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A favorite of fate, or, After head hunters' treasure
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Jack, bound and helpless, was pulled by the brawny native to the edge of the bluff. As. an. other savage menaced him with a .stick, Sam and Mike rose from their place of concealment. "Stop, ye villains!" shouted Mike, aggressively.


( Fame and Fortune Weekly sTORIE$ OF BOYS WHO MAKE MONEY leNecl WeeTdt1-Bll 8"bscr iptlon IJ.IS() per 11ear. E n t ere d accordi n g t o A.ct of Con greH, in th e 11ear 1910, in tfle olllll o/ Me Libro,... of Congre88, Waahington, D C., b71 Frank Totue11, Publish er, Zl Un ion Squa re, Neto Yorllf,r -No. 2 6 3. NEW YORK, OCTOBE R 14, 1910. PRICE 5 CENTS. ) A FAVORITE OF FATE ) OR, AFTER THE HEAD HUNTERS' TREASURE By A SELF-MADE MAN I CHAPTER I. IN AN AFRICAN JUNGLE. "Where are we at all at all? "' exclaimed Mike Murphy, lugubriously, as he and his two companions, Jack Jordan and Sam Singer, both Americans by birth, came to a stop in the midst of an African jung l e that was a per fect maze of trees, with interlaced creepers, rank vegetation, and brilliantly-colored tropical flowers. "Where are we?" -echoed Jack. "I wish J knew." "Then it's lost we are," replied M ike, l o okin g hel plessly around. "I'm afraid we are, Mike "Oh, wurra; wurra; we'll never see Ameriky any more. Bad luck ,t() the storm that drove us ashore o n thi s hay thenish coast! We ought to havtl stuck to the shore, where we could dee the say at any rate, instead of comin' into lhis wild region where there's niver a.road o r even a path to shape our course by." 'I'he three boys were dressed in natty saiior rigs, for they had belonged to an American gentleman's yacht that was sailing down the African coast when a sudden storm drove her ashore, a complete wreck on a desolate and unin habited s tretch of beach, bristling with rocks. 1rhat event happened several days before, and the three boys were the only survivors of the catastrophe. Fortunately the cabin portion of the yacht l o dged be tween two big rocks, and did not immediately go to pieces When the storm had somewhat aba t ed, a few hours afte r the disa s ter and the sun had warmed the half dead l ads back to life and a rea li zat ion ef t he i r h e lplessn ess, they examined the remains of the wreck, and found in the de moralized pantry small breaker of fresh water and a iimited quantity of provisions-enough to last them o n half rations several days. 'l'his was extremely fortunate, else they must have perished of hm1ger and thirst since there was nothi n g in the shape of food in sight. T he boys also secured three rifles and three belts full o f ball cartriges from the wreck of the captain's state ro om. Each was also provided with a sail o r's sheat h -k ni fe fastened to a belt around their waist. Jack a lso found the captain's revolver, ful l y loaded, a n d a small box of cartriges. The weapon was not a large one, and easily wen. t into his hip pocket. 1 \ .Jack, by >irtue of his seniority of a few assumed the leadership and hi s two companions, who felt all at sea on the strange shore upon which they had been cast, offered no objection to his suggestion that they str ike into the interior ancl trs to find their way to some native village where they migM find a missionary who would tbc abl e to advise them how to reach civilization. After cutting across a bflre country for many miles they struck a tropical woocl, the grateful shade of which duly appreciated, and pushed forward with fresh hope anr1 animation. At first they followed1what seemed to be a beaten track, but after awhile they l ost this and went ahead at random. As a result, after pursuing their way through i t for the best part of. the day they woke up to the fact that t h e wood was an endless stretch of trees and thick vegetation, and they had c o mp l e t e l y l ost all t r ack o f t he direc tion they ha d


0, A FAVORI'rE OF FATE. come, and they knew no more what was before them than if they had dropped out of the moon. "I'm afraid we're in a rather serious predicament," said Sam Singer. "Our provi sions won't last long even if 're eat as little as possible; while, as for water there 1s hardly any left-not. much more than a decent drink all around. The question is what are we going to do when our sup plies give out?" "I coul

A FAVORITE OF FATE. For a moment it looked as if all the monkeys in the im-[ .He had been gone perhaps a quarter of an hour when mediate vicinity contemplated piling on top of the boy. M1ke awakened. Jack interfered in time to save him. / He sat up and rubbed his eyes. He attacked the bunch with the butt of his rifle and they "Where am I, I dunno," he exclaimed, in some bewildrew off, some of them with sore limb s derment, looking around. "Oh, I remimber now. In this "May the saints defind me; sure it's kilt I am," groaned blessed African jungle, may Ould Nick shute it for a monMike dismally. key's paradise. When will we be after gettin' out of it, I'd "Get up, they're gone now," said Sam. like to know? It's enough I've had of Afriky to last me 'l'he Irish lacl got on his lmees ancl looked fearfully for the rist of me days. Hullo, where's Jack? It's gone around. he is. Faith, he can't have gone far, for there's his rifle "Gone, is it? There's the whole caboodle of 'em grinnin' and the breaker of water. Maybe he's takin' a bath. Sure at me from the trees. 'They're only waitin' for me to get that's jus t what I'cl like to take mesilf. The water looks up. Bad luck to ye all," he cr ietl, shaking his fist at the fine, so it does. That's an invitation for me to go in. Be1rnarest 'Jot. "Why don't ye shute some of thim and tache gorry, it won't have to ask me twice. I suppo1 Jack ha s them manners?" gone behind thinl bushes. Thin I'll folly him and take a "Corne on, we can't stay here all day," said Jack. "You swim." go ahead and I'll see that they don't monkey with you Mike went to the water's edge, looked up and down the any more." stream, but saw nothing of Jack. Mike got up, yanked the bag on his back again, and pro"Where the dickens has he gone to?" he said. "The ceedecl, but it was clear that he was ill at ease after his stream i sn't swift enough to carry him off. he's experience. s omewhere I suppose. I'll take me oath without The monkeys followed them up close, apparently medibotherin' mesilf about him." tating another attack on Mike, for the contents of the He removed his clothes u:Qder the shelter of a bush and bag appeared to interest them. waded into the water. 'rhings got so s trenuous that'-Jack :finally fired into a "Faith this is fine, so it is. Sam doesn't know what he's thick bunch of the m, killing one and wounding another. missin'. Sure it would be a charitable act on me part to The crowd set up a tremendous chattering ap.d then call his attintion to a luxury we haven't enj'yed since we disappeared like magic. left the sayshore. Well, I'll do it in a minute. I hate to "Faith, ye ought to haye done that before," said Mike. lave a good thing whin I'm over head and ears in it." "What a blessed relief to get rid of thim divils." So Mike continued in the water, loath to leave it even to In the course of twenty minutes, during which they encall Sam. countered another troupe of monkeys, who, however, did In the meantime Sam slept on serenely. not offer to molest them, they reached the bank of a streamAnd while he slept there came a rustle in the bushes, and of fresh water. presently a black head, and then a nearly naked body, The three boys drank heartily and then Jack filled the pushed through the vegetation and came out into the small breaker he had slung to his back. iittle clearing. The bushes were loaded with a kind of luscious berry The intruder was a native African of sinewy build and which they ate greedily without considering whether they rather repellant face. were poisonous or not. His entire raiment consisted of only a breech-cloth, at They were tired out and even under the shelter of the side of which was slung a knife of European manufac the green canopy above them, and, stretching out at the ture. foot of a big tree, they closecf their eyes and very soon were His sharp, glittering black eyes rested on the sleeper, sound aslep. and he stopped in surprise, though his face betrayed no CHAPTER II. I DANGER. Jack was the first to awake. It was close on to sundown, and as it was a tropical re gion, darkness would fall without intervention of twilight as soon as the sun disappeared. The young leader determined to take advantage of the brief interval of daylight to reconnoiter the stream for a short distance to see whether, in hi s judgment, he and his companions had better follow it. He did not intend to go far, and did not fear that as l<:ing as he kept beside the stream he would miss the spot wnere his friends lay asleep. Accordingly, without burdening himself with his rifle, he started ahead. emotion of any kind. Gliding up to the boy he looked down at him, then he saw the three rifles standing against the tree, and he counted them with his finger. That impressed him with the fact that the lad was not alone, an'd he looked around with crafty caution. Slipping to the ground heexamined the contents of the bag. He uttered a grunt of satisfaction. Then he turned bis attention to the breaker, removilli' the cork and smelling of what was in it. With a grunt of disapproval he laid it down without taking the trouble to replace the cork. He reached for the bag again, and in doing so dislodged one of the guns which fell across Sam's chest and awoke him. He started up and found himself looking into the ne gro's ugly countenance. who are you?" ejaculated the boy.


I A FAVORITE OF FATE. The native uttered a guttural exclamation whisked out his knife, which he brandished before Sam's face. Sam was a bit frightened, for he saw that his companion! were not jn sight. "What do you want?" he asked the black. The native did not understand him, but he knew what he wanted. That was the bag with the provisions, and he intend ed to take it. He flouri s hed his knife again so close to Sam's nose that the lad dre,y back in dismay. At that juncture the crack of a revolver sounded close at hand. The native uttered a screech, dropped his knife and fled through the bushes in a panic, the blood running down his glossy black skin from a bullet wound in the shoulder. Sam sprang on his feet and saw Jack advancing towa d him. I Mike's scared face also appear e d in the bu s hes n ear the stream .... "Where did that ra sca l come from?" asked Jack. "Blessed if I know," replied Sam. "I was asleep. Something awoke me and I found the fellow almost on top of me: He yanked out hi s knife anrl threatened me with it. I thought he was going to s tick me." "I guess I didn't get h e re any too quick to save you," replied Jack. "We'll have to look out, for where there's I one there are likely to be more." "Then you think we'd better not camp here as we intended?" "I've found a better place up the stream. We'll go there. Where's Mike?" "Here I cried the Iris h lad, showing hims elf in undress attiTe. "It's a swim I've been takin'. When I heard the shot I thought some baste was attackin' yez, and as I had nothin' to defind me s ilf with, I got into the bushes." "Get into your clothes. We're going to move up the stream." "What for? What did yez shute at?" ''.One of the inhabitants of the country," replied Jack. "Do yez mane a lion, or a tiger, or one of thim fullgrown gorillas?" "No, I mean a man-a native--who was going to carve Sam up." "Carve him up-what do yez mane?" Sam explained his brief experience with the black. "The saints protect us! Let's get awr;_y from h ere." Mike hurried clothes on, and the party started for the place Jack had selected for their ni ght encampment. It proved to be a smali cave in a rocky nound. It offered protection on all s ides except the front from wild beasts. A fire outside: would do the rest, but the boy s debated whether to light one or not lest it attract the attention of any hostile natives who might be in the vicinity. They gathered the material for it, and by the time it was ready for a match night was upon them. They ate their supper and then sat clown in s ide the en trance to talk and watch. Strange, wierd noises now filled i.he air, an.cl beas ts of prey came forth from their lairs to prowl about in search of food. They saw glowing eyes staring in their direction from the other side of the stream. Howls and blood-curdling yelps resounded all around. "Begorry this is plea s ant, I don't think," sa id Mike. "We'd better light the fire or thim wild bastes may spring in at u s before 1ve could s hnt e one of thim." So the fire was lighted, and its blaze made things more cheerful. "We'll h"lve to take tnrns stand in g watch-about three hours apiece. We' ll tos s up to see who take s the first s pell, and who relieves him." "Sure I'll never be able to tell whin three hours have gone by," said Mike. "You'll have to guess at it if you get the firs t or second watch," said Jack, picking up three sma ll twigs of unequal lengths. "I'll drop these in my cap. Whoever gets the !:1hortest twig stands first watch. The next shortest marks the second watcher. That l eaves the last watch to the re maining member of our party." The lots were drawn, and Jack found he was to watch fir st, Sam to follow. "You won't have any g uessin g to do, Mike. You'll re main on duty till s unrise, and then you"ll wake up," said Jack. 'l'h e boys did not feel particularly sleepy, as they had enjoyed a good afternoon nap, but for all that Jack told his friends to furn in and they did. Soon s ilence reigned in the little encampment, but tbe noises of the night seemed to grow every moment. "I never thought when I sh ipped aboard that yacht at New York that I'd run up against such exper ienc e as this," thought Jack, when his companions had fallen asleep. "I looked for nothing but a pleasant cruise in foreign water s with good pay and first-class g rub Well, things turned out all right until that storm came up and dumped Sam, Mike and myself on this bea s tly coast. An old fortune teller told me once, after looking at my hand, that I was a favorite of fate. She said I'd travel to a foreign land and get rich there. Well, I've got to the foreign land all right, but there's precious little chance of me getting rich there. I shall be perfectly satisfied if I reach some port where I can ship for home. The prospect of doing that i s not over bright at present." An hour passed away and the s olitude and lone someness of hi s surroundings began to have a lullin g effect on the watcher, and he caught himself dozing. "This won't do. I mustn't go to s leep. I must brace up. Time enough to think of sleep ing when Sam comes on duty," h e saicl. Suddenly Jac k thought h e saw a succession of s hadow s com e out of the bushes on the oppo s ite s ide of the stream and lin e up there. N-0t a sound came from that dire c tion, and the boy was almost persuaded his eyes ha cl deceived him. He watched intently, however, for he was taking no c h:mces with any prowler s of the night, whether i.hey walkell on four l egs or on two. The fact that ihey had eneoun tered one native he took as a sign that there were others in the nei g hborhood. As that black's actions had been far from friendly, it was


