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tle I have. I had gone to pay the herds- is no more flesh to be picked from my wen their wages when the Indians came un- bones.” expectedly ; and my house at La Chilca, During this brief colloquy, and afteron the banks of the Langueyú, was burned, ward, when Gregory and his women-folk and my wife taken away during my absence. went off to bed, leaving the stranger to Eight hundred head of cattle have escaped sleep in his rugs beside the kitchen fire, tbe savages, and half of them shall be Polycarp, who had sworn a mighty oath yours; and half of all I possess in money not to close his eyes that night, busied and land."!! Susi
himself making his horses secure. Drive * Cattle !" returned the Niño smiling, ing them home, he tied them to the posts and holding a lighted stick to his cigarette. of the gate within twenty-five yards of the “I have enough to eat without molesting kitchen door. Then he sat down by the myself with the care of cattle.”
fire and smoked and dozed, and cursed bis “But I told you that I had other dry mouth and drowsy eyes that were so things,” said the stranger full of distress. hard to keep open. At intervals of about
The young man laughed, and rose from fifteen minutes he would get up and go his seat.
out to satisfy himself that his precious “ Listen to me," he said. 'I go now horses were still safe. At length in ng, to follow the Indians—to mix with them, some time after midnight, his foot kicked perhaps. They are retreating slowly, ayainst some loud-sounding metal object bordened with much spoil. In fifteen days lying beside him on the floor, which, on go to the little town of Tandil, and wait exainination, proved to be a copper bell for me there. As for land, if God has of a peculiar shape, and curiously like the given so much of it to the ostrich it is not one fastened to the neck of his bell mare. a thing for a man to set a great value on.'' Bell in hand, he stepped to the door and Then he bent down to whisper a few words put out his head, and lo ! his horses were in the ear of the girl at his side ; and im- no longer at the gate! Eight horses : mediately afterward, with a simple “good- seven iron-gray geldings, every one of them night” to the others, stepped lightly from swift and sure-footed, sound as the bell in the kitchen. By another door the girl his hand, and as like each other as seren also hurriedly left the room, to hide her claret-colored eggs in the tinamou's nest ; tears from the watchful censuring eyes of and the eighth the gentle piebald mare-mother and aunt.
the madrina his horses loved and would Then the stranger, recovering from his follow to the world's end, now, alas ! with astonishment at the abrupt ending of the a thief on her back! Goue--gone ! conversation, started up, and crying aloud, He rushed out, uttering a succession of
Stay ! stay one moment-one word frantic howls and imprecations ; and final. more !” rushed out after the young man. ly, to wind up the performance, dashed At some distance from the house le caught the now useless bell with all his energy sight of the Niño, sitting motionless on against the gate, shattering it into a hun. his horse, as if waiting to speak to him. dred pieces. Oh, that bell, how often and
" This is what I have to say to you,' how often in how many a wayside publicspoke the Niño, bending down to the other. · house had he boasted, io his cups and
Go back to Langneyú, and rebuild your when sober, of its mellow, far-reaching house, and expect me there with your wife tone,-the sweet sound that assured him in in abont thirty days. When I bade you the silent watches of the night that his beo go to the Tandil in fifteen days, I spoke loved steeds were safe ! Now he danced only to inislead that man Polycarp, who on the broken fragments, digging them has an evil mind. Can I ride a hundred into the earth with his heel ; now in bis leagues and back in fifteen days ? Say no frenzy, he could have dug them up again word of this to any man.
