The Lexington Leader (Lexington, Okla.), Vol. 24, No. 4, Ed. 1 Friday, October 9, 1914 Page: 8 of 10
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•'few minute* the noise wM deafening copper «M.U. he J.c«. I i^.Ya^had not
The Adventures of
HAROLD MAC GRATH
Illustrated by Picture* from the Moving Plctur#
Production of the tellg Polyecope Co.
I A rum tile as of distant thunder, and rose to his knee*, and poured hand
the storm died away °< dust upon his head
By and by she peered cautiously. "At, al' he call™
She saw the lion crossing the open done, ray children
been seen upon It. He found where
Kajah had veered ofT Into the Jungle
again, and followed the trail tireless-
to be his misfortune al-
It la almost
The first sign has
"between the temple and the Jun come from the god* I have brought ly. "Ml «« to be his
gle She saw him pause, bend his you ip human form the ancient priest- j ways to - fo late ^ ^
^ ^ a., in th« direction ess! And he really believed he lmd lo Kathlyn we a . i
O. my children, my little ones, my j nothing more than the curiosity
taken by Rajah
U, uiy iliiiuini, D' _ht
had kids! I have brought her who will now natives to disturb her. I hey
^ ^ attend to the ° ° °roH hruw ■ fop timuii i h«r cotton hlanKet8 w hicn 11
ther alone will ret
had stepped Into this wearied tlesh of two rains j this; al least It shielded her from the
To Kathlyn It seemed that she had to7hrsacred nVe.: for th.«e her cotton blankets
no longer anything to do with the bod. ranged In the sarcophagus Thers
of Ka.hlyn ..are, Jbe^l of another ^ ^ ^ I ^ ^ ^ the wor.d_than
Kathlyn Hnr . believing hfr fattier. rot
liar* In peril. lia-'< summoned h « r. leaves
tier liom > In California lo K' to I l. .J,11
AtlahtJ, India. Umballa. pretender to trie
throne, has IrnprUoned the colonel, named
by the late king as hla heir. Arriving In
Allaha Kathlyn la Informed hy Umballa
lhat her father being dead |Je la to lie
queen, and must marry him. She refuses
•nil ,ln Informed by the prleflts that no
woman can rule unmarried. Khe la g'ven
■even da\^ to think It over. She atlll re
f lines. and Is told that she must undergo
two ordeals with wild beasts. If she sur-
vlvea alio will be permitted to rule. Jonn
Uruce. an American, saves her life. The
elephant which carries her from the
■eerie of her trials runs away, separating
ker from Bruce and the rest of the party.
Outside the palace courtyard stood
Rajah, the howdah securely attached
once more. Kathlyn was bidden to
mount. A water bottle and some cakes
were placed In the howdah beside her.
Then a drunken mahout mounted be-
hind Kajah'* ears. The elephant did
not like the feel of the man's leg*, and
lie began to Bway ominously. Never-
theless, he permitted the mahout to
direct him to one of the city gates, the
•oldlers trooping alongside.
It appeared that there was a much
shorter route to Allaha. Time being
essential. Bruce had had to make for
the frontier blindly, as It were. The
regular highway was a moderately de-
cent road which led along the banks
of one of these streams whlfch eventu-
ally join the sacred Jumna. This, of
course, was also sacred. Many Hindus
were bathing In the ghats. They
passed by these and presently came
upon a funeral pyre.
Sometimes one sleeps with one's
eye open, and thus It was with Kath
lyn. Out of that funeral pyre her
feverish thoughts builded a frightful
dream. . , .
The drunken mahout slid off Kajah;
the soldiers turned aside. Hired fe-
male mourners were kneeling about,
-wailing and beating their breasts,
while behind them stood the high caste
widow, her face as tragic as Dido's at
the pyre of Eneas. Suddenly she
threw up her arms high above her
"I am suttee!"
Suttee! it was against the law of
the British raj. The soldiers began
arguing with the widow, but only half
beartedly It was a pious rite,
■worthy of 4he high caste Hindu's wife
Better death on the pyre than a future
life like that of a pariah dog. For a
wife who preferred to live after her
husband was gone was a social out-
cast, permitted not to wed again, to
eilst only as a drudge, a menial, the
scoff and contempt of all who had
known her In her days of prosperity.
