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I L Ill I I I I I ~ I I I :: ..The Fdlbustcrs of Venezuela.. :: 4 " • Or the Trials of a Spanish Girl. $ By SBWARD W. HOPKINS. $ o Copyrighted 1900 by l~bert Bonner's Sons. CHAPTER XXlII. Paying a Debt. When~ on the fourth day of the great storm, the flood had climbed almost to the castle walls, a great anxiety arose among the royalists, for surely it seem- ed that if the waters continued to rise twenty-four hours longer the Castle of Saivarez itself would cease to be habit- able. But when, on the following morning, the rains ceased and the floods stopped rising, the lower floor of the castle was still dry. The relief that Philip and his fol- lowers felt at this was very great. Phthp at once turned his attention to his neglected plans, and while Gomez and Don Juan Garza resumed the plan for pressing forward to the Orinoco, tb cross it and extend their power. They were thus engaged on the day that the waters had fallen away from around the, castle, when Francisco burst in upon them, frantic in some new excitement. "Your majesty!" he cried. "Gomez! "Don Juan! A traitor has again come near us:" "What do you n~ean?" asked Philip, starting up and placing his hand on his sword-hilt• "Has Salvarez re- . turned ?" "Nay, not Salvarez." replied Fran- cisco, "and never will, I fancy, for where,would he have gone to have sur- vived the flood?" "Then who? If not Salvarez, who is the traitor of whom your speak?" "I know not. Yet that some one has been here there is no doubt. The horses are gone." "The horses? Gone!" "To be sure," said Gomez, with a gloomy smile. "We might have ex- pected such a loss, though not by the hand of a traitor. Above the storm I .heard the poor beasts shrieking in eheir fear, and no doubt they had broken bounds and stampeded through the water to look for high ground and ~safety. Of course they were safe ,enough, for the stables were not flood- ~ed by more than a i~ew inches of water. But they didn't know that, of course.". "Such was my explanation when the • hlng was reported to me," said Fran- ,cisco, "but unfortunately there is proof that I was wrong and you are wrong. The halters have been cut--every one of them.'" "'Cut!" "Cut with a sharp knife. Every severed end is smooth and free from the ragged appearance of a break. The horses have been set free." "'This is a great misfortune," said Philip. "The flood has either drowned or driven off most of the herds in this vicinity, and we shall have difficulty in moving north." "'There will be more~plenty of them," said Francisco. "Ou my own fields I have two thousand, and there is high ground enough to give all my beasts safety from the floods. It is not the loss of the horses concerns me. It is the presence so near of an enemy." "'That enemy must be found," said Philip. "The place is full of mysteries," said Francisco. "Do you remember, your majesty, how even your own knife was secretly taken from this room and con- veyed to the hand of Salvarez?" "'True," replied Philip. "We found it sticking between the ribs of the murdered sentinel. I brought it here." He disturbed the maps and papers on ihe table in an absent way, as if to pick up the knife. "By the hole saints!" he exclaimed, "it is gone again! Is the thing be- ~vitched ?" "I knew a knife had been used," he said, "and now it would seem to have l)een your majesty's own." Philip strode to and fro excitedly. ~'Some one assuTedly has access to this room," he said, "and viers it when none of us are prej~ent. The matter must be investigated and that imme- diately. Have the guards that have been on duty at this door since ths beginning of the need summoned be- fore us that w~ may hear their state- ments." While Philip, Gomez and Don Juan were engaged in questiOning the frightened and bewildered sentinels, let ~ see what another member of the band was doing. When I~la Garza had been lying on ~her sick bed, attended only by her father, whose reports of her condition Were anxiously listened to by Philip and Gomez, Mattazudo was as anxious as either of them. When he had been ordered to bring Namampa, the herb° doctor, a gleam of triumph had illu- mined his ugly face. ' ~' And when Don Juan was plunged in 1grief and Philip moursed the loss of his queen, and Gomez cursed the fate~ that had taken the beautiful victim from his when he might have succeed- ed in getting her in his power, Matta- ~ndo alone---Mattazudo the half-breed ~smlled and was happy. And now, while Philip and his ofll- corm were engaged ]n a long and fruit- less task of trying to wring informa- tion from sentinels who had none to give, Mattazudo. having seen that miles of the treeless plains were free from water, quietly left the castle and took his departure toward the south. He made his was' through the woods ~ the high ~en~ of the r~ver˘ strik- |~ a path tha~ ~ed off toward the hilt where he had found Namampa, the herb doctor. ~-s he approached the spot where the Indian bad had his dwelling, his heart