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OF THE MIST.
ye laid down forever. Glory be to you, Ô 6o, my children, People of the Mist? Will
Aca, and to you, O Jal, immortal kings ye not accept my mercy and my love?”
The multitude watched the red blooms
And the great audience echoed in a as, bruised and broken, through the light
shout that rent the skies, “Glory be to and the shadow, they fell slowly to the
E. McNEILL, Receiver.
you, O Aca, and to you, O Jal, immortal seething surface of the pool. Then it looked
up like one man and saw the white lily
By H. BIDEB HAGGABD.
Then Nam spoke again, saying: “Bring ' set upon Juanna’s whiter breast. They
forth the virgin, that lair maid who is des saw, and moved by a common impulse
[Copyright, 1883, by the Author ]
tined to the snake, that he may look upon rose with a sound like the rush of the
This statue was fashioned to the shape her and accept her as his wife. Bring her wind and shouted:
“Gone is the day of blood and sacrifice.
of a huge seated dwarf of hideous coun- forth also who 12 months gone was vowed
tenance, with bent arms outstretched in a In marriage to the sha[>e of the stone, that Come is the day of peace! Wo thank you,
, mother, and wo take your mercy and your
slightly forward direction and palms she may bid her lord farewell.”
As he spoke there was a stir behind the love.”
turned upward as though to bear the
GIVES THE CHOICE OF
Then they were silent, and again there
weight of the sky. This fearful colossus idol, and presently from cither side of it
TWO TRANSCONTINENTAL stood, or rather sat, upon a platform of a woman was led forward by two priests was a sound like that of the wind as all
rock, and not more than four paces from on to the little space of rock between its their thousands sank back to the seats of
its base, so that the outstretched hands feet and the edge of the gulf and placed stone.
Now Nam spoke again in a voice of
aud head bent slightly forward, overhung ono to the right of the altar and one to
It indeed, was a circular gulf measuring the left. Beth these women were tall and ¡ fury that rang through the still air like a
perhaps 30 yards across, in which seething lovely with the dark and somewhat terri- ' clarion.
waters raged and boiled. Whence they lyinglieauty of tho People of the Mist, but I “What is this that my ears hear?” he
came and whither they went it was impos there the resemblance between them ended. ' cried. “Are ye mad, O ye dwellers in the
sible to see, but Leonard discovered after She to the left was naked except for a gir mist, or does the mother speak with a
ward that here was the source of the river dle of snakeskin and the covering of her charmed voice? Shall the ancient worship
which they had followed for so many days. abundant hair, which was crowned with be changed and in an hour? Nay, not the
Escaping from the gulf by underground a wreath of red lilies similar to the flower gods themselves can alter their own wor
passages that it had hollowed for itself that the priests had given to Juanna. She ship. Slay on, ye priests, slay on, or ye
the left, on the contrary, was clothed in yourselves shall die the dreadful death.”
DENVER through the solid rock, the two branches a to black
robe round which was broidered
The priest below heard, and seizing tho
of the torrent passed round the walls of
OMAHA the town, to unite again in the plain be the shape of a blood red snake, whose head struggling king cast him with difficulty
low. How the pool itself was supplied rested on her breast. Leonard noticed that down upon the stone.
“Leonard, Leonard,” cried Juanna in
Leonard was destined to .learn in after the appearance of this woman was one of
terror, for she shrank and trem- j English, addressing him for the first time
ST. PAUL KANSAS CY days, so nothing need be said of it here. extreme
Between the steep polished sides of this bled, whereas that of the flower crowned i by his Christian name, as even then he
rock basin and the feet of the statue was bride was jubihuit and even haughty. For noticed, but looking straight before her
LOW RATES TO ALL
placed an altar, or sacrificial stone. Here a moment the two women stood while the ' that none might guess to whom she spoke.
on this ledge, which covered an area no people gazed upon them. Then at a signal ¡ “These priests are going to kill you and
greater than that of a small room, and in from Nam she who was crowned with ; all of us except Otter and myself. If you
front of the altar stood a man, bound, in flowers waa led before the altar, and thrice can, when you see me point my hand, shoot
Leave Portland Every 8 Days whom Leonard recognized Olfan, the king, she bowed the knee to the idol, or rather | that man who is about to sacrifice the
while on either side of him were priests, to Otter, who sat upon it. Now all eyes king. Make no answer. ”
• • FOR • •
Leonard heard and understood it all.
naked to the waist and armed with sacri were fixed on the dwarf, who stared at the
ficial knives. Behind them again stood girl, but made no sign, which was not Resting his back firmly against the thumb
the little band of settlement men, trem wonderful, seeing that he had not the , of the statue, he shifted his position a lit
bling with terror, nor were their fears faintest idea of the meaning of the cere- | tie so that the group below him camo
groundless, for there among them lay one < mouy. As it chanced, he could not have within his line of sight and waited, watch
of their number dead. This was the man acted more wisely—at least in tho interests ing Juanna, who was now speaking again
For full details call on
whose nerve had broken down, who had of the bride—for here, as elsewhere, silence in tho language of the People of tho Mist.
C. A. WALLACE, McMinnville, Or.
“This I promise you, ministers of
shrieked aloud in the darkness, and in re was held to give consent.
"Bcliold, the god accepts!” cried Nam. blood,” she said, “if yo obey me not ye
ward had been smitten into everlasting
V% . H III HI,Bl HT,
“The beauty of the bride is pleasing in his shall indeed die the dreadful death, tho
Gen. Pass. Agt.
All this Leonard saw by degrees, but eyes. Stand aside, Saga, thou blessed, death unknown. Hearken, my servant,
the first thing he saw has not yet been told. that the people may look upon thee and who art named deliverer,” and she looked
Long before the brilliant rays of the moon know thee. Hail to thee, wife of the down upon Leonard, “and do my bidding.
If ono of these shall dare to lift his hand
EAST AND SOUTH lit the amphitheater they struck upon tne snake!”