The widow, having drunk from a cup
which contained opium, climbed to the
top of the pyre where her husband lay,
swathed in white. She gazed about
wildly, and her courage and resolve
(Goy/rijfhl by Harold MnctiruUi)
always remain a mystery to her. Food
and water, food and water; In her
present state she must have both or
die. Let them send her back to Alia
ha; she was beaten; she was without
the will to resist further. All she
wanted was food and water and sleep,
sleep. After that they might do what
they pleased with her.
For the first time since the extraor-
dinary flight from Allaha Kathlyn
recollected the "elephant talk" which
Ahmed had taught her. She rose wear-
ily and walked toward Hajah, who
cocked his ears at the sound of her ap-
proach. She talked to him for a space
in monotone. She held out her hands;
the dry, raspy trunk curled out to-
ward them. Kajah was evidently will-
ing to meet her half way. 8he or-
dered him to kneel. Without even
pausing to think it over Rajah bent
his calloused knees, and gratefully
Kathlyn crawled back Into the how-
dah. Food and water: these appeared
at hand as if by magic. So she ate
and drank If she could hold Hajah
to a walk the howdah would last at
least till she came to some village
Later, In the moonshine she espied
the ruined portico of a temple.
i«a nhvniral Since me coining ui iuv hum
hers and now d,J™te V ago the leopard and the striped one bitter night wind.
manifestations while her own s forBaken their lairs. One bullock j She ate again at sundown and build-
stood gratefully and passh.,l> 1 > . ^ ^ ^ bet(er Iha„ Hre together ed high the sacred lire and tried to
Nothing could happen now, th* *orui aim*
Nothing could happen
had grown still and calm. The spirit
drew the sleeves of the robe snugly
about tier arms and laid Kathlyn*
head upon them and drew her down
Into a profound slumber.
Half a mile to the north of the
ruined temple there lay, all MMM
pected by Kathlyn. a village * *<l
lage belonging solely to the poor iww
ly ryots or tillers of the soil The
poor in Asia know but two perWs >
time, for rarely do they posseaa such *
with the kids and the children. Ai!'
Naturally the villagers set down
The Temple of the Lion.
In the blue of night the temple
looked as though It had be^n sculp-
tured out of mist. Here and there the
heavy dews, touched by the moon
lances, flung back flames of sapphire
cold and sharp. To Kathlyn the tem
pie was of marvelous beauty. She
urged Hajah toward the crumbling
It was a temple in ruins, like many
in' Hind. Broken pillars, exquisitely
carved, lay about, and some of the tall
windows of marble lace were punctur
ed, as if the list of some angry god
had beaten through. Under the de-
cayed portico stood an iron brazier.
Near this reposed a cracked stone
sarcophagus; an unusual sight in this
part of the world. It was without its
lid. But one god now brooded here-
abouts—Silence. Not a sound any-
where, not even from the near-by
trees. She saw a noiseless lizard slide
jerkily across a patch of moonshine
and dissolve into the purple shadow
What was this temple? What gods
had been worshiped here. And why
was It deserted? She had heard her
father tell of the ruined city of Chitor.
Plague? . . ■ Kathlyn shuddered.
Sometimes villages, to the last soul In
them, were brushed from existence
and known no more to man. And this
might be one of them. Yet indications
of a village were nowhere to be seen.
It was merely a temple, perhaps miles
from the nearest village, deserted save
by prowling wild beasts, the winds, the
sunshine, and the moonshine. She
looked far and wide for any signs of
She commanded Rajah to kneel. So
held by the enchanting picture was
Kathlyn that the elephant's renew
restlessness (and he had reason, as
will be seen) passed unobserved by
her He came to knee, however, and
she got out of the howdah. Her legs
trembled for a space, for her nerves
were In a pitiable condition. Suddenly
Rajah's ears went forward, he rose,
and his trunk curled angrily. With a
whuff he wheeled and shuffled off to-
ward the Jungle out of which he had
so recently emerged
"Halt!" cried Kathlyn. What had
he heard? What had he seen? "Halt!"
plan some manner of escape; for she
did not propose to be a domi-goddess
..•luiu.i; vuo .any longer than was necessary. From
their water skins and jars and copper Pundita she had learned many words
vessels and flocked about this excep- and a few phrases in Hindustani, and
(tonal holy man. They wanted to i she ventured to speak them to the
believe him, but for years nothing had j holy men, who seemed quite delight-
happened but the advent of the lion, 1 ed. They could understand her but
whence no one exactly knew, though j she on her part could make little or
(he holy man had not been backward | nothing of their Jabbering. Nevertne-
iu claiming It was due to his nearness j less, she pretended.
