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A STORY OI: UETUIDUTION.
II V "W'AIIASII."
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Whan Rugtmo awoke tho noxt day his
mlml was full o( thr follies of the one
which had immoU before It, ami In Ills
notar momonts be noon came to tho
knowledge of Ibe (net that ho had fool
Utiljr places! himself In an tin
proksant prodlenmont from which It
would take a considerable um ul money
to extricate himself. The amount of
his do bts was not n very largo sum In
the oyos of many, but Kugeno hail not
boon potacMod of wealth long enough
to conslilor the sum It would take to
settle with bis creditors a an Inslgnl
II cant amount Ho disliked very much
to accept the protlerod assistance of Mr.
limerick, but he saw no alternative, at
ho must bavo the money lioforo tho oven
Ing of tho next day or rink arrest.
During tho evening lio mot Mr. Kmer
I ok and, an they ant at onu of tho littlo
marble-topped table In a i-ato nonr to
tho Orand Opera House, ho broached
tho ubject of Ills dtllleiiltlos. His
listener seemed almost prepared for It,
for ho asked in a moment: "How much
will It tako to entirely wljio out your
"About flvo thousand fr.utw," an
" That is but a small lum. I will ad
vance it to you In tho morning anil you
can tide over your trouble." After
these words Mr. limerick was quiet for
omo moments. Kugone thanked him,
but othortvlso made no roply. Having,
as It seemed, got his thoughts into
shape, Kmorlck loanod over the table
and speaking In n low voice said: "Ku
gone, I bavo something to tell you
which may nireetyoiir futuro If not told
"Indeed! what Is It?" Inquired Ku
geno. "Nothing serious, I hope?"
Without any further referenco to the
nrtluro of his nous, Mr. Kmorlck said:
"Your mother's rocent acquaintance
with mo on mo about, ns you know, In a
rnthur extraordinary nmnner."
"Yes, so 1 havo understood," said Ku
geno. "As you must know sooner or later, I
may at wo II relate tho circumstance to
you nt onco." Whereupon ho urocundod
to speak of tho occurrence at tho dock
yard (tnto In llrooklyn and tho Hiilwo
1 1 u m 1 1 Interview at bid rooniB In New
York. Whon ho got to tho jKjint
where his wifo aain recognlted him he
sit Id: "Your mother mado no mistake.
I am her husband and your father."
When Kugone board these words he
dropped the wine (lass he was raising
l bis lips on to the table and ex
claimed: "Then why did you change
j our name'.'"
"I bavo already had to refuse your
mother an aunwer to Hint question and
for the present must decline to answer
ymi. When tho piopr timu arrives
you (hull loom my reasons." This u
.ill.tho satisfaction which Mr. Kinerick
gavo. KuReno wai my stilled Uiyonil
lueMiiro snd bardly know what to say
In reply, but'ho con ten toil hluiself with
- 7 A nii
"THBJf At A NATt'KAT. CONSBIJUKNCK III!
WUt'lJI MAKItV AISMIIl.t."
nlnrliijr: "Woll, you may bavo ooil
reason but It noems to mo like unneces
n try nijstery between fathex and son."
"In duo time it will all Unexplained
t.i you," said his father. Sill I Kugeue
wai full of grave suspicion, lie had
liitiiseU led such an oiien, honest life
that such unoxplaiiuil and questionable
n. lions on the part of his father gave
him grave apprehensions that he Mas
n.it tho man of Integrity for which he
pjssvd in tho ejus of tho world. Ie
mado no further allusions, however,
until lata In the evening when ho and
Mr. limerick wore sitting In tho rooms
of tba latter. Tho conversation had
turned on KugoneS friends, tho Do
laros. It was KuRt-no who llrst men
tioned Uiem and If ho had lieon more
ubservsut he would have noticed a
slrougo look pass over his father's face,
which altoostsooinod like an expression
of foar. Ite told his father all about
tho accident which threw him across
tho path of tho Dolaros, and ho spoke of
Armldu in such terms of praise that his
father felt constrained to say: "You
seem to have a soft place In your heart
for ihl lofcly creature whom you do.
"She would soften any one's heart,"
Mr. Kmorlck did not betray In words
any Itnowlodgo of her of whom liugfino
spoko until Kugene continued: "You
ought to see this lovely girl. She Is
the most beautiful woman 1 ever saw,
and as pleasant In her manners as she
Is beautiful In form and feature."