Smiling triumphantly, the girl moved against yonder man, slay him swiftly as
huge head of the dwarf idol, and there
upon this giddy perch some 70 feet from back to her place by the altar and turned you know how.”
“Smite on,” screamed Nam, “smite on
the ground and nearly 100 above the level her proud lace to the people. Then the
and fear not.”
of the seething pool ot water sat Juanita multitude shouted:
Most of the priests drew back affrighted,
herself, enthroned in an ivory chair. She ! “Hail to thee, bride of tho snake! Hail
had been divested of her black cloak and I to thee, thou blessed, chosen of the god!” but ono ruflian lifted his knife, and as he
While the tumult still lasted she who ' did so Juanna pointed with her hand.
was clad in the robe of snowy linen cut
low upon her breast and fastened round ' was clad in tho black robe waa led for Then Leonard, leaning forward, covered
ward, and when it had died away she also the priest’s great breast with his rifle as
her waist with a girdle.
surely as the uncertain light would allow.
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Her dark hair flowed about her shoul- 1 made her obeisance before the idol.
“Away with her that she may seek lier Unconscious of his fate, tho priest mut
ders, in either hand she held the lilies, |
lord in bls own place,” cried Nam.
tered an invocation, and now the knife
red and white, and upon her forehead
“Away with her! Her day is done,” was about to fall upon the throat of O1
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sat quite still, her eyes set wide in horror, echoed the multitude. Then, before Juan fan, when fire and smoko sprang out far
na could interfere, before she could oven above him, tbo rifle rang, and shot through
first the moonlight gleamed upon the
Above trains stop at all stations from Portland to
Albany iuolusive. Also Tangent, Shedd», Hal- gem bound to her forehead, next it showed speak, for, lie it remembered, she alono I the heart ho leaned high into the air and
tey. Harrisburg, Junction City, Irving, Eugene 1 the white and lovely face beneath, then understood all that was said, tho two fell dead. Terror seized the witnesses of
and all stations from Roseburg to Ashland inclu- I her snowy arms and breast, the whiteness j priests who guarded the doomed woman this unaccustomed and to them most aw
rent the robe from her, and with a single ful sight.
ot her robes and throne and the hideous
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swing of their strong arms hurled her j “The gods speak with flame and thun
backward far into the pool of seething wa- i der!” one cried, “and death is in the
Portland....... 8:30 A M I Roseburg
5 5u P M ■ spirit could have seemed more beautiful j tors. She fell with a fearful shriek and flame.”
.7:00 A M I Portlana
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lay floating on their surface just where | “Silence, dogs!” screamed Nam. “Ye
throne in that dark place of blood and
the moonlight beat most brightly, flung are bewitched. Ho, you who stand on
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fear. Indeed In the unearthly light she
looked like a spirit, the angel of beauty this way and that by the eddy of the whirl high, cast down that wizard who is termed
triumphing over the hideousness of hell, I pool. All who could of the multitude bent deliverer and let us see who will deliver
the angel of light trampling the devil and ' forward to seo her end, and overcome by him from death upon tho stone!”
Then one of tho priests who stood by
his works. It was not wonderful that this I a fearful fascination Leonard flung himself
on his face, and craning his head over the
made a movement to grasp Leonard
SECOND CLASS SLEEPING CARS. fierce and barbarous people sighed like ! stone of the idol’s hand watched also, for him
and cast him down, but tho other was ter-
reeds before the wind when her loveliness
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dawned upon them, made ethereal by the her struggling shape was almost immedi riflod and could not stir. The first man
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inoon, or that thenceforth Leonard could ately beneath him. Another minute and i stretched out his arm, but before it so
he would have foregone tho hope of win much as touched its alm he himself was
PORTLAND AND CORVALLIS I never think of her quite as he thought of ning the treasure he came so far to seek dead, for, seeing bis purpose, Leonard had
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not to have yielded to the impulse.
most well favored girls would havo ap- I For as he stared the waters beneath the j lifted the rifle and once more its report
rang through the temple. Suddenly the
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feet of the idol were agitated as a pond is , priest threw his arms wide; then ho fell
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agitated by the rush of a pike when he backward, and with a mighty rush dived
As the light grew downward and the dashes at his prey. Then for an instant : into sheer space to crash lifeless on to the
At Albany and Corvallis connect with shadows thinned before it Leonard fol the light gleamed upon a dull, enormous stone floor below, where he lay, his head
trains of Oregon Pacific Railroad,
lowed with his eyes aud presently discov shape, and suddenly the head of a croco aud bauds hanging over the edge of the
Express Train Daily, (Except Sunday.) ered Otter. The dwarf, naked except for dile reared itself out of tho pool, the head pool.
bis girdle and the fringe upon his head, of a crocodile, but of such a crocodile as he
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Now for the first time Otter's emotions
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head alone was broader than the chest of overcame him. He stood up on the knees
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ebony placed upon the knees of tho oolos- the biggest man, its dull eyes were the of tho dwarf, and shaking the scepter in
Through Tickets to all points In Eastern sus, nearly 40 feet below Juanna. Then j size of a man’s fist, its yellow fangs were his hand pointed with it to the dead priests
¡states, Canada and Europe can be obtained at Leonard turned to consider Francisco’s po like tho teeth of a lion, and from its lower on the paving below, at the same time cry
lowest rates from G A Wileox. Agent, McMinn- sition aud his own and found it terrible jaw hung tentacles, or lumps of white ing in stentorian tones:
E. P. ROGERS,
enough. Indeed the moment that he dis flesh, which at that distance gave It the
“Well done, baas, well done! Now tum
Asst. G. F. A P A., Portland, Or.
covered it was nigh to being his last, for appearance of being bearded like a goat; 1 ble tho old one yonder off his peroh, for I
R KOEHLER, Manager.
