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Newspaper TitleKerang Times and Swan Hill Gazette (Vic. : 1877 - 1889)
Trove TitleAdventures of Three Young Ladies
article text ADVENTURES OF THREE YOUNG LADIES -0---- CHAPTER xx,. The fresh intruder was Lionel Montague. 'My dear Mrs Bacon, he whispered. when the lady went forth to remonstrate with him on his imprudence, no such chance will occur again; our plans are well laid, hormes await us.' 'I tell you. Lieutenant Montague. before one of us could descend, the guard would be upon us, You court ruin for us, death, cruel death for yourselves,' she said. 'Yes dear Lionel,' cried Kate, approaching 'for my sake fit, Hark what signal is that? 'The moollah,' faltered Lionel, 'Heaven guard you, my own bright darling, but this is a bitter disappointment, But Mrs Bacon urged him so passionately to flee that he obeyed. He had, however, to remove the daggers by moans of which he had ascendid and the signal the sounding of a shepherd's horn was repeated several times. CHAPTER mxt. The moollah and the empress had come to a sort of compromise; if the priest-vizer could succeed in having the Feringheo girls removed in time to prevent the marriage, she washed her hands of the whole affair. She knew the moollah's power over her son's mind, His keen and subtle intellect had hitherto been ableto gird the emperor (in all things and though, in the first burst of his rage, he was more like a wild beast than an man, she yet had confidence in the power of the priest. Besides, what is to be will be, and if the soollah fell in the contest, it was his kismet -destiny. A wondrous change had been wrought in the moollah by the influence of love and ifse. Crushed beneath the weight of slavery, and an inglorious life, the naturally noble aind high-minded young Englishman had been in danger of falling. but the presence of Edith and the hopes which so suddenly revived lof taking up his true position in the world, had acted upon his soul with startling force. He came forth from the ardent furnace puri lied. Only let him save the girls and escape to his own-his native land,anod he would make lup for the weakness and fo!ly of the last teen years. Hie had be:n crushed by the weight of circum stances,and had:yielded to listless apathy rather than ally gseater weakness. Until Isaw that glorious girlt. I knew not I bed such a thing as a heart,' he murmured to himself;'and now I love her. Oh. I love her. Thts passionate exclamation he repeated to himself twen times a day. 'And shall I win my glorious prizes' he asked himself. 'That the captain loves her is certain and yet my heart tells me, I am not wholly inOfferent to her. Descending to the lower parts of the castle, exclusively devoted to the soldiery and males of the establishm-nt, he ordered a horse to he I saddled, and clothing himself more as a warrier than a priest prepared to set out upon his journey. In that country of mystery and intrigues, secret expeditions excited no surprise. The moollah mounted his horse, gave a few orders to be attended to in his absence and rode away. As soon as he reached thel mouth of the valley, he took a horn from his saddle bow and sounded it. He waited. No answer 'I hope they are up to no headstrong folly With their ignorane'of our customs, of the craft and deceit which are so rife among us, they will get themselves into some awful scrape or rush blindly into the very jaws of death. Dismounting under a'treo, the moollah at in toervals of several minutes, again sounded the horn, giving a melonchbly intonation to the tracla which be played The madmen have certeinly disregarded my advice. Well I can wait no longer,' he said approaching his horse. 'Ie that the moollah?' asked the cherry voice of Lionel Montague. 'Yet; just about to leave you to your fate. Where have you been. 'We have just been to the palace,and spoken to our friends,' said Lionel. 'Madmen!-and'you havesesenped scot free?' cried the astonished moollah. 'Yes,! said Lionel, and explained all that had passed. 'You are more fortunate than you deserve The oga of the guard, if you had been caught might have cut out )our tongues and eyes, and cast the women to the carrion crows of the hills. But what hope have you of releasing them. 'Mount all of you; I have far to ride to night and will explain as I go along. 'You are alone. Ye'o, save yourselves, I have no companions By this time all were mounted, and trotting along the plain under the guidance of the moollah. He explained that-ho was about to visit the castle of Sidra Bey, the most daring robber of the hills, but a man on whose fath he counted much. 'Can we accompany you?, asked Lioneld 'Yes within a short distance of the chief tain's retreat, bur not quite all the way,' an swered the moollah. After riding about an hour, they once more entered a dark, gloomy and rugged valley, where only two could ride abreast. An hour later still the path was so difficult that they were compelled to walk their horeas. Suddenly some shrill whistles were herd on the heights above. 'Halt,' said'the moollah, 'the robbers are upon us!' And has he spoke he sounded a sharp pe culiar note on his horn which he carried at his saddle bow, Several men armed with long match-lock guns appeared. 'Who and what are you?' as'ed onrie of the men, in the pure Moggrebin Arabic of the de sert. 'Iam the mdollabh, bound on a visit to the Sirdar Bey, your chief, was the quite response 'And your companions. 'Are my friends, Pass, O mooollabh--the valley is open to you. sai'd one of the arabs. , ,About every five hundred yards the ceremony was repeated. 'You see the force and strength of these robbere,' said the moollah; 'an army would be annihilated before it could reanich their streng hold. 'Such things would not take place in a civi lieed country,' observed the captain sharply. 'But we are not in a civilised country,' re plied the moollh; fur from it, we are in a landof benighted heathens.' Ahs ' ipoke; hie began the ascent of a' steep road which trecluded all conversation for a time. It wasas welt', for the captain was in a very irritable mood, and would have very likely caused aquarrel. A lover is at all times a member of the irri table genus, but when he has reason to believe himself not the favoured suitor, he is more than ever ill disposed towards his fellow creatures. S'Ir ish:ve'd n'everseenlthe moollah,' he whi.s pored to the traveller. 'I do believe we should have secaped all the easer and the sooner. 'You are unjust,, said Ashurst; 'at all events he is the only man who can seave the girls.' 'Yes becaus he has so contrived. I dare say he dill expect a pretty considerable raiward.' 'Their is no doubt he is a bit spoony on Miss Montague,' replied the traveller, drily. 'Like:his cursed imprudeuce,' mutterrd the captain; 'I:ll not give her up without a struggle - "My dear Thompson, said the traveller, in a. 1 sad and dissapointed tone, Ihave known you for many years, and never knev you do or say a dishonourable or ungenerous thing. 'Why, because the master passion has en tercd your sould, will you he so different to your old self. 'I love her-love her with a wild, exclusive passion, who knows no rivalry. I will rather die than give her up -I will slay the hated rival who stands in my way 'And leave her to mourn for him. Young ladies are not 'generally tenderly disposbd towards the murderers of their lovers: 'You think then she prefers this renegade, this man of mystery, perhaps crime. A man deeply and cruelly wronged, a man whose history when he tells it will amane and horrify you. He is a victim of the crullest injustice ever dealt out of man, 'I know be has wronged me -'How can he have wronged you when he knew not of your exisitence?-except in an honour, able rivalry-and no man can be blamed for supplanting another in a womans affections, unless he does tt by false and undrhand means, 'Time will show, said the captain snap pishly;' but your paragon, your Bayard'of a renegade declares a halt.' (To be continued.)