Ellis County Capital (Arnett, Okla.), Vol. 12, No. 20, Ed. 1 Friday, November 12, 1920 Page: 2 of 8

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CHAPTER X— Continued '
He hobbled on ahead and many
talked close besldd the white men but
there was no talking If the miners
were curious they were silent If they
were as distrustful ns they appeaU
in glances they 'were for the moment
persuaded by the Arub
Con smelled camels There wns a
ledge where the walls sloped back to
meet the lowering roof and in the
wedge-shaped space between the white
men were permitted to conceal' them-
selves Levlngton drew his friend
further into the narrowing space and
at once the torches were gone Silence
came about the tw’o as they waited
From beyond a Jutting wall the light
from the gas fire faintly colored the
rock leaving the hiding pluce In deep
shadow r
"I talked with Helen about these
men" said March “They are the sons
of captive mothers and fathers Their
blood is pure or has already been
duplicated In the city That is their
crime they are not blended or neces-
sary to the blend and so as outcasts
are sentenced to the work hefe The
women are not all deformed and the
children are not always born dwarfs
' but I understand that the babies nre
taken to the city to be raised in the
houses of the war caste The legs and
backs of the male children are
'spoiled' In orer to nip any future re-
volt The arms are left unhurt for
the sake of labor It Is well thought
“The devil’s own scheme” said Con
“There are pure Japanese here pure
Persian the Lord knows how many
different elements not desired for the
purposes of empire”
“But how did you begin to persuade
“I thought of their grievances and
made the most of that It appears that
they have at different times cherished
the idea of a revolution our Arabian
friend was one of the candidates for
leadership years ago he says but his
legs were too bad They had to give
It up Isn’t that the bitterest humor”
“I won't go anywhere again without
learning the language” said Con
“It was almost as if they had been
looking for us” added March
“I hope we can make good your
“I hope they can protect us”
“Curious game Isn’t it?” mused Lev-
lngton He was thinking now of
Princess Helen
“You’re not much elated over our
deliverance” objected the elder com-
rade “Walt Whitman said that If a thou-'
aand perfect men were to appear be-
fore him he wouldn’t be surprised”
“Is that the way you feel?” laughed
“Yes That's one book Helen onght
to have Walt could show her what's
the matter with Tau Kuan”
“You might do that yourself” said
the father and the conversation
Distantly Levlngton heard the
miners rousing the camels for another
day’s work
“It must be almost daylight” said
“All the same down here but I sup-
pose they can track us in the day-
time” “Back at my desk in th4 days be-
fore I found Clieg Ming” said March
“I was depressed because I felt 1
should never reach the heart of the
Gobi It had 'become the same as
heaven to me and all my dream lad-
ders had failed toppled down But
even In my younger days I never
imagined a world like this”
That first big surprise stretched
me” said Con “w hen we ran into the
green valley The palace made me
numb and the apartment of your little
princess finished me — vlctrolns apes
and almanacs If I had not seen my
own father go down under koresh I
wouldn't believe that either But as
it is 1 think nothing on God’s Foot-
stool will ever startle me again"
The white men lay for more than an
hour talking In whispers and peering
out into the great dim cave No Jay-
light could enter here only the noise-
less dance of orange-tinted shadows
upon the further wall At moments
they could hear something of the ac-
tivity of the miners in another section
of the subterranean passages Then
abruptly the arch at the left was
darkened by large familiar forms the
There wns a score of them with
smoking torches A long limp bag was
dragged upon the floor The first
glance about this part of the caverns
was a disappointment to the big-
framed warriors but they had not
completed their search Swords
clanked down against the rock floor as
they opened one end of the sack A
black serpent slipped out at their feet
From the elevation Levlngton saw
the snake lift Its head and rapidly
tongue the leggings of the nearest
wlio shoved It away with the bluat of
bis sword The other soldiers stood