In company with two priests of the snake also the skin of this huge reptile, which am weary of Lis howlings. ”
they were standing on the palm of the [ could not have measured less than 50 feet
This speech of Otter’s produced even a
right hand of tho idol, that formed a lit- j in length by 4 feet In depth, was here and greater effect on the spectators, if that
tie square, which they had won in the \ there corroded into rusty excrescences, as were possible, than the mysterious death of
darkness through a tunnel hewn in the though some fungus or lichen had grown the priests. That he whose name was si
B aptist —Services Sunday 11 a. m. and arm of stone. There they stood unprotect upon it like gray moss on an ancient wall. lence should cry aloud in a straDge tongue,
7:80p.m ; Sunday school 9:50 a m.; the ed by any railing or support, and before Indeed its appearance Beemed to point to of which of course they understood no sin
gle word, was a dread and ominous thing
young people’s society 6:15p in
Prayer them and behind them was a sheer drop extreme antiquity.
meeting Thursday 7 .30 p. m. Covenant of some 90 feet to the water beneath or to i Hearing the disturbance in tho water, I that showed his aDger to be deep. But
meeting first Sat each month 2:00 p. m.
the rock ot the platform.
the reptile had emerged from the cavo | Leonard took no heed. Ho was too much
E. B. P ace , Pastor.
Leonard saw and for a moment turned where it dwelt beneath the feet of the engaged in covering tho second priest with
the barrel of his repeater This man, how
M ethodist E piscopal —Services every faint and dizzy; then, dropping the butt Idol to seek Its accustomed food, which con- !
Sabbath 11 .00 a. m. and 7:30 p. m. Sundaj of his rifle on the stone, he leaned upon eisted of the human victims that were cast ever, had no liking for such a dreadful
school 9:30 a in. Praver meeting 7:00 p the barrel till his brain cleared. It was to it at certain intervals. It reared Its death. Swiftly he flung himself on to his
well for him that he had not known what hideous head and glared around. Then of knees, Imploring Leonard to spare him in
L ee T hompson , Pastor.
humble accents and with gestures that
C umb . P resbyterian —Services every Sab lay beneath when but now he thrust his a sudden the monster and the victim van spike more plainly than his words.
bath 11:00a tn and 7:30 p. in. Sunday foot into vacancy, for then his senses ished together into the depths.
Taking advantage of the pause, again
school 9:30 a. m. Y. P C. E.. Sunday 6:30 might have failed him. Suddenly he re
Sick with horror, Leonard drew himself
p. m. Prayer meeting Thursday, 7:30 p. m. membered Francisco and opened his eyes, back into a sitting posture and glanced Juanna cried aloud: “Yeses, Peopleofthe
which he had closed toehut out the yawn toward Juanna. She was crouched in her Mist, that I make no idle threats. W here
E E T hompson , Pastor.
are they now, the disobedient ones? The
C hristian —Services every Sabbath 11:00 ing gulf beneath him. It was not too soon. ivory chair overcome, and her eyes were tongue of flame lias licked them, and they
a m and 7 30 p. m. Sunday school 10 The priest had seen also, and conscious closed, either through faintness or to shut
a. m. Young people's meeting at 6:30 p. m. ness had deserted him. Even as Leonard out the sight of dread. Then he looked j are dead, and as they have perished so
turned hie knees gave way, and he sank down at Otter. The dwarf was sitting as shall all perish who dare gainsay my word
J ames C ampbell , Pastor
S t . J ames C atholic —First st., between forward and downward. Quick as thought still as the stone effigy that supported him I or the word of Ja). Ye know us for gods,
O and H. Sunday school 2:30 p. m. Ves Leonard stretched out his right hand and and staring fixedly at the water. Evi and ye have crowned us kings, aud gods
and kings we are indeed. Yet fear not,
caught Francisco by the robe he wore;
pers 7 30. Services once a month.
T. B biody , Pastor
then, resting his weight upon the rifle, he dently in all his varied experience he had for on the rebellions only shall our anger
fall. Answer, though, Nam. Wilt thou
strained at the priest’s falling body with ! Been no such thing as this.
do our bidding, or wilt thou die also us
K nowles C hapter No, 12, O. E. S—Meets a
thy servants died?”
Masonic ball the first and third Monday eveuing rection was turned, and it fell sideways ' cried Nam again. “The snake has taken
Nam looked around desperately. He
tn each month Visiting members eordiallv in upon the platform, not downward into her who was his bride to dwell with him
c. h . mckinney , sec.
space. Leonard dragged at him again and in his holy house. Let the offerings be looked down on tbo multitude and found
MRS. C W. TALMAGE, W. M.
thrust him into the mouth of the little j completed, for this is but the first fruit, . no help there. Long had they cowered be
A. O. U. W —Charity Lodge No. 7 meets first and tunnel through which they had reached Take Olfan, who was king, and offer him j neath him. Now hope was born in their
third Fridays of each month, 7:30 p. m. Lodge this dreadful eminence, where he Jay quiet
up Cast down the white servants of the breasts, and in the presence of a power
room Ln Union block.
and safe, lost in a blessed insensibility.
H. C. BURNS, M. W
mother and offer them up. Seize the slaves greater than his, and if only for awhile
J. D. BAKER, Becorder.
All this took place in a few seconds. who stood before her In the plain and offer they broke his yoke and tho yoke of their
CvsTxa P ost N o . 9—Meets the second and fourth The two priests of the snake, who stood by them up. Lead forth the captives aud of red superstitions. Ho looked at the com
Saturday of each month in Union hall at 7:30 them as calmly as though their feet were fer them up. Let the sacrifico of the crown • pany of priests. Their heart was out of
p. m on second Saturday and at 10:30 a. m. on still on the solid earth, saw it, but made ing of kings be accomplished according to them. They were huddled together liko
ith Saturday. All members of the order are
no movement. Only Leonard thought custom,that the god whose name is Jal may knots of frightened sheep, staring at the
cordially invited to attend our meetings.