"What did you say her natno was?"
asked Mr. Kmorlck, unconcernedly.
"Arm Ida Dolaro."
"Why, that Is the name of a young
lady whom t met at Iong llranch last
snason," stld Mr. Kmorlck.
"Doubtless the same person, for they
spent part of the season there, and 1
think Mrs. l)olai said that sho stopped
at tho West Knd Hotel."
"Then she must bo tho same, for that
Is where I met her. There was with
thorn an Kngllshman named l.ovel and
a Mr. Wlleox?"
"Yes, I have heard thou speak of tho
Kngllshmau," said Kugeno, "and Mr.
Wilcox 1 knew very well myself, lie
died only a short time slnre and left
all his wealth to thU IVrey Unel."
"A dead man can not'have much uso
for money," mused Mr. Kinerick. while
aloud he added: "I wonder what will
bocomeof It all?"
"It wlH'douhtless find an ownor somo
day," Kuc;ono responded.
"It would bo a very comfortable sum
for a poor fellow to get hold of, and
would enable him to dispense with tho
nocsMMlty of resorting to vulgar lalwr
for the rostof his natural life," said Mr.
Turning his eyos directly towards
Kugrno's faco, he asked: "What would
you do. Kugene, If you were possessed
of such a sum as that fortune repre
sents?" "Propose to Armlda Dolaro as a llrst
step," was tho answer.
"And If she refuse you, what thtn?"
"In that enso tho money would give
me very little pleasure, for there Is no
other woman on earth whom I would
care to marry," answered Kugene.
"If you had that amount nt your back
you would not bo long In finding one,
anyhow," was Mr. ' Kmorlck's next re
mark. Then as Kugene did not appear
ready with a reply ho leaned over to
ward him ami whispered: "How would
you like to get n share of that wealth?"
"Very well, if 1 could como by It hon
estly," said Kugene.
"Come, now, don't put on such strenii
moral airs, Kugene; you know that si
long as you got It, you would not cart
how you came by It."
As Ktigeno heard thoso words lu
stared at his father with lire gleaming
from hls.oyos and said in an angry tone:
"It Is a lucky thing for me Hint I did
not moot my father until my morals
were formed or It would bedilllcult to
surmise where my career might bavo
led me. It thoso aro your sontlmontH
do not try to graft them Into mo."
"Your lit of morality will pass away
in a few moments; then I will talk to
you," said Kmerick, in an exasMirallng
ly cool volc And suro enough, when
Kugeno had, as ho thought, oooloddown,
Ito spoko again: "You know that you
need monoy, unless you are going to
live on your mother's moans, and by a
simple act on your part you can get a
good fortune of your own."
"Kxplaln your meaning," said Kugene.
"My meaning Is simply this," s.dd
Mr. Kmorlck. "l'ercy IaivoI, the Kn
glishman, Isdead. Ills next of kin may
lievor bo found, and that money will be
waiting for some one to rUirn It. I
know a man who resembles l'ercy I-ovel
us much as two pons resemble e.u-h
other, and, ns the money will never do
tho State any good, I propose that he
should personate l'ercy l.ovel andcl.ilm
old Wilcox's fortune."
"tlreat (iod! What kind of man are
you''" asked Kugeno. "Surely, you
aro not my father?" lie spoke
loudly, but In Kiiglish, so that
the by-staudur.s did not understand
him. "Do you expect me to take a
baud In such work as that?"
"All that 1 shall ask of you Is that you
procure mo n specimen of l'ercy Level's
handwriting." l'rom the manner lu
which Mr. Kinerick spoke, It was
plainly visible that ho still believed
Kugene to I hi nuumimj his attitude of
"1 could uo t if I would," said Ku
gene. ThU remark encouragod Mr. Kmorlck,
so that he smiled, and resumed lu a
rapid, earnest manner: "You can do It
quite easily. All that you have to do
Is to go over to Iondon, tell Miss
Dolaro that you are wealthy, and claim
her hand. Then watch your opor
tunlty to upon her writing dosk and
takr one of l'ercy Umd'r totters out.
I know she has lots of thorn."
"No sir. I will novor stoop to such
underhand tricks," said tho younger
man with emphasis.
Finding that ho could not Induce
genu to help him through In his
scheme by holdlm; out prospects of
wealth to lil in Mr. Kmorlck thought ho
would resort to another plan. Ills ac
tive mind had soon Invonted one, but as
ho proceeded to unfold It he little
know how truo his supposition was,
"Supposing." aald he, "that this Kn
glUhman should not ho dead after all
and that he should turn up to claim tho
monoy? Then, as a natural oonso
quenco, ho would marry Armlda Dolaro,
and how would you feel about that?"
