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    THE SUNDAY OREGONIAN, PORTLAND, FEBRUARY 18, 1900.
Syaennss eZ Prcvlens Chapters. 1
Sir Juntas EtemaAeM. of Mew Mtbte. 1b com- j
peer tiMi Ma grandson, young Philip, meets
In an tnsuwmse his eon Philip and his oon't I
paraiiwi. Janet Mark. They quarrel. Sir
James goee home, taking; along hts grandson.
That night he to murdered by Ms dissolute son
ard Janet Mark. They take nte boar outside
and lay It niton an lee floe. In the effort to
le&en the crime upon other shoulders. But the
boy Philip has witnessed the crime. He tells
bis grandtatber's chief tenant, Humphrey Spur
Tray, and Spurway succeed In having the real
murderer brougfct to Justice. He la sentenced
to he nanped, Ms -woman accomplice to be
transported Myuteriouflly Philip Stanefteld ee
capes the gallows, seeks out hte wife, finds her
In the company of Bpui way. and tries to mur
der her. but does not eutte succeed. She Is
taken away to Aberoalrn for cure, leaving her
eon. young- Philip, tn charge of Spurway and In
the eocipaar of little Anna. Mark, from whom
he learns that in rmk ways girls are worth
quite ae much as boya. foe example, in the
time of the cattle droving, when Master Spur
way bought hin winter besets in the mart,
Anna beat Philip in helping to cut them out.
HUH they are excellent friends, even though
ehe beats htm at her studies In the school to
which they go together. John Staiwfletd, Phil
ip's lawyer uncle, bring in a new teacher, Dcm
Jnle Rtagroec. a small man. -ith wonderful eyes.
Shortly after hts coming the countryside is
rtioctoed and thrilled with a number of bloody
and mysterious murders, evidently for the sake
of robbery- Business calk? Humphrey Spurway
from borne. In km absence a big packing case.
T.urporttnc to be foil of line Spanish wool, la
delivered to Will Bowman. Humphrey's clerk.
He puts It In the weaving shed. That night
Philip, playing about It, sees ohtnlng through
the gause of the packing case a pair of eyes.
He calto Will Bowman, who counts three, then
etab the packinc case with a small eword.
Blood now, they open the case, and find Dom
inie Rmgrose Inside, apparently dead. Shortly
after the house Is attacked by robbers, whom
Rinavone had meant to let m. They are beaten
off. but afterwards Philip's mother refuses to
let him spend the holiday at New Mllns. Re
turnice from a day's vWt to New Milne, Philip
Is lis In with Saul Mark, Anna's gypsy father,
who. under pretense of showing him Sir Harry
Morgan- treasure, makee Ulm a prisoner.
By the hew of his lent partner. Provost Grer
"T Partan, Saul Mark, supercargo of the ship
Ccrranmntee, Imprisons both Anna and Spur
way, robbing Spurway of much money and a
portrait of Philip's mother. Philip the elder,
who te In league wltfc Saul Mark, takes the
portrait and sends young Philip away. Leaving
Spurway Imprisoned. PMIfe Stanefteld the cWer
goes out m Spue-way's eteak te Ms wUe'a heuee,
and by threat induces her to ge aboard the
Corramtmtee.
(Copyright. 166, under the name cf "Little
Anna Mark." by S. X. Crockett.)
COapi-rlgnt, MM. by S. R. Crockett.)
CHAPTER XXVI.
Prevent Partan Visits Ills Limekiln.
Prevent Gregory Partan has risen be
times In the Morning In spite of his late
vigil. A man doe not carry the burden
of a nranldpalttr for nothing, but at
such a time, when so many rogues were
about. It was not Oregery Partan, the
faithttl magistrate, who would snare him
self. Now I do not know whether you are
a cotutotaseur In smells, as I have the
fortune or Misfortune to be. But to me
every room I was ever In has its own
bouquet. Just ae each flower and the
bark of every tree has its particular
odor.
That of Gregory Partan'g little par
lor, where mostly he did his business,
was a very peculiar and composite one.
