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CIIAPTEIl I.-Wlillo itls.ffnln Is hld
. on a siding Tom DaviiniiortrcUKlnccrbf
tho I'aciiio Limited, bccomotmntcreniuu in
: tho furtlvo movement or a 'small brown
mnn, evidently u forclKiirf.hnd Invrvtl
f rates. Whnt ho discovers' semi lilm
ack to Ills cab In u hurry. Uiirlinimn
iWllllnmii, mining man, boawls tlio train
'and makes tho ucquittjitaieo of tlm
v 'ntrnnKtr, Jftllrlnirrno JltAtiilrn, who
Sroven to bo nn liust Indian., ITI10 limited
CHAPTHIl II William, thminh rnln.
fully burned, snves Jllendrn: who hud
been pinned under the wreck; Tho Hindu
vowfl eternal Krntltude. U'llllntnu. if
"fiScelvcB r inrsiMKe telling Into Mvxlcnn
revolutionism have sclr.nl l' Ills' mine,
known ns "Kl TlKre," and kiraU or tfrlvim
en thvAniei leans.
' CHAPTER Ill.-Onhls .yo his mine,
alone. M.'lllinma discover tlintj Jltfltulra lu
following I'lm, and ho order (film tn turn
back. The Hindu apparently. ucijulenceB,
tout when WlllliunH rvuehea (ho mine he
' S)nd Jlfctulra there.
CHAPTKU IV The Hindu' declares
Kate him bound him and Wllllnms to
Wether, and nssort mysteriously that the
eds Vishnu and Blvu lire with him. WIN
(una, pomewhnt touched, allow him to
Mayi While In n sleep or exhaustion Wll
HAa la made prisoner hy a Mexican
ffwco headed by Manuel PacNrco, his for
Mr mlno foreman. With Jltendra. nlso
a prisoner, the party sets out for Znpn
Mlo. On the way I'ucheio brutally strikes
Immediately ' falls
CHAPTER V.-Arrlvlne; at Zatintlllo WIN
Hams and Jltendra are ptnrcd In, a filthy
ytL Williams Is visited by HcMrert Har
emce, representative of n rival' mining
company. I In offers Willlnms his liberty
tf he will abandon Kl Tlcro und ajtreo
to leave the country. William Indig
Tho world of strife nntl MniKalc, of
HHtcr hnte unit hunilng ilNrortl, nf
which ho Imtl been u part wns lilnttctl
oat, nntl, InHtcud, tliuri! wits only ti
naperlntlvo sense of contentment, a
divine pence, n sweet oltlivlon.
" "Sahib nuck I Siihlli Huck I"
WlllnmH struggled In dazed fiulilon
tO hlH lUlCVrl.
Between hi d renin nntl I lie dark
ncs.s lie wns ho ennfuxed Unit he did
not realist) where lie wiih r why.
Homcthlng cold, metallic, slender, wits
ferclng It fell into hlH hands.
There Is llttlo time, sahib." hissed
the voice. "See the dour Ik open and
the Rods granted thy request. Make
haste, I pray thee, mill depart. He
ware of tho other who nlt asleep Just
within the mU' of this plnre."
"W-w-who what tho dovll are you
talking about? Oh, I remember now
It's you, Jltendra, Ihn't It?"
"Yes, sahib, hut deluy not. The
Ittht Is yet youtiR by dawn thou must
bjs far from here."
UnbcllevInRly the mine owner taR
jeered to his feet. Ho tried tn look
around tho obscure Interior of the cell.
Then ho saw that the Iron-bound onken
floor leudlng Into the corridor was
open, as a draft of nlr came through.
Near It two tlumlnR points of llRht,
awaylnR rhythmically In tho corner,
blazed back at him. Hack stumbled to
ward them, groping blindly.
JItendrn's hand was on his arm
the Hindu's slender fingers bit down
em his bleeps like steel tonRd.
"Sahib, beware the venseance of
Tlshnu J Not that way l"
He felt himself drawn forcibly, aside
and thrust Into the corridor. He
tnmed to Rlance at his friend. Two
other crimson RlarlnR points of llRht
biased bnck Into his startled eyes, but
these seemed suspended Just above the
white turban which the Oriental wore.
