The Houston Post. (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 31, No. 349, Ed. 1 Monday, March 19, 1917 Page: 1 of 5
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"'.."-'V ' '. ' CHATI i.
V Allan Olv Shooting Leseon.
''1' "Now I. Allen Quatermain. come to the
'. Story of om of tbe strangest of all my
. V Tha prelude to It came while I waa In
' England visiting my friend Scroope In
ftaaex. With hia nsncee Mlaa Manners
" we went one day to aee the castle of Urd
TUgnall. who waa encased to a beautiful
' ul Haimu 1 name acroas Kas-
.toaii a handsome chap. shooting with a
full L wuuu Jiruii
This waa too much for me. I stepped
. forward and aald:
""Sir forgive me for Interrupting you.
bat you are not shooting at thoae birds
:'. - la the right way. They are dropping
. . much faster than you tnina.
Lord Ragn&ll looked first angry and
i i Kir " h uld. "If you could demon
strate In praotice what you ao kindly set
out In precept ine value 01 your cuuiiu
would be enhanced."
' "Qive me the rifle." I answered.
. He hsnded it to me with a bow. Just
then two pigeons appeared one a little
' behind the other coming down very
atraigtht one at a distance of about 60
and the other of. say. 70 yards. I took
the nearest and touched the trigger. It
aank. to the ground stone dead. Number
two ptgeon began to mount upward al-
most straight. I fired the second barrel
and by good luck shot lta head off.
Then 1 snatched another nearby rifle.
'for 1 saw two more pigeons coming. At
the first I risked a difficult shot bringing
It still fluttering to the ground. The
- other I covered but when 1 touched the
trigger there waa a click no more.
At this moment there came a loud
about from Scroope who waa looking
for me. .
1 think my frlenda are calling me ao
I will bid you good morning. I aald
"One moment." he exclaimed. "Might
1 flrat ask your name? Mine la Ragnall
"And mine Is Allan Quatermain. 1
"Oh!" he answered "that explains mat
1 At this moment Scroope and Miss Man-
ners appeared and a general explanation
n ii tH .
- The upshot was that I was Invited to
' a pheasant snoot next aav ana ocwpt
and Miss Manners were Invited to dinner
the same evening to meet Ragnall'a "fu-
Allan Makes a Bet.
One the following morning :roope and
I arraived at Castle Ragnall at or about a
quarter to 10. Ragnall greeted ua courte-
san! v and oresented us to the other
guests. Among them I noticed a notorious
South African swindler known to me in
s time when he mulcted me of 11250. as
Tan Koop but now posing as ir Junius
I got him alone and demanded my
11150 under penalty of exposure. He re-
flected a moment and answered:
- "Look here. Mr. Quatermain. you were
always a bit of a sportsman and I'll
make you an offer. If I kill more birds
than you do today you shall promise to
hold your tongue about my affairs in
Sooth Africa and If you kill more than I
do. you shall still hold your tongue but I
.will pay voo that J1260 and Interest for
six years. - i
"All right!" I bald.
"What Is your bet Sir Junius?" asked
Lord Ragnall who came up.
: swered. "but years ago. when I waa trav-
eling in Afria Mr. Quatermain and I had
- . . A Me ki.k T J
a atspuie as a buiu ui nun. a " .
' Mm. and we have agreed that I should
: shoot against him for It tody."
"Indeed." said Lard Ragnall. "Tou gen-
tlmiMi know vour own business best.
. Only I must teu you both that if money isd
concerned i snau nve xo gei mme one
whose decision will be final to count your
' birds and report that number to me."
"Agreed" Mid Van Koop. I
i Lord Ragnall and I walked together
ahead of the others to the fim covert.
"Tou have met Sir Junius before?" he
"I have met Mr. van Koop before." I
answered "about 1J years since shortly
after which he vanished from South Af-
i rica where he was a well known and
Tery successful speculator."
"To reappear here. Ten years ago he
bought a large property In this neigh-
borhood. Three years ago he became a
baronet by purchase. I don't like the
man myself buf he Is a wonderful
" Where. I hope that you will win back
your $55 from Sir Junius. He Is so vain
- that 1 would gladly give JISO to see you
- "There is little chance of that" I aald.
- -lor. as I tola you. I nave never abot
pheasants before. Still. I'll try."
; "And look here. Mr. Quatermain. "ahoot
Tell forward of them. ' Good luck to you."
; Ten minutes later the game began.
It took me some time to get the hang of
H. At luncheon I waa 10 birds behind
F ' I was waTWng with Lord Ragnall.
Scroope and Charles a servant about 60
.: Tarda clear of a belt of trees when from
far away on the other side of the treea
aune a cry pf "Partridges over:"
Another moment and they aopeared over
the treetops. a big covey of them In a
long straggling line traveling at I know
Jlot what nneed. T flroH at ih firm tA
Which fell at my feei I fired agiln. and
another fell behind me. I anatchea the
- second gun and killed a third as It passed
over me high up. Then wheeling round. I
covered the last retreating bird. and. lo!
tt. too fell a very long shot Indeed.
. -"By George!" said Scroope. "I never
aw that done before" while Lord Rag-
nall Stared and Charles whistled.