"I would fud like killing tho pair of
them," responded Kugeno. The pros
poctlvo M)ssessiou of an Immense sum
of money had failed to rouse Kugono's
Inward nature, but when that lustduuus
worker of evil, Jealousy, assumed the
reins of his mind, bo took a dlllereut
course. Ilesldes, ho was getting warm
with wlue and his words lluw thick and
fast. "Never," ho said, "shall any man
marry Armlda Dolaro but Kugone llregy.
If she refuses me she shall novor live to
Kmerick could hardly have Udloved
that so slight a hint would have caused
such a chuuge of front, but hu Inwardly
chuckled at the result of his apparently
"Such a thing is more than possible,"
he said. "There are many gentlemen
traveling through that country who
might resemble l'ercy Kovcl lu dress
and uppoaranco and become the victims
..f an a.vid- nt. Ilesldes. the body found
In tho river was badly ditxjtnposed, and
the Identity was only presumptuous at
These words only Increased Kvigono's
eagerness and In an Impetuous manner
ho exclaimed: "I will start for London
to-night and survey tho Hold. If Arml
da refuses me as a poor man I will stop
nt nothing to mako myself rich enough
by some means to bavo a fitting re
venge." Thus did the polished old villain,
stooped lu sin, commence to drag this
splendid specimen of manhood down to
bis own level. The llrst step was being
taken and Kugeno was to taste some of
that strange sweetness In crime which
leads the taster from one deep water to
another until finally ho gota beyond his
depth and sinks forever.
Kugeno was as good as bis word. Tho
next day ho started to Calais, his debts
all patd and a letter of credit for a con
siderable sum In his pocket to duf ray
his expensos in tho somber metropolis
of the uorld.
Mr. Kmorlck took another route.
Amiens was to (hi the scene of tho noxt
ellorts in behalf of this l'rlnco of Sin.
When ho related tho result of his visit
to l'arls to Mrs. llregy ho did not ad
here strictly to tho truth. He told her
that Kngeno was progressing favorably
with his studies and that he bad gone
over to IaiiiiIou for a fow days by way
of a littlo recreation.
Mrs. llregy asked him If ho bad told
Kugeno that ho was none other than
Alphonse llregy and. upon receiving an
alllrmatlve response, sho said: "Then
dear husband, uo can again 1m as uo
on.'o wore to each othor husband and
wife In truth."
"Yes, there Is now no obstacle In tho
way," ho replied.
"My happiness Is complete," ex
claimed the delighted woman, throwing
her arms around bis nock. Having sue
coedisl In working bis too confident
wife up to this pitch, the unprincipled
schemer coiillnuisl In his deceptive
manner to still furthurdoludo tho trust
"Do you prefer to remain lu your na
tive land, my dear," he asked, "or shall
wo return to tho country of our adop
tion?" "That Is something of which I have
liooti thinking ever since you left me a
week ago, and I have arrived at the
conclusion that It w ill Ihi better for us
to tako up our permanent homo lu
America," she replied. To hear this
from bur lips delighted Mr. Kmorlck,
for It meant tho sale of the Amiens
property, and thoro was no desire nearer
Ills heart than lh.il.
"Still, ivo need not hurry," he snld.
"Wo will sKiud a short time in Loudon
this seusoii. It is going to Ihi a very
brilliant one and should not bo inls.iod
since vm are so near."
"That will bo u very pleasant way to
spend n few weeks. Still, I should
like to sever my ronnivtlim with this
old city. For, delightful as It is, and
full of so many romliilsconros of pleas
ant days and hours, there Is now uo
more pleasure lu It for inn. Why. somo
tiiiies I lun afraid to walk about for
foar some of my angry relatives shoubl
leap from concealment und slay me In
"I. if; 1 d - r
"J VVII.I. I'fSIt MA r I KHS AS '.sr AS I'lls
BIIII.K." broad daylight, so groat I their disap
pointment at not being able to wrest
the projMirty from mo," said Mrs. llregy.
lu an alarmed tone.
Then tho liest thing to do Is to dls
ioso of your bricks and mortar mid
have nothing but tho hard cash to take
care of. In that way It will be much
more easily handled."
