meaning. Their swords were out. Shllfitc. each,
their position *lilnhtly. so as to give free play to
their sword-arms, two of them quickly struck out and
both weapons bit into flesh. One had evidently in-
flicted but a iittillng wound, the other had cut
deep into a man's skull, and from this man's
lips a terrible cry of agony arose. His comrades
ricognised his voice; they halted and drew back in
confusion. The wounded man himself had crashed
to the ground, and lay there writhin-z. shrieking and
dying.
It was Juan who had been -lighily wounded in
the left arm, and by Wentworth himself, though
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was the English who had got the better of the en-
counter, who had, indeed, as it seemed, been march-
ing to meet them; and they could not be certain
that this meeting was not the result of a plan.
This fear put a damper on their ardour; they prefer-
red now to wait until hevy could see something to
fight against, and Juan understood that it was use-
less to try to persuade them otherwise.
Patrick too had halted on hearing that agonis-
ed cry. He knew what it meant and guessed what
would be its immediate sequel.
His blood was up; he hated the thuiiiht of de-
feat: he wanted to wipe out this band of maraud-
ing English. as he termed them. and he believed
that they were outnumbered. But he knew that
they had some di-eipliin and were much better
armed than the Maroons. In the dim morning
light, moreover, the advantage would be on the side
of those with eyes more adapted to seeing in the
woods, and the English would be weary with the
tension of waiting.
He rejoined Juan and whispered this to him;
Juan briefly agreed. And then he told his new
plan of campaign to Patrick, who endorsed it en-
tirely.
Thus some hours passed, while men with the
craving for slaughter in their hearts waited wide-
eyed until they could come at one another.
It was still dar, but at last the heavier sha-
dows of night had lifted. The trees were no longer
now one mass of blackness; they were beginning to
take on, family, dimly. the quality of individuality
In another hour, perhaps In another half an hour.
thought Robert Wentworth. the attack would be-
gin: he wondered from what quarter it would come.
and how it would be made. Even as this thought
flashed through his mind a fusillade of shots from
the right was fired and the stillness was shattered
by a wild and frantic yelling. As misfortune would
have it, one of his men was hit; for the Maroons
had chosen a better stand than they themselves had
guessed for the recommencement of hostilities. See-
ing his comrade fall, Wentworth concluded that the
Maroons at any time might rush them. But that
must be prevented or they were lost. He barked
an order, and the English guns replied.
It was exactly something of the sort that Juan
had hoped for. His own force numbered only a half
of his attacking Maroons; the others he had left un-
der Patrick's command. These. apprised by the
sound of the Fnili-h firing just where they were,
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rear. littering no yell, firing no shot, but with th.ir
sharp niatchetes held ready to cut the Englishmen
to the ground. They could not nmake this rush quite
noiselessly, however, nnd the sound of it came in
the nick of time to Wentworth's ears. lie knew
the situation was desperate, bilt his spirit rose supei ib-
ly In mpel it. **Back to back'" he thundered. 'Thuri,?
whose guns are reloaded fire at anything that
moves, then all of you follow me!"
He would no longer fight on the defensive. He
would meet whatever was coning, and meet it more"
than half-way. He had faith in the courage of those
he led.
Again the English muskets spoke, and this time
one Maroon went down. Then. at a quick order.
the English formed themselves into twos. as fours
would have been impossible in that wood. and surg-
ed forward to meet Patrick and his men The Ma
roons" disguise did not deceive them They knew
that trees could not leap and move about.
Agile as they were, the Maroons could not avoid
the impact of the charging body of English Went-
worth fought like a fiend, striving to see if. in that
gloom and obscurity, he could recognize a Spaniard
who would be Juan Mendez Juan. on his side. was
charging towards him; but just then the wound in
his arm. which he had roughly bandaged some
hours ago, broke afresh into bleeding, and the Ma
roon nearest to him. chancing to touch the sodden
bandage, raised a shout of rcolsternation Juan had
kept his misfortune a secret p ill t hen But now it
was known, and the news seemed strangely to put
the heart out of those wh)int he commanded
They stopped to cluster around him making sym.
pathetic exclamations, though he ordered that they
should advance Meantime tlhe onslaught of Went-
worth and his iiieni. ia-reles-iss n'w. of all shelter anti
precaution. strurk fear into the heart.n of P'atrick's
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The White Maroon
(Continued from PFae 71)
reach. The impetus of the blow and the treacher-
ous nature of the ground caused Wentworth to over-
balance; he fell heavily to earth. unconscious. "Take
him prisoner," commanded Patrick imperiously to
the men about him, and thus once again saved
Wentworth's life.
By this the miniature battle had ceased. Juan's
Maroons were still gesticulating round their leader,
professing sincere sorrow and grief, but refusing
to advance without him, and refusing also to allow
him to advance. Patrick had Wentworth carried
some distance into the woods, and the Englislh. some
of whom had seen the Maroon machete swung over
the head of their chief and witnessed his fall in
that breathless second, believed him dead. They
had again taken cover amidst the denser thicket of
trees. A few of them were slightly wounded, one
was killed. They had long since realized that their
black guide had dtec;timplt.l they imagined that he
had deliberately led them into an ambush. There
seemed but one thing to do. The man next in rar';
to Wentworth (he had been a sergeant under Col-
onel Ir'Oyyloy spoke tersely: "We had bloody well
try to get out o' here if we can. We can't be far
from the Gut. Reload! Half of us will face one
way, half the other. And shoot at any pocky son
of a- that stirs in this blasted wilderness."
Their retreat was not molested. The battle was
over.
Patrick bade four Maroons carry Wentworth
to a convenient place where he could be stretched
out comfortably until he recovered his senses. H-
went with them, sending one of his men to tell
Juan where he was. He wondered what would he
Juan's decision regarding the KnRgliinhliian Against
that decision there could be no effective disst-ni

'll .\ TER TWELVE
TO\\ STRONG MEN
THE sky was ligchrlnin Less and less sombre
grew the forest; but now a mist, soft, white,
like flalntini fleecy clouds, began to roll among the
trecs: it rose from streams that floweil not far away;
it moved slowly, attenuated, giving a ghrstly touch
to the scene, as though countless spirits of ancient
aborigines were rising from their graves and wan-


dering about for a few brief nlllrnei i ser trhe i- ii-
umphant emergence of the su1n hluioldi diivi, Ilhrill
back again to their last resting plcurc
A piping and fliifrll' in r ir l .Il ,. fltri hll'ii(d .it
first by the clamour that hail iwikikenild ithem. but
now reassured, arose. A cool windd the I1ltl. lir',ezc
of the morning that soon omill dIlL away. awulkt
and stirred the foliage overhead. It blew the inisl
hither and yon, playing with it. it brought refresh
meant to tired men; and ever with every second Illat
passed the sun rose higher in the east tad its light
penetrated among the recesses if Iliesr woods in
a little while the mist would be grnllle. anl the wind.


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ulid Ihi stullt y day .rf thl. itrpi'cal .iiiinmer would
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;in:slii .is a, drri'niii lusii dt Iaway into forgelflilness
.\l ii sieill fiuin l'atii:k Oile of' ithr Maroins
utlllei d a II..g lli ilIng i';ll. It carined to the ears I
Juan's party, and was answered. Presently Patrick
heard the sound of h h cilnradeC'R coming, and then
walked to Juain's side lie noticed the latter's wound-
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For answer Patrick pointed to the prostrate body
L; Wentworth. "Their Captain," he said briefly.
Juan Mendez stared down at the form lying at
his feet with piercing eyes. So this was the man
who had held Isridget and had wanted liet! Abruptly
he turned to Patrick, putting his question in word:
"Dead?"
"No. Only unconscious. He will be in his senses
in a little while now."
"How is it that he is not dead?"
"I spared him, Juan," said Patrick quietly. know-
ing that the leader would learn the truth from the
Maroons did he not tell it.
"You mean you prevented his being killed?" ask-
ed Juan slowly, but with a singular emphasis.
"Yes."
"In spite of our understanding that there Is to
be no quarter in our fight with these English?"
"That understanding is easier to observe when
we are fighting with strangers than with men whom
we have known, Juan; and, remember, this one was
kind to me-and Brdget "
"You need not have killed him yourself, Patrick.
you were not called upon to kill him yourself, if I
understand you rightly. But why stop my men from
doing so? It would have been a death inflicted in
fair light These Ingclihl were marching against us
as enemies; and, in any case, they have no sort of
right in Jamaica. Surely you know that?"
"I know all that, Juan; yet, at the moment, I
could not restrain my impulse. I caught at the arn
of the man who was going to hew this Wentworth
down. I suppose I am a bit of a soft-hearted wretch,
after all, even though I have sailed with Jackson
and been a slave on an English plantation We
Irish are often soft-hearted."
"Soft-heartedness will not do for us, Senor
O'Brian." answered Juan coldly, and Patrick noticed
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at once that for the lrst time in his life Juan had
addressed him formally and in a tone of admonian-
ing severity.
"You are right. senor," he admitted immedi-
nitly. a little surge of blood to his head warning
him that he must keep a grip upon himself. A
thought flashed through his mind: did his old pu-
pil and friend forget that he, Patrick O'Brian, was
Irish, and not to be spoken to as Juan would hardly
venture to .i1eak to one of his Negro Maroons? He
felt that a little more of this and his temper would
explode.
Yniu leave to me the task of dealing with this
man," continued Juan coldly. "I might have him
executed here, in cold blood, whereas it would have
been so easy for us all had you allowed our people
to deal with him. His idea was to kill as many of
us as he c.,old. wasn't it?"
"I suppoe so."
"And you he would have hungemd for a runaway
or reniirgade. had you fallen alive into his hands.
He would have followed his code of conduct, lie
would have been right. Well. we must follow
ours."
"As you please. senor. You are in command."
"I am."
"And yet-"
'Well, what is it?"
"Ntihing "
"Oh yes, there was something. You were go.
ing to suggest. perhapS. that we might keep him
to exchange for any of our people who might fall
!nto the enemy's hands: you said the same about
Maria Fuentes. And perhaps, also. you thought of
speaking about a ransom, but remembered that the
English have nothing that we are not prepared to
take by force, that money would be of no use to
us, and that to hold any sort of traMfc with them,
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where Iheir men are rcncerned, would but weaken
our morale and set a bad example to our followers
Am I not right?'
"Yes." admitted Patrick bluntly, amazed that
Juan had so accurately read his thoughts.
"And I suppose you see." continued Juan quiet-
ly. -'that if we shoot him now. and leave him here.
his people will return later in the day and believe
that he died in battle; which indeed, in a way. he
will have done. So the best means of getting rid
of him is to shoot him "
"But. Juan-"
"1 do not ask you to undertake the execution.
friend: you need not even witness it You can start
for our town at once; I will follow later The En.-
lish are certain to send to seek for the bodies of
their dead when they reach New Settlement. If
they find Wentworth here, they will take him with
them I am sorry though that I nay hlire to shoot
himn while he is still unllclii cious "
".et your mind be easy 111 thai P srte." ani iron
iral. lit over-stlrrong 'liire interrupted "1 shall
stand upright In be shot."
Lloth Juan and Piatrick wheeled in the direction
or Ihe voice While talking they had not been
looking at Weniwnorth. had indeed turned their backs
on hin and so had not observed that he had open-
ed his eyes and was following their dialiiie in-
tently. They had spoken in English. in order that
the Maroons nenrhy should not understand Went.
worth had heard and understood too well. and he
summoned up all his courage to face his fate
He began to struggle to his feet. Twl 1Maroons
sprang towards him, but at a signal from Juan they
let him alone He stood up. staggering slightly.
and. even in that grim moment. there was some.
thing like a smile of pride about his lips
"I am afraid that I have been practising a de
ception." he said. with a bow to Juan. "I regained
my senses before you arrived, but thought that if
I shammed death I might be left alone I could
then have gone back to New Settlement, you see;
It is not far and the way is easy to find But since
you-well. I need not dwell upon that now But
I thank you, O'Brian," he went on. with another
courtly bow to Patrick. "You have tried to save
my life. That is handsome of you: and if you did
steal away from New Settlement with Bridget. I