'But now I will tell the truth. The see-
end -bird was not the one I aimed at.
went on. Suddenly the wind m-
cvfcased to a tear.-n gale. At flrst the
wind blew from tMriyTj'' ul. and pheasants
In increasing nuirberv passed over our
beads. We had ben Instructed not to
Bra at bird going forward so I let these
be.. Van Koop however did not Interpret
ths order in fhe same spirit for he loosed
t several killing one or two.
! Shortly after this the gale worked round
to .ths north. The pheasants however
still flew forward. But when they got Into
t he open quite four out of six of them
turned and came back at a most fearful
pace many ao- high as to be almost out
"For the next three-quarters of an hoar
I had such covert shooting an I supnoife
I shall never see again. High above
flashed the wind-driven nlieasants in tn
endless procession Oddly enough I
found that this wild work suited me. for
I shot better and better. Van Koop also
was doing vary well.
- - Notwithstanding their height and tre-
mendous pace I killed my List 30 Pheas-
ants with 3S cartridges. The " final bird
Of .aU. a splendid cock appeared when
M (kMl1it . k. . .1 . A
' came so high above us that" it looked
quite small la the dark snow- cud
-TftiWr "'d 1 HacnalL
2 . j --' Mueau&anc1 uiee
in mtdanv Ths shot was so remarkable
that eyerr one whs saw It uttered a
i cheer. ; ' . I '
Then as further shooting was out of
the question ws walked back to ths eaatle
&o tea. -i
As I emptied air eu ' Lord RagnaO
asked va to ootne t see ths game. -
"Those are yours and Sir Junius"
said Scrsopt .;.;-! trbnder which .of you
Mi won."--:' O- ' . -- i-i..vt i.v.
."Jenkins' said-Lord Rsgnall present-
ly "bow many hs-ve you to the credit of
Sir Junius Kortesrue?- ' " V T ' "
" "Two hvadred. and evenfr-aeven. my
lord 12 hares. two woodcock nd three
pigeons.'".. i '
"Two - hundred ' hd ' erenty-seven
iheaaajita iy lord. U bares three pig-
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eons four partrldgea. one. dusk an4
"Then It aeema you have won Jrour
US Mr. Quatermain upon which I con-
gratulate you" aald Lord KagnalL
"Stop a minute" broke In Van Koop.
"The bet waa as to pheasants: tha othaf
things don't count."
"I think the term uaed waa 'blrdsY' I
remarked. "But. to be frank when I
made It I waa thinking of pheasants) as
no doubt Sir Junius was also. Therefore
if th Miinlln im mrrMLtkan la a Aaad
heat and the wafer falls through
"It la unlucky for you. Quatermain.'
said Kiiill. "that the last high
pheasant you shot can't be found. It
leli Into the lake and I suppose swam
ashore and ran."
"Tea." I replied "though I ' could
hare sworn that it was Quite dead.
"So could I. Quatermain: but ths
fart remains that it Isn t there."
"If we had all the pheasants that
we think fell dead our bags would be
much bigger than they are remarked
Van Koop adding In his patronising
way: stiu.-you anoi uncommonly weu.
Lord Ragnall aald:
"Mr. Quatermain shot more than wen.
His performance In the Lake covert was
the moat brilliant that I have ever seen."
Then Just as we turned to go. Charles
came puffing followed by another man
with a dog who had been specially set
to pick my birds and carrying In his band
a much-be -draggled cock pheasant with
out a tail.
"I've got him my lord he gasped.
"I mean that which waa killed ia the
clouds with the last shot fired. It had
gone right down Into the mud and stuck
mere. Torn an me fished ntra up witn
'That-turns the scale In favor of Mr.
Quatermain." Ragnall said. "so. Sir
Junius you had better pay your money
and congratulate him. as I do."
I protest. exclaimed van Koop
looking very angry. "How am I to
know that this was Mr. Quatermaln's
Because my men say so. Sir Junius:
moreover seeing the heigh) from which
the bird fell their story U olfvlously true."
Then he examined the pheasant further.
"What alsed shot were you using Sir
Junius?" he asked.
"And you were using No. i Mr. Quater-
main. Now was any other gun using
All shook their heads.
"Jenkins open that birds' head. 1
think the shot that killed it will be
found In the brain."
Jenkins obeyed. Pressed against the
bone or the skull he found the shot
"No. 3 it la. sure enough my iord."
"You will agree that settles the mat-
ter sir Junius." said Lord Raenall. "And
now. as a bet has been made here It had
better be paid."
"I have not enough money on me" said
Van Koop sulkily.
"I think your banker is mine." said
Lord Ragnall quietly "so you can write
a check in the house."
We went Into the smoking room and
Lord Ragnall instantly fetched a blank
check and handed It to Van Koop.
He took it. and turning to me. said:
"I remember the capital sum but how
much It the Interest? I am not very good
"Then you must have changed a good
deal during the last 12 years. Sir Junius."
1 could not help saying. "Still never
mind the Interest. I shall be quite sat-
isfied wth the principal."
So he filled up the check for llJaO and
threw It down op the table.