I have nover met It during all my trav
els through the countries of the world,
save In the houses of the well-to-do
townsfolk of the trading boroughs In
Scotland. It is a scent compound of well
polished antique furniture, of hartshorn
or other unguent used upon shining ma
hogany and rosewood. In this case it
was not a close smell of unopened win
dows; for at most times the window stood
several niches open, propped with a book
or the edge of a chance piece of tlmber
plcked up upon the quay. A trace of
strong waters, too, of excellent quality,
might have been separated' and distin
guished by the delicate nostril, and much
more than a trace of the leather binding
of Gregory Partan's great ledgers. These
stood on a shelf above the provost's desk
alongside of the official library of his
office, the town dues book, the burgh
records, and a large thin octavo bound
on curious black leather stamped with
an intricate design in gold, which con
tained the rates charged by the officers
of his majesty's excise for every article,
from imported heather besoms to foreign
built ships carrying his majesty's flag.
Here, then. Provost Partan sat, and in
the simplicity of his heart cast up the
bills of lading of his latest venture. For
the OorramntHee, described as carrying
woolen goods, wines and spirits to the
colonies, belonged wholly to Provost Par
tan of the town of Abercairn, though Phil
ip Staunton, master, was entered as own
er. "It's an awesome thing for a provost
an' an elder o the kirk to hae to deal
wl' Makes an Maokguards. But what
can a Ood-fearla' Man do? Siller he
maun male or he is nocht thocht o'
In this land, o' gospel privileges. An'
the' Basnptr nae siller in the country.
Forstga ventures we maun a try if we
are no to eat yin anither up like min
nows In a pond. But, oh, the risk, the
risk! Forbye the uncertainty whether
ye will ever see hilt or hair o ele dell's
llckpennlee again!
"There's malr nor twa thoosand paunds
worth o gtttd gunpoother In that ship
twa hnnder and saxty casks o' strong
speerlt (Gold forbid that ony Christian
man should pour a drap o't doon his
bass!) forbye guns and whingers an' bully-knives
for the heathen that fear na
their maker to cut yin antther's throats
wl Heeven send them speed! And a'
that gear at the mercy o' a set o' as re
galrdleos toons as dente the face o clay!
A' that siller dependln on siclike waffs
and runnagauntes as Philip Stanefteld
thrt slaughtered the daddy o' him or gat
the blame o't o" Saul Mark that is as
muckle waur than Philip Stansfield, as
he 1 waur than Gregory Partan! But
what a sailor what a supercargo! He is
aae guld at the fechtin'. but he brings
ham slocan a balance-sheet as haesna
entered the port for M year. How does he
manage It It's safest no speerin', Greg
ory. I8"' Tak your gowden guineas. Jln-gte-ttesn
on the tame, see that they arena
eitpptt But cever ask whaur they cam'
free. Xa nrr wbatna fine ship gaed don
v.l' the flames mounttn' higher than her
rhrwir " Gregory Partan. man, gin a'
the r'-ls e- says he true. ye'H hae to
answer for this' Put there's aye a day for
repentance and I've lang to leeve yet.
Hoots what's a' the fet! Gregory, you
and me will Julst tsk' oar montin' to
rrteht n m1 thochteT"
So saying the provost rose and from
a reoets in thr wall concealed cleverh
b-"h!i d r-- wt-dv fhu'ter. he torfc
equmrc tKtit.e a: d poured it Into a dram
gtasc which air o sto d '.r. the recess.
"fere's to the lads on the Oorraman-
Pisflure by G.A.SIttPLEY
tee a guid delivery, safe return, and a
heavy bag when Saul renders his next
accoont!"
It was a long toast for so little a glass,
but to even things the provost filled it
up again and yet again till, indeed, the
bright ruble began to creep back to his
cheek and even tinge the lower portion
of his magisterial nose. Gregory stood
at the window and tasted with lingering
relish of palate the excellence of his own
private store.
"They'll be clear oot 20 guld sea miles
by thiB, and nocht on this sid o Scot
land fit to catch them!"
He lifted the bill of lading and glanced
down it again. "Private ventures o the
'$ilLj&y'-
THE VESSEL CAUGHT IX THE
captain and supercargo I hae no con- But in the name of fortune what brocht J run through these obstructions, as well as
cern with these. But I had the gather- ! ye here?" I up among the cordage, as I did up our
in' In o thae orra loons. That's where j "Let us first get out of this place, and ! garret stairs.
tho profit comes! then, when I see daylight, I will reckon "Follow me, sir," said Saul Mark, as
"Item Twenty-seven young lads, all be- J -with you, Provost Partan!" said Umph- I soon as we were within the circle of light
tween the ages of 11 years and 16 years, . ray, grimly. j which came from lamps fixed low behind
healthy, strong, willing to be bound ap- "That will we and blythe," cried the ' the bulwark, so as to show no light be
prentlce In the Virginia and Carolinan nrovost. cheerily. "I was lust comin ' vond the deck of the shin.
plantations likely to bring 301.-401. apiece,
say .... 9001.