J. B. S tilwell , Commander.
that they smiled grimly, and a horrible bo appeased; that ho may listen to the corpses of their two companions. Then
B. F. C lubine , Adjt.
fear struck his heart like a breath of ice. I pleading of the mother; that fruitfulness he bothought him of Otter. Surely there
W. C T. U.—Meets on every Fri What if they waited a signal to cast him , may fill the land and peace be within its was refuge in the god of blood and evil,
and he cried to him:
day, in Wright's hall at 3 o'clock p nt.
down? It might well be so. Already he ' gates.”
L. T. L. at 3 p. m.
had seen enough of their rites to enable
Thus he cried, while Leonard felt his ! “The mother has spoken, but the moth
M rs H. F. A llen , Pres
him to guess that theirs was a religion of blood turn cold and his hair rise upon his er is not the son. Say, O Jal, what is thy
C lara O. E sson . Sec’y.
blood and human sacrifice. He shivered head, for though he could not understand command?”
Otter made no answer, because he did
and again turned faint, so faint indeed the words ho could guess their purport,
that he did not dare to keep his feet, but and his instinct told him that a great dan not understand, but Juanna replied swift
In the circuit court of the State of Oregon fur sank into a sitting posture, resting his ger threatened them. He looked at the : ly:
“I am the mouth of Jal, as Jal is roy
back against the stone of the idol’s thumb. two priests who stood by, and they glared
Mary J. Duffy, plaintiff,
angrily on him in answer. Then bis cour- hand. When I speak, I speak the words of
Walter L. French, Nathan
ago came back to him. At least he hail his Jal. Do his bidding and mine or die,
French, Mary E French, Na
thou disobedient servant.”
Still the silence endured, and still the rifle and would fight for his life. It would , This was the end of it. Nam was beat
than Schloss, Michael Schloss,
Julius Schloss, Jonas Schloss,
moonlight grew, creeping lower till it go hard if hecould not put à bullet through en. For the first time in his life he must
Laura J. Schloss and George
shone upon the face of the seething waters, one or both of them before they got a hold own a master, and that master the gods
H. Pistle, defendants.
To Walter L French, Nathan Schloss, Michael and, except in the Immediate shadow of
Meanwhile the priests below hud seized whom lie had himself discovered and pro
Schloss, Julius Schloss, Jonas Schloss, Laura J. the walls, all the amphitheater was full of
the king Olfan, whose giant form they I claimed.
Schloss aud Geo. H. Pistle, defeudants above It.
“So be it,” be said sullenly. “The old
were dragging toward tho stone of sacri
.x the name of the state of Oregon you and
Then the voice of Ji am spoke again from fiée, but of a sudden for the first time Ju- : order passes, and the new order comes. So
each of you are hereby noticed aud required
to appear and answer the complaint tiled against far away, and Leonard looked to 6ee anna spoke, and a deep silence fell upon i be it. Let your will be done, O mother
yon and the other defendants in the above enti whence ho spoke. Now he saw. Nam, at the temple and all within it.
and O son. I have striven for your glory,
tled court by the first day of the term following
“Hearken. People of the Mist,” she 6aid, I havo fed your altars, and yo threaten roe
the expiration of the time prescribed in the order bended by three priests, was perched like
for publication of this summons, to-wit. Monday, an eagle on the left palm of tho colossus, and her voice falling from that great with death and put away my gift. Priests,
the 25th day of March, A. D. 1895, and if you fail I and from this dizzy platform he addressed height seemed small and faraway, though set free that man who was king. People,
so to appear or answer, for want thereof the
have your way, forget your ancient paths,
plaintiff will apply to said court for the relief the multitude. Looking across the breast so clear that every word was audible in pluck the white flower of peace and per
prayed for in her complaint, to-wit: For a judg of the statue, Leonard could just see the the stillness of the night.
ment and decree against the defendant Walter outstretched arm and catch the outline of
“Hear roe, People of the Mist and ye ish. I have said.”
L. French fur the sum of 15.000.00, with interest
So ho spoke from on high, shaking his
of the snake! Aca is come again, i
thereon at the rate of 9 per cent per annum from
the 21st day of June, 1894, and for her costs aud snake as he glared down upon tho people and Jal Is come again, and ye have given clinched lists above his hoary head, and
disbursements of suit, and the further sum of
“Hearken, ye dwellers in the mist, chil them back their rule after many genera was gone. Then the priests unbound the
$500 00 attorneys’ fees in said suit, and for the sum
tions, and in their hands lie the lives of limbs of the ex-king, and he arose from
of S22 50, with interest thereon from February 2d, dren of the snake! Ye have seen your an every ono of you. As the old tradition tho stone of death.
1895, aud for a decree foreclosing the mortgage cient gods, your father and your mother,
“Olfan,” cried JuaDna from on high,
pleaded in the eomplaiut, and for an order of sale come back to rule you and to lead you on told of them, so they are, the mother and
of the mortgaged real premises, to-wit:
tho child, and the one is clothed with “thou that wast the king, we, who havo
Situate in Yamhill county, State of Oregon, and
being the s hf of the s hf of the original donation er and to glory. You see them now by beauty, tho symbol of life and of the fruit taken tliy kingship, give thoe life and lib
land claim of Thomas Hubbard ami wife, claim that light and in that place wherein only ful earth, and the other is black and hide erty and honor. See that in reward thou
No. 52, Notification 1425, in township three (3)
ous, the symbol of death and the evil that servest us weii, lest again thou shouldst
south of range three (3) west of the Willamette it is lawful thatweshould look upon them walks upon the earth, and ye would do lie upon that bed stone. Dost thou swear
meridian, more particularly described as follows: Say, do ye believe and do ye accept them?
Commencing at the southeast corner of said doe Answer, every one of you, answer with sacrifico to Jal that ho may be appeased fealty to us?”
