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he never ran away from it. He was greater than his, and he made has the greatest contempt and loath- me an offer which I could not reing for all such horrible heathenism. sist, to pay all expenses, and give After the capture of Shamyl all me all benefit of Russian protection, hope of resistance was over, for if I would join him in the search the Mahometan tribes fell away, at for this treasure; and if we found once. Shamyl's chief hold over it, 25 per cent of all net proceeds. those fierce races had been his “ This was a wild - goose chase, position as Imaum, which confers you will say, but what young man divine command over those who of spirit is not a wild goose? We belong to Islam.

Ah, he was a had a rough time of it and repented gallant Chieftain, but cruel some- every day of our folly, but still went times, ah yes, ah yes !”

on with it. The Russians had an “And your share in these ad- enormous army, spread far and wide, ventures, Signor? You must have and whenever we could keep near carried your life in your hands. It them we got on well enough, but seems as if there can be no danger where we had to trust ourselves to in the world, without some brave native guides, with the help of Englishman being in the thick of some interpreter, it was scarcely it.”

ever safe to close our eyes. Let Jemmy Nickols threw his blouse me see, it must have been in 1859, open and showed a fine broad chest, the last year of Shamyl's long dewhich he patted. “You are right fence. It has often been said that there,” he said, "it generally bap- the Allies should have landed a pens so.

Ah, I was active large force in Western Caucasus, to fellow in those days, and afraid help him during our Russian war. of nobody but the Devil. And But it would not have done a bit you may be sure, there was plenty of good. He was far away in the of Him there. Ah yes, our nation Eastern chain, and it would have is always on about its sailors; but been a stiffish march to get near to my mind the landsmen are every him, I can tell you, and when we bit as good.

However it was busi- were there, we could have done no ness that took me there, and not good. People talk of Caucasia as any pleasure in hardship.

if it were a nation. I cannot tell “I had to make my own way in you how many tribes there are ; the world, and was tired of sitting but for the most part they hate on a stool in London.

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one another, and they speak about commission from the firm to Am- seventy languages, and cannot write sterdam, my father being one of any one of their own. How could the partners, and there I heard of you ever make a Nation of them ? something which sent me Russia might have conquered them Europe to meet a Russian merchant

a century ago, if she had been in at Odessa. I found him quite a earnest about it; and it is the best young man and very enterprising, thing that could possibly happen which was not very often the case to them now. Some little law and with them in those days. We be- honesty, without any real opprescame good friends, and he told me sion, is ever so much better than that he had heard from a brother a lot of murderous freedom. And of his, a Russian Officer then serv- pretty freedom! Why in many of ing against Shamyl, of a wonderful the tribes, the women have to do discovery of emeralds they had all the work, while the men lounge made among the mountains of Dag- about, or rob their neighbours. My hestan. My knowledge of jewels opinion is, Mr Cranleigh, that we

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talk a lot of rot about civilisation. war was over, to his own place and Nature won't have it everywhere ; treated me as if I had been an inand she shows what she means, by vited guest, and I never knew such the way she marks the places. And hospitality in all my life. I stayed

I the worse they are in all common there a long time, for it was not sense, the closer the natives stick safe to travel; and there I saw the to them.

most beautiful lady that ever trod “Well, we got a taste of the this earth. Her daughter is very country, and the people that therein beautiful ; but you should have do dwell. My poor friend did not seen the Princess Oria, if you

want live to tell of it, neither should I, to know the utmost that the Lord but for Prince Imar. It was in a can do in the construction of the rocky hole where you said to your- human race.” self, 'Never shall I get out of this, * Don't talk to me,” I said, for and it must have been the Devil I could not quite stand this. “You

into it,' — when are like the rest who always talk of suddenly a score or two of thunder- the past as superior to the present. ing savages jumped out from the But I beg your pardon, pray go on. solid crag almost, and blocked all “I have seen a great deal of the the horrible place both ways. I world. Ah yes !” continued my am not at all sure that they meant new friend Nicolo; "and I have to hurt us; and I dare say they come to this conclusion, from all would have been satisfied to strip the instances within my knowledge us, and rob us of our arms and -no very beautiful woman ever money, and send our guides to the lives a life of happiness. I don't right about.

