|Newspaper Title||Kerang Times and Swan Hill Gazette (Vic. : 1877 - 1889)|
|Trove Title||Adventures of Three Young Ladies|
ADVENTURES OF THREE YOUNG LADIES -o CIAPrER XXXII. They were on the crest of a hill. In the distance under the flickering moon light, stood a castle of old Moorish characle onr that had-stood the storms and sieges of centuries. 'Yonder is the castle of my friend the robber chief,' said the moollah: 'to our left is a ruiu, as you will see a tower. It is not deserted; an old fakir lives there who will give you shelter while I am away, 'You go alone?' 'It is far the best. The Sirdar Boy is a very curious character. Among other eccentricities ho is very religious.' The captain laughed lightly. 'And hates a ginour as he hate3 a gueber,' continued the moollah coldly. 'You know best, interposed the traveller. You will find the fakir a very different cha racter, added the moollah; 'only show him money, and, he: will produce tio unclean beast for you to eat, and wine for you to drink. With which words he rode forward with Lionel to gi;o his final instructions. As soon as they were within twenty feot of the'tower, the moollah wished them good nigh and rode forward to the atonghold of the rob ber prince. The entrance was through a long low vault of archway, and the moollah sounded his horn several times before he obtainerd any response.
Then the heavy gate was opened' and he was allowed to enter. His name was enough. 'Lt your chief the Sirday Bey know that the moollah demands an intervien with him he said, loftily. 'On my head be it, he shall know,' replied a kind of confilental intendant. 'He is now givinJ audience to the celebrated Captain Suleiman and a couple of dogs of infidels. The moolla h's heart seemed tocease to best as he heard those worls. I will wait the Sirdar's pleasure,' be said, haughtly. The intendant showed him into a room, pro vided him with coffee and a pipe and then went to convey the news to his master. The Sirdar, who was seated with the slvea dealer Suleiman, Sir Thomas, and the earl, un derstood at once. by the look of his attendant that something had happened. 'Keep your friends company 0 Suleiman,; said the robber. with a strong emphasis on the wordl fr;ends.' 'I will but give some orders and return-' Tile iSirdar was at once told who it was awaited him. He hurriedto join him and the greeting bete ween the two men was warm and cordial, Tie moollah had once saved therohbber's life under the most extraordinary circumstances. 'Welcome--Allah kerim, Who would have thought to have had a visit from your excels lency. 'Birdar Bey.' said the moollah. resuming his pipe as soonas the greeting was over, 'you once promiscl to do me any favour I asked of yOll. Yes but I cannot uenter into the matter now I have captain Sulieman and two infidel Franks with me. Indeedl' said the moollah, coldly, 'Join us at supper. They are here on busi ness. As soon as I have settled with then I will attend to you, These men know me as the moollah Hafiz Ali, but they will scarcely recogniso me in the warrior of the desert. 'They have insisted on wine,' added the robber with a smile. To which neither you nor I have any ob jection in the moderation,' replied the moollah The prince soon ushered him into a supberb little dining room where a meal was laid out of a character to have moved an anchorite. The robber chief, though in everythieg else a strict MIussulman, was rather unorthodox in the way of eating and drinking. Delicate viands and rich wines were just being introduced. 'This is a friend from the desert, a M?og" grebin Arab of high rank.' said the prince, eot.rtnouy, spenrking ' in lFn. n. frann a -, who, unfortunately, speaks only his own tongue. The others bowed:carelessly, as if impatient at the interuption. For sonme little time, nothing passed but a few remarks, causil and rare, relative to the meal, which really was so succulent and deli cious, that men of luxurious habits nmght be pardoned for forgetting all else, When, however, the meal was cleared away and coffee and pipes were introduced, the sup posed Arab of the desert rose, bowed, and ree tired to a distant alcove, overlooking the garden. Here he was waited on by 'a black slave' 'Now then,' said the earl, in such lingua Pranca as he could muster, 'for business; time is slipping through our fingers, and we should decide what is to be done.' 'You speak with the words of wisdom,' re plied the corsair. I wi!l explain the motive of our visit.' 