It Came into my mind that I arould
rot touch the money of this success-
ful scamp won back from him In
such a way. So I said:
"Lord Ragnall. this check Is for a
debt which years ago I wrote off as
lest. At luncheon today you were talk-
ing of a Cottage hospital for which you
are trying to i-.t up. an endowment fund.
Will you allow me to hand you Sir
Junius subscription to be entered In
his name?" And I pasaed him tha
He looked at the amount flushed then
"What do you say to this act of
generosity on the part of Mr. Quater-
mitln. Sir Junius?" . c.
There was no answer because Sir
Junius had gone. I never saw him
Now I have told all this story of that
December ahoot because it waa the be-
ginning of my long and close friendship
I think t4 sat down to the dinner that
night which was to Introduce Lord Rag-
nall'a future wife to the neighborhood.
Truly she was a lovely girt. Not very
tall her proportions were rounded And
exquisite and her movements ab grace-
ful as those ofSa doe. She was a dark
beauty with rich brown waving hair a
dear olive complexion a perfectly shaped
mouth and very red lips. I could see
but one blemish In her -perfect person
and that was a curious white mark upon
her breast - which in Its shape exactly
resembled ths crescent moon.
The face was bright .Intelligent
sympathetic and just now happy. Bat
I thought it mystical. Moreover it re-
minded me. of something.
What waa It? Ah! I knew. A look that
Lsometlmes I had seen upon the face of
a certain zuiu lady named Mameena
especially at the moment of her wonder-
ful and tragic death.
Lord Ragnall stepped forward to greet
his fiancee and her mother with a courtly
bow. Presently I was aware of a very
rich and thrilling voice asking quite close
"Which Is he? Oh! you need .not answer
dear. I know him from the description."
"Yes" replied Lord Ragnall to Mlaa
Holmes for it was she "you are quit
right I will introduce yon to him pres-
ently. But love whom do yoiu wish to
take you in t dinner?"
"I wish Mr. Quatermain to take me In.
I want to hear about Africa.
"Very well" he answered. "H Is In-
teresting. But Luna why are you always
thinking and talking about Africa. One
might Imagine that you were going; to
"So I may one day" aha answered
dreamily. "Who knows?" And anals I
saw the mystic look come Into her fas.
Dinner was announced.
Presently we were wending In a glit-
tering; procession to the banqueting
charnbef. Of the eating and drinking I
remember tittle. What I do remember is
Miss Holmes the beautiful charm of her
conversation the sight of her beautiful
eyes the fragrance of -her hair her most
flattering Interest Jn my unworthy self.
She began by saying:
"I hear yon beat Sir Junius Fortescue
out shooting today and won a lot of
money from him which yon gave to the
Cottage hospital. It's strange because
you don't look like a man who beta. But
I detest Sir Junius Fort earn ejuid that I
a bond of union between us." - r.
"I never aald I detested hlm." "
"No but t am sure you do. - Tonr face
changed whet I mentioned hi name."
-"'As n happens you are right ' But
Miss Holmes I should like you to under-
stand. And I told her some of the story
of- Van Koop. ' ft.-. . ' . i
"Ah!" she said when I had finished.
T always felt sure he was a horror." . -i
Then I congratulated her npoa her ap-
proaching marriage sayoSg what a Joyful
thing it waa to aee everything going In
heal happy storybook fashion; beawty
united by love high rank wealth troops
of friends health of body a toveland an
ancient horn In M settled land respect
and affection the prospect of a high and
useful career; everything to short .that
human being could desire or deserve.
- be listened tem. atteatively-. and
"Thank you for year kind thoughts and
wishes. But does It not strike you. Mr.
Quatx-rmain that there Is something ill-
omened fa such talk? The- future I a
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much veiled from ail ofua
ua as as the
picture whloh hang bafflaid Ua ourula
in J&erd 1 agnaii's 'study la from - yu.
Ton were thinking of tha picture ware
"And If I waa." I aald. "what of Itt
Thouah it la hkliien from everybody else
ha has only to draw tha curtain kOd aee
"Buppoeing he should draw tha cur-
tain one dor and sea nothag. Mr. Quater-
main. Parhap you have lost a plotura
1 OT tWO in VOUT time.
m. nere PH a euonvv T a mew flw
menta for thla talk of lost pictures
brought back mamorte which choked me.
Then she besan to apeak ajraln. low.
quickly and with a up pressed passion but
acting wonderfully all ths while.
"t am not like other women. Some
thing- moves me to 4H you . so . From a
onua t nave unaeratooa tnai am a
mystery. It all came to ms suddenly
one night when I was about nine years
old. 1 seemed to see ths past and the
future. . I don't know what I saw and
still see sometimes. It comes in a flash
and is In a flash forgotten. Only two
facta remain written on my heart The
flrat Is that there Is trouble ahead of
me unusual trouble; and the second that
permanently continually t or a part oi
me have something to do with Africa.
Also that I have a great deal to do with
you. That Is why I am so Interested In
Africa and you. Tell me about Africa
and yourself now while we have the
So hurriedly I began to talk of th
first thing about Africa that I remem-
Bereo nauieiy of tne legend oi ine noiy
flower that was guarded by a huge ape.
Also I told her that there waa some-
thins; In it. as 1 had with me a spedmaa
or tne iiower.
"Oh! show It me." she aald.