“Forever and forever, O mother and O
nation land claim, thence north on the east lin - your voice!”
according to tho ancient law and listen to
of said donation land claim 23.25 chains, thence
Then a mighty roar of sound went up the pleading of tho mother that fruitful son. I swear it by your holy heads.”
west parallel with the south line of said ciaim to
“It is well. Now, under us once more
a point on the west line of said claim 23.25 chains from the gathered thousands, a roar that ness may fill the land. Not so shall Jal be
north of the southwest corner of seid claim, shaped Itself into the words, “We believe, appeased, and not because of the sacrifice we give thee command of the armies of
thence south 23 25 chains to the southwest corner
of men shall Aca plead with him that this people, our children. Summon thy
ot said claim, thence east on the south line of and we accept!”
captains and thy soldiers. Bid those that
said claim to the place of beginning, containing
“It is well,” said Nam when the tu prosperity may reign in the land.
“Behold, the old law is done away! We brought us thither lead us back whence
160 acres more or less. Also the homestead claim mult had died away. “Hearken, ye high
No. 728 of Richard S. Johnson, described as tne
give you a now law. Now Is the hour of we came, and there set guards about us,
west half of the northeast quarter and the south gods, O Aca, and O Jal, bend down your reconciliation. Now life and death walk so that none troubles us. For you, our peo
west quarter of the southeast quarter, and lot- ears and deign to hearken to your priest
two (2). three (3) and four (4) of section twentys and servant, speaking in the name of hand in hand, and the hearts of Aca and ple, for this time fare you well. Go in
nine (29> in township three (3) south of range
Jal have grown gentle through the ages, pe ace to dwell in peace beneath the shadow
three (3) west of the Willamette meridian, con your children, the People of the Mist! Be and they no longer crave the blood of men of our strength. ”
taining 173.17 acres, more or less. Also the north ye kings to reign over us! Accept the
west quarter of the uortheast quarter of section power and the sacrifice and sit in the as an offering to their majesty. Hence
.29) in said township and range, con-
forth you shall bring them fruits and flow
♦irni.n8 ttCres< more or less, and being part of place of kings! We give you rule through ers and not the lives of men. See, in my
It was at this juncture that Francisco
the homestead claim No 71u of Nicolas Carlin.
all the land. The life of every dweller in
decree barring and foreclosing said the land is yours. Yours are their cattle hand I hold winter lilies, red and white; recovered his senses. “Oh,” he gasped,
eaCu of them, and all persons and their goats, their cities and their blood red they aro and white as snow. opening his eyes and sitting up, “is it
under them or either of
done, and am I dead?”
°f ^^PtloU in OT right to armies. For you the altars shall run red; Now the red flower, token of sacrifice and
“No, no, you are alive and safe,” an
hF ?Uyu^n hereof, and for such the cry of the victim shall be music in slaughter, I crush and cast away, but tho
swered Leonard. “Stay where you are and
table “ the p^b^.“
your ears. You shall look upon him whom white bloom of lore and peace I set upon don t look over the edge, or you will faint
This summons is published for 6 weeks bv or long ago ye set to guard the secret awful my breast. It is done. Gone is the old
derof Hon H H Hewitt, judge of »id Lurt place, and be shall crawl beneath your law. See, it falls into the place of the again. Here, take my hand. Now, you
made February 19th. A D. is»'
brute,” and he made energetic motions to
feet. As ye ruled our fathers, so shall ye snake, its home, but the new law blossoms
M. I M ac MAHON, An y for PlainHIT
the priest, indicating that he must lead
rule ns, according to the oustema whiop 1
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them back by the path they came and at
the same time tapped his rifle signifi
The man understood and started down
the dark tunnel as though he were glad to
go, Leonard bolding his robe with one
hand, while with the other he pressed the
muzzle of the loaded rifle against the back
of his neck. Francisco followed, leaning
on Leonard’s shoulder, for he could not
walk alone. As they had come, so they
returned. Tiicy passed down the steps of
stone which were hollowed in the body of
tho colossus. They traversed the long
underground tunnel, and once more, to
their intense relief, they stood upon the
solid ground and in tho open air. Now
that the moon was up and the mist which
had darkened the air was gone they could
see their whereabouts. They had emerged
upon a platform of rock within a bow
shot of the great gates of the palace, from
whence the secret subterranean passage
used by the priests was gained, its open
ing being hidden cunningly among the
stone work of the temple.
“I wonder where the others are?” asked
Leonard anxiously of Francisco.
As he spoke .luanna, wrapped in her
dark cloak, appeared, apparently out of the
stones of the wall, and with her Otter, the
settlement men bearing their dead com
panion, and a considerable company of
priests, among whom, liowover, Nam was
not to be seen.
“Oh, is that you, Leonard?” said Juan
na in English and in a voice broken with
fear. “Thank heaven that you are safe!”
“Thank lieaven that wo are all safe!”
he answered. “Come, let us get on. No;
we can walk, thank you,” and he waved
away tho priests, who produced the litters
from where they had hidden them under
The priests fell back, and they walked
on. At the gate of the palace a welcome
sight met their eyes, for here stood Olfan,
and with him at least a hundred captains
and soldiers, who lifted their spears in sa
lute as they advanced.
“Olfan, hear our bidding,” said Juan
na. "Suffer no priest of the snuke to en
ter the palace gates. We give you com
mand over them,even to death. Set guards
at every gate and come with us.”
The ex-king bowed and issued some or
ders, in obedience to which the sullen
priests fell back murmuring. Then they
all passed the gates, crossed the courtyard
and presently stood in the torchlit throne
room, where Juanna had slept on tho pre
vious night. Here food had been prepared
for them by Soa, who looked at them curi
ously, especially at Leonard and Francisco,
as though indeed she Lad never expected
to see them again.
"Hearken, Olfan,” said Juanna, “we
have saved your life tonight, and you have
sworn fealty to us. Is it not so?”
"It is so, queen,” the warrior answered.
“And I will be faithful to my oath. This
heart, that but for you had now been cold,
beats for you alone. The life that you
gave back to me is yours, and for you I
live and die.”