gave a great bound, and a sen- sation of fear come to him. The hut of the Carib was gone. The four posts which had supported it were there, having been sunk deep enough in the earth to make them firm. But of the house itself not a vestige was left. The flood had torn it from its place and carried it--no one could tell how far--and the face of Mattazudo reflect- closed lips did not dare to utter. While he stood gazing ruefully and anxiously at the bare spo~ where once the dwelling of Namapa stood, he was startled at hearing a chuckling sound behind him, and his own name spoken in the Indian voice. He turned, and beheld the Carlb himself coming to- ward him. "Namapa," he exclaimed. "You are safe, then! i~ly heart stood still when I saw the desolation the flood had brought, I was in terror." "For me?" asked the Indian, with a knowing lest. "Yes. for you, you old rogue; but more for--her. What have you done with her? Trust you for a wily Carib to defea~ the flood of the most precious prey of all. Where is she? Where is she, I ask?" "Slowly." replied the Indian. "Your impatience will get you nowhere." "Curse you! Why do you not speak and relieve my anxiety? Have I not borne enough? Was it all pleasure, do you think, to see the beautifull girl I had sworn should be by own lying as if dead. and Don Juan and Philip and Gomez--those fools ! --sniveling and groaning over her? Was it all pleasure to know that she was buried in the ground to wait for darkness. and that her fate depended upon you? If you failed to take her out in time, she would die of suffocation, even if the drug did not kill her. And if you bungled or blundered, the sharp eyes of one of Philip's men would see you, and that would end the thing for you and her and all of us. Come, tell me what I want to know. Where is the girl?" The Cartb chuckled. "Only you and I knew that the body they thought was useless clay still held the spirit of the girl, and that I--I alone---had the secret by which she could be restored• And then at night, when the crazy soldiers of the pretend- er were drunk or were at their endless games of chance, I stole to the grave and dug her up and brought her here. I placed in her mouth the powerful drug that brought the blood into mo- tion again, and in an hour she was a living, breathing, beautiful girl, unin- jured, the same as before, but without a thought of the grave into which she had been thrown, and demanding to know why she had been stolen from her room while she slept• He! That was good. I enjoyed her talk. You chose well--she is a beauty. But you were "to come and take her away. Why did you not come?" "You know why I did not come?" replied Mattazudo, roughly. "The flood prevented me. I have been torn by anxiety to know how you succeeded --whether you saved her from the fioo~ as well as from Philip and Go- mez." • "And she is safe?" said Mattazudo. "You swear it? Take me to her at }nee." "Not yet, my impatient lover," re- plied the old Carib. "She is safe enough, I swear; but there is a mat- ter of business between us. I have kept my promise. How ahou~ yours.' "Curse you again! You keep me here at such a time as this to talk of gold?" "You promised me gold if I got the girl for ysu. A man pays for what he is eager to get. If I give you. the girl first, in your happiness you may for- get your debt. Come, where is the gold that was to be mine if I saved her for you alone?" ~Vith an impatient curse Mattazudo pulled a leathern pouch from his pock~ et and flung it into the Indian's hand. "There is your gold," he said. "Now, where is my sweetheart?" "Slowly! Slowly!" muttered the In- dian, carefully emptying the gold out into his palm and counting it. "It is good," he said. "You have kept your promise," "Hang you!" roared Mattazudo. "You have your gold, what more do you want? Where is the girl?" "'Listen!" said Namampa. "Do you know the ruin of the ancient temple on the hill of the Carlbs, where we go once every moon to worship the gods of our people?" "I know! I know! The old! stone ruin on Carib Hill:" "The same," same,Namampa. "Go there. Go there at once. You will find the girl there•" "Safe?" asked Mattazudo again, starting off in the direction of Carlb Hill. "Safe!" replied Namampa. Then, in a muttered tone too low for Mattazudo to hear,-he added: "Safe! I tl~lnk so. Safer than ~you could expect. Fare- well Mattazudo my lovely half-breed. We shall not meet again. Namampa, the herb~ doctor, moves northward to the Orinco; for if the Englishman does not kill you, it 'is certain that you will kill me." Therefore, farewell!" CHAPTER XXI~. ' .... Mattazudo'o'~ Reception. Without a suspicion of the surprlss in store for him, Mattazudo, the half- breed, tramped on toward the old ruin, where he expected to find the beau- tiful daughter on Don Juan secreted and bound by Namampa for him. It will be remembered that Lola, upon being taken from the Carib by Lord Chungmough, fainted. When. un- der the Indian's care, she at last re- vived, she opened her