"That Is exactly what 1 have made
up my mind to do, so you had better
commence negotiations to-morrow. As
soon as every thing is settled wo will
leave here." These words, as they fell
from Mrs. llrogy's lips, llllod tho old
deceiver's heart with llumllsb gloo, and
ho readily answered: "I will push mat
tors as fabt as possible, and even if wo
have to make a sacrltloo wo will lot the
"Any Hung to bo rid of those sur
roundings," sho said.
Mr. Kmorlck was truo to his word,
and in loss than ton days every thing
was sottlod, and be, as Mr. llregy, a
in sole control of the eonlldlng wom
an's wealth. Their llrst steps wore di
rected to l'arls, whore n fow days wero
spent In a whirl of pleasure. Mr.
llregy, as the ex-merchant was now
known, soumod ns though be could not
do too much to give his nowly-n covered
wlfo pleasure, and all the days were
days of happiness to her. Yet what a
cruel awakening was In sUiro for her!
They had not been In l'arls a week
when a letter reached them from
Kugene, saying that ho had not found
the Delnros, as they had loft l-omlon
and would not return for n few weeks,
but bo was very much delighted vv III!
the great city, and, having met Mr.
lllodgor, was baring a very pleasant
time of it.
I'uou receipt of this a discission took
place ns to their noxt movements, and
It was decided to spend n few weeks in
tho south of France. Thoy wont U
Nice, and every thing scorned to pro
gress satisfactorily with thorn until
alsiut two weeks after their arrival
there, when tho newly found husband
grew moody and sullen, and one day,
when Mrs. llregy fondly asked tho
cause, ho told her that bis all Airs In
New York wero not quite all settled
when be left that city and he feared ho
should have to return Immediately to
mako an adjustment.
"Not without mo?" faltered the faith
"Yes. You can remain bore a fow
weeks, then goto Loudon, and t will
return from New York to meet you
there," ho said.
, In n moment Mrs. llregy burst Into
f tears, and scorned as troubled as a
bride of twenty might have boon under
similar circumstances; but nfter a time
she was consoled nnd consented to do as
, Kmorlck asked.
I The slippery villain had onco more
, gained his ends, and ore tho sun sot
on the following day he was speeding
'northward, carrying with him an ns.
I sigument of the proceeds of the whole
j of Mrs. llrogy's recently acquired wealth
I to himself.
Ho did not go to Havre, however, for
three days later ho was Booking for
Kugeno in tho modern llabylon.
That young man was Hilling around
the groat city in a strangely eccentric
manner and It was several days I m-fore
bis father found him. Whon ho did at
length discover him be hoard with
pleasure that Mr. Itlodgcr bad Just re
ceived a letter from lloiirnemotith. stat
ing thai Mrs. Dolaro nnd Armida would
be In Loudon on the day following.
"Truly, things are working Into my
han. Is in a lucky manner." ho thought,
"but I must not lut this girl and her
mother see mo. Kugene can work bet
tor without my prosenco lielug made
() tho Jouruc) to Loudon be had
stopod over at l'arls for a few hours
nod lu that short space u( time the
whole of Mrs. llregy' fortune was
transferred to the name Julius Kmor
lck. This part of hU scheme accom
plished, ho was eager to jierfevt his
lie only needed to keep tho simple
woman at Nice from suspecting his
movements for a few weeks longer, and
once more he would Isi lu possession of
sulllcloul wealth to keep htm in luxury
during tho remainder of his natural
life, to enjoy which he would retire to
somo comfortable place on the Conti
nent. CIIAlTIMt .Will.
Had the designing Kmerick known
what had transpired In the Argentine
llepubllc during the tlmo since be left
thoro his easy, happy fooling would
have been changed toouoof bitter chag
rin. The plucky KnglUhmnn whom wo
loft lying In tho bottom of n bullock
enrt, a few months U fore, had not yut
Ihh-oiiio food for the llshes.