And he glanced at her with an expres
sion in which, as it seemed to Juanna,
human feeling was mixed with supernat
ural awe. Was it possible, she wondered
with a thrill of fear, that this savage king
was forgetting the worship of the goddess
for that of the woman. And did he begin
to suspect that she was no goddess, after
all? Time would show, but at least the
look in his eyes alarmed her.
“Fear not,” he went on. “A thousand
txren shall guard you night and day. Tbe
power of Nam is broken for awhile, and
how ail this company may sleep in peace. ”
“It is well, Olfan. Tomorrow morning,
after wo havo eaten, we will talk again,
fur wu have much to say. Till then
The great man bowed and went, and at
last they were alone.
"Let us eat,” said Leonard. “Hello,
what Is this? Spirit or a very good imi
tation of it. Well, 1 never wanted u glass
of grog more in my life.”
When they had finished their meal, at
the request of Leonard, Juanna translated
all that had been said in the temple, and
among her listeners there was none more
interested than Soa.
"Say, Soa,” said Leonard when she had
finished, “you did not expect to see us come
back alive, did you? And that is why you
“No, deliverer,” she answered. “I
thought that you would be killed, every
one of you. And so it must have come
about had it not been for the Shepherdess;
also I staid away because those who have
looked upon the snake once do not desire
to see him again. Many years ago I was
bride to the snake, deliverer, and had I
not fled my fate would have been the fate
of her who died this night.”
“Well, I don’t wonder that you ran,”
"Oh, baas,” broke in Otter, “why did
you not shoot that old medicine man, as I
told you? It would have been easy when
you were about it, baas, and now he would
have been broken liko an eggshell thrown
from a housetop and not alive and full of
the meat of malice. He is mad with rage
and wickedness, and I say that he will kill
us all if he can.”
“I rather wish I had,” said Leonard,
pulling bis beard. “I thought of it, but I
could not do everything, and on future
occasions, Otter, will you remember that
your name is Silence? Luckily these peo
ple do not understand you. If they did,
you would ruin us all. What is the mat
“Nothing, deliverer,” she answered,
“only I was thinking that Nam is my fa
ther, and 1 am glad that you did not shoot
him, as this black dog, w ho is named a
“Of gods I know nothing, you old cow, ”
answered Otter angrily. "They areafaroff
people, though it seems that I am ono ot
them—at any rate among these fools, your
kinsman—but of dogs I can tell you some
thing, and it is that they bite.”
“Yes, and cows toss dogs,” said Soa,
showing her teeth.
“Here is another complication,” thought
Leonard to himself. "One fine day this
woman will mako it up with her respect
ed parent and betray us, and then where
shall we be? Weil, among so many dan
gers an extra one does not matter."
“I must go to bed,” said Juanna faint
ly. “My head is swimming. I cannot
forget those horrors and that giddy place.
When I first saw where I was, I nearly
fainted and fell, but after awhile I grew
more used to it. Indeed while I was speak
ing to the people I quite forgot my fear,
and the height seemed to exhilarate me.
What a sight it was! When all is said and
done, it is a grand thing to havo lived
through such an experience. I wonder if
any one has ever seen its like?”
“You are a marvelous woman, Juanna, ”
said Leonard, “and I offer you my con
gratulations. Wo owe our lives to your
readiness and courage.”
“You see, I was right in insisting on
coming with you,” sho answered some
"For our sakes, yes; for your own, I am
not 60 sure. To tell you tbo truth, I think
that we should have done better not to
have como at all. However, things look a
little more promising now, though Nam
and his company have still to bo reckoned
with, and we don’t seem much nearer the
rubies, which are the main object.”
"Yes,” said Juanna, "but you have got
to find them. Come, Soa, undress me. I
feel half dead. Goodnight.”
"Francisco,” 6ald Leonard as he rolled
himself up in his blanket, "you had a nar
row escape tonight. If I bad missed my
"Yes, Outram, it was lucky for me that
your arm was strong and your mind
quick. Ah, I am a dreadtul coward, and
I can see it now!” and he shuddered. “Al
ways from a child I have believed that I
shall die from a fall from some high place,
and when I saw I thought that my hour
had oome. At first I did not understand,
for I was watching the senora’sface in the
moonlight, and to me she looked like an
angel. Then I saw, and my senses left
me. It was as though hands were stretch
ed up from tbe blackness to drag me down
—yes, I saw the hand—but you saved me
this time, Outram, though that will not
help me, for I shall die In some such way
at last. So be it. It is best that I should
die, who cannot conquer the evil of my
“Nonsense, my dear fellow!” said Leon
ard. “Don’t talk like that about dying.
We can none of us afford to die just at
present—that is, unless we are obliged to
do so. Your nerves are upset, and no won
der! As for’the evil of your heart,’ I
wish that most men had as little. The
world would be better. Come, go to sleep
You will feel very differently tomorrow. ”
Francisco smiled sadly and shook his
head, then knelt, and began to say his
prayers. The last thing that Leonard saw
before his eye closed in sleep was the rapt
girlish face of the priest, round which the
light of the taper fell like an aureole, as
he knelt muttering prayer after prayer
with his pale lips.
It was 9 o'clock before Leonard awoke
next morning—for they had not slept till
nearly 3—to find Francisco already up,
dressed, and, as usual, praying. When
Leonard was dressed, they adjourned to
Juanna’s room, where breakfast was ready
for them. Here they found Otter, looking
"Baas, baas,” he said, “they have come
and will not go away!”
"Who?” asked Leonard.
“The woman, baas, she who was given
to me to wife, and many other women—
her servants—with her. There arc more
than 20 of them outside, baas, and all of
them very big. Now, what shall I do with
her. baas, I, who came to serve you and to
seek tho red stones that you desired, and
not a woman tall enough to be my grand
"I really don’t know and don’t care,”
answered Leonard. “If you will be a god,
you must take the consequences. Only
look here, Otter, lock up your tongue, for
this woman will teach you to speak her
language, and sho may be a spy.”
