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fore his arrival the family had people, which is an abominaheard the story told by Toli, tion in the sight of the Lord. and judgment had been given. Yet you have sent him away." Clarie had schemed to send Mention of the Predikant Hartley warning, but her mes- stung Clarie into active resistsenger had been intercepted, ance. She had suffered much and threats of punishment had these past two days from deterred any other Kafir from the Predikantal moralisings undertaking the task. She and homilies. The culminating had been in bed some hours, crime of the Rooinek had justiworn out by anxiety and the fied to the uttermost all the torture of the incessant re- prophecies and forebodings that proaches and taunts of her the young zealot had poured stepmother. The quick-eared, out. He was painfully human, sympathetic little Lisbeth had and secretly proud of his discovered the presence of triumph, therefore could not Hartley in the sitting-room, resist the petty revenge of and thither Clarie was pro- jubilation. Clarie had at last ceeding when she heard him turned upon him in an outexpress his resolve to wait for burst of indignation, and dethe arrival of the avengers. nounced his bloodthirstiness as She knew that he was in no unworthy one professing Christhumour to listen to remon- ianity. The mention of him strance, even from her, and by her father revived her that his loyalty would impel latent anger. She turned and him to scorn flight for her sake. faced the old man. A flash of instinctive reasoning “Father, don't tell me what showed her that she could Mr Stegmann has said. He is destroy this motive by pre no godly man. He would not tending callous indifference, only separate me from-him, even a version. His question but he would have me hanged gave her her cue. His look if he knew all.” and tone said plainly, “If you Piet looked surprised, beare against me, I yield.” So wildered. she uttered the stinging words “You, haartje? What do that fell upon his astonished you mean? The Predikant is ears as the sudden and un- à just man, and would only accustomed lash startles the visit the Lord's anger on the petted steed to the effort that wrong-doer." averts the danger which gentle “You think he is just ?coaxing would but precipitate. “Ja, Clarie, I believe he is

Piet looked on in silence for the Lord's man.” some minutes, then with that “Then it is as I say. He inconsequential ineptitude char- would have me hanged if he is acteristic of the Afrikander, just. Father, it was I killed remarked

Johannes Smeer!” “The Predikant says that The old man stared at his Hartley should be hanged. He daughter, then forced a laugh. has murdered one of our own “You are very sick and bad,


him strafather, myllwhat I sali way, bao9 find

not breaking awarranged to under travel in which 10

Clarie. Your head is light,” the blue schimmel and ride hard and he stroked her hair. after Baas Hartley. Give him

She took his hands and looked this, and when you have done him straight in the face. it I shall give you a pound.

“No, father, my head is not Which way did he go?light. I know well what I say. “He is gone Krugersdorp It was I bade Hartley kill way, baas." Johannes. Now do you under- “If you find him I will give stand why I sent him away?” you another pound, Toli.” The old man was dazed.

Clarie had followed her father “I do not understand, to the hut. haartje.”

“You have forgotten this,” “It is easy to understand, said she. She handed him a father. You know how I hated pass, without which no native Johannes Hartley knew it can travel in the Transvaal also. I told him how much I under penalty of arrest. It suffered, and he arranged to rantake Johannes away. Did he not break with you over the “Pass my native, Toli, lookwaggon that he might take ing for his brother. Johannes ? He did it because “Signed, P. DE VILLIERS, I wished it.” She broke again

“Rietspruit." into sobs, then, checking them, with a supreme effort she got They waited until Toli reoff the sofa. “Father, you turned from the paddock with must help me. The Smeers the horse. He was hardly will be here soon. I must awake yet, and bungled the write a letter to Hartley, and saddling. Clarie pushed him you must send Toli to find away, and tightened the him.”


girths. She went to her room, and “Now, Toli, ride harder than returned with a sealed envelope. ever you did. Find the baas,

“I understand, Clarie; but and if you bring me an answer she must not know.” He took I will give you two pounds.” the envelope, and glanced fear- “I'll catch him, Missie," and fully in the direction of the the bare legs thrashed the kitchen.

horse's flanks viciously, sendClarie put her arms round ing him off at a fast triple. the old man and kissed him When the two re-entered the for reply.

sitting - room Mrs de Villiers “He must not be caught, was there. haartje. I see it all very “Where have you been? I clear. He kissed her awk- heard a horse." wardly, almost violently, quiet “We have sent Toli to catch ly opened the door, and went Hartley," Clarie answered as out, shoeless, to the Kafir she passed into her room. quarters.

