Paul de Lacy, the French beast charmer; or, New York boys in the jungles

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Paul de Lacy, the French beast charmer; or, New York boys in the jungles
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Beadle’s Boy’s Library of Sport, Story and Adventure
C. Dunning Clark
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Copyright, 1884, by Bead l e & Adams. Entere d at Post omce, Nw Y o 1 k N. Y as second c lass matter. July SO, !S!l9. 'NP-:30. M. :J. lVERS & CO., Publisbei9," Vol. 111. l!IUL_ DE 1'BE .FRENCH .BEA:-ST CHARMEU f:,._..,. .... .. ..,.;o.;;;.;r..,;;;;;;f\-lU;;,;:1:..I Qr. :New York..Bo7.11 ID the Jangles. BY C -DUl'fllilllG CLARK..


./ COpyrlght, 1884, by Beadle & Adams. Entered at Post omce, New York, N.Y., as second class matter. July 00, 1899. No. 30. Polblishtd Every Week. M. J. IVERS & CO., Publishen, (James Sullivan, Proprietor,) 3,-9 Pearl Street, New York. Pr-ice 5 C ents. $2.50 a Ye(ir Vol. Ill. PAUL DE LACY THE FRENCH BEAST CHARMER; --------.----..-.' Or, New York Boys iu the Jun&rles. BY C. DUNNING CliARK. Ill PAUL GAZED AND T1!'E LIONESS DREW TO ONE SID.E FOR A MOMENT ONE EDGE 011' THE SlltELD WAS IUDDENI.T Lil!'TED, AND AJA YELIN WAS THRUST THROUGH TBE SIDE OF THE


Paul ne Lacy, the trench. B (ast Charnier P:a.ul De The French Beast Charmer; OR, New ".ll"ork Boys in the Jungles. A Story of Adventure, Peril &nd Sport in Afric&. BY C. D. CLARK, AUTHOR OF" CRUISE OF THE FLYAWAY,"" THE FLYAWAY AFLOAT," "RED RIVER ROVERS," ETC., ETC. CH.APTER I. THE HUNTERS SIGHT LAND-THE TWIN PILOTSTHE START. A BEAUT':JroL sch ooner, with every sail set, was down through a tranquil sea upon the Atlanti c coast of Africa. Had the time been some years earlier, any cruiser upon that coast woul d have picked berout asa slaver, and chased her upon sight. But the days of the slave traffic have gone by, and the ru'ins of the slave barra1 irig away from tbe other canoe, when their im mediate opponents played a foul game. The bow of their.boat sudden'ytnrned and eame. crashing into the side of the other, cutting it down to the water's edge. "Foul play!'' cried Captain Dick. H:il look at that I" -The twins, the moment they realized that their boat was bout1ded like cats into the boat of their enemy, before they could back


Paul De Laq, tlie Charmer. away after their cowardly act. One landed in I I pluck in a man who could take such woun111 81 the bow and tbe other in tbe waist, and, to the those and bear up. I think be is all right." surprise and delight of the Petrel's crew, each "I'll take him. You bad better arrange lifted a man by the shoulder and waist and about payment, because you have traded with burled him far out into the waves. Before their these fellows before, and understand it. We 'tartled enemies had time to think they were shall want a party with him, but be can tloundering in the water and their boat was flybe the leader. ing on toward the schooner, till in advance of The arrangements were quickly made. Mu the other boats, although some of tbem were dara and Danatoo were to select fifty bunters bard upon them. But their gallant men who were not afraid to join in the chase of act bad m fact settle d the qmtterin thti mind of the king of beasts. They were to have so much the captain of the Petrel, and if they bad even in paymentt and to be armed and fed by the come in last they would have been the pilots owner of tne Petrel The cargo which bad chosen. That, however, was decided by their been brought, condemned army muskets ch eap dashing up a full boat's length ahead of the calicoes, and colored beads, were just the thin gs oth e rs, amid the delighted shouts of tbe Petrel' s to take the fancy of the natives, and two houl'9 m e n. after the 1ebooner came to anchor the twin bro"Me pilotz.. cappen I" called out one of them, thers came marching down by the ruins of tbt ea.,.erly. "Take ship in." old barracoon atthe head of a band of m e n fl Ile knows English a little," said Arthur, in certainly looked ferocious enough f oranytbin g. surprise. There is nothing u;pon the face of t he eart h so We've traded on this t'oast a good deal, and fierce as the native African warrior. they have picked it up. Do you know the reefs, woolly locks w ere "done up" in a sty l e which Kroor' would have put to the blu,sb tbe eff orts of any "Plenty me know, cappen," replied the man, modern artiste. Upon some beads it rose int<> with a laUR:b. "Take you plenty safe; good a conical cap upon another stuc k out 0traif,!ht ribber here.); from tbe back of the bead, and in others still, "I know that, old fellow; been here before in I rose in double horns high into the air. All carm:r; time." ried broad shi e lds and s pears, and not a few 'You man-stealerr demanded the pilot, cast, muskets in addition1 obtained in barter with inf. a dark look upon tbe commander. J the ships which at tillles appeared upon these 'No, no; ivory was what I was after. Now shores. take this schooner in." "Now look you men I" announced Arthur. Tbe other boats, seeing that the gigantic I and my friend have come to Africa ,to se twins bad gained the day, pulled out of the cure aliv e cert#in savage animals and carry schooner's course a11d kept her company, grin-them back to our own land. And we shall ning at the sailors, and holding up their broad never return until we carry with us a family of bands for presents. Tbe man who had acted as lions. We have every means in our possession spokesman for the twins sprn-;ig Into the fore to do the work, and must succeed." chains; and, suffice it to say, in half an hour the "And we look to see our men obey us, added schooner had run safely through two lines of Paul. "If they do, very good ; we &ball be kind breakers, crossed the bar at the mouth of the masters; if not-jlrenez garde r stream, and, attended by nearly fifty boats of And he bis rifle in a most significan\ various sizes was sailing up a noble river toward manner. the old landing whsre the slavers nsed to lie. Two daya later, leaving the schooner at anTwo hours later they rounded a point and came chor guarded by ten seamen under the care of to anchor In a sort of basin before an old land1 the first matel and carrying with them seven lag-place, back of which lay the rnins of the old cage wagons arawn by ox teams, t'10 party of slave pens. adventurers, with the rest of the crew armed "My wor\ done, cappen," said the pilot, after to the teeth, turned their faces toward the lions' the anchor had gona down rattling to the bothome. tom. "You pay; me go." J CHAPTER IL "Hold onl" answered the skipper. "I don't think we bave done with you yet. Have you I L01'G RANGE SHOOTING-CHASED JIY A RHIgot any Zion-bunters ih your village I" NOCEROS-THE JIATTLlll OF THE GIANTS. The man started, and parting tbe painted AT the Krooman village they bad provided calico which covered bis broad breast, showed a themselves with a large number of oxen, for if perfect network of scars, crossed and recrossed, they succeeded these would be necessary in or as if cut there by powerful claws. Then be der to drag back tbe wagons containing the ani showed bis left arm, which bore the marks of mal.8 which they had taken. It was an impos teetb. ing procession wbi!)b started out from the coast, "Tao do that," he said, quietly. "I am Yu and many of those left behind doubted If they dara, the lion man; I am tbe king of all bunt-would ever return. But the hearts of the ad e rs, I and my brother. Would cappen bunt tbe venturous party were full of hope aud the' lion I" I seemed to Be4Cl success before the m as they march "Yes; will you be my manf' ed awa'l. Each carried bis favorite weapon. a "I will, but my brother must come with me, I rifle o the most improved make1 som ewhat for we cannot pan." larger than would have been used m our own Tb11 captain nodded and turned to Arthur. co11Dtry. In addition to a heavy Sharp's, th "I think you b;;:d better have this man. captabi carried, or rather bad in the wagon, Nenr mind his boastin&; there mus. t be some beavy Dutch "roer," or elephant lt\UI.


Pa.ul De Lacy, the l:"rench Beast Charmer "I don't !mow what the Ce p wants to carry &hat cannon for," said James Castleton Janglilng._ "Enie says the first time be tlred it off In Madeira all the garrisc.n turned out under arms becau s e they thought an enemy's fleet was attacking tl1e "Ob, let u p!" growled the captain, In seeming anger. "Ynu'IJ see, before you get out of Africa, tlJAt a big gun is a mighty good thing. I'd like to have an elephant or a rhinoceros come roaring anc : charging down on that pop-gun of yours; bow much do you suppose it would do to stop him?" At this moment Mudara sent back two men to say tha ; t>lann were in sight. The boys, matching up their rifles, started out eagerly, the capi:ain and Arthur not far behind them. The blacks harl 1alted on the crest of a little rolling ground fro m which the river and the plain be l ow could b e plainly seen Upon the grass, in a bend of the rJver, five elands were feeding, those gigan;ic deer, unlike anything else upon the face of ; he earth. "You can't get near them," declared Art.bur, as he saw t h e nature of the country, which was perfectly 01 en; and perhaps there will neyer be a better !hance to sliow these black fellows what kind of men we are. What should you sar. the dis t 1mce was, captain!" 'Niue btndred yards easy." "Very well; tell Mudara that I am going to kill one oft. hose elands from here." The Krooman looked at the speaker with a sort of derision. He had heard much of the boasting of the white man, but this was a little more than he expected, even from bis em ployer. B u t Arthur, with a smile upon his face, took up bis long-range rifle, a weapon which he had had bmltespecially for such business as this. It had the w ind-gage and patent sights, and he had done some close shooting with it, even at a thousand yards. Throwing himself upon his backt and setting up the sight and gage, he watcned them for a moment while he calculated the windage, which was very slight, and then crossing his feet to form a rest, lie threw himself into bis pet position for long-range shooting, and flashed bis sharp eye through the sight. A short laugh broke from the lips of Mudara. "Why do you laugbl" asked Arthur, looking up. "Because the white m'.ln thinks a Kroo is a fo:il. The lightning could not kill 110 far away as that, great master I" "You do not kno.lV the white man yet," was t he quiet answer. "Watch me, and you will eee why we are your masters." be looked down the sights. Now he kn R tha.t he must not miss. U hedid it would forev"r de,troy the confidence of the suspicious negro io bis w ord. If he bad been shooting for bis Jif9 be C uld not have taken more pains, nor could he have asked for a better target. At last came tli t'rack of the rifle. "Habet !" said Arthur, Jetting the stot'k of bis rifle fall and rising on his elbow, he lookerl across the o;>en ground. "Now what do you 1ay, Mudara?" A huge ball eland, which had been quietly feeding nearest to them, was seen to start suddenl,y, throw his head into the air. and then come pitching down upon his bead, dead before ht> toucued the ground. hludara and bis men gaze d a moment, and then bent the knee to the young man." "Mudara was a great bunter," said the man, humbly. "He ls a .child now-the c o n of the grea& white chief. Let bim learn at bis feet." "I will protect you," answered Arthur. ly. "Fear nothing while you a1e uudll!" my "A good lesson," declared the captain. "TeD the men to track on." The creaking of the wagons was agitin heitrd and the teams came on at their l oug, steady pace, while the hunters went down the slolie in advance to secure the body of the dead e aa

Paul De Lacy, the French Beast Charmer. I tban be was, but of the white species. General ly speaking, the white rhinocel'Os or muc b acha, is a c omparatively pleasant f e llow, e s peciall y s o when c ompared with the k a obaba o r bl a ck. But the black fellow bad s ee n flt to blunutoutatter


I Paul De Lac)", l'rench Bean Ch&l"lller. me I give you pennlll51on to pile In and help all you c an "Yo u ran too fa st," aveJTed the caRtain. "We couldn't see your back for the dust. I didn't run too fast, I can tell you. Tbat old horn was ust playing tag with the skirt of my jacket a the time. I only wished 1 had wings about that time." It wfts too early in the trip to think of preserving th e bodie s of the slain rhinoceroses : yet Paul lingered ov e r them with longing eyes and ...wislle d to test bis powers in preserving them. But after awhile the y were left, and the hunt ers k ept on to the spot where the eland bad fall<>n, thinking to secure steaks enough for their noonday weal. To their disgust the body of the huge deer was gone I They could see a broad m ark upon the grass as if the animal bad been dra g g ed along for some distance and Ar thur c o mmenced to follow it up, bis rifle thrown carele ssly into the hollow of bis arm, when a w il d cry from Mudara called him back. Tao !" be announced, bri e fly. "A li o n f "Th r ee I " IJio w do you know' The black pointed to the grru