to the god Vishnu. ; Finally the holy men departed, after
Thov followed him eagerly to the 1 having Indicated the sacred flre and
(siv.ple. What they beheld transfixed the wood beside it. This flre pleased
them A woman with skin like the I Kathlyn mightily. While It burned
petals of the lolus and hair like corn j brighly the lion would not prowl in
sat in the sacred sarcophagus and i her immediate vicinity. She won-
bt s.dev" V, ha:: gailug the while to-; dered where this huge cat had come
vkani the bright sun
You never tasted
daintier, lighter, fluffierJ
biscuits than those.
baked with Calumet^
For Calumet in-
HIGHEST AWARDS I
World'a Pure Food
In the Shadow of Danger.
thing as a watch or a clock: sunset
and sunrise. Perhaps the man of the
family may sit awhile at dusk on his
mud doorsill, with his bubbling water
pipe (if Ke has one), and watch the
stars slowly swing across the arch.
A pinch of very bad tobacco is slowly
consumed; then he enters the hut,
flings himself upon his matting (per-
haps a cotton rug, more likely a bun-
dle of woven water reeds), and sleeps.
No one wakes him; habit rouses him
at dawn. He scrubs his teeth with a
fibrous stick. It is a part of his re-
ligious belief to keep his teeth clean.
The East Indian (Hindu of Mohamme-
dan) has the whitest, soundest teeth
in the world if the betelnut is but tem-
Beyond this village lay a ruined city,
now inhabited by cobras and Blinking
Dawn. A few dung fires smoldered.
From the doorway of one of the mud
huts came a lean man, his naked torso
streaked with wet ashes, his matted
hair hanging in knots and tangles on
his emaciated shoulders. His aspect
was exceedingly filthy; he was a holy
man, which in this mad country signi-
fies physical debasement, patience,
and fortitude such as would have
pj i adorned any other use. A human
lamprey, sticking himself always at
the thin and meager board of the poor,
a vile parasite, but holy!
The holy man directed his steps to
the narrow, beaten pathway which led
to the temple, where, every morning,
he performed certain rites which the
poor, benighted ryots believed would
some day restore the ruined city and
the prosperity which attends fat
harvests. The holy man had solemn-
ly declared that it would take no less
than ten years to bring about this
it a ,i.„ .-it crriidQ i miracle. And the villagers fell down
Hut even as she called the tall grass foreheadg the dust He
Set Off With s Shuffling Gait.
closed In behind the elephant. What
water and food she had disappeared
She paused by the brazier, catching
hold of It for support. She laughed
hysterically: It was so funny; it was
ail so out of Joint with real things,
with everyday life as she had known
It. Weird laughter returned to mock
her astonished ears, a sinister echo.
And then she laughed at the echo, be-
ing In the grip of a species of madness
In the purple caverns of the temple
she suddenly became conscious of an-
A flash as of moon-
haunt of a
took wings She stumbled down. A
low hissing ran about.
"Make the white woman suttee In
her place!" cried the drunken mahout.
The cry was taken up by the specta-
tors. Kathlyn felt herself dragged
from the elephant, bound, and finally
laid beside the swathed figure. There
could be no horror In the wide world
like It. Smoke began to curl up from I other presence
the underbrush. It choked and stifled light striking two chrysoberyls took
her. Sparks rose and dropped upon the madness out of her mind
her arms and face. And through the forsaken temple was
smoke and flame came Kajah. He lifted leapord or a tiger.
her with his powerful trunk and car- i She was lost. That magnetism
rled her off, for hours and hours, back which ordlnarly was hers was at Its
Into the trackless jungle. . . nadir She hesitated for a second,
Kathlyn found herself, all at once, then climbed into the empty sarcopha-
slttlng against the roots of an aged gus, crouching low. Strangely enough,
banyan tree. A few yards away an as she did so a calm fell upon her;
ape sat on his haunches and eyed her all the terrors of her position dropped itH inVeiv
curiously A little farther off Hajah away from her as mists from the s retcneo
browsed In a clump of weeds, the how mountain peaks She had, however. a a
dah at a rakish angle, like the cocked gotten into the hiding place none too r" ' " 1
hat of a bully. Kathlyn stared at her soon. She heard the familiar pad-pad.
hands There were no burns there the whiff-whiff of a big cat
' ately \nto the moonlight caino an
African lion, as out of place here as
she had dreamed it; a fantasy due ^ I ^^.Tlong. btck'streat fmm -he first time In his hypocritical life
his mane to his tail where the hair bad he found faith
risen. Kathlyn crouched even lower, puerile rites.