"Gregory Partan, ye are a made man.
And doln a service balth to yoursel', sir,
and to the laddies. For what guld wad
they hae done here, I wad llko to ken, but
only run aboot the street and gotten them
sels into mischief. Ye are a public bene-
tt i ' ?ns?y ' 'T' "I0UBn ye B" nae
thanks for it But it's aye some com-
fort to get in the siller! " The provost
reached for a large key which hung on
a nail above the desk.
"I'll Juist tak a dauner doon to the auld
limekiln and see in whatna state thae 111
set loons hae lft It. Cleaned wl besoms
and clauts it will need to be after them
and their guests! 'To see the treasure.'
ha-'ha. Aye, monny is the laddie that
has seen Morgan's treasure In my fath
er's auld limekiln!"
So it chanced that Umphray Spurway,
lying with his face down and the pistol
clutched stiffly in his right hand as if he
had killed himself, heard the sound: of
heavy footsteps approaching his prison
house. With a hurried intake of the
breath, he nerved, himself for that which
was before him. His plan, thought out
during the night, was to lie as if dead till
his enemy should enter, then he would
spring up and take his chance with his
pistol. He had waited In vain all night
long for the return of Philip Stansfield.
Now, his time was at hand.
" 'Heard ye ere o' the Bailie o' Mlckle
ham's coo?' " hummed the provost, under
the flaps of whose waistcoat the choice
spirit was pleasantly meandering; "davert
what for hae they eteeklt a" the bolts.
Coldna they hae been content to lock the
door decently to keep stravlgers oot, with
out glein a body a' this trouble?"
"The Bailie o Mlckltham's coo inter
rupted Itself while the provost fumbled
angrily at the rusty bolts. He had to
stoop so low that, to say tne least or it,
the posture was unpleasant for a man of
his figure, and undignJIed In the chief
magistrate of so ancient a borough.
But at that moment something still more
undignified happened. A strong hand
gripped Gregory Partan ere he could rise
to his feet A forceful arm dragged him
within. The keys were Jerked from his
hand, and he himself thrown into the
corner like a bundle of rags, while Um
phray Spurway, having secured the door,
stood over tho provost, pointing the bar
rel of Captain Stansfield's pistol between a
pair of exceedingly astonished eyes.
At first the prisoner, fresh from the Hol
lands and the glare of the bright morning,
was dazzled, and conceived that his own
familiar "blakes and blackguards" had
lifted up their heel against him. He had
always had an idea that they might hold
htm to ransom.
"And now, Philip Stansfield." cried the
voice of the angry Englishman, "with tho
measure you mete It shall be measured to
you again. The words are your own. I
know not what 111 you have said or done
to that poor lady, your wife. But I do
know that you have not five minutes to
live. I will kill you with the very pistol
you put Into my hands that I might blow
wy brains out To your prayers, man,
that is. If you have still any hop? of
the nercy of God to a villain such as
ru are!"
"What es. preserve us! What's this
ava? I'm no Philip Stansfield or ony
"Icean unworthy vagabond. I'm honest
Gregory Partan. provost o" this toon,
aoraln" decently lntil my aln cellar, that
was my faither's afore me honest man.
1 ha was dean o' Guild in bis day, forbye
deacon o' his craft! An' an honest man
as I am this day, sae help me the Al
michty Poo'er!"