During the whole of the day on which
tho meeting for the duel took placebo
lay In the bottom of the cart covered
with sacks. Twice he was periuilti d n
little fresh nlr and Iwicu the irirfs were
taken from tils mouth in order that he
might drink a little filthy water which
was given to him by tho jkioiis who hnd
charge of hi in. On these occasions ho
was loo weak to shout and had bo
shouted bis voice would have 8ent
Itself unheard, for ho wns too far from
nny living soul (except his captors) to
When the shmles of night fell ho was
conscious that the stopping plnco for
rest had been reached. Ho know that
the bullocks wore lolug taken from the
carl, fur ho recognised tho cries of the
peon as they urged tho tired beasts lo
move. Then they took the gags from
his mouth ami spoke to him In their
Jargon which he did not understand, and
as thoy could not spoak Kngltsh thoy
hnd to resort to dumb motions to make
each other understand, l'ercy made a
motion to the ellocl that be wanted
drink and they passed a black Isittle to
hi in. It contained a vile, cheap liquor
which the unlives distill themselves,
and as ll touched his lips hu made such
a wry faco that the two eon could
hardly control themselves for lauifh
tor. After enjoying his discomfiture
for a few moments thoy morulfully re
lented and gave him somo water to
drink, nfter which thoy dragged him,
still Itound, from tho cart and laid him
on the ground.
They thou proeeislml to prepare their
camp for tho night, Lighting a lire,
they spread out some course blankets to
lie upon. As soon ns the tire hud burnt
up they took along strip of lieof from
their supplies und cut oil pieces In t lie
nmnner common lu thatcounlry (where
a piece of beet Is cut up when ri quired
in much the fcniiio way that KuroM
nns or Americans might cut up n loaf of
broad) and tonsloil It over the lire
This, together with some coarse bread
washed down Willi the vile liquor which
they carried, constituted supper. A
supsr which Percy's delicate stomach
was not lu a very lit slate Ui receive.
Still he folt compelled to eat to keen
up bis strength, so did his best to swal
low the food thoy gave him, moistening
It with somo very brackish water,
which was tho best that could Ihi
joon after eallng Percy foil Into n
sleep, nnd so sound was It that bis
keiiHirs, who had Intuu.lodto watch him
lu turn during the night, resulted to
sleep also, trusting that their cnptlve
would Ihi perfectly safe ns lie was slill
lightly ImjuiuI nboul the legs.
After taking their 1111 of food and
liquor they made fast Percy's hands
wtlhuut awakening til id. and laid down
to rest themselves.
The next three days wero only a rep
etition of the first, and Percy never had
a sight of the country which they wero
passing through until nightfall.
On the fourth day they came to their
destination. Tho curt had slopped, and,
as Percy still lay In the Isitlow' bound
band and fool, his nostrils wero offend
ed with the vilest of stenches.
From this ho at once thought he must
1 bo near to corrall, and when the lcl
lowing of the angry Wants confined
1 therein readied his ears be knew that
' his surmises wero correct.
I Pretty soon he hoard a medley of
voices, nnd he was ImmodlaUdy taken
j from the cart and carried Into one of tho
three mud huts, which appeared to Ihi
1 the abiding place that his captors had
designated for Mm. Now, for tho llrst
! time In live days, his Itonds were re
moved, though his captors still kept a
j careful watch over htm. This, how
ever, was quite unnecessary, for had
' they left him with the door wide oon
i lie lould not have oscnHHl. He was too
badly crumpol after his long, rough ride
In the carl t.) mako n move, nnd II would
i take many hours of rosl to loosen bis
Never was a rest more welcome to
him, and, notwithstanding that bo lay
lu a dirty, miserable hovel, surrounded
l with lllth and squulor In Its worst form,
ho enjoyed his sleep as woll as though ho
bad iMin lu his comfortable room In
llo wns carefully watched through the
night and no chance was given for htm
lo escape In the event of tils awakening.
Ills watchers wore tho Hcst-liKiklng
men It would lie possible to meet oven
in South America, and a look at them
would have been sulllctont to drlto
sleep from most people. Sttll Percy hnd
not heeded them, but slept as soundly
ns a man dog-tired could sleep It was
a rude awakening for him, however, for
tho early morning broughtnll tho hands
on tho farm who could spare the time to
take a H'ep nt him. Hut ho heeded
them not nnd lunged for but one thing,
and that was sumo one to veak loin
Knglish. Yet no one came. At Inst it
burly Hollander, who bad charge of tho
farm (or estancla as It Is called lu the
language of thai country), camo In.
He understood Knglish tolerably
well, and asked Percy in the tongue
which bo so longed to hoar If be
wanted nny thing to ont Percy told
hi in ho wns nearly famished, and the
Dutchman ordered his wants attended
to. These few words wero all that
Percy beard spoken lu Knglish that
day, and when the noxt enmn ho was
too sick to listen to any. Ills head
ached and his senses swnm. Hu folt
as though somo groat and severe Illness
was coming iisiu htm, as. Indeed, ll
was. The prlvnt'.oii had been too much
for htm, nnd to that, along with his
unnatural surroundings of accumulated
lllth, ho tlnnlly succumbed. lioforo
another day dawned bo was In a de
lirious fevur, nnd all that his captors
could boar him cry was: "Armlda!