still Its small eyes were like jewels
A leather thon'g was fastened in a ring
Inst back of its bead Holding their
'iefemy ILanc
IHuirWad £y
torches high the soldiers waited and
as the snake seemed disinclined to
act one huge rider caught' Its black
length upon his scabbard and lifted It
upon the ledge as high as his head
The serpent might go where they could
not see It remnined still in the new
position in rather an angry mood and
then started upward It did not come
toward the white fugitives but mount-
ed the uneven walls opposite until
the lenthern rope In the hands of the
man below wns nearly plnyed out
Presently the serpent had circled
the cavern' and wns nearing the Amer-
icans Silently It progressed from one
shadow to the next When the thong
caught on a rocky point the warrior
below would whirl his end of It and
tlie tether would go free The snake
paused with trembling rage at the dis-
turbance then went on
Levlngton hnd drawn his turban
down ovr his neck with face pressed
to the rocks But he could not with-
hold a glnnce at the approaching
snake nnd his heart beat heavily with
terror He steeled -himself to hold per-
fectly still The eyes of the reptile
were upon him now within two yards
of his head The long silent body
slid up to him Under its dusky skin
were golden markings like sunlight on
stngnnnt water A forked - white
tongue was flickering in and out In a
kind of smile
There was no hesitation The snake
was looping gliding onward across the
ledge Con’s soul was gripped In hor-
ror but If the searching party had
reckoned on forcing the fugitives to
betray themselves by some outcry or
sign of fear they had failed Neither
American had so much as winked
while the sinuous thing writhed past
without striking
The hunters passed on to the next
“You Are Making Me Unhappy”
Con heard his friend breathing once
more exhaling pent-air They waited
some time before moving out of the
tight place
“A merry little worm wasn’t he?”
whifjpered Con
“Are you chilled?” asked March
whimsically -
“You ore chattering too” retorted
the young man
“I wonder If they left any of those
behind for our benefit?”
“I saw only the one so I know It
was real” said Levlngton “Gobi po-
lice dog I’ll never forget the glance
he gave' me — yellow diamond eyes
And -do you know — ?"
“He had a smell” whispered Leving-
ton March - laughed quietly and said he
did not doubt that
“There was a house In Dowagiac”
continued Levlngton "a very old
house The walls were full of murder
and worse A poor lady lived there
with -a number of miseries such as
Presently the Serpent Had Circled the
Cavern and Was Nearing the Amer-
icans Jaundice and eczema Her apron was
always torn She didn’t do the mur-
der It did her I was small then I
remember the broken plaster that
came down upon the beds which were
gray and active Jumpy — dishes under
the stove -pnd under the table — the
cats-whose fur was stiff with garbage
and the grasshoppers that bung on the
parlor curtains Well in -that house
there drifted this same cold poisonous
smelL” -An
lrew March was very grave now
“I do not doubt that either” be said
Levlngton worked his way further
1 out of the crevice to a position better
for breathing although still Id the
shadow He rolled over upon his
back and drew up his knees with a
deep sigh
“That house would be proud of me
If they knew and if I was able to
bring back a straight story of ‘this
country the source of the world's
“Yes thnt house and many others
I am glad you feel ns you do”
“I suppose our government would
ask the Chinese government to co-operate
In reaching and controlling Tau
“And the Russian” added March
“They are badly hit"
“Do you think it Is possible?” asked
After a silence the 'elder comrade
snid slowly: "To be frank I have
hnd fnith and lost it and regained and
lost It so many times thnt I -enrtnot
say It Is my duty to try but I un’t
say any more than that”
Levlngton felt the curious depres-
sion again in ids friend an alarming
- The Arabian sailor appeared below
them grinning
“You bold still?"
“Like stone” said Con
“She do not strike you at all?"
'Passed both of us” said March
“You nre cherished ‘of Allah” de-
clared the sailor “They buve taken
away four of us”
He grunted a world of meaning The
sailors were punishing the miners for
complicity Perhaps the tale of the
white men’s “murder” did not impress
the searching party
“Wliat will they do to the four?”