eyes, looked wildly about her and exclaimed: "Where am I? O, my father! I~ he here?" Lord Chugmough oent over her, took her hand in his and said in a soothing voice: "Be calm, senorita. You are in the hands of friends. I am on a hunting expedition and was driven by the storm to seek this place for shelter. You wore brought here by this In- dian, who claims that he brought you here to escape the flood also. Rest a while, and when you are stronger you shall tell me your story and I will re- store you to your friends." "No, no, not to the castle!" she ex- claimed, growing excited and feverish. "Well, then, whatever you wish shall be done," he answered. "Be calm now. Later we will talk. Fear noth- ing, for I have a man with me, and we are well armed." "Thank you," she murmured. "I---" She would have continued, but Lord Chugmough had moved away from her. The Englishtnan touched Namampa on the shoulder and the Carib~knew he was wanted. He followed the Englishman to the farther end of the old temple, where there was a little more light coming in through the entrance, and, sitting down upon a stone, stolidly watched Lord Chugmough fill his pipe and light it, also keeping a furtive watch on William, whose rxact status he did not understand, but whose Stalwart pro- portions were enough to make the withered old Carib doubly cautious. "William," said Lord Chugmough, when he" had lighted his pipe, "how is the supper coming on?" "Quite ready, me lord," was the re- ply. "Savory, sir, hand Juicy." "Very well. See that the young lady has plenty. Encourage her to eat. Nothing like a good meal to restore courage, William." "Werry true, me lord. 'Ansome lady, sir. Will you 'ave yours now, sir?" "Not just yet. I wish to chat awhile with our interesting friend, t~ere. Now, then," he said, changing from his na- tive tongue to Spanish, "'my Indian friend, tell me your side of the story, and if I find you have not told the truth, you'll be a dead Indian, as sure as yeu are this minute alive." He puffed on in silence, while the Carib told the story, which was later on verified in part, by Lola Garza. On the day that this happened Lord Chugmough was standing just outside the ruin, when he saw a swarthy, dirty looking ruffian coming toward him. "Hello! What do you want?" asked the Englishman. "Senor is rude," replied the fellow. "In my country we are more than po- lite. I beg of you to let me pass." Lord Chugmough stood aside and watched him curiously as he entered the ruin, keeping close at his heels. As soon as Lola saw him she screamed: "That is Mattazud~! His presence here explains why I was taken from the castle.'" Mat~azudo was much surprised to find LOla in such good company. He was more surprised when he received Lord Chugmough's clenched fist in his face and went sprawling on the ground with a cut lip. He was still more sur- prised when, without a word of expla- nation. Lord Chugmough picked him up and rained blows .ks those of a sledge-hammer all over him. And his surprise reached its highest point when the stalwart and" irate English lord seized him violently with both hands and sent him hurling through space to fall, terribly bruised, some ten feet or more outside the temple. * * * (To be continued.) Some "Vlt~l Statl~tic~. The populatlo]a of Great Britain is 41,454,578, an increase in ten years of 3,721,656, this itself being an increase of 873,582 over the increase of the de- cennlum 1881-1891. This increase is due to the fall in the death rate, the birth rate, in fact, having decreased from 37.56 in 1871 to 31.57 in 190L There are over a million more women in the country than men. and this ex- cess is-still on the increase. The economic basis of civilization is thus becoming painfully evident, Although Irish emigration has slackened, its population shows a decrease of 248,204 since 1891. The excess of females in this country is-much smaller relative- ly than in England. In view of the great number of females in the richer countries and the increasing dispro- portion according to wealth. It is evi- dent that the work and dangers of civ- ilization are unduly thrown upon men, a fact the women suffragists and "emancipators" should ponder over, The birth rate is also diminishing ev- erywhere. Despite the lessened death rate. the population of France, since 1896, has only increased 330,000, and in fifty years has increased only 3,000,000, although the French people emigrate less than other European nations. In the same time England has gained 14,- 000,000 and Germany 21,000,000. The explanati~,n given for France is as- cribed to the unlimited division of land and the demand of a dowry of all mar- riageable girls. But back of this arises the natural question why her people demand the division and the dot. This brings out the fact that the ruling cause in such matters is the character of a people.