A FAVORITE OF FATE. 5 necessary to guard against surprise on the part of his friends The glare of the fire lying between him and the stream made it difficult or him to see the shadowy forms that seemed to be stand ing motionless on the opposite side of the water. The quantity of reserve fuel piled around the entrance to ihc little cave prevented the :fire light from exposing the interior of the boys' refuge, and a projecting stone par tially scree ned Jack's re c lining body also. ;His rifle lay across his leg s in s uch a way that he could -easily bring it to bear on an intruder by merel y lifting it. The main piece of fuel on :fire was a short, dry log, ihe remains of the trunk of a tree which had faUen month s since. While .Jack was peering into the gloom the lo g shifted its position, falling over on the bed of live embers A momentary blaze shot up, illuminating the vicinity, and then Jack distinctly saw four natives standing like black sta tues on the opposite bank. As the :fire died down again the natives, with one accord, started to wade across the shallow stream They reached th e bank near the cave, divided in twos, and circled around the fire in both directions Each nativ e carried a glittering knife in his hand, s imilar to the one the chap had menaced Sam with. Jack took that as an indication of an unfriendly pur pose, and as he didn't propose to be se t upon and overpow e red if he could help it, he raised hi s magazine rifle a nd fired at the nearest native. CHAPTER III. MIKE'S TWO LUCKY SHOTS The report of the weapon aroused Sam and Mike at once 'l'h e natives were taken by s urpri se, for they had counted on completely s urprising the boys, when they heard no sound coming from the cave. Before Jack coul d bring his gun to bear on the other brave they disapp ea red into the bushes near the cave "What's the matter?" asked Sam. "Been s hooting at some animal?" "No. Four natives with drawn knives tried to s urprise us, and I'1e s hot one of them Come outside and let's take a look at him," replied Jack. They found the fe llow quite dead. "You mu st have hit another, too," said Sam "There's hlood along the grouncl where he craw led away into the shrubbery." 'T'wo knivef' la y near ihc body of i.he dead man Mike picked them up. "Begorry, I wouldn't like to have one of thim stuck into me," he sa id. They 1.ossecl the body into the si.renm and lhc water car ried it away. Then nftcr replenishing the fire they r e entered the cave "Turn h1, you c haps, my watch i sn't out yet,'' s aid Jack. "I don't want any more sleep," said Sam. "Turn in you r self, and I'll watch." "All right; but you want to keep your weather eye lift jng. Those fellows may come back with reinforcement to aven ge the death of their comrade," f:aid Jack. "I'll keep my eye out for them," replied Sam. Accordingly, Jack and Mike lay down and were soon asl eep Sam found that a lone watch was not the pleasantest thing in the world. 'I'hcre was no danger of him going to sleep with the noi ses of the night all around him, but it was a tiresome job to -sit there and just look out into the darkness. Half an hour e lapsed and then he beard a splash in the stream, and presently a ghai:tly-looking jackal came close to the outer fringe of the fir e light. He was hungry and sav. age, and displayed two horrible rows of teeth. He started to follow the trail of blood that led into the bushes. He had gone maybe five minutes when a shriek was wafted to Sam's ears from a short dist ance away. More cr ies followed. "Wl}at in thunder does that mean?" the watcher a s k e d himself. It didn't occur to h i m that the jackal had tracked down the wounded native and attacked him. As the black had nothing with" which to defend hlmseH, and was, moreover, weak, h e soon foll a victim to the s avage hrutc, and hi s cries ceased. Sam replenished the dying flame s several times, and finally concluded it was time for Mike to get on the job. He aroused the Iris h lad, and Mike took his place near the entrance. "If anything comes too close, I'm to shute,' I s uppose?" said Mike. "Yes, if you think it looks dangerou s," replied Sam "Begorry, if it's a lion or an elephant, I'll blaze away at once." Mike cocked his rifle and sat back against the wall. Nothing happen ed to attract hi s attention for a long time, and he was beginning to think that he was having a cinch when he saw something, slender and sinuous, hang ing down in wont of the entrance. "'\.'hat's that?" h e asked himself. "It's alive, sure, or it couldn't move." Presently the thing presented a fiat head toward him and a pair of g littering, diamond-shaped eyes rested 'on hi s own. "Hol y mother! It's a s nake. H e mane s to come in her e I belave, so 1'11 have to shute Will yez kape yer heacl stidy l ong enough or me to take aim? Murder, h e's cornin' lower, and he wiggles about so I'll niv e r be able to hit him. Suppose I miss him ; h e may jump at me. Begorry, I'm in a cold sweat, so I am." The head of the boa was now down about four feet, ai1l1 he darted hi s neck inwards, as if searching for somcthi11g that he believed to be there. Mike, in a panic, s hoved the muz zle of hi s riJl e at 1.he head and pulled the trigger A loud report followed. 1\fore by good luck than skill the hall p enetrate d the


6 A FAVORITE OF FA'l'E. reptile's brain, and with a succession of :fierce hisses his I They traveled steadily for seve ral hpurs without meeting whole length of three or four yards came slicling down from anything but birds and troops of monkeys. the top of the mound, and falling across the :fire, scattere d There were s nakes of all sizes upon every ham], but for-it in every direction by its dying struggles. tunately none of the reptiles crossed their path. Jack and Sam sprang up and wanted to know what the After a rest they resumed their way. matter was. They followed the stream so as to be within reach of "It's a snake, and big enough to make a male of the water, and because they had no special reason for going in three of us," cried Mike. "Do yez hear the racket he's any other direction. makin' out s ide? He's knocked the fire i.o smithereens, so Their course through the jtmglc \vas all a matter 01' he has. Look out, if yez go outside he'll ai.e ye up. Holy chance, and they were trusting to luc k i.o come out all St. Patrick, but he is a monster. His head is as big around right. as a keg, and his body as thick as a barrel." About neon they struck another inviting clearing where "Get out; what are you giving u s," replied Jack. they found a large s upply of berries. "It's the truth I'm tellin' yez. If he comes in here Here they stopped to cat and take a s leep for they were we're goners." tired. ancl hot. "You shot him, didn't you?" Jack thought it prudent that one of tl1em shoulcl s tand "I won't swear that I hit him. He wouldn't kape stlll watch. long enough for me to aim straight." The lot fell to Mike, much to his disgust. 'rhey could still hear the folds of the snake's body pound"Now don t fall asleep, Mike, 01' we might be surprised ing the earth outside, though the reptile was as dead as a by some o{ those blacks we run against yesterday. It door nail. wouldn't be cheerful to be taken priRoners, or be stabbed to Jack struck a match and set :fire to the last of the fuel death by the sharp knive those fellows carry," said Jack. near the entrance. Telling '.Mike to awaken him when he thought an hour As the flames sprang up and lighted the ground in front, had elapsed, Jack, after cocking his rifle, lay down and fol the boys saw the outline of the still moving snake, dragging lowed Sam into the land of Nod. its shattered head this way and that. "Begony but it's hot," mused Mike. "Sure I wish I was "My gracious!" exclaimed Sam. "He's a big one. You safe out of this haythenish land, where they have monnearly blew his head to 'pieces, Mike." keys as big as gints, so Jack says, and snakes as long as a "Begorry, is that a fact? Thin it's a fine marksman I ship's hawser, and as big around almost as a capstan. I am, after all," said Mike, quite proud over his wonder how big this jungle is, anyway? Here we've been achievement. travelin' through it for two whole days, and there seems to Seeing that the reptile was done for, the boys ventured be no ind to it. Afriky is a big country on the map, so it out and took a closer view of the boa. is. I hope we're travelin' in' the right direction, and that "Was he coming in on you, Mike?" asked Jack. we'll come across a village soon where we' ll find a mission"Was he? Ye can gamble on it he was. Sure the ugly ary." look in his eyes gave me the cold shivers." Mike held his cocked rifle across his knees ready to blaze Mike proceeded to tell how he had first seen the snake away at the first sign of danger. coming down from the outside of the roof, and how it He was glad there were no monkeys for since his lengthened out by degrees and shot its head inside, when adventure of the day previous he dreaded them as much he shoved his rifle forward and :fired. as any other species of beast or reptile they were liabJe to "You did well, Mike. It's not an easy thing to hit a encounter. snake's head," said Jack. "If you'd hit him anywhere He meant to keep awake, but little by little he grew else, unless in the spine, a matter of Ip.ck under the cirdrowsy, as he sat with his back against a tree, and :finally cumstances, your shOt would have been wasted, and he he dropped off to sleep. \ might have got you." 1 Nearly an hour passed away and nothing happened. By this time the reptile had ceased to move, and after Then there came a rustling among the trees and several gathering the remains of the fire together, they returned to large monkeys and a number of small ones:, probably their the cave again. progeny, came into sight. It ought to be near morning," said Jack. "I'll stand the They spied the sleepers and set up a great chattering rest of the watch if you fellows want to turn in." among themselves. "I've had all the sleep I want/' said Sam. By degrees they approached nearer, and perched in the Mike, however, concluded to take winks, as he branches above, seemingly greatly interested in the hucalled it. mans below. Jack and Sam watched together and nothing transpired From the limb of a tree over Jack there dropped a small, to disturb them. green snake. The fire went out, but daybreak came on shortly, and It was only two feet long, but very venomous. morning broke as suddenly as night fell. Its bite was sure death unless suitable antidotes were at Mike was and leaving him on guard with his hand. rifle, Jack and Sam took a bath in the stream. It lay motionless for a time, but when Jack stirred in his When they came out Mike went in, and soon afterward sleep, and threw one of his hands out toward it, it raised they had breakfast and resumed their way through the its head, coiled up and prepared to strike. jungle At that critical juncture one of the large monkeys leaped


A FAVORITE OF FATE. I 7 ================================================================to the ground, clutched the snake by the neck, and held it I "Instead of proceeding on our way we'll stay here awhile tight, despite its efforts to get free I longer and prepare some cooked venison for ourselves. It Thus was Jack's life saved through a strange chdnce win be a welcome change in our bill-of-fare," said Jack. :Monkeys have a great antipathy to snakes, because they Jack and Sam hauled the dead antelope into the center bite their young, they themselves not being free from the of the clearing. reptiles' attacks They skinned one side of the ani11:i_al and cut off such In the present instance Jocko evinced his hatred in a parts as they thought were best to eat. curious fashion. While they were i:msy Mike started a fire, and when it 'Vi th the fingers of hi s disengaged hand he gouged out was reduced to mass of glowing embers, the antelope the snake's eyes, slapped its head and clrnticrcd away at it meat, wrapped up in large, wet leaves, \Yas bmied in them as if taunting it at being unable to free itself, and finally and left to bake or roast, as the case might be, until they flung it as far as he could into the shrubbery. figured it was done While tl1is monkey was dealing with the snake, one of They were no great cooks, these boys, but trusted to his companion s dropped down and squatted beside Mike. luck in lieu of skill. Another followed, and soon the who l e Jot were seated on A s luck was runnjng their way, their culinary efforts the ground around the snor in g Trish boy. turned out a success, and before sundown they made a When the snake had been disposed of, the monkey who fine meal and then found room enough in their provision had its hash began fooling with Jack's rifle. bag to stow away the re s t or the cooked meat. Observing which, one of the others started to finger They then proceeded on their way. :i\fikf's weapon. While theRe proceedings were in progress an antelope a pproacherl the clearing on its way to the stream It poked its heacl through the bushes ancl stood looking at the monkeys and their antics, quite unconscious that death was staring it 'in the face. The rifle 11cld by Mike \Yith both hands across his knees was pointed straight at the antelope's forehead The .finger of one of the hig monkeys got caught in the trigger guard, and in trying to extricate it the animal pulled the trigger. A loud report followed, and the kick of the rifle sent the morikey on his back with a hock that took his away. The antelope sprang into the air and fell forward. The three boys were awake in a moment, while the mon keys hu s tled up into the branches, badly frightened. "' "\Yhat's np, 'fike?" asked Jnck. "Oh, I see, you'.ve shot AA antclopr. You're all right, old chap A goocl shot, too; right between the eyes W c'rc in luck, for we'll be able to have some roa tecl meat now for a change. Mike, you cle ervc a gold medal." The IriRh lad rnhbed hi R ryes and gazecl in great astonishment at the animal hi rifle had executed "Fpon me word, that bates the Dutch, so it does So I shot that, dir1 T ?" "Of cour c you shot it. Didn't you know what you were i::hooting at?" s aid Jack, in some surprise 1 lll ikc look ed at the antelope ancl then at the gun in great perplexity. "Faith, it's bewitched it is," he sa id. "Rewiichcd What do you mean l iy that?" "Begorry," said Mike, not wishing to admit he had been asleep, "I was wonderin' how the animal got here when T shot him about a mile off." "Shot him a mile off, eh? That's a hot one, Mike The trnth of the matter is the poor antelope walked in here without noti c in g us, and you took advantage of the chance to lay him out. Isn't that the truth?" "TT ave it your own way. At any rate, ye admit I shot him?" "Thrrc'R no doubt about that, is there, Sam?" "No, for I'm willing to swear I didn't shoot him." CHAPTER IV. OUT OF TIIE JUNGLE A.1' LA.ST. The_v kept on after night had fallen, and in spite of the growing sounds of fierce animal life around them, until they reached another clearing. Herc they camped and built two :fires, between which they took refuge. Mike drew the short twig that made him stand the first watch. Ile kept wide awake till he calculated it was time to calf Jack. "Nothing turned up, eh?" said Jack when he relieved him "Nothin', thank the saints, but a number 0 bastes came around and looked as if nothin' would have suited thim better than to make a male off us." "What kind of beasts?" asked Jack. "Faith, it's not a naturalist I am, so I can't tell yez." "You neycr saw their counterpart in a menagerie, then?" to me knowledge "All right. Turn in." The night pas$ed ithout anything unusual trampiring, and the boys resumed their journey after breakfast Early that afternoon they emerged from the jungle into a sparsely wooded country. "Uiven be praiRed !" Mike. "We're out of that place at last. Sure I thougl t there was no ind to it." "There's an end to everything in this world, Mike," re plied Jack. "It's hopin' there won't be an ind to us before we ge t out of this haytI1en land," retorted the Irish boy A short distance further on they came across a plain trail. "Bcgorry, this must lade somewhere We can't do bet te r than to folly it." "or course we will follow it. I dare. say we shall fetch up at a village."


8 A FAVORITE OF FATE. ..., "But suppose the village i s inhabited with lhim feller s in swimmin' trunks and sharp kniYes, \rhat'll we do at all thin?" "That's a chance we' ll have to take. Maybe we can make friends with them.'' "How Call wc whin w e can't spake their lingo?" "We can make signs. That's a language, if limited, that is re cog nized all the world over." "You' re the lead e r. W e'll let y ou make the s i gns." "All right. Step out." The sun wa s just setting when they came in sight of a good-sized river. "Sure if we had a boat now it would be easier to travel. That river probabl y lades to the say, and I'd s ooner be at say than on dry land at prisint," said Mike. Fifteen minutes later they came suddenl y upon a small hut from the roof of which s mok e wa s issuing. It was a w e lcome sight to the boys, as it seemed to so lve the p roblem of shelter for the night. The door s t ood open and they wal k ed in. An ancient-looldng n a tiv e was bending over a fire cook -ing something. He looked at the bO!)'& with an expression o f surp;ise. Jac k pro ceeded to make use of the sig n language. \ He pointed in the direction of the jungle to intimate that they h a d come from there, and was about to ask for the privilege of stopping at the hut when the old man interrupted him. "You English boy?" h e sa id. "No, American," replied the somewhat surprised lad. "Me talk Engleesh." "Oh, yo u do? Then w e' ll get along better. "Come from coast-sailor ?" Jack nodded. "We. wer e shipwrecked," he "Sheepwreck. W11er e 'bout?" J,ack pointed in the directio n h e supposed the coast l ay. The old man shook his h ead "Coast d e r e, he said, pointin g in a diffe rent direction "Is that so? We 're mixed up, then. Where i s there a village?" The old man pointe d, saying : "Six niil e n "There's a village s i x miles away?" The natiYe nodded. "Where doc s this riYe r run to?" The old man sai d it ran lo the coast "Ca n we s top h e r e to-night?" A nod from the old party gave them the desired pennis-sion. I N o bed," he sa id. "Sleep o n .fl.oar." "All right," replied Jack. W e' ll sleeR anywhere." "::\Ic 'pO$C yo u want omct'ing cat, ch?' "Wc\c got some grub with us." "Berry nice delicacy dis," s aid their pointing to the pot that was s immerin g over t h e fire "Mc spare you little bit." "What i s it-soup?" a ske d Jack, looking into the pot and observing that it looked like dish wate r with a Jot of black thingR floating in it. The o ld mm1 ga1c it som e nam e that t h e boy s did not understand. He put in a spoon and tasted it with the air a chef. Apparently satisfied that it was just right to be partaken of h e g_ot three large nut s hell s, and as fast as he ladled a portion out of the pot he handed one to each of the boys. As he offe r ed them no spoons, they were evidently ex pected to drink the concoction out of the shells "What are thim black things floatin' around?" asked Mike, regarding the objects with s u spicion "Dem snail. Berry fine delicacy," replied the old man, proceeding to crurn;:h one of the black things between his almost toothless gums. "Suiils, i s it?" cried Mike, with a look of disgust. "Be gorry that settles it. one of that for me. I don't mina pay soup, nor oyster soup, nor what the Frinch call con s ommy, but snail soup gets me goat. Yez can have my share, Jac;k, with all the pleasure in the world." "You don't know what you arc mis sing," laughed Jack a s he bit into a snail. "I've eaten roasted s nail s in their s hells at a French restaurant, and I'm bound to say they're all right when you get u sed' to them." Sam drank a liille of the water, but he couldn't go the snails "What's in the bag is good enough for me," said Mike, pulling out a chunk of the yenison and a couple of crackers Jack wasn't s tuck on a sna il diet, but he stood it lest lhc old man should feel offended, and he declared the sou p first class 'l'h eir host presented them with some rice cakes, and i.hey made the rest of their meal out of the contents of the bag By questioning the ancient native Jack found out i.hat if I they fr>llowcd the river they would reach a town on the coas t where there wer e white people. In a direct line the coast was s i xty miles away, but to reach the town in question by way of the riYcr the dis tance to be traveled would be more than twice that. The advantage gained by following the river wa s that they couldn't miss their way, and that was everyth ing un" der t h e circumstances the boys were placed in. The old man took a great fancy to Jack, and he told him a great deal about the country around about which inter ested the boy very much. Among other things he told him about the country of the bead hunters which was many miles away to the north. ( He said the c people were a very savage nation, and had c onquered all the small surrounding tribes, who were com pe ll ed to pay a certain tribute twice a year. 'l'hey also had to furnish a number of victims for the annual sac rificial fcsth1al of the head hunters, who wor sh iped hideou s idols, to whom they look ed for protection and favors. If the harvest wa s poor, or anything else they were in tere sted in went wrong, they hel

