1 AHTD& BY gARY gEVEREUX ILLUSTPATION3 BY DON C. WILSON (Cifyrtgbf, 1903, by lifte, Srorni tntf (ynptty) VKKf) Cy l?'g,Vl WTH CHAPTER XXIX. Less than a week later, one early afternoon, the members of the household at La Tete des Eaux were startled by the booming of cannon In the direction of Lake Borgne. What had happened was this: An English fleet, with twelve hundred men, had, with tjie intention of throwing an attacking force across Lakes Borgne and Pontchartain, sailed into Lake Borgne and opened an attack up on the Americans, whosq, presence was a surprise to the enemy, as Capt. Lockyer, commanding the latter,1 had understood that this point was defenseless. A fierce battle followed, resulting in a partial victory for the English, who were now masters of Lake Borgne. it was the Shapira who, late in the afternoon, brought this news to La Tete des Eaux. The house was soon in a bustle of preparation, the inmates packing hastily the few things they were to take with them in their flight, and concealing such property as would be likely to attract thieving bands among the enemy, who would, with little doubt, Visit the plantation, as Shapira reported the woods about Lake Borgne to be filled with British soldiers. Madame Riefet, when not absorbed by other matters, did not hesitate to express her reluctance toward accepting the assistance of this swarthy, brigandish-lookinman, whom she had never before seen, and whose very existence bad been unknown to One of his owr craft, commanded by Baptistlne, was tying off the Owls Point, awaiting the signal which would announce the coming of Lafltte, who, bent upon a private mission in the neighborhood, had not reckoned upon the present denouement. But now, in view of all the circumstances, he considered this, the boat, a more desirable means for conveying the ladies directly to Shell Island, where now were only old Sciplo, Juniper and the boy, Nato. Waiting therefore until he saw Shapira Btart for the Colonneh, followed by the now quiet slaves, Lafltte, who had meantime explained his plan to his own charges, told them to follow him, and set out hurriedly In an opposite direction from that taken by Shapira and his dusky retinue. The forest was darkening with late afternoon shadows as the fleeing party followed, in comparative' silence, the tall form that led them. At length the party emerged from the deeper shadows of their wooded way, and came into a cleared space, where the knoll known as "The Owls Point" projected into the bayou; and halting here, Lafltte looked about him, while the others stood grouped a little distance away, awaiting quietly his movements. But before he could give the signal to Baptistlne, whose craft was concealed around the bend of the bs ou, two men burst from the cover of a thicket opposite Lafltte, a gun was leveled at his breast, and a hoarse voice shouted, "Surrender, you cursed g her. 'I know something of him," spoke up Mademoiselle Rose. "He Is the man of whom grandpere rented Didnt you know it?" "Yes, Lazalie added, before Madame Riefet had time to frame a fitting reply, "and we have seen him many times about the woods here. Rose and I once saw Captain Jean talking !with him; and I think he is very oblig- ing." pirate!" Rose de Cazeneau, with a wild cry, rushed between the weapon and Lafltte, while Barbe, who had been staring as though he were a ghost at the holder of the gun, echoed the shriek of her mistress. Do not do not shoot your child!" she screamed; and, at her words, old Zeney, who stood nearest the stranger, gave him one searching look, and rushed' in turn between her mistress i "But all this he tells us of a cave. light was swung before my eyes. I heard a whisper, a! Tis he. thousand colors flashed before me. I clutched at something anything to save myself from falling. Then I knew no more. form that had tempted the new years elopement. Meantime, Baptistlne had landed; and leaving his men in the boat, be came leisurely to where Lafltte was questioning the English sailor. Tbs Baratarlans fhrewd eyes had glanced ever the scene; and the fallen bodies, the group of excited women all that he saw, told his alert perceptions taken place, what had presumably while the sight of hia commander, standing unharmed, and Sbaplras attitude, as he leaned upon bis gun, assured him that the danger, such as it night have been, was past. Hence his nonchalant, strolling gait to where Lafltte stood. The latter saw him at once, and interrupted himself io bid Shapira see that the sailor awaited his further or ders. Then drawing Baptistlne aside, he gave him instructions in regard to placing the ladies and their maids aboard bis boat. "But it seems very dreadful to leave poor Zeney lying there, said Rose, with a tearful backward look, as Lafltte was assisting her into the small boat. "It is not possible to do otherwise, child, he answered gently, tightening his pressure upon the small hand he was holding. "All that can be done for her now, I will see Is done before I join