But unluckily my mean pretty girls of course, and all Russian friend lost his head, and the fair women of ordinary charms. sent a bullet into the crowd in I mean the exceptional, the wonderfront. I cannot tell you any more ful creatures, of perfect and enthralthan he could now, what happened ling loveliness, of whom there are in the rush that was made on us. not six in a century. They are as Only that my dear friend lay dead rare as a brilliant of three hundred upon his back, with his eyes upon carats; as yet I have only seen one, the little blink of sky above the and that one was the Princess Oria.” rocks, and that I like a fool fell “Then how can you argue about upon him to protect him, when them all ?” I enquired very reasonnobody could harm him any more, ably. “You mean from history, and a big fellow was going to give and all that, I suppose. But what me my quietus when another man became of that wonder of the twice his size sent him spinning world ?” All the others fell away, for he had I should have known better than come among them suddenly, and I so to speak, when he was inclined heard them muttering 'Sûr Imar.' to be pathetic. But absurd as it

“No Englishman shall come to may seem, I was jealous of Dariel's harm, when I can help it. This own mother, when quoted against gentleman looks like an English- her. man,' he said, and I never was Alas, that is more than I can more ready in my life to acknow- tell,” he replied, without heeding ledge that. The rest of the lot my flippancy. “I only know that could not make out what he meant, it was pitiful, pitiful, something to but they put down their weapons make all who heard of it shudder. and looked at him. To cut a long Prince Imar was a most cheerful story short, he took me, when the man, full of life and spirit, even in

once.

he never ran away from it. He was greater than his, and he made has the greatest contempt and loath- me an offer which I could not reing for all such horrible heathenism. sist, to pay all expenses, and give After the capture of Shamyl all me all benefit of Russian protection, hope of resistance was over, for if I would join him in the search the Mahometan tribes fell away, at for this treasure ; and if we found

Shamyl's chief hold over it, 25 per cent of all net proceeds. those fierce races had been his “ This was a wild - goose chase, position as Imaum, which confers you will say, but what young man divine command over those who of spirit is not a wild goose? We belong to Islam.

Ah, he was a had a rough time of it and repented gallant Chieftain, but cruel some- every day of our folly, but still went times, ah yes, ah yes !”

on with it. The Russians had an And your share in these ad- enormous army, spread far and wide, ventures, Signor? You must have and whenever we could keep near carried your life in your hands. It them we got on well enough, but seems as if there can be no danger where we had to trust ourselves to in the world, without some brave native guides, with the help of Englishman being in the thick of some interpreter, it was scarcely it.”

ever safe to close our eyes. Let Jemmy Nickols threw his blouse me see, it must have been in 1859, open and showed a fine broad chest, the last year of Shamyl's long dewhich he patted. “You are right fence. It has often been said that there," he said, “it generally hap- the Allies should have landed a pens so.

Ah, I was an active large force in Western Caucasus, to fellow in those days, and afraid help him during our Russian war. of nobody but the Devil. And But it would not have done a bit you may be sure, there was plenty of good. He was far away in the of Him there. Ah yes, our nation Eastern chain, and it would have is always on about its sailors; but been a stiffish march to get near to my mind the landsmen are every him, I can tell you, and when we bit as good. However it was busi- were there, we could have done no ness that took me there, and not good. People talk of Caucasia as any pleasure in hardship.

if it were a nation. I cannot tell “I had to make my own way in you how many tribes there are ; the world, and was tired of sitting but for the most part they hate on a stool in London. So I got a one another, and they speak about commission from the firm to Am- seventy languages, and cannot write sterdam, my father being one of any one of their own. How could the partners, and there I heard of you ever make a Nation of them? something which sent me Russia might have conquered them Europe to meet a Russian merchant

a century ago, if she had been in at Odessa. I found him quite a earnest about it; and it is the best young man and very enterprising, thing that could possibly happen which was not very often the case

to them now.

Some little law and with them in those days. We be- honesty, without any real opprescame good friends, and he told me sion, is ever so much better than that he had heard from a brother a lot of murderous freedom. And of his, a Russian Officer then serv- pretty freedom! Why in many of ing against Shamyl, of a wonderful the tribes, the women have to do discovery of emeralds they had all the work, while the men lounge made among the mountains of Dag- about, or rob their neighbours. My hestan. My knowledge of jewels opinion is, Mr Cranleigh, that we

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talk a lot of rot about civilisation. war was over, to his own place and Nature won't have it everywhere; treated me as if I had been an inand she shows what she means, by vited guest, and I never knew such the way she marks the places. And hospitality in all my life. I stayed the worse they are in all common there a long time, for it was not sense, the closer the natives stick safe to travel; and there I saw the to them.