Like those the mine owner had seen In
tho cell corner, they might have been
tho nn?ry orbs of the gods at whom
he hnd scoffed. '
A cold sweat streamed ont on his
forehead. He at last realised that ho
was In tho passago leading to the gate'
of the cnrcel, and In his hands wns a
rifle the thing ho had Jestlugly com
manded the patient, little brown man
to secure for hi in through the exercise
of his occult powers. '
"Hurry, Biiblb Iluek," whispered
Jltvndra ; "tarry not for me, for Vishnu
and Siva have mo In their lfoly keep
ing. Go thou and quickly V
The cool, satiny rifle barrtrl sent a
thrill of madly Intoxicating ecstasy
rioting through the American's brain,
Like the tiger, from whom he had been
named, he padded stealthily along the,
short passage leading to the; gate of
' the prison, filled with an angry ven
geance. The sleeping sentinel waa lolling la
his chair. Ills weapon thudded, dowa
pou tho head of the ebmnoVent, a)
dler, who rolled to the ground;
Williams seized the ringed key from
the guard's Inert fingers and thrust It
lato the, lock, Tho last barrltir swung
laward, the soft breeze of the reful
gent night kissed his feverish face,
aad he was blotted out by Its protect
Jall8lngrao Jltendra squatted In the
corner of the cell from which tbo
American had so miraculously .been re
leased, and bent over the prostrate fig
ure of the Mexican who had beenon
guard In the corridor.
Back and forth on the bronst df tho
soldier, who lay rigidly upon his back,
swnyed two sinister, menacing points
of crimson, mid In perfect unison
swayed also two others upon tho head
of tho Hindu,
"Wouldst thou hava life?" sternly
demanded tho llttlo brown man ot tho1
prostrute ilguro. -
T H I! T. I M
'ST, "Mori'1 '
"Thoii heed vtl "hut I ahull uny."
wont on tlm othut' tn cold, precise ac
cents. 'Tf thoy wnlie to tint! Sahib
Buck gone, tltoiii Instead of he, will
i dlo. So, tholi too must depart,"
lie lenned closer to tho man, whose
. faco was distorted with ri hldeouH ter
ror. Ab tho Mexican comprehended
tho half-friendly attitude of the Hindu,
hopo struggled with despair lu his
"Tell mci If It true that I, too, am
to die with tho coining of the sun?"
Tlie Mexican nodded. "But that,
senor, s not of my doing, nor Is It In
iny powVr to savu you 'unless you lice
wlth'Kl'AnicrlcnW' 1 " .'
"Vo sttll.,syQ," crisply returned the
Oriental. ftVhcre Is It that the killers
of men will work their ovlt powers
upon me If J renin liu '
"III tlictoiLnf Mlo (
Thoy wjllul Mi b o,
that you are
free, and thciPfiH yon near tho gate to
pifb.tlutoifghtU ithey wlll flro n't "your'
.lltendrii pondered n moment,, his
head Incllijed it lltllOj forward. Ho, was
delnitlng jvhut courfe-lo pursue, if Jie
iitteniited to (lee, nyu; out Into t(3
,nlght In this Mihldinwn country, his
swollen feet would be a terrible handi
cap. Kyon Vlth it' hoixv, Ijp would nl
most certainly be secy, ovor,tilku and,
shot byJjlit! .sjde,rti, ibsWAnaed
through tile province of Slnnloa,
BeslthVSnbJIj Buck must hnyeamplp
time to reach lily friends, else what he
had dono for his preserver would count
"Where will the men stand to slay
one who bears them no malice?" he
"Does the senor remember how, the
carcel yard looks?"
"Tho passage through which joa
were brought to this ccjl leads to the
carcel yard. Directly across on the
other side Is the gate to the street.
The soldiers "
"Six, senor, and a corporal, maka
up the firing squad. Theso will take
you to the yard. You will bo told that
any reasonable request of yours will
tic granted. It may also bo made to
appear that you are free to depart
But, If so, he not deceived. You "will
never pars the gate alive.
"Behind, near the edge of the yard,
closo to the building and directly over
.... . .t i ...I,, i ...t.t.
nil oiu ornm, inu nix win maim wuii i
rifles ready. As you near the gate you
will die by their shots. I have spoken
truth, scnor, I swear It by tho saints."
"What is this drain? I do not un
derstand." "A very old, large, round pipe, senor,
ouco used to carry off waste, but now
abandoned. You may st-o the end
uhovo the ground on the way to tho
gate. It Is nut far from the carcel It-1 sure."
self where It coiiich up through the He slipped Into the Jail yard, heed
ground, from there it runs along the less of the glorious beauty of the new
yard beneath where the soldiers stand. day, Justin time to see tho frail llgure
Senor, I awwir J have told you all .of the Hindu as ho emerged from the
will yoa bow not take from me this , building.
strange, hideous monster with the
flaming eyes, ere I die?"