believe yrou felt you were Justified in so dolnig since
you had pledged no faith to us English.
'* I liked you. Patrick. antid now I know "-%i.,
justified in so doing. even though it is said .h.bl
the Irish and the Enelish are utterly unlike one an
wither and have no c'nllliiin groiunil A Iie ltha. I
think--' he broke inf suddenly
"Yes. senur." Juan intr-rpiised in the cirru.n-
stances you would naturally believe that lu he .1
lie "
'hat dli you mean. Capltan Mendez"' demand-
ed Wentworth haughtily. lie fell no desire what-
ever to propitiate this ruthless Spilltiard. his over-
whelming desire and determnllitionl iiw 1w s was to sie
as an English gentleman should.
"I think you underr.tand." ir.-ilidl Jiuan anlmly.
will neither haughthiness nir silllR And the tin,
men tull(nd slnrinig in ltino inhillihr farces
Wentlw.irlh saw n iall. brilnzed Spaninrid u thl
sad. grinil .ye. in whihli tIh-re' hlniind a situiiildr-
ing tire ith' e.yes of a liui.ir. .1 driaiiitin r1 finati'
Ahove Ithurn the li'ria ui s Ihat i a lhigh-nminded
mnilln pride satll Uipiln i. atiinl tllI wllll'lr face gave
,videllce i..f ani 1111 131111111.1 i li l. -.111111 Juani hall
plriwit hits lheirdl Ui llle in (' hili. anid 114nw it was
Irilieiniid in the s hllarpll lil rr lpaili- l N 1hlin rnv
ring irl-leks aindl rhin hmll hi- lip; were perrcelplltt-.
and t- in a firin. slrin;llt lil n-
\'elllwortll's fa re. ,i1 tlie iIther hind. wv:'
shaven. hbut hnl-re a ilny's grwilth if ciilden hair
His hair wIs tunmiled. th, richi side oif his head
swollii wherp i liad struirk Ilit grimiiind. hilt his
keen ilue eyes were lNih htl n a ilIty li-ked 1into
those 'if his captor- liM lips nas firm. his iil-w ;ia
lialighly. Ihe had itelllndi-d. ;ia oii. of tIll onqrllll
Irs,. Ilt IIirow inlli his giaze 'liinthin of ollltempn
lind scorn for this mlerilla Spainisih leader and hits
anv ge following. hut tn he lin.ked la Junil thar
ilRsin faded from his mind Thi Melilt'-. of whliin
he had sol often heard. was. after all. he cronrludted.
;i man who had roiunted in Ihis country as a gent-
Il-man of priud desceiit Thuy rinild meet as equals.
eve lltf f-r the first and last time in their lives
Patrirk n'Brian ruined away There was a
sirkness at his henri Juan was right: he knew
that Juinn was right. he should nut have let his
personal feelings dominate him in the llght What
was Wentworth tI him? Why lhad he decided Ilo
save him? lie knew that deep down in his heart
he had hoped that Juan would have agreed to leave
Wentworth on the ground, in return to his own pen
pie when he should recover. a faint hope that had
brought about a greater tragedy For Juan could
be perfectly ruthless, especially if he believed that


il was his duty to be so. The Juan of today n ii
lltI Ihie old lad that he hadl taugl and loved. I'-l
lbut also had often followed and obeyed
For a long time the Eng lilshman and the Spani.
lard stared at one another, while the men arounil
then instinctively fell to silence. theiin-


"T see you are not afraid to
Juaiin at length to Wentworth.
"No English officer is.'" was
idetl reply.
"[ have met more than one


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There are two .lMajor Appliances offered by
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work-even plumbing for one outlet in the
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for the entire period of rental.

That is to say, if you rent a r;nge and have
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it will be put in at no additional cost to
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THE

A special Flat Rate of I d. per unit has been in-
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necessary to operate rented Ranges and W'ater Heat-
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The White Maroon
(Continued from Page :Ir
mented the other dryly. "but the Enghlsh are always
boastful."
"And are the Spanish modest?" was the instant
question.
"We will not discuss that matter."
"When do I die?"
There was no immediate answer; but again a




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long fixed stare, followed by brooding thought on
Juan's part. At last he spoke slowly:
"When God wills it, senor."
"And you will carry out the will of God."
"In a way I may help, yes. I have been think-
ing. I shall not tell you of what. But you do not
die here and at this moment, Don Roberto Went-
worth,"
Patrick wheeled sharply on hearing these words.
"You have decided to set him free, Juan?" he
cried.
"No. He will go with us to Maroon Town. He
will be led blindfolded when a few miles from the
town, so that he may never learn the way from
it. What happens after that is in the hands of
God!"
"But," began Wentworth, when Juan stoppedd
him with an imperious gesture of his IIInininiled arm.
"You will obey, senor; remember, you are a pri-
soner. And now we will bury the dead."
He issued some orders In lSpanisli to the Ma-
roons. Four of these closed around WentwoIIh,
who knew that he must obey. The Maroons were
)IIIil.init. Juan had told them that this was the cap-
tain of the I:Eiili-I the chief of the settlers in New
Sitt11h11 -.1. and it seemed to them that such a cap-
ture, with the retreat of the EKnglislh. meant for
them an *iii(nlitionabletl victory. The hot temper
of battle had now subsided; lthy were ready to be
kind to the prisoner, taking a sentimental pride
in him. One man gave him a wide straw sombrero
to protect his head, another offered him his shoul-
der to lean upon. Robert accepted the hat but re-
fused the physical assistance. lHe even laughed.
The reaction from that high state of tension, when
he had stood face to face with death, had come;
he was conscious of a feeling of intense relief, a
wild soaring of the spirit in gladness, an exhilara-
tion rarely ever exlprrieiil''d before. 'Ciitrtbutilln
to this exhilarilliton perhaps indeed the true founda-
tion of it, was the thought, the hope. that this very
day he might see Bridget once more. Bridget-it
was of her that he had been constantly thinking
all these long and weary and terrible days. She
was not gone forever; not lost to him as sometimes
he had thought in an access of despair. She was
actually near; she was at Maroon Town and thi-
ther this strange man, her so-called husband, was
sending him, though he did not know whether to
life or death. But whether ultimately to life or to
death he went, at least he would see her. And it
was for this that, all these days. his heart had longed.
"You had better go with him. Patrick," said