I replied that I feared I could not
aa it was- locked sway In a safe In Lon
don wmtner l was returning on tne mor
row i promised nowever. to sena ner
Ufe-slsed water color drawing. She
asked me if I were going to look for
this (lower snd I said that I hoped ao
If I could make necessary arrangements.
Next she asked me if there chanced to
be any other African Quests upon which
I had set my mind. I replied that there
were several. or instance. I naa neara
vasruelv of the existence of a certain tribe I
in tan uenirai ainca anus or semi-Arab-;
who were reported to worship a
child that always remained a child. This
child. I took It. waa a dwarf: but aa I
waa Interested la native religious customs
I should much like to find out ths truth
or tha matter.
"Talking of Arabs." the broke In. "I
will teU you a curious story. Once wMn
I waa a little girl I waa playing In Ken-
aiitarton Garden and drove my hooo
across the grass to some elm trees. From
.behind one of the trees came out two
tall men dressed In white robes and tur
bans. One waa an elderlyt man with
flashing black eyes hooked nose and a
lonsr arav beard. The other was much
younger but I do not remember him so
well. Tney were ootn Drown in eoior. sty
boon hit the elder man. He bowed 'politely
and picked It up. but did not offer to
return it to me. Thejr talked together
rapKliy. and one or tnem pointed to tr.e
moon shaped birthmark which you aee
I have upon mr neck. It waa beoause.of
this mark that rov father named me Luna.
The elder of th two said In broken
" 'What Is your name. little gtrir
"I told him tt waa Luna Holmes. Then
he drew from hia robe a box made of
scented wood and took out some sweet
meat and gave me a piece that I pat Inta
mr mouth. Next he bowled the hoop
along the ground into tha ahadow. of tne
trees sarins -stun oaten it!
"I began to run but something In the
taste of that sweet caused me to drop
It from my uns. Then all grew misty
and the next thing I remember was Undine-
mvsalf in the arms of tha vounser
Kasterner. with the nurse and her
'cousin.' a stalwart person standing in
front of us.
" 'Little girt go HI.' said the elder Arab.
We seek policeman.
" 'Tou drop (hat child.' answered the
'cousin.' doubling hi fists. Then I grew
faint again and when I came to myself
the two white robed men had -gone. I
think you are the first to whom I have
ever mentioned the matter."
"Tou believe the sweet was drugged?"
he nodded. "There was something very
strange In It It was a night or two after
I had tasted It that 1 began to think
"Have you ever Men the men again.
Mlaa Holmes V
At this moment I heard Ladv Longden
. "My der Luna- I m sorry to Interrupt
your absorbing conversation but We are
all waiting for you."
Miss Holmes departed In a hurra. Than
I reflected that I could not remember
having eaten a thing since the flrat
Later Ragnall 'began to chat with ma
about African big gams- shooting. Also
be asksd me what was my permanent
address in that country. I told htm Dur
ban and In my turn asked why he wanted
"Because Miss Holmes seems quit
crasy aoour ine Place ana s expect I
shall be dragged out there on da" he
replied quite gloomily. .
It was a propbstlo remark. .
' CHAPTER IV. ''..' ' v.. ".
Tha Two Conlurers.. . v
When the guests bad gone a servant
said that two foreign ponjurera bad ar-
rived. Miss1 Holmes " wanted to see them
perform. So they were summoned. . -
Th first was a tall Eastern looking
person with a grave countenance a long
white beard a hooked . nose. -and ' flash-
ing hawklike eyes. The second was
shorter and rather stouti also much
Instantly I. remembered the atry that
Miss Holmes had - told ms at dinner
and looked - at iw covetly to see that
she bad turned quite pale and was trem-
bling. Catching my eye she laid her finger
on her 11 os In token of silence.
.The men were clothed In. thick fur-
lined cloaks which they took olf stand-
ing revealed in robes of beautiful -whiteness
and in large plain turban' also
"High-class Somali Arabs" thought I
to myself.. They walked towards ua each
carrying an ornamental basket that con-
tained doubtless their conjuring outfit
To my surprise they came straight to me
and. .having set down the baskets sa-
laamed. Next they spoke not in Arable
but in Bantu.'
"I Harut priest and doctor of the
White Kendah - people g!eet you as
Macumaxana" said the elder man
VI .Ma rut a priest and. doctor Of the
people of j.he White Kendah greet you
O Watcher by Nighfwhom we. have trav-
eled far to flhd' said the younger man.
Then ioaether. ' . v . .
"We' both . greet you. O Beloved oi
Mameema. O slayer of evil men end
women who are destined to deliver
mankind from. Its 'terrible scourge. We
acknowledge you a our lord and brother
to whom we vow safety among us and In
the desert th Whom ws pro mis a great
reward." j .
' Again fney bowed one twice thHee:
then stood aUsot before me with folded
rWhat "an ' earth are fber I aaymgf'
asked Scroop. - - if v d -'1
: I told hlm briefly. ' . IL i F f
'What does Mameema mean? asked
Miss Holmes With a. horrible acntenesft
tip It a woman's name?V .