“Break leg” said the Arab "Maybe
Andrew March shuddered and the
strange one below volunteered: “My
men do not like”
Levlngton saw that two white
strangers causing great trouble for
the miners could not become very
popular March also understood He
said simply: “Take mo before your
men" i
- “Is there anything you can say?”
asked Con
“Only what I told them before” re-
plied March "We represent ti nation
that Is as eager to punish Tau Kuan
as these workers can be If we can get
back there to tell the story I can
make that clear at least"
‘They may not be In a mood to lis-
ten” March smiled sadly “Moods" he
began but shook his head
The three men passed Into the larger
portion of the cavern where the red-
dish roof was marked with the flare
from the burning gas below Several
women cried out sharply at sight of
the white men and fled like timid ani-
mals to their rock-pockets up tjie
walls Their skirts were brief and
ugly Several very young children
darted after their mothers to the safe-
ty of dark familiar haunts— too young
to have been “spoiled" It was only a
period of months before they would be
taken Into the city to be molded Into
slaves In the houses of the soldiers
the circulation of their blood retarded
their very souls distorted Returning to
the mines a year or more after they
would be lost and strange and as if
orphaned among their own kin Their
family life did not receive sanction of
tlie state
The frightened women left food be-
hind them' Jars stood close to the fis-
sure from which came the fire The
contents had been prepared- for bak-
ing Con bent down to sniff at the
open jars March and the Arab passed
on together and Levlngton waited
feeling himself useless In such a con-
ference He- was more Interested In
finding an exit
To the left was the passage leading
to the foot of the slanting shaft -He
noted a long vine that came down over
the loose gravel like a guide-rope Con
climbed Into the enlarging daylight to-
ward the top Sunlight the old enemy
was beguiling He was thinking that In
Tau Kuan they have either too much
sunshine or too little The pale
haunted faces of the children below
troubled him An Intense light was
blinding him from above A flash of
desert days came over him oddly a
swift reminiscence of pain and thirst
gone In the space of one upward step
yet leaving a dryness in the throat
Con realized that the only trees within
a thousand miles were the half-grown
onks outside the casements of the prin-
cess Now the air changed In his nostrils
and be caught again the hot sweeping
currents of the sand When the green
blots left his eyes he raised his head
above the level of upper earth and
stared away The city less than a mile
distant was shimmering behind beat-
waves at moments dimmed by clouds
of dust that rushed across the valley i
He squinted to find the path they had
taken Vast night through the fog with
the sleepers rising to find them
A dromedary with baskets and a
driver was coming out at the big gate
Out to the south was a motionless
horseman the sun flushing from his
silver and steel He seemed to be
guarding the horizon He was one of
the scores who sought a trace of the
fugitives But nearer along the road
was a third rider cantering between
the green squares Con’s heart beat
violently He recognized the gray
cloak of bis princess
She rode under the full blaze of high
morning snn The pony moved brisk-
ly The watcher was puzzled as to
why she came out In the great heat
leaving the shelter of the palace tiles
She was alone save for the far figure
of the seDtlnel She was mounted per-
fectly and this was comforting to Con
who longed for more signs of her west-
ern sel She reached the cut In the
hill the head of the ravine and there
drew rein Vlvldlf he recalled that it
wns the -point of their first 'meeting
where her uplifted right arm had
saved him while with the left she con-
cenleil her face
He swore to himself that he was pre-
sumptuous In Imagining she hnd rid
den there for any reason connected
with himself unless she too wos seek-