"Gregory Partan," cried Umphray Spur
way, astonished, "what are you doing in
this place where men have been throt
tled, bound, robbed and well-nigh done
to death this night? I hold you respon-
slble for all that has been transacted here i
tms night! '
"Umphray Spurway," cried the provost, i
rising to his feet and groping toward the
Yorkshireman, "surely ye canna think t
siccan thoots o' me that has been your , confusion of boxee, tarpaulins, coils of cheek with her thin fingers,
frien ever since ye cam' to this country- rope, mixed with exceedingly solid objects Then presently, tho vessel lurching v'o
side. Ye maun hae gotten a clour aboot which I suspected to b shrouded cannon., lently to one side, I was thrown on the
the croun that will hae dung ye silly. Yet tho sailor men knew their way at a cushions, and, upon recovering myself, I
LITTLE CALM BELT, ROSE OX THE LOXG OILY ROLLERS AXD HEAVED HER
COPPERY SKY.
my ways doon to get a lippie or twa o'
Hollands oot o' a bit corner cupboard I
hae here. Gin ye 'will join me, ye will
mak' me prood."
"I have work to do that will wait neither
bite nor sup," said Umphray, as he op
ened the door, and the two men came
out into the passage. "I must ask you to
fend mvmir hat this or another sir i
Iena me our nat this or anotner, sir.'
w, -mm oottia ,o r.r orni Tho nmr.
derer and parricide. Philip Stansfield, was
in this place last night, and he left me
to proceed to his wife's house with the
declared intention of committing murder."
"Philip Stansfield in Abercalrn-mercy
on us! He doesna want the confidence.
tt. i ji. ! , fh t,
It is a direct reflection on me the pro-
I'll call oot the train bands. Dod! 1 11
do malt- nor that-I'll come wl ye mysel 1
JVS UlCJ' piwQCU uuuuija LUC iiiauub-
anl-polish-scentcd study, Gregory Partan
took his Sabbath hat off its nail, and the
two men made their way rapidly to the
little house In the vennel. All was still
and peaceful as they paused in front of
the doors. The windows were blinded,
and a curiously belated air of night and
sleep caused It to contrast svlth the open
doors and cheerful windows on either
side, which were crowded with faces in
terested in the movements of two such
notable men.
They went to my mother's door and
tried the latch.
It was unlocked, and
as they entered and shut it behind them
the night chill of an unopened house
struck cold and heavy upon them. Um-
phray Spurway strode with fearful heart
from room to room. He clambered up the
narrow stairs In half a dozen bounds,
j Before every shut door and black closet
' he gasped with a horrible fear lest he
I should come on some sight too ghastly
lor numan eyes. But an aDove was emp-
tiness and stillness, the dank sweat of
I night upon everything.
He thundered downstairs again to find
the provost holding a steeple-crowned hat
in his hand. He was smiling a little,
and seemed about to speak. But the pro-
vost's jests, if Indeed he had been about
n moka nnv vDra otrion frnrr, hi Una
at sjght of the face of Umphray
Spurway.
"He has carried her off the villain. He
has captured her son and carried them
both to the plantations to sell them for
slaves."
"Hoot na,'.' said the provost, "ye never
can tell a woman is ' aye a woman.
They're juist terrible forgleln. And, ye
ken, we a try them sair. He'll aibllns
hae spoken her fair and saft and she'll
hae gane back to her auhi love for a
that he Is a blackguard"
"Hold your cursed, lying tongue," thun
dered Umphray, roused out of himself.
"I tell you she hated him loathed him.
Did she not lie weeks in the hospital
here from the wound his hand gave her?"
"Aye, aye, they are verra lang suffer
in', tho weemen," said the provost calm
ly, looking about him. "But we will do
no guld here. I mlsdoot that the nest's
empty and the bird flown!"
"I tell you. sir, she would never have
gone willingly. She must have been
forced. I know her heart l"
"Like eneuch!" said the provost, "but
some o the weemen fowk hae twa sides
to their hearis yin for the auld love an
me liner ior me new. xsui mey aye
keep the warmest for the auld. Tak my
advice an think nae malr aboot her,,
TJmphray. She maun bo &ye lecht-headed. !
There's as guld fish"
But TJmphray Spurway was gone. He
had fled the ancient emptiness o the
proverb he knew -was coming. - i
"Hey, mon, leave me my hat, and tak
your am wr ye, Umphray!"
But the Englishman only cried over, his t
shoulder. Impolitely, "To the d'evll with '
you and your hat"
"Aweel," said Gregory, philosophically,
after minutely examining the steeple
crowned article he held in his hand, "I
hao nac objections. There wa3 a bit hole
or twa !' the croun o' my old yin, and this
Is as guld a beaver as ever was coft for
siller. Aye, aye! Ech-how. aye but
Providence 13 ever a kind provider."