A FAVORITE O F FATE. t ial d ays of the fes tivpl w hie h w ou l r l l ast a or t e n d ays J ac k wa s a dvised, therefore, to k ee p a sharp lookout ag a in s t s urprise on the part of these wanderin g parties of h ead hunters, s inc e a whit e man or woman was r e gard e d as a find 0 s p e cial importance, and a s a sa crifice w011ld b e part i cularl y r elis h e d b y the c hi ef d eity The old m a n s ai d h e had once be e n captured by _the h e ad hunte r s and had had a narrow esc ap e H e described the app earance 0 the bi g town a s he call e d it, and narrate d how h e h a d bee n k ept a pris on e r for many week s i n a ro o m o f t h e te m p l e oI t h e gods H e made h i s escap e by bribin g one of the priests with a va l ua bl e rub y h e had pic k e d np in th e woods the clay befor e hi c a pture. Ile saicl t h e priest s w e r e g r e a t rascals who flo uri s h e d on the c r e dulit y of t h e peopl e from t h e King clown, and that t h e y w oulrl do an ything for a s nitabl e b ribr During th e m a n y centur ies of th eir e x i s t e nce, und e r o n e na me o r a n ot h e r ihe p resent hracl hunters h a d acc umu l ate d a ()'rcat treasnre o f gold j e w e ls, i rnry and oth e r d es of rn lue, whi c h was sto r er l inn cavern in th e m ounta in mnge surrounding their to w n Only th e pries t s and th e Kin g kn e w wh e r e thi s cav e rn w as tion on accoun t of the honor h is colo r g ives him o f being s e rved up only to the head idol." "But maybe we could fin d the trea sure w ithout getti n caught by them v ill ains S u ch ft l o t of gold, j e w e l s a nd other things is worth t akin' a ris k fo r. Yez can' t ge t s om ethin' for nothin' in this world That's all r i g h t, M ike; but a f ello w 's life i s worth mor e than all the go l d a n d treasu r e in the worl d .. "Be t your l ife i t is," nod ded S am.. H M i k e want s a look in at the head hunte r s' t reasure, let him start off on hi s own hook." "It' s kind y e z are to s u gges t it; but I w oul d n't tan t t o rob yez two of your share "Well let's turn in, for we wan t to make a n e arl y s t a r t down the river W e have ove r a hundred-mile tram p be for e u s and that's no s ill y wal k in a t r o pical country," s ai d .Ja ck. : m r.omp ::rnions a g reed to t h at, s o e n te r e d the hut and l ay clown on the hard floot, w ith s o m e st raw for a pil l o, r and e r e lon g w e re s ound n s leep CHAPTER V. C APTURED The old man s aid th a t n ve r y s mall part o f thi s treasnre would m a k e a for e i g n e r rich for lire, whil e th e whol e tre n s ure wonlcl, in hi s opinion, Jrny up nn e mpire Whe n the boys awoke t h e y fou n d th e o l d ma n np eating hi s br e a k fa s t. Wh e n ihr old fe llow r etire d .Ja c k r e join e d hi s compan -ion onts id e and r e l a t ed t o t he m all th eir ho s t had told They w ent to t h e r ivc1 and h acl a bath t h e fir s t t hin g him / and s h ortl y after w a r d pa r took of their own morning mea l. The tre a s ure of ih e h ea d hunter in te r este d t h e m The y then made pre paration s for their j our ney back t o greatly the coas t, though the point th e y p rop o sed t o reach wa s a ll of fifty m i les north of the place w h e re t hey w e r e "-reckeLl. "Begorry, what a fin e thing it would b e i f w e c ould carry It wa s a town wit h a strang e na m e situ ate d at the m outh back to Am eriky some o f s am e treasure," s aid Mik e oi' th e riv e r and t hey would be abl e to find s o me s m all n a "It would b e the makin' 0 u s We'd all three b e bi g bugs, tiYe craft to take th em to s o m e l a r ger p ort on t h e A fr ica n and we wouldn t nacle to work an y mor e I'd go back to coas t whe r e they woul d ru n acros s Europ ea n vesse l s old Ireland, buy up the c o un t ry I was born in nnd l e t all The o l d ma n ga > e them tw o $ mall bags for their l a rge me tinants foe rint free. It's a great man be, wlth a one, s o that t h e y c oul d di vide t h e wei g h t of the ir food s up ca s tle to liv e in and the prettiest c olleen or me wif e I pl y s ay Jac k, ain't there P ome way w e c an ge t ho l d of a s lice He 1 too l a f n"y to the ,.ater brea l er for whi.r h he a s o ;: c ? o f that tre a sure ? Sure it's onl y g oin t o was t e amon g th ese offe red thre e earthen bottles whi ch t h ey con l d s lin g a r otmcl na gurs It's a s in and a s ham e that it s houldn' t be put to t h eir s ho u lder s s ome good use." h d Jack accept e d the exc a n ge as a grea t a v an t;lge to "Do you want to run the ri s k of b eing s erv e d up as a them s acrifice to the gods of the h ea d hunte r s? laughed Jac k He pre s ented the i r host w i t h the thre e s h a r p k nives they "As a s a c rific e i s it? And what would the y do to m e ?" secured from the n atives w h o attac k e d t he m and the old "I s uppo e the y' d lay you lik e a bound c alf on a stone fe llow was t ickl ed t o d eat h altar, and then one of the prie s t s would cut your hai r with H e g ave t h e m n early all t h e cooke d rice h e had on hand, a sharp knife and drop it into the chief god's mouth as a and a quantity o dr i e d fruit. d e li cate morsel for him to c h e w on in place of p l ug to Altoo-eth e r they felt in pretty g o od s h a p e to und ertake ba cco. t he tramp b efore t hem "Sure I wouldn t like that at a ll at all. And wou l d they dare to do that to a white man?" "The old man t old me that they preferred a white p e r son to a native a n d r eserved s uch a rarity f o r the boss d eity." I s that a fact ? "'l'hat's what he said, and rm willin g to take h is word for it rather than investi ga!e the matter. H e to l d me thnt a whit e pris oner i s tre ated with the greatest consiclera "Begorry, we l a nded on our ate 1 whin we struc k that hou s e said M ike aft e r they h a d s t a r te d dow n the b a nk of the r iver. "We di d that,'' said S a m. "On the w hol e I think w e 've been p retty lucky t o ge t thro u g h that jung l e without meet ing with a n acc id ent. W e kno w w h e r e we ar e g oin g now, and that's s om ething w e didn t know b efore If w e meet with no unfrie nd ly natives1 or s a v age anim als w e' ll b e all r i ght /


10 A 1''AVORl'rB OF FA'rE. As the sun got higher in the heavens the boys suffered greatly from the heat, for there was little shelter on the route they were now following. Whenever they came across a tree they stoppecl for some time to rest, but there was no such thing as getting coolccl off. There was no wincl that morning, and Mike declared it was hotter than blazes "This is a whole lot different from traveling through the jnnflc," remarkecl Sam, mopping his heated face. "1 shoulcl say so," admitted Jack. "It was hot there, but not a circumstance to what we're up against now. If there was only a breeze it would be a great relief." The grouncl gradually rose as they aclvanced till their course was along the top of a bluff about twenty feet above the river. Finally they spied a woocl ahead, and that promised to shelter them from the sun's rays. As soon as they reached it they threw themselves on the dry grass and panted like animals at their last gasp. Not a word passed between them for a good fifteen min utes, then Mike sat up and took a drink from his earthen bottle -"Begorry, it's almost hot enough to bile an egg," he said. "A lump of ice is what 1 nacle to make it palatable "Ice! Don't mention it, Mike," saicl Sam. "I wish I were at the North Pole now." "The North Pole, is it? Ye'd wish yourself back in about five minutes Sure that's the other extreme Faith I think half way between would answer better." After a long rest Jack proposed that they start on again. "We're not getting on very fast," he sa id "I think ii would be better to sleep in the daytime and travel at night. We can't miss our way as long as we keep to the river." "Your suggestion is a good one, Jack," said Sam. "I vote we adopt it." "Sure I couldn't slape now to save me soul," said 1\Iike. "We'll defer sleeping till to-morrow if you chaps can stand it," said Jack. "During the n\st of the clay we'll take it easy. When the sun goes clown we'll p11sh on all night. By morning we'll be sleepy enough, I dare say." "What gme is it now, do you think?" askec1 Sam. "About noon in this latituc1e, for the sun is directly o verhead. Are you hungry?" "Not in the least; but I could get away with about a quart of ice water." They ahead for an ho .ur through the wood. The trees were not close enough to give them continuous shade In fact, it was about even shade and s unshine, but as tl1ey took frequent rests they got on very well indeed. At length they reached the edge of the wood, and saw a long tretch of bare ground before them which did not look inviting, so they agreed to halt there till f:undown. They ate a light lunch and then lay down to try and take a siesta or afternoon nap. 'fhe sun was low in the heavens when Jack awoke Without disturbing his companions he got up ancl took a around. f'orning out o f the wood at the top of the bluff near the ri rcr, he was surprised to see a large, conical hut before bin1. It wa very like the h utH of tbe Hottentots he had f'een in picture HO\re\ 'er, they were .far north of the country of that rnce. It looked to be an abandoned habitation, for there wasn't the slightest sign of life about it. After looking at it for some time, Jack marched toward it. Had he glanced down at the river where it kissed the foot of the bluff he would have hesitated leaving the shelter of the wood, for drawn up on the shore he would have een two big native boats Although not a native was in R ight, the presence of the boats indicated that a party of blacks had lancl ed at that sp ot, g one off somewhere, and might rea s onably be expected I to return at any moment. When JRck reached the hut he looked inside and saw lhat the place was deserted. He entered and looked at a number of earthen vessels that were standing about. They were empty. "There's nothing; here that would be of any use to us," he said "It's rather odd that there s hould be only one house. Natives, a s a rule, don t live off by themselves in hermit style. The old man we met last night was one of the exceptions. This would be a fine place to in ii we were going to stay all night Tf we could meet \Yith a similar hut Jllong towards morning I'll call it luck At that moment he thought he heard the tramping of feet outside He rushed to the door and looked out. He was staggered to see a score or more of wild looking native s, armed" with spears and i::tick s, approaching, and only a short distance away. It was impossible for him to regain the wood without them seeing him, so he dodged hack into the hut. He had be e n seen, however, by severa l of the blach, who communicated the fact to th0ir companions, and a rush was rnacle for the hut. A minute later they 1Jloclm1 np tl1e entra. nc e, :rnrl the hoy, cr01rc1ec1 in s ide anc1 nnounderl him. wore only a br<'erh-rloth, with an ad

A FAVORITE OF FATE. 11 the fellows who had no topknots-and two of them laid I Just before the firing.commenced the two chaps with the hold 0 the lad. topknots dragged Jack to the head 0 the ravine, and Another, who carried a rope around his body, unwound forced him toward the shore. it, stepped forward and threw the noose end over Jack's The rest of the now demoralized bunch came pellmell head. alter them, leaving their dead and wounded comrades beThe leader seized the rope, cut off a piece from the end hind. with the knife he carried, and ordered one of the bunch to Reloading the magazines of their rifles, Sam and Mike !bind the boy's hands behind his back. followed in hot pursuit. Jack was not secured without a desperate struggle on his The natives hurriedly pushed one of their boats int-0 the part to escape. water, Jack was thrown into her, and the blacks piled in His efforts were of no avail against such numbers, and after him. h\i was dragged outside and hurried toward a ravine leadGetting out their paddles they made for the opposite ing down to the shore side of the river as fast as they could go. This ravine was close to the edge of the wood where Jack The boys opened fire on Miem again, but had to be carehad left Sam and Mike sleeping ful in their shooting for fear of hitting Jack. Those lads had woke up a few minutes before and noticThey potted several of the blacks and then had to stop ing their leader's absence, had started to look for him. firing because the boat swung intc:A a line so that Jack would They heard the hubbub of the natives in some surprise be as likely hit as one of his captors. and uneasiness "We'll have to folly thim in the other boat," said Mike, Crawling through the bushes they peered out into the dropping his rifle and making a dash for the stranded open space in front of the conical hut. craft To their consternation they discovered Jack a prisoner in But they found the boat too heavy to move in a hurry, the hands of a sma ll crowd of savage looking natives. and before they got it into the water the natives had "Murder and turf!" exclaimed Mike, aghast. "Thim reached the other sh o rei and disappeared up a sma ll stream nagurs have captured Jack. What sha ll we de at all at that fl.owed into the river. all?" "The villains will get away from us," cried Mi:Ke, shov "Do," replied Sam, with compressed 1 lips, "why rescue ing with all his might. him, of course." "Why shou ldn't they when there's half a dozen of the m Rescue him! From that bunch! There's tin to on e paddling?" replied Sam. "We'll never be able to overtak e ag'in us." th e m." "That makes no difference. If you or I were in Jack's "Do ycz mane to let thim carry Jae]{ off with out makin' place he woulan't desert us if there were twenty to one anoihcr effort ?" said Mike. "Begorry, it's mesilf will folly against him." ltim alone thin." ."B egorry, you're We can't die hu.t once. and \re "[fold on, I don't intend to desert him," said Sam; "but 1111ght better clo that ma good cause tlian live to falc that a..; thi,; chase may be a long one, we had better get our pro we hadn't done our juty. Faith, T'd blu s h to call mcRilf an i>'ions, nncl Jack's rifle No use of going off hal cocked. Iris hman if 1 deserted a fri.nd in cli.strcRs \\'e want to be in shape to follow him as far as they intend Jack, bounil and helpless, was pulled by the brawny na10 lake him. We can't do that without provisions." tivc to the eclgc o:f the bluff. "But they'll get away with him while we're gettin' Another savage menaced him with hi s stick. Sam and ready," said Mike. l\1ike rose from their place of concealment. "They'll get away anyhow. II we're goin' to chase them "Stop, ye v'i.llains !" shouted '.M:ikc, aggressively. in a proper way we must go prepared to stay out awhile The bunch stopped and stared at the two plucky boys, That boat will be hard for us two alone to paddle, ancl but only for a moment, then one of the chaps with the topwe're ho1.md to go slow, no matter how you figure it. knot waved his st ick in tho air and uttered a guttural comThere was good sense to Sam's argument, and :Mike mand to the others. yielded to his judgment The whole crowd at enc e maclc a chaigc on Sam and They rushed back to the wood, passing six dead and Mike. wounded natives lying on the top of the bluff. CHAPTER VI. '1'0 THE RESOUE. "We're in for it, begorry," said Mike. "We must sliute like blazes The two boys brought their rifles to their shoulders and began to blaze away. At such close range they could hardly miss their marks, the natives began to fall like wheat b efore the reaper. In a moment the natives were thrown into great confus sion, and their attack stopped The wounded ones were as goocl as dead, ior no one would come to their relief, and tl1osc that lived till morning were bound to be by t11e sc6rching sun 'rlrn boys paid no attention to them, but hastened to carry their food supplies and Jack's weapon down to t'lie shore EYerything was packed into the boat and then they pmihed off. 'J'hc river was quite rapid, and they had a lot of difficulty fetching the stream on the opposite side. They got into it at last and found they had to make their way against the current. "Begorry, this is no fool j<\JJ," said Mike "Thim. nagurs must be a mile ahead of us by this time."