Juan as the Maroons moved off; "I will follow
later."
"When, Juan?"
"Shortly."
Patrick went; and then Juan called Jose to
him and held a whispered colloquy with him. Jose
nodded delightedly. then drew off with another
Maroon. Juan with his band lingered behind.
Patrick and his men travelled by easy stages
that day. They did not fear that the Enghl h would
find their town unaided. Though they knew no-
thing about what had become of Juan de Bolas's
man, both Juan and Patrick had made up their
minds that, thenceforth, a watch should be kept
at the entrance to their town. As that could be
defended easily by half a dozen men against a host,
which could only advance in single file and by a
steep incline in front, there could be no question
of the Elnglish surprising them in the future. That
chance had now gone forever. An English attack
must mean an I-:litsh defeat.
There was no necessity to blindfold Wentworth
when the party was within a couple of miles of the
town, for by then darkness had fallen and no one
who did not know the way could ipoisibly have found
it. Nevertheless Patrick remembered Juan's order
and was not of any mind to be reprimanded again
for disobedience. So Robert had a coarse cloth
passed over his eyes, and when they came to the
precipitous path that led up towards the town, Pat-
rick took him by the hand. while a Maroon grasped
him behind by the belt around his middle; and be-
tween these two he was taken safely into the
camp. When the bandage was stripped from his
eyes he found himself in the hut which Patrick and
Juan occupied. Patrick explained this to Went-
worth, then added: "Here you will sleep until our
captain decides where you shall stay."
A heap of dried leaves and trash in one corn-
er of the hut, a few logs which served for seats:
that was the furniture that met the eyes of Robert
Wentworth.
He stretched himself wearily on the simulacrum
of a bed; he had eaten and slept at the stopping
place during the afternoon, but drank eagerly now
the large calabash of aguadiente (or Spanish rum)
mixed with cool water, which Patrick handed to
him. There were two candles burning in the room,
made from hog's fat as their smell indicated. By
the light of these the two men could see one an-
other's faces, though none too distinctly.
"Why did you save my life, Pat?" asked Robert
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"You heard my reason. surely. senor." answer
ed Patrick.
"I did, and have been thinking of it. I think
that you like me much better than you know your-
self, that you have become my friend."
"It may be so. Mr. Wentworth: yet always Juan
Is my better friend as well as my leader You must
remember that."
"1 do. and it is not in my mind to ask you to
do anything to betray Juan Mendez. Patrick. But
I can ask you this: do you understand him'"
"I think so: or. rather. I thought so"
"Exactly. You don't understand, for instance.
why he has brought me here"'
"No. I am puzzled."
"It cannot be to humiliate me before be
fore Bridget? He knows that I am not afraid to
die no Englibh is. Patrick'
"That is simply not trie. Mr Wentworth." said
Patrick with a laugh: "but that is wot why I laugh
1 laugh because, every now and then. you talk
exactly like Juan. He will tell you that a
Spaniard never does this or that or the other thing.
when he must know that that is just the thing they
do Bill when he talks like that he seems to believe
his own words Faith. he lives in the clouds, just
as you are doing now Only. more as. 1 have never
known another Spaniard like him. though old de
Sassi had something iof Juan Mendez in him My
Juan is a bit of Don Quixote you have heard of
Don Quixote no doubt. senor?"
"I have He was a mad gentlenian who imagin-
ed that he was a knight of the old times"
"\\'ell. Juan Mendez apparently imagines that
he is a knight of the old times too He Is convinc-
ed that he is now the only legitimate Governor of
Jamaica. He would have put you to death with a
clear conscience had not something iI his own mind
caused him to abandon that first determination
What it was I don't know."
"You think, then, he is sane"'
"Just as much as you are
"How sane am I. I wonder?"
"Eh? What's that?"
"I might as well tell you. Pat I was marching
on this place with but one object: to take back
Bridget "
"I knew that I expected you would"
"But did Juan Mendez know it?"
"No Or, rather. I don't know lie may have
He ran keep his own counsel for years. or forever.
If he wills. He is strongly Spanish. not Irish or
English like you and me He falls back upon him-
self again and again, and then I don't know what
exactly to expect from him. Yet." concluded the
Irishman simply. "I love him."
"I know But you love Bridget too. don't
you?"
The Irishman thought for a while, then he
answered slowly "I do."
"Better than Juan Mende?"
"How could I answer you Ihat. and why do ye
ask '"
"Because I wanted to know They are now
husband and wife?"
"They have always been since the day he mar-
ried her! Why, man. 1 told you so when I was a
mere slave on your cursed plantation."
"And you know what I answered lut now.
their relations may be different Tell me. Patrick
-it will be no betrayal ,f your friend and captain
-do they live together as husband and wife""
"Faith. and that is what they don't." replied
Patrick slowly. "You see. Mr. Wentworth, it is like
this- Bridget has been sick since she has been
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"Aisy now," said Pat. dropping into his old
native accent, which he so very rarely used. "She
is niver a diviil av a bit sick unto death." He stared
at Wentworth curiously. "She has only a little
fever, senor," he ci-ntnined. "but I don't see that
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cried Wentworth. speaking with an absolute con-
tidence that astonished his hearer. "1 have felt it
would be so, felt it in my soul on my way up to
this place, Patrick. I have recalled that last ni ht
we were tiKgether in New Settlement: hle and I
and that devil. Maria. Bridget was then plottin:
with your help, to escape: I know it now. But she
was not happy about It. I can recall her every
look of that night: she was not happy. I believe
that, but for some foolish notion in her mind, some
Idea about her duty to a man who had never truly
been her husband, about her religion which, God
knows. I would never have interfered with~about
her race, her country-O, a lot of things that have
nothing to do with her and me, really-but for all
these things, and you, too, my friend, she would
have preferred to remain with me. For she knew
I was sincere, she knew I loved her dearly, knew
I meant to marry her. But she must choose tu
come here, to this hell of a place; and she came.
But she found out the truth about her heart, in
coming, and that realisation sickened her. She could
not love Juan Mendez. She loves me even as I
love her!"
"Are you a fool, Robert Wentworth?" demand-
ed Patrick fiercely, rising to his feet. "Do you not
know that if you even hint to Juan what you have
just said to me he will fight and kill you? No
Spanish caballero would tolerate such an insult for
an instant, and I will not listen to ;tiiivliui- more
of the same kind!"
S "I will not insult Mendez." answered Ventwor'th
with a touch of haughtiness in his voice: "but I
hIld to speak; Bridget's sickness is mainly of the
heart."
"I will say nothing about what you have said,"
promised Patrick: "it is all silly-"
"It is true."
"That Bridget loves you?"
"Yes."
"Even were it so, man, she would never admit
it to you. She is loyal, Irish. Catholic: don't you
understandt"
"She is a woman."
"And you are a fool!"
"And weren't you another when you saved my
life, O'Brlan?"
"By all the holy saints, I believe so! Why
did I do it!"
"You did it, I repeat, because you cared for
me, my friend. And by doing it you have brought
Bridget and me together once more."
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The White Maroon
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man of whom she had been thillking these many
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attack two days before. hut who she believ-d
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They brought ine here That's the whole story
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"*I cannot guess But if they had meant to kill
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so it seems that my life is safe for thIe presien at
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"I do not believe you. You l,-'-' .1t11 ,11 nI-.
and married him iin a sort of t. i) F.-i it i I
never been a marriage. You do nolII I\' hl liti i m
Isn't that the truth, Bridget ?"
"Would I have left New Settl.riin int1 ia limi y.-
say were true? You must guess by IIo t limit I kit \
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"I know you did. You thlgiil it 1 ".n y.uni
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*No!" she cried vehemently.
"The lady doth protest too nimuch. .. uour Eng
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"I suppose you understand that I was ini.irhitn "-II
New Se1tt'llilnlll. not because I Wianted I, r'out lrt
the people here, but because I wainlted I, ;ake voi
back?"
"You like to have your will." sll' A.ni.i
"I may have it yet."
Fa.iti.h and that is where r- ai. lnmakilg a
mistake. Juan's will is as strong i-s miii~- I :11
sure." she added tIrlil h, it'l ly,' "th;t h' I ; i geilLr
man than you."
"Maybe. Bridget, a greater l man but Inot ai cltlt
er lover. Not as great. That is Ii' differelive i b
tween us, see? I love you bettc tIhuan .Iun ,**.11
ever have done."
"You mast not talk like thai lihe .- v I iA
your life is always in danger. JiIn ii- iprouid. lhe
would ll'lht you fairly for me, hi! h', would kIll
you. You do not know him."
"I think I do-a little. But tlilre is lllt'hi I
do not understand about himn. Ifi thr mir'in.
stances we might be friends: he is a centllenlal. .
icabllero. as the Spanl:Lsh put it. Hit t nitr I I h) it,
want his friendship"
"Because you want his wife?" -lie asked hitter
ly. "Look well at me. Am I worth desiriin""
She glanced deprecatingly at it,-r ri':-c'd cithlies
at her thin. pale hands: but le w.as Ii'kgll uiLi Iler
face. She had done up her hair I ititly. si tllat i
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yet that had given to her countenan.i a i ilxprles.i'nll
of wistfulness, of softness, that It hadl not olrdlln
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"But what has happen'? Nobody tell me no-
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"It would appear so."
"Hnly angels! Then we all are all in de same
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"And know nothing about the waters we are
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"But," said Maria, eyeing him crrtir.illy, "you
look so clean. You are washed and shaved. This
morning, no?"
"I usually am, as you know. Iutnt. if you would
know the fd.tail.. I borrowed this morning a sort
of razor Patrick owns but does not seem to use
often. And I bathed in the river early."
"But you must have come here late last night,
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"Very late."
"Then you have hardly sleep?"
"No; as I told you, I rose early."
"Because you knew you would meet Flrildgeet.
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wanted to come with me to your rescue, Mrs. Cam-
rose; he is very fond of you, as you are aware.
But I could not have New Settlement denuded of
its chiefs at once."
"But you would 'ave been more miserable than
him to have been left behind, no?"
Both Bridget and Wentworth noticed the ma-
lice in this question. Indeed, Maria had made no
effort to conceal it. She was looking at them both
with a smile of derision which said as plainly as
words: you came because of Bridget.
"As head of New Settlement I should have
been more unhappy to have remained inactive than
my subordinate officer." he answered. "In any ease
it was my duty, primarily, to burn out this nest
of rogues. It seems that I have failed, but Cam-
rose will be pleased enough if I can arrange for
your return. I shall try to do so, senora, no matter
what happens to myself"
"You can leave me to look after my own busi
ness, senor," she rapped out spitefully. "You can
think about yourself."
"Maria seems happy enough here," cut in Pat
rick, who had now drawn near enough to overhear
the latter part of this conversation, and who wish-
ed to convey to Maria a hint that he knew more
about what was in her mind than she thought he
did. "Maria seems to have no desire at all, at all
to go back to New Settlement, so far as I can see.
Otherwise." Patrick went on with a chuckle of ma
lice, "she'd have asked Juan to send her back before
this. After all, why shouldn't he? She's of no use
here."
Maria shot him a bitter glance But again
her talent as a natural actress came to her assist
ance. She was afraid of Patrick, of what he might
guess, of what he might say. As was usual with
her when she felt she was treading on dangerous
ground, she changed her tactics quickly.
"I will ask Juan to send me back with the
Senor Wentwortll" she said calmly; "we should go
together Iridgeet will remain here, for she is
Juan's wife, an' you, Senor Patrick, is Juan's friend.
Only Don Roberto an' me belong to the English
side here, no? Then we go back together if Juan
will set us free."
Her eyes were fixed on Bridget's face as she
spoke, and she took care to speak slowly. She saw
Bridget flush red, and then as suddenly pale at the
suggestion she had made; she interpreted that ex-
pression as indiratiig jealousy first and then alarm
at the prospect of separation again from Robert.
Bridget, she swiftly concluded, would do nothing
to urge her, Maria's, ejection from the Maroon Town,


and Wentworth could not. Patrick was a different
proposition. At the moment she did not know how
to handle him; but hoped to find a way.
"If you will come with me,"' she suggested in>
a friendly tone, "we get some breakfast. I can make
choclata, an' there is jerked pig an' cassava. I cook
for Bridgeet now she not well. We are good friends
now."
She led the way back to i lidguet i hut; the
three of them seated themselves on logs of wood
scattered about and hewn to serve as seats, while
she busied herself with preparing the morning
meal. For the moment, she had taken charge rA
the situation. That was better, they all thought,
than the continuation of a wrangle; at the least
it marked a temporary truce.
Maria called a Maromo woman to her assistance,
and this woman soon had a fire blazing on the open
ground. It was fenced about with stones, across
these stones were laid two or three light bars of
iron brought from the northern Maroon settlement
and originally the property of some Spanish slave-
holder. On these bars was placed a fairly large
pot of burnt red clay, of native manufacture, filled
with water, and into it Maria threw some slabs of
prepared cocoa, or chocolate, while on embers drawn
from the main fire she laid a number of thick cas-
sava cakes, fully a month old, to toast. When the
cooking was done, she ipured the liquid chocolate
into calabashes, the dried rinds of a huge circular
vegetable gourd which grew wild in the island. and
which formed plates and dishes and drinking ves-
sels for the people of this villau which indeed
had formed part of the culinary utensils of many
of the Spaniards in Santiago de la Vega. The choco-
late she sweetened with a little coarse sugar that
they had. then she roasted junks of jerked or dried
and slightly salted pork over the fire with the aid
of an iron fork. The aroma of the frizzing pork
rose on the morning air and whetted the appetite:
the Spanish Nv'ries were adept at making jerked
pork one of the most tasty articles of food in the
country. Pieces of it were laid on the thick cas-
sava cakes, and all four of them proceeded to break-
fast in the open air, as the other people in the camp
were dol-nc, and, as was the usual custom, flngerr and
teeth were the substitute for knives and forks.
Bridget ate almost unihing. but drank the cho-
colate slowly. Wentworth watched her with an an-
xious look. Maria observed them both. Patrick's
glance shifted from them to Maria, and back
again.
The meal completed, both the men began to
feel the effects of their recent strenuous exertions.