'I am a!lears,' erid the prince, in a polite tone. 'These infidel=,' said Sulieuamn, in a tone of gentle remonstrance, 'have the temerity to de sire taking three of their countrywomen from the zcnnana of his majes.y ;he emperor. The Arab was ouffnog at his pipe, and look ing stolidly out of the window, but by one of those chances which are not to be explained, he had seated himsnelf where, by some law of acoustics, he could hear every word. 'Bismilleh! Whose dog am I that you should insult me by such a proposition?'said the rob.. ber prince in a tone of astonishment. 'Gently, observed the cp'ain; no man knows better than I do the danger of such an en'er. pris-; better bead a Numidion lion in his den. But the maidens are not yet in his highness's palace; they are under the guardianship of the eomp-es-mother. 'Whvy?asked the prince, champing his mous tnche in no very good humour, 'The maidens are giaour-, ant as such her highness hates them. She would give anything to have them carried off, so that his serene highness should never see them again,' began Solieman. *Well ' said the robber prince 'If you will undertake the enterprise, make an attack on the paaince, and carry off the maidens, these Feringhees will give you four hundred tomauns of gold.' By the bread of the prophet, there will bh blood shed,' said the robber, rather less gromly than before. 'Not one drop, except for the look of the thing, The gate of the palace will be left open Of course the foolish slave who does so, will be bow-tringed to keep up appearances, and you will carry off the damsels unharmed: 'Wallah! continued the robber, are these Christians so wonderfully beautiful? 'Why?' asked uleiman, with an uneasy glance at the carl. 'Because they might he worth stealing on my own account,' was tlhe qsuiet reply. 'Your word is your bond,' gravely replied the corsair and the slave dealer. 'It is,' cried the prince, 'and therefore, if the money is certain,I will undertake-' 'My time is nearly up,' said the deep voice of the moollah, as he rose from his recumbent position: The expression was so stern and command ing that the robber prince at once guessed that only something of deep and vital impor. tance could have induced him thus to interrupt his conferance. 'Pardon me.' said the prince, rising, 'but we must adjourn our conferance awhile. My friend the Arab reminds me that I had promised him a ninterview. 'There is wine and here comes the sparkling sherbet of the Franks; that will amu-e you vwhile I am gone. And he hurried away, following the dis' guised moollah, who had left the apartment. Bv beaven!' cried the earl, turning pale, and a cold shiver passing over his body, 'where have I heard that voice before. But the slave dealer and the baronet shook their hedos. 'You appear easily frightened,' said the baronet, with a anoe, 'over since our friend Sir Charles disappeared so mysteriously.' 'Confound you for a foolt' said the e rl,
hotly; 'I dont understand you. B;cause he dreaded the whole affair and ran away, you keep on speaking as if I were his keeper, 'Not at all ; but I have uoticed so strongly irritable and suspicious you are. 'Well, never mind. This is fine champng-e -and if we dent soonget through this accursed affair, I am off for Englnod. 'What made yout speak so sharply and sud" denly, 0 moollah? said the robber prince when they were once more alone in a little room, beautifully furnished as a ladies bou doir. 'You are fond of keeping your word, re plied the pretended Arab, sharply; if you had made that promsee final to the corsair, you would have had to have broken it. 'I break a promise!' 'Or break your oath to me,' was the ccol reeponse. The robber prince stared, open mouth. 'But you have nothing to do with these Fer inghee houris?' he cried, 'Eveything. I have promised 'to save them for their real friends, not for their hateful foes into whose habds you were about to deliever them,' cried the moollab, sternly. 'Allah kerim!-God is great. Let us comes an understanding,' said the prince, sealli himself. He was to bewldered for a moment to make out what the other coul I possibly mean. In brief and pointed words, the moollah plained his wishes, The prince heard him with a singular ex re'sion of countenance. IIe accidentally alluded to the wishes of Prince Miirz' while speaking. 'Is he aware of your wishes?' he asked, a little sharply the other though.
