The Inland Empire (Moore, Mont.) 1905-1915, October 23, 1913, Image 3

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October 23r4. 191S. N • - PAGE, THBER ri{ THE 'ISL OF THE 11 1 • • 1 -,ss. ij Being a True Account of Certain Strange and Wonderful Adven- . tures of Master John Hampdon, Seaman, and Mistress Lucy Wilberforce, Gentlewoman, in the Great South Seas. By . CYRUS TOWNSEND BRADY •• Copyright. 1912. by Cyrus Townsend Brady • • PROLOGUE. . .• The two stepped a little nearer. , The • . first speaker. Lord Ltiftdon. one of Here's a tale of the'sea and. * the young bloods who had been hat, - the treasure isle, .of long hid gems and bad men's guile, of perils on land and wave well met. 'spite storm and mutiny's awful threat. ' The way of a man with a maid lug higikettrouse with Sir Geoffrey for the past week at the castle, bent over _ him. \Well continued the drawler nom- ,chalantly--as for me. I hated them both, but the latter lapenlier the more. If poksible. for reasons which you will is told as they voyage the seas'. •presently understand - \td s relieves in quest of gold—the man . . brave and the maid so fair. Par' her sake naught he will not dare. From English fields to South sea shore their path they follow while billows roar, but it leads them safe to their goal at last, with. their love' and their treas- ure tightly clasped. CHAPTER I. Wherein nit the Duke Over the • J. Dead. I CANNOT say . that I was greatly surprised when I stumbled across . the body of Sir Geoffrey* in . the ,spinney,•sWhich. is not for a m went meant to . convey the impression that 1 was pet Shocked. I bad expect- ed that Sir ,- Geoffrey. Would- -come., to' some such sad end; therefore I say that' -wse not surprised., But as I stoed. ever .. .film in. the grtiY\ dsk*Oisoking -dowitilpon him lying so quietly On his latele!Witti the handsome, silver mount ed. 1\ . ory handled dueling pistol which bad 4Ioue the damage still clasped in his tight hand I was fascinated with horror. Sir.' Geoffrey had carefully put his bullet , through his heart, 'It was lest dlistiIiiring * and brutal, less hard oil thee.; left behind, less troublesome, more'gentletuanly. His' sword lay un-_ dertienth blm, the diarnond hilt pro- truding. I guessed that he _was glad enough: afterall, that thec.end• bad Come, for there was not t'hat 1O6k, of pain or horrisr or fear which I have so often seen the faces of the dead, but his feirtUres were calm and composed. He had tvot been dead long. As 1 bent orer:blin 1 noticed that he bud Rowe- thltit'in his, left, liand. A nearer loOk, skewed it . f, F,eitn en.velope. I. drew it -away and sew that it WaS addressed iletress Lucy. Thrusting It An the paelreit of may eget , . 1, rose to my feet. 'At that. instanri' Ifeard steps and vole. Now I had nothing on earth to rear from anybody. The death of Sir Geoffrey was too obviously a sal ride for any one to accuse we even If there had been any reason unearth clic bringing me under suspicion, .T1e . lettek'i which r- carfied in tiW poeket addriseted to Nlistress Lucy -would •rin douldedly explain everything there was to explain. Soniething.'hotvever: item. ed rue to seek concealment. I 11111 a Falk* . as you will tind ouf..and ( 4 an Her eitlickly Iii an etnergeacy by a sort • of In , stinet. • Sir'ths,ffrey lay on the side ; of tile patIt through the spinney, and. beyond him !the contrive thickened.. The path, twisted and turned. From the snund of the fouts:eps I Judged that men Were 'Coming along If. 1 instently step - lied treross the body and euneeided my• self iwhind at tree trunk in the leafy NUN* of the undergrowth. I could see without being seen and hear .. as well 1 - I ltild not expect that any of the guests of•the castle would make•their niipenntwe sit that hour. The foot: - stellaistopped. Two men, one .of whom 11,141 . heen pointed out to we its Baron Lufttlies. In tlw lead, followed by ow °thee who was strange to we, sudden- ly alstenred: A voice which 1 recog- nizesillas Luftdon'e at ()Wee exelitimed In nWestrack tones: \Ity gia*:•e's done It! Here's n pret- ty effatr\ - Oh I don't know,\ said the second; \it Wight -be worse,\ . \lift Irse for . him? Great heavens, linittitAtes dead!\ \Worse for Hi.\ \What d'ye menu? I don't under- sta \Ott might have shot himself before we plucked him.\ \oh t Poor •tue greatly.\ ' \What do you Mean? After such_ a night as we had to come upon -this is enough to unsettled any man.\ \Pooh. pooh, man; you're nervous!