CHAPTER XXVII.
Captain of the Corram.tntee.
"When Anna Mark and I found ourselves
on board the Corramantee, it seemed as
if we had been dropped suddenly Into an
other world. The whole remains curious
ly distinct. I remember the uneasy feel
ing df the water as the boat directed her
way among the scattered lights of the har- (
bor. Then we were handed up the black I
side, by sailors like S3 much merchandise.
will Bowman had been left on the quay,
gagged and bound, In charge of two men
of the crew. I can yet call to mind the
partial Illumination of Saul Mark's black
bushy beard and silver earrings as he sat
nursing the lantern In his lap and direct- ;
Inir tho oniirsn rf tVio hnnf Inmorif tho i
ehlp. Anna was on one side of him, I on
the other, and once fo comfort I passed
my hand cautiously about his back, hop
ing to touch Anna's. But Instead I must
have
laid my flnjcrs on Saul Mark's
J brown paw as he cat controlling the tiller, j
for he turned upon me with a sharp oath
which made me Jump.
The deck of: the Corramantee was a piled !
Thls I essayed to do. and plunged down
a dark flight of stairs In imftation of his
method of descent. My foot slipped and
I would nave assuredly fallen and broken
my neck, If he had not stretched out his
hand and grasped me as I fell. "Get In
there," he 3ald, peremptorily, "you will
find blankets In the corner. Tomorrow we
will consider where to .bestow you. Anna
will come with me to my own cabin
I So saying, he went out taking the light
h him and I was left alone In a -dark
, Place with the scuttling of Innumerable
' all about me It was infinitely worse
than the Provost i lime-kiln and haa It
, ?0' ?eVf" ?n0"g"fn!a,n3 h?Ia
I think I should have sat down and cried.
abQut d,rec.
den u f eome 10 feet fllled
I , storeg and barre,s wnlcn wfcre
caked all over the side with salt. But in
the corner, as Saul Mark had said, I
found a mattress made of some sort of
foreign fiber, curled as fine as hair, and
kept in place by little 6lats of bamboo on
the under side. I came also upon a couple
f lanbatc tr.hlnh T Avasm nor m whpn
I had lain down with no small thankful-
ness. For the night was cold and tne
place, as it seemed to me then, incredibly
damp and musty though nothing past tho
ordinary of merchant ships.
"I will not go to sleep," I said to my-
self; "how do I know that they have not
, brousrht me here to muraer me?"
Yet I must have slept and that soundly.
j for It was far Into the next day before I
I waked. In my dreams I thought myself
t back again on the swing under the trees
. at the gable end of the old Mlln house.
i Anna Mark was swinging me. standing be-
j hind and first pulling me higher In one
' direction, then pushing me forcefully In
reverse. At first the movement was pleas-
ant, but afterwards X wisneu ner to stop,
' Yet for the life of me I could not cry out,
till finally I woke In an agpny of fear and
! coId perspiration,
i Instead of the pleasant trees and the
' rustling leaveh, the deep cool ravine and
. the soft hushing roar of the weir, I saw
only tne blackness of darkness. I smelt
i the dank smells of the ship's belly. I
j heard only the water slogging against
the ship's side. Yet my sensations were
' real enough. I staggered to my feet,
letting the clothes fall away from me,
, and lo! the first thing I Knew was that a
! bulkhead swung round and struck me
on the brow. The next moment I sat
down unpleasantly on the sharp Iron-
bound corner of a box. I was rattled like
a pea In a bladder at the end of a boy'?
stick, so that I was glad to succumb again
on my blankets, hoping for some surcease
. of the strange d'sturblng motions.
I It was not the strength so much as the Ir-
, regularity of these sinkings and upheavals
which troubled me. A long upward heave
. would be followed by a quick drop. Then
came a resounding clack as the ship struck
, what to me seemed a solid rock. Again
there was a rebound and another heave
at right angles to the first Now I ap
peared to be tossed in a blanket against
the celling. Ancn having left all my vital
parts sticking there above me, I was hurl-
ed. a mere empty shell, void of all but
misery, Into the abyss.
But I need not enlarge. These sensa
tions are common to all who go down to
ihe sea in ships. Or at least they are the
lot of most, and the cruel sport
of the
nappuy immune.
j It was high day outs'de when the door
opened, and I saw my father stand be-
fore me in his bine coat with the gcW
braid, a sailor behind, him in a blue shirt
and white trousers, holding a lantern In
his hand.