Hearing ber. Herat and 'Varut bowed
ri though doing reverence to that warn
muttered something about a native girl
who had mad trouble In her day. ' ;
- Mis Holme7 and ths other ' ladles
looked at me with amused disbelief and
to my dismay the venerable Harut turned
to Mia Holmes and said in broken Eng-
lish : ... .-;.? ...:.-. fTv Ts. ' ' fVV
"Mameema very beautiful woman. f
meema love the white lord Macumasan.
She love him while. she live she knr him
now she .dead. She .tea me ao again just
now." " v- . ... ' .':
N Than I fell npoa that venerable villain
I Harut arV belabored blw l Wli I
who Amm V.. ... . I asked hint how
he cam t know anything .about (Ma-
' He replied without moving wuacl and
a$t!irdV kWll. ?Iulu w1rd.Vfrlnd
at mine I Elk all snak m kiww Msniaema
aad she tell cn story and send you isuoh
love and say she wait for you always.
If you viv I abow you Mameema 'tore
The suddenly he brok ml Bantu;
and added; "A Jeet.la a Jest. Mscum.
saaa. I-earn here to ask you to do mf
people service for which you shsU aot
lack reward. We the White Kendah. are
at war with ths Qlack Kendah. who sut
(umber ua. TheBlack kendah have ao
evil .spirit for a ged which dwell la th;
largest elephant in the world. Wblle that
elephant which la named Jaaa live w
Ion can kill that elephant If you will
come aad kill Vu ws win show you the
nUr kkM .11 tha lanhantn KO tO dl
and you shall tak their Ivory and grow
ricn. -noon you are gom juwui
ih.t ) tn aa with . flower and vou will
vlalt peoples named th Maaltu aad the
Peng who live. on an island in I lake
Far beyond th Pongo and across tha
desert dwell my people the Kendah. In
a secret land. When you wish to visit
us. as youwll! do journey to the north
af IHat lake wkara tha PonSO dWH. SOS
stay there aa the edge of ths desert ahoot-
lng till w come. 1M net forget for these
mines snail oeiau in nu- a '" uev
that time be fan f . ' ' i
Before I could answer before I could
think the thing out Harut proceeded 10
the English ceajurer's batter:. - -
"Rich ladies and gentlemen want see
trick br poor old wlsard rom centre
Africa. Wall we show thein but please
member no maglo all quit aimput try.-. -timh
fha'-Mrfnfmanp 'bessn. A tree
grew admirably -upon a china plate under
(W. mtkmiriaar. A number
af blU of stick danced together on the
plate apparently witliout being toucnea.
At length the pair paused. Then Harut
"Th Lord Macumaian think thla poot
business and he right Tou Ilk to see
some better eh?. Mameena eh?"
"No" I repliea nrmiy. .
"Eleehant J ana we want you kill eht
Just as he look this minute."
"Yes." I said "very much. Indeed only
how will vou show It mar'
"That quite easy Macumasana Tou
just amoks little Kendah 'bacco and see
Then vhiM wa waicnea ne Dsacea awnie
tobacco In a little wooden bowL Marut
drew . flute from hia robe and began to
Zim .i.nohniv rrnif prea.
nlav wild and melancholy music. Prea
nil MSrnt atruck a match and taking
a pinch of the tobacco lit it and dropped
It among the rest. A pale blue amok
arose from the bowl and with it a very
Now vou breaths smoks. siacumu-
maxana" he said "and tell us what you
Curiosity overcame me. I took the
bowl and held tt under my nose.
Suddenly I saw a wild and wonder
ful scene. I was looking on a ceme-
tery of elephants. Almost In the center
of thla cemetery . was a little -mound of
water washed rock tsuaaemy upon uu
rack anneered the ahaoe of th most gi-
Cnntic elephant that ever I beheld. It
had one enormous tusk. Its sides were
scarred as though with fighting and Its
eyes sfione red snd wickedly. Held In Its
trunk waa tne Doay oi a woman. lbpn
In her arm was a child that seemed to be
Then I awoke. .
"Tou see elephant J ana?" asked Harut
"He kill woman and child eh? Weill
he do that every night That why peo
ple of White Kendah want you am nian.
Now. beautiful lady." he added turning
to Miss Holmes "you like look too?"
"Yes" she ssia.
"I should nrefer. Luna that you left
thla business alone ' remarked Lord Rag-
Here is a matcn. sua atiaa noimes
to Harut. who was engaged In putting
more tobacco Id to the bowl. Harut
fired the atuff as before. Then he hand-
ed the bowl from which once again the
blue smoke curled upwards to Mis
Holmes. -A few seconds later she stood
up with wide eyes.
1 nave neon in anomer worm
said in a low voice. "I have traveled
a great way. I found myself in a small
piaee made of stone. It waa dark. There
was nothing thore except a beautiful
atatue of a naked baby which seemed to
be carved in yellow ivory ana a cnair
made of -ebony Inlaid with Ivory and
seated 'With string I stood in front of
the statue of the Ivory cnuo. it seemea
to come to life snd smile at me. Round
its neck was a string of red stones. It
took them from Its neck snd set them
upon mine. Then it pointed to the cnair
-and I sat down in the chair. That waa
I aaw STarnt'a dark eves shine Wtth
tttm. livht of trlumnh.. Moreover f-
heard hlm whisper to Marat words that
seemed to mean. - .