I 12 A F A VORITE OF FATE. "We've got to keep on paddling or the stream will carry I :Mike, as the two boys tackled their provision bags. "It's us back," said Sam. "When we're tired out we>n have to afeard I am we'll niver catch up with thim." pull 1 in shore and rest there." "We'll hope for the best. We're doing all we can do to "Sure it's not used to this kind of rowid> I am," comrescue Jack, and that is as much as can be expected of us," plained Mike. "It's like diggin' a trinch in the water on replied Sam. one side of the boat. If I only had a pair of dacint oars "Begorry, we must be some distance from the river we now I could do somethin' left. This must be a river, too, for it sames lon g enough." "This is the native style of propelling a boat, and they're "Probably it is. A small tributary of the other. We so accustomed to it that they can make their craft spin as may have to go clear to its source." fast as sailors could with regular oars." "It sames to me we are followin' a blind trail, for water "Well, we must do the best we can, since we can't help l eaves no tracks. How can we tell if thim nagurs haYe oursilves; but sure it's worried I am about Jack. Suppose come as far as this?" thim fellers are the bead hunters, and sacrifice him to their "We'd have seen their boat if they'd le.ft it anywhere haytbenish gods before we can rescue him, what'll we do below." at all at all?" "Tl1im fellows may have taken their boat out of the wa"They won't kill him right away Jack said the old ter and carried it off with them. They wouldn't lave it man told him the festival was +.ro or three weeks off yet. behind thim for s om e body else to stal e." We"ll ha,c plenty of time to save him if we are able to "That's so. I never thought of that. If they have gone keep track of that bunch that ha s him in to\r:'' ashore and carried their boat with them it wiil be irnpos" And suppose they catch u s ll"hat thin?" sib l e for u s to trace .Jack." "'rhen the three of u s \rill be in the same boat." "I'd rather the three of us were in this boat rowin' down lbe riYer for the coast." 'rhey had gone about a mile up the branch stream when it fell dark. "Well, we mustn't give up till we go as far as we can We must do our full juty by Jack. I couldn't rist satisfied to l e t thim fellers get the best of us. The only satisfaction I have at prisent is that we done up more than half of the bunch. We lift six of thim on the blu[, and we killed or Although up to that they were able to see some wounded at least two more in the boat. If we cou ld only d1sta ucc ahead, they saw f'I g n s 0 the craft they were get another crack at the remainder we'd :finish thim in no chasmg. time at all said Mike. 'rhev became so tired \rith their exertions that they were I unr 't 1 tl th f t t 1 bl d. t l 1 t tl l ti b t d t n c won g ive up as ong as lel"e s e am cs c lance o 1gc o iau m o 10 s 1orc moor lC oa an re s t1 fi d J k ,, .d S 1 1 ""r 1 H lf l l t tl dell. l d (I) m ac sa1 am, reso ULe y. ne may ose our a an 1our a er icv were pa mg a 1 e a agam. 1 tl 1 t b t th t' 1 1 t "t k ,, 1 1 d 1 J d J th t ives m us rnn u a s a c iance we 1ave o a e. The sky waR Jng 1t an unc onctc 1 ann e s ream so ,111 th h d :fi h J t" th t t d tl tl Id b tl b k ,v ien ey a m s eCL ca rng ey s ar e on agam. narro11' 1at iey ron eas1 y sec o 1 an s. N. 1 t f d th tl 1 t w 1 oun em on 10 nver. They kept s teadily down to busmcss until l iey gave ou Tl"' k" 1 b 't i tl l tl a tl t f t 1cy were m a mg muc 1 eL C'I" progress now, or 1ev agam, 1r icn 1cv ma e ano 1er s op or res h 1 t t d t th tldl Jn this wav passed and they put a number of miles ac go accus orne 0 u s m g e va es behind They were gradually working lhe sc;ircness out of their Fee l ing hungry after their exertions, they made a lunch _and rested le ss frequently than ihe prc-on rice cakes, some dried fruit and water. cedmg mght. "Now you see it was a good thing we brought our provi-They kept tbqr ey:s on both of the sions along," said Sam. stream, but saw no s i g n s mchcatmg that the natives had "Faith it was. Atin' i s one of the great drawback s we left the water. haYe to eontind with in this world. A feller gets hungry When morning came once more they landed and sought whcihrr he' s go t the price of a male or not. Sure it's too s h elter from the heat of the un. bad in a case like oursilves that we can't carry water at "Begorry, if we stay lon g in Afriky we'll be as back as lea s t in our chists like a camel, and thin the food question nagurs oursilv es," sa id Mike, when they their trip wouldn't bother us so much." again that afternoon. let"s get on again," said Sam, and they did. "That needn't worr y u s any," sa id Sam. "It's a healthy The put in the whole night on the river and when color." \ morning dawrred they were pretty well exhausted. "We mus t have come mor e than twinty miles up this "We'll have to quit and take a sleep," said Sam. s trame. There seems to be no ind to it, like the jungl e. Mike felt like a wreck, and agreed that without a good Look at thim bushes yonder. There's fruit on thim or me rest couldn't go on. eyes decav(,j me. Suppose we stop awl.Jile and gather some. Jn their present shape it was out of the que stio n to think They look like thim same pin e apple s we found in the of paddling under the burning rays of the sun, for they jungle." wonld ba,e no shelter at all on the stream. They landed and found that the fruit was the same va. They hauled the boat close to the s hore and tied it to a riety of pineapple. tree. rrhey gathered two armfuls which they dumped into the Then they partook of a light breakfaFt, and crawling into boat, and went back for more. a thick bnnch of bu s h es, were s oon a slee p. Sudrlrnly J\fikc cr ic

A FAVORITE OF FATE. 13 -nak ed fate, for yez can see the toes as plain as th e nose I He would doubtless get a chance yet o use h i s revoher on y o u r fa c e Begorry, thim nagurs came ashore heTe." if they didn t go through his clothe s and take it fro m him "The n the y ve carried their boat with them, for there 's They continued on up the river hour after hour, the nan o sig n of it around," s aid Sam. tive s no signs of weariness. L et's see whe re thim fate lade to," s aid Mike, following That Sam and Mike would follow in the other boat t h e t rack s into the thi c k shrubbery. never occurr e d to Jack. In a m o m ent h e uttered another shout. H e would not have believed it possible for them to do it "No w w h a t hav e you discove r ed?" asked Sam, eagerly. an yway The b oat. It' s h ere the bushes." He could not help wondering what they would do. Sam came up and saw,it partl y hidden in the vegetation. Whatev e r they tried to do h e was satisfied would avail "Hurro o We' v e got on the trac k of thim villain s at hiiu nothing. / '. la t sai d Mike. "We' ll save Jack y et." Night f e ll and still th e boat kept on its way. T hey saw the dir e ction in whi c h the track s l e d and th e v Finally one of drn chaps with the topknot called a halt. easily m ade out t he mark s of Jac k's shoes. Th e boat was turned in on the left shore and all hands "Co me, l e t' s get our g uns and folly thim s aid Mike debarked They ru s h e d bac k to the boat drew it as far up on the Jack was secured to a tree and the other s began preparaR hor e a s they c ould and secure d it. tions for a meal. rr.he n th ry g ot th e ir rifles and provi sion bags Several of them s cattered into the s hrubbery, and ere They decid e d to take turns carrying Jac k 's wea pon. long return e d with an abundan c e of wild fruit. W e 'll t a k e a c011p l e o.f th ese pin e apples apie c e for fear 'l'his, with sonie rice cake s the y had ip the boat, comrun s hort of g rub said Sam popp ing a pair into hi s posed their m e al. l Jag Jac k 's ri ght hand \\ a s r e leased and he was given two l\fikc th o u ght it a g o o d idea, and followed s uit. s mall rice c ake s to eat and some of the fruit, one .of the Refillin g the ir w a t e r bottles, and takin g not e o f the landbla c k s s tanding close to him and handin g him the articles marks in th e nei g hborho o d they starte d off in the trac k one by one made b y th e n a tives, no t in th e l e a s t d e t erre d b y thought s A s he was hung ry he did not refus e being feel) and then ol the peril s that. lay before them. his hand was tied again. The native s re s ted two hours altogether and then re CH A PT'Eil V rI E N ROUTE I L e t u s r e t urn to Jack. When hi s two fri e nds s udd enly ope n e d fir e on his cap t ors o n the bluff the boy ente rtain e d a hope of rescue; but t hi s was s peedil y dissipat e d b y tl1e s wiftness with which the m e n with the top k not s act ed. They j erke d him toward th e ravine, and b e fore he could say J ack Robin son the n a tives h a d him in the boat, and w e r e pa ddlin g across the river Th e bu ll ets from the rifles of Sam and Mik e wounded three o f t h e bla c ks, but the boat k ept on and enter e d the tribut a r y stream. Poor Jack belie v e d that a ll was up with him now, and th a t h e h a d seen th e l a st of his bro friends in this life Th e Rknll s a t the hips of the two c hap s with the topknots con v incPd him th a t h e was in the hand s of a scouting party of h e ad hunte Ts, and afte r what he had learned from the old m a n th e night b e fore, the pro s p e ct ahead was not very e ncoura g ing. \Yith hi s h an d s bound behind hi s ba c k, and a rope noosed a round his neck h e had not the fainte s t chan c e of givin g his rapl:ors t h e s lip. If onl y hi s ri ght h and was free he could have drawn the revolver from his hip pocket and made thing s hot for the fello w s Now tha l h e h a d time to think he wondered why lJC had not don e that in the hut before the ras cals r e a c h e d him. However, there was no use crying over spilled milk. l s nmed their way They did not s top again till morning though they pad dled slower. Apparently they no long e r f e ared pursuit. On the mornin g of th e second day on. the s tream the boat landed at the s pot where Sam and Mike later on found that the black s had come a s hore. The boat was thru s t into th e s hrubb e r y ancl, after a meal all around, the party took up its line of marc h towa.rd the north. They pushed on at a rapid pace all day through the woods that sheltered them, in a great measure, from tJ1e s un. Long before the native s s howed any fatigue Jack gaYc out under the forced mar c h, and two of hi s captors carried him for a considerable di s tance. Late in the afternoon about the time that Sam ano Mike struck the trail of the blacks, a halt was called and .supper partaken of, of whi c h Jack got his s hare For two hour s the bunch rest e d, and then the march 'vas resumed with the same spee d as before. The natives could certainly cover ground at. a great rate, and Jack was kepJ on the trot, not daring to pause on account of the noose which was around his neck. He felt for all the world like an animal that was being dra g ged to the slaughter-house When he finally pitched forward utterly exhausted they c arri e d him again. Another halt was call e d about midnight, and after an hour' s re t they went on a g ain. When morning broke the wood was thinner and through the tre e s .Tac k c au ght an o c c a s i

A FAVORITE OF FATE. the night their wa led through a wild pass in the range. As morning drew near again, Jack heard a succession of screams in the distance. The voice did not sound like a woman's, but he could not doubt that some one was in great distress. His captors heard it, too, but the only impression it made upon them was that of satisfaction; at lea st, Jack judged so from their actions and jabbering. The shrieks continued and grew louder as they ap proached a turn in the mountain side. Presently the boy was treated to a sight that chilled lfis blood with horror, and gave him. a foretaste of the savage cruelties practiced by the head hunters. Against a bare, upright post, fixed firmly in the ground, a naked black man was bound, and making the early morn ing hideous with his screeches. Why he gave utterance to such cries -was Boon made apparent, for as the little party drew near, a couple of hyenas slui+k off at a run. On reaching him Jack found that these creatures had been snapping at his legs. Jack hoped one of his captors would drive his spear into the unfortunate man's body and put the poor wretch out of misery. But that was the last thing that would have suggested itself to the rascals. They passed him by with the utmost indifference leav ing the hyena s to return and finish their work of killing him. As Jack subsequently learned to have put the man pre maturely out of his pail1 would, in the eyes of the head hunt e r s have dest royed his value as a fetish, and have in s ult e d the gods to whom he was offered as a living sacrifice. So the victim of African s uperstition was left behind, and the party proceeded as swiftly as ever. An hour after simrise a halt was made in a wild fastness o.E the mountains, and food was produced from a hole un der a rock. After a short re st the march was re s umed. The chaps with the topknots were anxious to reach their destination. Although the original object of their expedition was a failure, which was to round up a few victims for the pre liminary sacrifices l ead ing up to the great festal day of their chief god, they had captured a white prisoner, which was a matter of such importance that the fellows with the tppknots expected to be praised and rewarded with gold or naments and promotion. Therefore were they in a great-liurry to deliver the white boy into the hands of the chief priest, who, with hi s assist ants took charge of the more important prisoners int ended for the crowning ceremonies of the festival. The grandeur of the mountain scenery would have ap pealed to Jack und er more favprable but now its wild beauty was lost on him, for hi s thoughts were busy with the future, and the horrors it probably held for him. Around noon another h alt was called for dinner, and food was found, as before, in a hidden recess. The s un was descending in the west when the pass they ere now traversing ended abrupt ly and a glorious valley, green as the emerald, burst upon Jack's sight. It looked like a great shallow bowl scooped out of the range itself, for it was completely surrounded on all sides with mountain peak s that shut it in completely from the outside world. Hundreds of yellow bamboo-walled huts, with green thatched roofs, dotted the valley without any semblance of order. Not a tenth of them were visible to the eye from the mouth of the pass on account of the shrubbery and trees that swallowed them up, as it werj. Where only the roofs were in. sight, their green color mingled with the trees and concealed their identity. Jack huts, however, to convince him that the valley was well populated, as, indeed, it was, for the head hunter s were a powerful tribe. Close to the southern border of the valley stood a large, two-story structure, fol'ming one side of a square, open space. This was the idol house. It was flanked on one side by the residence of the King and hi s numerous family, and on the other by the building occupied by high court officers. The fourth, or north side, was open, and faced the val ley and dwellings of the common herd. The idol house was considered of more importance than the King's palace. l "' It was believed to be the roosting-place of the dr-ead god who watched over the welfare of the tril:5e, as well as the lesser gods, who were s upposed to dance attendance upon the big fellow. A dozen yards in front of the main entra nce was a huge solid earthen mound at l east fifteen feet high. On this stood a stone slab, raised on four 1Joulders to a height of perhaps four feet. A sort of gutter was cut along the four edges of the s lab, and at each corner was a hole. This piece of stone was the great altar where the chief victims were sacrificed. No common person ever suffered death on it. In some cases a victim was tortured there, but not often. Death on the altar was generally swift As the party came clown the slope from the pass they began uttering s houts and brandishing their spears. As this was only done when a s couting party had met with un common success, it speedily attracted attention. Men, women and c hildren came running out from among the trees, and soon a considerab le crowd gathered around the little band and the prisoner, and with shouts of joy accompanied the lin e of march toward the open end of the square. The crowd and confusion grew as they advanced. Gongs, horns, rattles and drums were presently added to the din. Such barbarous music Jack had never imagined before. l He was almost stunned by the volume of sound. At length they reached the sq uare, and as they advanced acro s s it they were relieved of the common populace, who knew better than tQ intrude beyond a certain invisible line. T4ey lined up all the way acrosi:; that end of the square, however, forming a solid living wall of yelling and singing humanity, the color of ebony.


