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Newspaper TitleKerang Times and Swan Hill Gazette (Vic. : 1877 - 1889)
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article text ADVENTURES OF THREE YOUNG LADIES -0o C?IAPTER xnXII. I have but one word.' said the robber, 'and that is truth. Command me. You will get rid of Suleiman,' began th pre tended Arab, 'and his friends as best you may. I will contrive some means of ridding mye self of the yahoudis. May their fathers' graves be defiled.' replied the robber. 'On the second day from this, I shall be re moting the ladies to the capital. Their will be no guard of importance. save my own, Your men must be in large numbers and come upon us with as much as possibll. 'Leave them alone for that,' said the robber with a smile. I will take care no resistance is made. 'All shall be done as you say, replied the stalwart robber, who valued his life and his bond given before all the gold in the world. 'When you have secured your persons-I will point them out to you-fly at once to the GebOl el Tor; You know the old ruined tower on the cost. 'Well ;'tis the signal house of the Riff pirates said the prince. 'It is. But you can hold it against them all In twenty four hours after you reach there, the friends of the Frank girls will be there to re lieve you of your burden. Your daring exploit. will not go unrewarded. As soon as they reach their native shores, you will receive each a stand of arms as shall make the emperor jealous. The prince's face flushed with pleasure. Such a present as that I can accept, he re plied. Then all is settled, continued the moollah. 'It is. But now repose, whileI rid myself of these fellows. I must do so puistly. There is no hurry. You can neithtr of you can travel in the heat of the day. To show extreme anxety orhurry would have been such a departure from Eastern etiquette as to excite suspicious in the mind of the rob ber All true believers in the ethics of Mohammed look upon destiny as the deider of all, though they are inconsistent enough to wear armoe when going into battle, just as other predesti narians, though saying their hour is fixed from the creation of the world still summon doctors to their aid. The young so-called Arab chief called for coffee, and leaning back against a luxurious couch, smoked in silence. But his iron frame had no charm against fatigue and presently his eyes closed, and he fell off into a deep heavy slumber. Meanwhile the robber prince, with a cold and sinister smile on his lips returned to the three revellers. It was often he did what might appear to be a disinterested aetion and he grinned at the pro spect of astonishing his fried and crony the celebrated corsair Suleiman. When he entered the apartment occupied by the three he found them still careusing. But theirs were hard well seasoned heads and he champagne had made no very great impress cion upon them. All hailed his return with delight. 'Have you got rid of yourimportunate friend said Suleiman, gaily. ', y friend has transacted his business, and will go away on the path of peace and content, was the grave and rather reproving reply. 'I hope my friends will do the same, cried the corsair, anxious to remove the slight frown on the prince's brow. 'They will go away when it pleases them. Our audience is over, said Sirdar Bey stiffey. 'But our project I forgive you for proposing anything so treasonable,' continued the robber chief, haughtly; 'I hone you will know me better for the future.' Suleiman repressed a c-y of rage, which he knnw would have been fatal. But the prince gave him no time for reply walking haughtly out of the room. What is the matter ?' asked both the earl and Sir Thomas, who saw that a screw was loose. We are dismissed with strict injunctions not again to insult the chief by making him such an offer,' said Suleiman, lifting his hand in a duiet warning way; walls have ears. They understood, and repressed their furious adjectives, though they were white with pas sion. 'The sooner we depart the better,' stammered the earl. 'Thor sis a hot sirocco blowing over the hills and plains,' replied the corsair; 'we must re. main here until evening closes, His companions, who weae bursting with rage and disappointment, yielded perforce, and soon under the influence of the hot blast and the wino were sleeping soundly. As night fell the corsair aroused them, and signifing his pleasure to an offical, they were guarded to the gate of the hill fort, and coolly dismissed, They were remounted on their refreshed steede, and the corsair gave the order to start as they had a long ride before them, 'No,' said the earl in a voice of pent up rage of which was fearful to hear; now I can speak 1 see it all as plain as if I read it in a book. Their is no book save one,'replied the corsair 'and that I am sure you cannot read, Explain to us what yon mean. 