you.' Will you not trust me to A CHAPTER XIX. CHAPTER XVII. Continued. The Captain, upon the landlords veiling him that there was no other outlet from the cellar, called his men and proceeded to drink to their success. When they had satisfied their thirst, bound up their scratches, and laughed a little over little incidents in the affray, they began to parley with the prisoner, Quentin Waters by name. The man being promised safe conduct bark to jail, came forth, a grin face. Doubts began on his dare-devi- l to flit from one to another that they had spent their strength in taking the wrong man. They questioned him. He knew nothing of the prisoner or his friends, denied being Quentin Waters of Long Haut; hooted at the idea. He was Anthony Bryne, a tinker, on the way to London in search of work. He had d do that? in at the inn for a bite of supThe expression of the per, and had only seen the men as eyes raised to meet his look answered they rushed out of the house to meet him without the need of speech. the Guards. When the men had "You are not coming with us? she pounced upon him he had in desperabegan, when Madame Riefet intertion defended himself with his cudgel. rupted her with a shrill "Not coming He told his story well, and mine with us! Oh, Capt Lafltte, we can host of the Tabard corroborated what not go without you. And these he said. ' Consternation came upon strange men! Indeed now angrily them. One of the men said that we will not! Quentin Waters was a gentleman He had put Rose aboard the boat, about town, and that the boor could and turned to assist Lazalie, while be not possibly be he. To clap the clianswered Madame Rlefets outburst max, another one asserted with posicalmly, although there was evidence tiveness that the fellow was not the of impatience held In check. prisoner wanted, for he had seen "I intend to escort you personally Quentin Waters often about to Shell Island, madame; but lc is and that he was at least twoLondon, Inches best that you all go aboard the boat taller, and also of a darker commy captain here has waiting around plexion. the point. He will take you to it, and At this the captain wanted to know then return for me, as I have a duty why in h 11 he hadnt said so before. here which I cannot very well perform The soldier replied that he hadnt until you and the other ladles have been near enough to get a good look gone. There may be other English- at him. So with crimination and men prowling in the vicinity; and the recrimination, they were like to have sound of the firing may bring them a small fight among themselves when this way. If 'this should happen, I the captain remembered can manage matters to far better a- his dignity, and put the still smiling dvance by knowing that you are out fellow under arrest. of harm.s way. It being now too late to go In Madame maje no reply, but permit- search of the man, and a heavy fog ted him to place her in the boat about, they returned to London a sorMamam Brigida followed her, Violet ry lot. coming last; and the sailors pushed off as Baptistlne sprang aboard. CHAPTER XVIII. "Why does not Barbe come with The Loan of a Locket. us? Madame Riefet demanded abn Felton and I left the Lady ruptly. as she saw the French woman south the wall, walk to where Shapira was bending well, and the sound of clanking steel over the body of Zeney, intending as ordered by Lafltte to carry lljk'o the woods for burial. Lafltte answered from the shore, "Barbe will come with me; there Is something I wish her to do, Madame Riefet, If you will kindly permit. He had, unnoticed by the others, laid a detaining hand on Barbes arm, and whispered, "I wish to speak with you; wait here until the boat returns. She gave no sign of having heard him, but stood silently, until, as Violet was following Brigida into the boat, she turned and walked over to where lay the dead. (To be continued.) . nap-pene- tear-staine- d deep-throate- d where we can hide, right here on the and the gun, just as It shot out a Jet plantation, yet which no one has ever of Aflame. second report mingled so closely heard of before, and no one, exceptseems with the first as to make them seem and himself, Jean ing Captain to know anything about, sounds very but one; and Zeney, with the man Did your who had 6hot her, fell to the ground. strange and incredible. All had happened bo quickly that grandpere know of this cave, Lafltte, who was, for an Instant, un"I do not know, but I think not. I nerved by Rose de Cazeneaus effort never heard of such a thing. Yet, to save him, had scarcely time to draw a pistol before his unknown asmadame, it surely is safer to trust this sailant fell, as If from the discharge man, who tells us that Captain Jean of his own weapon, which had killed risk and here to stay sent him, than Zeney. a visit from those dreadful soldiers. In their surprise and fright, and by We dare not stay, and so we must trust him," said Madame, with a weak reason of the confusion, no one except attempt at resolution, as she slid