S'He. Did le dare, he woulda o it hinself 'Then, 0 moollah it shall be done. I can not slay this thief of a Suleiman and his fakir friends, because they have tasted salt in my houae, but I will send tlhem away howling. 'Friend Sidra Bey,' said the moollah gravely 'be very cautious with them. They are bold bade men; ge: rid of them therefore in a quiet and frendly way when I have departed. 'In all th ings I will take your advice,' replied the prirce warmly, and now give me your orders, and they shall be obeyed in every thinr. The prince lighted his hooýh na he spoke and leaning back on his c-uch the moollah commenced his story. Whenhe had finished, Sirdar B-y laughed outright. The giaours will be savage as yahoids May I ask what you intend doing with theco wonder, ful Foringhee beauti-s. 'Youimay ask my frienl,'said the young and handsome Arab chief, with a smile ; but my re ply shall be speech is silver but silence :: gold. The robber bowed. Such rcservation was teo much a part of thi Mohliammedan character, and to appropriate t: their feelings for anyone to offended. (To be continued.) A telegram from Brisbane sires the substance of a memorandum drawn up by Sir Thomas M'llwraith, adopted by the Queensland Cabinet. and ordered to be sent to Her Majesty's Govern ment, and to the Governments of the other Australasian colonies. It justifies the action of Queensland in annexing .New Guniea, and suggests that a convention of delegates from the colo nies should be held to consider this and similar questions that affect the interests of all. It is also pointed out that such a conference might pave the way for the federation of the colo nies. In its summary of European cable grams,the Argus of TWednesday writes --" Tho proceedings of the French naval authorities at Tamatave have in duced the British Government to despatch two men-of-war to Mauritius to protect British interests in that quarter. The two vessels are the iron corvette Eurvalus. 1G guns, the flag ship of Rear-Admiral Sir William Hewett, on the East Indian station, and the corvette Tourmaline, 12 guns. The latter vessel, it will be remembered, was one of the detached squadron that visited these colonies with the Royal Princes about two years ago. M Challemel Lacour, the French Foreign Minister, referring in the French Senate to the recent occurrences at Tamatave, admitted that if an error had been committed reparation would have to be made to the British Govern. ment. The cholera is spreading at Cairo, and the British army of occupa tion has been ordered to evacuate the city, and. take up its quarters at Helouan. This is an artificial oasis in the desert, a few miles south of Cairo, and three miles front the Nile. It con sist of a few villas, an lioel, and a bath house. It is frequented by visitors in quest of health, owing to the sulphur springs which exist there, and were first utilised for sanitary purposes by order of the Khedive in 1871. The death is announced of the famous American dwarf, General Tom Thumb. His real name was Charles Stratton, and his height, when 25 years old, was 31in. He was exhibited in England by the well-known showman, Barnum in 186. In 1803 he married at New York Lavinia Warren,a who was 32 inches
high." The cholera continues to spread rapidly through different portions of Egypt. It is reported that it is now reached Cairo, and that two fatal cases have occurred in that town. The authorities at I)amietta have found the cordons which they drew around the town utterly powerless to prevent the disease from spreading. The cordons have accordingly been abolished. In order to avoid the danger of infection, the British troops stationed in towns where the cholera has appeared have withdrawn into the desert, where they are now eocamped. Mr Gladstone has announced that he will submit the question of the construction of a second Suez Canal to tle House immediately after the Tenants' Compensation Bill has been dealt with in commnittee. The Govern ment anticipate that they will be able to make an agreement with the Canal Company abolishing half of the pilot rates in l886,!and the balance in 1887, and reducing the transit dues in 1888. The Times has commenced the issue of a halfpenny evening edition, containing a sum mary of the morning's news. The measure brought forward by the Cape Government sor the repeal of the Basutola'nd Annexation Bill has been rejected by the House of Assembly. The object of the measure was to restore the Basutos to the position they occupied when they were originally taken over as British subjects under the direct authority of the Crown. News has been received from South Africa confirming the report that iMapoch, the native chief with whom the Boers of the Transvaal have been carrying on hostilities for some time past, has surrendered to the latter. The telegraph operators in the United States_.have for some time past been dis. satisfied with their position and rate of pay, end a general strike is impending. The death is announced of Charles Stratton tetter known as General 'Tom Thumb.'