For days did hu He lu this terrible
state, attended only by a (inuclio, who
professed a kuowlodgo of medicine, and
who was the person always called iikii
to administer to the sick whenever
such wore found about the pUco
l'ercy sHtsossod a strong constitution,
ami, fortunately, pulled through, w 1th
tho assistance of tho (iuuebo doctor.
Hut he was n snd wreck of bis former
self haggard lu apionmiico and nboul
half bis Hernial weight. Certainly,
none of his friends would have known
him. it wns several weeks after he
passed the critical stage of bis fever
before he was able to walk about, and
then bis guardians would not permit
htm lo stroll far beyond tho door.
A rudo bench hnd been constructed
Just outside tho hut, Umiii which be
would sit for hours at a stretch, Mindor
lug over the exciting adventure i bo
was passing through and womb ring
how it was all going to olid. Ito did
not know where lie was and could nut
form the slightest Idea. From the num
ber uf Utile Islands which lay lu the
river he saw running through the val
ley nboul a mile away be Judged ll must
hu Itlode la Plata, or Itlver Plato ns It
Is ls'lter know u to Knglish speaking
people. Still, ho could form no delln
llo opinion, but thought that lu unso he
was for lunate enough to mnku tils es
cape 1 1 would probably provide the
means of carrying htm back to Iluenos
Ayres. There was not an hour during
which a little steamer or craft of some
kind did not pass.
Thus did hu spend many n weary
hour until his strength liegau to return,
aud he comiiiuncml to display more en
ergy lu looking for a means uf escnpo.
Hut before bo could 11 nd one a cloud
was thrown over his proocU by the
appearance of the tall Spaniard who
i had acted us Kiuertuk's second at the
I It was early In tho afternoon when
that unwelcome visitor arrived and be
'at unco came lo Percy, lu a mocking
J lone lie us tied nfter tho health of Mr
' Huntley, and said that ho regretted lo
iliear that lie had been 111. To alt his 111
jquirles and remarks Percy paid but lit
, Ito attention and mado but brief replies
! After awhile the .Spaniard asked
Percy what had Income of tho suit of
'clothes ho worn when ho camo north,
and to this question Percy replied:
"'these Iteasts whom you placed In
charge uf me look them and with them
they took all llio money aud valuables 1
"Ah, yes, thnt Is so," said the Span
lard. "Wo needed that suit to put on
another dond KnglUhmnn who died r.
few miles below Han Pedro a short time
since. According to my coiitrnrl with
your estimable friend, Mr Kmerick,
you wore to hnvo lloatod down that
river, but I humanely decided to spare
your Hfo, and have resolved to make
use of you on this farm. You wilt, no
doubt, mami yourself nanuy wuen jou
recover, and these handsouie gent emen
by whom you are surroundet 'IH la""'
cam that you do not escape.'
"I would almost rather hnvo floateil
out to sea. down that river, than 1
compelled to make my homo among
. . ...I t....l-lrt villstllS ItS
such a sol oi evn-is - --
thuro are bore. Lven my
never bo 'o In Ihotr
"Never foar. thoy will not hurt you
as long as you behave yourself," re
sponded the Spaniard
"'I o judge from lliolr looks ami ac
tions I shoubl Imagine thoy would as
r" . v
tit A VIOCUINO TO NT. III! A'KIIII AI'TIMt
im: iii:.i.rit or uu. iiinh.v.
soon stick eno of their long, gleaming
knives Into mo ns they would Into nbul
lock," said Percy.
"Oh, no; not one of them dare lay a
hand on you unless you attempt to os
cape, without my orders," was the reply.
"Tli mi you propsn to force mo to
spend the rest of my natural life on this
farm among thoso blood-curdling sur
roundings?" "Unless, you will comply with condi
tions that I will name, I do most
certainly," answered the Spaniard.
"And what aro your conditions?"
"Fow and simple," was tho reply,
"(lot your friends to pay mo a ransom
uf ton thousand American dollars and
you are free the day thoy pay It- Hut
should they make the least attempt to
eltecl vour rosciio I w 111 kilt you with
my own hands, If need bo, to prevent
"If my friends wero asked to pay the
money they would refuse, knowing that
by n determined elfort thoy could lo
lease me without doing ho. As such an
elfort would only cost mo my life. I
shall not ask them to tako oilier means
to elfict my dellvary."