a Lafltte had comprehended any meanJewel-bointo the bundle Violet was ing in the words which followed the wild cry of Barbe, who now stood sobpreparing to fasten. Old Zeney had come over from bing hysterically, with her arms around her mistress, Kanauhana, having Insisted upon be- while Lazalie, with dilating nostrils beloved her with ing taken away and blazing eyes, sought to release young mistress; and now she entered fcerslf from Madame Riefet. announce that Captain to the room Baptistlne, who had heard the shots, Jean was below stairs. reached the shore in a small boat Never had his arrival at tle plantaMadpulled by some of his crew, soon after now. as welcome so been tion Shapira appeared at the edge of the her ame Riefet, catching up thick woods from whence had come wraps from the bed, ordered that the bullet that had killed Zeneys slaythe various bundles be brought down- er. stairs; for the phlegmatic Barbe had The English sailor, at Laflttes comfinished tying up the last one as Chloe handed Senorita Lazalie the lace mand, now surrendered his arms to scarf for her head, while Ma'am Brig-Id- Shapira, and was promised freedom, was fastening the long cloak she in exchange for a truthful statement had insisted that her nursling should of the motive which brought his companion and himself to the spot wear. He said that the other man had been feel fortunate, yourself You may Madame Riefet, that you are able to unknown to him until that same mornleave here by daylight, and not, like ing; and all he now knew of him was some people I know, be roused from that he was a scout, picked up from in among the Indians, and bought to deep to find yourself a prisoner serve the English. Capt Lockyer, as they said Lafltte, English hands," who was In command of the English joined him on the stairway. Lake Borgne, having As they were descending the stairs, fleet upon he called to Shapira, who was stand- learned that Lafltte was In that vicinity, had selected this scout to find and ing on the veranda, and then hurryinsome latter capture the man upon whom he longed the ing down, gave His structions which the others did not to execute personal vengeance. hear as they passed out of the house orders had been to bring Lafltte ie and faced the slaves, now huddled in- him, alive, if possible, and dead, to a terrified mass, with their faces rather than not at all; and the sailor, having been one of the crew who full of despairing expectancy. Some' of the women began lament- rowed the British officers to their conference at Grande ing wildly when they found that they mortifying were not to go away. But Lafltte, in Terre, had been sent with the scout in his usual authoritative fashion, quiet- order to identify Lafltte. Such was the end of the man In ed the hubbub, and ordered Shapira to take them to the Colonneh, which whom Barbe had recognized the brilas he now decided was not to be liant officer of former years recogused as a for those whom nized, despite the shock of grizzled he himself had, eo unexpectedly, been hair, and the changes wrought by time and a lawless life in the tace and .able to assisi Mig-nonna- g out-of-do- a hiding-plac- e Duly Qualified Kisses. Some individual with oceans of time on his hands has conceived the idea of hunting through the works of English novelists for the purpose of finding all the adjectives used to qualify the word kiss. The result Is as follows : Cold, warm. Icy, burning, chilly, cool, loving, indifferent, balsamic, fragrant, blissful, passionate, aromatic, with tears bedewed, long, soft, hasty. Intoxicating, dissembling, delicious, pious, tender, beguiling, hearty, distracted, frantic, breathing fire, divine, Satanic, glad, sad, superficial, quiet, loud, fond, heavenly, execrable, devouring, ominous, fervent, parching, nervous, soulless, stupefying, slight, careless, anxious, painful, sweet, refreshing, embarrassed, shy, mute, ravishing, holy, sacred, firm, hurried, faithless, narcotic, feverish, Immoderate, sisterly, brotherly, and paradisaical. The task seemed Interminable, and he gave up at this stage. Pretty Alice Lynson. sounded throughout the room. What fretted me most was that the noise kept time to th in my temples. beatings for Buzz-buzz-bu- behind us and rode toward the open country. The fog thickened. We rode close. My knees touched her horses belly. I bethought me In such a fog there was no need to go ,in a roundabout way. No one will be able to recognize us in this fog, I said, "we will ride for the bridge; we shall have time to cross it before the guards will have reached It and can station men there trust Gil for that. Yet an I were you, she returned, I would cover my face when we do cross It, for who knows who may be flashing lights about." I shall be cautious, never fear, I said; "for your sake it would not do for me to be recognized. On a sudden there rang out through the gloom a ripple of laughter. It was as startling and as lovely as If a nightingale had burst Into song at my head. It was