ing to discover the white disturbers of
the empire aud give them over to the
vizir Con argued with himself that
she had gone to tlie ravine before she
knew he existed that probably she
rode there each day for a constitution-
al since there was nowhere else to go
Yet his emotions had their final say
Lifting himself out at the tnouth of
the shaft Jie glanced up and around
The sun was scorching If he attempt-
ed to move nlong the face of t’le hill
he would draw the eye of the sentinel
and the end would come quickly Con’s
turbo n and blouse were white nnd he
felt thnt he must be glowing like a
gein orf tlie dun hillside Greater than
this difficulty was the feur that Helen
would ride on or turn back before he
could reach her Nothing shortZof a
word with her would suffice although
he could not recuil thut be hnd any-
thing to say ' -
Tlie shortest wnjr out of sight wns
up the hill and over the crest nnd Con
began to worm upward as rapidly as
possible The sand lie loosened must
have made a long stream downward a
And Con Began to Worm Upward as
Rapidly aj Possible
perfect mark If the sentinel glanced
that way At the top Levlngton waa
breathless but not from exertion He
was in furious excitement Just a lit-
tle way down the hill on the further
side and he stood erect to look Helen
was atlll at the bead of the ravine He
bolted for the road that led up to her
When he was quite close a timidity
canght him a pleasant trouble It waa
the old gentleness where women were
concerned the familiar fullness In the
throat and the shyest look that ever
comes Into the eyes of an adult male
But here was also a new driving force
a reckless Impulse He would have
speech with her princess or no She
did not see him The sun was liquid
silver upon her and the next be was
aware that she did see him They oc-
cupied the positions respectively of
their first meeting yet now the footing
was different Con ran up the road to-
ward the pony - He Crept up the side
of the bank and found it convenient to
kneel beside a boulder He bowed
“I wanted to talk with you” he said
“They are looking for you” she re-
plied - -
“Your father is conferring with the
Arab foreman and the miners"
“I knew you were safe for there has
been no rejoicing”
“There Isn’t going to be on our ac-
count” '
- “I wondered where you were” she
said '
Her voice was almost dreamy a twi-
light In the midst of ft blaze of sun
Con was fascinated by the play of
light beneath the brim of her hat and
she seemed not to rebuke his glances
The gray cloak was of leather as fine
as linen Soft buff leather bound her
ankles The stirrups were no wider
than three fingers
She spoke again: “You are resting
upon the grove of my mother”
Levlngton started but she Bald
hastily: “Do not arise They will see
you" "
“Thanks" he mumbled again under
the influence of the fact that she
Would shield him In all she said was
:he same colorless melancholy as if
ike monotony of the desert shadowed
lr voice - She continued :
“Eithna my mother has been 'lying
lure for five years At first this was
little garden which the vizir per
rjtted me to make There was a foun-
tain -then beside that stone I had
little green plants for her She loved
a lotus But the fountain could not
live either”
“You must miss her very much”
“Yes oh very much! Sometimes la
the morning I call her before I re-
member I do not think she Is really
dead When I dream' she Is always
here with me” -
Making Terma
Mr Lfrtleneck — Kathryn-1 love yoa
Will you be -mine?
Miss Hardfax — Will I te yours? '
Never But I will be pleased to me
cep I you as my husband
WARNING I Unless you see the name “Bayer on
tablets you are not getting genuine Aspirin prescribed by
physicians for 20 years and proved safe by millions
Name “Bayer has same meaning as 14 Karat on gold
SAFETY F1RST1 Accept only an “unbroken package’ of
fenuine “Bayer Tablets'of Aspirin” which contains proper direc-"
tions for Headache Earache Toothache Neuralgia Colds' Rheuma-
tism Neuritis Lumbago and for pain generally Strictly American!