'The Arab was no other than the :infernal moollah. Despite his precautions, I recognised his voice at once when he started up. 'Wallah what nonsense is this! 'I tell you it is so. That man who has sworn to defeat and thwart us his here. Then my friend said the corsair coolly, the sooner we are away the better. Our lives are not worth an hour's purchase if he discovered us! 'Ishall remain. The fellow came alone and una tended. See: yonder thicket will conceal us. If he departs to night without a heavy guard he dies. 'Kismetl if it is his fate. be will die,'said the corsair, shrugging his shoulders, as he fo! lowed the savage and truculent earl towards the ambush, Still mounted they entered the thicket and waited. Not for many minutes. The figure of the Arab chief alone and unat tended appeared in sight in a very few mint utes The white cloak which wavedlover his rich armour was clearly visible. He was three huudred yards from the fort thirty from the thicket and about seventy from the ruined tower, when the earl with a furious oath gave the word. Death to the apostate knhave! he cried, and rode at the man he knew to be his nephew and the rightful beir of Ravoesburne, sword in one hand and pistol in the other. The two others though not actuated by such terrible and ferocious motives knew that by his murder a great stumbling block would be re. moved from their way, imitated his example 'Allah Akbar !' responded the Arab chief, waving back his cloak and meeting them with two levelled pistols; 'come on to your doom!' The earl fired point blank at the other's head. The ball hit thtgallant rider on the neck. His horse swerred, and fell heavily to the ground. 'Down with the villians!' said a hearty voice near at hand, and' turning, the three assassins saw what appeared a number of menclose upon them in the gloom. Without a word they turned and fled. caring only for one thing--that the hated moollah waso down. But before they were out of sight, he was on his feet and surrounded by his friends. The three Englishmen hid in the tower had heard the first cry of the earl, aud dashed oat --not in time to prevent the young chief from being unborsed, but in time to prevent the ruf. finans from following up the victory. The pistol bullet had hit the disguised mool lab on a narrow steel gorget of thin plates of steel, and had caused a momentry chocking sensation which made him helpers for half a minute, during which the curvetting of his steed had thrown him off. 'Many thanks,' said the young man, as soon as he was remounted. 'We have foiled the villas for the moment; buat we musot be on our I guard, Here comos the prince to learn what is the matter, It was the prince with a dozen of his chosen guard. When the moollah determined to depart alone his heart somewhat smote him as he thought of the three well armed foes, who had gone forward only a few minutes before. The hafirs,' he cried when he knew what had happened; 'but fear nothing. neither you nor your friends The villans are safe while on my territory, but let me find them on the plains and they die. But, though the robber rode with them until midnight he came not up with the trio; they had made the best of their way towards the capital never once halting on their way, CHAPTER ITXIII. it is almost impossible to convey to the mind of the free and happy English maiden, either in the home of her kind and indulgent parents, or in the shelter provided for her by a husband's care, the weary monotony of the harem life. Many modern amusements to which young ladies, with plenty of idle time upon their hands, are compelled to resort, seem time and even idiotic enough, but: the zenana there is truly no occupation at all. Strumming at an old guitar, smoking drink, ing. yawning tittle tattling about nothing the outward word is a blank-are the daily round of amusements. No wonder, on so many occassions, these pent up wretches dare all, risk life itself, in order to obtain an hours change of existence. The three girls sat together towards evening of the next day. Mrs Bacon had gone to sleep. She had exerted herself in every way to amuse and keep up their spirits. But at length, all her well-meant efforts proved a failure. I shall certainly die of weariness,' said Kate at last; 'this existence is insupportable. Oh for Madame Pleasunce again. It would be a delightful change,' replied Edith. At all events we had something to laugh at. We could tease that wonderful old maid,Made moiselle Gibaux, we could form ourselves into clans in the playground, we could invent ex traordinary love stories, said Jessie. (To be continued.)