Thanks to the circumlocuHe roused the herd-boy. tory system of passing on “Toli, get up quick. Saddle orders in the de Villiers' household, Hendrika's instructions by a neighbour, all carrying for the alarming of the Smeers their rifles, and obviously rehad miscarried. She had lieved to find that the Rooinek shouted to the Kafirs from was not waiting to give battle. the kitchen door, but was not They waited while coffee was disposed to risk her dainty prepared. shoes by going outside to see “Which way has he gone?that her orders were executed. they asked. The recipient of them had "He is making for Mafepassed them on to the drowsy king," said Piet. “The road kitchen-boy, who had in turn is good for you but bad for shifted responsibility to a third, him. His horse is done up." who did not act till he heard Two hours after Hartley the voice of Baas Piet rousing had departed eastward, his Toli. Then he watched the pursuers started in the opposaddling up, and returned to site direction. his blankets, where he would Old Piet remained on the have remained had not Mrs stoep till the sounds of hoofs de Villiers, vrouw - like, de- satisfied him that the chase manded full details as to the was off the scent. He slipped horses and messengers sent. quietly into his daughter's When she learned the facts, room. she squandered valuable min. “Sleep well, haartje," he utes in abusing Piet and whispered, kissing her; "your Hendrika, and visited the old father has sent justice on natives' hut, where her tongue a wrong spoor.” and sjambok soon had things “ Justice, father ? Justice stirring.

will always be on the wrong Within an hour the two spoor while it follows him.” married sons of the dead And she buried her sobs in Smeer arrived, accompanied the pillow.

(To be continued.)





On Monday, January 23, the the nation as a whole had no whole civilised world was sympathy. But although we horrified with the story of the allow this now, it is more than slaughter of innocent Russian probable that if there had been petitioners in front of the no war—if the people of Russia Winter Palace and in the streets had not felt the flail of disaster of St Petersburg. This ter- and the pinch of war privation rible occurrence, so unexpected they would have acquiesced in its advent and so far-reaching willingly and enthusiastically in its effects, may be signalised in the expansion of their emas the first real and definite pire in the East. And even internal demonstration that if the war had been successful Russia was the least success- there would have been few ful belligerent in the great Russian mouths opened against struggle in the Far East. the Grand Ducal campaign of There had already been in- aggrandisement. This is only dications that the country, natural; for it has to be a internally writhing, was strug- great policy, and a magnificent, gling to express its dissatis- that will stand the strain of faction in a policy which had unsuccessful war. The workbrought upon it the present ing heads of the bureaucracy tribulation; was resenting the in Russia were well aware of grip of war taxation, relentless all this. Therefore, when in its greed for money and Kuropatkin's crowning effort manhood. There had been in the autumn was turned naval riots at Sebastopol; into a miserable defeat on the mobilisation difficulties; and Sha-ho, every effort was made even a mysterious affair at on the part of the Russian the blessing of the Neva. Government to reinforce the Each of these, judged in the army in the field, so that by sequence of events, might well the spring it might be able have been classed as the pro- to stem the course of Japan's test of an unwilling people. success and to turn defeat into But on January 22 the victory. Their ears were not climax was reached. From deaf to the grumbles of disthat day the struggle in the satisfaction which reached them Far East became an unpopular from every corner of the emand disastrous war, forced upon pire. Wherever they had moba discontented and powerless ilised for sea or land, the secret people for the purpose of justi- reports were the same. Libau, fying a foreign policy in which Revel, Odessa, Sebastopol, Warsaw, Kieff, Tiflis, Irkutsk—all heresy that the Russian solhad their festering sore. The dier held a superiority over his fall of Port Arthur, the vaunt- enemy during a Manchurian ed fortress of the Far East, winter. They viewed the variintensified the spreading waves ous indications of unrest with of popular distrust. Unless apprehension, little recking the victory came quickly, it was many circumstances of supply certain that the gatherings and system which governed would come to a head-there- his actions, and continued to fore a supreme effort was urge Kuropatkin to take the made.

initiative. When, however, the Lord Brooke,1 who, in the whole country boiled over after matter of military data, seems the disgraceful tyranny demonto be the most reliable of all strated on that Sunday in St the correspondents who ac- Petersburg, the authorities cepted the hospitality of the were desperate. They ceased Russian Staff, says in his to urge the General in the book that “by the 19th of field, but deliberately ordered December, exactly two months him at once to save the situaafter the battle of the Sha-ho, tion at home, either by the 85,000 reservists without im- salve of a great victory or the pedimenta had been received, counter-irritant of another desand fresh troops were coming perate disaster. from Europe in an endless Just as these demands came stream.” According to this the season softened a little. authority, the Russian army by A wave of wintry mildness the middle of December was swept across the Manchurian as strong as it had been before plains. To all intents and it undertook the battle of the purposes Kuropatkin was Sha-ho; while a month later ready. He had only been the same authority estimated waiting on the weather. The that the force under General opportunity had arrived. The Kuropatkin was some 400,000 Russians were now holding an strong, and had about 2000 extremely long front; Kuroguns. All stores had been re- patkin's left was thrown back plenished, and the branch rail- in the hilly country forming way lines from Mukden to the the watershed of the Sha-ho, Sha-ho were finished. In short, in order to cover Fu-shun from all the arrangements for the a flank attack. His centre battle were complete. Ever practically followed the line since the beginning of January of the Sha-ho as far as the St Petersburg had been urging railway. From Lu-sheng-pu Kuropatkin to let slip no oppor- the line of the Russian defence tunity which might be turned curved backwards towards the into à victory. The staff of St Hun-ho at Chan-tan-ho-nan. Petersburg still clung to the The Russian right rested on the

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1 An Eye-Witness in Manchuria. By Lord Brooke, Reuter's Correspondent. London : Eveleigh Nash. 1905.

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