And fear not. to grind then to powder with his teeth! If I fail to return with your wife at the The children turned restlessly in bed, appointed time take some of that money dreaming of the lost little girl in the desert; you have offered me, and bid a priest say and the stranger half awoke, muttering, à mass for my soul's repose ; for eye of “Courage, O Torcuata–let nut your heart man shall never see me again, and the break. Soul of my life, he gives brown hawks will be complaining that there you back to me-on ing bosoin, rosa fresNew SERIES,- VOL. LI., No. 4.
ca, rosa fresca !” Then the hands un- Through all that night he sat alone by the clenched themselves again, and the mutter- fire, pondering many things. If he could ing died away. But Gregory woke fully, only recover his lust wife, then he would and instantly divined the cause of the bid a long farewell to that wild frontier clainor. Magdalen! Wife !" he said. and take her across the great sea, and to “ Listen to Polycarp ; the Nino has paid that old tree-shaded stone farm-house in him out for his insolence ! Oh, fool, I Andalusia, which he had left a boy, and warned him, and he would not listen !!! where his aged parents still lived, thinking But Magdalen refused to wake ; and so, no more to see their wandering son. His hiding his head under the coverlet, he resolution was taken ; he would sell all be made the bed shake with suppressed laughpossessed, all except a portion of his land ter, so pleased was he at the clever trick in the Langueyú with the house he had played on his blustering cousin. All at just rebuilt ; and to the Niño Diablo, the once his laughter ceased, and out popped deliverer, he would say, “ Friend, though his head again, showing in the dim light you despise the things that others value, a somewbat long and solemn face. For take this land and poor house for the sake he had suddenly thought of his pretty of the girl Magdalen you love ; for then daughter asleep in the adjoining room. perbaps her parents will no longer deny Asleep! Wide awake, more likely, think- her to you. ing of her sweet lover, brushing the dews He was still thinking of these things, from the boary pampas grass in bis south- when a dozen or twenty military starlings ward flight, speeding away into the heart that cheerful scarlet-breasted songster of of the vast mysterious wilderness. Lis. the lonely pampas-alighted on the thatch tening also to her uncle, the desperado, outside, and warbling their gay, careless apostrophizing the midnight stars; while winter-music told him that it was day. with his knife he excavates two deep And all day long, on foot and on horsetrenches, three yards long and intersecting back, his thoughts were of bis lost. Toreach other at right angles--a sacred symbol cuata ; and when evening once more drew on which he intends, when finished, to near his heart was sick with suspense and swear a most horrible vengeance. " Per- longing ; and climbing the ladder placed haps, ”? muttered Gregory, ” the Niño has against the gable of his rancho he stood on still other pranks to play in this house." the roof gazing westward into the blue
When the stranger heard next morning distance. The sun, crimson and large, what had happened, he was better able to sunk into the great green sea of grass ; understand the Niño's motive in giving and from all the plain rose the tender fluthim that caution overnight ; nor was he ing notes of the tinamou partridges, bird greatly put out, but thought it better that answering bird. “Oh, that I could pierce an evil-ininded man should lose his horses the haze with my vision,” he murmured, than that the Niño should set out badly " that I could see across a hundred leagues mounted on such an adventure.
of level plain, and look this moment un “ Let me not forget,” said the robbed your sweet face, Torcuata !" man, as he rode away on a horse borrowed from his cousin, “ to be at the Tandil this And Torcuata was in truth a hundred day fortnight, with a sharp knife and a leagues distant from him at that moment ; blanderbuss charged with a handful of and if the miraculous sight he wished for powder and not fewer than twenty-three had been given, this was wbat he would
have seen. A wide barren plain scantily Terribly in earnest was Polycarp of the clothed with yellow tufts of grass and South ! He was there at the appointed thorny shrubs, and at its southern extremtime, slugs and all ; but the smooth- ity, shutting out the view on that side, a cheeked, mysterions child-devil came not ; low range of dune-like hills. Over this nor, stranger still, did the scared-looking level ground, toward the range, moves & de la Rosa come clattering in to look for vast hierd of cattle and borses—fifteen or his lost Torcuata. At the end of that fif. twenty thousand hcad—followed by a teenth day de la Rosa was at Langueyú, scattered horde of savages armed with their seventy-five miles from the Tandil, alone in long lances. In a small compact body in his new rancho, which had just been re- the centre ride the captives, women and built with the aid of a, few neighbors. children. Just as the red orb touches the
horizon the hills are passed, and lo ! a wide Again it sounded -" Torcuata”.