"One more thing must I know," Icily
replied the Hindu. "If I should ask of
the corporal a cigarette what then?"
"The officer in command would give
It to yon."
"Now, listen with care to my words
for on them hang life or death for
thee," venomously hissed Jltendra,
bending so low that his lips almost
touched those of the other man. "I
shall ask for that clgurotte when 1
start for the gate. And, If I am gives
It not well, It were better for thee
that thou wert never born. If I receive
It, and thou also obey me In what 1
shall now require of thee It shall be
life and Joy to thro In the years to
come. Heed well, therefore, and fall
not to obey me In all I shall command
He whispered a few words In the
ear of the prostrate figure.
"That Is all," he observed.
"I understand, senor. By the blessed
saints, I swear to do as you have
asked. Now, may I depart?"
Slowly Jltendra arose and stood be
fore the door. The angry, crlmsoa
orbs above tho breast of the soldier
vanished, to reappear near the other
two above tho Hindu's turban,
"All men ure brothers und thou art
mine," resumed Jltendra. "To kill Is
sin. Therefore, and because thou hast
promised to do as I have commanded,
I bind upon thee the sacred symbols of
Vishnu and Siva that no harm may
hereafter cime to thee. Loose thy
The quivering Mexican obeyed.
Something cold, clammy, and unspeak
ably repugnant wrapped Itself around
"Thus doea Siva enfold thee," went
on the Oriental. "Never again canst
thou offend the god by causing the
dtftth a.Dy.'llytag thtag' His lithe
aria ioag Itself the darkaeee,
arid agata the shudderlag Mezlcaa ex
perienced the sabllmty of horror as
his hot blood raced through his Icy
"With Vishnu, too, do I crown thee,
brother. Now, if thou do but keep
thy promise all will lie well with thee.
But" Jltendra pausad'J significantly
"of this also be assured, If I die at
sunrise because tbou hast lied, the
gods Vishnu and Siva die not with me,
but live on forever. Whither thou
goest, even if it were to the' euds of tho
earth, there Vishnu will pursue thee
and Siva, too, will sock thco out 1"
na cxcolleucy, Governor Genernl
Juan Moreno, scowled blackly Into the
sleep-heavy countennnco of Herbert
Hardlnge. Tho two sat In the tern
lorary ollclnl headquarters of the pro-
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visional government of'Blnnloii, It Wild
il I tin before; tliiwil,
"Your bird Ihih Ilown, scnor,"' ho
"What do you. niean?"i llnrdfngo's
dismayed face grow gray beneath its
reddish Inn. -Moreno'
shrugged tils shoulders.
"I have tho honor to Inform you,'
punctlltlotisly sneered tho Insurrecto,
"that Scnor Williams esenped from his
cell some time tonight nnd is still at
Inrce. I hnvo' Riven ordors that. he
shall be brought In, dead tfr alive. My
men are searching every whoro for him.
We learned of It nn lloO'r ago, when
ttfe oincjr' of tho night H'htuiBod tho
guards at the prison."
, "Why It's Impossible" gasped
Hr-.rdlngc. "How did ho.tnunago to do
It?" , ''It'
"Wo do not know. iTlio sentr,y,.at
lhi cute wns found with hln .skull
crhshed and tho gttto rtpn. WllyjriiH
wns gone. Tho guard-, who whk Oh
Ldtify In'tlie corridor, ntvilwho'wnH per-
souiiiiy responsinio mrjijio security or
the prisoners, In undeti'ViUKplclon, but
he.rnnnot be fodnd."
"Did Hlic other prlsoivor chci1o also
.1... . i. - ti.i.ii.t. ...a.
the one claiming to be ,a 'BrltlHh Hib-
jectr , ,
"No. I do noLunderstnnd why.' we
found hrin. asleep Jn the coll. 'IIP an'
swerf uoj questions,, Ho will Ve
cutftf n sunrise, and Williams will b
shot wherever found tjioso are my
orders." u t
Hardlnge nodded uneasily.
The escape was a thing hn had' not
counted upon. With EI Tlgre's owner'
at large, Ids plans for seizing tho mine
might not tic so easily carried out The
American government might make
rcprcseatatlons to Great Britain or
Mexico, through diplomatic channels.
Hardlnge's position, In 'that event,
would be far from enviable. The little
brown man who had been In tho cell
during his Interview with Williams a
few hours beforo might also prove tn
bo nn awkward stumbling Mock, With
him gone, there would nt least be no
confirmatory witness to his threats.