1'&.ul De La.ey, the Charmer. caned them, and with shouts ot dismay they the moment be forgot the wbtcb be sprung to his aid, for he was in fearful danger! cl a im e d over the animals of the brut e creation. His empty rifle droppe d from his h : md nnd hs CHAPTER IV. roach e d back and gro ped blindly fer the spare in t h e bands of l\Iudara. But, In drawing HUDA.RA..'s SHIELD-THE FIRST CAMP. it t oward him, the lock became cau ght in some PAUL DE LACY was an old hunter, and one way in the pocket of his and it who never went back in the face of any of the was discharged; be stood helpless b f f.ore the en brute creation. rag ed lioness I For the first time in bis life the When he ran out to the right, followed by Frenchman lost nerve, and made 1 \ backwnrd Mudarn, he had made up his mind to give a leap, which expos e d Mudara to the r ush of the good account of the two lions which had taken savag e beast. t hat direction, but when he had gone a f ew Then it was that the lion king showed tbs hundred yards, to his surpris e, n Pither the lion stutf of which he was made. Wit h a yell which nor lioness was anywhere in si g ht. But in might well have s truck terror to t he st-0utest front there was good cover, long grats, and heart, the Kroo threw forward his 1 road shield clumps of b1shes, wb_ere it would be easy for which he al ways carried nt his bac k. Planting the anime I ing fiat upon the ground; Mudara v. as nowhere lion throu&'h the leaves. He was lying halt in s i ght! hidden amid the foliage, perfectly quiet, but Mud ara's shi e ld was very large, n early seven evidently waiting for a chance to m ake a f eet iu l engtb, and hollowed like th bac k of a charge. The gl eam of bis savage e y es c ould be turtle. It bad bee n a of 1 mch merri plainly made out through the openings in the ment to Jim and Ernie Castl eton, w 1 0 called it foliage. a canoe, and wondered that the c 'lie f s hould "Stand where you are!"' his s ed Paul. "At-care to lug such a pondero us afl' aiI wi t h him. tention, mes en.fants, and y o u s all p e r ceive It was of tou g h bull-bide, cro ssed o n the onts ide bow I shoot ze lion. Aha, ze old villain; he laf by sine w s of the rhinoce ros, and capable of at ma, eh bernng a great wei g ht. Dropping on one knee1 the Frenchman took a Th ere was t h e shi e ld, but where '\"In Mudara! long and steady aim at t b e crouching cre a t ure. As Paul g a z ed and the lione s s c fre w t o one There w ere f e w m e n who were better sh ots side f o r a one edge of the shield was than Pan! when he bad time to make bis aim suddenly lifted, and a j a v e lin was thrust certain, and the glaring eyes of the beast, through the side of the lioness! She turned tw'Iltld full upon him, told him where to shoot. al!"ain with on agonized roar, but a s b fore the Mudara. stood like a statueh waiting for the shield Jay fiat upon the ground, and all her shot, for be had begun to ave the greatest efforts were not enough to raiae it. Again and faith in the death-dealing rifles of the white again she charged upon the hollow shield, but men once seen them work. At the as often as she did so, only the rattle of the bnllcrack of the rifle the lion made a convulsive bide and the l>iugh of the bidden warrior was his body showed for a moment, high the reply. By this time Paul bad reloaded his above the bush, and then settled down out of rifl.o and taking steady aim sent a ball .into sight. Only both fore paws c<;>uld be .seen the 'shoulder of the lioness. Madd e ned by this st"!tched out in front of the bush 10 an I new wound she sprung toward the Frenchman, which see!lled plamlyto show be was either going upon three legs, but before she had made or hit so bard as to be mcapable of maka doz e n steps Mudara w a s up again, and 1Df. trouJ?le. another javelin with wonderful precision Zat 1;', ze. way I of zA miserabl. e through end through the beast's b o dy. said begmnmg to r e l oad I It was enough. The barbed point reallv rifle. You perceive I am able to pierced the heart, and with a final r 0ar of mm ze ammal of life m a Wl!Y ,which it lS gled rage and pain, the brave liones s rolled oyer impossible for ze Yankees to imitate. I1 dead just as the other hunters came rusbmg Sacre/" The sudrlen pau s e and expletive were superup" S c elerats !" cried Paul. "My fri e nds, zis mduced the .rush a .tawny body, and there is ze very splendid hunting country. Vt ;ici ze boundoo mto twenty of tho lion family, low in one day I two grande two men, the g1gant10 form of the lioness, who l rhinoceros and a verymagnifique eland. Abel had been crawlin_g slowly toward them through It is a glorlous country, and we s'all become dis the long grass. '.fhe sudden and u_nlooked-tor tin e from our prowess." tli!Wk took the hon-tamer by surprise, and for Fi your da.71 wen


8 Paul De Lacy, the French Beast Charmer. over wben tbe lioness charged you, old boy," said Arthur. "If it he.d not been for the chief here you would have been stripped into ribbo ns by this time. Where was that eye for which you claim such poweri" "Mon ami," answered Paul, laying his hand upon the shoulder of the speaker, zere arrive to every man moments w'ich overpower ze strongest heart, and I assure you zat for ze m<> ment I forgot ze.t I had an eye!" Arthur laughed and turning to Dane.too or d ered him to see tbat the game was brought in, and sent Mudara, who looked none the worse for his bout with the lion, to see that a camp was made in the bend of the river where the eland bad been shot. The natives, with shouts and in s ults, dragged the bodies of the lions over the grass, proudly asserting their ruperiority over them, now that they were dead. They beg11n to rejoice in being made the companions of "great lords" who had employed them, having before entertained for them a certain contempt, as people of no experience, who must gain knowl eclge at their feet. But, since Jim, Ar thur and Paul had already shown their ability to cope with the creatures which they hold the most in dread, they no longer held themselves to be superior and were ready to obey. Tbe wagons were drawn up in a sort of neck of land wliich inclosed the bend in the river, and into this bend the cattle were driven, for the presence ot so many lions was proof that the l'attle woulrl have no Sllfeo/ unless strongly guarded. Paul took upon himself the task of skinning the lions, for be would not trus t the natives His V1-01k was done neatly, and the skins stretched for drying before the captain, who was cook for the party, announced supper ready. Th e eland had been cutup and divided, and the s ailors and negroes separated and cook ed their own suppers, while the officers and owners took their meal apart. Most of the ne groes and sailors contented themselves with simply roasting the meat upon a forked stick, but the others were more dignified in their meal, and added a cup of hot coffee, of which they bad brought a supply. Mudara was macle captain of the watch for that night, and the white crawled into the wagons, where they made their beds, and prepared f<;r sleep. Half an hour later pandemonium suddenly broke out around the wagons; the sleepers start ed up and grasped their weapons, satisfi e d that their comp bad been soddenly assailed by some savage tribe. But, as they sprung, from the wagons, they saw the natives burling firebrands into the midst of a circle of savege looking beasts, which Paul recognized at once as byer:ias. Three or four shots sent them howling away, and the whites returned to the wagons. But it was a strange night, the first they pa>sed away from the coast, under the African sky. Grim, shadowy forms flitted by in the gloom. Strange birds, to them unknown, sailPrl over Lead. Tbe laugh of the hyena, the bark of the jackal, the distant lowing of wild buffalo, and the splash of aquatic animals in the river near at hand, mi11gled in strange confu sio n. Then, dominating over all, and for the moment hushing all other sounds, came the distant roar I of a lion,, cat-like. In of prey. But, little by little, they ew accustomed to these sounds and dropped oft' to sleep, and none were awake of them all save Mudara and the Africans whom be had selected to guard the camp. And when morning broke they !'prung up, ready to relish the breakfast which Nature might provide, for of the eland of the night be fore, not a scrap remained. CHAPTER V. FISH AND SPRmGBOK-"THE NATIVE"-""-PAm OF GORILLAS. "Now for breakfast!" cried Arthur. "What shall it be1 If you say rhinoceros-steaks. you are welcome, or, perhaps you would prefer to breakfast on stronger meat. There are the lions, then." "Pab I" scorned Jim. "I'm hungry enough but I don't think I am far enough gone yet tJ eat cat's meat. Say, Ernie, where are those hooks? I am for fis h for breakfast." The two boys raked out their tnckle and sauntered down to th!' river, picking out a few grubs fro m rotten logs as they neared the stream. The fish they caught were small but ravenous, and the bank was soon covered with the finny treas ures. As Ernie sat there with his feet dangling over the water, there was a sudden tumult beneath him, and then rose out of the water a bead so hideous that che boy rolled over and over in his haste to get out of the way, while Jim abandoned all idea of llsbing1 for the timo being, and scrambled back out OI rearb. Jim thought a moment before he could realize to what creature that square head, twinkling eyes, end wide nostrils could possibly belong1 and then he remembered the account be baa heard of him. "The hippopotamus, Ernie I" he cried. "If we had only brought our rifl es." "Time enough for that, after breakfast," re turned Erme, as be began to string bis fish. "As for me, I want grub, and I don't; care who knows it." They had caught about a hundred beautiful little fish something after the nature of the 'trout, and, when cooked, tasting nearly as good. Arthur and Paul had gone out, attended by Dane.too, to see if they could strike some game, and the boys set some of the negroes to work cleaning the fish, while t .hey broiled them over the fire. Tbe sailors, seeing the luck they had had, took fishing -tackle and went down to the river, and the boys and blal'ks bad all the camp to themselves. Not long after, they beard the distant crack of rifles, and an hour later the hunters came back, the negroes bearing on their shoulders half a dozen springbok, which they had been lucky enough to strike a little way up the river. While some of this meat was being prep'lred the hunters sat down to enjoy the fish which the boys had caught, and which they pronounced delicious. "We saw a hippopotamus," announced Ernie, and after breakfast we are going down to shoot him." We can't stop to bother with him now," de murred Arthur. "Our purpose in corning here is as far off ever, and we ll\USt get into a liou country as soon as we can."


Paul De, the French Beast Cba.rmer. 9 "I sllould say this was a lion country," wu Ernie's opinion. "We've got to take a family alive. Neither Paul nor 1 will go back until we do that." "I'm in no hurry,'' and Ernie took up another fish. "I don't want to go out of a cquntry where we can have sncb fun as we have had here. It was worth something to see Jim leg it, yesterday, when that rhinoceros was after him.'' "Oh yes!" returned Jim; "it was nuts .to you tO see me dig in. Now, see here, Erme, my boy-I'll have the laugh on you before you get out of Gallile e ; you may be sure of that." The"Others laug h e d, for they knew Jim well enough to be sure that be would be very likely to keep bis word. By the -time the fish w ere dispos e d of, the springbok steaks were ready, and they did ample jWltice to them. After that, f e eling somewhat lazy, boys sti:olled dow_n to the river once more, hopmg to d1Scover hIS majesty, the hippopotamus, again, bat the beast, probably disgusted with so much c9m pany, did not appear, and-the boys lay dn after Paul came up with the stolen body, which the man-brute bad at last thrown aside in order I to save himself. But even in this moment, the two older anima'.Js took the rear and ran somewhat slowly, gnashing their t eeth S&'fage!y at th:e purs uers. Before the m lay a thick Jungle; if they once reached it, all would be well for them. But, on the very verge of safety, there rose up from the edge of t h e jungle a party of Mudara's men, who had made a circuit in order 1 t-0 impede the fti&ht of the 11:orilloa.


,, 10 'Paul De Lacy. the French B2a11t Chal" Herore tbe young ones could retreat, they were borne down under the shields of Kroomen, bound band and foot, unable to move. Then the others, with furiouH yells of rage, hurled themselves upon the negroes, only to be borne back upon the points of the ass eg ais, and to fall at last, pierced by a hundred wounds. The hunters had secured a Jong-sought prize-a young male and female gorilla-and tbeIT hearts were full or pride as they went back to camp, dragging their unwilling captives with them. .velJR. In tbe f0T('moot canoe, under a canopy formed from the feathers of the ostrich sat a man of gigantic frame, fully equa1 to Mudara as far as muscular force was concerned. By a rapid count Arthur made out the assailing force to consist of nearly six hundred men. At a signal from the giant king the canoes drew together, and soon a light craft, carrying only four men, rounded the base of the hill and lande d. One of these men carried upon a spear a white ostrich feather as a token of amity. Let them come," ordered Arthur. This means peace, so far. CHAPTER VI. Tbe strange heralds advanced at a run, KING BIBATIC.A.NE s ENVOY-AN ALLY-" THE quickly ascended the slope, and appeared at KlNG IS DEAD-LONG LIVE THE KING." tbe entrance. Arthur, accompanied by Mudara THEY were delighted with their success, for as interpreter, met them. The man bearing one of their dreams was the capture, alive, of the white feather came boldly forward and these supposed "lipks" between man and the spoke, and his words were interpreted by brute creation. Mudara. 'l'he gorillas were placed in one of the cage "The mighty King Sibaticane demands of wagons and in charge of one of the mates, throoe Mudara who are these white witches he has sai!Grs, and ten of the negro escort, sent back to brought into our country1 Sorrow alway9 the schooner, the mate carrying wrilteu orders comes to our race in t he day when the greal as to how the captives were to be treated. An canoes of the white men come to our shores. hour later both parties were on the marcb, the Let Mudara speak!" larger section trecking on over the vast plain "These are my friends," answered Mudara. towwl the land where they bad determined to "They only come among us to hunt the lion, make their permanent camp before the grand the elephant and the rhinoceros. They can kill hunt began. Tbree days later the negro es raised as far as they can see. Would Sibaticane know a shout, and Mudara pointed to a conical bill their P.Ower1 Great lord, stand upon the rocks which rose iu the distance. and kill yonder bird in the air." "T!iat is the place!" be explained. "There The canoes had drawn in close tO the base of <> make a camp, and not all the men of the the bill, and Arthur, taking a light sporting --. country can drive u s out." rifle, stepped upon the rocks. High above bis "Do you think the natives will fighti" head wheeled a great bird-so high, indeed, "Until they know the p,owe r of the great that it seemed an impossibility to bring it down. lords I am prc;ud to serve, answered Mudara. A tremendous roar of I mgbter broke from the "The King Sibaticanf' proudly of b1mm e n in the canoes as they saw him point the self: be bas even dared to cross spears with rifle at the bird sailing &I.most in the clouds. Mudara, bu t a little lesson from my great .'.l'bere was a moment of suspense; then the master will teach him his place." rifle cracked, and the smoke curled lazily up. 'rbree hours later they reached the front of ward. The bird was Jeon to give an upward the bill, and the patient men dragged the spring in the air; then, closing his pinions, came wagons to tbe top. Once there Arthur could down headlong into the canoe where the J; not belp saying that ttie negro bad shown great sat, falling at bis very feet. He caught it up skill in bis choice of El camp. It was a sort of hastily and was seen to examine it. A great natural fortress, assailable only upon one side, discussion arose among the men in the canoes, tor the river swept in a great circle about the and one, a tall young chief with a waving base of the bill, whicl:l_rose from the water in ostrich feather in his headdress appeared to be an almost perpendiculllt line. Three men, well especially prominent in opposition to the king, armed, could have defended this part of the who once or twice shook bis hand at him hill against an ar:11y of natives Upon the crest fiercely. All at ooce the canoes were seen to of the bill rose a strange parapet, with an opendivide into two bands, the larger portion ing large enough for tbe wagons to drive remaining with the king and the others siding in, and from this the road descended in a with the young chief. regular slope, which, swept by the fire of rifles, "It is Naauna,'' cried Madara. "He is wise; wc.uld be a--very warm place for an assailing be li'llows the power of our great lords. Come force I to us, Naaunal" he cried in a voice of thunder. "Good declared the yQJJng leader of "Come to us, and we will make you king." the. hunters. 'We could hol.d ?ur own here I "Can you trust themi" questioned Arthur, as agamst a greater force than IS likely to come I the canoes of tbe young chief turned toward against us." tbe shore, under a shower of spears from the But, even as they were standing on the crest king's lances. of the parapet the_ sound of barbaric music was "Yes," declared Mudara . "Naanna bas a beard upon the rive:, and a fleet of 11;reat war large heart; be will do no wrong, and if right rounded a pomt and came beanng dovu bad been done, he would be king of bis upon the hill. Some of these canoes were of country." size, carrying a men, I The party of Naauna bounded to the land, flo.unsbing their and theu hollow covering themselves with their great shields, welds, accompanymg the action by tremendoua am! ran hastily up the sloe to the crest ot the


