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be "By rights that the other has to, dip, drint gradually bega
Three evenings later a weary whole affair was that while trio were stitting under the admitting-almost gleefullyflagstaff at Jaki, the head- the slaughter of the seven quarters of this delectable land, police, the prisoners with one while over their heads the accord swore that the white Union Jack flapped languidly man had escaped alive. Never. in the faint breeze. The day theless, it was only the Dootor, had been appallingly hot, and who was the latest arrival from many and various things had home, who cherished even the happened since the news of faintest hope that this might the pagans' whereabouts had be true. been received.
As the sun gradually began Said Saunders, the Deputy to dip, drinks were brought Commissioner, to the others— out and pipes lit; while
"By rights that flag should the massacre of Gidan Sama be at half mast, but I don't and its sequel were discussed like to put it there."
from every point of view. At "No more do I," said the length even the Dootor was Dootor. “Somehow, I fancy compelled to admit that the Phipps is still alive.”
chances of Phipps having “I don't," answered Hughes. escaped were few and far be“We would have heard some- tween. Saunders got up to thing of him by now. Any refill his glass, but set it how, we've avenged him.” down again with a bang.
“By Jove, we have !” agreed "I say, you fellows," he the others.
oried, "look at those horseThe tale of that revenge is men! There is something another story ; but let it suffioe damned funny about them!” to say that the pagans had A little group of whitebeen shown the error of their olad horsemen was visible a ways with extreme thorough- mile away across the plain, ness. The police had encoun- which lay below the hill on tered them in their lair, had which the station was built. surrounded them, and had very They were riding slowly-three properly wiped almost all of very close together, and others them out of existence. In- in pairs at an interval all speotor Watson with twenty round, almost like an escort. constables was picking up the “They are holding some one pieces and bringing in the in the middle there. Boy, prisoners; and the others had bring my glasses !" returned to headquarters sick "By Jove!” he added, as at heart at the death of Phipps, he fooussed his glasses on the bat otherwise well pleased at group, “it's & white man! the manner in which his mur. It's " derers had been dealt with. “White man come! Phipps The strange feature of the come! Phippe come !!"
201 Boreamed an excited police- ing weakly; "only damned man, rushing up.
ders. “Boy, pony-quick !” gasped the panting Dootor,
The Dootor rushed to his who had arrived a bad third. house for brandy and band. “This is my palaver! Drink ages, shouting meanwhile for this, Phipps," he added, forohis pony, while from the ing some brandy between his police lines pells arose on teeth. “Feel better?”. all sides. Saunders remained Tenderly they brought him glued to the spot, glasses to to the station, where the his eyes.
Dootor examined him and re“Hughes, I believe he's ported him none the worse, alive! Have a look."
but quite worn out. His suo“Yes ..." agreed Hughes courers oame in for a magnifidubiously; "that's never & cent reception from the police deader! Here come the (whom they more usually met ponies."
only on the striotest profesThe trio mounted and gal. sional terms), second only to loped down the hill hell-for- that accorded to Phipps himleather, while behind them self; and there were few panted a dozen excited con- prouder men in the Proteotor. stables on foot. The leading ate than those dusky soallyhorsemen seeing them spurred wags. To the Sheikh who had forwards, shouting that the brought him in Saunders spoke white man lived !
in the vernacular“Tally - ho!” screamed the “Oh, Muri Baku, thou hast Dootor, raoing to be first up. indeed done well. Thy deeds
As they came nearer, they will be written to the Govern. saw Phipps seated on the ment, so that they may suitcontre horse, supported on ably reward thee." To which either side by a white - olad the venerable scoundrel renative. He had lost his hele pliedmet, but had bound up his “Oh, Master, thou art our head with a turban which White Father, and it behoveth protooted him from the sun. us to suocour thee and thy He was certainly alive, but friends. Let there be no talk obviously weak, for he waved of reward, though perohance his hand feebly to them in some of the past may be forgreeting.
gotten. Rest assured that I "Thank God you're alive, and my people reverence the old ohap!” shouted Saunders, Great White Race, and will shaking him warmly by the never err again !” band. “We all thought those “Damned eyewash !" roinfernal pagans had got you.” marked Saunders to Hughes.
“How are you, old man?" "If your slops hadn't been on yelled Hughes. “Are you the war-path, he'd have outed burt?”
Phipps sure as eggs are "No," replied Phipps, smil. eggs!”