most beautiful lady that ever trod “Well, we got a taste of the this earth. Her daughter is very country, and the people that therein beautiful ; but you should have do dwell. My poor friend did not seen the Princess Oria, if you want live to tell of it, neither should I, to know the utmost that the Lord but for Prince Imar. It was in a can do in the construction of the rocky hole where you said to your- human race.” self, 'Never shall I get out of this, * Don't talk to me,” I said, for and it must have been the Devil I could not quite stand this. “You that got

into it,'

when are like the rest who always talk of suddenly a score or two of thunder- the past as superior to the present. ing savages jumped out from the But I beg your pardon, pray go on. solid crag almost, and blocked all “I have seen a great deal of the the horrible place both ways. I world. Ah yes !” continued my am not at all sure that they meant new friend Nicolo; "and I have to hurt us; and I dare say they come to this conclusion, from all would have been satisfied to strip the instances within my knowledge us, and rob us of our arms and -no very beautiful woman ever money, and send our guides to the lives a life of happiness. I don't right about. But unluckily my mean pretty girls of course, and all Russian friend lost his head, and the fair women of ordinary charms. sent a bullet into the crowd in I mean the exceptional, the wonderfront. I cannot tell you any more ful creatures, of perfect and enthralthan he could now, what happened ling loveliness, of whom there are in the rush that was made on us. not six in a century. They are as Only that my dear friend lay dead rare as a brilliant of three hundred upon his back, with his eyes upon carats; as yet I have only seen one, the little blink of sky above the and that one was the Princess Oria.” rocks, and that I like a fool fell “Then how can you argue about upon him to protect him, when them all?" I enquired very reasonnobody could harm him any more, ably. “You mean from history, and a big fellow was going to give and all that, I suppose. But what me my quietus when another man became of that wonder of the twice his size sent him spinning world ?" All the others fell away, for he had I should have known better than come among them suddenly, and I so to speak, when he was inclined heard them muttering 'Sûr Imar.' to be pathetic. But absurd as it

“No Englishman shall come to may seem, I was jealous of Dariel's harm, when I can help it. This own mother, when quoted against gentleman looks like an English- her. man,' he said, and I never was Alas, that is more than I can more ready in my life to acknow- tell,” he replied, without heeding ledge that. The rest of the lot my flippancy. "I only know that could not make out what he meant, it was pitiful, pitiful, something to but they put down their weapons make all who heard of it shudder. and looked at him. To cut a long Prince Imar was a most cheerful story short, he took me, when the man, full of life and spirit, even in

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the thick of blows and danger, has a right to his own privacy, when I had the honour of being and our friend insists upon a prihis guest. Not a sign of jealousy vate life. He might have been the about him, introducing all friends lion of a season if he had liked, to his lovely wife—which is not with his romantic history and noble the custom with the Moslem tribes appearance. Ah yes, ah yes ! but of course-pleased that a comrade I fear I must hurry you, or ask should share her sweet smile, and you to call again. We hold a proud that she should be admired. meeting at 3 o'clock, of a SyndiAnd as for her, I believe she cate they call it—horrible wordadored him. Insignificant as I about a big find in South Africa. was, I believe that she preferred In return for my information, I me to many grander people, simply beg you to let me know if anything because I was never tired of sing- is threatened down there ; and to ing his praises, and because I owed do your utmost, if you have any my life to him. They cannot have influence, to keep them from requarrelled, at least I should have turning to the Caucasus. He has thought so; neither can she have plenty of money. Why can't he betrayed him. One never can be stop here, and have the sweet certain, where a

Dariel introduced at Court? There cerned; otherwise I should have is a very great man indeed who thought it utterly impossible. And would be only too proud to do it.” yet what else is there that can at “Plague them all!" I cried, as all account for it? She perished he began to fidget, “How many most sadly, there is no doubt of more great men, I wonder? But that. And I dare not even men- did you ever get those emeralds ?” tion the subject before him. Even The "plenty of money” made me Dariel knows not a word about it.” think of this.

I could well understand that a “Never saw one of them. Never man's most intimate friend would got so far. And what could I do, shrink from such a subject, and when my friend was killed ? Very Nickols was not at all likely to likely they are there though. I be very intimate with Sûr Imar, shall look them up some day, perthough he might have proved a haps, if I can hear of that Russian valuable agent.

Officer. But most likely not worth “Was there any Dariel in those finding. Pale emeralds fetch very days?" I enquired, though I might little. Goodbye, goodbye! Don't have concluded from her age that forget one thing. Have the dogs there was not.

chained up, for fear of the police “No, there was not any Dariel making holes in them.” yet. But there was a fine little “Oh, you are not afraid of the chap, about a year old, and how dogs making holes in the police ?" well he could run ! I have had I said, while shaking hands with him on my lap, many a time. him. “I should be sorry to have What was his name? Oh, Origen. to fight Kuban and Orla, with a Those people save their friends a police-staff.” world of trouble by being contented “ So should I.

But you may with one name. But now I have depend upon it, when they make a told you all I know, Mr Cranleigh, raid of that sort, expecting a big or all that can be of importance. capture, and stout resistance, they And of course you will not speak will not come down without fireabout it to any one. Every one arms."

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