! A FAVORITE OF FA'l'E 15 J .. Half way aCioss the square the majority of the scouting party stopped, the two chaps with the topknots alone com pleting the

16 A FAVORI'l'E OF FATE. .. .. No one but an American, an'Cl a Southern girl, at that, was likely to sing it under the circumstances. "My heavens!" breathed Jack. "There is another pris oner in this building-in the next room-an American girl. And she, like myself, is slated for the sacrifice Great Scott! To think that a girl, and one of my own country women, should be up against such a fate! I must try and with her. If I needed anything to spur me into action it is this girl. To save her I will take any risk-more even than to save myse.1." As the chorus of the second verse trilled s oftly throu g h the wall or partition intersecting the two rooms, Jack crossed the floor. He reached the wall as the words "Maryland, my land !" ended in a choking sob. "How shall I attract her attention?" he asked himself. -"By pounding on the wall or a dclressing her in English? My voice may arouse the priests and bring one of them here. Perhaps if I sing they will not notice it." Jack thought a moment, and then sang, in a clear tenor tone, a few bars of the Southern song, with words of his own: \ "Who are you, lady, may I ask, From Maryland, sweet Maryland. 'ro save you it shall be my ta sk, :Maryland, my--" A low, girlish scream interrupted him, and he heard a movement in the adjoining room. "Who are yon?" came through tl1e partition. "Au American boy, miss. My name i s Jack Jordan. 'rell me who you are." "Virginia Rainsford, an American girl. I am a prisoner in this room. I was captured by the natives two weeks ago and brol1ght here. Can you save me?" "I don't know, miss, for I'm a prisoner like yourself, but I intend to try hard to make my escape and take you with me." 1 "If you only could I should he grateful to you as long as I li ve." "Well, I'll do the best I can. I was captured myself three clays ago on the bank of a big river running to the sea, and I've only been in this place a few hours. Keep up your spirits and put your trust in me. If it's possible for me to rescue you I will do so even if I shou ld lose my life in the attempt." "How brave and good you are to say that!" "Not at all, miss. It's 1Ily duty. You are not only a girl, but you belong to my country. Why should I hesitate to serve you at any cost?" "Thank you for saying so. I wish I could see you." "Perhaps you'll have the ..;hance in a little while. I see morning is dawning, so perhaps we bad better not converse any longer for the present. He on the watch, for I may call to you at any time." "I will. You don't know what a comfort it is to me to know that I have a friend near at hand-one I can talk to sometimes. Your voice is the first familiar one I've heard since I was taken prison er." "I'm glad my presence here cheers you. Don't forget my services, an d even my life, are devoted to you from this moment. I meant to make my escape if I could, but now I shall not stir a ste p unless I can take you with me. Good-by for the present. I hear some one 9oming." Jack left the partition and threw himself on the bed. Footsteps sounded in the corridor outside the door, but they passed on without pausing, and again there was si lence. Morning had broken, however, and sounds came to Jack's ears from a distance. He went to the window and looked out. Scores of the natives were going about their daily occu pations. Nothing was doing as yet about the square 'rhe King and his household were not yet a.wake; neither were the court officers on the opposite side. The mountain range look e d cold and at that hour, like the walls and battlements of a hug e fortre s s They were not as impregnable as they looked, for there w e re many passes and rugged ravines through which a res olute enemy could have found entrance into the valley. 'l'he valley of the head lnmtcrs, howeve r had not been thre tenec1 by a foe s trong enough to force a serious issue for a very long time. They had conquered all the s mroundin g tribes in d e tail. Had those native s combined again st them i.he re sult might have been different. Jac k remained at the window till the door was opened and hi s mQrning meal was brought to him. After eating it he went to the wall and got into commu nication again with th e fair prisoner in th e next room. With hi s case knif e he cut a goocl-sized h o le in the parti tion, and through this each was enabled to view the other. 1 Jack found that Virginia Rainsford was a very prett-y girl of rather small s tature. He learned from her that s he had accompanied her uncle and guardian to the town of Agaba, on the Niger River, Africa, to visit another uncle wlfo was a missionary at that place. They had spent a pleasant month with the Rev. Mr. R.ains ford, ancl were preparing to l eave on a sailing vessel bound for Cape Town, to connect there with a steamer for New York, when an invit h tion arrived from a missionary about a hundred mile s further in the interior for her two uncles and herself .to visit him and hi s family. The invitation was accepted and they went to the town in que s tion. One day it was arranged to visit some anci ent ruins in the neighborhood. They went, and while strolling around were s uddenly at tacked by a party of strange natives. During the confusion that e n sued Virginia sai d s he be came separated froin h e r ,Party and fell into the hands of the ho s tile blacks, who r e tre a ted with her in their hand s i After a long, forced march she was finally brought to the valley where she now was, and turned ove r to the priests of the idol house. She had since been treated with the utmost considera tion, but was not allowed to leave the room where she was confined. She was waited on by a maid from the palace who couid


A FAVORITE OF FATE. 17 speak a little English, but the native girl could not be in du ed to make any disclosures regarding her ultimate fate. 'l'he chief priest, she said, seemed to be a very intelligent native. He was able to speak English with great fluency He had visited her severa l times, and had on his last visit tqe day before intimated that her fate rested wholly with him. She said that she greatly distrusted this man on account of his sinister looks, and suspected he had some design upon her. Jack li stened to her with interest. /He did not care to tell her that she was designed, like himself, as a sacrifice to the head god at the annual festivi ties which were soon to take place, for s uch intelligence was likely to throw her into a fit of despair. As he intended to save her and hims elf if he could, he wanted her to be in a condition to second his efforts. He told her how he ancl hi s two companions had sai led from New York as part of the crew of a pleasure yacht, the owner of which expected to make an exte nded cruise around the world. After stopping at the Azores, Madeira and Canary islands, they had sailed clown the coast of Africa, intending to round the Cape of Good Hope and s hape their course for the Indian Ocean. "We put in at St. Louis in Scncga 1, and then sloppe d at Free Town in Sierra Leone," he went on. "Leaving there. our next stop was at :Monrovia, in Liberia. Then we skirted the Ivory and Gold coasts, always keeping within sight of the African continent Had we kept further out to sea matters w'ould have fared better with us. 'l'he owner of the yacht, however, wanted to drop in at many of the larger native towns and villages along the entire coast. He was cIDious, I suppose, to observe the manners and cuRtom s of the different native tribes. As he could afford to do as he chose, why, of course, he had his way. When we reached the Bight of Biafra, north of Cape Campo, we were struck by a sudde n and fierce storm from the westward. We were driven ashore on the desolate coast and the yacht wrecked. All hands, including the owner, were lost except myself and my two friends." Jack then described their adventures.from that point to the time he was captured by the scouting party of natives, and separated from his companions. He told her of the terrible march from the river to the valley where he now was, and said he was only recovering from its effects He said he had a revolver and a knife on hi s per s on, and expected those weapons would be of service in helping him to escape, and again assured her that he wou1d not desert her if he found a way to give their captors the slip. It was mid-day by the time he finished his narration, and as he expected his dinner would soon be forthcoming, and she herself looking for the coining maid, they post poned further talk tiil later on. CHAPTER. IX. THE TEMPLE OF THE GODS. While waiting for his dinner Jack matte a. careful ex amination of his prison room. It was built of the same material as the partition, osier twigs anc1 a. kind of plaster made of mud with some tenacious stuff. 'rhe twigs were interlaced with upright tree limbs of various thicknesses, carefully trimmed of their branch 'es. These facts Jack had learneC:l when he carved the opening with hi s s harp knife into the next room. He had been careful to make the hole close to the end of the partition furthest from the window, where it \Yas likely to attract notice Neither room was very deep, being wide along the front of the building, more like a spacious corridor intersected with walls. Jack judged there were other room s behind his. This, however, was not a fact, as he afterward discor ered. The idol room, which rose to a height of two stories and somet hing over, was at the rear of his room and Virginia's 'l'hc window of Jack's room as well as that of the ad joining apartment, was, as we have already stated, very narrow; but what it la cked in width it made up in height. It was impossible to push one' s h e ad through it, let alone the body. 'I'he door was made of some hard wood. It swung on hinges made of a kind of hide that time rcnc1C'rcc1 as hard as flint without destroying its elasticity. How it was secured on the outside Jack could not guess. He knew, from trying it, that it wouldn't budge a bit. The ceiling it elf was tall and impossible to reach with out a ladder. The result of the boy's inve stigat ions was that the weak point of the room lay in its walls. Time and a sharp knife would reduce them to fragments Jac k was the first prisoner who hadever enterec1 one of those room s with a knife in his possession, not speaking of the revolver. Why he had not been searched and the weapons taken from him was a problem to the boy The under priests eithei' overlooked the knife, the hand l e of which was vi s ible in its sheath, or had not regarded it as a matter of consequence. As the seque l will show, the knife was worth more to Jack than the s hooter, though hac1 he been compelled to choose between them he would have discarded the former "To-night, when all i s s till, I must devote my energ ies to cutting an opening through the wall large enough to pass through," thought Jack. "''A similar opening I must make in the partition so as to get Miss Rainsford out. Then we'll make a break for freedom together." An hour later, while Jack and Virginia were tal king through the hole, a sounc1 at each of their doors warned lhem to can it off. ; Jack sneaked over to the window and was looking out when the two priests who hac1 charge of him entered. They made signs :for him to follow them, and he felt compe lled to obey. One went before and the other came behind him. Each held a short spear in his hands. ,Tack was marched downstairs and led into the ido l r o om. Virginia was marched in from an opposite door, at tended by tw o other priests


A FAVORI'rE OF FATE. B ot h w e r e lin ed up before the monster idol in the center The worst was yet to come, and the seeming natura lness af t h e r o om. of it almost staggered even Jack's nerves. The four priests retired, leaving them quite alone A strange, weird sound, gradually growing louder, issl'ted Th e gir l was terrified by the horrible grotesque figures from the head of the chief deity of t he idol s that filled llp one side of the room, which was As it flooded the room the four minor images seem to cover e d wit h a peaked roof made of green thatch, through awaken into life and mot ion. whi c h t h e li gh t b u t dim l y filtered. The eyes of the elephant head began to roll and its trunk The main idol before which they stood, was an immense waved. in the most natural manner in the world i m a ge squ a ttin g tail or fashion on a pedestal, apparently The neck of the python imitated the movements of that o f sol id ebony, tho u gh that wasn't what it was really made repti l e to a nicety. of Its mouth opened, and its red forked tongue began to It w as h u man i n a ll r espects, though well proporplay in and out in a most u npleasant and suggestive way t i o n ed the legs bei ng small, the trunk large and massive, The fema l e heads nodded toward the prisoners, while the four a rms lon g and of powerful build, while the head, the centra l face seemed to gri n horribly as it opened and b u t w e won' t d escribe that, since the horror was typified shut its wide mouth in the m a levol e n t exp ression of its countenance, was small Last of all the feelers aro u nd the sun's face squirmed in c o mpa ri son w i t h the body and reached out like living things The w hol e t hi ng was fashioned out of dried mud and Virginia uttered a shr ill scream and fainted, Jack eatch pla s t e r a nd the arti st who execu t ed it must have done so i ng her in his arms. whil e l a borin g un der a condition simi l ar to the delirium Instantly all sound ceased and the our small ido l s betremen s came notion l ess as at first It wou ld h ave looked rep ul sive enough in the full glare "This is most extraordinary," gasped Jack. "How i n of dayli g h t, but h ere, in the semi gloom of the temp l e, it thunder are these thi ngs worked? I never saw anything g ave on e the s hiv ers t o contemp l ate it. more natural in my life )f I had this show in New York Jac k s t o od t h e o rdea l well for he was a boy of nerve, and I'd make lllY fortune with it, that is if the audience wouid he knew it was but a sensel ess, i nanimate object, like the stand for it. o ther s The four priests now reappeared. Two muc h s mall e r idol s lla nked the b i g one on either Two of them relieved Jack of h is burden and carried her side. off, while the boy was led back to his room. One wit h e i ght a rms had the head of an elephant Peering thro u gh the hole as soon as he was left alone, he Anoth e r possesse d the body of a lion and the head of a saw the native maid tryi n g to bring the unconscious girl python with a h e ck yards l ong to her senses Th e t hird had a ro t und figure with a male face in its When she succeeded Virginia nearly relapsed into a fit. s tomach and two necks to which were attached female "The scoundrels,'' muttered Jack, who was now greatly heads. intere s ted in the fair Southern gid, "to subject her to The fourth was the most h ideous of the quartette, and such a terrible ordeal. Why it gave me the shivers myself, had neith e r body, arms, nor legs, representing a central and I can stand a whole lot more than she. The whole gleamin g s u n, with l o n g feelers like those of the devil-fish, performance was nothing but a kind of hocus-pocus worked radia t in g from and swaying around in every direction. by tho se priests inside of the idols, but it was awfully real The su nface g l eamed like molten brass., and the fles hyjust the same." looki n g feelers seemed to glow with a phosphorescent light, when the native maid succeeded in quieting Virginia, a s som etimes do half putrid fish. aCter administering a s trong st imulating wine, she retired Around the necks of those ichlls that possessed them were and was immediately succeeded by the head priest, who re hung neckl aces of h u man skulls. garded the poor girl with malicious triumph. P y r ami d s o f the same hideous trophies were piled at was a tall, stalwart man, with a handsome face, but their feet. his natu-ral beauty was spoiled by the evil look in his eyes, The ma i n idol was garn i shed with skulls. and the wicked, sensuous expression about his mouth. Sk ull s festo o n e d the wall s of the room and peered out at He s tood and looked at her with folded arms ever y c orn e r. "Girl," he said, in excellent English, "you have b een A ltogethe r t h ere were hundreds of them permitted to visit the temple of our gods. They have For t e n millutes the pris o ners stood where they had been gazed upon you and dec l ared you the fairest or the beauties placed. that come out of the West. 1 What think you of them?" Not a s ound broke the si l ence Virg i nia shuddered and hid her face in her hands J ack was af r aid to speak lest it bring trouble on them, "Tomorrow you shall visit them again-but alone," he but seein g t h a t h i s fa i r companion was terribly frightened, said, with an evil he ventured t o p lace his arm around her, as a sign that he "No, no, no!" she moaned. would p r o t ect her at a ll hazards "The gods have w illed it, and I dare not thwart their His tou c h seeme d to reassure her, and she smiled pitiwishes fully in hi s face "Anything but that. I shall die if I am taken there To h e r d y in g day t h e g irl never forgot the horror she again." fac e d in the idol h ou se, and ma n y a t ime afterward the "Anything, say you?" and his face l ighted u p with an scene was rep .roP,:uced in her dreams. u nh o ly smi le. "Girl, d o you wish t o l earn t h e fate that has