Constablo olam and the other assured him when the she
Later in the evening Phipps confronted the Sheikh, assuring had recovered sufficiently to him that he was quite prepared tell the story of his adven- to be killed, but that the Sheikh tures, which were, briefly, as would die first in a very unfollows:
pleasant manner at his own When the hut started burn- hands : & revolver pointed at ing, they opened a very rapid that gentleman's chest baoked fire on the pagans; but when up his argument. What was the third constable was hit, his surprise when the Sheikh he decided that it was time assured him that he was a to go. He and the other friend of the Government, and constable clambered out, and after giving him food, proescaping through the smoke duoed a bed, and said that he lay hidden in another but would escort him to Jaki peruntil it was quite dark. Then sonally in the morning. Fearthey took to the grass to try ing treachery, Phipps hardly to reach Lungwana, but were slept & wink, and in the discovered, and the policeman morning started off with the was killed. Phipps emptied Sheikh. The long ride, after his revolver into his pursuers his three days' exposure, proved and took to his heels, but too much for him, and he losing his way got completely fainted several times. But the bushed. After three days Sheikh treated him with the wandering about, he eventu- greatest kindness, and eventally came to the village be- ually supported him in his longing to Muri Baku. Then, arms for the last stage of the thinking that the game was journey. up, he walked boldly in and
M, H, M.
THE MAN FROM THE CLOUDS.
BY J. STORER CLOUSTON.
XI. A NEAR THING.
be Nest light, I wont wild hope and staying and a more interakfast I
BEING an optimist has com- and thirdly, that with such a pensations. Indeed, it would splendid ohance it must have need to have, for no virtue has been nerves that made them over landed any one in more bungle it. damnable sorapes than op- "People in that state of timism has landed me. But mind will do something or before the crash oomes it does other to give themselves help to keep one happy away," I thought hopefully.
Next morning, after that In this confident state of nasty night, I was singing in mind I came down for breakmy bath and full of wild hopes; fast. My host, I found, was the fact being that a new and staying in bed after his night's consoling way of looking at vigil, and my hostess was things had suggested itself in daintier and more inaccessible the very act of shaving. than ever. After breakfast I
"They are afraid of me!” refleoted for a little over & I said to myself.
pipe, and then I asked her for After a night's sleep the a bit of lunch to put in my adventure by the shore had pooket, and told her I was grown perhaps a little blurred going for a long walk. She in some of its details. I wished got the lunch and gave it me I could see that ourved thing without wasting a superfluous rising against the night sky a word, and off I set. trifle more distinctly in my It was a breezy morning mind's eye, so that I could with a lot of thin cloud in the take my oath in oourt it was sky, and a ruffled sea; cool and & weapon. Still, I remained stimulating; the very day for perfectly assured I had been a walk. I followed the exact attacked, and the sustaining route we took the night before, oonolusions I now drew were, trying to identify such landfirstly, that “they” (whoever marks as rises and falls in the they were; and I tried to keep ground, and sharp curves in an open mind on that point) the shore and farms close to were so afraid of me that they the coast; but I found it was were ready to stiok at nothing practically impossible-overy to lay me out; secondly, that feature seemed so utterly althey were afraid to tackle me tered in daylight. My object by day, but had to choose a was to find the spot where I dark night and a lonely place; had been attacked, and at last
I had to be content with know- certainly within three or four ing that it must have been one minutes previously, and that of three or four places where he should have seen no sign of the feature of a low cliff im- my enemy. So far as I could mediately under the turf was remember the length of time to be seen.
I had spent groping among At one such place there was the rooks, it was just possible a long stretoh of wall following for Mr Rendall to pass by and the shore-line, which could have for the other man then to given shelter for any one to begin his work of decoying stalk me practically from the me, but certainly it was an start. At another I noticed unpleasant coincidence. a farm close by, and from this And finally there was a last an assailant could easily have alternative: that I might have slipped down to the beach and been mistaken in thinking I was run back again. At a third actually assailed, and instead the oonfiguration of the rocks of that - But what other was such that it would have conceivable explanation could been simple for him to have there be ? I tried hard, but waited below the bank till he could think of none. heard us coming, made a noise With the flame of optimism to bring me down, and then burning now somewhat low, gone up above without ex- I kept on following the shore posing himself against the till I was well past the soenes sky. In faot, one could of both my night adventures, draw no definite oonclusions and had come to the little at all.
sandy bay with the huddle of Besides, there was the very low grey farm buildings just distasteful alternative (and the clear of the tide. I found more plausible it seemed the Peter, senior, painting his boat more distasteful it grow) that on the shore, and hailed him there might well have been cheerfully with the same old two people in it; one-who guttural acoent. might have followed me, the “Painting your boat, I see,” stone-thrower; and the other said I.
-who might, for instance, He gave me a long look and have been patrolling the shore one word. from the opposite direction, “Aye,” said he, and went the attacker.
on painting. Suspicious as I had felt at It struok me at once that he the moment, I shrank from was even more wary and more this alternative, and in justi- reticent than before, but I was fication I asked myself— determined to extract some
“Why didn't she use her information. pistol, and be done with it?” “I have been guarding you
But, on the other hand, it against the Germans! Last was a most extraordinary night I patrolled your coast!” coinoidenoe that her father I informed bim with great should have passed that spot enthusiasm.
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