‘‘Yes, baas, I will see to that. Is not
my name Silence, and shall women make
me talk—me, who have always hated
them? But—the baas would not liko to
marry her? I ain a god, and my heart is
large. I will give her to you, baas.' ’
“Certainly not,” answered Leonard de
cidedly. “See if the breakfast is ready.
No, I forgot. You are a god, so climb up
into that throne and look the part, if you
As he spoko Juanna came from her
room, looking a little pale, and they sat
down to breakfast. Before they had fin
ished their meal Soa announced that Olfan
was waiting without. Juanna ordered
him to be admitted, and presently he en
“Is all well, Olfan?” asked Juanna.
“All is well, queen,” he answered.
“Nam and 300 priests held counsel at
dawn in the house of the priests yonder.
There is much stir and talk in the city,
but the hearts of the people are light be
cause the ancient gods have come back to
ns, bringing peace with them.”
“Good,” said Juanna. Then she began
to question him artful!)’ on many things,
and by degTeos they learned more of the
People of the Mist.
It seemed, as Leonard had already
guessed, that they were a very ancient peo
ple, having existed for countless genera
tions on the same misty upland plains.
They were not, however, altogether iso
lated, for occasionally they made war with
the savage tribes. But they never inter
married with these tribes, all the captives
taken in their wars being offered in sacri
fice at the religious festivals. The real
governing power in the community was
the society of the priests of the snake, who
held their offioe by hereditary tenure, out
siders being admitted to their body only
under very exceptional circumstances.
Tbe council of this society chose the kings,
and when they were weary of one of them
they sacrificed him and chose another,
either from among his issue or elsewhere.
This being the custom, as may be im
agined, the relations between church and
state are much strained, but hitherto, as
Olfan explained with suppressed rage, the
church had by far the best of it. Indeed
the king, for the time lieing, was only its
mouthpiece or executive officer. He led
the armies, but the superstitions of the
people, and even of the soldiers them
selves, prevented him from wielding any
real power, and unless he chanced to die
naturally his end was nearly always the
same—to be sacrificed when the seasons
were bad or Jal was angry.
The country was large, but sparsely pop
ulated, the fighting men numbering not
more than 4,OU0, of whom about half
lived in the great city, the rest occupying
villages here and there on the mountain
slopes. As a rule, the people were monog
amous, except the priests. It was the
custom of sacrifice whioh kept down the
population to its low level, made the pow
er of the priests absolute and their wealth
greater than that of all the other inhabit
ants of the country put together, for they
chose the victims that had offended against
Jal or against the mother goddess and
confiscated their possessions to the service
of the temple.
Thus tbe great herds of half wild cattle
which the travelers had met with on tbe
plains belonged to the priests, and the
priests took a fourth of the produce of ev
ery man's field and garden—that is, when
t hey did not take it all, aud his life with it.
Twice iu every year great festivals were
held in the Temple of Jal, at the beginning
of the spring season and in the autumn
after tho ingathering of the crops. At
each of these festivals many victims were
offered in sacrifice, some upon the stone
and some by being hurled into tbe boiling
pool beneath the statue, there to be con
sumed by the snake or swept down the
secret course of the underground river.
The feast celebrated in the spring was
sacred to Jal, and that in the autumn to
the mother goddess, and there was this dif
ference between them—that at the spring
ceremony female victims only were sacri
ficed to Jal to propitiate him and to avert
his evil influence, while at the autumn
celebration males alone were offered up to
the mother goddess in gratitude for her
gifts of plenty; also victims were occa
sionally thrown to the snake that his hun
ger might be satisfied, and the priests had
other rites that, Olfan added, they would
have an opportunity of witnessing if the
spring festival which should be celebrated
on the second day from that date were
held according to custom.
“It shall be celebrated,” said Juanna
Then Leonard, who had hitherto listened
in silence, asked a question. “How is it,”
be said, “that Nam and his fellows, being
already in absolute power, were so willing
to accept the gods Jal and Aca when they
appeared iu person, seeing that henceforth
they must obey, not rule?”
“For two reasons, lord,” Olfan answer
ed. “First, because the gods are gods, and
their servants know them, and, secondly,
becauso Nam has of late stood in danger
of losing his authority. Of all the chief
priests that have been told of, Nam is the
most cruel and tbe most greedy. For three
years be has doubled the tale of sacrifices,
and, though the pecplo love these sights of
death, they murmur, for none knows upon
whom the knife shall fall. Therefore he
was glad to greet the gods come back, sinoe
he thought that they would confirm his
power and set him higher than he sat be
fore. Now he is astonished because they
proclaim peace and will have none of the
sacrifice of men, and Nam does not love
such gentle gods.”
"Yet he shall obey them,” said Otter,
speaking for the first time by the mouth
of Juanna, who, all this while, was act
ing as Interpreter, “or drink his own
medicine, for I myself will sacrifice him
When Juanna had translated the
dwarf’s bloodthirsty threat, Olfan bowed
his head meekly and smiled. Clearly tbe
prospect of Nam’s sacrifice did not cause
him unmixed grief. It was curious to see
the stately warrior king humbling his
pride before the misshapen, knob nosed
“Say, Olfan,” asked Leonard, ‘‘whocut
from the ruck the great statue on which
we Hat last night, and what is that reptile
we saw when the woman was thrown into
the pool of troubled waters?”
"Ask the water dweller of the water
dweller, the snake of the snake and the
dwarf of his image,” answered Olfan,
nodding toward Otter. “How can I, who
am but a man, tell of such things, lord?
I only know that the statue was fashioned
in the far past, when we, who now are
but a remnant, were a great people, and,
as for the snake, ho has always lived there
A memorial museum built in
me, Olfan, what became of the red stones
yesterday, and of him who had offended Golden Gate park, San Francisco,
in offering the stones to the god yonder?" with funds remaining from the mid
“The most of them were cast into the
pit of waters, lord, there to be hidden for winter fair, was dedicated to the
ever. There were three hide sacks full.” public on Saturday.