Rosemary laughing in the very abandonment of life and ove and joy. Pleasant thoughts come to you, I said; may I partake of sweet, T there vhii:g I would not do Master Arnold, I muttered, tis you, consistent with my honor? a fine to treat your guests drink "Then in earnest of what you say em way under the table first time In life I have a request to make of you, she your wines too newly drawn too-newhispered. I say. Oh, my heads as heavy Dear Rosemary, I beg of you not a as laggards feet No, no, my lord, to hesitate. I pleaded. the game is mine, mine, I say. "I would borrow the locket you So murmuring I awakened. I was said she wear upon your breast, dreaming I was at the lodge, and with Lord Felton was again playing I raised my hand and felt of the that memorable game, in which I had was safe locket she desired. Yes, It won the hand of Lady Felton. and hung by Its rosette of ribbons. I turned me over antf tried to raise to grant, Truly a little enough reguest upon an elbow. My head fell myself yet I knew not what to say; for what back on the pillow. I was dropping Jewa with locket a was she coveted off into sleep again when the noise eled front and mirrored back, such which I have before mentioned as gentlemen of fashion used to see aroused my ire. This If their wigs were on straight. "Gil, for Gods sake, I cried out one of mine had a space between the stop your clatter. You In petulantly, jeweled front and the mirror, and make that space I had hidden the letter wives .more noise than a lot of fish chaffering at a country fair." given me by my father. Intricately The noise did not abate, but a figconcealed in the rim was a spring, ure raised itself from a chair at the which when pressed opened the foot of the bed whereon I lay. locket. You idiot, I stormed, "will you I thought at first of telling her ! still? keep how Dwight about the paper; Lady The came to figure and my had been my fathers first wife, side. I yawned, and then rubbed my r. that Raoul Dwight was my But something held me; re- eyes. It was pretty Alice Lynson," as you please. for Lady Dwight, who should be spect "You you," I said wonderment in rewishes her the first one seen, and my voice. not still Pretty Alice Lynson, on son. She might her garding life tis my Waters pretty Alice Lynson, I Lord know that to wish him was his father. I was pondering repeated dryly, what do you here? Oh, sir, sir, she blubbered, and these things when she spake: I have a desire to wear It at the with the tail of her gown she wiped ball night on my breast. away the tear from her eyes. "God It Is very pretty. It will look well in heaven but I am glad I never among the ruffles cl my new gown. thought to hear you speak rationally "To show another scalp at your again. I looked at her inquiringly. girdle, as they say the red men in "Kind sir, she said, "you have America number their victims, I sugbeen most grievously hurt." gested. "Hurt, I repeated. Tush, sir! she cried. "Your com"Yes, she nodded. "Struck upon parison is odious. But what matter it? I continued; the head. For five days you have "I would all the world might know I been unconscious; even at deaths door. am your lover. I raised my hand and felt of Certainly she should wear the lockmy et; I hesitated not a moment upon head it was sore to the touch, and! that point. It was a small thing to about it there was a cloth. But how came you here? I quesdo for Rosemary and I would take the paper out. Upon second thought tioned. "Here? she repeated. Tis but a I decided to let it remain where it was. She had guarded the other bit poor room that I rent from day to of paper so successfully, she should day. "I see, I said whimsically, 1 have the guarding of this one also. The spring was so cunningly con- should have said how came I here? "It is a long tale, she began, and cealed she would never know that it was meant to open, later I should tell I am afraid the chlrurgeon will not want me to talk to you for fear of her about it. your fever coming back. Never mind the chirurgeon, said I "I am more like to die of impatience if you keep me long waiting. But first ask Gil to stop his jabbering there In the corner tell him to come here why doesnt he come here perhaps I can induce him to satisfy, my curiosity, since you are so relucg half-brothe- tant. We reached the bridge. There were lighted flambeaus at its entrances, but we passed over unmolested, as ordinary wayfarers. I dismounted her at the stables of the Bow Street mansion where I had difficulty in arousing the hostler. Then we walked to the side entrance of the house. The key of this door Rosemary had taken the precaution to slip into her pocket, so as to be able to let herself in without awakening any one. Before I bade her good bye, I pinned the rosette upon her bosom. Tarfe care of it, sweetheart, I said; It was my mothers. For that reason I value it highly, but the setting Is too old fashioned to suit me; I shall have It reset when I return with the other jewels to deck my bride. You