"In a few woekii you may change your
mind, so I will give you n little time to
think It over. In the meantime you
will reuinlu bore nnd do whatever Mr.
Van Nepp dooms necessary and proper.
If you refuse him ll will bo mi much
tho worse for you." Thoso wero the
last words tho Spaniard uttured as bo
Shortly afterwards Percy was well
and strong again. Ho did not devote his
time to uselessly bewailing bis fate,
but wont to work at whatever the
Dutchman told htm to do and en
deavored to do bis utmost lo please. Ho
had an object In carrying out thlscourse
of action anil after learning u few words
of tho Mongrel-Spanish spoken by the
hands around the place lie grew Inti
mate with them as far as tits knowledge
of the lnuguage would permit, llo was
thus heller capable of entering Into I
their work and sport with n vim ami
earnestness which made him lots of
friends among them. While It might
have takmi him years to have learned
to rldon horse with nny tiling approach
ing tho ease that n (iaucho did It, ho
soon became very export and In brief
moments, ulien bis thoughts iifauxlous
friends left him, lie would really some
what enjoy himself.
It was gutting lo be about tlmo for
tho tall Spaniard to tint lu an appear
ance again when Vnn Nepp also soomisl
to bo growing friendly to litui. In one
brief week this friendship bad Improved
and grown to such n degree thai lie
would tako Percy III. htm very often
when ho drove to tho bead station,
nlsiut ton miles further north. It wns
on ouo of those occasions that Percy
found a welcome opportunity to ellect
an escnpo. They wore driving lioinenl
dusk when, without a warning sign of
any kind, onu of the w heels came oil
tliolr vehicle and throw thu riders to
the ground. Percy turned a summer
snulland fell on his shoulders, sustain
ing no further Injury than n rough shak
ing, but bis companion wns (ml so
fortunate, fur he full oii.hls side and, In
falling, broke bis arm.
Hero was what would have under or
dinary circumstances seemed like tin
unfortunate occurrence, but Percy
hailed It with delight. Ho was not
pleased to see the praying old Dutch
man In trouble, but ho nt onco saw a
means of oscnMi. Ho was dressed In
the garb of a native, but that mado uu
dillerence, nnd once on a river steamer
lie would Im safe, lie set tho broken
arm of tho Dutchman as best bo could
with his limited Isnuwiodgo of surgery
nnd then presumably turned bis atten
tion to the repair of the wagon. Find
ing that the wheel could not be fastened
on without Hie assistance of a black
smith, ns the littlo pin from the axle
was lost, Percy pro)ood that bo should
rldo back to the head station and bring
the smith from thorn. To this, the
Dutchman, anxious to get home, con
sented, nnd lu a few minutes Percy wns
riillng as fasl as his horse could carry
him to freedom.
How the HuUbiinn s nt the night
J,ovol novor know; for himself, bo spent
most of It lu tho saddle.
lu tho morning be reached n small
town on the banks of tho river, where
be sold the horse fur nil Inslgiilllcant
sum, and with It lie lwanleil n rver
steamer nnd took tho t'honxist passage
he could purchase down to lliienos
Ayres. All this time Percy wat full of
hope that the villain who had caused
his alsluctlon would still bo there, and
he had made up his mind to make short
work of bringing him to justice.
It would bo dllllciilt to describe Per
cy's feelings when ho once more came
In sight of the blue and while iHircclaiu
domes ol ItueniM Ayres. He fondly tili
ng! nod that lu a few hours bo would be
nble to exchange the rags vv litcli covered
his liody for clothing which would hot
ter lcome his hnndsomo form.
He walked luldly up to the hotel
where he bad stayed a fow months be
fore and Introduced himself ns lliu miss
ing Mr. Huntly. In less timu than It
takes to record ll he was being bustle. 1
Into the street, and as ho passed a
mirror In tho hall-way ho at onco be
came aware of the reason which pre
vented htm from b.-lng recognized, llo
could not himself bellute that tho ob
ject of which bo caught a momentary
tT I. nice was Percy Iivid. Ills faco was
brown nnd dirty looking, his uncut hair
bung lu a disheveled stale over his
shoulders, and bis uutrlintned board
hi llie.l to ui like him a mint pitiable ob
ject su.Ji as none would rucognlto as the
genial Kngltshman wiioio body was sup
posed toh.tve lieon taken from tho river
weeks lioforo. When lie reached the
street lie wandered aimlessly about nnd
dually decided to go to the American
consulate. 'I hero ho Introduced him
self, but mot with an evon worse recep
tion than ho experienced nt tho hotel.