The lion trotted round the sarcopha- yonder spirit
8be passed a hand over her face;
there was no smart or sting A dream:
was a Brahmin; the caste string hung
about his neck; he was Indeed holy,
he who could have dwelt on the fat of
the land, in maharajahs' courts. The
least that can be said Is that he per-
formed his duties scrupulously.
So, then, the red rim of the March
sun shouldered up above the rolling
Jungle as he came Into the beaten
clay court which fronted the temple.
The lion stalked only at night, rarely
appearing in the daytime. Once a
month he was given a bullock, for he
kept tiger and leopard away, and the
villagers dwelt In peace. The lion had
escaped from Allaha, where the spe-
cies were kept as an additional sport.
Since he had taken up his abode in
the temple there had been fewer
thefts from the cattle sheds'.
The holy man was about to assume
his squatting posture in the center of
the court, as usual, when from out of
tie sarcophagus rose languidly a
form, shrouded in white The form
arms, white as
She had. however, I alabaster, and presently the hands
pair of sleepy eyes Then
the form sat down within the sarco-
Immedl-1 I'hagus. laid its arms on the rim and
wearily hid its face in them.
The watcher was the most dum-
founded holy man in all India. For
The intake of many breaths pro-
duced a souv.d Kathlyn turned In-
stantly toward this sound, for a mo-
ment expecting the return of the lion
Immediately holy man and villagers
threw themselves upon the ground,
striking their foreheads against the
damp clay The alien spirit still ruled
the substance; Kathlyn eyed them In
mild astonishment, not at all alarmed.
"Al!" shrilled the holy man. spring-
ing to his feet. "Al! She Is our an-
cient priestess, rising from her tomb
of centuries! Ai. al! O, thou unholy
children, to doubt my word! Behold!
Henceforth she shall share the tem-
ple with the lion, and later she will
give us prosperity, and my name shall
ever be in your households."
Having secured a priestess, he was
now determined thpt he should not
lose her. The futflre was roseate in-
deed, and when he took his next pil-
grimage to holy Benares they would
bestrew his pathway with lotus flow-
"Wood to start the sacred fires!" he
The villagers flew to obey his or-
ders. He was Indeed a holy man. Not
in the memory of the oldest had a
miracle such as this happened. Ipon
their return with wood and embers
the holy man built the fire, handing
a lighted torch to Kathlyn and signify-
ing for her to touch the tinder. The
spirit in Kathlyn told her that these
people meant her no Immediate harm,
so she stepped out of the sarcophagus
and applied the torch. The moment
the flames began to crackle the vil-
lagers prostrated themselves again,
and the holy man besmeared his bony
chest with more asheS.
A second holy man appeared upon
the scene, wanting in breath. His Jaw
dropped and his eyes started to leave
their sockets. Knowing his ilk so
thoroughly well, he flung himself
down before the brazier and beat his
forehead upon the ground; not in any
chastened spirit, but because he had
overslept that morning. This glory
might have been his! Ai, ai!
Later the two conferred. During
the day they should guard the priest-
ess, because, having taken human i
form, site might some day tire of this
particular temple. At night she would
be well guarded by the lion.
Several awe-stricken women came
forward with bowls of cooked rice and
fruits and a new copper drinhing ves-
sel. These they reverently placed at
Gradually the spirit which had com-
forted Kathlyn withdrew, and at
length Kathlyn became keenly alive.
It entered her mind clearly that these
poor, foolish people really believed
her a celestial being, and so long as
they laid no hand upon her she was
not alarmed. She had recently passed
through too many terrors to be dis-
turbed by a bit of kindness, even If
stirred Into being by a religious fanati-
By pairs the villagers departed, and
soon none remained save her self-ap-
pointed guardians, the two holy men.
Kathlyn felt a desire to explore this
wonderful temple. She discovered
what must have been the Inner shrine.
The chamber was filled with idols;
here and there a bit of gold leaf, cen-
turies old, glistened upon the bronze,
the clay, the wood. The caste mark
on the largest idol's head was a pol-
ished ruby, overlooked doubtless dur-
ing the loot. She swept the dust from
from, since she knew her natural his-
tory well enough to know the African
Hons did not Inhabit this part of the
globe. Doubtless it had escaped from
some private menagerie.
The flre, then, giving her confidence,
she did not get into the sarcophagus,
but wandered about, building In her
fancy the temple as it had stood in its
prime. The ceilings had been mag-
nificently carved, no two subjects
alike; and the walls were of marble
and jasper and porphyry. A magic
continent this Asia in its heyday.