Paul De Lacy, the French Beast Charmer. 11 hill Arthur permltt.ed them to enter, and then \ lhe yonng chief, and but few among them would took the chief by tbe band. I have been sorry to see Naauna king. "We are friends I" be said, simply. "I will "Take your shield, Sibaticane," cried the make you great." young chief as he bounded from the wall. "I The young chief, a really handsome-looking come to meet you." fellow although black as ebony, bowed his bead Furious for battle, with a roar that might as Madara interpreted the words of Castleton, have made even the lion tremble1 Sibaticane and tben addressed a few rapid words to bis bounded forward, sending a javelin whistling followers. They were about two hundred in through the air as he came. Naauna turned it number, armed only with the spears and shields aside with his shield, and sent one back of their people. They raised a shout, and clam-which pierced the shield of the king and was bering up the rocks began to rain their assegais buried deep in bis shoulder. Pulling the upon the advancing host of King Sibaticane, weapon from the wound the king burled it back, who were already raging up the slope, uttering but again the young chief eluded the weapon hideous yells, and beating their barbaric instru-and returned one which bore away the crest ol ments of war with all their force. ostrich plumes which the king wore. At last, "Stand backl" commanded Arthur of emch holding a single javelin, the two shields Mudara and his men. "Let me show you how clashed together, aud each strained every nerve the white men fight. Take charge of your men, to bear the other back. The giant strength of car.taint" Sibaticane began to prevail; Naauna was foJ"ced 'Petrels, ahoy I" cried the captain. "Stand back, step by step, while a groan o! sympathy by to repel boarders I" . broke from the lips of bis men. Mad with The negroes fell back, and the sailors, semng the king pressed forward more eagerly, th eir muskets, sprung to the parapet. when bounded suddenly aside-.;o sud "Give it to theml" shouted the captain. denly indeed, that Sibaticane stumbled and "Pour it them I" nearly lost bis footing. Before he could recover, A rapid and murderous fire began, sweeping the javelin in the hands of the young chief was the narrow road through which the enemy driven deep into bis side, and with a hollow must advance. groan the king feli"'dead at tbe feet of bis con At the first volley their front began to shake, queror. Naauna raised bis spear, reeking with and fancying that their shields would stop these the blood of the king, and the united sl.Jout from deadly missiles they threw them m front and both parties hailed him king. He came back again pushed on. But they might as well have and bent the knee before Arthur. interposed gauze screens to stop the bullets of "Be good to me," he said. "Naauna will be the Petrel's men, and leaving twentr. or. thirty your true while the blood is in hill dead upon the slope, they rushed wildly down veins." the hill. King Sibaticane, who had not taken .And from that hour not even Madara was any part in the assault, now sprung to the more faithful or true than the new king, shore and took tl10 advance. NaaunO: "Black dogs I" he yelled, "follow me, and see how I sweep away these white witches." CHAPTER VII. Filled with courage by_ his presence, they UP THE RIVER-RIFLE PRACTICE-HOOKING A rushed on again, when Ai-thur, Paul and the HIPPOPOTAMUS. two boys sprung into the gateway, holding a Tm!:m future was now secure as far as safety revolver in eacli hand. Not a shot was fired from the natives was concerned. In reality the until the enemy was near enough to show their negroes bad wished the young chief to be theil> glarinl?; eyes, when, at a word from Arthur, king, for Sibaticane had ruled them with a rod the sailors again opened fire, and the enemy of iron, and they knew that iu all justice tbe seemed to melt awal. before them. Only a succession bad belonged to Naauna. Besides, hundred men. the pnde and flower of Sibati the samJ?le they had t>ad of the pro't"'ess of the cane's army, stood by the king as he continued white WJzards bad been enough for them, and his bold advance up the hill. He bad flung they no longer desired to have any quarrel aside his shield, Biid now, four assegais in one with them. The country was full of game, and band and a single one in the other, signed to his no one could travel a mile over it without meet men to come on. Then Naauna bounded upon Ing some object new and interesting, the parapet. The rest of the day was spent in "Look Slbaticane be cried. "These are away the signs of the recent fight and in fort1 my friends. Alone .:Vith no help from me or fying the place a gainst assault, not so much mine, they can bent you. But I do not love to from the natives as the savage beasts wbich see tbe blood of my people. Let us fight, roamed the forest. Naauna and his men bad and the one who is slain shall be king in Bale-returned to their village to take possession of it1 gonga." and at the same time prepare for a great hunt "It is good I" answered back the king; "and wbillh be promised Arthur should surpass anywill the white wizards be my friends, if you thing he bad ever seen. At e1trly rooming on are slain1'' I the next day the boats of King Naauna could "Yes/' be seen descending the stream, and the bunten Sibalri.cane waved his band, and bis men at at once took their places, Arthur and the once halted. Changes in government are so two twins going' in the king's boat, and the common among them that they regarded it with others honoring of the principal person lndijference. Besides, they real! loved i 14'es of the realm. Paul chose that which C&l'


18 Paul De Lacy, the French Charmer. r!ed the Princess Rune., the sister of the young ! explained the wishes of the whit.I king, who, bad her skin been white, would have wizard and the negroes began to tug at the been a p eerless beauty. She r e ceiv e d the rope, shouting in great glee, for they had never Frenchm a n with a smile whic h di s played teeth taken the giant game in this strange way. The of dazzling whiteness, and invited him to a creature res isted fiercely, but the boy had seat with h e r under the c a n opy of ostrich shown great skill in forcmg the hook into hit plumes. When all was read.v the bo ats pushed mouth, and every movement on his part wa1 off, and b egan the ascent of tbe river, one of torture to him. Twice be appeared upon the those almo s t unknown wi t h which surface, when, catching sight of his enemies, Africa abounds. As the m e n worke d the pad he plunged again, but from the position of the dies the y broke into rude s o n gs aud the boys lyhook in his mouth he could not breathe and was i ugunderthewavingcanopy, w atch ed the green forceq to come to the surface again. Each banks a s they paRSed, and waited for a chance time be did this the creature was dragged to displ a y their skill wi t h the rifl e Th e chance nearer and nearer to the shore, and at last he was not long in c om ing in a country where sto o d in the shallow, bracing his short sturdy game is so abund ant and the w eapo ns of the l e gsb but hardly able to endure the agony o! native s are inad equate for their destruction. In the o a k in bis jaws. going three mil e s they killed s i x sprin g bok, "Ob, come and see us," cried Ernie, as he a wildbe es te, and sev e r a l beau ti ful aud to t he m tug g e d at the rope. "You are my m eat, old unknown birds. All at on ce t he r e rose under chap; we want you." the bow of the king's canoe t h e square h ead of a The savage b e a s t stamped and snorti!d and giant hippopotamus, b i s wick e d little eyes tried bis best to shake the torturing hook out, glnriog at the boat. Without a moment's hesi-but the natives kept tbe rop e taut, and inch by tation Ernie planted a bull e t betw e en his eyes, inch be was dragge d out of the water, until hE and he sunk with a mi ghty s pl ash. S carcely stood fairly upon th e banli. had be done so wh e n there was an a ngry rush in Hold him there," crie d Muda.ra.. "I will the wate r below, and to their s urprise the canoe show you a Kruman's trick. was surround e d by t he se s t nflige water animals. He ran back a few steps and pulled up a darkAt lea s t a d o z e n of all age!>. from tbe baby" weed which broke with a crackling not much large r than a goodsize d pig to the sound m bis hand. giant of many tons, cro w d e d about the canoe, "Give me fire "he said to Jim. "But do not snapping at it with their wide open jaws, teer-breathe the smok when the bush burns." ing pieces out of the gunwa le and in various Jim to ok out bis match safe and lighted a ways manifesting a di spositio n to make mince-pie ce of tind er, which b e gave to. the negro. He m eat of the craft which the y r e g arded as the blew it into a flame and applied it to the bush, direct cause of the wron g done to their compao-out of which burst a dens e smoke, accompanied ion. Tbe oarsmen droppe d their paddl e s and by a crackling sound something like discharges grasped their javelin s the whites s e ized their of torpedoes. Grasping the bush firmly, the rifl es, and a b attle royal be g an. The strange negro ran up and waved it to and fro before creatures received their d e a t h wounds grimly, the nostrils of the huge beast. He glared ami yet no sooner bad one su n k than out of the savagely and made a dash, but the negro bound river depths rose another horrid f orm with ed back a step or two, still wav\ ng the smoking wildly gleaming ey es. In a boat of stronger bush before the eyes of the ampbibia. All at build Artbur would have laugh e d at their as once be reeled blindly and tried to sustain him saults1 but he could feel the shocks ttey gave it self, but bis knees tremble d and finally gave were terrific and that it could not much longer way, and he sunk to the earth with a sort of sustain them. All at oooe the canoe rose at the gasping sigh, and lay motionl ess. stern, and the bettom was forc e d inward with '..'Come and tie him," cried Mudara. "He such force that the water oogan to pour in. can do no harm." At a signal from the king another 'large Drawing a bowie, Ernie quickly cut olf four canoe ran up, and they quickly embarked1 but stout pieces of the cable, and calling the caP': not until Ernie had caught up a rope or sea tain to his assistance, they bound the legs of grass, with a large book attached and forced it the giant with true sailor skill. By this time he through the lower j a w of the huge creature began to faintly, but Mudara again which had driven his bead through the bottom thrus t the smokmg bush und e r bis nose, and be of the boat. became quiet. Then they formed a huge halter "Clef? on here, half a dozen of your old of the cable, which was made fast about the canoes, cried the boy. "We'll tow the old ponderous jaws of the monster and he was fo o l ashore, and see how he likes it." secure. The king at once understood, and shouted bis Start half a hnndrod of these black fellows orders in the voice of a stentor, and instantly back after one of the cages, Arthur," said Ernie. the second canoe beaded for the bank, and the "Don't say I never did anything for you." men sprurrg out taking the end of the rope At a word from Mudara half a dozen natives with them It was nearly three inches in di&.me started back on a run, and quickly reappearPd, ter, rudely made, but of wonderful strength. drawing one of the largest of the wagons. The They were satisfied that not even the enormous hippopotamus still inn half senselQSS condition, power of the hippopotamu could break it. was drag11:ed into the cage by the united efforts All the canoes beaded for the bank, and soon of the entire force, and the door securely closed. two hundred men manned the rove. I This done, the cavalcade was once more set in "We don't want to kill said Arthur. motion, some taking to the canoes, some walk" He wuat be taken alive. it powblo." ing alo11& the bE\llli, and .Jn tW. wa.y tliey iw-


Paul De the .French Charmer. ta proacneci ine VUiage of Balegonga. As they neared it an army .Qf_natives, men, women and children came rushing out to meet them, making lbe se up the ope ni ng to th;, hop o, and you would have bad th e m fa st1" The king sm i l e d. L e t my white brothe r be seate d and be will see tha t even the black m e n h a ve some W c '!!dom." :Arthur sat down but wi t h h i s eye s fixed upo n the creatures a s th!!Y neare d t b e ape x ortne hopo. They w ere, as we have sai d, representatives of nearly e v e r y animal kno'' n to this coa s t of Africa. ln t h e v a n bound e d a l arge herd of Cape buffalo, huge b e asts with the CHAPTER VTII. wide-spreading horns which dis tin g ui s h the m so THE HO PO. compl etely from others of the b o v i ne r a c e B 9 WE pass over the procee dings in the village, bind the m lumbered a black rhinoceros _in cJo, e the savage dances, the wild feas t s, the warli ke companionship wit h a. h u g e lion, evidently games and the various means r esorted to b y t he frighte n e d half out o f b i s s e ns es. B e hind young king to make their visit pleasant. But t he m still came a. motley mass, the t owering on the third day, they preprued for a. hunt ungiraffe the bartbees t s the b rindle d gnu, the like anything they bad ever seen-the Hopo. tess e be s, but not l e ast, the z ebra in all What is a. Hopo? bis glory. This grea t mass o f a nimal life was It is a. game trap which is seen only in followe d by n early a thousand natives, bowling, Africa, and could only be of Use in a. country pounding upon their broad shields, and driving where the game is very abundant. The bopo their javelins into the flanks of the anima ls in which was tlie property of King Naauna was the rea r to urge them on. Thos e in fron-t bad built of stout young tree s, pla c e d in the earth already seen the op ening of the hopo, and the close together and wattled betw een "Yit h stout d aylight beyond, and hoped that once through boughs. It cons isted of two f e nces of this kind, it they could scatter over the surrounding counrather low at the place of b eginning and half a try and bid d efiance to their enemie s mile apart. Frmn this point the fence gr11;du-"I don t s ee thro u<:h your game, Mudara," ally increased in hight and at the same time said Jim. "Why don't we ope n firel I can came nearer together, until at the apex it was take tha t buffal o bull from wh ere I sit j ust as scarcely a. hundred fe e t wide. Not far from a s falling o ff a lo g. this narrow opening a. sort of raised platform "Watch and you s ee," an3w e r e d Mudara.. bad be e n built, and upon this was Feated the _If any e s cape you may shoot the m, but don't king and que en, Princes s Runa. and othe r great fire now to turn th" ru bac k. H ere they c amel" personages of the tribe, togethe r wit h their As be spo ke the buff a lo es in t be adva nce visitors, who had bee n promised a grand s ight. bounde d betw e e n the t w o extremitie s of the The men of the tribe had b een o u t for some h o po. Their f ee t lauded upo n w hat se em e d a hours, and, spread out fn a great circle, w ere b e d o f gree n g r a ss but scarce l y b a d tlJ e y d ona beating through the jungle, d riving before them so when there c ame a ho a r s e b e llow of surprise all the game whicJ c ame in their way, and and ,fear, and t h e foremost of t h e herd cras h e d scaring them toward t h e mouth of the hopo, through the artfully-covered pitfall w hi c h l a y gradually contracting the circle, and t aking in the v ery throat o f the hopo. Even if t h e y esp ecial pains to see that none of the animals would h ave turne d ba c k now they co u l d not, broke through and e s caped. There bad n o t for the cro wd of fri ghte n e d animals b e hi n d, been a. grand battue of this kind for nearly a who coulri not s e e the dange r, pushe d t hem f crmonth, and the game was abundant. So high ward. T b e sin gle lion made a. b ound w lrich wa the platform upon which t h e visi tors sat carrie d him n early across the pit, but he fell that they could see the whole l ength of the in-short and dropped into the bol e only t o be 1 closure, nearly two mile s in allJ a s w ell a s h ear crushe d down under the hug e body of the rbitbe horrible din whicll was K ept up by t h e noceros, which follow e d so clos ely b ehind him. beaters, who were pounding upon every C?D And now the circle of black fie nds, f o r the y ceivable instrument that could_ make a no is e s ee m n othing else cl o se in upon the doom ed With this came. the roar of hons, the angry h erd. The j a velind fly through the air in clo ud s ; grunt of the rhmo ceros, the hoarse,, b e llow of I the Jong sp ears drin k the h eart's bl ood of the the buffalo, the' sharp bark of tbe Jackal, the beautif ul g a m e lt is a s ce ne of h orro r of fiendish y ell of the hyena and a. d o z e n ?ther sl a u a bter b eyond anyt h ing of whi c h the whi t e sounds,. as made by .the game ammals hunters b'a v e e v e r dreame d. The pit i s twenty of Africa. when m fear or d1str e ss. Then, far f ee t in d e p t h fift y f ee t wide and ov-er one hun the hopo, .caught a glimpse ota m ov-dre d f eet len gth; a p erfect a. gulf mg mass crowdrn:o rnto the great cori:al and w hic h too k in even thes e gigantic be asts by blocking it up side to side, all headmg for sc o r e s. They went tumbling jnto the horrible :he smaller. openmg or throat of the hopo, grave in h o rrible. confusion, and the of jbrough which they saw an a.venue of strange cries which arose was somethmg apl'be white men, wild!-Y excited, sprung to thell' palling. leet and Kral!J)ed the!J' weapons. l This is murder in the first cried