Hardlnge rose from his chair.
Tho first faint shimmer of the dawn
was glinting tbo tops of the hills In tho
east. The time for the execution was
near, and the Englishman determined
to observe the removal of, at least, ono
possible Impediment to his future
"Klvi! million dollars Is too big a
stake to take any morn chances of
, losing," ho muttered as tin reached tho
Jail gate. "I might have known that
a resoluto tighter like Williams would
ho up to some trick probably ho
promised that guard enough pesos to
make him rich. If I'd been at all clever
1 would have seen this thing through
I myself, even If I had to walk that foul
, smelling corridor all night to muko
Jltendra was curiously calm the
fare of Buddha himself could not have
been moro Inscrutable, nor unmoved
by fear. Hn chanted something In a
low, clear tone as he passed Hardlnge
without a look of recognition.
The agent for the United Xlagdoia
Exploration company shivered.
There was a quality la the timbre ef
that voice suggesting a mysterious,
malign presence a sense of something
hovering over and around the place of
death, Invisible but, nevertheless, very
real. The words, too, were disquieting.
If the red slayer think he slays,
Or If tha slain think he Is slajn,
They little know the subtle ways
1 keep, and pass, and turn again.
Jltendra paused, waiting meekly for
directions. The corporal la command
of the squad pointed toward the wall.
"Your sentence has been set aside,
senor. There Is the path to the street"
The prisoner had net been bound.
As the gate of the Jail yard swung
Invitingly open the leering soldiers
parted their ranks, resting their rifles
on the ground assuming aa air of
careless indifference, but, nevertheless,
covertly watching the man.
"They're going to Klv him la ley
furga,' shivered Hardlnge. "I guess
Moreno's got cold feet on hla court
martini sentence don't want to take
chances officially, I wish I hadn't told
him yesterday that this fellow claimed
to be a British subject. If he should
prove a good sprinter and they should
Miss " r
He chlllld and broke off.
Jltendra stepped lightly and without
emotion toward the gate, flinging back
over his shoulder the Innocent smile ef
a pleased child, Hardlnge heard the
low command and saw a soldier start
to raise his rifle. He turned away,
A forwal execution, with a asaa 4t
lastly facing the trlag Ma4, "a
aet ae unusual aa to ex:cKe hfrrer
wheai the condensed was t a pattW,
Bat this was the epitome et betrayal
the deliberate, cowardly a sm set na
tion ot a man whe has been told that
he is free to depart only te.fall, huH(t
shfttered from behind, at the very
TfCkof' hl.s coveted freedoai, ,
La ley, 1 ae'ga la traly Uexleea'. '
"Will yoa give me a cigarette, sarf
Jltendra was retracing his. steps tq
Vard the corpora) in enwaiijf. Mur
der is murder hut, even in liexlco, ;lt
Is hard for a murderer to shoot down
a pitiful, gaunt, soft-ey.qd, unsuspect
ing atom of humanity while appealing
to him for a last solace.
The officer sheepishly passed over
tho materials, Jltendra dexterously
rolled the golden-brown tobacco In tho
wrapper, and, still smiling, reached
for tho match which was tendered
. lie bowed his thanks and again
iiiswswa luiws m $ fciWOwiitw wwnam saw
wiilhell flilniy'iowlrt1 flit' rili.
feet fmlhor oil ho steupid lo IguUo
tho inntoh on tho of id (f tho old drairt
jvhoro It prpJcOted ao,vo the ground.
Grouching lpw, ho sheltered the flitmo
with his cupped hands,
4 Tho blazlpg remnant he dropped
Into tho hole. Ho rose, facing the I in
patient soldiers,, pufllng vigorously,
then turned and walked a step or two
further In tho direction of the en
trance, still some dlstancii away, which
It was never Intended ho should reach
alive. t) ,
This tlmo v Ilnrdlnuo kneW :" tlrero
would bo no delay In the. death-deUng.
Youoy. ( , ... ,.,..
A sound, curiously e.mbllniji;
hiss, HWCP.t olong beneath , surfaao
of tho ground, almost at the English
.inniVstfeot. It was not ttijllkp't.bp
i)irt1 J'swlshr of a rocket jdltahurtle
(through tho nlr, or tllo Mdsjlsr of'-nf'
rsefHiit beneath a tuft (vriruHS
'MKor-ponU had no t(ino' tV TccrWcr
from 'his surprise. Bcrunth hlh 1
mu arwi Hiiuueniy iipiiiyuu, J,Mipv,uj
by tsibnr that mingled wltk the.vqllay.