-a voice grassy valley beyond, with flocks and herds fine as the pipe of a mosquito, yet so sharp pasturing, and scattered trees, and the blue and distinct that it tingled in her ear. She gleam of water froin a chain of small lakes ! sat up and listened again, and once more There, full in sight, is the Indian settle. it sounded Torcuata !" 6. Who speaks ?” ment, the smoke rising peacefully up from she returned in a fearful whisper. The the clustered huts. At the sight of boine voice, still fine and small, replied, “ Come the savages burst into loud cries of joy and
out from among
touch triumph, answered, as they drew near, the wall." Trembling she obeyed, creepwith piercing screams of welcome from the ing out from among the sleepers until she village population, chiefly composed of came into contact with the side of the hut. women, children and old men.
Then the voice sounded again, “Creep
round the wall until you come to a small It is past midnight; the young moon crack of light on the other side." Again has set ; the last fires are dying down ; sho obeyed, and when she reached the line the shouts and loud noise of excited talk of faint light it widened quickly to an and langhter have ceased, and the weary aperture, through which a shadowy arm warriors, after feasting on sweet mare's was passed round her waist ; and in a moflesh to repletion, bave fallen asleep in ment she was lifted up, and saw the stars their huts, or lying out of doors on the above her, and at her feet dark forms of ground. Only the dogs are excited still men wrapped in their ponchos lying asleep. and keep up an incessant barking. Even But no one woke, no alarm was given ; and the captive women, huddled together in in a very few minutes she was mounted, one hat in the middle of the settlement, man-fashion, on a bare-backed horse, fatigued with their long rough journey, speeding swiftly over the dim plains, with have cried themselves to sleep at last. the shadowy form of ber mysterious de
At length one of the sad sleepers wakes, liverer some yards in advance, driving be. or half wakes, dreaming that some one fore him a score or so of horses. He had has called her name. How could such a odly spoken half.a-dozen words to her thing be? Yet her own name still seems since their escape from the hut, but she ringing in her brain, and at length, fully knew by those words that he was taking awake, she find herself intently listening her to Langueyú.-Macmillan's Magazine.
BY WILLIAM M. HARDINGE.
Lo! she leans in the July weather,
While the knights ride by together.
Red her turrets in the sun,
All the July day must run
Strikes the horses as they tread,
With their riders helmeted,
But meanwhile Ser Galahad, Die afgel
Laughing never with them all,
Twitched not once his eyelids' fall
Prince of innocence and love !
tudo All aglint upon his head,
On the beautiful reserve ne vole Guide
Of his strength that scorned to swerve, i da
So he passed her in his line,
And she strained from out her place
For one look of his sweet face,
Lo ! she lies, in the July weather,
And the knights ride away together-
RECOLLECTIONS OF A VOYAGE WITH GENERAL GORDON.
BY WILLIAM H. SPENCE.
During the early part of the year 1882 don's character will readily understand the General, then Colonel, Gordon, was sta- extent of his anxiety, that he should at tioned in the Mauritius Barracks, in com- once, and without a moment's unnecessary mand of the troops there. Just at that delay,
, carry out the injunctions of the ortime the troubles in Basutoland were der; but the probability of delay did pregathering to a head, and threatened to sent itself. At that time the facilities for culminate in another native war ; and Col- passing between Mauritius and the Cape onel Gordon had communicated the wish were very inadequate, and Gordon at once that he should be allowed to proceed to perceived that to wait several weeks for the affected region, and use his influence in the next passenger steamer would mean bringing about an amicable settlement of the retarding, if not indeed the ruin, of the awkward difficulty which had presented his mission. The commander of the Ever itself. Gordon's offer was accepted, and Victorious army hated procrastination, the English mail, which arrived at Mauri- and he determined now, if it could possitius on the 3rd of March, 1882, conveyed bly be done, to overcome the difficulty and orders to him to proceed forth with to Cape prevent delay. Colony. Those who have studied Gor- In the Mauritius harbor there lay a small