Fatligue seized upon them. During the last fifty
hours or so they had had but little sleep. Patrick
rose with a yawn.
"We are tired," he mumbled, "and the heat is
beginning already. Let us go back to the hut, Mr.
Wentworth, and get a little sleep before Juan re-
turns. If we are still sleeping when the next ineal
is ready," he said, turning to Maria, "don't wake us.
We have been marching and liightLg--"
't(;eting up very early and sprucing ourselves
this morning, too, Senor Patrick," she put in slyly,
speaking in Spl,: ish. "I understand. Go with
God and sleep well."
"And see that you do not go to the devill. Ma
ria," he answered, half seriously, also speaking In
lSpanish. "for I am well aware that you are up to
some mischief."
"You never trust me," she complained plaintive-
ly.
"You shouldn't take me for a fool, Maria."
"That I never have," she laughed, and her
mirth was genuine. "But I bear no enmity to these
two I mustn't say lovers, must I, Patrick? Well,
friends, then. No; I bear them no enmity now.
I wish them all the good luck in the world. I won-
der if you really do the same, Patrick?"
"It wouldn't be the same luck you have in mind,"
answered Patrick dryly.
"Maybe not; but in some matters you are a fool,
senor."
"Not where your devlltry is concerned, Man
ria."
She shrugged her shoulders and turned from
him; neither her expression nor that of Patrick
had given to the others any suggestion of the tenor
of their talk. And both of these were too proud
to ask a question Bridget went into her hut with
out a word. Robert followed Patrick in silence.
The two men lay themselves wearily down, and
almost immediately fell asleep. Bridget reclined
upon her rough bed, thinking deeply. Maria went
about doing nothing. also deep in thought. The Ma-
roons continued their work of building rough shel-
ers and digging in the soft soil to the west of their
town for the planting of cassava roots and maize;
the sun soared higher and higher. smiting the high
plateau with fiery waves of heat. The three or four
mongrels in the camp fell to silence, the pigs grunt-
ed softly and infrequently, the birds in the sur-
rounding trees chirped and whistled and fluttered
about, but with no great exertion. A summer's
semi-quietude had fallen on the village and it con-
tinued until well into the afternoon.
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ring of people, even a sort of military formation
on the part of the men in the camp, for it was
known that the Senor ('.lplill Juan Mendez was
about to enter. lie came with his following, and
was greeted with loud cries of welcome and ap-
plause from both women and men, as though he
had come back from capturing a city. A salute
from three or four muskets created sudden rever-
berations among the surrounding hills; the Maroons
blew their cow-horns, making long, echoing, roaring
sounds, leapt high in a sort of war dance and shout-
ed words in praise of their hero. He had driven
back a body of English who had been marching onl
the Maroon t'anpii. he had killed so now the story
ran a number of thim,. he had taken their chief
a prisoner. This indeed was a man to worship!
And Juan, knowing the people, accepted this adula
tion as his due.
Some of those with him bore, swung on poles,
the carcases of hogs they had hunted and slain mn
their way homewards. Two of them, Jose and the
Maroon whom Jose had taken with him at a whisp
ered word from Juan after the retreat of the KI:ni
lish body, carried large bundles carefully on their
heads. Patrick and Wentworth came out to meet
Juan Mendez: they had been awake for some time
now. Patrick left Wentworth behind and walked
up to Juan: "I see you have brought in sone food.
Juan," said he, "but what are those?"
He indicated with a gesture the bundles Jose
and the other Maroon so carefully carried. Juan
smiled.
"It occurred to me. Pat, llht Bridget. and even


Maria, needed some clothes. So I ordered these
two fellows to lie close to New Setlecmentl. one
sleeping, the other watching, in the day-time of
yesterday. 'lThii. if nothing happened, they were,
after nightfall, to steal down into New Settlement,
get into the house from which we took Bridget and
Maria, and see if some of their clothes were not
left lying in the rooms there. I guessed that Went-
worth would not have had any new people move in
so early, or allowed anylhlng to be yet disturbed."
"You have a brain, Juan, and the girls will
bless you for thinking about their appearance."
Juan was pIl*ned with this praise, and showed
it. "I thoLgIit of something else also, Pat. Jose
and Fernandez took meat with them to throw to the
dogs in New S,.tthlment. in the event of those
beasts attacking them. They had no trouble. Dogs,
as you know, are accustomed to bark at anything
and at nothing in our country at night. The Eng-
lish already know that. They would therefore not
attach any significance to some uncontinued bark-
ing on the part of their dos. and these became
quiet when meat was thrown to them. They did
not yelp either when a machete severed their heads
from their bodies," added Juan with a grim smile.
"My men killed five."
"But that will warn the English-"
"That thcy are not safe, even in their own
town? That is sx'a-tly what I wish them to
know."
"I see. Did we kill any of them also?"
"No. And that is a pity. They have sentries,
of course, as you said 'liey would. And these stand


two by two, and are changed at regular intervals.
Once Jose and Fernandez tried to approach a couple
of IliIhi. but at the slightest rustle the heretics chal-
lenged and were ready to fire. So, if the clothes
were to be secured, the sentries at the Settlement
had to be left alone."
"Our men saved their own lives by leaving the
sentries alone," observed Patrick thoughtfully. "and
the ILEnglish will know it. Still, you have taught
them a lesson. Next time, however, they will be on
the look-out for even an occasional thief."
"Next time I shall think of some new plan,"
replied Juan confidently. *".'y men took all the
clothing they could lay their hands upon in Went-
worth's house: some of his too. They thought I
night want a change of raiment myself. As if I
would ever wear an Lnglhshman's clothes!"
"I would, if I stole it," said Patrick promptly,
"but not if he gave it to me."
"We had better let this man, Wentworth, have
his clothing. Pat." said Juan contemptuously; "you
and I can do without it. Has he said anything?"
"I think he is wondering what you intend to
do with him."
"I have not decided that yet. I see he lodges
with you."
"There was no other place, Juan; but now you
are here ."
"Let him remain where he is-with you."
"Then you will sleep with Bridge[*'
"No. She is still ill, or, at least, not well. The
nights are fine: I will sleep in the open, as so often
I did in days gone by, until my people run me up a
hut."
"Bridget is waiting for you now," said Patrick;
"she is standing yonder."
"I will go and greet her. Then I will take some
rest. Wentworth is in your charge."
Juan walked towards Bridget. his keen black
eyes upon her face. He touched her forehead with
his lips. "Better, carissima?" he asked tenderly
"I think I am quite well, my dear," she ans-
wered bravely. "The wife of a captain like you
must not always be malingering. I am better
now."
"Splendidly spoken, Bridget! You are ready to
come to me as wife to husband?"
"Quite ready, Juan. and should have been so
days ago."
"No. You were sicker than you think. Dear.
est, you are not better even now. I know that, can
see it. But your words have given me joy; let us
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a lump of Irees that hid them iromi the sight ',f
the olllier'. he suddenly clasped her nII his arms and
kissed hei passionately again and again She re
sponded. bu t no with the same warmth of passion
She felt breathless. weak. But this was not the
weakliess if surrender coining frim thn heart Ruth-
er the %Aaknltss of stubminssion borli of ,Ia sense if
duty. perhaps even in some degree Ihe r-suLlt of dis
pair. Instinltlively. he seemed ti, realize this.
"You are a good woman, Bridget, my wife." said
he, "'but I have always known that. There are
two things I love above all else: this country and
you
SThen I come second. Juan?"
"I should not have put it in that way. larissima.
I spoke thoughtlessly."
"You spoke as you fell. dearest "
"[ love you. Bridget."
'That I know-and yet'"
"Jamaica was my first wife? Yes. that is tru,"
But Jamnica is not a woman, remember. so you
need not be jealous"
"Nor need you be. Juan."
"I am not."
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who had gone over as an ally to the English He
thought also of Weutworth. and his eyes grew bleak.
"Let me take you back to your hut," he suggested to
Bridget. "I am glad that you are better than be.
tore."
"I will send Maria elsewhere," she said, as they
walked back. "You and I will be together at
last."
"Not yet. Bridget. Maria will stay to-night, and
many other nights. with you."

CHAPTER FOUR'TEEN:
MARIA'S OFFER
BRIDUEl.T and Maria were grateful for the clothes
brought for them from New Settlement; they
were crushed, but Maria did not retire that night
until she had restored to them some sort of shape
Wenitworth, too, was pleased that Jose had taken
some of his things, which Patrick had presented to
him; he had a longing to appear at his best possible
before Bridget.. Juan affected to disdain all personal
adornment. Patrick honestly did not care whether he
looked like a scarecrow or not. But Juan was clean-
ly in his habits and soldierly In his denimanoir; con-
sequently he never looked Inferior. The very pride
of his bearing prevented that.
The next morning, as he was watching idly, some
distance away, the erection of a new hut by his men.
Maria stole up to him. She had bathed early and
had tended her hair; she had attired herself in a
white gown that more than once she had worn to
advantage in SaantiaRn de la Vega and New Settle-
ment; and if it looked somewhat out of place in
her present surroundings, she did not allow that
to mar her satisfaction. There was a keen light in
her eyes, a set expression on her face. as though
she had definitely determined upon some course of
action. Which was true. Maria had made up her
mind to say what she had been thinking about for
the last two days, and now, having come to that de-
cision, was deliberately reckless of what the conse-
quences might be.
Sometimes, in the past, and especially when sur-
prised, she had shrunk from danger. wilted at the
prospect of punishment. But when she made up
her mind to action she could be unyielding as
granite.