I rose to my feet also, for I did not
wish to shame my courage.
"Ah, Philip," he said, "so you have
Joined the Corramantee as a Dressed man.
You are brave boy. Como up to brcak-
fast!'
At the very name of food I could scarce
contain myself, so strong a loathing had
como over me. I think Captain StansBeld
must have noted my pale countenance.
"Why," he said, "you are Somewhat
squeamish. That happens on a first cruise
to the be3t seamen. Dick, bring him a
glass of brandy from my cabin!" Which
when I had drunk, I thanked him fcr, and
felt somewhat better.
But judge what was nvy astonishment on
going into the cabin to find my dear moth
er sitting there with her hands on her
lap, her lips white, and such a look of
! fear In her eyes as I had never seen in
them since the night at the Yett cottage
of New Milns.
She did not rise, but only held out her
poor hands with a Httlo pitiful appeal. I
ran to her, and she clasped her arms about
my neck. Then, though she had not cried
at all before, she now laid her head on
my shoulder and wept aloud. So I stood
there all a-tremble in my knee-joints. For,
what with the uncertainty of the ship,
tin "hrnnrlv "TCnmriHnrr In mv ln?MA nnd
my mother's head heavy on my shoulder.
I thought I should fall down where I
3tood. Nevertheless, I did not, but stood
It cut, till my poor mother stilled her sob
bing and dried her streaming eyes. Yet
I think tho exercise did her good; and
then for a wnue- alter sne am not say a
j slnglo word, but alternately touched her
! txvoa with Tim- !rp"rrhlff nnd nnttnd mv
eyes with her kerchief and patted
my
BOWSPRIT IXTO THE HOT AXD
found myself face to face with Anna
Mark, who greeted me with a bright and
reassuring smile.
"Anna!" cried I; "it is' good to see you,
Anna!"
For, indeed, I felt that nothing could,
long go amiss where she was. Nay, the
very dancing light in her eyes helped me
to be brave. And so It was always. I
have In my time set up for a respectably
courageous man, but I have never evened
myself to Anna Mark.
"Philip," she said, "I have been speak
ing to your mother. We are friends now."
For this my wondrous lass had Instantly
assumed the care of our poor mother upon
her first coming on board. She had forgot
ten her own terror In l'ttle delicate minis
trations to tho woman who mlsliked her.
All this was so like Anna that the tear3
came Into mine eyes, and I could not
even find in me the courtesy to thank
her. Not that she thought of that, for It
was. always a pleasure to her to take the
burden of the troubles of others upon her
shoulders.
Then came my father In. For ho had
gone about his business as soon as ho
had seen my mother lay her head on my
shoulder, and heard the first of her cluck
ing sobs. (Shame it Is to speak so of my
mother, but I must use the word which
tells the exactitude of the thing.)
"Mistress Mary," he said, "will you be
pleased to come on deck? The motion is.
easier, and methlnks the air will do you
J good!"
j He spoke with a courtesy which was
certainly new and strange. My mother
lifted her head and answered, "I thank
you!" with a little motion of the
head which was strange to see. It was
' taught to all well-bred maids In my moth-
j er's time, and was considered of the high
est breeding before the Invention of the
more graceful courtesy of modern times.
And then what a sight I saw! I, a
town-bred boy, whose view of the sea had
never been more than might be gotten
t from a rowboat In a harbor, or a jrlimDse
I of the white-dotted blue plain of the sea
' from a forth-looking mountain top, saw
nothing on every side of me but the chas-
me Diue Dinows tipped with white, and
' far away to the right the loom of the
land through the midday heat
And the CoTramantee, which last night
had been only a turmoil of tortured black
ness, .was now a beautiful ship, square
rigged before, schooner-rigged aft. with a
clean-cut bow, a broadlsh beam, a shape
that tapered aft She sat low in the
water, leaning over a little In the light
Wind. Then what a mountain of snowy
canvas floated above. How long and
beautifully tapering was her mainmast
how stanch and sturdy her bowsprit and
foremast! And then the winking brasses.