Paul :Oe Lacy, the l'renoh Beast Charmer. Arthur, unable, however, to turn away bis CHAPTER IX. head. TAMING A ZEBRA-THE GIANTS' BArrLE-A "We haye many mouths to fill,"observed the LIVELY CORPSE. ehief, quietly, "and we have not the fire-sticks MosT men who have engaged much in ath-of the white man. We must do the best we can." letic sports have specialties, and Ernie Castle" I don't know as I can blame you," averred ton was one of the best boy horsemen who ever the young man, as the beautiful animals concrossed a steed. He had practiced in a section tinued to plunge into the pit, but it looks like where men must. learn to ride well, upon the a usdesst wasteful slaughter. Ha, look at that plains of the far West, and when there be would apringboK!" not hesitate to mount the worst of Mexican One of these :ight-footed creatures was seen plugs, those redoubtable "buckers," who will to spring over the bodies of those already in the shake even the practiced ranchero in his seat. pit, and, bounding like a ball, leap over the It was not the fu;st time then, that he had edge and disappear. By this they knew that backed a wild horse, and the zebra, snorting in the hole was nearly full, and that their time t error and wild with rage, did not frighten him. had come. Grasping their weapons they sprung But at the 68me time he would have given muc' 1 to the front of the platform and waited. just at that moment for a good saddle an(i stir" I speak for yonder eland," s!lid Arthur, as rups, or at least a pair of spurs. The zebra one of those splendid animals sprung half out of bounded high into the air and came down with the pit. a bump, while the natives scattered from bo-"I tako the gnul" called out Jim. fore him with singular rapidity, for they fear "I will strike a zebra," announced Ernie. the zebra almost as much as the lion. "And I shall select from ze assembled multi"Let him leap off and run,'' cried Mudara. tude ze stately giraffe," was Paul's exclama-"Is the boy mad!" tion. "Here ZPY come!" But the boy did not look in the least frightBy this time the pit was full to the brim, and ened. He sat the animal with easy grace, bis the men were spearing such of the struggling eyes flashing brightly, bis knees against animals as attempted to escape. But the pit the ribs of the little horse, and his hand holding would hold no more, and animal after animal firmly the improvised bridle. Three times the was seen bounding over the struggling mass and zebra tried to rear, and as often as be did so tLe making a. rush for liberty. It was at this mo-point ot the bowie, pressed against bis neck, ment that, each selec_ing the beast at which he warned him that be must not play that game. would shoot, the white men opened fire. Arthur, All at once he a way in vicious bou1Jds. 3tlmding erect and using one of bis light rifles, going upon three legs, but the boy only laughed drove a ball directly through the heart of the and urged him on. The zebra Etopped as eland, which dropped in bis tracks with a single denly as he bad started, for he found ;bat three hoarse bellow. Jim put one bullet into the were scarcely enough for his mode of trav fore shoulder of the great ru, which staggered elmg. He appeared to be in deep thought, and the creature and brough it to a walk, and all at once dropped as if shot and rolled over on while it turned its noble head to see from his back I But Ernie was on his feet, g1 asping whence the ball bad come, a second bullet be-the end of the bridle firmly, and fairly bringing tween the eyes finished the work so well begun. the zebra upon his knees every time be atlAlmpt Ernie, who waa a splendi.i shot, brought down ed to pull away. Furious with rage he rnshed a beautiful zebra, more for his skin than any-headlong at the lad, but Ernie held bis ground thing else and Paul missed bis f>iraffe with and threw the wild stee.1 with a rapidity which both barrels, simply for the reason that he fired took the animal by surprise. at the swaying head. Before tbelarge herd '' Ynu'd better give it up, you barber's imp," was able to get out of reach the hunters had cried Ernie. "I never saw the brute yet I fired three times and Paul r e deemed his lost couldn't bring on his knees. Ahl would you! glory by d o wn a huge and a Come down I" wildbeeste. Then they approached the pit and And the zebra, which had lea.P_ed to bi fee11 watched the natives as they dragged out the again, was thrown with considerable force, bodies of the slain. and this time he lay quiet, evidently completely "Don't spear that zebra!" shouted Ernie, as cowed. the fleet Iimbed $teed of Africa was drawn from "Get up, here!" ordered the boy, striking bim the pit. "By George; if I bad him alive I'd J on tbeside. "Row, look out, I'm going to mount ride him! Ha; give me a strap here, Cap. He's I you again; so take care what you do." alive, as sure,,as fate I" He rode the animal about the plain, still go ThA zebra, which had simply been smothered ing upon three legs, and brought him back. beneath the mass of bodies, now began to "'fbat's enough for one day,'' he said. "To breatbe, and taking a broad band of eland skin morrow 1 will train him with e bit, eqd l'll from the hand of a native, the boy tied the fore-show you one of the neatest ridin; animals in leg of th..e crPature after the manner of the the world before I get done with bi u." of bis own land. Then, using a. The boy was as good as his wor-

l Paul De L&Cj', the l'rench :Beast Chal'D16i'. "'ho dared to lay a finger upon ttie beautiful charact11rlstic ot his race. But this elephant, steed. more agile or lucky than his compaaion, rncTwo days were spent in taking care of the ceeded in presenting bis head to tbe enemy on d !!reat game which had fallen in the hopo; then in giving bim a vigorous tbrust from his :be party, accompanied by five hundred men tusks, while the third elephant, tnHler the leadership. of Naauna, marched out loudly, advanced to assail tbeir enemy on tile int.o thl3 great central jungle in search of new flank. The rhinoceros, seeinz himself outflnnk rlventures. Only two of the "'ngons 'lccomed, rnn back suddenly without turning his I anied them1 and these were quickly left whlPd head, and dar.ted under the legs of the socon l f S they eaw now useless it would be to wear out elephant, striking them from under him with a the cattle by forced marches. I quiclrues which took the great animal comOn the evening of the third day they halted pletely by surprise, aml be came rolling to the beside a beautiful little lake and made e camp, only to receive the long born in bis vitals for here they were assured they would find tha mixt moment. But while the i::ame of every description. When the comp wns assailant tugged to extricate his born, the tbird made safe the party stole out to the bank of elephant, one of the largest of his race, sutlden tbe Jake and looked about tbem. Upon the clay ly plunged both tusks into tbe back of the kao1\Aach they saw the spoor of numberless ambaba, literally pinning him to the earth. rnals, and knew that this must be tbe very poraScarcely bad be done so when two riffoq erack dise of hunters. The lake lay in a sort of basin ed together, and the brave beast, mortally inclosed by high, rolling banks, through which wounded, fell forw!l.rd upon the body of t ha a hollowed road a:ppeared, lea:ling down to the slain rhinoceros, crushing him down upon tbe water's edge. This rond bad been used re-body of the second elephant. peatedly, and was beateri as baid as stone by i The crack of the rifles was the signal, and in t he feet of animals. So hard, in-stantly there was 'lOmmotion in tbe tank below. deed, was this highway that the spoor could no The terrified gRme, alarmed by the unwonted longer be observed upon it any more than upon .came bomding out of the waters of tbe so mnch rock. lake, the lighter-footed fl.rst, and tbe -heavier The hunters took their stations upon both animals lumbering in the rear. Then a sides of these O}'lenings, and lay quiet, after the fusilade from both sides of the bills which wes darkness had come. Then moon s'ole up, terrible. The crowd in the hopo of the day end pattering feet could be heard along the before was something akin to it, but no more. hard path. Peeping out, they could see herds The three elephants and the two rhinoceroses of antelopes of various kinds and hosts of the lying In the patb could not turn the agile nn smnller game of Africa going down to the water telopes, which bounded lightly over them, but to drink. '.l.'ben the earth shook under the tread only to add other bodies to the slain. At ever.v of a herd of buffalo advancing at a gallop, and arack of a rifle some animal dropped, either dead scattering the timid deer as they dashed into or wounded, upon tbe hard pathway. the water. Then came a party of gnus, their Tb4s terrible baptis m of fire and lead met anrl long hvrns laid back upon their shoulders, keep-turned back tbe herds of frightened creaturPs, ing their rank like cavalry horses in a charge. and tbey stood huddled together, uttering tbe They passed by, and up trotted a pair of huge varfous sounds of terror of which they were rhinoceroses of the black species, their wicked capable, until the natives, stealing along in the little eyes twinkling as they dashed along at water, as aile d them upon bot h flanks ant.I iu tbeir peculinr, low, deceitful gait. These two the rear witb a shower-of assegais, at the eame halted just in front of the concealed rill. omen time uttering yells of tbe most appallingnatura. and sudd enly dove out of sight among the This unlooked-for attack drove tbe poor crea hushes. Their reason for doing this was not ep-t11res wild, and they charged up the path WA:V parent to the hunters, for they knew that nothagain, only to meet the leaden sbower which ing earthly could daunt the black rhinoceros. I bad driven the m back before. But, wild with Tben, looming blnck against the sky, came tbe terror no"!, even. the heavy buffalo cleared the p o nderous forms of three el ephants, tbPir 1 obstacles m their path, and were soon on the gl'eat ears flapping, and evidently bent up0n plain, leaving the pathway blocked with gory rnjoyiug themselves in tbe waters of the tank forms. below "Whoopee!" yelled Jim, bounding down int-0 As these huge creaturos arrived opposite the the path. "Didn't we ju t clean 'em out I Oh, place where the rhinoce roses lay conC'ealed there great Cresar I 8hoot him, was a sudden rush, and the vicious brutes who For tbere rose from among the dead and had themselv e s with the sole purpose dyjng form of a huge buffalo, which, 'Yith of attacking the elephants, came trotting out tail waving and horns lowered, plunged straight upon them. The male, with an angry g1unt, at the unlucky Jim. It was of n..i use to trv rus hed under the body of the largest of the ele running up the slope, for the animal would be pbanto drove bis long horn upwe.t d into bis upon him in two bounds, and, speaking literel vitals. A terrible roar burst frou1 the throat ly, he was obliged to take the bull by the horns. of the behemoth, end hs tried bis best to reach And what horns they were, and what power l1is assailant, but the horn was now in dwelt in the huge neck of the bull be soon bis breast, and, reeling, fell upon the rhlnocefound out, for with a sudden jerk, which nearly ros, crushing him to the earth. \ dragged his arms out of the socket, Jim was sent In the mean time his companion bad attacked \ flying over the back of tbe beast I He alighted the second with hearty good will, upon the dead elephant and rolled down upon dash in&: in with the bellicose ardor which is so the other side, strikina; upon the first rhinoceros,