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"Juan," she called out, to draw his attention
to her, and he turned and bowed to her gravely.
"Juan, what have you resolved to do with
me?"
"I may send you back to New Seltleme.'mn. to
your English husband, Maria. That has crossed
my mind."
I do not want to go."
'You do not want to rejoin the Senor C'a:in,,,.
whom, if I rightly recall your own words. you love
so much?"
"I do not love him at all. I merely tolerated
him: I had to. I have never loved him, Juan. I
said I did because I feared that my life might be
in danger from you: now I know that it is not."
"How can you know that, Maria?"
"Because I love you, and you know I do; and
you will not kill a woman who loves you. I will
tot go back to New Settlenment. Ju;ain I want to stay
here with you."
"Maria-"
"I must!"
"You little fool!"
"Hush! Don't you see what I mean? I am
willing to give up everything for you, to stay with
you herr. in all this misery, this hardship, this dan-
ger. You might be killed by the English. Juan, and
so might I: if they thought I was a traitor, Ith"y
would have no mercy; and even if you alone were
killed I should have no future. I do not mind. You
are the only man I have ever loved; you are the
only man I want. Take me, Juan. for anything
you like. You have known me for years; I could
bear you children that would carry on the work to
which you have set yourself: you and I, and tin y,
would be the only white Maroons in all Jamaica,
but our Negroes would follow us, and we should
always he a terror to these English, even after we
were dead."
"Maria!"
"You are going to say something about lIlrl-.,.
That she Is your wife, that you love her, that she Is
devoted to you nnd to your cause. You may live
her, Juan. but not so much now as once you did.
I am a woman, and during even the little time I
have been here I have seen that you love this cou.-
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would be my reason. As to Brid.dget-'" She paused
for a moment, took a deep breath, then went re-
solutely on. "II idnplt may have loved you once;
I think she did. But can you not see, or guess,
that she has come to love this lEnclhi-,lrmani Went-
worth, better than yu"' It is plain to me: I don't
think, if you asked her frankly whether she does,
that she would deny it.
"It is no wonder, Juan. She has seen bur litll.
of you, she has been with him much of late. He
loves her. has told her so, and her eyes brlghtel
and her bosom heaves at the sichi of him. He is
nearer to her than you are: you are nearer to me,
and I to you, than Camrose to me, or Bridget to
you. We are of the same people. I could be happy
here with you: she will never be. I think she will
sicken and die in despair if she has to remain in
this place-even with you. Patrick knows it. Now
do what you please with me, Juan, though you know
I have spoken the truth."
She was all tension, she stared into his eyes
with a spirit, a courage, a recklessness equal to his
own. She stood as rhtluh walIlne for him to strike
her.
His words surprised her, they were so calmly
uttered:
"You say that Patrick knows?"


"About li-id Iet love for Wentworth? I am
bure of it. But if you ask him, he will lie to you."
"I know that."
"Then you believe what I have said, Juan?"
she cried joyfully.
"I did not say that; I only meant that Patrick
would lie to save me from pain, while what I suf-
fered would not matter to you."
",Only in this thing. Juan, and because I love
you. For the rest, I could and would suffer any-
thing with you."
"Until you grew tired, Maria."
"And for whom should I tire of you in these
woods, in all this misery?" she asked bitterly. "What
woman would wish to stay here, for all her llf.
when she might leave it. unless she loved beyond
all reason the man who had resolved to remain in
it? Can't you see the truth at last? Are you so
blind?"
"And how do I know," he asked, with a touch
of sternness in his voice, "that you would not nag
me after a little while to give it all up and make
my peace with the English? You did that once be-
fore, you know."
"I did. But I might as well seek to shake the
mountains as to move you from your resolution,
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you for as long as we live. I love you. I will alan.
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"And Bridget. Maria? My wife?"
"Send her back with Wentworth. They love
one another, I tell you. Would you have a woman
as wife who did not love you? And for how lon''
Would you see her pine and die before your eyes
while you knew the reason? That would unt be
like the old Juan Mendez."
"I wonder how much you really know about
Juan Mendez?" he asked; and then, as if he were
talking to himself: "I wonder how much Juan Men-
dez knows about himself."
He was staring into the distance, a look of sor-
row, almost of despair. in the drawn and haggard
face. Maria's heart sank. She had been passion-
ately sincere in offering herself to Juan. she felt
now that he was worth any sacrifice upon her part.
that she would leave everything in the urld ton be
with him and to follow him. She had grown des
operate with longing: she was not acting now
When she had begun to speak she had feared
scorn, repudiation, even violence from him. but had
been prIpared to meet it with resolution lie had
been quiet, thoughtful. composed, and had wondered
audibly whether she really knew him, whether he
knew himself. By all her imploring he seemed un
touched. And at that a new sort of fear possessed
her.
'juan," she begged, and genuine tears were in
her eyes, "don't send me back to Camrose."
"Not if you do not wish to go," he answered, and
her heart bounded with delight. "though [ am noU
sure that I shall be acting rightly But I love only
Bridget, Maria."
"And she loves Wentworth!"
"I think so."
"Mother of God! then you too have sr'een-"
SNIthiniB Iridget is loyal as you eould never
be. I have seen nothing. for there has been iiothing
to see. But I have guessed much. Or perhaps I
should say that I have seen Bridget's eyes and ex
pression, and that they have told me much. I had
an idea of what was in her heart from the n'iht
I brought her here."
"And yet you did not kill Wentworth when you
had him at your mercy in the woods!" cried Mari:i.
stuilfitied "Juan what sort of man are you what
kind of Sp:aniard"'
"I have Wentworth at my mercy now, Maria:
don't forget that. But somehow I do not want to
kill him. As to what sort of Spaniard I am. hat
question could not be asked by another Spaniard
who was worthy of the name. Did not RIamirez. our
old Governor, go lildly to the English Camp he-
cause he would not have it thought that a Spanish
:ntll lli iin. who was our chief, would shrink from
the worst his country's foes might do to himn Co',uld
not de Sassi have surrendered, and have become a
great man under the English in this country, but
preferred starvation and hardship, and exile forever
front his native land? We Spaniards hav" a real
past, and I for one can never forget that There
are many other Spanish like me, Maria."
He strode away, left her there wondering. Was
he mad? she asked herself; but knew that he wah
not. Yet that curious, intense, self-centred, exalted
mood of his, that constant dedication of himself-
suddenly light broke in upon her. She relemheered
things she had heard in Cuba about priests who
sacrificed themselves and all else to an idl'a. tin the
glory of their Church, the furtherance of ite rell
glon to which they were devoted with a zeal ihat
heeded no obstacles, cared nothing for "ufferiig :and
pain, held in view only the great goal after which
they strove, mocked at the love of wminen even
though surrounded by temptation. These priests or
nonks had been t Span:Tards even she had heard of
Ignatius of Loyila and Torquemada "Juan,"' she
almost cried aloud, "should have been a nmonk. Juan
was born to be a fanatic monk!" And again her
heart fell and suoiniething like despair came river her.
For how could a woman ever hope to hold such
a man? There were two white women in this camp
with him now, one his wife, the other offering her
self to him. Yet they might as well be his sisters'
No other man in ten thousand would act 1as he did.
surely he had been born for the sort of monastery
of which she had 'casionally heard! But Maria
was not one to admit defeat and failure easily.
Quickly as she had despaired, her spirit, rose again.
She thought i apidly Juan was devoted o1 the idea.
not of spreading or defending the doctrines of his
Church, but to tighting the English in Jamaira, to
making the hold of the English on the country al.
ways full of risk, if not precarious. He would give
his life to that; but what, It he lived, could he do
in old age, and what would happen if he left none
like himself to carry on the desperate hopeless war?
That Iliouiinht would affect him presently, might even
torment him. especially if he believed that the lead-
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self, a man of Spanish descent. There might be
other such men here if Juan had children Site had
told him so already. what if she should tell him
so again and again? Impress it upon him that.
thruhiili her, he might leave worthy descendants toi
bear his name, boys who should lead the multiplying
Negro Maroons in the years to come, flegh of hil
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flesh :und blu.,d of his blood? Ilridlet would not
willingly bear such clildi ei, might die before she
had a child probably would. And Juan, the mian
with a f.inatic monk's fervor. and even with a fana-
tic niok'sa :isetic nature, would shrink from hav-
ing children lIy a woman who he knew loved some-
one else. Iut she, .Maii a. was Spanish like him-
sell, and the thought of children. children, chldlren.
to carry on his work, to live among these mountains
leading th'e Maroons, perpetually striking at the
English--hatn of a surety would appeal to him. Let
the iden1 tni sink deep into his iniiid. and it would
mould and direct his actions. She would take care
thai it s;ink into his very soul.
IIH did not love her now. But if she gave hint
a child. it would be different. She would make him
love her then. and she would help him rule these
rude .iarno.,iI. and would plot with him for the
harrying of the English settlements, for their raid-
Ing. their turning; and perhaps her name would
come to lhe known with Juan's in the neighboring
Spanish countries, and adventurers would secretly
flock to this island to follow the leadership of Juan
and herself. Bridget would have to go, would be
glad to ig. and even if Juan, with his silly scruples,
should still believe that Iridget was his lawful wife,
that would matter niohing to her, Maria. if she be-
came the real wife of Juan to have and to hold.
Children. the leaders of the future, would bind
them together
As she Ihought all this, she herself became ex-
alted Here was something to strive for. an effort
that appealed to her spirit, a future that held at-
tractions far superior to those which being the mis-
tress of some powerful IElingllhman in Jamaica offer-
ed, and which she had not long ago thought great.
Belter kill Ihei English than be their plaything. she
thought now. i craving for cruelty stirring in her
blood Indeed. were it not that he might be of use
in dealing with Bridget. she would not raise her
vo're to save Wentworth from summary death should
Jnun deride on that. But Wentworth might be use-
ful: would lhe useful so long as Bridget was alive.
Better that Wentworth should live. Better still
thai he should take liidget away and leave Juan
Mendezn o her.

