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blood.” A Datoh merobant Lahore, of murders at Kasur, had hidden all day, and had of trains derailed and lines come out at nightfall, disguised torn up, of telegraph wires out in a “burka," the all-envelop- and Government buildings and ing white oloth used by purdah railway stations burnt; and
An English lady we were very anxious about doctor 'had managed to con- Europeans in the neighbourcoal herself in her hospital hood. The news
was often while the orowd tried to find vague, but with the breakher, and she also had escaped down in communications and in the evening. Two Indian our own experiences we were ladies, sohool-teachers, who had left to imagine the worst, and driven out of the oity in a the native population had closed oarriage, told us of the some excuse for their belief Sikh peasants who were pour- that the British raj was over. ing into the oity with their The situation was so preoarious, iron-bound sticks. The booty and troops for defensive purfrom the National Bank had
poses 80 scarce, that it was been carried out into the dig. deoided to evacuate the Alex. triot as proof that the British andra School, just inside the rule was over, and all the riff Civil Lines, in which the Indian
. raff for miles round burried in Christian sohool children had to be early on the spot if loot- been colleoted until now. It ing began again. The residents might be supposed by English of the railway quarters came readers that these children on to us from the railway would have been safe from station, in which they had their own oountrymen, but on taken refuge. They brought the day of the riots the crowd nows of how the crowd had set fire to one school, with the swept through the station, girls inside, and it was only leaving behind them burning the timely arrival of a small trucks and the hardly recog- band of polioe that saved them. nisable body of Guard Robin. We were told now to prepare son. Everything was done to to receive them, and when they stop false reports: ander the arrived they brought our numoonditions I have desoribed, bers up to about 400-a heavy moral was of paramount im- strain on our resources, but portanoe. But the real truth they were grateful and worked was so often worse than any. splendidly. thing rumour oould invent that An office was established in 020 realised the uses of consor. the oanteen hall, and all the ship. It is not surprising that civilian inhabitants of the there was a certain amount of Fort and their servants were hysteria, but our people as a registered. After a few days whole showed both courage passes were issued for going and good sense.
out of the Fort, but this was Daring the first three days not allowed without an armed every hour brought in some escort, and every body had to news from outside : of firing at be baok before sunset. The
time at which the pass-holder trains were ran, packed with was due to return was regis- refugees from Lahore and tered, so that if he or she failed Amritsar. It was considered to report at the office at the better by the authorities that no hour named a search - party women should be left behind, oould be sent out immediately. and they decided that Eurasians
The days were monotonous, as well as Europeans should reand we had to keep very quiet side in hill stations for a time. for the sake of Miss Sherwood, The sight of these trains must who was lying between life have given residents in unand death. Seizing her as she affected distriots some idea of was bicycling from house to what the riots meant. And house in the city, the crowd yet it has been stated that had beaten her down with there was no real insecurity iron-bound stioks and left her and no more trouble than the for dead in the gatter, and for police could have dealt with. many days her life was in No European who was in danger.
Amritsar or Lahore doubts After about a week it was that for some days there was considered safe for us to travel, a very real danger of the entire and arrangements were made European population being to remove all the women and massacred, and that General children to the hills. Special Dyer's action alone saved them, FOLLOW THE LITTLE PICTURES!
BY ALAN GRAHAM,
NOTHING happened during finish. I was going to say the next few days in fulfilment that the Squire has agreed of my doleful prognostications. to my engagement to Marigold There were oomings and goings as soon as I find the treasure. between the two households, Of course we are bound to and consultations galore on the find it, but I don't like the one burning topio—the little delay. pictures, Roy's wife did not “What does Marigold say oome again to Hopeton, nor to it?" I asked. did Marigold visit her at “She is 80 afraid of her Blackdykes, but Roy was over father that she is thankful each day, and Morgan and the for small meroies.” Laird on more than one 0008- "At the least, I oan oon. sion went to the farm.
gratulate you on working It was about a week after wonders in a very short time, the events narrated in the I said, previous chapter that Morgan “Thanks. I have been fairOame to me in a state of ly successful. Roy gets more exoitement.