A FAVORITE OF FATE. 19 been allotted to you? You have been selecte bride of the great idol." as the new !"Oh, 'lVIr. Jordan," she said in a broken, tearful voice, "you don't know what I have--" "Oh!" fluttered Virginia. "Ten days hence, bedecked with the fairest flowers of our valley in a robe, you will be led forth to the altar out s ide, and in the presence of the people our spirit will separate itself from your body and become the prop erty of your lord and maste:i; of the temple Then your beautiful head will take its place upoh the pedestal of your hu sband, to remain as long as he wishes. Such, girl, is your fate, as decreed by the deity himself.'' "Mercy, mercy!'.' cried Virginia, in a paroxism ter ror. "Girl, there is one chance for you to escape this fate. This is the thousandth annual festival of our great deity, and in an unguarded moment, as a favor to one who ha s served him long and faithfully he offered to grant any wish, without reserve, that I should ask of him. I will ask yo1ir life of him, on on e condition, and that is that you become my wife with your own free will. Consent, anc1 not only shall you escape your fate, but, loade d with part of the treasure of fue mountain, we will flee to Europi, and thenceforth enjoy life in the great capitals of the world. I leave you now to consider my offer. It is the only chance you have to escape your fate on the altar. I am the only person who can save you. Think well before you re fuse Consent, and you will be the only one who has cheate d the god in one thousand years of his anticipated victim." "Have pity on me," cried the girl. "Am I not showing you pity whetl. I offer you a life of luxurious ease in the great world in place of a painful death on the altar? Girl, I will return this -evening for. your answer To prove to you that I can do all I say, I will take you by a secret tunnel to the treasure c hamber where you can pick your choice of gems worth a king's ran som You shall have j ewels worth a million, and I will take as many more to turn into cash. The maid who at tends shall accompany u s to wait on your s li ghtest wish. In four days we sha ll reach Oahu] on the coast. Thence we sai l for Cape Town where we will take a teamer for the Mediterranean by 1rny o.f the Red Sea The chance I offer you i s one you ought to jump at. Adieu now till this even in g." With those word s the ra s cal retired by way of the door, and Virginia was lef t alone CHAPTER X. A WOMAN' l'RO::llISE The departure of the high prie s t left Virginia almost in a state of collapse. Jack felt dead sorry for h er, but even as he sympathized with her feelings a wild sch eme flashed through his brain. It occurred to him that if the g irl was willing to co operate with him their escape might be greatly simplified and made surer Finally he s-poke to her through the hole, but he had to call several times b efo re s he heeded his voice and came to him. "Yes, I do. I know all that has just passed between you and that rascally priest. But don't call me Mr. Jordan. Call me Jack. Our situation is too desperate for us to stand on ceremony I'll call you Virginia. If we are for tunate enough to make our escape we can be less familiar in our intercourse Remember I am the only friend you have to cal1 on now. I will stand by you to the l ast. So for the time being at least we must act like old friends," he sa id. "I'll do anythmg you want, but you can't save me now," she said, mournfully. "Why not now?" he asked, almost sharply "Because I shall be murdered unless I marry that man who was in here." "Nonsense! You shall neither marry him nor be -mur dered if I can help it." "How can you prevent it? He i s c omin g this evening for my answer. I must say yes or--" "The ladie s don't always say yes right away to a pro posal. They like to keep a man on a string, when they're sure of him Well, you're sure of that villain, so you want to play him for all he's "How can I if he insists on a n immediate answer?" "Let him insist. Put him off, but do it in a way that will encourage him to believe that you'll yield in the end. Take it from me he's dead set on getting you, and won't let you be sacrificed to those senseless gods as long as there's a chance of bringing you to terms. He and the rest of the priestly gang are all in cahoots. They know that there i n't anything in those idols than in any other kind of in animate object. They are fooling the people, from the King down, and are laughing in their s l eeves at the easy way in which the game works." / "Oh, but those awful things move and seem to have life," said the girl, with a shudder at the recollection of what she had experienced in the idol room "All fake, Virginia. They are up with strings and springs, or some other kind of mechanism, and the priests hide themselves inside and pull the wires that make them wiggle." "They are horribly life-like." "That's right, they are for fair. I'll admit that they gave me a turn, though I knew there was nothing real about them, and I don't wonder tqat they paralyzed you. But what's the use of talking abou! them? Only a waste of time., and time is precious to us just now. Do you know whl'}t I want you to do?" "No." "Well, listen I think you can do more for our escape than I can .'f "How?" she asked in surprise "By using that high priest for our benefit "I don't understand." "He told you that he would take you to-night to the treasure room in the mountains in order to prove to you that he could load you with jewels. Now I want you to go with him willingly." "Oh, Mr.-Jack." "Don't scream out. I don't want any of the priests to hear us. I'll tell you why I want you to go. It's because r


20 A FAVORI'rE OF FATE. I ,;an t you to learn the secret road to the treasure caY.c. "I am the head I).1an here and can do anything I want," I'm after that treasure the of these head he replied. hunte rs. Now that we're on the ground we might just as I "Are you telling me the truth about that treasure?" she 1 re ll car ry some of it away with us A few handfuls of the asked. precious stones-the rubies, diamonds and such, would "You shall see for yourself. Come with m e and I will' make u s wealthy in America. At any rate, it would make let your eyes gaze on more wealth than piost people dream me rich, a n d I need the money. You may be rich yourself of," he said ( -that i s your people, I mean; but it's different with me. "But can yo 1, dare you, take any o'i it away?" H I get h a lf a chance I'm not going back to the coast empty "Nothing will be easier. Long ago I made my plans to handed. You accompany that rascal this evening and keep that effect when the right moment came." \'Ol1r eyes open whi l e pretending to notice nothing See "We would not travel withopt provisions," she said. \ 1 hat I'm getti ng at? When you reach the cave, try to "Leave that to me. I have provi ions in plenty in the fin d out fr o m h i m i f there's a way out into the mou ntains treasure cave ready to take along." from the p lace:. l he says there is, and I 'll bet t h e r e is, "How can we carry provisions and a million or two of per s u a d e hi m to show you. You ought to be smart enou gh treasure as well?" to fool him. You 're an awfully pretty girl, and he's stuck "Easily I have the mostly valuable gems already picked on you. Y o u fin d out the lay of the land, and then I'll get out. They will take up but little s pace One diamond b usy and we'll make use of the information you secure, and a lone alone is worth $25,000. '11here is a ruby woTth w e ll fly t o get h e r -either tonight or tomorrow. Now will $20,000. 'l'hose two s tone s alone repres ent a small for you. d o that?" tune. A hanc1ful of the s tones I have selected will sell foT "Yes, J ack, I will. I will do anything you say, for I feel over $250,000. Think, then of a dozen handful s We can you are my true friend and will save me if you can." carry that much. You shall have your choice for yourself, "That's right If you and I can slip away by the secret we will live on the rest and enjoy life. Come, let us exit fro m this temple building it will 1hel p us greatly We g o 7 w o n't b e missed till rnorninoand then we'll be fa. on our So I irgmia went with h1m, an cl Jack unpatien Uy t I 't d ] t way iti a dir ect i o n not suspected Yoti. must try and find awai e 1e r re urn out whe r e we can get some provisions to carry us over, came b_ack .:n an hour. ,, t hough we'll probab l y be able to pick up fruit en route; "No:" you will give me my he sa.icl .. but t hat will depend on the rout.a we take." Wait-that boy who was with me m he idol mom. l s he to be sacrificed to your gods?" she asked. 1 V i r g i nia was greatly encouraged by Jack's programme, and b y hi s bol d and self assertive manner. "Why do you wish to know? What i s he to you?" asked Lik e t h e majo ri ty of her sex, she admired a strong, the priest with a frown. c ulin e will-a real man. "He is a countryman of mine anc1 I would save him." It i s true, Jack was not a man, but he had the m:;iking o.f "You cannot save him. You arc lucky to save your-the real arti cle, and 'hat fact was so self evident that Vir self." g ini a y i e l ded at once to his wishes "Then I refuse your offer, and will s hare his fate, unJ a c k talked with her some time longer, explaining his less he goes with us far enoug_h to insure 4is safe ty 'iVhat i dea in d etai l u ntil she h erse l f became quite enthusiastic do you care? You are leavrng these people for ever. over i t Agree to help him to escape and I will accept your offer." B ot h forg o t the peri l of their sit u ation in the exci tement I "Very wel'.. s hall come if I can manag e it," as-of their a n tic i pated escape sented the hlgh pnest At l e n gth t hey broke away as the time approached "You said you could do anything. Let me see you prove w h en they expected t h eir suppers to be served to them it." T hey cleaned u p the dishes, and then Virg i nia awaited "I'll prove it. We ':ill start tomorrow. night. Here is the appear a nce of the c h ief priest. a ring I brought to bmd our troth. It is worth $5,000. J ack ha d warned her that he had s ized the chap up as a Let me put it on your finger." p r etty s lick arti cle, and therefore hard to fool. Virginia offered her hand, and he put it on the finger it But," h e had added, "the sharpest man in the world fitted. can be fooled by the woman he's sweet on, so p lay your "Now you are mine," he said, triumphantly. cards well lit t l e g i rl, and you' ll win o ut." "Yes, if that boy escapes," she replied, quietly. The h igh pr i est came at last for his ansier, an d was "He sha ll escape Be satisfied We are now man and p l easantly surprised to find the girl in better spirits tha: w ife. he expected. "Not so." she said, drawing back. "Our union must be i J ack, l isten i ng at the hole heard a ll that passed between blessed by a minister of my own church t hem. "Very well," ho said, reluctantly. "W e'll find a missionVi rginia to l d him that she d i dn' t want to marry him, ary at Cabul. Now adieu till tomorrow night." b ut woul d rather do it than lose her life "Good night Keep your word and I'll keep mine." s he The rasca l grinned complacent l y sa id; '.'but if you arc not good to me-" Then she sa1cl that she would him to give her some' "Rave no fear. Were I not already your slave }'Our fate proo.f t h at he could do all he said he could before she would would be certain, as certain a s the sun will rise to-morrow." :finally make h e r decision He carried her hand Lo her lips and withdrew.


! A FAVOR.I'l1E OF FATE. 21 CHAPTER XL THE 'l'REASURE OF THE HEAD HUNTERS. In a few minutes Virginia ran to the hole in the wall. "Jack," she said, eagerly. "I am here," he replied. "You heard what he said?" "Every word." "He will save you." "He is vcrJ kind. I intend to do that myself if you haye paved the way "Hadn' t you better wait aurl take advantage of his help?" "And give him the chance to make you keep your 11orcl. ll'hich you don't want to clo? Not much Tf you're so anxiou s to get married, I'll marry you myself." "Oh, Jack, aren't you--" "Oh, I'm nervy enough to do anythink I don't mind admitting I'm gone on you, loo. A pretty girl like you is uot to be resisted YQu' d make a monkey of any fellow I hope I haven't made you mad." "Oh, ho, Jack; ofcoursc not But you mustn't talk that way." "All right. I'll cut 1t out; but iI you liked me half as much as I've learned to like you, you wouldn't mind it." "I do like you Jack, very much, but--" / enough to many me yet awhile." "\Yc'rc loo young to t11ink of that." "Not to think of it, but perhaps to carry it into effect But there, I won't say anything more on the subject. After I\-e saved you, we'll part, I suppose, and then you ll gor get me." "Forget you, Jack-never," she replied, earne s tly. "Thank you for that assurance. I ''on't forget you at any rate. Now tell me, what have you learned?" Everything you wanted to know." "Good. You can lead the way to the secret passage connecting with the cave?" "I can." "Capital." "It's a tunnel under the ground, and runs quite a dis tance." "Direct to the cave where the treasure is, I suppose?" "Yes. And oh, Jack, Ruch wealth I never have conceivecl of. It is mostly in bars of gold and silver, and great ivory tusks-there are hundreds of them. Then the jewels! They are lovely. We couldn't carry off half o:f them." "Never mind. The priest has put aside the choicest ones and you know where they are." "Yes, in a kind of leather bag with a strap to it." "And the provisions?" "There are baskets of dried fruits an cl smoked meat, with rice cakes and bottles of wine. not to speak of other things." "All in the treasure cave?" "Yes, in an alcove _o.fl' of it." "And the exit the cave-what about that?" "I know where it iR. It nms uncler a walcd'.all." "Doe8 it. Well, I don't mint1 a bath in this ltol climate." '"We can get out without getting ll'et. The fall acts aR a screen, that's all "So much the better He has arranged to depart tomorrow night." "Yes. "We will get ahead of him and go to-night." "But how will we get out of our rGoms ?" "I have a knife. That shall carve our way. Now go ancl lie down and I'll get busy on this partition. No one will visit us to-night, I guess, so we need fear no interxuption." He began operations and soon found he had quite a job on his hands. But he worked away like a Trojan, and. in an hour hacl cut away a space large enough to permit him to squeeze through into the girl's room. "Gee That was hard work," he said, wiping his face as he sat clown to rest beside her. "Almost worth a kiss, isn't it?" he added, da,ringly. "Oh, Jack," she blushed. "Oh, well, I won' t insist, but as I may lose my life yet in your behalf. I thought-but it doesn't malter "You clear bo:v, you may kiss me if you wish to "May I, Teal ly ?" "Y cs," and she helcl up her mouth. Could he resist the temptation? Fifteen minutes aftenrard, after nervily treating himself to a second kis s to encourage himself, as he artfully saicl, he b e gan on the pa s sage wall, and made quicker work with that. "Now, Virginia, lead the way he said, when they stood out8icle. the girl carrying the lamp in her hand. She did with due caution, and he followed with his re volver cocked in hiH hand. fully determined to make things hum if their escape was discovered Their way led through the dreaded idol room, but the girl never faltered, to a flight of done steps that went clown into the ground some little depth rrhey entered at the mouth of a ,tunnel "Now we're alter the head hunters' treasure," he sa1c1. "It's too bad that my friends, Sam and Mike, are not with us. We'cl be able to carry more of it off:" Through the tunnel they walked, the lamp throwing weird shadows about th em. It was quite long, but seemed to be only artificial or made by the hand of man. The greater part proved to be a subterranean water course, ].(mg since dried up. It carried them under the mountain range to a point where they struck another flight of stone steps, cut out of solid rock Up these they went to a passage, along which they trav eled for a hundred feet or so, when they came out into a cave. rt was not the treasure cave, but an ante chamber to it. A great slaq of stone stood against the wall close to the entrance, resting on a wooden base, slanting acrol3s the opening. Ev i dently this wa intendd to close the entrance up, but it woulcl lake more muscle than one strong man pos f'C8Sed to ;lidc it into place. Moving across this cnvc thew cntrrccl the treasure Cn:rn and il1cu Jack saw cJJough lo make his mouth "atPr .. It w ould have filled more than one modern fre ight car/