16 Paul De Lacy, the l'reneh Beast Charmer, wbfch lay with its bead bait burled under the body of the elephant. At t he same moment two e r three shots sounded, and the bull fell d P ad. Just the n Jim, with a face as white as chalk, came flying up the bill "Ob, blame m y cats, boys, if this old black rhinoceros ain't as lively as a cricket! Let's take him alive!" And the whole party sprung down into the roadway, but kept back until Muclara had obtained and lighted a bunch of bis narc9tic weed, and with this in his hand approached the pr0&trate rhinoceros and applied it to his nostrils. CHAPTER X LASSOING ZEBRAS-TOO BIG A CONTRACT-LION VB. BUFFALO. THE head of the rhinoceros Jay, a!l has been aaid, unde r the body of the elephant, in such a way tha t the ugly snout showed under the belly of the giant, and they could see that while the black was as lively as a cric ket, the weight of the elephant, combined with the fact that the Jong h orn had n o t b een withdrawn1 rendered it Impos s ible for him to withdraw his head. As he saw bis en e mies approaching he gave a vicious snort, and his wild eyes fairly blaz e d, but in spite of all his struggles he remained pinned fast to the ground, from which he vainly endeavored to raise himself. As the noxious plant, emitting its drowsy volume of smoke, was applied to his nostrils he made a violent struggle, but tbe el ephant was too heavy, and with a g asping s igh he g a ve up. There was a convulsive movem ent o f his l e gs, and then he lay quiet and they se t about making him secure Knowing, as they did the gigantic pow e r of the creature, they took great pains with his bonds, and tben, by the a i d o f l e vers, succ eed e d in raising t h e bod y of the e l ephant so as to withdraw the horn. B e f ore nigbtfall the rhinoce ros was in one of the c a g e-wagons and o n his way to the village perfectly furious but at the same time quite un a b e to take r e v e nge. It wa s idle to a s k a n y w ork fro m the native s after m c b a s u cces;;f ul bunt T he y c ould n o t underst and why m e n sh o ulrl w ea r y with hunting whe n m ea t w a s so and t):ie hunters s a w to their diRgust, the whole tribe 1it d o wn to fea s t upon t h e c arcasses. Se.e here, Mudara," said J im; "let's have some fun. I say, Ernie I "ish you had a lasso, and you c ould get me a z ebra, t oo." "Couldn't you 'cre a se' on e1" a sked Ernie. Arthur could; .be sh o o t s cloEe e nough for that, but I w ould oe Jik I y to shoot him throug h the neck. No; I'd rathe r try t he las so." "I've of it myself1 I can tell you," 1&id Ernie. 'And to pro v 9 it-look here." And h e dragge d out a beaut iful rawhide lasso, evid e n tly just m'1de. "Hurra h for y o u I Come on, Mudara; Jet's have a hunt all b y ourse lv es." "Ta k e care of y our skins, boys!" warr:ed Arthur, laughing .... I ou ght to with y o u, but Dana.too and I have business m another di rection, You'd better take ten or twelve Kroos, anyhow." I They started out Ernie riding his zebra, which he had fitted with a pad-saddle upon which he had mana&ed to set a stron& piece or ivory as a pommel. The zebra went wonder fully well, and showed no di s position to fi ght a11ainst his young master. They marched rap idly, and at the end of two hours, passing through a jungle, they st-0od upon the edge of a broad plain1 looking almost like one of our western prairies, and upon this countless ani mals were feeding. Aud, three or four miles away, upon a sunny slope, the y saw a herd of zebras feeding. While tbey stood consulting all to the best means of reaching them, they saw the leader of the herd throw up bis b e ad, and a moment later, the whole band came d o wn at a broad, stretching gallop; directly toward the place where the party stood. "Back into the jungle!" crie d .Ernie, tugging hard at his bridle. "Hope I may n e v e r see the back of my neck if they are not c oming here. We've got the wind in our favor, too. Liiy low and ket>p yoar eyes ready I" As he spoke the h erd drew nearer and nearer, the wind coming with them, so it was impossi ble that they should scent their enemies Ernie looped his lasso and made ready. NearP.r and nearer they came, and Jim raised bis rifl e de termined to try to "crease one of the zebras, whether he failed or not. Scarcely fortv vards separated the herd from the jungle when Ernie rode out with his lasso whirling in the air. The herd wheeled with military pre cision, but Ernie bad already picked out a victim, and the lasso went whirling through the air in a grace ful s w e e p and settled over the head of a beautiful ilebra. Ernie, who bad take n mustangs upon the plains, wheeled instantly the moment be saw the loop settle over the head of the game, urged bis own steed off at right ang les. The e ff ec t of this was to throw the z e b r a wi t h a force which for a moment c omplete l y stunnf'd him. Jim fired at the same moment, and o n e ot the zebras f e ll forward on his kn ee s and th e n rolled over on bis side; wh e r e upon J i m darted up, rifle in b a nd, and saw that bi s w ork bnd be e n well d o n e : the acroRs t be n ec k while not d ee p was to t a k e .the pow e r out of t b e nnimal for the time b e ing. Th e y b a d come providPd, and ir, a m o m ent both z 1 bns bad b ee n strap ped a la R a rey, and the two boys commence d operations Ernie insist e d that Jim himself must have the training of the auimal be was to so Jim chos e tbe one which bad been throw n by tht l asso. The y three hours in the work and at tb e end o f that time both Z Pbras would all o w themselvr s to be mounted, a n d that of Jim could be c o wed in a mom ent simply by layi11g the las so upo n bis nec k. "That job is d o ne d e cided Ernie, as be easily in bis s a ddle, leading on e anima l by means of bis lariat. Hey I Look yor. d er, 'Jim; th ere' s fun I" About a mile dis tant a buffalo cow and calf were feediug, and upon this calf a lion, pru wl iu g in sranh of f oo d, had set bis h eart fo r a p ortion of his noonday meal; and as the y g az d the lion was seen running from bush to bush, his eyes upon tbe calf, who was feeding uncon sciously by the side of its mother. All at once the calf caught sight of the great tawny body crouchin& in the pf a bQl)l, and ran to


Paul De Lacy, the French Beast Charmer. 17 It.a motber, bleating 1n rear. They expected that the buffalo cow would set off at a run but, to their sarprise, she did nothing of the kind1 but looked at the bush with an angry stamp or the foot, and a of the head which evidently. meant busmess. "Judas facariotl" cried Jim; "if she don't mean to fight it out!" "Two to one on the buffalo if she does!" said Ernie. "Oh pshaw; that's all nonsense I Evervbody knows 'that the lion is the king of beasts.'' So called, but I'll back a Rocky Mountain grizzly to eat up the best lion that ever bones in six minutes by the watch. :And this buffal'o cow is fighting for her young, and that makes all the differen::e in the world. The cir cus is opened, and the show is free." "Go hard, Jim l" exola:imed Yudara. "Get to camp; we all right I" Go, Selim I" shouted Ernie, bending for ward on the neck of his striped horse, and head ing for the conical hill near the base of which their camp was pitched. The tamed beasts seemed to fear their former companions quite as much as the boys did, and responded nobly, the Md animal keeping well up and going with tremendous speed. Behind them raced the wild zebras, their sides shining in the rays of tlie sun, and doggedly bent upon overtaking and destroying the creatures who had robbed'tbem of their companions: Many a wild rime had Ernie Castleton rode, many a hard match; but, since the day when he first crossed a steed he had soon nothing to equal this or bad as much cause to ride hard. The thud of the flying hoofs sounded ominously in their ears, and they knew that the herd was gaining foot by foot But before them lay tbe lake, and two or three miles away the white-topped wagons gleamed before their eyes. '' l say, Ernie," gasped Jim, "I'm about done." Give up your zebra and run into the bushes." "Never!" '' Theu here they come. Prick him with your knife: make him go." But nearer and nearer thundered the swift hoofs; the bead of the flying herd was barely ten feet behind them, when there Caille the sharp discharge of rifles and the wbizz of flying spears; the herd reeled and to"k to flight; whil e Arthur and Paul, attended by Danatoo and halt a dozen of his men, came rushing from the jun gle, just in time. The hon, who seemed to be a trifle dist'oncert;. ed by the p1,1gnacious the buffalo, nally seemed to make up bis mmd not to wait longer for his dinner, for they saw him dart out from behind the bush and make a rus h at the calf which sunk to the earth overcome bf. ter ror.' But the mother, with her tall as straight as e. pike-staff, and with a sonorous bellow plunged forward to meet the lion, and him as be reached the earth" raised" him with tremendous force. The next moment the huge body was flying through the air like a stone burled from a catapult, in a wait-a-bit bush with a force which drew e. 1briek of rage and pain from him. As be acrambled out be made a swift sidelong rush, with the purpose of getting past bis enemy and attacking upon the other side, but the co':" came racing down, eyes all and. tail waving and cut him off from bis prey agam. CHAPTER XI. "Hu;rab I" cried Jim. "Good for the old JIM'S REVENGE-THE A.ARD VARK-PAUL .A.NJ1 cow I Never say die while there is a sbot in the THE LION-A LOST SPECIMEN. locker old lady I" Jm was a boy who could "stand grief," as The lion, now wild witb rage, made at the saying is+ but it annoyed him not a little the head of the buffalo, but she, notbmg lotb, that Paul De Lacy should make so much sport met bis rush firmly and inserting her horns un-at his expense, on account of the zebra cbase1 der hie body as before, sent him flying through and be lMked about for ways and means or the ai.r. As the lion crawled out bi s tail drop-getting even with his French friend. [n a ped and instf'ad of making another attack be country like Africa, where they were continu ran' for his lif e pursued by the angr.v b uffalo ally in danger, it is not a matter of surprise with hoarse bellowings of rage and triumph. that an opportunity should soon occur. "Blow, bugle. blow I" cried Jim, dancing "Aha, mon IJ'itfant !" laughed Paul, as he wildly. "Don't fire a shot, if you love me, but patted the boy on the shnulder, "you ride ver' let the old girl chase him out of the kingdom." well, by gar! But ze zebra run like ze devil; The lion, seeing himself so cl osely :pursued ver' fast! and evidently frightened out of his wits, now "I guess I know it, don't H" grumbled the beaded directly for the jungle in which the boy. "I ought to, if any one does. But see bunters stood. Not liking this, Jim ran out and h ere, P aul; seeing you've got so much to say, gave him a shot, which had the effect of turn-I'd like to see 11ou. on a zebra." Ing him, and in a moment be was overtaken by "I can ride heem," replied Paul. the bUffalo and 11ubjected to another toss. "I don't know whether you can or not," re-He was no longer hungry; all he wanted was plied Jim. "In my opinion a Frenchman can't to be let alone, and when at last be bounded in ride anything very well. You might stick on to a dry crevasse and disappeared among the a borse---but a zebra! Oh, no!" thorns he wa, one of the most thoroughly "My young friend," crie d Paul, "I vill ride beasts in Africa. anything. I belonged to ze hussars, and can The zebras bad stood their ground well dur-1 ride like a centaur." Ing the shooting, and now moved along at a Well, 1'11 give you n chance. We are going good pace toward the camp. Looking over his o!1t after wildbeestes to-da,y:i and .I say Y?U can't aboulder Ernie soon saw a great herd of zebra, ride my zebra. If you wil try it, I will trade perhaps 'a hundred in all, tearing down upon j with you. But you won't. I know; you ain't them at their best speed. The beasts were evi-game to do it." 4ent17 bent on overtalrlna: them. 1 Brina: on ze striped quadrul>ed and you s'all


18 Paul De Lacy, the French Charmer. MiUediables/ Vat yon talk about, Jimst I show you how to ride. I say so, by gar; oui." Jim, having worked bis victim up to the point required, felt more at ease, and the party prepared to start, and Jim brought out his zebra, placed the bridle i nPaul's hand, and vaulted Into the Frenchman's saddle. Paul did not hesitate for a moment, but leaped at once upon the back of the zebra, which stood like a lamb for a moment, and then "bucked,'' IElj).ping three feet into the air, and coming dowtl' with stiff legs, shooting Paul forward on the green sward with great force. The Frenchman sprung to his feet, half frantic with rage, and made a furious dash at the zebra, and again sprang into the saddle, but the animal arched his back and shot the Frenchman out again, and, as Paul leaped up once more, the zebra charged at him with open mouth, squealing savagely, and Paul, wbo was as brave as a man need be ran for his life, the zebra in close pursuit. it is impossible to say what might have happened bad not Jim uttered a peculiar signal whistle, and the zebra came back with drooping crest, and rubbed bis nose against the hand of his master. I reckon we ma!. as well change," declared Jimbwith a grin. ''Tain't every one can ride a ze ra, old fellow." Sacre, nol" replied Paul. "I s'all laugh at you no more, bnn gm con. But one day I s'all get vat you call even wiz you on account of zis trick." Jim laughed es be changed beasts with the Frenchman, and they rode away together, Paul praying in bis inmost heart that the zebra would run away with Jim again. But'Ilothing o! the kind happened, and they were quickly on the plain where they expected to find the wild beestes. As they rode on Danatoo stopped end looked curiously at a large ant-bill which they were passing The population of the bill were in confusion, darting in and out, and the hill shook as if some great wes i:wing on below. "Want ant-eater, cappen?" inquired Danatoo. "He good eat. "Don't kill the creature," cried Arthur Cas tleton, as he SJ?rung from the saddle. I want to take him ahve." Danatoo ran to the hill, and a furious 1truggle, succeeded in drawing out one of tbe largest specimens of the aard vark which Ar thur bad ever seen. He determined to ke e p the curious creature, if possible, and after it bad I been bound, he consign e d it to the care of two of the nativeshwith orders to transport it to the camp, while t e rest of the party continued on their hunt. The aard vark, or African ant eater, is iudeed a curious creature, and Arthur wes glad to add it to his collection. The animal bad burrowed under the bill, and was en gaged in depopulating the colony of ants when be was captured. Paul was enraptured, a d went int.o ecstasies over the captive, and fear ing that the bearers, who were casting hungry glances at the ant-eater which they regard as a capital dhh, might kill It, he . The -idea was Innocent enough tn Itself, a!'d no doubt would have well but for an unfortuuat.e circumstance, against