friendly with his father every “What do you think of this, day, and the old man himself you old Jeremiah ?” he said, is certainly turning over a shaking me to and fro by the new leaf. You will have to arm-"the Squire has agreed retraot a lot of your prophecies to my engagement to Mari. yet, Seaton." gold
“I hope I shall," I answered. “Congratulations, my dear It was that same day that fellow,” I interrupted, shaking possibly spurred on by the him warmly by the hand. obvious happiness of Morgan “ You are & wonder-worker. I summoned ap pluok to I believe after all, Morgan, make a proposal of my own. there is nothing on this earth It is impossible for me to keep that you might want that you my own feelings and actions wouldn't oontrive to get.” out of this history of the
“I hope you are right,” he Hopeton treasure, because, as said, smiling merrily with will be seen, this resolution twinkling glasses, "for I have of mine had a direot bearing got to get something else be- upon the solution of
of the fore the engagement is oom- cryptogram. plete. You didn't let
It happened, then, that I
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had arranged to meet Betty remarked, with my admiring Forbes that afternoon by the eyes upon her. fox-cover, in order to make an “Don't call these things excursion to the top of the hills,” she said, pointing to hill on whose lower slope the the green and purple knolls house of the Tanishes was all around us. “Over there, built. There was a cairn on Arran, it is different. this hill, and although we had Goatfell would finish & frock visited several of the hill-tops like this, and I should be barewithout finding a vestige of a foot before I was half way to olue, Betty was still as keen the top. But this is just & as before. To me it mattered gentle stroll up a heather-olad little where we went, provided slope." we went together.
The hill we had ohosen for It was a lovely summer day, our investigation lay, as I with hardly a breath of wind, have said, behind Hopeton, and a deep blue sky broken and from where we m only by a few small fleeoy had to cross the shoulders of olouds.
two lower knolls before we I waited by the stile on the started the aotual climb. At margin of the wood, and two hillside burns that lay watohed the dainty form of across our track I offered my Betty olimbing towards me hand to Betty, but she soorned between the broken dykes on my assistance, and jumped the old Roman Road. She was from stone to stone with an dressed in some light creamy ease and grace born of long material covered with dainty custom. small sprigs of flowers, and It took us under an hour wore a wide straw hat, be- to reach our destination. We neath which glimpses of her threw ourselves down upon rich hair shone as she looked the springy heather to rest up towards the wood where after the olimb. The cairn I awaited her. She had the that we had come to see was light springy step of the like all the others in the country girl used to rough distriot-just a pile of loose roads and rougher hillsides. stones gathered from the billIt was a joy to sit there idly side. What we expected to on the stile and see her coming discover merely by looking at towards me.
it I do not know to this day. "Have I kept you long?” Perhaps some rude inseription she called as she drew near. on & stone may have been in "Never mind, you
are not our minds, but we were quite really a busy person. I am! vague in our expectations. I stopped at Newgate's farm “I am afraid we have drawn to inspeot the new baby- another blank,” said Betty.
most interesting produo. She had discarded her hat, tion !"
and lay apon the slope with “You don't look to be her hands behind her head, drossed for hill olimbing," I her baok resting on a weather
from a spray
" You are &
å buzzing in my head that broken reed, Bob. You don't spoke of strong excitement. seem to be as full of brilliant “ Hark to the man-thing, ideas as you ought to be.” with his masterful ways!” ex
“I have never professed to claimed Betty to the baro billbe one of the brainy ones," I side; but her long red lashes said laughingly. “You expect drooped over her honest brown too much from me. It is you eyes. who are the treasure-finder, “ You know what treasure I Betty. You
far more want, Betty ?” I said, and I enthusiastio than I am." found that my throat was so
“Of course if you are tired dry and husky all of a sudden of these expeditions you have that my voice sounded quite only to say so!” Betty replied unlike itself. provokingly. “I have my own “How can I know until you oopy of the little pictures, and tell me?” said Betty in a low I can hobble about by myself voice and without looking up. somehow or other!”
I remember she was pluok“Betty, you are a oat!" I ing the little purple flowers declared solemnly.
of heather as she “Of course I am. Have you spoke. It seemed to me that only just discovered it? All the warm summer air bad girls are eats, only some are become suddenly electrified. I more oatty than others. But felt a drumming in my ears what partioular trait of the and a vibration of the air upon feline race are you referring to my skin. at the moment?”
Betty's preoccupation with “The mouse triok," I an- her spray of heather annoyed swered. “You ought not to me.
I wanted her full atten. play with a poor ohap. You tion. I stretched out my hand know jolly well that it is not and swallowed up both of hers the Hopeton treasure that I -heather and all-in my grip. run about all over the country- “You are the only treasure side after. It is another for me, Betty," I said hoarsely. treasure, in my eyes thousands “I want you, and the little of times more valuable!” piotures can go hang for all I
“If you are going to be eare.” sentimental, Bob, I shall go “Don't speak about it, Bob, home," said Betty lightly; but don't !” said Betty in a low there was a new colour and tremulous voice. “I'm not a half - frightened expression ready to marry; I didn't exgrowing upon her face, that peot you to speak so soon. I told me she know that we were haven't looked life in the face getting down to essentials. yet. I'm just a girl-enjoying “I am going to be senti- herself. : : . Can't we go on
. mental, and I shan't let you doing that?” go home," I said firmly; but I shook
head. my heart was beating like a “No!" I replied. “It is steam-hammer, and there was not enough!
not enough! We are friends