Tlie consul was not tu be seen, and tho
young men In charge of the olllco dl
nothing but sneer and attempt to still
t Vit 4 c?V lv
"i ah si. v iii ill no rou mil i:tii:iuri(."
further humiliate the unfortunate Kn
glishman. Falling lu belli those quarters, ho
tried to Hud Mr. Kmorlck nt his old of
fice. After sovornl liielfi-etunl attempts
to gain admission to the building ho
told the object of It and was Imme
diately Informed thai Mr. Kmorlck had
gone back to New York long since.
This Information soul tlie Iiomi In
Percy's heart down to n low ebb, for It
looked ns though be would never gain
assistance either to Hnd tils man or got
away from lliienos Ayres.
Itessul the greater part of the day
aimlessly wandering nlmut tho streets
ami squares, but as night camo on bo
began to think of food nnd lodging, llo
commenced to walk in the direction of
n inrt of the town whom bo know ho
would Hud choap lodging-houses for all
nationalities, and as lie passed along
S.m .Miirtln street bo snw a woman ap
proaching htm whose peculiar carriage
nnd tight, nlry stop ho thought bo rec
ognised. Ho eagerly walchod her
movumenls nnd bocumo almost con
vinced that bo bud seen tier before. As
be passed her he at onco know thnt sho
was t.io woman whom lie hnd soon
leaving thu concert hall with Kmorlcl:
n few nights nfter hu llrst reached
Ho did not Immediately nccost her,
but turned around and followed her.
Tlie woman appeared aware that she
was being followed, nnd when Percy
cautiously approached to Hsak she
stopped suddenly run! faced li I III. Her
altitude wns one of defense, but Percy's
llrst words being spoken In clear Kn
glish, f.he folt renssurml und kindly
inked htm what sho could do for htm.
"I am ftonrchlng for Mr. Kmorlck," be
replied. "Can you tell me any thing of
"Mr. Kmorlck!" sho said, lu as
tonished tones. "Why, what have you
to do with htm?"
I'mler the shadow of a doorway they
drew logelher, nnd Percy gnvo n hurried
outline of bis recent adventures, wind
ing up by asking her if she could help
him tu any way.
"I can and I will," was the reply. "I
have some liillueiitlnl friends here who
will soon restore you lo your rights.
Come to me nt this address to-morrow
and I will see thai n gentleman who can
render you assistance Is there lo moot
As she sioko sho drew a card from
tier K)kot, uu one hide of which Percy
read tho words "Hello Lorlmor," and on
thu othor her address, written lu loud
Porcy spent thnt night In n miserable
lislglng house that was scarcely hotter
than the mud hut which bad boon bis
shelter during the cold night on tho
Pampas; but lie did not sleep much, tils
anxiety being too great, and was out on
the streets again tu tlie early morn
anxiously awaiting the hour when ho
could meet llellc Lorluicr.
Somrtlilng for the New Year,
Tlie world rriiuwiird urri'i of Itustetter's
M.imiirh lllttcni, and their contlniii'il sipu
larlly fur over a thlnl ol uccntiirv us n alum.
nolilc, It scarcely morn womtrrlul than the w rl
oemo that viiM-tn thi annual npornruticn u(
llo, letter's Almanac, 'llilt valuable lui-dlcat
Ireallsit Is putilMiril tiyltiti llovlcttrr Com
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ilri.irlinriil. Ilicy nre rumihiK utsiut 11
inoiilht lu llio car en llilt work, nml the Ismiu
of s.unu fur 1-vl will he mom than Uu mil
Huns, printed lu the I'liKHdi, (iitiiiiiii, frr urli
Wflth, NerwcL'Inii, Swi-dlsh. Holland. Ilolie.
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uiiisteini'iit. varied Information, ustronouilrul
csloiilallom nml chronological Ueiui, &c
which can ho depended uu or correctnets.
Hiu Alumnae for Isul rim Uu ohtaluest freo et
rt. from iirmutliis ami itrnerul country deal
ers lu all parti o( tho country,
Ft m Sai.k I hnvo SO tons of Jmy
int'iistiroil nt Hi", Mondows on
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