\ \'Well I don't know. how it relieves you. And after all's Said and done, Wilberforce was a. gentlemen, a good -player and a guile* loser.\ \Exactly and helost his all like a gent le - nuke.\ \And you got It at least most of it.\ \Patience my friend; you had your share.\ • \1 don't know but 1 Would give It back to have poor old Geoff with 118 one again.\ said Luftdon, with some heat. • ' 'ghat, is\ a perfectly foolish statt,. meet. my buck.\ returned - the other \Somebody was bound to get Wit- erforce - has *en going the...letce for Oars . We- tiappened to be itV at the death. . ,.. 1 •••••Well'fiii.‘V4..does It , - relieve you. 'then? Do. you • think Wilberferee would have attempted to get you to . support bite?\ The drawer laughed. \Of course not. This\ --he pointed to the dead body -\is prooreneugh of the'spicit that was In him. But. of eourse; I cannot marry the girl now.\ \Yeti can't?\ \Certainly not. Hat\ father a bank mot. a suicide\ \But the castle and this parkn: 'Mortgaged up to the hilt-. Speak- ing . of itilts\-he . stooped- down, alal. daintIly 9 , eidiug rontact . with the corpse, drew from -11w 'scabbard, tlw diamond yited sword-- \this belongs to We It's worth taking Yon' 'villein ber be., staked It last night on the last deal.\ \Good ,;(mi. man.\ protested the first speaker. \don't lake the tuan's sword away! Let him de with Ms weapiws like ii gentlernan\ - Tilt, tut: You grow. scrupulous, it seems. We will provide a cheaper badge of his knighthood, If necessary.\ \.i - nd about . the girl?\ • \\l'is sill af.\ • \Yon will have some trouble break- ing your engagement with her, I am thinking.\ . •.'Net I. To do her justice, the girl has the spirit of her father. A w per that I am disinclined to the mateh will be sufficient:\ - \Aye. .but who will give her that whisper?\ 'We will arrange 'that some way Truth io tell. 1 inn rather tired of the minx. She bores MP with her high airs. She does not knov . v that she Is penniless and disgraced' And as for her good looks, its a C - ountry beauty. sifter all.\ • -:'1 6 0or girl!\ began Luftdon. ! whose face, though bloated .tind flushed * , still showed some signs of human kind - At that point I intervened. I could .bear no More. When they spoke so Slightingly of my - mistress it was more than 1 could stand. 1 burst out of the 'brush and Motel before them -mad, en- raged all through. ' . 1 will admit that I lacked the composure and breeding of these precious two. They started hack at my sudden appearance. from, which he of . the slow speech speedily -„revovered \Now who may you he. and what may you want?\ he said \Who I nur matters nothing.' said I. \but what I %wild matters a great deal.\ \Ah! And what Is it that you want , that matters eo?\• .\In the tiNt phwe that sword.\ \This?\ said the 'man.- holding Sir Geoffrey's handsome weapon up light. fere lie knew it I had it by the hllt- cud but that he released the blade *- stoutly I would have cut his hand as I withdrew it. He swung round and clapped his hand on Ulm own sword. a 'fierce oath breaking troth his lips, his face blot* as thunder. \Don't draw that little., spit,\ I said. \or I will be under the necessity of breaking your bark.\ I towered above both of them, and I have no doubt that 1 could have made good - tzty boast. The man had , the courage of his race and station.' Le faced me uudatuited. his hand On his sword hilt. \Would you rob we Of mine own?\ Lie asked (*Indy. \I might do so, and with justice,\ . 1 replied. \You had no hesitation in rob- -bine the living or the dead.\ \Zomids!\ cried the first many \It was In fair play; we risked each 'what we had, and Sir Geoffrey lost.\ \Yes; I see.\ - I replied. \Having paid' with everything, else, he hid to throw away his life. '1 heard what you said. You wonder how Nlistress Wilherforee Is to learn the situation. You wonder , who is to tell her.,- 1 will.\ \That is good; well thought of,\ said the drawler with amazing assurance: \1 could not; have wished it better. You are doubtless some servant of the - house\- - .\1 ain no man's servant.\- 1 interrupt- ed in aorne heat. \Soldebody born on the place who probably' cherishes ,a yokel's humble • admiration for the lady of the manor.\' 1 flushed like a girl at this. I never was good at -the. dissimulation that goes on in polite society. - \Tell her, my man, tell her,\ be cried, \tell her that she Is a beggar and her father a suicide and that I have all her property without her. She can go to your arms. She is not meet for the Duke of Arcester.