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

"IN THE IIA.NDS OF ;OD"
W HATEVIlt were the faults of Philip Camrose,
he did not lack the qualities of energy and
decision. On the return of the English body which
had set out with Wentworth to find the Maroon set-
tlement and rescue Bridget and Maria, he called a
meeting of the freemen of New Settlement, organ-
ised a defensive force to guard that place, and set off
with twice the number of men that Robert had led
to search for Robert's body and that of the other
Englishinllin who had been slain. He believed his
leader killed, and not so far away that he could
not reach the spot and return before nightfall. Ont
ground will which the people of New Settlement
were already quite familiar-since it was ground over
which they had hunted for wild hog on several oe-
casions- li did not fear any sudden attack from
the Maroons. especially as the sun would be high
and anly nnving object visible. In fact, he would
hawv been pleased to meet with the Maroons who
had killed ;ia, he hI-lievedl two Englishmen and
forred the others to retreat. He felt himself strong
enough to flght and beat them; and he was avid
for the chance of inflicting a bloody chastisement
upon Iinen whlinm he regarded as nothllil better than
rebellious scoundrels and bandits.
Bui thoitugh he found the place where the fight-
ing had taken place, there was no corpse anywhere.
For the body of the one Englishman who had been
killed had been carried off some distance and hurled
over the heights. This had been done at Juan's
orders: Juan had known that if one body only had
been found, the IEn-lilh would have guessed cor-
rectly what had become of Wentworth. And that he
did not want
Juan had come to this decision after some quick
but keen thinking. He wished for no effort at nego-
liations fur thei relief of Wentworth. These would
have heen attempted, to save the young man's life
had it been believed that he was still alive and a
prisoner But if the English were convinced that
he was killed, and that New Settlement itself mig-ht
al any lime he raided-which belief the success of
Jose and his fellow-Maroon tnat night might help to
strenathei. they would scarcely sit quiet, they
would enideatvour to take the offensive. How? Juan
imagined hiow. calculated upon that. Which show-
ed that. like a good general, he had read the mind
of his opponents rightly, and that he was buildin-
his future plans on the outcome of that attack.
Thus Philip ('Cainrlse. after returning from the
rsar,.h fir the bodies of his countrymen, had quickly
done Iwoi Ir three other thlin)1t The very next
morning he had despatched two men on horseback to
infnrm the Enrhlish head of all the Morante dis-
trict of whuat had happened. He had sent four


men to Sanulilgn de nl Vega to inform the Governor
of the affair, and also to beg him-his most import-
ant act of all-to send an order to Juan de Bolas to
hasten to Morante with his men, so that an attack
upon the Mendez Maroons Ilight be made without
a day's unnecessary delay. I'rsponsiblilily for sate-
guarding New SetlrItintntn. for avenging \\Venitwiiit.
for rescuing .laria. had fallen upon him. He rose
to it with a firmness and decision which showed that
there was a side to his character which had to be re-
garded with respect.
That very next morning, too, when discov ry
was made of the raid upon W\entwi thl's house and
the stealing of the clothes (and ;IlllMNhin-I else that
the two Maroons could ~'iionteniently carry away)
Camrose called a council of some of the more im-
portant men in New Setlemeint. He gave orders
for the douln ng of sentries. He informed his col-
leagues that none of them must wander alone beyonrl
the boundaries of their village or plantation. "The
Governor will send for Juan de BIola." he confident-
ly predicted; "for only a Maroon can find and f11 ti
these Maroons in their native woods. Till then. we
must be patient."
"Patient!" scoffed a youngster. "Is that all we
must be?"
"Yes." said ('anrose. "unless we want to be kill-
ed without striking a blow In return. Don't ima-
gine that I am not as eager as any of you to send
these brutes to hell-I have reason to be more eager.
But I must wait. Our dependence is upon Juan de
Bolas."
"And when we have seen him kill this white
Al.i'ron, Mendez, we shall be even more beholden
than we now are to the black Maroon, de Bolas," re-
plied the young fellow petulantly.
"Many of the Maroons will be slain in the fight
to come," retorted Camrose dryly. "so dog will eat
dog and we shall have fewer to deal with."
A gleam of appreciation shone in the eyes of
most of the men seated round the council table.
This Camrose, after all. had a head upon his should-
ers. Responsibility had actually educated him to
wisdom and discretion.
"I wonder what became of the man de Bolas
left with us," remarked one of these. "He must
have run away. if he did not actually betray us."
"We don't know," said <'amrnse. "I think he
must have been killed."
Thus ended the conncll.


In the Maroan Town or Camp, life, externally.
seemed of a sudden to have become once again
deadlly monotonous.
Juan, on leaving Malna. had retired into a hut
by himself. a newly completed structure of the frail-
est description. he had Inritly left Patrick to the
companionship or guarding of Wentworth.
Blridget had also withdrawn into her hut, feel-
ing the danger of being too much with Wentworth.
Maria. full of plots and hopes, dared yet to say little
or nothlil to either Iri(dlret or W\entworth Yet
she felt that they should be brouilit together. There
must be no sort of doubt remaining in Juan's mind
as to their mutual feeling.
The day wore on, every white man and woman
in that camp conscious that this heavy inactivity


could not indefinitely endure. Juan held himself
apart, brooding not only on the present but the
future. Patrick knew that while he was in this
mood it was wisest to let him alone.
A diversion occurred late that afternoon. One
of the Maroons posted to watch over the entrance
to the town came I(nil in, bringing with him a
stranger, a small, black fellow who had asked to
see the captain. .A;lany of those in the camp knew
him at sight. From all quarters they came running
up, some wondering if this man had come with a
message from Juan de Bolas.
With much lhliei.ly he explained that he had
decided to offer his services and allegiance to Cap-
tain :MIin.lz. that he had been deputed by Juan
de Bolas to lead the I.:nglish to the Maroon Town.
if he could find it, as he had believed he could. but
that he had deserted at the first opportunity because
he wished to have nothing tododo with them or with
de Iolas either. "And here I am," he concluded
,alldilou|ell IIly
He seemed to think himself a hero, for he struck
an attitude. The Maroons also appeared inclined
to regard him as one who had performed something
of the nature of a wonder. though exactly how,
none of them could have explained. Juan, stand-
ing at the door of his hut, regarded him thought
fully.
Then he began to question him about de Bo-
las.
"How lmny men has he?"
"About a hundred, senor."
"And you have heard that he proposes to come
against me some day?"
"Si. senor. But you will-"
"Wait!" was the command. "low many men do
you think he is likely to bring'"
"'More than lifty. senor."
"I guessed as much. Are they all satisfied with
him, all content to be under his command? Answer
truthfiilly."
"I swear by all the saints, senor, that many of
then. now that they know you have returned. would
prefer to be under you. They look on you as their
true chief. Did they not know you as a gentlemnan
in Salniiain.' Have they not heard that our Gov-
ernor, Don Arnaldo de Sassi, appointed you to be
Governor here in his place? Do they not know that
you were the first caballero in Jamaica to give free-
dom to his slaves? We would rather be led by a
caballero than by Juan de RBlat. the man concluded,
quite simply.
"And how did you hear some of these thines'"
demanded Juan, looking shrewdly at him.
"Prom two women of Jose's old settlement. who
did not come with the others here. They must have
run away to us from their men."
Juan glanced keenly at Jose, saw the self-con-
scious look on that worthy's face, and understood.
Jose, not knowing exactly how this act would be
taken by his leader, had nevertheless decided to
sow dissension among the followers of Juan de Bolas.
These two women were quite young, were, in fact,
Juan gImtissdl i instantly. Jose's own dililgliltr-4
Their "raemp i' had been arranged. all that it meant
w.,s that they had gone off to de Bolas. Jose kunw
that in a camp or town of men, where women were
scarce, two not ill-favoured and still very young
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THE WHITE MAROON
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wenches would find a hearty welcome. They would
tell. quite openly, all that ihey knew, and that
would be quite enough.
They were safe, for they were not even aware
that they were doing work for Captain Mendez; only
that they were obeying their father's message to
flee from what might be a very dangerous situation
to a much safer one. Juan de Bolas must have
suspected nothing; with twice the number of fol-
lowers that Captain Mendes had. and with the recog-
nition and support of the English. he would inevit-
ably regard Mendez with contempt and might even
believe that many of the following of Mendez would
be glad to join with him. He had forgotten that
Mendez was of the dominant Spanish race, was per-
sonally loved by the Negroes, was regarded by most
of them as the natural chief of the country, since
iArnaldo de Sassi had made him so. de Bolas was
by no means the first man to allow vanity to blind
him us to the true feeling of a long-subordinate or-
der of people for one whom they regarded as hold-
ing his position by right of birth and even by right
of religious sanction.
"Come with me," said Juan to the renegade,
and beckoned Jose at the same time. The three
of them walked towards the eastern boundaries of
the town, well out of sight as well as ear-shot.
Bridget and Maria had been among the auditors
of the colloquy reported above; Patrick had kept
Wentworth from going among the little crowd, since,
obviously, Juan would not wish Wentworth to be
treated as one quite free, even though he could not
have understood a word that passed. Neither, for
the matter of that, could Bridget understand. But
Maria did, and she observed thoughtfully. walking
slowly by Bridget's side and setting the direction or
their path--
"Juan. he is thinking of somethings: he hate
dis de Bolas: I see dat in his eye."
"What do ye mean?" questioned Bridget blank-
ly.
"de Bolas he have another body of Maroons.
He Is friend of de English an' will fight wid Juan.
Juan, I l'ink. want to fight heem too, and dis leetle
hliick mans who come today will help him how to
do it We going to have more war, Bridgeet. an'
what will happen to you and me. I don't know."
"Dkoes it matter much?" asked Bridget indiffer-

"Life is sweet," sententiously replied Maria,
"especially if we 'ave anybody to love us."
They had come now to where Patrick and Went-
wilth still stood, their gaze fixed In the direction
taken by Juan, Jose and the renegade. They turn-
ed oin lihering the approach of the two young wo-
Inen. Maria deftly separated herself from Bridget
and sidled up to Patrick's side. She knew that Pat
mu1st he burning with curiosity to learn just what
had occurred.
She put a hand gently on his arm and continued
tI walk. talking as she did so. Patrick perfectly
romprehended her intention. She wished to leave
Bridget alone with Wentworth. But, he reflected
philosophically, how could they always be kept apart
unless Wentworth was confined?
"You want them to fall in love with one an-
other, don't you, Maria?" he chuckled. yielding never-
theless to the pressure of her arm, and dropping into
Spanish.
"They are in love with one another already.
as you well know, Senor Patrick. And why not?
She no longer loves Juan, and Juan hardly loves
her. So why not?"
"Because they are not husband and wife," re-
torted Patrick shortly.
"Would anything prevent you from making love
to a married woman, Patrick?"
"1 am I, and Bridget Is Bridget"
"Bridgeet is a woman, and this is a new life al-
together; the old rules are gone like--poof!" She
made a grimace of dismissal. "But what you real-
ly want to know is what that little man came here
in say to Juan. isn't it, senor?"
"Juan will tell It all to me."
"He will: but you hate to wait. or you would
not have come with me. Well, I will tell you. What
may happen may make a great deal of difference to
us all."
She launched out upon her recital; halting in
her walk to do so. They were far enough from
Bridget and Wentworth to give them a sense of
freedom; besides, it might not do for Juan to return
and find that his wife and prisoner had been left
quite out of sight.