Handy tin boxes of 12 tablets cost but a few cents — Larger packages
Aeplrla Is tbs trade mark of Barer Manufacture of Moooeoetloeeidoeter of fatlevlleedl
No Great Matter
“No more brandy on plum pudding”
“No nintior" -
“Hub?” "
“You couldn’t egt enough to get a
kick” — Detroit Free Press
Catarrh Can Be Cared
Catarrh la a local disease greatly Influ-
enced by constituUonal conditions It
ihcrefore requires constitutional treat-
is taken Internally and acts through
the' Blood on the Mucous Surfaces of
the System IIALb’B CATARRH
MEDICINE destroys the foundation of
the disease gives the patient strength by
improving the general health and assists
Nature In doing its work
-All Druggists Circulars free
F J Cheney A Co Toledo Ohio
A' scientist is a man -of learning
among other things lie Is apt to learn
that lie Is not flimflam proof
Kill That Cold With
cascaraM quinine
CeMi Cnikt TOMW Lr Grippe
Neglected Colds are Dangerous ' --
Taka no rhsnrss Keep this standard remedy handy for the Bret seesaw
Breaks up a cold In 24 hours — Relieves ' -
Grippe la 3 days—- Excellent for Heed echo ’ -
Quinine la this form doee' not sAct the heed— Cascara is beat Tania
Laxative— No Opiate in HiH’a
An Eye Out for the Drlnka
If any reader thinks this little -story
Is far-fetched he Is right — we got It
direct from distant Shanghai A be-
nevolent ludy was giving a dinner
party to a number of soldiers who hud
been half-blinded v and ' otherwise
wounded in the war' and during the
repast the hostess was astonished to
recelvo a glass eye rolling on a plate
“It’s from mv pal' Bill” explained
one of the guests politely “He sent
It up to see if there are any drinks
at yotir end of the table 'cos there
ain’t any at his” — Boston Transcript
- Well-Known Remedleo
Mr B wns ill with n cold and the
doctor who was summoned prescribed
old-fashioned remedies “calomel aud
quinine Internally and nntlphlogistine
to be applied externally”
It proved very effective and the
maid boasted of his quick recovery
to one of tlie neighbors “And Mrs B
didn’t do hardly anything to cure
him” she added “She gave him qui-
nine and' calumus aud covered his
client with alubastine”
The Causa -
“Iff the camp the other day came
across a young soldier who was weep-
ing so hard that I felt sorry for him”
“Wns he reading a tetter - from
bofhe?” ' - -
t Sculptors now make use of the
camera us a means of verifying the
work of their chisels
Nature is on your side
every time you eat
Rr this sturdy
malted barter supplies body and
brain with Just the elements oF
nutrition that Nature demands'
for health and vigor -
Grape Nuts is a Sugar Saver
“There's a Reason"
Tlie Order of the Thistle dates front
1087' it Is limited to the King of Eug-
land and 16 knights
Comfort Baby’s Skin
With Cuticura Soap
And Fragrant Talcum
Seep 25c Oiatmat 25 aaJ 50cTalcaa 25c
Rm tor— Color mmd
Beauty m Grey mmd Faded Hell
oc and fi oo at Dranriik
TT1eo Chen
loot I Ma Btnpi all mum roofort ie UH
feels Ittkef valklu Ua by me! I or at T
ffets AlNwCb - - “ “
Where He Might Bo -
She looked in the pantry She looked
In the larder She looked In the kitch-
en she looked In the cupboard ’ -Where
was that mischievous boy?
She looked in the hall She looked
In the bedroom She looked in the nurs-
ery Site looked In the garden She
even looked in the hencoop and the
rabbit hutch All In vain -
“ At Inst she climbed to the top of
the house till she came to the little
trapdoor leading to the loft
“Willie I Willie!" she called “Are-
you up there?” - -
"No mother” replied q shrill voice
“Have you tried the cellar?”
' - More Kind to Her Dog ' - -
Through the dark wintry night
two dear old pals strolled' homeward
It had been somebody’s birthday or
something Anyway It was very late
now -
As the church clock struck the hour
of three one of the wanderers sudden-
ly exclaimed - - -
“I hnven’t my latchkey!” -“Well
won’t your 'Wife get up and
open the door for you?"- -“Not
lbueh! Will yours?”
“You betl Til scratch nt the door
and whine and she’ll think her dog
has been locked out”— Pittsburgh
London as a community uses trains
and other transport more than any
other city in the world '
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