\ So this was Arcester! 1 had heard - of - 131m - , --- us I bad Of - LIITtdOIV1W0 - 0 the most debauched, unprincipled rakes, idlers, fortune hunters, gam- blers, men about town, in all England. I stepped closer to him and struck hire with the . .palin of my hand. His sword was out on the moment, bu before he could make a pass 1 wrench- ed it from him, broke the blade over my knee and hurled the two pieces into the coppice. \I can match you with swords,\ said I. \I have fought with men, not popinjays in my day* all over the world, and I know the use of the weapon; .but I would not demean my- self, being an ,honest man though no gentleman, by crossing blades with such a ruffian.\ \By God.\ cried the man, \1 will have you dung into the mill pond. I will clap you in jail. I will\ - \You will do nothine of the sort,\ said I. \There is no man on tile es- tate who would not take my part • against yours, especially when 1 re- peat what you have said - about Mis- tress Lucy.\ - ;\And who would believe your' que- ried the duke, whose anger was at a frightful height in being thus braved \Don't draw that,little settle and insulted. In his agitation he Mrs at his neck cloth. \'TwOnld be your word against mine, and\ - \For the matter of that, my word will not be uncorroborated,\ I inter- rupted swiftly. \What do you mean?\ \This gentleman\ - \By gad,\ said Lord Luftdon, \you are right to appeal to we and , you were right -40 'strike Arcester, sorry for the girl and for Sir Geof- frey and ashamed for my friend.\ \Would you turn * against me In this?\ cried the duke. \I certainly would.\ \God.\ whispered his grace hotly, fumbling at _the empty sheath. \I wish I had my sword!\ \There Is Sir Geoffrey's sword,\ said Lord Ltlftdon. who did not lack corn' age, clutching his own blade as be spoke and makiug us if - to draw it '!Nu\ said I, master of the situation as -I meant to be. \there Will be no more fighting over the dead body of Sir tkbarroy You and Lord Luftdon can settle your differences elsewhere.\ \On second thought, there will be no farther settlement.\ said rnftdon. re gaining Ills coolness apd thrusting back Into its scabbard his half -drawn ly by the blade. \Ws grace and I are in too blade. \That.\ said I. many things to make permanent die - I am accustomed to move quickly ference between us possible.\ a \\ s well T thought so, I replied. to think quickly, and be - \By gad.\ t i ttghed Ltiftdoe, \I lake lour. spirit.. Who .-are-jame...eted, •whitt,are yday tHirh* latappudatantea-sois.\. \Do they breee such as , yout4owit, hamin these gaggener. \As_ to that.'t4 kuovr,. not, my Joni -- I am a sailor. Vhav• cOuteriall4s44111. Oafn -ship and Lund* my owls fortes*. come back here between cruises be ,eause I am devotad to\- • . \The woman!'! sneered the- duke. • ASA 4 marveled at the temerity of ths utani,'seelag that I, could have choked tiM to death with on* bait. \Mention her name again.\' 1 cried,' \and . you will lie beside your victiM• yonder!\ \MOW said Luftdogt approvingly: ..•!' \I came back bare because 1. - ante:4P of the old place; it is my.. home:- fty• people have - served the Wilhartorren, for generations • Their • forbears' and' mine lie together in the-eliurchyard , ,eround the hill yonder. You cant un- derstand devotion like 'that.\ , said to turning to the duke..\•is oet-aec , egisary that you should.\ '\And indeed what is neeemserNe4 ma pray?\ be sneered. , \That you •leave the Place at 4 : 41 °e• I! '' \Without speech with Utt 411417r \Without speech with any Thera is a good inn , at the village.';,••+ I will take it upon myself 'to see-tb44,4aut servants pack your mails and toikra , you there at once\ \I will not be ordered about -like this!\ protested the duke.. \Oh yes, you: wilt,\ said • Liftdon, \The advice he - gives -is good , We have •nothing more to do here, :-Iknet be a fool, A.rcester.• • You bav'e *et everything you • wanted In thia;gauta, and it is only just that you -should pep, a little for it. What'& .. your name. -my man? . - \Never mind what it IL\ \Are you ashamed of ttl\ • \Ham pdon l\ \lifiunpdon you ma; not bits gentle- man. , said Luftdon, \but by gad Tor: are a man, ant here In my- imatan it!