"The Sacred Child accepts tne
Guardian. The Spirit of the White
Vcmilih find a voire aaaln.
Then as though Involuntarily but
with the utmost reverence both of them
bowed deeply towards Miss noimes.
A babel of conversation Drone out.
"Well. I auoDosa the show is over
said Lord Ragnall. "Quatermain would
you mind asking a your oonjure friends
wnat i owe tnemr
Hare Harut. who had understood
paused from packing up his property aad
Nothing. O great lord notning. it
I wa owe you mucn. Here we warn
what wa want know ton time.
Then making many obeisances they
walked backwards to the door. I ac
com panted them. Presently wa stood
"What does all. this mean O men of
Africa?" I asked.
Harut replied: "Back to know no
more you who In due season will know
'Seek to know no more ecnaea
Marut "who already perhaps know too
much lest harm should come to you
"Where are you going to Sleep lonigmr
"We do not sleep' her" answered
Harut "we walk to. tha great city and
thence we find our way to Africa where
we snail meet you again uo in. sutou-
masana. and take ' withyou thla as
nuirltn sift faom- the Child of Heaven
whoai abe met tonight- to the beautiful
lady stamped with ths sign of the young
moon wno is aoout w marry uie
lord she loves." .
Then he thrust a little linen wrapped
parcel .tuto my hand and with bis com
i returned to xne urmwuig iwm.
"Thev have sons." I said In answer to
Lord Ragnall. But they have sent a
weddlec present to Miss Holmes" andvI
showed the parcel. -
"Open It. Quatermain" ne asm agaus.
"Nd. George." Interrupted Miss Holme.
laughing "I like to open my own pree-
I handed her th BeroeL Somebody
produced scissors and tha stitches were
cut "Within the Unea was a necklace of
beautiful red stones oval shaped Ilk
amber bead and of toe else or a robin s
egg. They were roughly polished and
threaded on hair from an elephant's tall.
A beautiful little statuette also or red
stone waa suspended from tha center of
'Thai Is tha nacklaew I saw which the
Ivory Child gave me In my dream" skid
Miss - Holmes quietly. '
-men sne clasped it round ner tnroat
inn . .-'"i 1 ii n "
''a ft A I R
T Colored Woniei
W ant the lsmaet
. Bale. - Oar latest
' bosk saewisg saw
style ia elr
srawiBg seat In.
Bvary ealertd we-
1 ansa 4 Bnewa" save
ana sell the
1 sandf ear hall tad
er awaey back.; A
We mak th bast
solid tnsa OTHAJOhT-
tta heavy mca ejliy
camstsed. With asob easib ve sirs " P
rREK. Send money ordov er tUmpa HONKV
BACK IF HOT 0AT1BI ACI0BI . fMMtptld.
' Balr nets Imamescomb and tolhd rrll
SBsaunUitanra'. riois. ' Orsd two-cent stents
Aaant Wanted. Address a foMowsi
' smsiaina ' waist rmvaiNV -
mUfl'srk How. ' Iw v i Ct.
. ' Address Pepartment s.
TATT1 T"""TI ' PT"fIV ' l'
Luill) ILj b JAM
5 Wai G0ITD1TI0U8
VoWlMmkg Capidty of Tedenl
';' Baiika Auom Impi)dbility of '
i t 8iorUi t. Cfih te vi
i (From th Financial Review.). -'
Tha aw band issue attached tovarlous
bills passed bt th last eoiutres be for
It expiration Bgounted to a total of
about IMM.M. If w tnelud th au-
thorised Issu ef tlM.M;0O on-ar I
par oent' eertlfloate of indebtedness. . The
preparedness progranv . the emergency
revenue measure and several other law
covering speolaj ' expenditures nave al-
ready Involved these heevj bond offering.
How much farther our parUolpatioa ia
the war. la defense ef our oommero may
carry our expanse program no on new
know. All wa can do is to meet these
requirements aa w come? te theak.. But
It ia evident that domeatip bond issues in
uch large amouW. In addition to th de-
mands upon ua from abroad aad for the
ass of our Internal trade . must soon In-
fluence money oondltloaa. : - ....'
There Is no noaalbllltv of.' an actual
scarcity of cash or.eurrencK no matter
how acute the- war crisis -may become.
Tbw federal 'board call attention tv the
net- that the- federal reserve bank now
save a note Issuing capacity of approxi-
mately 11 m.ftvo.AOft while in the Panic
of 1U4 the AWrloh-Vreeland currency
note and -th clearing house certificates
combined amounted to Onl tUO.000.tOO.
TO HAVK tv00.fM0.00O .
AVAILA.BLK FOR Ufl.
W are hot going to hav a repetition
of tha panld of 1114; but even If w did.
th federal reserve banks ar amply kbit
to supply double th amount of currency
ik.i - - - . . . . . . .
uw wvuwi d bwin te renev me situ-vi
atlon. About fSM0o0.000'of the note arl
auwaay printed and ready to go Into In-
i D?B. oetermmed to raise -this supply of
Snnted notes to fsoo.ooo.ooq. In addition
those already outstanding. And ' sine
our stock or gold on band I also very
much in excess of 111. we are well bul-
warked against-any possible panic in th
money market . .
