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by detaching thirty or forty and practically every day, these men to ocoupy the fort in the side-shows soon bordered on event of attack being the annoying. imminent on Jashk. Conse- Onoe we had got the wirequently, it was arranged by legs going, and all measures in Mr Whitby-Smith a few days satisfactory trim for the receipt later, in consultation with the of information from the vaDaria Begi, Barkat, and Mus- rious agents soattered about tapha, that there were always the Arabian and Persian to be forty Baluchis in the fort, coasts, there was little 0888&and that the station was at tion from work. Telegrams, liberty to reinforce them with cables, and wireless messages regulars or to occupy it com- had not only to be sent out pletely, should it be deemed in all directions, and at all advisable to do so.
hours daily, in cipher; but That fort, however, proved a every message received had to troublesome factor, and during be doooded, and all information the course of the next few obtained carefully digested months the Baluohis were and collated before wbat apoleared out and their places peared of immediate importtaken by
by several lots of anoe was transmitted to the Persian "sarbazes”—sent by patrolling ships, and others the Daria Begi from Bashire concerned. Complete records and elsewhere. According to bad to be kept of the events, Porsian precedent, this rabble receipts, and despatobes of were never paid, so before long each day, and detailed they began to slip away in weekly summary submitted to twos and threes to more con- A.H.Q. India and the Admiral genial olimes, and those that -in addition to oables of an remained finally insisted on urgent nature
urgent nature to them at taking “bast," or sanotuary, frequent intervals. All this around the foot of the station had to be done single-handed, flagstaff, as a protest against besides numerous interviews the Daria Begi's omission to with Baluobis and others, supply them with either food which also took up & great or money. We had to feed the deal of time; and I must rogues, in consequenoe, for a frankly admit that, during time, as the Governor remained this period of stress, I was sablimely indifferent at Ba- generally pretty well fagged shire to frantio telegrams de- out by bedtime. spatohed to him on their bebalf. Happily, in fine weather one The whole situation became could usually get a few sets thoroughly Gilbertian, and of tennis before dark to olear would have been vastly the cobwebs from one's brain, entertaining had one nothing and when ships put into Jashk else to do but to enter into the an occasional oricket matoh humours of it. But as my other would be arranged between duties kept me working at the station team (of wbich I high pressure most of the day, beoame a member) and H.M.8.
in the afternoon, We the shore had been moved played on ooooanut matting farther inland; but patrols pegged out on the sand, and had reported that morning the were never beaten once during landing of 750 rifles the prethe season by our visiting vious night at Lasb-about opponents. Hookey, too, was fifteen miles east of Jasbkplayed almost daily by the and their removal at once to younger members of the staff the vicinity of Hagar, a village and the sepoys of the 117th several miles from the coastMahrattas, which served to line. I arranged, therefore, to keep them all in good condi- keep my eye on this cache, and tion, and fever at a distance. to endeavour to looate it more In wet boisterous weather, closely with a view to the walks about the spit or beyond future. Now Jashk village along the One of the Philomel's boats 00ast formed our chief means bad had an engagement with of obtaining exercise. This & dhow off Tank on the mornwould be varied, perhaps, by ing of the 16th, but unfortunan afternoon's fishing, or snap- ately the maxim jammed, and shooting at sharks with rifles the dhow got away in a strong at the end of the spit, where breeze in a westerly direction. these malignant brates could The Fox and Perseus—one of be seen darting about in the the additional oruisers lately surf 'mid the roeks, only a few arrived from home had yards out from the point. searohed all along the coast On the whole, therefore, what for the dhow on the 17th, but with plenty of work and a oould find no signs of her; so modioum of play, life at Jashk she was possibly the dhow passed pleasantly and quickly that effected the landing of enough during the winter rifles at Lash the night before, months, despite our unattrao- and left again before dawn. tive surroundings.
Shortly afterwards informaOn the 17th December the tion was receiyed that a notoFox put in for a short time at rious Masqat "nakhuda,” Sol dusk, and Captain Hunt sent Mahommed by name, had & note ashore to say that succeeded during boisterous Admiral Slade hoped in the weather in landing a consignnear future to bring out a ment of arms at Pishkhan, foroe from India to raid arms about thirty-five miles west of depots near the coast, and Gwadar. This intelligence was wished to know exactly where passed on to the Navy, and arms were stored, the best on the 1st January Captain landing-places near them, the Hunt sent me a radio-message route from the beach, and saying that the Perseus had what opposition was likely to landed men at Pishkhan that be met with. My latest in- morning, and seized 850 rifles formation was to the effeot and 100,000 rounds. The arms that most of the arms recently were located under a guard of stored within a few miles of Afghans some miles inland, and these had fled on the day that a party of Afghans approach of the landing party were camped fifteen miles from of bluejaokets. A few shots him on the road to Chahbar, weré exchanged on both sides and he feared there might be without any cagnalties result- trouble when they heard of the ing, and Baluch villagers were Pishkhan captare. He thought impressed into carrying the it advisable, therefore, to move haul down to the shore, whence into Chahbar by sea, and asked they were conveyed by boats if the Fox could arrange to to the cruiser and jettisoned in piok up him, his sixty campdeep water.
followers, and large quantity Masqat was now in a ferment, of camp material. The whole and Mr Holland was being party were embarked on the bombarded with questions by Perseus next day at noon, the Sultan; whilst Mr New, without incident, and conveyed who was working along the out of harm's way to Chahbar. telegraph line between Chah- Things were promising to bar and Jashk, telephoned to get lively.