"Something is evidently afoot," said Wentworth
to Bridget. when Maria and Patrick were out of
hearing; "but what it Is, even Patrick could not
guess."
"Nor can I. I don't understand the language
they speak in, as you know."
"It may mean fighting. I am sure Camros
will not be content to leave these Maroons alone,
nor will Juan Mendez sit here forever in idleness.
You may be In danger, Bridget "


"And you too."
"I know that. But 1 am in danger already. It
is about you that I think."
"I must share my husband's fortunes," she re-
plied, but gently, for she was touched by the earn-
estness and passion of his tone.
"The husband who still lives apart from you!
Yet I am glad of that. I don't think he loves you,
ldridgt. though how that can be is an amazement.
The man is wrapped up in some high fantastic no-
tion. But you, my darling, were never meant to be
a fanatic. You love me, even as I love you. I have
been thinking I will tell Juan Mendez this-"
"And be killed before you have done speaking!
Foul. fool! Haven't you learnt to understand that
Juan will suffer no insult?"
"It would not be an insult. He will understand
me. The man is after all a gentleman, a very high-
souled gentleman, more finely tempered than I am.
I am afraid. Yet I have this superiority over him:
I love you as he never can. That makes me his
better, Bridget."
"But does it, Robert? You have said much the
same thing before: but what a title to superiority'
Besides," she added inconsequently. "I don't think
he is more a high souled gentleman than you, more
finely tempered than you. Ye also would die for a
cause you held dear."
"I would die for you!"
"I believe you, darling!"
"Darling? Bridget--!"
"I shouldn't have said that, I suppose," she in-
terposed hurriedly. "it is all wrong. But the words
slipped out, and I will not withdraw them. What's
the sense of pretending any further? Yes; I love
you, Robert. I suppose it was Juan's long absence,
and your kindness, your devotion to me at New Set-
tlement-everything. I must have come to love you
when I knew that you meant me no harm, though.
at first, I thought you did."
"At first I did." he answered bravely; "at first
I did not see you as you are. But I very soon came
to love you as I should."
"And would have married me, if ye could: I
knew that."
"And will yet marry you, Bridget. I have made
up my mind. I will risk everything by telling Juan
Mendez the truth. Somehow. I believe he will take
it calmly, nobly, and will let us go. If he does not
hold you to this sham marriage of yours, even your
Church. I think, will not."
"It may be the Church would not; the Church,
I think, would hold that there had been no true mar.
riage. But you forget one thing, dear."
"What?"
"Juan still loves me."
"As a man might love a saint."
"Or as a saint might love a woman, a saint be-
ing still a man. And Juan is a man, Robert; I
have always known it; I knew it by the way he
kissed me on his return to this town. He knows somr-
thing about us, I believe, but what it is I cannot
guess. Perhaps Maria knows. She loves him. And
she would plot our ruin if that suited her pur-
pose."
"I wonder how it could help her to ruin us?
But I will not think of ruin. If you will not have
me speak outright to Juan at once-"
"No!"


"Then we could try to escape."
"From here? To perish in the woods?"
"I could bribe one of these Negroes to help us.
I could reward him well. and assure him of his free-
dom. I owe Juan no obligations; I have pledged
him no word. I am free."
"You forget that I am not. It would be less to
him that I should break his heart by telling him
I do not love him as I ued to do-though, the Holy
Mother is my witness, I still have a true, deep af-
fection for him-than that I should break his faith
in me. That would be the harder blow for him.
That would mean humiliation for him, might spur
him to a cruel revenge. Remember, he is a Spani-
ard,"
"Good God, is there no way out of this!" cried
Wentworth.
"None that I can see now. But Patrick usdd
to advise me to have patience and shuffle the cards.
By which I suppose he meant that I should have
patience. Will you too be patient, dear?"
He did not answer, for he saw Juan and the
two men with him coming towards them with a
rapid stride. They passed Patrick and Maria with-
out a word; when they came up to where Bridget
and Wentworth stood, Juan with a gesture and a
word dismissed Jose and the Maroon who had de-
serted Juan de Bolas.
His keen eyes swept over the faces of Bridget
and Wentworth. They were as open books to him.
He smiled sadly. "Are you regretting that I
brought you here instead of sending you back to
your own people, senor?" he questioned Wentworth,.
not even hinting at the third alternative, which was
death.
Robert did not answer. He would not deny
that he was glad that he had been brought to this
camp.
"I for one do not regret it," Juan went on, to
the surprise of the other two: they wondered. their
hearts at a tension, what next he would say.
"There is a battle coming," he continued. "though
I do not think that the English will have much, if
any, part in it. But if you were still at New Settle-
ment. senor, you would. I am sure, insist upon your-
self and your English marching with Juan de Bolas
against me; and you are an enemy to respect."
"Is Juan de Bolas coming, then?" exclaimed
Robert
"He will come. You must know that as well
as I. But he will be defeated, senor, utterly beaten.
He marches against me, me, Juan Mendez, a son
of the old conquistadores, a descendant of that DiegRi
Mendez who was the righthand man of the great
Admiral Colon. or 'olumhus. as I believe you En,-
lish call hin. He will think to take me by surprise!
But we shall meet on ground that I have chosen, and
only one of us two shall then be left alive. That
one will not he the traitor Juan de Bolas."
"And what effect will this battle between you
have on Bridget and myself?"
"Bridget is no affair of yours, senor, so far as
I can see. As to yourself, you are a prisoner. and
your fate rests with me and my men."
"What does that mean?"
"Whatever we--whatever I decide."
"Very well. Then let me tell you what perhaps
you have already guessed. I love Bridgel O'Hara,
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know your story and hers. You can set her free
if you choose. She loves me-I know you will
not harm her if I tell you this. Why not let her go,
since she is only a wife in name, and I will take
her with me to Egland. after having married her
lawfully here? You are a great geniilenl;n. senor;
may I appeal to all that is highest within you?"
"You make that appeal for your own sake and
i*ntnfit. senor! Have you realized that?" demanded
Mendez sternly.
lrildget had cowered when Wentworth had blurt-
ed out the thing in his minnd: yet in a flash she
understood that. sooner or later, he must have said
it. Now that the word was uttered. the die was cast,
she drew herself up proudly. She had done nothing
wrong; she could blame herself for nithiing; but her
heart was torn with agonised ifeling for both these
men. She noticed that Wentworth's eyes were flash-
ing; his mood was that of a desperate fighter. Juan's
eyes were sad. but there was sombre fire in them
also.
"For Bridget a sake as well, and perhaps, though
in very minor degree for yours also, Governor Men-
dez," replied Robert firmly.
Those two words, "Governor Mendez," had been
spoken without inteltiol: Wentworth used them
because he had recently heard Juan spoken of as
Governor by Patrick. even as Juan de Bolas had
sometimes been by the English themselves
But coming from him they sounded to Juan as
an anknowledgnlenl of Juan's claim, of his position.
an acknowledginent from an enemy. They had a
subtle, Immediate effect upon the Spaniard. Pridle
of place was his; never in his mind was there a
doubt that he was now the rightful Governor of this
country. But never had he explteld so to be termed
by an Englishman And the acknowledgment seemed
sincere.
Juan stood there, apparently thinking. His lips
moved, he was repeating to himself the words. Gov-
ernor Mendez. Yes. he was that, and a Governor of
the best type must be just, must endeavour to be
above ordinary passions, must feel that he held his
post from God as well as the King. "from both Ma-
jesties." was the way he put it to himself. lrldcir
looked for a terrible explosion from him. Instead
of that he bowed courteously to Wentworth and
said: "I suggest that you join I'atrik. senor; I am
sure he likes you. Bridget will go with me."
He took Bridget by the arm and walked with
her towards her hut, her heart pounding violently.
She resolved to speak the truth now at any cost. But
he asked her no question.
At the door of her hut he loosed her arm,
murmured something which she did not calch and
turned away.

CHAIITEIt SIXTEEN

MARIA MOVES
EARLY next morning the Maroon village, or town
as it was called, was astir.
Patrick was summoned by Juan; within ten
minutes he returned to tell Robert that Juan and
he were going off after a hasty breakfast with nearly
all the men towards the higher, sloping land to the
west, and that Robert' might accompany them.
Wentworth well understood that this was a com-
mand. He wondered whether its intention was to
keep him apart from Bridget in the absence of Juan.
"What is the idea?" he asked Patrick, while
gulping down the calabash gourd of chocolate, with
the cassava bread and hunk of jerked pork, that a
Maroon woman had brought to him: "Is there any-
thing in the wind?"
"Our governor. chuckled Patrick, "has it in
mind to drill and exercise his troops. That is really
all."
"You laugh more now, Patrick, than I ever knew
you do before." remarked Wentworth, "but now, of
course, you are tree."
"It is not only lthat. Don Roberto. It is also
because, though I feel an air of tragedy brooding over
everyone of us, I see amusing elements in the situa-
tion also. Fancy you and Juan together. and me ainiig
with you, all really friendlylike, with Bridget and
Maria living in the same hut! Yet Maria would gladly
have killed Bridget once, and would do so now if she
thought it was safe; and Bridget once was deter-
mined to kill you, and I agreed with her, and was
ready to kill you myself And Juan was always
ready to kill any Englishman. and especially you;
and you would have killed Juan at sight if you could,
and perhaps wish now that you had had the chance.
Yet we are all together here, as I say, and not getting
on so badly either. By the saints! It's too good
to last. But I don't think there'll be any killing
done t-daly So one may laugh."
"I see the serious side to all this. O'Brian. I
am not inclined to Inauh."
"And Juan is sombre-but he always is; and
my poor little durliarl. Uridget is sad. 0, yes, I
know it. But Maria is not downcast, which sug-
gests. senor, that the devil is busy at work some-
where. But why not laIuh while we have the
chance? As you say, I didn't feel like doing so at
New Settlement. It is different here, somehow. Per-
haps it is partly because the Np-rnes laugh in spite
of everything, while the people at New Settlement