'each was a new poem. The decks were
snow white as those of one of his maj
esty's ships. For, to do him justice, Pro
vost Gregory had spared no expense on
her outfit, and the imperious angers of
Captain Stansfield and the seamanship of
Saul Mark kept all In the primest order.
When the Corramantee put Into port,
as every vessel In the world must sooner
or later, all this was changed. The white
sails were replaced by others patched and
brown. The masts were painted to repre
sent worm-eating and dryrot The fine,
long guns were shrouded In tarpaulin,
with a debris of boxes and bales on top
scattered every way. The glistening car
ronades were disguised or trundled out
of sight Nothing save the taut and per-
feet cordage betrayed to the eye that one
of the smartest ships of her size in the
world, with as daring a crew as ever trod
decko'ank, was lying peacefully at anchor
amid a score of peaceful merchantmen.
These things, of course, I mostly learned
afterward, for at first I was too much
taken up with anxiety as to our position
on board, and concerned about my mother
to ask any questions. And. Indeed, of In
ddent on our outward cruise there was
hardly any.
Once I was on deck when the lookout
away up on the high croastrees cried out
something sharply, which the mate, a
thick-set Scot from Tillicoultry, made him
repeat No sooner bad he grasped the
purport of the message than he clutched
a brass telescope and swung himself up
Into the shrouds with the agility of a
monkey. Then a few moments afterward
Saul Mark and the captain came on deck.
All sail was crowded on. and I shall never
forget the look of alertness on all the
men's faces as they crowded forward and
gazed across the blue, leaping sea toward
that unseen something which had been
reported on the horizon. For me I could
distinguish nothing, save the unstable
plain of ocean and the white balancing
wings of sea birds. Then Captain Stans
field, with a gallant air, asked that he
might be allowed to escort nay mother be
low; whereupon she took his arm, as
doubtless she had done when he had corne
as a young wooer to her father's manor.
Anna Mark was to have gone along with
her, but with deft alacrity she hid her-'
self behind a carronade which still wore
Its harbor rigging.
I went forward among the men. and,
though one of these ordered me bemw,
and saw me leave his side of the deck,
no further notice was taken of me.
Captain Stansfield and Saul Mark, with
Lamble, the Tillicoultry mate, a little
behind them, were on the quarter-deck,
eagerly examining the chase. I could now
see the ship, a huge tower of canvas,
half sunk under the pale whlUsh-blue line
of the horizon.
She mounted fast, and we would soon
have overhauled her. But long before
I could see anything save the vtssel, we
were In pursuit of I could hear the man
on the lookout calling again. This time
Saul Mark climbed up to the station In
the crcsstrees with a telescope.
"Four others five six. We are over
hauling more every moment Two are
ships of war British by their rigging!"
My father laughed loudly.
"We are not metal to scratch such a
tartar as that It must be the Jamaica
convoy six ships of war, by gad! and 3
sail of merchantmen!"
Instantly the men relaxed their strained
attention, and the course of the ship 'was
changed. The white towers of sail disap
peared again over the blue line, or rather
snk Into it and we were alone In the
center of that tireless circle of sea.
All this while the ship was worked as
steadily and regularly as Umphray Spur
way's mill, as, Indeed, Will Bowman of
ten said. Will was an active fellow,
strong and quick at learning. Beside.
what stood him in good stead now, he had
been In his youth much among the fisher
men of Whitby, so ropes and sea heav
ings came easier to him than to me.
As'much as they would let him, he became
one of the crew; and could reef and steer
and scramble with any of them, Jobs I
had vexy literally no stomach for.
But our chief occupation on board was
looking after and cheering the 27 poor boys
torn from their homes, some entrapped,
some cozened, others again plainly stol
en away from widowed mothers, who had
no means of avenging or even tracing
their loss. For the town ojt Abercairn
and Its surroundings villages had been
swept, as a city 13 sometimes rW of its
stray dogs, by the hunters of men.
These poor lads had been carried away,
and their fate was to be sold for slaves
In the plantations. There were even
a few among them against whose
parents certain in high places had
grudges. It was no difficult matter to
punish such recalcitrants by picking up
a son, .who, in the gloaming of a long
summer's day or early winter's afternoon
might be running wild at "tig" or "hide
and seek" among the barrels of the quay.