“Oh, heavens!" groaned Leonard when
Juanna had translated this. "Otter, you
Thos. F. Oakes, Henry C. Payne, Henry C.
have something to answer for!”
“But the choicest,” went on Olfan,
"were put in a smaller bag and tied about
the neck of the man who had offend«!.
There were not many, but among them
were the largest stones, that until yester
day shone in the eyes of the idol, stones
blue and red together; also there was that
stone, shaped like a human heart, which
hitherto has been worn by the high priest
on tbe days of sacrifice, and with it the
image of the dwarf fashioned from a sin
gle gem, and that ot tie water dweller cut
from the great blue stone, and other small
er ones chosen because of their beauty and
also because they have been known for
long in the land, for, although many of
these pebbles are found where the priests
dig for them, but few are large and per
fect, and the art of shaping them is lost.”
“And what became of tho man?” Leon
ard asked, speaking as quietly as he could,
for his excitement was great.
“Nay, I do not know,” answered Olfan.
“I only know that he was let down with
ropes into the home of the snake, and that
he gained that holy place, for it was told
to me that he dragged much rope after
him, perhaps as he fled before the snake.
Now, it was promised to tho man that
when he had laid the bag of stones In the
place of the snake, for the snake to guard
forever, his sins should be purged, and
should it please the water dweller to spare
him he should be drawn up again by the
ropes. Thus Nani swore to him, but he
did not keep his oath, for when the man
had entered the cave he hade those who
held the ropes to cast them loose, and I
know not what happened to him, but
doubtless he is food for the snake. None
who look upon that holy place may live to
see the sun again.”
"I only hope that the brute did not
swallow the rubies as well as the bearer,”
said Leonard to Juanna. “Not that there CHICAGO
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Then Olfan went, nor did ho return till PHILADELPHIA
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shone, nor the corn grown, nor have the
cattle and the goats multiplied after their
kind, but now, O ye gods, ye have pro
claimed a new law, and I, who am yet
your servant, come hither to ask your will!
How shall the feast go, and what sacrifice
shall be offered unto you?”
“Thefeast shall go thus, ” answered Ju
anna. “Ye shall offerus a sacrifice indeed.
To each of us ye shall offer an ox and a
goat, and the ox and the goat shall be
given to the snake to feed him, but not
tlie flesh of men. Moreover, the feast shall
be held at noon, and not in tho night
“An ox and a goat—to each an ox and
a goat?” said Nam humbly, but in a voice
of bitterest sarcasm. "As ye will, so let
it be, O ye gentle hearted gods, and the
festival shall bo hold at noon, and not in
the night season, as of old. As ye will, O
ye kind gods. Your word is my law, O
Caked & Inflamed Udders.
Aca aud O Jal!” and bowing to the
ground the aged man withdrew himsolf,
followed by his satellites.
“That devilish priest makes my flesh
creep,” said Juanna when she bad trans
lated the wolds.
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“Oh, baas, baas,” echoed Otter, "why
did you not shoot him while you might?
Now he will surely live to throw us to tho
As he spoke Soa advanced from behind
the thrones, where she had taken refuge
when Nam entered.
“It is not well for a dog who gives him
Harness & Saddle Sores,
self out as a god to threaten the life of
one whom he has tricked, ” she said mean
ingly. "Perchanoe the hour shall come
when the true god will avenge himself <Sti
the false, and by the hand of his faithful
servant, whom you would do to death, you
base born dwarf. ” And before any one
could answer she left tbe chamber, casting
a malevolent look at Otter as she went.
“That servant of yours makes my flesh
creep, Juanna,"said Leonard. "Onething
is clear enough—we must not allow her to
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knows a great deal too much already.”
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“I cannot understand what has como to
Soa,” said Juanna.
“She seems so
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PACIFIC R. R
The third day came, the day of the sacri
fice after the new order. Nothing particu
lar had happened in the interval. Leon
ard and Francisco had taken some walks
through the city, guarded by Peter and
the settlement men, that was all. They
did not see much there, exoept the exte
riors of the bouses built of stone and roofed
with turves, and the cold stare of curios
ity with which they were followed by hun
dreds of eyes gave them a sense of unrest
that effectually checked their efforts at
closer examination. Once indeed they
halted in the market place, which was
thronged. Instantly all business ceased.
Seller, buyer, herdsmen and presiding
priests flocked around them, staring at
them, half in fear and half in curiosity,
for they had never seen white men before.
This they could not bear, so they returned
to the palace.
Of oourse Otter and Juanna, being di
vine, were not allowed to Indulge in such
recreations. They were gods ;<id must
live up to their reputation. For one day
Otter endured it. On the second, in spite
of Leonard’s warnings, he sought refuge
in the society of tho bride Saga. This was
the beginning of evil, for if no man is a
hero to his valet de chambre much less
can he remain a god for long In the eyes
of a curious woman. Here, as in other
matters, familiarity breeds contempt.
Leonard saw these dangers and spoko
angrily to the dwarf on the subject. Still
he could not conceal from himself that,
putting aside tho question of his ennui,
that made his conduct natural, at any
rate, in a savage, Otter’s position was a
difficult one. So Leonard shrugged his
shoulders and consoled himself as best he
could with the reflection that at least bis
wife would teach the dwarf something of
the language, which, by tlie way, he him
self wus practicing assiduously under tho
tuition of Juanna and Soa.
At noon the party adjourned to the tem
ple, escorted by a bevy of priests and sol
diers, for in obedience to Juanna’s com
mauds the feast was celebrated in the day
time, and not at night. As before, the vast
amphitheater was crowded with thousands
of human beings, but there was a differ
ence In the arrangements.
Juanna and Otter had declined to occu
py their lofty thrones and sat in chairs at
the feet of the huge and hideous stone
idol, almost on the edge of the pool, Nam
standing before them, while Leonard,
Francisco and the settlement men ranged
themselves on either side. The day was
cold and miserable, and snow fell from
time to time in largo flakes from an ashen
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