A FAVORITE OF FATE. the gold and silver wedges and the ivory tusks, and logs of valuable wood that were piled round about. The most valuable part of the treasure, the precious 11tones, occupied a comparatively insignificant space-a sma ll bag, which haq been prepared by the high priests, and a larger one beside it. Virginia pointed to the small bag Jack shoved his hand into it and pulled out a score 011 more of diamonds and. rubies of the first water, not to men tion other stones, all ready for the market. "It will never do to take these to the United States. The duty on them would provide a surplus for another billion dollar Congress. I shall sell them abroad, and take the money back with me. There's no duty on that, thank the stars." With the bag over one hip, a provision bag on his back, and another in Virginia's arms, the girl led the way to the exit, before which poured down a great sheet of water with a dull roar Underneath this fall, along a ledge that was slippery with moisture, they threaded their way for a short distance until they came out into a wild and romantic gorge. Whether to go up or down the gorge was the problem that presented itself. To take the wrong way might prove fatal to their hopes, for it might lead right back to the valley As Jack stood debating the matter he heard a voice close at ha .nd around an adjacent rock. The tones were so familiar that he thought he must be dreaming. "Begorry," said the voice, "where have we got to at all at all? Sure it's lost we are in these blessed mountains, and poor Jack a prisoner in some dungeon and falin' that we've deserted him entirely." "This looks as if we had, doesn't it," replied Sam's voice. "We followed the tracks of those rascals till we lost them in the foothills, and it isn't our fault if we fail to save him." "Sorra a bit, but me heart is heavy just the same. He's a good feller, Jack is, and a th on sand vi ties it is he was kidnaped by thim nagurs, the Ould Nick shute 'em I belave I could die happy if I could finish a few of thim this minute." "That wouldn't do Jack any goorl," replica. Sam. "No, I suppose not, but it would make me falc better. Ah, Jack, me b'y, if I could only catch a glimpse of yez now how happy I'd be, so I would." "Your wish is granted, Mike, for here I am," said Jack, depping forward with Virginia. CHAPTER XII. PURSUED. The suuclen and unexpected appearance of Jack, with Yirginia by his side, faiTly :e_aralyzed Sam and Mike. The latter gazed at our hero with open mouth and a dazed expression of Ms Hibernian countenance "Sure, it's niver yoq, Jack!" he cried, in a sort of joyful bewilderment. "Have I changed so much duriJlg the last few c1ays that you don't recognize me?" asked Jack with a smile, holding out his hand. "Changed! Dickens a bit," said Mike, who was nearest, seizing his hand and shaking it violently. "Lord, I'm glad to see you again, Jack," said Sam, stepping forward. "And I'm mighty glad to see you chaps. Let me intro you to Miss Virginia Rainsford, a Baltimore girl. She was a fellow prisoner, but we've managed to escape to gether. So you've been following me up, hoping to rescue me. I had no idea you would be able to do such a thing," said Jack. "We couldn't go to the coast without you, as long as there was the ghost of a show to save you," said Sam. "Sure that's riW1t," interjected Mike. "You lads are built of the right stuff. You are friends to be depended on, and I appreciate your endeavors in my behalf. But we mustn't stop here chinning. Since you've made your way into this range, probably you know the way out again." / "Begorry, I don't know about that. These mountains are like a rnouse-trap-aisy enough to get in, but not so aisy to get out of. It's nixt dure to lost we :tre; and it's little to ate we have lift." "We have a supply of provisions. You can relieve the young lady of that bag, Mike. But hold, there are more provisions close at hand which you can easily get. And you can also feast your eyes on and take a whack at the head hunters' treas'ure the old man told me about." "What! Yez don't mane that!" cried Mike. "I do. The treasure cave is close at hand-in fact, right behind that waterfall you see yonder,'J replied Jack. "Behind that waterfall!" exclaimed Sam. "Yes. "But how can we reach it through that? Sure it's drowned we'd be," said Mike. "Not at all. Follow me and I'll show you how to get in there." "Did yez fetch some of the gold away with ye?" "Not a bit; but in this bag I have a hunched or more precious stones that are worth a fortune The gold is too heavy to carry." "What a pity that is. And is there lots of it?" "You shall see for yourself. Come." Jack led the way, followed by Virgiuia and his two friends. He found getting in was not as easy as getting out. It was a difficult matter to discover the point in the waterfall at he arnl the girl had made their exit. After wasting half an hoin they succeeded in getting in, and Jack lecl the way to the faicasurc cava, whore the lamp had been left burning. The boys left their rifles and bags outside in charge of Virginia. When they reached the cave, Sam and Mike were amazed at .vhat they saw there. "Sure there's wealth enough here to buy olcl Ireland and tow it oYcr to N cw York," said Mike. "If you've seen enough, get hold of some of those pro visions and we'll leave," saic1 Jacl'; "but fin:t fill your pockets with the precious stones from that bag on the shelf You can easily carry off enough to make you wealthy for


A FAVORITE OE FArrE. li.fe. But don't be too gree.cly. Enough is as good as a feast, and time is precious." 'rhe boys filled their pockets with the gems, which were not near as valuable as the choice ones the high priest had picked out for himself, ancl which Jack now had in his pos ;:cs>:ion, but none of the stones were worth les s than $50. When Jack thought they had enough he called a halt and told them to secure a bag of provisions each. Sam and Mike had just lifted a loaded bag each on their hacks when a shadow appeared at the entrance of the caYc, corning from the direction of the tunnel. With a cry of rage the shadoll'. -sprang forward, and be hind it came other shadows. I rrhe boys turned in consternation Jack recognized the intruder as the high priest. The 1four behind him were his assistants. One of them had discovered the broken wall through which Jack and Virginia made their escape from their rooms, and immediately notified the chief priest. alarm will soon be given in the village, and the nativ:cals to rack! follow, but the chaps knew that the fugitives hacl fled in 'l'he revolver spoke, and the high priest clapped his hancl that direction, ancl expected to come up with them at any to h jg brea s t and fell backward. moment. Crack r Crack They were led by one of the assistant priests, but he was Two other bullets hit their marks, and two of the assis tnot as spry as the others, his occupation being a senc1entary ants stagger d around wounded. one, so he would have hindered the pursuit had he not hecn The other hra e stopped in consternation, and Jack took helped along. aflvantage of the chance to follow his companions. He had sharp eyes, however, and was the first to i::ingle The thrt?ie were soon outside of the waterfall. out the cave, though the fugitives themselves were not "Grab ybur rifles and come on," said Jack, seizing Virvisible ginirr by the arm. He called a halt and sent the natives up to it. "Your rifle is around the rock," said Sam. "We brought "We've got to fight, fellows," said Jack. "Herc they i l along." come." "Good," said Jack, "I'll get it." "What's the matter?" aE-ked the girl, alarmed at their hurry and excitement. "Our escape has been cliscoverecl, and the priests are after 11 ," he replied. "Oh!" screamed Virginia. "What shall we do?" "I've shot the head chap ancl wounded two of the others. We're afe enough for the l fear, ho1reYer, the CHAPTER XIII. THE BACK DOOR. .\s the blacks came dashing up to the mouth of the cave with great agility, not a"are as yet that they were right npon the 1ngitives, the boys began blazing away at them.


24 I \ A FAVORITE OF FATE. They fired slowly and carefully, and as a consequence time had acquired the same color as the interior of the every shot told. cave. 1 In a brace of shakes half a uozen of the pursuing party He got out his knife and cut into the :filling. lay dead or wounded on the rocks, ancl the advance was It fell away in chunks halted. Inside of :fifteen minutes J aek had cleared the hole and 'I'he assistant priest urged the remainder on from behind found that it led out into a deep and narro1V" ravine out of a rock where he had prudently taken shelter. sight of the spot where the natives were hiding. He cared nothing for the lilves of the common people, Virginia had watched his efforts with deep interest, and but had a great respect for his own. she was overjoyed when i10 told her that they could leave One of the natives, however, had been with the party the cave that way and their pursuers in the lurch. which captured Jack, and the execution done by the ritfes He called Sam and Mike back and showed them the on that occasion had duly impl'essed him. exit he had unexpectedly 'Opened up. He qalled out to his friends to take refuge behind the I "Begorry, we can stale off that way as nate as a pin," rocks. said Mike, in a tone of great satisfaction. This they did, and presently not a black was in s i ght. We must make some kind of a demonstration at the en They'1'e got us caged," said Jack; "but as we have protrance to keep those rascals quiet awhile longer," said Yisions, and there is plenty of water within our reach, we Jack. can stand a siegr They can't rout us out unless they Sam cra\vlrd forwarcr in time to see ihe priest, who had boldly attack ns, and I gue;:;s our guns will keep them at grown impatient, crawling from the rock which had shel Lay. The worst of it is that they are ;:;urc to seml for retercel him to another larger one Lehinc1 which two of the in forceltlents, and that means the y will 01crpower us in the head hunters were concealrcl. encl through force of numbers." The boy took aim at his legs ns they were going out of "Then why stay here till tl1ey bring up more of their sight and flred. people?'' said Sam. The priest uttered a wi1r1 yell, which showeu that I1e "If we try to get away they'll bring us down with their hnr1 been hit, and he continned to howl as if n1 great pain. spears," answerer] J nek. "Om only chance i;:; to, hold out That will convince them we arr not and they'll here till night, and then try antl slip away." not take any more chances than they can help for awhile," "Sure, can't we do somcthin' to make thim nagnrs show 'sajc1 Sam, when he came back. tbirnselves so wc can slrnic i.him ?" aRkecl 1\Iike. "Then we'll bent a retreat nncl ]caw them to watch the J nck said he didn't know anything they coulrl cM. empty ca Ye," said. .Tack. Mike stood up and looked arquncl i.o see if he conlcln't get They all passed throngh into the ravine, and Sam a shot suggested that the hole had better be stuffed up wilh stones Hardly had he showed himself when a natiYe from a rock and fired his spear at him. As it whirled through the air, barely missing i.he Irish boy's head, Jack raised his rifle and fir rel. The native uttered a yell ap.d fell badly wounded in full view. A few minutes later Sam called attention to a black object creeping away from rock to rock. "I'll bet he's going to bring the reinforcement yon Rpokc about, Jack," he said. "I'll keep my eye on him, and if I get a fair chance I'll bring him clown," replied Jack. When the fellow got about sixty yards away he con cluded he was out of range He left shelter and started off on a run. He didn't run far, however, for Jack's rifle blazed away, and, throwing up his arms with a cry, the native fell flat on his face and lay still. "I guess cooked his goose," said Jack, grimly. "Looks as if you had," said Sam. "You're a good shot." Not another move was made by their enemies for half an hour. Leaving Sam and Mike to watch the natives, Jack joine& Virginia at the back of the cave. While he was falking with the girl and trying to reassure her, he noticed that there appeared to be a break in the back wall. Examining the place, he saw there was a big hole there which had been stuffed up with dried brush, which through and brush. .Tack thought hi s s u ggesiion 'a good one, and it was car ried out. The party then started down the ravine. Reaching the bottom they found a narrow water course, which they followed. The ravine 1ras obstructed by rocks and brush, and their was s low in consequence, but they were well' shad ed from tlie sun, which did not penetrate down there. They had no idea of ihe direction they were going, nor where they 1rnu1cl fetch up at. For all they knew they might be getting further and further into the range. They kept on steadi ly, Jack helping Virginia along as best he could until they grew tired and hungry, when they stopped to rest and eat. They spent an hour lying abo11t after their meal, and then resumed their way. "Faith, this i s worse than the jungle," said Mike, "and that's sayin' a good deal. Begorr;y, it inay be a wake or two before we get out of mountains." "Nonsense!" replied Jack. "lf we don't run across any of the nativeS" we'll get clear of these wilds in a day or two." Jack spoke cheerfully, for his object was to keep up the spirits of his companions, but to himself he had to admit that things looked rough, and that it might be days before they made their way out of the range. And even when they had extricated themselves from the mountains they might be no better off. i


_\. FAVORlTE OF FATE. ( 25 He that they must be a.t u I ."Yes, but they'll climb all around u s and' outflank us," fifty miles from the town of Cabul m the most dll'eet lme, said Jack. and that in all probability thny would have to travel two "It can't be helped. We ll have to make the best fight hundred l:iefore they r e ached the town. we can." His chief hope was that they would re ac h the shallow "Bcgorry, here's a boat in the bushes," cried Mike, with river up which tirn head hunters had carried him and find a wild ohoui. "Quick, pull it out anc1 we'll give thim the boat in which Sam and Mike had come. nagnrs the slip." 'Then they should easily be able to make their way down "You don't mean it, ::\like," cried Jack, almost increduto the big river, and so on to the coast. lously. He calculated that they would have two or three days' "I do mane it. Look and say for yoursi1." travel across the country after leaving the range before A native boat with four paddles in it was there, sure they would reach the stream where the boat was moored, enough, and it was a god-send to them. and then they would ha Ye a lot of trouble trying Providence had come to their aid in an almost m i racuto find the boat lou s manner. 1 The ravine wound around in a sinuou s fir t one They los t no litne in getting th e boat afloat. way and then the other, as though some gigantic s nake had Jack Virginia illto it. formed it by pu s hing&it s way through Urn range. The bag s of p r ovi s ion s followed, and then they pu s hed Probably it had been the bed of a narro'r but rapid off into the tream. stream a lon g time s ince, and lhc alcr cou a s all that The head hunters utte red wild s houl s of excitement now remain ed of it. whe n they aw hat lhe fugitives were about, and pushed \Yhen night oYcrtook lhcm llll'Y \\ e r e still in the s ame on foster, hoping to OYcrLake them before they could get ra,ine, and as they were too tired to go any further they YCry far. camped in a little nook ate their supper, and drew to "Kapc thim oIT 11ith your gun, Jack, while we paddle see who should stand the first watch. away," sai d l\Iike. This duty fell to Sam, and Lhe others wenl lo sleep .Jack began to blaze away at once. Nothing happened to aisiurL them during the night, and Uc was a first-cla ss !ihot, and every bullet found a mark. when morning came the y had their breakfaBt 1d went on 'rhe rascal s came on, nevertheless, urged by the chap in again, putting their trust in Provid e nce and hoping for a the topknot. speedy release from their difficulties. Spears wer e hurled after the fllgitives, and one or two fell unpleasantl y near the boat. CHAPTER XIV. I "I must plug their l eader," thought Jack, taking aim at CONCLUSION. the man with the topknot. I His rifle cracked again, and the fellow went down in a Durmg the mornmg the ravine widen ed ouL, a mountain 11 t .. a I t d f d 1Cap. s r.eam JOme t 1e wa er-course an trans orme it mto His followers immediat e ly s topped and gathered around < quite a flow of water. l "I feel sure.that we are on .the right route to get oilt of 111;;Paddle like fun," cried Jack. "Now is our cha nce to the range," sa1c1 Jack, "for tlus stream ha 7 an outlet some t ,, where, and I wouldn't be surprised if it ultimately con gc S d d d th th h cl nected with the stream we arc looking for, or the big river afnd dam b1 f so, atn l tle t edy a ac -th b k f l h I t a ,, quJre a ew ays e ore s ooo 1em m goo s ea now. on e an o w n c wa s cap ure a 1 l 11 b "B th h t ,, J l\I"k They never missed a stroke an t 1e s la ow oat spun egorry, e re s smse m w a ycz say, sam .i: I e. f .. 1 l'ttl t. l 'k t. k f l' l t "S 'f l d 11 ft 1l fl t 1 over the smface o t1C l es ream 1 ea s rea o ig1. urc 1 we la a sma ra now, we cou Ct oa a ong on 1 l l 1 h d tl t h' 1 ld th t bl f lk' Indeed, the native s themse ves con CL scarce y ave one us s rame w 1c1 wou save us c rou co wa m, so it would." better. "I s uppo s e those blacks lrnve discovered lon g a go that In a few minutes a tum in the ravine took them out of we've left the cave, sa id Sam. s ight of the ir pursuers but the 1.JOys never Jet up in their "Probably Uiey hav e,' rcpl ied .Jal le e xertions, while Jack kept a bright lookout all around, lest "1 hope they won't track us along thi s ravine." other parties of t11C enemy sho.uld appear in a different "Sure yez ain't the only one who hopes thai,'' interjected quarter and try to head them off. Mike. I Sam was the fir s t to be gin to lag anu Jack took his 'l'he words were hardly out of hi s mouth before Virg inia, place. who had turned around, ulterctl a s upprcf:sed scream and had to s low dmrn to accom111odatc liis s troke to seized Jac k by the arm. Jack's nnpracliced ef forts. "What's the matter?" he a s k e d her. / "Begony, didn't I tell yez this was better than wa lkin'?" "Look! Look!" slie c ried, pointing up the ravine. sai d Mike. All hnncl. s lopped anrl looked. It ccrlainly was, and Jac k conceded the fact. Comillg c101rn the ravine, brandi shing their spears and 'rhey kept straight on for a couple of hourR, the stream knives, was a party or lhc enemy, lead by a chap grow ing wider as they proceeded, for mountain riv ul e t s with a topknot. nn