Paul De Lacy, the French Beast Charmer. 19 'get to h!m, and a torrent of French invectives cover ot the bushes, came charging out upon Lurst from him, even in the face of danger. him. "Ab, pig-bead brute, bog of a horse, vait. It was a "rogue,'' which is the same in Prenez garde, you fool1 you; sacre, let me Africa as in Ceylon, a villainous misanthrope, mount. I am devour oy ze man-eater. He swallow me at one gulp, by gur. W'o, zen, who likes nothing better than to roam the fool!" forest alone and to attack any unfortunate He looked over bis shoulder, and saw that the creature who happens to pass, whether human lion was close upon him, and wheeling, drew or otherwise. The rogue is always "spoiling bis _heavy navy rev?lver and opened a for a fight," always glad of a chance to have a which took the ammal completelY: by surpnse row. Iu the present instance be trotted out., and for the m oment cowed him, and I his tail swaying gayly his trunk waving on crouched upon the earth at twenty paces dis. b taut, the red eyes and the tail lashing high, a_nd a shrill trumpet call rmg1_ng on t e the tawny sides with repeated strokes. Paul clear air as he came down upon the hon. bad three shots left, and held them, for be did I "Ahal" shouted Paul. "Pardieu, Monsieur not care _to waste if it could be_avo ded, Lion, how you like zis? Eet is splendid, mag and the bi:idle of the strugglmg horse nifiquel Ob, ze fine rogue; ze elegant elephant. over bis arm agam, be to fill the By gar-go for heem as my young friend chambers, w_ben sometbmg m the eye of J'ims would say. Ascend him ozzairwlse tbe hon warned him that the creature was ' about to spring, and be let go the bridle; and, climb he em, Monsieur le\Elepbant, sacre-r-r -r-drawing a bowie with bis left band, braced r-r-r-eel" himself for the struggle w bich be knew must I Tbe sudden appearance of the rogue had come, and a bullet <_lirectly taken the lion so completely by surprise that eyes of the lion and waited bis sprmg, for a moment he stopped, apparently stupefied, when one of the negroes, I glaring at the unwelcome intruder. It wwi crawled up near eno1:1gb to drive a Javelin only for a moment however for the lion d o es through the body of bis dreaded enemy from ' side to side. It pierced bis heart, and the lion not often y1?ld the right .of way to any ot?er rolled over, kicking in the last agony. At the roam t?e1ungles, and dropprng mme moment whife Paul was yet trmmpbent, his prey be leaped straight at the front of the the other neg;oes shouted, and with deep rage rogue; But this was an old stager, that was in bis hai:t Paul saw a1!otber lion to-evident, for be tosse d bis trunk high in the ai r ward the Jungle, draggmg after him the body to escape from the claws and teeth of the lion, of the aard It bad been a useless strug-who struck against the broad breMt of the gle, for the prize of battle was lost. el ephant, clung there for a moment, and then dropped to the earth, and the rogue lifted his CHAPrER XII. ponderous foot and plante d it on the ribs of LION AND ELEPHANT-TRAMPLED UNDER FOOT the prostrate creature, bearing down his BATrLE WITH A "ROGUE.'' weight sufficiently to bold bim there without PAUL DE LACY, when bis temper was quite killing him, while aToar whicli was uow roused, was, like ell Frenchmen, exceedingly changed to fear burst from the throat of the excitable, and letting bis horse run, he bound tortured beast. Tile small twinkling eyes ot ed across the plain on foot, in chase of the lion, the rogue were bent upon the enemy sprawlin g which, incumhered by the aard vark, could not under bis broad foot, and bad it been possi b le, make very rapid progress. As he ran the it might have been said that the creature 'Frenchmau pressed new cartridges into the I laughed at the dOVj:Jlfall of bis foe, anti tantal empty chambers of bis revolver, without stopized him beforeaestroying him. Perhaps the ping for a moment in the pursuit. Paul was death would not have come so soon, but, in game to the core, and at that moment he would bending his trunk toward the lion, the captive not have hesitated to tackle a family of li?ns creature struck it with his claws, inflicting with his bare hands. He shouted at the fiymg painful gashes. Instantly the ribs of the lion lion at the top or his voice, hoping that the cracked undtir the weight of the elephant, and saval(e beast would drop his prey and turn on a last agonized howl burst from bis throat. him. But for some reason, the animal seemed Then the huge rogue, trumpeting loudly, bent on escaping with bis prey than on reared his giant body in the air, and came llgbting, and continued bis course across the down repeatedly with both feet upon the pros1 lain, while close behind him bounded the irate trate form, crushing it out of all sbape. Tb.en, Frenchman, bis arms and screamkneeling upon the body, be kneaded it into a iog at the top of bis voice. The amount of pomace, accompanying the effort by wild vituperation and abuse which be heaped upon trumpetings of rage. 1be flying lien was astounding, tbe Paul De Lacy bad been an intereated specta animal did not seem impressed by it, and tor, encouraging the elephant by shouting continued bis flight, and was about to plunge the top of bis voice, and dancing wildly on ths into the jungle, when the bushes parted, and a green grass. He was certain of one tbing lar&e elephant, which had been hiding in the 1 the elephant would not eat the aard 11arla, and


10 Paul De Lacy; the French Charmer. bad certatnly made it very unpleasant for the lion, and deprived him forever of the pleasure of making a meal on stolen.meat. The idea of the Freucbman was that the elephant, after wreaking his vengeance on the lion, would go quietly away, when he would rescue the body of the ant-eate r, and at least preserve it for mounting, even if it were dead. .But the elephant did not seem to tire of the sport, and was now engaged in tossing the body of the lion in the air, for the pleasure of pounc ing on it when it fell, and Paul began to get tireq of looking on. He looked back, and saw that one of the negroes had caught the horse, and was coming up at a gallop, carrying the rifle which Paul had dropped in the pursuit. "You go away, you rogue elephant," shouted Paul, angrily. "Why you stay: aha I base villain, old brute, why you do zatl'' The elephant bad pounded the lion so badly that the body did not lift easily, and he now turned bis attention to the anteater, and the next moment it was flying through the air, hurled from the yigorous trunk to a bight of twenty feet, and as it came down the huge creature pounced upon it, as he bad done upon the body of the lion, and began to crush it. If Paul was mad before, he was furious now. In vain he bad fought with savage lions to save that beautiful specimen from destruction, for now, at the last moment, it was being beaten into fragments under the cushion like feet and knees of the elephant, and forgetting the danger, Paul was about to rush forward with only bis revolver, when the native galloped up to bis side. hope.I that Jim would not hear of this, for if be did, be was quite assured that the boy would take revenge for his laughter on account of the zebras. Enraged at the close pursuit of the elephant, he wheeled in his saddle and emptied his revolver in his face, one barrel after the other, and the huge animal stopped in considerable confusion, while Paul, after riding a hundred yards further, pulled in his panting horse and looked at the giapt. To his rage, the creature gave a defiant trumpet note, turned in his tra<"kS, and went back to the place where the aard vark lay, and the next moment it was flying into the air again, and a despai?ing cry broke from the lips of Pau: De Lacy. Oh for a cannon, that I might extermi nate that nlfllan," be growled. Why does he do it1 Does not some secret dictate teach him that this is the best way to drive me mad! Aha, coward, fool, villain, come after me again." But the rogue was deaf to all entreaties, and Paul attacked him again, only to be chased about the same distance. He knew perfectly well that the rifle be carried was not lieavy enough for elephant-hunting, and it drove him mad to think that he could do nothing more than annoy the huge brute, which, afte r driv ing him away, twned back to the aardvark, aud danced upon the prostrate body with redoubled zeal, until tears of rage actually ran down Paul's face, and the simple natives, thinking to please him, ran up and attacked the elephant with javelins-for they do not fear this huge beast so much as tbey do the lion. He bounded aw11-y in pursuit of them, when Paul darted in, grasped the aard vark, and thre w it on his horse, and was off like tbe wind, closely pursued by the furious rogul', whom he now left far behin place, and thrust a shell into his rifle, was the work of a moment, and then, sitting like a statue, the Frenchman aimed at the center of the elephant's forehead and pulled the trigger There was a loud craclt, such as is beard when a rifle ball strikes nn iron target and the rogue came to his knees. But it was only f o r a moment, and springing up, he elevated his trunk and charged after Paul De Lacy with delightful eogerness, and the Frenchman set in his spurs and rode hard tn escape, holding his saddle by the gripe of his knees even while CHAPTER XIII. putting in a new cartridge. It was a neck or A. LESSON FOR THE MAKOLO-NEW A.LLilllS-A nothing race for a few moments, the rogue, BABY ELEPHANTlldADA.RA.'S GOOD BLOW. notwitbstauding his size, running with SJr-JIM CASTLETON bad his laugh in good earnes t prising agility, his extended trunk within a wben Paul overtook them, and amid tbe wildest yard of the horse's tail. But Paul ball no de exclaiations, told his story of his awful .sire fer a nearer acquaintance, and, if the wrongs on the part of savage Tbe truth must be told, got all the speed possible party had bad good luck, and the natives were out of his horse, and really felt better when loaded down with game of all descriptions. he saw the distance gradually widening be-They became wildly excited when told of the tween himself and his pursuer. But, even as prese nce of the rogue, and a huut was set down he rode, he was cursing the unhappy fate which for the next day, when P aul promised himself was driving him away from bio beloved "subrevenge on the elephant for the wrong be had ject," the aard vark, and in his secret heart done him. He was somewhat soothed by the


Paul De La.ey. the r-..-ench ' Charmer. 21 promise of Danatoo to fled another ant-eater !or him before they left the country, and the party went at once to the' camp, whic h the y found in some confusion, and they w ere g reeted by a villainous-looking n e gro, his hair dressed In such a way tha t it stood out from b is f o r ehead like the horn of a gnu, and his f a ce hideously daubed with red and white clay. Naauna started as he beheld this appa rition. "What do you seek h e r eY" dema nd e d the young king, speaking in the B alake di a lect, you, the medicine-0hief of the Makolo." A bird has p as sed through the air from tbe land of S i baticane, and bas sung to the Makol o that the great king is d e ad. I am the voice o f my king, Sekula., and I ask if Mudara bas dared to bring the White Wizards into our land1'' "Why not, medicine man9" demanded Mu darn. It m a kes my heart strong when I think tha t the White Wizards are our friends. See. S 1baticane was brave and his peopl e did him honor. In an evil hour he made the White W i"uds his enemies, and be h o ld, he is dead and Naauna is king. Beware of the wrath of the White Wi.zd.rds, the lords of lions and men." "I come here for tribute," replie d the medi cine-man, proudly. "No strangers can pass through the country of Sekula without pur r.basing the right." Mudara repeated the words of the fellow to Arthur Castleton, who answered: "Say this to him, Mudara: 'The White Wizards w0uld be friends with all. Let the king come to u s and we will give him m ore m eat than his tribe can kill in a year and a day, but we giv e nothing by force.' Ask him what he demands." "My king says: 'There is game enough In the woods and plains for the Makolo, but there is not enough for the White Wizards, who come with fire sticks that kill afar off. Let the White Wizards send us these fire siicks, and we will make peace with them. If not, let them leave the country of the Makolo, for we will not hav e them among us." "Then let the king come and take our arms," replied Arthur, proudly. "He shalrfind that not all the power of bis tribe can beat the great Wizards of the North." The medicine-man made a gesture of d e fiance and left the camp, followed by the taunting abouts of the men of Naauna, who, confident In the power of the White Wizards, did not fear tbe Makolo. But it was certain they were in for a fight, and they at once set to work and strenghtened their camp, and made every preparation for battle. Scarcely tvro hours had passed when the sound of barbaric music was beard, and in a short time a great bod7 of native warriors appeared upon the plain, advancing at a quick pace, and In their mid s t, under a canopy of feathers, marched their king, a hideous-looking old man, to whom the y pa"id the greatest respect. On seeing tbem the men of Naauna would have cla.,hed their shi elds and shouted, but were restrained by order of Arthur. "Go to them and stop them where they are,' said Arthur, turning to Naanna., "and say to them that to prove what we can do I will send a b all through the shoulder of the man who marches by the king' s side." "It's fiv e hundre d yards if it's an inch, .Arti e," whispered Jim. "No matter. Go and tell them what I say, Naauna, and then keep out of range of that fell o w b e side the king." Naauna. bounded d own the slope and was seen in conference with the old king, and a wild, derisive shout came up from below at the threat which the White Wizard sent. They did not believe it was possible to do them any injury at that distance, and their laughter was of the most clamorous description, and no man was more pleased than the threatened negro, who stepped boldly out in front of the rest and exposed his breast to the aim of the marksman. Arthur took his Jong range rifle, and lying on bis back just outside the circle of wagons, the muzzle of bis rifle resting on his foot, be drew a fine bead on the presumptuous negro. After settling his sights to suit himself, .Arthur made sure of bis aim and pulled. The man spun half round, as if pulled by an invisible hand, clapped his bands wildly to his perforated shoulder, and fell in his tracks, with a perfect howl of rage and pain. 'The White Wizard is kind," shouted Naauna. "He might have killed Caloota, bu he would not do it. Woe to you, if you make these great men your enemies The old king Rtarted from under bis canopy and looked at the wound in the shoulder of the fallen man, and then stooping, he put dust on bis own head, and gave an order to his men. They at once laid c"own their weapons, and the king with two of his principal men, advanced to meet .Arthur. A II'Ore abject speci men of humanity could not be conceived than this negro king, who, as be approached, threw himself upon the earth times, 'and sprinkled dust upon bis head. Arthur stepped forward raised him from the earth, and told Naauna to speak to him and tell bim that the Lion L ords would be friends to him if be wu faithful. He fool averred Mudara, in English, laughing bea'.rtily. "No '!raid of him anr more; he lick dust under your feet from this hour." In -a few well-chosen words Naauna ex plained to the Makolo that the whites detir ..


22 Paul De Lacy, the French Brast Charmer. to be friends with them, and would not kill them as long as they did no wrong. A few presents of colored cloth, beads and cheap ornaments, divided among the chiefs, com pletei:I the conquest of the Makolo, the kiog pre senting a trulY. comical appearance as be strutted about in a short blouse with metal buttons, which was given to him by Arthur C astleton, under which his thin bare l egs were plainly visible. It was as much as Jim could do to keep from laughing at the ludicrous makeUP of the old king. The boy was what disgu sted by the ease with which the negroes had been cowed, as h e rather hoped for a battle. "That j ob is done, he said, "and now let us see whatwe can do with that rogue elephant. He beat Paul De Lacy as square as a die, and we must get even with him, or Paul will never get over it. These fellows will want a feed, too, and if we kill the elephant they can have a feast." Mudara had only to hint to the Makolo that the great lords desired to hunt the elephan t, and the whole army was at their disposal. In con versation with one of the hunters, Mudara acertained that this particular "rogue" was well kuown and greatly feared, as he had killed two hunters during the last month; and, as he haunted a section of country where the best hunting grounds lay, they were much an noye d by his presence, and would bless any on e who could dispose of him. Captain Dik, Arthur, Paul, Jim and Ernie ward with frantic shouts, cutting off the huge creature from the jungle, and sending a cloud of javelins and spears into her body. It w as a touching sight to see the mother, in this hour of peril, cover the tlody of her young with her own, supposing of course that be was also the 0bject of attack. The effort of guarding him,, impeded her own motions. as she darea not charge her assailants, feariug that by so doing she uncover her offspi:ing. The baby seemed to understand the danger, too, and kept close to her side, wllile the deadly rain of spears and javelins continued. Wound ed in a hundred places, she still kept her way toward the jungle, marching oblique ly, while two or three uative bunters, armed with a sort of cutlass, maneuvered to get in the rear so as to hamstring her. She seemed to fear this, and made const ant charges, but each time stopped short, as the movement for the moment uncovered her young. At last Mudara, making a sudden rush, gained the rear of the elephant, and struck her a heavy blo