(To be concluded.)
LADY JANE CONFESSES.
CHAPTER 1.- THE BEGINNING OF IT.
CONFESSION is good for the wait till they go there snipesoul, they say. It is time I shooting! You don't think made a confession. All kinds it would give you the blues, of stories have been told, I do you ?” know, about what happened He didn't say it anxiously, at Agolagh during that work, 80 I only told himand none of them is half so “Nothing in the world gives extraordinary as the truth. me the blues.' But nobody knows the whole But I did think it hideous. truth exoept me. Even Hugo Then he said, “Some people only knows half; and he went think Agelagh is a melancholy away the very next morning, house. Now, that is just befor his leave was out short. oause there are a lot of silly
I don't know when I shall stories told about it. We see him again.
oan't help that, and it's & It all happened in a week. bore for my mother, because Of course I knew Hugo bofore; every now and then the serin fact, that is why I went to vants take fright, and leave. stay at Agolagh. When they But it's all stuff.
I'm sure invited me, I thought I should you wouldn't mind it, would like to see his home. But I you?” never meant to aot in the “ Mind what?" play. That happened by aooi- “Oh, how can I tell you ! dent.
It depends on Agolagh is oalled a castle, imagine.” but it is quite a small castle ; “I have no imagination really ancient, and dismally in whatever never had, and need of repairs. The road never moan to have. It's from the station goes across the thing that makes people a bog. I remember how the useless, or else untruthful. red sky shone in the pools of Are you imaginative ?" blaok bog - water, one after “Couldn't tell you," he said. another, as we passed them “But I'm moderately truthful. quiokly in the motor; and the That's why I'm explaining it grasses and things round the to you beforehand. pools trembled, though there “Explaining what? - that wasn't any wind. But every- the castle is haunted ?” thing in a bog is very silent “For goodness' sake, don't and shivery.
oall it that!” Hugo was driving, and he He turned red, and looked gaid
thoroughly annoyed. English people always say
“You can't expeot a very the bog is so melancholy. But old house to be just like å
married simply miles away from his people in the party, so I went mother. She did not even in to dinner with Sir Richard, come to the drawing - room and sat on his right, with with us. that inexplioable empty seat The drawing-room at Agobetween
us. Of course I lagh is upstairs – & long oouldn't ask about it, though narrow room, with three tall I wanted badly to know. My narrow windows curtained in experience is that all the ques- faded gold damask nearly tions one is most interested in threadbare. I wanted to get can never be asked. I wanted behind the curtains and look to ask why Miss Dare had out from each of them. Such come to Agolagh. I wanted a ohildish idea! But I suppose to ask why Lady Fenton had the little dark dining-room, that intense look in her eyes, with its dim piotures, had a look as if she were listening, made me feel imprisoned. always listening. It only left However, we had to begin her face when she spoke to rehearsing, immediately,
It Hugo or to Eva.
Eva's hour, and she There were pictures in the dragged us about and drilled room, all portraits, and hardly us and made as do exactly to be seen by the light of the what she wanted. tall candles, which made & “How oan I rehearse before kind of burning dimness rather I have learnt my part?” I than light. One of these pio- said in despair. tures seemed to attraot Sir “Why, you can read it, you Richard's gaze whenever he know. The words are nothing, looked up, which was not often; you'll know them by to-morrow. but it was hung on the wall It's the crossings right and left behind my head, so I had no and the oues that we must reidea what it was. The empty hearse," said this indomitable seat beside me was ouriously child, and she thrust a little unoomfortable.
book into my hand and perSir Richard's white terriers emptorily started the prohad followed him in, and were seedings. sitting on his other side. Such Every one meekly obeyed her a pretty little pair—and I like as stage manager. Really, she West Highland terriers ! I is not much more than a child spoke to one of them, and he-only eighteen, I think; but nearly oame round to me, but aoting seems to possess her like stopped short, fixed his gaze a craze. She made us all get on the empty chair, lowered excited, and only Miss Dare his head without a sound, and remained cool and rather inorept back to his place.
attentive. No, it was not a cheerful Now I don't suppose that, meal. I was glad to get out as long as I live, I shall over of the dining-room. I had be able to exoite anybody. not made friends with Hugo's In the middle of the prinfather one bit, and I felt cipal soene, which we were