\. lanthad played a man's part .so I clasped it And so they went down. theyetb. leaving me not greatly relishing my triumph, for 1 hati to tell fidhitregs Lucy all that had happened. • The scarlet of my ladrs riding coat as she galloped up - the tree coverei road attracted 'my - attention. I quick. moll. 111,Y' Pace. and • we arrived, at the, ateps of the hall at thealttnelnatant She was alone, toy she had lividently chosen to ride unaccompanied. I stood silent 'before - Iter with 'that' curlona dumbness -I generally' **Peri- ence when first entering her preseum while she drew rehrsharply.t, She was- , a little thing compared to small . compared- even , to the \rem° woman; but in 01211-1061110..111111 11 / 1 111 1b* biggest thing I had ever conitatated: 1. was almost afraid other! 4 who tear- , ed nothing else. What 'eke thought:La. we was of little moment te.iter. - , It was Metres, Lacy's regular \islet to -take a mornint1P 1 10P4worY1MN it I was that 'Gust custom that Jawed her to look so - flesh and yousiersitRiseau. tlful, , that , Put the eolorAn bee cheek, and the - sparkle In her ketki She nodded. carelessly yet kindir. , ..te , me. ,tt was. , her habit.. that •careless, kindness. When- she waa.a. little girl. and I had , been a great, boy .we' ludo played , -together familiarly, but, that was long since over. Then. she looked about for a groom. The steps that 1e4 , ' to the terrace were deserted. Sir Ueof frey of late had grown slack in the administration of affairs on account of his troubles, and no one wee present. Mistress Lug stared at me, frolectlog \ Mont„ Oct 1913 _ Gentlemen: Yoseumay,send.ene Inland Empire for. forwhicial will poyoult1425 for 6 months, $2:50 for 1 ..year, on Dec. 013, beginning with..the opining chapters of the serial story, de 7rhe Mani/ of the Stairs.\ I will advise you when to diskontinue my paper. Sign Her - • er. AIIIMINNUM CHAPTER 11.. , Wherein I Break , the, Mew& ,..., 60 ASTER HA1dPDON.\ setae 14 -10 , Mlateese Lucy atlastetsince , - nobody- else Isesins An - be about, suppose yea atiesipti the ttuslo,\ She Wooed her little Ifeetverem the\ stirrup ane. thrust -it .outtleireed mew I am nothing - of-a -4101111111111111% + 1 . was' very early , Oat to see. reed...4 bore- at sailor's awkwardness , **hit; horses Naturally. I did. sothaow bow .a ia4y4 should be dientonated. , I stappoduvert to her, seised berabest the waistrarieb-, both hands, reined - berrbodllty. from Alm saddle ant sot her daws , gmuir en the, gravel. She foulest at me. very. queerly and gave a faint shriektaalteis , weight. , came upon my. araaa.--Indeed.4 oas4 no doubt that.4 'held hier.lightly.., \I dare , leer ...there 'Is 001+ , 4 •mas.. among my father's friends or mime , who could. -have 4tona.that, , fleetest allrePdon.\ ,,, aeldr.ebst4steiling.a. little and looldnidashed.ead excited. ,,• \ 'Ti. no greattleadVt said. t stuiddia• enough. \I have 'lifted Iliggarry\ \WomanIttrdaahmhoot Miettinciateato , slightly troweling up al me. \Things.\, I replied. - • \It amain. UM\ she said. \1 have never beset-dismounted. that..efar .be - fors. However, you alwaye wove , stronger , than most men. -even as a boy. Theme -he stk.grooin about. The place. is --wretchedly lyre , ed. Will you takenty horse -to-the eta,.. bloc?\ she *BUBO*. -• There was. , a certain, dattet7 to me, In that request- ill 1 had...not. shown, her how strong I was in, all pralisbIlity., she would have thrown • me the. bridle , and, with a nod toward the. Indicate her wishes, would haw Wt. me without,\ word. , . . , \Have you Men ray:ethos tlts :morn- - lug?\ abs asked, as ..1 pause tatare her. As lock • *bald -have 4. while 4stes, spoke a alar..groom camsgratind , thn , house. 1 d watt rein.. to himr , hade - him take the horse. away ant,turned. to my lady. i - \Madam\ said. .1. , rs\. soISS•41Mek.' ening and dahlia :a tate satin goer. noble father this morning.\ , There was nomething .in dlyi.irMa• and wanner, groat stailid4001 , that A , was, that lastest* sPPItissil tst . ahlt\'\ (0ositinne4 ost page 4) 4 p Pima Limited Length of nue' We W111 Offer 1 1111111111110111111111111111111111111111111111111111111r Erq • bell' s entifie armer ;tit The Inland Empire WEINIEZEME WE MAWS •MADE ARRANGEMENTS WITH THIEt9.- PUBLISHERS OF CAMPEOL,4 0 0 - . IIIMENTIFic FAR- man , wisiulits, WE CAN -INCLUDE THIVAIDOVIE PAPER FREE • WITH EACH RENEWAL OR NEW SUB- SCRIPTION TO THE :INLAND EM - pent EACH .FARMER SHOULD HAVE A .41000..,FARM PUIDUC.A- TION0IN. HIS. HOME TO KEEP UP Wilier MHO: MOOERN IDEAa OF ROW HUSIIANDOW, , AND IN THIS - • PAPER WE THINK YOU WILL. 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