PAul De Lacy, tli:e French Cha.rmer. BB "It was a splendid shot," declared Arthur, I part it was noted that one of the hurrying up. "Here, Jim; go and finish that misslng, and eearch was commenced for him in cow elephant. Those fellows only torture her J the jungle. The party who followed back the without doing any particular harm." tra or the rogue elephant found the man .;Jim sprung from bis saddle and ran up In I lying dead under a tree, bis body crushed to the midst of the natives, who were showershapeless mass under the heavy feet of the ele ing weapons into the body of the elephant, I pbant. The joy of the Makolo was at once until she fairly bristled with them. She bad turned to mourning, and the body of the slain gained the edge of the jungle, and stood with her man was laid upon one of the litters, and, body pressed against a large tree, trumpeting bbrne by some of bis friends, carried back to loudly, and no longer able to charge. Jim camp. hurried up, and, as be came near, the elephant Scarcely bad they reached it, and the Makolo lifted her trunk to strike at bim-just what the understood that a warrior had fallen, when the boy wanted, He r&.ised bis weapon and sent preparations for a funeral commenced. The a ball crashing through her brain, and the numbers of the Makolo had greatly increased, elephant reeled and fell slowly to the earth, for the old men and large numbers of women amid the triumphant shouts of the natives, had joined the party, s i nce they uoderetood who danced wildly about the prostrate forms, that they would be kindly received by the and praised the "great lords" who could thus whites. At once a long, tremulous wail"arose slay, at a single blow, this giant game. They 88 the body of the slain bearer was brought at once set to work to cut up the elephants. into the camp and laid upon a sort of -raised "Save elephant's feet," said Mudara. 1 platform in the center. He had been quite a -"Make feast for yon. Roast them in coals; noted warrior, and the mournful cries an they very good." nounced the estimation in which he was held The bunters bad not yet tasted this particu-by the Makolo. Any one who bas seen an old Jar treat, Q.Dd tbe natives willingly chopped otf fashioned Irish wake will have some idea of the the great feet, arid eight bearers took charge manner in which the funeral rites were conof them to carry them to the camp. Mudara ducted. It V

24 Paul De Lacy, the French Beast Charmer. "He wants to gfve them to you, of course. Be a man now, Arthur, and provide for your family,'' laughed the captain. "I'll provide for them,'' roared Arthur, "but let him take them away. Tell him any thing you like; tell him I'm married and have got a family of my own to provide for. Give them anything in reaRon, and send them off." By considerable effort Arthur succeeded in convincing the king that his gift was not ap preciated, and the family were sent back so loaded with presents that they at once became very distinguished peo-ple in the eyes of the Makolo, and the marriage of the widow of Bar tula quickly followed her acquisition of wealth, and the boy, as the owner of a gun and ammu nition, at once took his place with the warriors; but tJ:\e king 11ever fully understood why Ar thur Castleton refused his generous gift. Everything had gone well with the hunters to this time, and bad they succeeded in nothing else, they might have been satisfied. The bip J>Opotamus, the rhinoceros and the gorillas in themselves ought to have been enough for any hunters, but they were not happy, for as yet they bad not succeeied in securing what they had long sought, a family of youog lions, and Paul and Arthur were somewhat depressed. But they registered a vow not to l&a ve the country until a pair of young liond had boen added to their present captives. Would they be able to keep this vow! joyed such a superabundance of provisions tor a Joog time. "We don't love them well enough to work while they eat,'' wa3 the reply. "Now I want you to understand me; in future whatever food they get they must kill for themselves, for we won't undertake to provide for them." The king looked blank, for be had fully de termined to remain with bis white friends whlle they stayed in the country, and feed his warriors at their expense. It was extremely aonoying, therefore, to find that they did not take kindly to the idea, and his lazy warriors, when they realized that they mu;t work if they bad anything to eat, became a source of great aonoyance, for they went about with sullen faces, loudly proclaiming their hunger, and de claring that the Wqite Wizards bad killed all the game, and there was nothing left for them to eat. Finding that this bad no effect, they began to threaten, and declared that the hunt ers would not be allowed to proceed unless they promised to feed them asbefore. "I'll take charge of this gang, Arthur," exclaimed Captain Dick. Where's them whips?" One of the Petrel's men brought out ten good rawhi.ies, which were distributed among the whites. The angry Mako!? warriors were gathered about the wagons, loudly insisting that the young elephant should be given them to feast on, and Paul De Lacy, bis teeth shut bard, and his breath coming in hlssing gasps CHAPTER :XV. through bis parted lips, stood before the cage THE MA.KOLO REVOLT-FLOGGED OUT OF CAMP with his rifle, ready to defend their prizes to -AMONG THE ALLIGATORS. the last gasp, when the Petrel's men suddenly As the Makolo showed a disposition to keep burst in on the amazed negroes, and began to with them, and as Arthur bad no desire to feed lash them with hearty good will. The long a whole tribe, be called upon the king to send whips whistled through the air and alighted on them home, saying that be would be glad ol the backs of the mutineers with all the power the company of a part of the warriors, but of the muscular arms which wielded them, and would not be troubled with so many. A bun-Naauna's men, catching the infection, tore dred men were by tho ki!Jg and the down -branches of trees and joined the sailors rest sent home, and the next day they broke in their work. camp, determined to stop no m ore umil they "I' ll put some life into your bones, you son bad searched the lion country, and not to bunt of a gun!" yelled the captain, as be lashed except when it was necessary lor the wants of away at a gigantic warrior who happened to the camp. be in bis path. "I'll teach you to trip the T,bey soon found that ttiey bad not gained light fantastic, you black bully. Dance, you much by adding the Makolo warriors to their devil-dirncel" numbers. They were terrible f eeders, and The negroes roared lustily for mercy, iaid at having formed a high opinion of the prowess of last, driven desperate by the infliction, ran for the white men as bunters, rlisplayed a disposith eir lives, leaving only the king in camp. tion to allow them to kill game for them to "You'd better go with the rest, king," cried eat, and Arthur at once protested against this Arthur, "and say to your men that if they laziness. bad harmed one of these creatures we have "We doa't p'l'Opose to employ ourselves in taken, I would not have rested while a stick huD"Ging for the benefit of a lot of lazy scoun-remained standing in the Makolo villages." drels, and the sooner you under.tand that the "I will stay," replied the king, promptly, hotter, king,'' declared Arthur. "and I will put such a fetish on the beasts "The White Wizards no longer love the Ma1 that not one of the Mo.kolo will dare to touch kolo, tbe:u," whined the king, who had not en-the


Paul De Lacy, the French Charmer. "Very well; you can stay, and If you wUl find ten of your men who are ready to take their share in the worK, they can go with us. I won't havi. the others.'' The king started out alone and soon came back with ten crestfallen looking warriors, whom be announced es ready to do tbeir fair portion of the wmk, no matter what it might be, and as a certain number of men who knew the Makolo country were necesEary, they were gladly received, and did good work from that time. They reached the banks of a good -sized river, believed to be a part of the Congo, at an early hour that eveniug, and went into camp. It was a broad and beautiful stream, and as they arrived a single canoe was seen pulling oft' trom the other shore. In this canoe were half a dozen natives, who were evidently in doubt whether they ought to land, until they were called ashore by the Makolo. They were really fine .looking fellows, and brought with them a quantity of honey, which they readily exchanged for trinker.s which were lavi shly bestowed upon them by the They shared the supper of the whites, and were about to return, when Naauna asked them about the lions, and was informed that they were very numerous in the mountains just iihead, and that two men of their tribe bad been killed that week. As soon as the native s departed, the negroes ran down to the river and plunged into the water for a bath, while the oxen, which were very thirsty, hurried down to drink. As the leader of the teum which drew the hippopota mus bent down to the water, a long pninted head was thrust up, and the ox was seized by the muzzle and his head instuntly -dragged out of sight. The poor beast stamped and struggled, and Mudara, who was looking on, at once sprung Into the water with bis knife In his hand. At the same moment a number of dark objects, looking like black logs, which had been lying at various points along the bank, became suddenly imbued with life, and moved toward the water. "Alligators!" cried Paul, as he grasped his rifle. Come wiz me, camarades." The boys seized their weapons and ran down to the shore, while the negroes in the water svam madly for the bank, splashing in the water to scare the alligators, which now appeared in immense numbers, apparently eager for blood. Mudara plunged under the water, his kllife in his band. A moment later the ox was released, and tlashed away, while, with a wild bound, the alligator appeared upon the I IUl"face, which was crimsoned with his blood, and Mudara, by an active leap, eluded a blow I of the powerful tail, which swept the air with ] whiatliDg aound. The nm moment the alligator sunk, and was seen no more. J'lm w!LI rushing inCllutiously upon one of the moo ten on the shore, with his rifle ready, when Mudara shouted to him: "Look out for his tail, white boy; take car' dar. Now he's got it." One of the men who had been in the river, in avoiding the rush of the alligator which wa1 waddling at him with his huge jaws put himself within reach of the long horny tail. It instantly struck him, and the man was dashed, stunned and senseless, to the eart .b. Tbe alligator wheeled, and t be prostrate man by the leg, commenced to drag him toward the water. Ernie, rushing up with a fired tbree shots in but they bad no effect upon the impervious coat of the animal, and only made him drag bis victim toward tbe water wit h greater The man had re covered his senses, and was screaming for help at the top of his voice, when Ernie, catching up one of the spears which bad been cast without effect, directed its point at the alliga tor's wicked-looking eye, and presed it home with all his force. With a convulsive leap, which broke the shaft of the weapon, the giant rnurian released his bold on the man'a leg, and if Ernie bad not dropped swiftly, he would have been swept down by a blow of the toil. Theo, seizing the extended hand of the negro, Ernie dragged him qui ckly out of rearh, and then ran bock to the water's edge, just in time to Eee another man, who had stepped into the water, dragged out of sight by another ot the creaturrs. Poor fe !low he's gone I" cried Jim. "He alligator-hunter," replied Mudara. "Watch him now. He all right." Th ere seemed to be a great commotion ii.o der the water, and it .,-as quickly turned to a blood-red hue, and after a moment of suspense the woolly bea d of the alligator-hunter rose slowly to the surface, and be reached the shore in safety, holding his bloody javelin in his hund. CHAPTER XVL BATTLE '{TNDER WATER-THE CRY 011' THJI JACKAL--ATTACKED BY LIONS AT NIGHT. How had he rr:anaged to make bis escape? When he was dragged below the surface of the stream he h ad his javelin in his baud, and the saurian held him in such a p sition that his right hand was free, and grasping the great reptile by the fore leg, be bad p l unged the javelin into her body under the leg, in the por tions where the skin was not so thick, and he was relearnd and rose to tbe surface, leavinc bis gigantic enemy dyiug on the river's bed. By this time the aHig ators seemed to realize that this was a losing game, and one and all had disappeared, leaving the bank clear. Tt


Paal De Lacy, the French B :aet Charmer. the horror of the young hnnter11, the negroe1 prepared et once to fee"t upon the bod ies of the slain alli g a t ors, three o f ..,. hi ch bad been secure d and the native s "Vere very much astoni>.hed tba t their whi t e friends r e fu se d to joiu them in their repast. But Jim said, that, on the whole, be would pfcfer to dine off a rattlesnake, and the negroes might have it all to themse lves, and the whites made a meal from springbok steaks, which suited them &omewbat better. "It don't strike me as a very good place to sleep, bo ys," d eclared Jim, nfter the meal. "Suppose they take it into tbtllr ugly heads to pay us a visit in the ni g h t?" ''We must set a s trong gu!'.rd and drive them back. We can't aff ord to lose any of our cattle, either by lions or alligators," replied Arthur. I'll watch all night for a shot l'lt a lion, exclaime d Jim, as he drew bis fsvorite rifl e toward him and looked it over to see that it was in order. Those fellows d!d say tha t the lions were plenty. I only hope the y will try a whack at our cattle to-night. You s e e I ba'l'en't bad muc h luck with lions, th<'ugh I've bad a pop at pretty much everything eit. time that evening, and severttl times it became necessary to make a ru h at the alligators, which came crawling t oward the camp bope ing to catch them sle e ping. They were driven back by the use of spears and javelins, and finally seem e d to give it up, and nothing more was heard from the m. Jim bad crawle d upon the top of the elephant' s cage, where he was aot only in safety, but had a commanding po sition for a shot, should an opportunity pre19nt itself. Mudara, who bad taken a great !ancy to the boy, was with him, and bait a tlozen javelins and a long spear lay upon the top of the cage beside him. The Lion Hunte r fell asleep, leaving Jim to watch, whe n a shrill barking was beard far out on the pl a in, and Mudara starte d up eagerly. Hear jackal," he whi& pered. "Tao not far off now." The shrill barking of the jackal continued, Mid in a few moments a number of 11trange creature s, known popularly as the "Jions1provider," appeared ill eight ove r the crest of a n eighboring slo p e The y lo oked at the cattle in c lo se d in the c ircl e o f wago n s a n d ded immedia t e ly, making the jungle ring w ith their cries. S carcely bad they done so when the tremendo us roar of a lio n sounded in the bills, and wns answered by an.other, and Jim knew that the brave brute for which he had been waiting was close at hand. Th ere is some thing peculiarly st.artling in the roar of the Uoq. at; niaht, and lim owned afterward to a certain tremor, aa he felt that they might 1oon ht. engaged in a deadly struggle with the king of be a sts. "Loo k darl look d arl" bis > ed the Kroo, be low bis breath. "Tao look ove r ant-bill." About a hundred yards to the right a great antbill stood upo n the pl a in, and p e eping from behind this the huge h ead of a larg e male lion was plainly vi3ihle. He geemed to be intently watching the cattle in the inclos ure, and trying to decide how be should make the attack upon them. At the sam'e time a large lioness stalked b oldly out of the neighbor ing jungle and stood looking at the corral, waiting for her m ate to advance. He did n o t h esitate long, for the huge t awny body wa s drawn out from the shel te r of the anthill and crou ching low, be b e g a n to run a c r os s the open i ng, dropping fro m time to time and looking to see if the cattle w ere alar med. Africa n cattle seem to d etect;the presenc.:e of the lion long before he reach e s them, f o r they sh o wed the greatest fear, pressing agains t the iuclosure of wagons, and waking every elf Jrt to esc a pe from the d a ng e r o us n eighborhoo d. By this time the whole camp was on the alert, and many weap ) ns were made r e ad y and Jim, feari u g that the older hunters w o uld get ahead of him, sent a ball into the shoulder of the male lion, wh ich drew from him a r oar ot rage, and he came b ounding on, closely fol lowed by the lion e ss and h e adin g stra ig h t for the cage upon which the boy lay He se e med to know that his enemieo were hidd e n t h ere, and as Jim pressed a clU'tridge into his breech loader, the great beast leap e d, and the n ext moment was clinging to the e dge of the c a g e bis great claws showing on the top. Thea Mudara sprung up, graspin g bis h ea vi es t spear, and drove it with all the p ower of bis muscu Jar arm into the breas t of the lion, burying the point to a d epth of eighteen inches. N o ani m al, no bo1v strong, could Jive unde r such a wound, and with a last agoniz e J throe, which snapped s trong spear, the animal fell to the ground dead. Even as be fell the body of the lion ess was seen in the air, spring ing forward to av.enge the death of her mate, and seeing a confus e d mas s of natives, she leaped into the mid s t of the m, str i king one d ear! as she came down, and the n, with a sec ond bound, caught anothe r by the thigh and brought him to the earth. A d o zen javllins were in stantly buried in hPr body, and the na tives fle d, the lioness leav ing the fallen man in order to pursue them. In doing s o she pre sented b e r tawny side to the aim of thre e rifles, and all seemed to cra ck at the same m o ment. Pierced by three mortal wounds, the brave beast still made a mighty effort to reach the slavers of her mate, when the captain, leveling bil mi&hty roer, shot her the brain,