are either always gloomy or drunk. I prefer this
place."
They joined the men just outside of the town;
Robert noticed that they were divided into two
parties of five-and-twenty each, one to be led by Juan,
the other by 'Patrick. They were already busy tear-
ing leaves from the trees, chopping down small
branches, gathering vines and shrubs with which
they deftly covered their bodies, using the pliant
lengths of tendril to bind this green covering about
their persons. They carried muskets, machetes,
clubs; each man had also a powder horn slung by a
string to his left side. Presently Juan raised a horn
to his lips, blowing from it a hoarse, far-iarrying
note that could be heard some half a mile away;
Patrick instantly replied with a similar but sligihly
different sound, due more to the method with which
he blew than to any difference between the instru-
ments themselves. Then each band marched away,
penetrating deeper and deeper into the woods, separ-
ating as they went, though never for any considerable
distance; and soon they were in the heart of the
forest. in a sort of green twilight, with the massy
leaf-covered branches thick above their heads, and
weeds and shrubs growing profusely about their feet.
Wentworth had donned no disguise; he noticed
that neither Juan nor Patrick had done so either.
Clearly these wanted to be distinctly visible to their
men.
A horn sounded faintly, as though blown far
away; it was Juan's signal. Patrick did not answer,
but began, with his followers, to creep in the direc-
tion of the sound. Wentworth kept by his side. not-
icing how the men flitted from tree to tree, seeking
shelter; how, when any pause was made for a mo-
ment even, they would crouch behind the trunk of
any fallen giant of the woods, pointing their muskets
towards a possdile unseen foe. They moved with
but little noise, all the conditions considered, yet
even his untrained ears, accustomed now to a more
acute discernment of sounds in the midst of this vast
umbrageous silence, could detect stirring and move-
ments somewhere in front of them. Then suddenly
a club flew through the air, missing his head by
about a foot. He realized at once that if its thrower
had intended to hit him he would have been brained
on the spot.
A wild yell from both sides greeted this begin-
ning of the sham battle. Patrick pulled Wentworth
to the ground and behind a massive tree trunk. Lit-
tle forward rushes began to be made by two, three,
four or more men at once towards other groups be-
fore them. more suspected than seen; but some-
times the rush was also made singly and never
without taking advantage of such shelter as the
ground afforded. Forms like living plants sped and
bounded from this to that point; blows were struck
in the direction of imaginary enemies; but care was
taken that they should fall on trees or spend them-
selves in the air. And now it was pandemonium, now
all pretence at silence was abandoned; now the
woods rang with the cries, the shouts, the yells, the
grunts of men worked up to a pitch of wild frenzy
and excitement. No shots were fired, no machete
was wielded to be brought down with cruel, mur-
derous effect. But the fervour of this sham fight had
gripped the souls of the Maroons. they became like
demons gave themselves over to the transports of
battle with a savage intensity. And this went on
for hour after hour, the parties shifting their orig-
inal position for more than a mile. until a new note
was sounded by Juan's horn, and the men paused
panting, exhausted, but with blood tingling at the
prospect of a real encounter with foes in the not dis-
tant future.
They had a mid-day meal lounging on the
ground, at a bivouac previously agreed upon; they
had brought the food with them. Water was never
very far away in these woods. always a little stream
trickled from some mountain scarp or purled its way
among tree roots and ferns.
Juan and his white companions were served
with much reverence; it was evident to Wentworth
that the Maroons loved their leader and took his
governorship with a tremendous seriousness. Ro-
bert himself felt tired. though he had not moved
about half so much as any other man in that little
crowd. Juan seemed as though it were impossible
for him to feel weary.
"You are rehearsing your coming battle with
Juan de Bolas" he courteously asked Juan, seeing
no reason why he should not put such a question.
"As you say, Senor Wentworth."
"And I suppose he is following your example
without knowing it," smiled Wentworth.
"That is exactly what I believe he is not doing
This former man of his who has joined me, tells
me that Juan de Bolas has not fought for three years
and more, and has maintained no sort of discipline.
His men are therefore slack. A conceited, careless
fool. you see, whom I shall defeat in the first hour
of our meeting."
"And when you have done that?"
"Does a general tell his plans to an enemy, even
if that enemy is a prisoner?" asked Juan directly.
"Pardon. I had forgotten, for the moment, that
I was a prisoner'"
Juan smiled. "I can quite believe that: certainly
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altogether But I mu 1 t nut Itll yiou what I have ill
mind "
"Becauset I migilt uste the knowledge .leain.at
you"
"Why do you say that?" Anid now the Spaniard
was as grave as usual, and his eyes probing
"Because." replied Wentworth boldly. I wish
to get some idea of what you intend to do with tme
You cannot plan to keep me with you always. I do
not believe that you have it in mind to murder me--'
"It would be no murder if you were killed." was
the stern reminder.
"It would he- now It wouldn't have been oil
the day when we fought each other near New Settle-
ment. Look here. Mendez. let us talk plainly I
cannot prevent you from fighting Juan de flolas if
he conies against you, as I suppose he will iHe will
come on my side, as a friend and ally of the Eng
lish; but 1 cannot lift a finger to alter his plan-., r
raise a voice to deter him. so I shall have nothing
to blame myself for If I could warn him I shoulll
consider it my duty to do so: I must make that ilear
indeed. I think you know it already"
"[ do. senor: and that is one ieasoni why y) i
shall never have the opportunity of commumintiln:
with Juan de Bolas"
"Very well. But after this battle which you
foresee. and your defeat of de Bolas in fair fight.
why should you continue striving against us Enct
lish? The men of de Bolas will join you. I admit
you will be stronger than before. You want als)
to be independent: that is understandable. But Juan
de Bolas. too. is independent. Why not become as
he is now? I mean why not make terms with us
and so he freely head of all these Spanish Negroes?
All the past will be wiped out-"
"The past can never be wiped out Understand
that, Senor Wentworth By God and all his holy
angels. man. you go very far' Only yesterday you
were asking me to give up my wife to you---or that
is what your words amounted to. Now you counsel
me. who am as free as the air. who can inflict in
cessant damned on your people, who will be strong.
er in a few weeks than I am to-day--when I have
killed de Bolas-to accept terms from you English.
from heretics and robbers! Are you not afraid to
go so far7 Have you forgotten that it is I who am
the master here. not you?"
"You can never drive the English out of .la
maica. Mendez. and you know it And sooner or
later even your Maroons will be brought to admit
and acquiesce in our ownership of this country I
was trying to help you-"


"] think yii n must be a little nmad Ito tilk iiliniit
helping g itil." Clllllnientd Juanlilll. nli' r alinly than hl
had spoken before. "But you uire tbravri 1 will -"y
IIIat for you. or you wuiildin' hIvP daliedl. make ine
iiclh p 'rel SuIsll'r )s prilpositlllIlns as yii lil1 Iv'. be'i 11i iI
III:: Iii t'et that yoil do not r'epalt them sennr. it-
Ihe pinishnieiit will be seveir- .ind relnl.nibie. I
sliould not think of your execution ev'ii now aR
iiurd.'r. and it would not mnatier It) in what yroi
nr your people might think rf It. Whial are thle En
lish but murdererss"
"I am in )your power." annsword Wentiilworth :in
grily: "hut yuu are right in thinking that I di. not
fear you "
'"No. yon are Inlt a coward llt on thlr two.
mintlur. youl have touched iuptn li we will speak In
ir, If y u ulattenlllpt it. you will never speak tio
Ili agaLiin
l:it11liI. lut all the g'i ub Is dIne. ilald we aillt IllYi
\ astins lIinie it spee'ns nto np." cried Pat rick with a
forrId ga itly. this 'ronversatlonl between the Iwon men
had already lasted far too long, he thouhit "\What
ist yvtir next nlmive. iiy general? I)o %%e go over tilt
nghtine again?"
"Not to-day. Patrick. the men have hail enough
uilt to-mnirrow "
"Exrellent Then we shall go hack to the town.
I supponsel'"
Yesv Iuill .. ran go togetlhr n1w t" Anid iu .i
that Juan sprana to his feet. the others following
with laughter and shouts.
Patrick manoeuvred so that Wentworth and
Juan should not be close to one another on the way
back: and when they reached the village he took
the Englishman straightway Into the hut they oc-
cupied.
"'Look here. .Mr Wentworth." he said brusquely.
ii~1 sionl as they were alone. "I would advise you tn
slop playing with fire. Juan himself has given you
that advice, and you are only making things hard
for yourself and Bridget by talking to the chief as
you do You don't know him! Even I don't know
him so well now as I did before he was sent to Cuba
I am a little afraid of him you too had better be"
"I will he afraid of no one" answered Robert
haughtily
"Not even for Bridget's sake'"
"Ah: that is different. Patrick. and I oughtn't
to have forgotten it But what is to be the end oif
all this?"
"How can I say? We are in the hands of God."
"Are you becoming a hyporrite-fancy you talk-


ing wilh thie pilty )' f ,lit.r (I our siiiifflihniI P nI' .ll] .I
ait Ihome!"
"I anm ;r nllii i ilder trvry da.y, andl that a ;ill.
.11r Wtn\'l'imtlth ai iiuil the Ii.ncer I live the nimoe i
beL' Ii.w tlile is thi iliil'e.t *ilinit.ence we have on l'r our
I wn ;ifillrs Isn i it a i.ins latl.n to believe th:il.
yvm ;ind Jiridtlge are heiiing looked after by God? You
don't happen tu be an atheist, even if you are a here-
l Ii, do ynu?'
"No: but I still believe you are something it
a lhypo'rite. Pal." laughed Wentworth. thoroughly
appeeased "Yet. In the maiu. you are right "
"I aini right. and now. for the future. you will
leave Bridget alone."
"If that mnltins I ant nrt to speak to, her whvlit
I mIay. my ansuA i is noI Bitl if it means Illi:h I
:liill Idt lllhintI : i ti, mlke hPer husblanirl .illlr\' \eI I
ller. I agree'
"I sup.Ipose that will have to dot; houii-h I don't'
trust lovrer- \\'ell. let us set eS me sleep n11w we
liavre earned it."
Silence fell upon the canp, the siesta lhat d.iy
was long. It lasted until five in thle afternoon Th'.l:
the people ,kr l 1i up: and a little while after Rril-
.*'t calll. ,iil n f 1 her lhut Sllr (dli not wander fi ,a.
Its \ 'iln i lut sai t l l i- i liiIc fit woodi iie;ir lih r rusli.:
dulil way. hli1, r elbows o111 hlrl kil h.-. 1i1r i'lin rePti I
in1 her ulpieile handl s, Ilthinkiii;
I'.ilrick tlolk Wrentlworth withi hlnIt fi .i ta.illk
in a dirctlin iopi).itip tiridget -. .Juani walkPd l siw.
)ly I f li'w.I ip Its ll -i' ullherni *nir'.lit. It ith- lmi ...
Ti.wn .11il s.isn tWis lo)ls from sight
At ahuilt two furlongs frr.m the town he -.it
down uiponl smooth boulder. his lirow furriiweIl .i-
though he were worrki ng 0111 'llnp problem W\illt-
In ten minutes he heard a light forostep and. l-,.-.k-
Ing over his right shioldler. saw Maria approach-
ing
Y.i followed me?" he asked
''Y I, 1 .aIw wh.il ynil l'lft thI' lit. n i :nd il .1111
afler yui almost immediatelyy. but I eailnot walk :ii
fast as you
"I wanted to be alone. Maria
"And I wanted to be with ynuit e have so
inuch to talk about, Juan. I know ypin1 .ire prep.r-
ing your mein in fght de Bol0s: and you will beat
him within all hour if h r'ioesn't surrender to
you "
"1ie will never do that."
'Then you will beat hin. Y.iu are making every
preparation for it. as n gnid general should You
know. Juan. I think that if you had been in com-
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