.of tho firing squad. ' j
A'.'kYeht cloud of mnoko looped high
nbpvof.th'o carcel walls, carrying with
It uhowcr of nun-bnked, blood-stained
oartty.-jimigic.ii with fragments oc nesn,
'Slowly tho whltlsh-bluo wreaths set
tied down or drifted uwny. 8ohllcrsi
wero strowu over the .grotfnd somo4
Hideously mangieu corpsus, otners
Writhing In agony. , ,
Hardlnge,, mlrarulotinly uninjured
peered with amazed nnd horror-filled
eyes for some sight of the Hndn.
Jallslngrari Jltendra had vanished.
Thunderstruck for an Instant, the'
quick-witted knave at the next bolted
for -the Jail gate. He hud not reached
the opening, however, wliea a, frightfal
yell of terror rose outside la the
streets of Zflpatllllo.
"Los Americanos I Kl Tlgrel RI
Behind tho roar nf other rifles rang
out a hearty cheer. Herbert Hardlnge,
scurrying across the road for pro
tection with Moreno's bodyguard,
sprawled suddenly and lay still.
A hatlcss giant with yellow hah
and Implacable blue eyes, upon hla
ferocious face a satyr's smile of utter
contempt for danger, wan riding at
tho head of tho cyclonic knot of men.
His smoking rifle told the story of
the Englishman's passing.
Shrieking "Mexicans scattered for
safety In every direction before that
whirlwind, tigerish assault fleeing aa
their forefathers had fled three gen
erations before when confronted by
fighting men of Anglo-Haxoa blood.
With a venomous look of aemlsatta
faction, Buck Williams spurred Ida
foaming horsn over Hardlnge's corpse,
straight into tho Jail yard.
Hn sharply reined In -the animal, as
his luqulsltorjal eyes fell iiKn JIten
drn's turban. He leaped to the ground
and picked up the discarded head
dress. "Too latel" he groaned. "I waa
sure that volley I heard was hln finish.
Great God I what hellish luck Ave
minutes more and I shoald have saved
With a perplexed glance at the dead
nnd dying soldiers clustered la or
aronsd the hug hoje freshly gsashed
in the earth, he remounted aad rode
dejectedly through the gate.
A man hurried up to hits.
"Did yoa Had hire, Buck?"
-He's gosc, Hcotty. But he evldeat
ly had company, for hell must have
broken leese la that jail yard every
body's dead In there I"
"Ooth that's tough I But why didn't
you bring hlai along with yoa last
night, Buck? The boys waa oa the
way five minutes after we got the
nows down In Cullacan yesterday aft
ernoon, and all Mexico couldn't have
taken either you or him away from
"I don't know, Scotty; I was crazy,
I suppose. All I thought of waa my
selfand getting back here to clean
up that dog Hardlnge. I remember
Jltendra's saying something about
beating It quick, sad that hla gods
would keep aa eye out for him.
Hcotty,, I can't ever forgive myself he
was a good scout."
"He sure musts been, Buck!" con
soled the superintendent. "But I
"Look what he did for me," Inter
rupted Wllllsms. "He followed me al
most five hundred miles after I threat
ened, to shoot hliu if I saw him again;
ho gaye Pacheco the 'Broadway Bouse'
in some fashion I have neVer been able
to igure out the very tulnute that
dirty greaser struck me .across the
fsce; sad last light be grew this gua
right wp la the mltldta of that cell In
there aad thea opened the door fer me
all sacs use I dragged kiM from un
der that wrecked car. And the, I laid
daam ea aim like s yfHow ," I
alsit a aa, Icetty I'm a sea eyed,
goeee-h rained blots I I astght baVatflt
and tfcey'd baad it $ s pfeiu wish
( "Aw don't tsks It se smcs te heart,
Muck. A maa caa't tbiak ef every
thiaa when lie's maklna si'ititawsy. Bs-
t bides, K a all jour; fault If h
couia git you out, wny coataa t ae air.
out himself? What Was there to hinder
him from following you?1
'If, don't know, Scotty,1 But I do
know that1 he thought of mo tret
that's what galls me and I never
thought of him till I was half-way to
Cullacan und run Into you boys."
'Woll, hoofing won't help us any,
If tho llttlo fellow's dead he ain't got
nothing nmro to worry about. lie's
hotter off'n wo nro, I guess, for Mo
rcno'll git his mcu together and start
something If wo don't beat it for El
Tlgro boforo thoy rally,''
(to bti concluded next wcok)
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