Anna, Will and I had the free entrance
of the "barracoon" at all times. It was
at best a dark, evil-smelling hole, as may
well be Imagined, and the boys, left to
themselves, would have speedily made it
a horror and a loathing. But Will and I
divided thorn Into watches. We appoint
ed officers to see that cleanliness was en
forced with the utmost strictness. We
obtained permission to bring the boys up
for air In gangs of eight at a time, for
whom we were responsible. In this man
ner the place was kept fairly clean and
healthy. Anna and I carried down the
salt beef and biscuit upon which they
were fed. There was, however, no scant
ing of the fare, which was of good qual
ity enough. For It was the Interest of
the privateers tnat they should bring their
captives to market In prime condition, any
disease or underfeeding making a great
difference in the prices.
It is a strange thing that On this pri
vateer, or, to be plain, pirate ship, there
was none of the equality common in such
cruises. Only once did I ever hear a
man before the mast speak back to one of
tho officers. And the next moment Saul
Mark knocked him senseless with a mar
llnsplke. For a moment or two things
looked ugly, for some of the men growled
ominously. But Captain Stansfield came
along the deck, as it seemed, in a matter
of three strides to where Saul still stood
with the spike In hie hand.
"Show me the man who dares do aught
but his duty on this ship!" he cried in a
voice like thunder. "To your posts, men!"
And in an instant the whole ship's crew
stood at attention on the deck with a
regularity and discipline beautiful to see.
All, that Is, save the man who lay sense
less on the deck.
"Speak up. Mr. Supercargo," he said;
"what Is this man's fault?"
Then Saul Mark told briefly the words
the man had used in refusing to obey his
officer.
"Did this man sign the rules and sub
ject himself to the conditions?" asked
Captain Stansfield of the crew.
"Aye, aye, sir!" came the answer, with
out apparently one dissentient voice.
"And he has struck his officer. You all
know the punishment for that offense by
our articles of association. Have any of
you aught to say?"
A tall fellow stepped forward, saluted
and said: "This man Is my brother, sir,
and the second mate has been putting his
spite on him all this cruise because of
something that happened ashore "
"Mr. Kirgan," said my father, turning to
the second mate, a fierce little Irishman.
"I do not ask you anything of this. But
only tell me what order did you give this
man?"
Kirgan, a wiry, bullet-headed fellow,
with a ferocious squint, answered curtly,
"I bade him to wash my socks!"
"Mr. Kirgan," said Captain Stansfield,
speaking severely, "there are boya whose
duty it Is to wasn your stockings. In fu
ture you will not order my able seamen
to perform such work. Yet, considering
his insolence, I say not that your brother
hath gotten more than his due! Take him.
away to the sick bay."
The crew broke into three rousing
cheers, which the captain acknowledged
by turning his back and walking away
from them. Mr. Kirgan sent a look after
him of deadliest hatred. The man whom
Saul had knocked down was removed by
his brother and one of the sailors of his
CHAPTER XXVTn.
Now I had always bad a kind of per
verted pride in my father, even when he
was acocunted the greatest reprobate' and
villain In the country. People were so
prodigiously afraid of him, and hW fame
and name were so constantly upon the
common lip.
But now, when I saw him every day In
a position of command of so well-found
a ship and gallant a crew, that admira
tion was greatly Increased, and I verily
believe that if he had shown me the least
civility I should have offered to join with
him. But this he never did. Indeed, I
cannot say that he took any interest in
me at all. He d d not bid me good morn
ing when I came into the cabin, nor yet
good night when I went off unwillingly te
my bunk. He looked over ray head as he
walked the deck, and, for all my work and
unwearledness in serving him. he noticed
mo less than any of the ship's boya who
carried the pannikins and emptied the
slops.
But to my mother he was unwearlediy
kind and unfau!n!y courteous. Ye.t by
no means In an entrer wiy as f he desired
to atone for aught or to seek any of h-r
favors (tat rather aj a courteous rap
tain to & noble pasengr or royal ci -tfv,
whose mfcrfortunes entitle her to b
treated with the greater dirity
Ail this while we had heen steadil-v hemt.
tag sonth'and west, as even I could mane
on ana nearly every day little Anna
Mark brought me news of the ship's
craw. For. betas; the only girt on boarl
she. could make friends with the men mu a
more quickly than I, having also her fath
er's talents In that respect; with others
of her own, -which I have Indicated pre
viously in the story.
(To too continued.)
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