It Is th teaching of history that com-
plete pre para bone forestall a panic. Hence
the possibility of a money panic through
our. participation in the was . no matter
to what extent may be as well laid aald
as fanciful i
Tha amendments to the federal - re-
serve law. failed to. pass before congress
expired chiefly because they were pushed
aalde by th new international compli-
cation a. Tha bills prepared for tha pur-
pose by the house committee and the
senate committee diRered in Important
particulars. Presumably thdy will be re-
introduced In the next congress which
meets in special aesslou before long. In
substantially their previous form and
the whole sublect will then have to be
threshed out In conference.
DELAY CAUSE OF
pOUBT AMONG BANKERS.
With this postponement It Is' doubtful
whether the final shifting of reserves will
take place much earlier than next No-
vember the date orlglnajly set A great
deal may happen before than and It Is
unfortunate that the amendments were
not promptly pasaed this winter so that
the whole matter could' be out of th way
and on a permanent basis.
What with the uncertainties of (he in-
ternatlonal situation the pending bond issues-
and th doubts as to when the
amendments will pass 'bankers find the
future of i the money market unusually
Rates at New Tork are practically sta-
tionary with business small. It is still a
waiting market Tha interior has with-
drawn funds in considerable volume but
New York bankers have also withdrawn
deposits from London so that they now
hs ve no more (ban the necessary working
balances here. New Tork bank rewines
are still very large but .doubt as to the
future makes bankers cautious about ex-
tending their -loans. '
In the West there hs been some hard-
enmg of ratesv due-Co the freight conges-
tion which has tied up some funds the
caution generated by the war situation
Amazma Power of Bon-Ovto
To Make Weak Eyes Strong
Doctor Says It Strengthens
Eyesight ISO Per Cent in One
Week'sTimeinM any Instances
A Fran Prescription You Can Hav
Filled and Us at Home.
Victim ef eye' strain and other eye
weaknesses and tboss who wear glasses
will be glad to know that according to
Dr. Lewis there la real bop and help for
them. Many whose eyas were falling say
they have had their eye restored by. this
remarkable prescription and many who
once wore glaassa say they have thrown
them away. One' mae say after using
t: "I waa almost bUudV -Could not see
to read at all. Mow I can read every-
thing without my glasses and my eyes
do not hurt any more. ' At night they
would pain dreadfully. Now Uey feel
floe an th time ft was like a miracle
in ana" A UMlV who USd it SSys; "The
atmosphere seemed hasy with or without
glasses but after using this prescription
for fifteen day everything seems clear;
I -can ra vn On -print without
glasses." Anotner wno uses 11 says; --1
ws bothered .with ey strain .caused by
overworked.- tired eyes which induced
flero headaches. I have worn glass for
several yhrs both- for - distance and
work andtwlthout them I could not read
my own name on an envelope or the type-
writing on th machine before m. I
can do both now and nave discarded my
long dlstanoe glasses altogether. I can
unt tha flutteruMT leaves on the trees
across the street now. which for several
year hav WOkeo 110 a aim green tuur
to m. I cannot express my Joy at what
It-has done for m." v
It la beiievea teat mousanas wno wear
Ct : - i:v
it 1 ill aa
!;"- ' rl"'J'':;'';!l' f(!
; MAhTvVtLL IRON WORK
.... ..- J.wii Stwsi flwtt. - '- .'
it I'-f ' .. .-il"V;- vi.
; A ''pliwaw--1;.' ! i.lRsby.ausir
W 1 1 Jo
HhjlVRANCK ANO wONDt.
1 rirat Matfensl bank pulldlni '
' - ' ' Fltso Frsatan 0U0
r t ' l r r r t
It.. - -m --..
.. ZkigUsh' women to the number of M.
sOfhave enlisted In -ah auxiliary army
corps .tor service In France Within a
month it U expected that Tully MOO
women wlu be working behind the flrlhg
Ifhaa itt Vrmnr Tha scheme was first
announced en February SI and within two
daya thousands or apfSlicatlOna had been
received. Sacks of mall are still pouring
Into the headquarters of the movement
at St Ermlna hotel. -'
i n. innianianeous lesuunse 10 Vila u-
"peal althongh applications had not yet
been reaueatea nas insurea tne uvot
of the movement- The leaders of ths
auxiliary corps are Airs. ti. j. rennant.
vdfa of ths former under secretary of
tVt. for war: Mlaa Violet Markham and
Lady Mackworth. a survivor of the Lual-
tanla and daughter of Lord Rhonddo.
Lady Mackworth has shown her-man
agerial capacity oy acting aa preaiueni
of the majority of her father's large In-
t..i. Thrnn week.' tralninw In Ens-
land Is required before the recruits ar
Sent to rrance. xne wuinon aiw w-wv
shipped across the channel In groups of
Ivtf St a time. women wno arw annicm in
trades are those most eagerly sought for
Uliu'u '-' 'J 'J ririnnnriPii-ii-i 'i' - -- -- -- --
and the approach of th ordinary aprtng
demanda At Chicago rates ar H to fi
per cent on long time paper at 8t fall
and Minneapolis 4 to 6. St Louis and
Kansas city about tne same
ts-hlia there Is a seneral snlrlt of cau
tlon no one expects really high rates.