When her forefathers had been rude
barbarfens, sailing the north seas or
sacrificing in Druidical rites, there
had been art and culture here such as
has never been surpassed. India, of
splendid pageants, or brave warriors
and gallant kings! Alas, how the
mighty had fallen! About her, penury,
meanness, hypocrisy, uncleanliness,
thievery, and unbridled passions.
What was that? Her heart missed
beat. That pad-pad; that sniffling
She whirled about, knocking over
an idol. It came down with a crash
and, being of clay, lay in shards at
her feet. (Unfortunately it was the holy
of holies In this temple.) How she
gained the shelter of the sarcophagus
she never knew, but gain it she did,
and cowered down within. She could
hear the beast trotting round and
round, sniffling and rumbling in his
throat. Then the roaring of the pre-
ceding night was repeated. The old
fellow evidently could not find those
other lions who roared back at him so
valiantly. Evidently flre had no ter-
rors for him. For an hour or more
he patroled the portico, and all this
time Kathlyn did not stir, hardly dar-
ing to breathe for fear he might un-
dertake to peer into the sarcophagus.
Silence. A low roar from the inner
shrine told her that for the present
she was safe. Tomorrow she must
fly, whither did not matter. Toward
four o'clock she fell into a doze and
was finally awakened by the sound of
voices raised in anger.
Poor sheep! They had discovered
the shattered idol. It did not matter
at all that the return of their ancient
goddess was to bring back prosperity.
She had broken their favorite idol.
Damnation would come in a devil s
wind that night.
The holy man who had missed the
chance of claiming the miraculous ap-
pearance of Kathlyn as a work of hn
own now saw an opportunity to re-
habilitate himself in the eyes of those
who had made his holiness a com-
fortable existence. With a piece of
the idol In his hand he roused Kath-
lyn and shook the clay before her
face, jabbering violently. Kathlyn un-
derstood readily enough. She had un-
wittingly committed a sacrilege.
The natives gathered about and
menaced her. Kathlyn rose, standing
in the sarcophagus, and extended her
hands for silence. She was frightened,
but it would never do to let them see
it. What Hindustani she knew would
in this case be of no manner of use.
But we human beings can, by facial
expression and gesture, make known
our messages with understandable
clearness. From her gestures, then,
the holy men gathered that she could
recreate the god. She pointed toward
the sun and counted on her fingers.
(TO BE CONTINUED.)
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her light headed state of mind. A
dream' She cried and laughed, and
the ape gibbered at her uneasilj
In reality, Rajah, freed of ills un-
welcome mahout, had legged it down j gus, sniffing
the road without so much as trumpet- 1 head and roared
not been able to stop him
in himself, In bis
He had conjured up
unaided, alone. He
Presently he lifted* his rose, turned, and never a holy man
The echoes played ran faster. When he arrived, panting
farewell nd~the"soldiers had I battledore and shuttlecock with the and voiceless, at the
sound. The lion roared again, this where natives were coming and going
Ho^. Inaaed W get down would | Ume at the Insuiting echoes. For a j with water 1* goauklu, and lars and
Gulf Stream's Giant Flow.
Ninety billion tons of water are car-
ried hourly through the Florida straits
the loot, sne swept me „u ..iron. r gtream accordlng t0 Hear
the Jewel with the tip of her finger, f E plllsbury, u. s. N„
and the dull fire sent a shiver of de- Adrn^ ^ Qf (he bureau o(
light over her. She was still a woman. and the greatest authority
As she wandered farther in her foot ™ ^ gu,f streftm ln a letter t0 the
touched something and she looked NaUonal Geographlc scoiety. The gulf
down. It was a bone, in fact, the floor stream fae gaid is probably the grand
was strewn with bones. She quickly moBt mighty of the terrestrial
discerned, much to her relief, that
none of these bones were human. This
was, or had been, the den of the lion, j
There wnB an acrid, unpleasant odor,
so she hurried back to the brazier, j
Vaguely she comprehended that she 1
must keep the flre replenished from
time to time in order to pacify the j
two holy men. At night it would fend i
off any approach of the lion.
Where was Bruce? Would he ever
find her? That philosophy which she
had inherited from her father, that
quiet acceptance of the inevitable, j
was the one thing which carried her j
through her trials sanely. An ordi- j
nary woman would have died from
mere exhaustion. .!
Bruce, indeed! At that very mo-
ment he was rushing out of Kumar's
Joys of Companionship.
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and their hearts praying for his vic-
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