26 A FAVORITE OF FATE. it .found themselves in a river, bordered on both s ide s by the ri sing mountain side. 'l'he s un was high about them now, antl beat clown upon them so stro n g ly that they were glacl to seek the shade of a lnmch ot overhanging tall grass, which completely hid and shc llcr ecl them. They ate their dinner ancl went to sleep in reclin1ng atti inrle!'\ in the boat, Jack supporting Virginia in his arms TIH.'y did uol resume their trip. until the sun harl / tl ropved behind the distant peaks, then they pushed out i11to the middle of the river and paddled leisurely onward, 11011 buoyed up with the expectation of ultimate escape f'om the perils by which they were surrounqed. \ 11 night lon g they kept on their way, alternately p::idlll ing anr1 re s ting. Virginia in s i s ted on taking a turn with Jack when Sam nnrl Mike got tired. \ bout midnight the moon in its broad <]Uarter, came up above the peak s and shone do1rn on them. As morning r1awne landed in spite of the fusilade. Then thr boys stationed themselves at the head of the ravine, resolved to fight it out there. 1 The head hunte r s maac a de spcrnte rus h, but the repeating rifles mowed them down right and left, and they were unable to make any head way. Finding themselves beaten they rctleatcd, leaving thrcequarters of their companion on the field They hustled across the river and disappeared up the other strea m, and that was the la s t the young people saw of the savage natives. In due time they reached Cabul, and got a pas sage to the lmrn where Virginia"s r elative, the Rev. Mr. Rainsorcl. lived. Her other uncle was away with a party hunting the country for her. Oi' course, s he received a great welcome, and so dicl the boyR, Jack particularly. Wh e n the other uncle returned, two weeks late r, to or ganize a fresh expe dition he was astonished and d elighted to find the g irl safe, and he li stened in wonder to the story s h e had to tell. Shortly afterward the whol e pnrty sai l ed for Cape Town. Herc the diarnoncls, rubies and other gems were dieposecl of. Jack :found himself worth half a million while Sam an

. FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 27 Fame and Fortune Weekly NEW YORK, OCTOBE R 14, 1910. TERMS TO SUBSCRIBERS Slnstle Coples ..................... ... ,,,,, ...... One Copy Three Months ............ ...... ... One Copy Six Month1 ...... ......................... One Copy One Year ... ................................... Postage Pree. .05 Cents .65 Cents $1.25 $:z.50 HOW TO SE!ND MONEY-At onrriek send P.O. Money Orde r, Check, Dr Register e d Letter; remittances in any other w a y are at your ri s k. We acce p t Postage Stamps the same as cash. When sending s ilver wra p the Coin in a separate piece of paver to avoid cutting th e envel ope Write 1/0U1' name amt address plainl71. Address l etters to R 1 N oAJa To111n,Pre 1 1 d1n1 i Frank Tousey, Publisher N. R.UT1 Noe, Trea1unr c a ... 11. NnNna,s.cr11ar1 Union Sq., New York GOOD STORIES. Passengers on an Annapolis, Md., car the other morning were much edified to see S. E. Egerton, Jr., who has a country place on the Severn with a market basket containing twenty little blackhead wild ducks. "I raised these myself," said Mr. Egerton, "and they are now only two days old. The eggs I secured from duck hunters on the lower Chesap eake. From twenty-one eggs I have secured these twenty ducklings. It is understood that it is a very unusual thing for wild ducks to be domesticated, yet this very feat Mr. Egerton has accomplished on previous occasions. He l:las raised in a tame state about 200 wild ducks, altogether from eggs secured in Canada and points not so di stant, his intention being, he says, to stock his place with a var iety of the fowl. Emmett C. Higgin s and Otto Witt, game wardens, destroyed with dynamite the fish trap on the Chariton River Mo. lt had be e n in us e for many years and was netting its owner from $2,500 to $3,000 a ye ar. Ben Clark, the owner of the place, protes t e d tha t h e h a d purch31sed the trap along with the farm and that the fishing rights had be e n handed down for years to the own e r s of the farm. He declared that he could not be d e p r iv e d of the m by law. There were many farmers waiting aro u nd the trap for a s uppl y of fis h, for which they paid four c e nts a p o u nd. The fis h usu a ll y c augh t in the trap w ere buf fa lo cat, carp and c rap py, w eighing from one to fifty pound s Catfis h we i ghing 100 pound s have fr e quently been caught 1 t h e o ld trap The t r a p w a s a c urious invention consisting of h eavy timb e r s p l ace d midw ay of the stone dam. Fish coming d o wn str ea m w ould float into it. The catch for a day would fr e qu ently fill a n ordinary farm wagon It is said that the dam and t rap w e r e origin ally built by the Indians. own ers h ave cl e ared more money from the sale of fish than from the product of the farms Frequent complaints have been mad e of this method of catching fish, but until to-day no a c tion was talrnn. JOKES AND JESTS. Casual Student-I wonder why they call it leap year? Eligible Bachelor-Because it keeps a good-looking fellow on the jump. Nell-Why, I thought she loved the ground you walked on. Will-She did-till she found it was mortgaged for more than it was worth. Mr Jawback-Let's celebrate our golden wedding. Mrs. Jawback-How silly! We v e only been married six years Early in April last a youngster named Eberts, living in Mr. Jawbac!{-That all? How'd I get it into my head it was Montana, was out in the foothills setting traps for wolves fifty? when a mountain lion suddenly came in sight, on a ledge of rock. There was a tree close to the boy and he shinned up Husband-But, my dear, if Mrs. Nextdoor told you in strict like a squirrel and for a \ moment felt himself safe. The lion confid e nce, you shouldn't tell me Wife-Oh! very well; if took a long look at the boy, made up his mind that he would y ou don't care to hear it, I can tell it to somebody else, I sup be good eating without sauce and then crouched on the ledge pos e and sprang into the top of the tree. It was not only a small tree, but was decayed near the roots. The weight of the beas t Rog ers-I consulted a clairvoyant before my marriage and and the boy proved too muc h, and after a crack or two the a s ked her if s h e saw any breakers ahead. Browne-What did tree crashed down. You may think it all over with the boy s h e say? Said she saw twelve cooks and tw e nty-seven wait then, but you are mistaken. In falling, the tree carried the lion resses." against the rocks and stove in his ribs and when the lad hurried away and got help and returned he found the beast dead. If the lion only waited at the foot of thjl tree he would have'had a good dinner without price. General Niox, the director of the Army Museum of Fr,ance has received instructions to hand over to the Minister of For eign Affairs for transmission to the M e xican gov ernme nt, the keys of Mexico which are now preserved in the Museum of History at the Invalides. M. Sebastian M yers, the-" Charge d Affaires of Mexico in Paris, has expressed a wish that the keys should be returned in time for the celebrations of Mexican independ e nce. He desired that the Mexican :flags captured during the fighting in 1864 by the French should be given back. But to this request an unqualified non possumus has been returned, for it is an unbroken tradition never to return trophies taken in battle The keys, however, are only a symbol. They never opened anything, and Mexico has no gates. The keys were only the sign of submission offered by the Mexicans to General Forey. Tompkins is dead stuck on his new typewriter." "That's just lilrn him His wife probably will find it out and then there will be trouble." "Say, is the heat affecting you? I'm talking about the machine." "Father, said little Rolio "what is a great man?" "A great man my son is one who manages to gather about him a corps of assistants who will take the blame for his mistalrns while he gets the credit for any good ideas." Wilkins-Binks says he doesn t know you at all. Bilkins I m not surprised, he never sees me, you know. WilkinsBut I thought you said you were members of the same church ? Bilkins-Yes, but I invariably take up the collections. "Mrs. Sandys. said the grumbling boarder, "I am going to write to the city authorities." Mrs. Sandys-lndeed, sir! What about? "About the quality of the water. It's disgraceful. Why, \l detected a distinct flavor in it this morning,"


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. DEATH IN THE .AREN.A By John Sherman. "Spanish bull fights are the most horribly brutal and at the !:ame time the most fascinating sights that I ever witnessed," said a prominent importer of the Foreign Fruit Exchange, eand whose business necessitates frequent trips to Spain. He has witnessed many bull fights and is an enthusiast on the sub j ect His office is hung with illustrations of many celebrated battles in the ring, and portraits of the leading matadors. His des cr iption of the popular Spanish amusement is interesting In all the large cities a place is specially provided for bull fighting. It is called the plaza de tciros. The largest ones are those of Madrid, Valencia, Malaga and S ev ille. They are built of stone and brick and are indestructible by fir e In Madrid the amphitheater is oval-shaped and capab le of seat ing 1'6, 000 people. It is constructed on the plan of the Colis eum at Rome. The spectators occupy stone seats rising like steps from the ring outward. In front of the lower tier of seats a solid brick partition eight feet high separates the audience from the ring. A second partition or barrier, eight feet in front of the first one, leaves a narrow passageway all the way around the ring. The barrier is of wood, and is six feet high. is rigidly observed. Although he enters the ring never to depart, he is given fair play to the very last. The incidental slaughter of half a dozen fiorses, and the maiming, or even the killing, of a man or two does not interfere with the rights of toro, the bull. The fight begins at 3 p. m. A bugle note sounds the warning, and the gates are thrown open to lively music by the band. Two mounted princes enter first. They are dressed in gorgeous costumes of velvet, embroidered with b eads and tinsel. Silken hosiery and lac e at sleeves and nee$ are worn. The horses are gayly caparisoned. Following them are the matadors, who are the most skillful performers in the ring. They are like 0wise dressed with great magnificence. Mazzantini one of the most celebrated matadors, wears a costume costing $700 and diamonds that are worth many thousands. Three picadors. half a doz en torreadors and a number of assistants bring up the rear of the i;irocession. The picadors are mounted, and carry long spears, with heavy, round-pointed heads. The part which they lllay is the most dangerous of any. They are pre pared for it, by a heavy steel armor from their hips to their feet. The torreadors wear red mantles, with which they tan talize the bull, and distract him when b e has any of the other performers at, a disadvantage. The procession marches around the ring and pauses in fro.pt of the governor, whom they salute. He throws the keys of the pen, which have been in his possession to insure the safety of the bulls to the princes. They take them, with much cere mony. to the custddian of the bulls and immedately get out of the ring. When closely pressed b y the bull, the men escape by vaultfng this barrier, and remaining in the passageway until the The bugle s ounds the gates of tl1e pen are swung back attention of the bull is attracted in another direction. The and the bull enters. As h e dqes so, the keeper throws a is entirely open abov_e. The seats. on one side sharp-pointed, barbed hook, with a percussion cap at on e directly m the sun, and are occulJied by the r:11ddle _and lowe1 e nd and a tuft of gay ribbons at the other. As the barb is an_ saying that a Spamard his enters the flesh, the cap exp lod es. This infuriates the bull, so shirt or go without his dmner to a bull is hter-1 that he is ready for the fray. He makes a dash for the nearest a}ly true. The brutal sport mtroduced mto by the matador, who jumps over the barri. er, and the crowd cheers Moors, and has been kept up m much the same manner I the bull. The red mantles madden him and he dashes at the the Roman were. The someth1.ng wearer until he has c leared the ring. Frequently he gains to amuse and them. and_ the mstab1hty of the Spamsh so much mom entum in his wild rushes that he brings up with monarchy has made it good policy to please the people. The t "ble force against the wooden partition just as his tor bull fights take place every Sunday. !his is the feast day and escapes. Sometimes a is so that he the only day that all class es can be m attendance. The pub-runs across the ring, with the bull in hot pursuit. This race lie go en masse-men, women and children. They crowd the for life or death elicits howls of delight from the excited crowd. vast place full. The heat is something intolerable. The. sea:s If a man does not vault the barrier in time the bull tosses are slabs of stone yet for over four hours the crowd will sit h" o ver or perhaps catches a leg or a foot between his there and yell with delight when any unusually bloody spectahim d th 0 dworl orns an e w o cle occurs. On the shady side of the arena the elite of the city are gath \ red The royal box is usually occupied by some members of the reigning family ; other private boxes are filled with the rank and fashion of the town. Belles and their attendant cavaliers are numerous. The prices of admission are two pesetas, eq ual to forty cents, for the sun seats, and twenty pesetas" or four dollars, for the box seats. The bulls that are used are I?red expressly for the purpose. They come from stock of a warlike tendency and every effo 1 t is made to increase thefr fighting ability. They are large. weighing from 2,000 to 2,200 pounds, and of great strength. Their horns are long and branching and sharp at the points. While still young the training of the bulls is b egu n. R e d cloths are flaunted before them, and their temper i s tried by pricking them with pointed ::itick s. They soon learn to regard anything red as an antagonist, and when they enter the 1 ing they are as ferocious as lions. A governor of the fight is chosen to see that the rules o{ the ring are observed. These rules are as explicit as those of a base-ball game. The right of the bull to be killed, according to the customs that 'have prevailed from the earliest times, When the animal has made it too hot for his tormentors in the ring, he marches to the center of thP. space, and pawing the ground, snorting and bellowing he awaits attack. Several torreadors now enter and comme nce their tactics of exhaust ing the bull. One attracts him with a sf:arf; a blanket thrown in front of his eyes by another allows the first one to escape, When he begins to tire, a mounted picador rides into the ring. At sight of him the crowd applauds, for now the bloody work is to begin. If the bull hesitates to attack the rider he is goaded, and barbs are thrown into his sides until he rushes in mad fury at the picador. This individual sits firmly in his seat with a spear at rest and receives the charge straight from the front. The horse does not stir for the simple reason that the voor beast is blindfolded. As the bull charges the spear enters his neck, breaking part of the s ho ck, but not all. The horns pierce tho breast of the horse and sin1t out of sight in his body. Sometimes they wedge themselves tirm1 y uetween hi s bones. so that the bull is not able to extricate them and renew the charge, in which case the enormous strength of the bull is s uch that he lifts horse and rider into the air and shakes them. This generally liberates the horns and results in a further goring '1f the hors e


FAME AND FORTUNE WEEKLY. 29 The picador is often thrown with the horse on top of him, and even when clear of the horse, the weight of his armor is so great that he has to be assisted to escape to the barrier. If no vital part of the horse is pierced on the first onslaught, he rises from the ground only to be thrown again by the mad" dened bull. When finally the bull's vengeance is exhausted, the horse rises, and, with entrails protruding, rushes in blind agony about the ring. He frequently dashes against the bar rier with such force as to throw himself to the ground, and if unable to rise; one of the assistants ends his suffering by pierc-ing his brain with a dagger. The P .osition of the picadors during the charges of the bull are most precarious. They have many narrow escapes, and can actor. The rabble are only kept from violence by the presence of soldiery. The performance lasts from three o'cloclc until seven. About six bulls are killed during the interval, and the number of horses and men sacrificed depends on their luck and agility. The three great bull-fighters of Spain are Mazzantini, Frans cuelo and Lagurtigo. Mazzantini was paid $30,000 to go t

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