The era of 1 and 3Vi per cent commer-
cial i.mp la .dnubtleaa over. We are on
a plane about 1 per cent higher than that
minimum at new tor ana appear imeiy
at any rate to stay there for some time.
With the probabilities In favor of some
further Hardening aa grows oiuer.
Soak 1 cup of dried lentils -overnight.
drain add S pints of water I siloes onion.
1 bay leaf -and boil slowly three hour.
Rub pulp through a -colander. Mix one
tablespoon of butter with an-equal amount
of flour moisten with HUM of the soup.
then thicken' soup. -
glasses can now discard them in a rea
sonable time and multitudes mote will be
able to strengthen their eyes ao as to be
pared the trouble and expenae of ever
getting glasses. Eye troubles of many
descriptions may be wonderfully bene
fited by the uae of this .prescription at
home. Go to any active drug store and
get a bottle of Bon-Opto tablets. Drop
one Bon-Qato tablet in a fourth of a glass
of water find let It dissolve. With thla
liquid bathe the eyes two to four times
dally. You should notice your eye clear
up perceptibly rtgnt. from the start and
Inflammation and redneaa will quickly
disappear. If your eyes bother you even
a little It is your. duty to take steps to
save tnem nowaserore it ia too lata. Many
hopelessly blind might have saved . their
sight if they bad cared for their eyes in
Mote: Another prominent Phjaielaa. to whom
the above article was . submitted said: - "let
tlio Bon-Optv nrwrlHtton If. tnity a wonderful
eye remedy; Its constituent lajrroitleots are well
known to eminent cy sneciallata and widely
prescribed by them. I have mod It very suc-
cessfully la my onn practice ad pstleats whose
eyes were atMlnea tiaoaxh overwork er mlsot
classes; ' I can highly ncomnwral it la east at
wet a. wsiery. acnins smarting; UCttlrut. bum.
lua ere ted lids hlurrtd vlaiua.or for eyes In.
at rata rrom exposure 10 smote ma atnt or
wind. It It one ef the mr few nreparattos I
feel should be kent on hand for regular est la
Sjmost every family." Bon-Opto referred te
snore. 1 1
1 net a patsilt . medlclat or . a secret
11 m an eiuicai preptranoo tbe for-
mult bains printed on
ufactnrera guarantee I
1 ; tne package Tke man-
It' to strengtbea eyMlgtal
Bo tier .cent la one wei a tlm. hi ant in.
tsners ar refoni! tlie money. It eta be obtained
from any good dnntgist and-snd Is sold is this
city by House's lnu Btnreiand.ouitr drugs tats.
JMl lM'Olllr-1)114 Hi
Tpnfs aiid .nnmgs
aot.11 Crawford. t :.MwtwVw Teas.
f HONB PAt'.eTQN sit
'M' Eat Payments
Hoiuton Gjm 5 Fuel Gk
. He Dumbly pc; Co.
' Plate Glztt'liitvrsRcs
llnlnn fttlo-l r '
' - . "' ; i' ... 1
'. - ... ' ' . . -. : .
JJ- . '.' rf
l.Xkl L-.'Jf ' '
V.. i kvi a mmm
fm ' t v - V a'
.' 1 1 IJf . '. K ''af . . Lit'
50c. yei3keir .Ointment. . 38c fT
50c. Swamp-Root jl..T..iS3c
.r35c.Ereeionc ... i';Vi..V..; 1.25c '
;$lOOPjnkhW VeUblrV 1
Compound -.. .?5c r
' 1 . 1 1 J IJ I I I II
For the re-
movat of 8U-
on the s vface
and arms. Abe
$1.00. HrSod! 'Sarsaparilla . J5e '
50c DiapcpaiO 35c
$1.00 Nuxated Iron. 65c
75c Mercolized Wax. ..... .55c .
65c Sixolite Compound. . . .
to cock-f '
. a. auwfT .
50c Canthrox :3Fc
50c Livertone .1 .3ic
35c Pompeian Night Cream 25c
25c Corn Picker
25c Palmer's Skin Suct3...I3s
A combination ;ot xed cedar
and napthalene; sut 1 C
preventive. Price.... I
25c Coticura Soap. 18e
50c Annric 38c-
25c Cream Tarter and Sul-
phur Tablets J5c
25c Rjxall Tooth Paste.... )7c
2Sc Sanitol Tooth. Paste. v 7c
Purifies the blood . and
cleanses the system of im-
Priced?;.... ;. ...$1.00
A 25c BOX OF DR.
(The effective stomach and
v nerve tonic.)
given with each bottle of
Riesling's Red Clover Syrup.
SOcHorlick's Malted Milfc..3$c
$1 Horlick's Malted MHkv .75c
25c Woodbury's Face Pow- .
der ...... 13c
50c Sempre Giovine. . . . . 3Sc
a - -waa.ia tw ubb . FHCitr
$1.00 Inkram-V Milk' Weed . . v
' .Mil II mW
. at warn.. .
at Saaa aaaaata
W'Canj"'.V.' a!?'.;T.t 'ea tr&l fS'V
50c Pompeian Cream... .$5c
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