are going? she questioned. To Long Haut on a sorrowful errand to bury my father, I said. Your father is .dead! she exclaimed in an voice. I only learned Yes, I replied, from GiL I the sad news never knew my father as a well man God rest his soul! After I have laid him to rest among his ancestors In the old church of Long Haut, I will return, yes In five days I shall be here to finish a task, over which God forgive me! I have not wasted Then after a slight my energy. pause: "It is late (Gil will be wait ing, poor fellow; I have taxed his strength to the utmost) although I long to stay with you, I must be on my way Good bye, good bye, sweet! I took her in my arms and this time she did not deny me; I kissed her lips. I watched her into the house and waited until I heard the door close and heard her say, Oh. Moffet! how Then I turned you frightened me! Australia's Rabbit Plague. The last spell of heat cleared off a multitude of rabbits directly around Broken Hill, and although there are still many about, they are not nearly so plentiful as a few weeks ago. However, apparently there has been no diminution on the holdings a few n miles from Broken Hill. At one station the lessee has been trapping the rabbits at the tank when they come to drink. In this way no fewer than 35,000 rabbits have been exterminated at one tank in a fortnight. A cartload containing 700 rab- them? Is "It naught of consequence," she bits, was put on the scales and "I am fey at times and replied. weighed one ton. Melbourne Argus. now there came before me the picture of Aunt Elaines face an she should Historic Thimbles. An In Mrs. Vanderbilts collection of want to see her niece scandal she will be a bed empty is which the thimbles, envy of her horror-stricke- n Again poor dear! friends, there are several that are not she laughed. but beautiful, only very historically I sincerely hope the fates will keep valuable as well. Among the latter, until you from your room her and probably most highly valued by and snuggled in your home safe at are is one fortunate owner, their which was originally worn by Queen Eliza- bed, I said quite devoutly. "Oh! you must know that Aunt beth; another, which shows Its royal she exVves me dearly, Elaine was owner knew its use, the property about can her my twist "I of Princess Alice; still another dainty plained. one of my rings. can I as fingers In and enamel once gold conception "As you do all who come near yon," belonged to the Princess of "Wales, while most valued of all is o'-.-e said I affirmed. "Not so, she quickly retorted; "you and, remounting my horse rode slowto have been used by Queen Victoria ly out of the grounds. I passed the yourself are not so amenable." when she was a girl. ) "I? I questioned in astonishment high pillars of store at its entrance. well-know- t. n She did not move from my side. Gil, Gil, I cried. I marveled that my voice gave out so small a sound. Oh, sir," she said, Im afraid you will do yourself harm. Drink this, please, and then I will tell you what I know. She took a cup from among the bottles on a chair near the bed, and put it to my lips. I meekly drank. It contained a nasty concoction of drugs. Your pardon, I begged, for while she had my head raised I had peered more closely Into the dingy corner. My head is not very clear, and I thought twas Gil humming as he oft does one of his outlandish verses to himself. Where Is the fellow any way? I added petulantly. (To be continued.) TELL THE COMING WEATHER. Persons Need Never Be Caught Napping. If the chickweed and scarlet pimpernel expand their tiny petals, rain need not be expected for a few hours," says a writer. "Bees work with re doubled energy just before a rain. If the flies are unusually persistent either in the house or around stock there Is rain in the air. The cricket sings at the approach of cold weather. Squirrels store a large supply of nuts, the husks of corn are unusually thick and the buds of deciduous trees have a firmer protecting coat If a severe winter Is at hand. If the poplar or quaking asp leaves turn up the under side rain will soon follow. If the camphor bottle becomes roily It is going to storm. When It clears settled weather may be expected. This idea has seemingly been utilized in the manufacture of some of our cheap barometers. The main trouble Is, they seldom foretell the change until about the time It arrives. "Last, but not least, the rheumatics can always tell it in their bones when a storm is approaching, and of this prognostication the octogenarian is as firm an advocate as of were his forefathers. Observant to-da- y A Financier. Bismarck had to confer with the Iron Cross on a hero in the ranks one day and, thinking to try his humor, which was of the elephantine order; on the man, he said: "I am authorized to offer you, instead of the cross, a hundred thalers What do you say? What Is the cross worth? quietly asked the man. About three thalers. Very well, then, your Highness, Ill take the cross and ninety-seve- n thalers.