~Ame~ lean Med. lcine. pi˘lorlal um0r SHE WOULgN'T TAKE TAFFY, ,m,, / Rosenberg--Yo' hal yon oof der schmallest feet dot I haf efer seen befoore. Miss Irene--Excuse me fo' bein' pussonel, sah, but yo's a liah. STAND [NG NE UTHAL. "Speaking about dreams." said ti:3 Boston insurance man as he reli~hte:l the stub of his cigar, "I can't ~ay that I do or do not bel'eve in them. One night, during the palmy days of the Louisiana lottery, I dreamed that certain ticket hit the capital prize. Two days later a friend showed me thai. very ticket and I gave him $25 for it." "And it hit the prize?" was asked. "No. sir; didn't come within a mile of it." "And have you any other instance?" "[ have. A year or two ago I fell asleep in a hammock one day and dreamt that I was the biggest ass in America for dreaming that other dream." "And did it turn out as you dreamed?" "Waal, I have my wife's word for it every hour in the day, and so I guess it did. She wanted that $25 for a spring hat, you see." Charles--"Did the tailor take your measure?" ~Igy "I think h-~ did. He saSzl I'd have to pay In advance." DISA~eOI~T=D ,,G,,.I~. LOVE, ALL "[ h-have c-come," began the young man, shaking so violently thht he al- most upset the chair. "H'm!" soliloquized the farmer. "1 bet a doughnut he has come around to ask me for Mary Jane's hand. Well, here is a chance to get rid of her at last." "I--I have c-come," repeated tho caller. "Well, don't be bashful. YOu can have her, my boy." "H-have w-who?" "My darter. Didn't you come to ask my consent?" "N-no. I come to b-borrow some quinine. I've got an ague c-chilL", ]BREEZY UNDERTAKING. Blinks--[ hear you are about to start a new paper. What are you going to call it? Jlnks I had thought seriously of cal|lng it the Bugle. Blinks--Good~ Just the thing if you have fully made up your mind to blow .~ yourself. "Our party," said the politician, con- fidently, "will sweep the city." "I'll vote for it then," replied the citizen; "the city certainly needs Rastus--Won't yo' love me me-Dinah? Oh! Dinah-me? sweeping." Dinah~Dinah-mite. IN THE BOOK STORE. oN THE WAY HO=Ire- / \ Josh Wayback~Glmme a lot of French novels I hear so much about. Mrs. Wayback--What do you want them for, Josh? Josh Wayback~Well, Mandy, we got a lot o' space to fill in the new bookcase and they tell me them French novels is very broad. "Does our talk annoy you?" asked one of the ladies, addressing the man who was trying to read his paper. It was in an elevated car where peo- ple sometimes sit facing one another, very near together. "Oh, no," he answered, "not at all I employ a lady stenographer, and have got so I can go right along about my own business without listening, unless there's something said tha~;'s worth hearing." GETTING RID OF THEM, Mrs. Stubb--"John, the ashman re- fuses to take these old shoes. How can we ever get rid of them?" Mr. Stubb---"Don't I~ uneasy, Maria. There is going to be a couple married in the next house to-morrow, and w~ can throw the old shoes after thel~ hack." Mlstress--,Now, remember, Bridget, the Joneses are coming for dinner to~ night." Cook--"Leave it to me, mum. I'll do me worst! They'll never trouble yes again." Any man Who monkeys with a mule is apt to come to a bad end. HE 60T. HOARSE. HER GLAD SURPRISE. "I have found out one thing about my husband/' said the bride who had been married before. "that surprises me greatly." Her friend moved up a little near- er, so that they could whisper, and asked: "What is it?" "His salary is just as big as he told me it was." HIS FIRST COURSES. "What were the first courses you took?" asked the benevolent old party• "Soup and fish," responded the col- lege student who had acted in capacity uf waiter during the summer. Miss Peachblow---"Did you enjoy yourself on your vacation? Kodak Idiot.--"I can tell you better after the films I exposed are devel- oped." If all the world loves a lover it's no • ~0,~_ Oaggs~I hear you came back from Texa= with a bad case of bronchitta wonder his best girl gets Jealous. Waggs--Yes; too much broncho. , LET US HOPE SO. Pea~l~"I see where some philan- thropist is going to run a few drug stores for the purpose of giving fsee ,medicine to the poor." Ruby~"Gracious! I wonder if they will have a gratis, soda counter at- tached?" VERY APPROPRIATE. Bill Bunko--"I. have chosen a good motto for my boy when he grows up." George Greengoods~"What is it?" Bill BunkO---" 'Be up and doing.'" HIS INNING. Ostend~"What is a 'horse laugh,' paw ?" Paw--"It is a laugh the rural horse gives when he seep an automobile stalled in the mud. my son." Pat--"And how IS the wife. Mike?" Mlke--"Sure and I had the doctor last night." Pat--"I didn't know tl~t~ she was so sick as thot," Mike~"No, and she didn't need him;i but iv she hod died, .sure she ,would alw~y~ ov btamed mel"~Judge. NOT A MIRACLH I~ITHIIL Larry~"Phwas thor leer lnythlng inT more wonderful then th' camel go- ing tro th' eye of th' nadle?" 'Denny--!'Yis. Ol've sane me two- hundred~pound ould woman go tro me vist pocket, bedad.'* o~ CONSO~TXO~, Stubb~"Is it a nmdel debating club?" Penn~"i guess so. Tipsy l~ve m~ver brought up the Samp~u-SahlSy dl~. pute."