Paul De Lacy the French Beast Oharmel"o and \be struggle wa1 over. Then the hunters again retired, and were not disturbed that night, and at early morning they tracked on until they entered the lion country, and made a camp in a sort of natural forgess ou tbe crest of a hill overlooking a beautiful lake, and prepared for the crowning effort of the expedi the capture or a family of lions, and, if possible, of a giraffe, which they had not yet been able to secure all ve. CHAPTER xvn. .t.J'TER GIRAFll'E-TRAILING A. LION-TAO AT HOME. ARTHUR took the third zebra in baud and soon bad him iu such subjection that he was quite as obedient to him as the others to their masters. The uegroea, who had not been able to tame one of these savage steeds, were ut terly surpriSl'd at the success which had crowned the young masters' efforts, and expected at each moment to see them hurled from the sad dle and trampled out of the semblance of hu manity by the vicious beasts. But, nothing ot the kind ever happened; the young fellows seemed quite at home upon the bncks of their 5trange steeds. The capture of the isebras had put an idea Into the bAad of Ernie, and early one morning t bey set out to acco1Dplish their design. Only Arthur, Ernie and Jim were of the party, with Danatoo and Mudara running by the side of the zebras as guides. Their way lay along the level shore of the lake for a distance of five miles, when the ground became more rol ing, aod they passed through a defile into a plain dotted with clumps of trees of a peculiar I< ind. "The giraffe loves the mimosa," said Danatoo. Let us be silent, and we shall see lllem." They stood silent for a quarter of an hour, gaziog across the beautiful plains. Animals of all kinds passed them by, but they had set their hearts upon one object and would look at nothing else. It was not long before their wishes were crowned with success, for they saw, moving grandly across the plain, a family of giraffe, four in number. Two were giants ot the race, their beads towering twenty feet above the ground, and the other two mere babies, not more than ten feet higl:a "I'd give more for tbe young olPs than the old," said Arthur, eagerly. They llre more e asily trained, you see." "Steady, then!" advised Ernie. "They are making lor that clump of mimosa, and will not be more than twenty ynrds away whoo we burst out upon them. Do not mi's your cut, Jim. As for Arthur, I never could train him io UM a lasso, it I livd a hundred years." The giratres came lumbering on at their peculiar, rocking gallop, and were soon among the mimosa, cropping the fragrant leav e s and flowers. The boys settled them s elves in the sadcRe, took a firm gripe upon the rein, and suddenly burst out upon the startled fumily, with Jassoes swinging in the air. The creatures bounded suddenly erect, and turning on their heels were about to dash away when the long, curved loops came sailing through tbe air, di rectly at the younger members of the family. Ernie did not miss his game, nod bad the satis faction of seeing the loop settle over tbe lofty head, when be wheeled away anti. plucked the young camelopard from his feet with con siderable force. Danatoo and Mutl.ara ran up, and before the young animal had recovered from the shock be was hoppled firmly in such a way that be could move his feet in wa1King, but not in running. Jim had not been !It> lucky, and when Ernie looked up after his la.."llo bad been removed he saw Arthur and Jim riding hard on the tracks of the three giraffes, nearly up t-0 them, and Jim was gathering in his lasso for another cast. With a wild whoop Ernie urged his zebra ou, taking the segment of ke circle which tbe game was unconsciously following iu their flight. Tbe zebra, as if uuderstanding what was required of him, fairly seemed to fly over the grcund. As be rode, Ernie saw Jim raiSEc bis arm, then the lasso flow through the air, di rected, not at the small animal, whose light ness of foot had carried it to the front, but at one of the large ones. This time the boy was more successful; the loop settled fairly, and Jim urged bis steed to the right. Ernie saw the stately bead of the giraffe tower into the air, as he rose upon bis bind legs, and then he came crashing down, just as the other two, maddened by the close pursuit, wheeled sharp ly away and came down upon a course I which would bring them very near to Ernie, who quickly covered himself behind som4? bushes. At the proper time, as the giraffe s 'came thundering down, the laso flew through the air, and one stately creature weut gullop ing on alone, robbed of all bis family by the cruel band of man. Ernie lifted his horn and began to sound it with all bis might, and not without effect, for a great party of uegroea who had been following on their trail, wer e seen running across the p i nin. They took charge of the thre e captiveS" and deiarted for the camp, dragging. the giraffes with them, much against their will. Good fun, that,'' declared Ernie. "How do you like it, Arthur!" I'd like it better if I could use a lasso," an-1w11red Arthur. "You and Jim have the l/08' of me there." :Because you never will practice, you M. I


' 28 Paul De Lacy, the French Beallt Charmer. 1'ow, ff we hadn't been able to use the lasso we never could have caught these zebras in the first place, nor run down the girafi'.es in the 1eeond." "Dar loup de ole tao!" 1h<>uted one of the negroes,suddenly. They looked up and saw a magnificent lion crossing the plain a quarter of a mile away. The zebras snorted and stamped. their feet, and evidently did not like the appearance of the lord of the African plains. Oh, if we only bad that fellow I" cried Ar thur. See here, Mudara, how are we goiug to get the lions alive?" I'd lasso one if I could get the zebra near him,'' avowed Ernie. "But you can't do that," was the testy re ply. "Now we've got everything we wan* except these lions, and we must have them, you know.11 If we could find the lions' liome," explained Mudara, "we could get tbem.11 Do you think that fellow is going home nowr' "Yes; he's no longer hungry; be goes home." "Th n we will follew him," decided Arthur, springing from his saddle. "Danatoo, you shall be Jim's gun-bearer, and Mudara must follow me. We will track the lion to his bome.11 "Am I riot going!" demanded Ernie. "You shall be in at the deatlh. Ernie. At present, see that the giraffes go back to camp safely, and take care of the zebras. Come on, Jim I" Ernie nodded, and caught the bridles of the two r;ebras, while Arthur, with bis rifle at a trail, started awtly on the track of the great \,lack-maned lion, which was trotting across the plain, apparently unconscious of the fact that be was being followed. And, indeed, it would have been hard for him to detect two such accomplished trailers es those upon bis track. Whenever be showed a disposition to look back they crouched out of sight, and con tinued the chase the moment be went on. For an hour the strange chase continued over the broad plain and then the creature plunged into a deep defile in the hills, into which the pursuers followed without hesitation. Once in the defile he broke foto a hollow roaring as if he felt himself at home, and the roar was quick ly answered from within the pass by three or four voices, from the sonorous base of the lioness to the treble of the baby lion. "By George I" hissed Arthur. "It is a family! Just what we want!" "I don't reckon we want the family all on us at once," suggested Jim. No, but we must 11.nd out where their den la. Come on 111 Tbey pushed forwaril cautiously, and soon a llri of purrin1 sound, like that of oatll who are eleeplng, was plainly audible to the hnnten. They knew that this was the time for caution, and parting the bushes inch by inch, they down the slope, and saw a strange sight. A great tree overturned by some mighty wind had Jett a hollow under the roots which was perhaps ten feet square, with an opening in front just the width ot the cave. In this Jay the lion family, coiled up asleep, the lioness, two cubs, a halt-grown lion and tbe giant male. It was a beautifol sight !or a naturalist, and one which would have driven Paul bait wild. For a moment Arthur gi:ed upon the scene; then, touching Mudara on the arm, be retreated cau tiously until out o! ear-shot o! the cave. I don't care for the old ones," he BBid, quietly; "but I'll risk my lire to take the halt grown lion and the cubs. Bac k to camp, and bring Paul aJ:i Ernie, half a hundred black fellows, and the nets. We will wait !or you here." And Mudara departed on a run, while Arthur and Jim climbed low trees, and settling them. selves comfortably in the branches, awaited the return of the Kroo. CHAPTER XVIIL AN UNWELCOME NEIGHBOR-A CLOSE GRIPB SUCCESS-HOMB AND FRIENDS. JIM formed a sort of hammock between two swaying boughs and sat back in utter abandon, for, young as he was, the boy bad !armed tte somewhat vicious habit of smoking, in s e ason and out ot season, and enj'>ying the same. Rocked by the wind, he swayed back and forth, when his eyes were attracted by two glistening points in the branches above him-points which glittered like sparks of fire. What were these pointst Jim only needed a second glance to show him the graceful head and Jong shiny neck of an anaconda, which, twined about the upper part of the tree, was his head above the top from time to t.ime, evidently for the pur pose of looking down into the valley below, where the lions lay in their d?n. A snake forty feet in length, with a bocly somewhat thicker than a man's thigh, was something for which our young adventurer had no affection, especially as he seemed to be on the look-out for somet.hing to eat. But it was not upon the boy that those eyes were present; on the contrary, the snake seem6:1 to be regarding something in tl:,e valley, probably the lions. "I S!tY1 Artie," whispered Jim, "I don't like this bedfellow I've got. Do you see himl" "I've been watcbing him for ten minutes," was the reply. "All I can say to you is, don' let him get you in his coil Keep your bowie ready, and if he drops on you, cut him in two." He' a mighty qly beast to look M,


Paul De Lacy. the .l:'rench Cha.Miler. 29 11verred Jim, "and I don't propos e to allow h i m to embrace me. 'to be looking for the lions. Can't you shin higher up your tree, and see if they are stirring?" A .. thur began the ascent of his tree, and, when ne!l.I' the top, saw that he bad a good view of the lions' home. The lioness was on her feet, looking about her in a suspicious way, as if she scented danger. Soon she ca me trotting out along the beaten trail which had been u sed by berself and h e r lord so ofteu that it was worn quite smooth, and she was soon un der tbe very tree in which Jim and his snake ship had ensconced themselves. Jim made himself particularly sm111!, wishing all the at tention of the serpent to be bestowed upon the lion ess. The serpent had drawn in his head, and it now gliding slowly through the leaves, the sointillating eyes fixed upon the lione5s, which, with an angry growl, was look ing up into the tree where Arthur sat, his rifle on his knees, looking at her in a very provok ing manner. Her attention was so entirely taken that she did not see the anaconda until the small pointed head came flashing down through the leaves, and three bands o f the long creature were thrown about the great cat's body. Too late she realize d her dange:-, and \he rou she uttered was full or mortal dread. But this roar ceased, or rather changed into a bollow moan; then to a long drawn pigh, as the deadly folds grew closer and, and with eyes half-starting from her bead she vain ly endeavored to releas e herself. But those three iron rings drew closer and closer, pitile s s in their force, and the blood burs t from her mouth, nose, aod ears, and she Jay senseless and inert in the horrible death circles. The serpent slowly withdrew bis folds, one by one, stopping to give a parting squeez3 to his ene:ny as P,e seemeJ to think some little remnant of life remaine d, when there came a tremendous roar, and tue male lion launched hims el f Y.itll lightning swiftness upon the ser pent. So sudden was his onset that the crea ture bad not tirue to coil about him b efore the long claws were buried in his spine. Writhing himself free, the erp3ot fluog bis deadly coils about the lion, and a battle royal began. Of course, after the epecimen they bad re ooived, the boys look e d to see tre lion conquer ed as the other bad be o n, but for s ome reason the struggle was more protracted, and at las t they began to realize that the creature had been so injured by the paw ot the lion as to bav e lost a great portion of his constricting powers. Tba lion exerted himself to such a degree that two or thre e times he seemed about to break away but ns often the folds were drawn tighter, and tbe lion, gasping and panting, half yielded to the power of the cbarmet e ry. At last, by a furious effort, the shaggy-maned beast succeeded in breaking free, but the mo m ant be did so the serpent rose i 1to the tree out of his reach and tile lion sunk down ex hausted. "Drawn battle," said Jim, "but as I don't want this f e llow in a tree over .my heacl I'm going to give him a shot and th en shin out a11 fast as I Coln. F;x that Ji.1n, Artie I" But just then the serpent, seeming to rAcover himself, darted his loug folds out of the tree and seized the liou as before. And n o w the two rolled here and there in that awful em brace, but, as bef0te, the folds bd not suf ficient power to uttel"ly destroy tl.Je lioo, al though the pressure to wbich he was subjected was terrible. But, hearing the footsteps of tbd men, Arthur and Jim raised their rifles and sent their contents into the body of the lion, while, a moment later, Jim drew his bowie across the glittering back of the serpent, halfsevering it by the blow. It was enough. Tbe creature bad been badly hurt by the lion and as tbis .wound w n s given the power utterly left her, while tbe lion, writhing himself free, crush e d the h ead of the serpent in his ponderous jaws, and then fell dead upon the lifeless body of the mate he had so nobly avenged: Arthur gave a low whistle &nd Mu

ao Pa.ul De, the 1"reilch B : <'.lha.rmel'. wago111 which bad followed them through all, was driven up, the stupefied beast was hurled In and the iron door clanged to. The cubs were secured more easily, and to the delight of Arthur proved to be a mal e and female, already we



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