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It was eleven o'clook and olub for us, and we were soon pitoh dark when we ran into drinking hot tea and rum with the deserted station of Soroka. them. This was very weloome,

It was a mass of sidings and but it could not relieve our engine - shops, and we were anxiety as to the state of faced with the necessity of affairs aboard the wreck in our complicated shunting to work absence. Perhaps, however, it our trook aoross the yards and stimulated us to make the dedown the pier, the single line oision we did. of which was usually filled for This was to row off to the its entire length with empty ship in one of the small boats waggons. Leaving Grey to used for the ferry- à suffioiwatob the engine-driver, who ently mad idea, for they were seemed anxious to uncouple hardly larger than canoes, the truok and return home, and of mooh the same oonI proceeded to dig out of his struotion. bed the R.T.O., who was & The Ulidia was over four friend of oure, and with his miles oat-six miles, including help to mobilise & party of Soroka channel-in the open Russians. They were not 808. No sign of her could be enthusiastio, bat after an seen; the night was black, hour's hard work we were without moon or stars, and paffing slowly down the pier. there was a fresh breeze

Grey had walked on ahead blowing. Moreover, there and I was on the cab of the were strong tide-rips in the engine. I heard him shouting, bay. Grey probably apprebut it was a minute or sociated the risks much better before I understood him to than I did, but we pushed be saying that there was no off, oarrying a lantern in the barge alongside and no sign stern. of any one from the Ulidia. Only one of us could row

The engine-driver took ad. at a time, and changing seats vantage of our agitation to in our cookle-shell of a boat make his esoape, and we were was not easy. left standing alone on the pier While we were under the -in a state of mind which shelter of the land all went can be imagined

well, but when we were out There was no hope of any in the open bay our chanoes tag in Soroka at midnight, of reaching the Ulidia seemed and we made our way dis- very problematical. consolately to the hut in which Once a tide-rip oaught the lived the marine oorporal and boat and turned her comhalf & dozen privates, who pletely round, and several had relieved the A.S.C., and times we shipped a good deal were now “Supplies, Soroka,” of water. with the idea of spending the For what seemed hours we night there.

continued to row in the direoTheir mess had beoome a tion of the wreok without seeing any sign of her, and only time that I ever saw him we were beginning to be other than optimistio and conseriously afraid that we had fident. missed her and were rowing “They've obucked her out into the White Sea. away," he said, “Captain

We discussed the question G. told me to start the pump of turning round, but the ebb about three o'clook. I thought tide was now running very it was just for a trial, so I strongly, and it was a question came down here and got her whether we should be able to away. I never knew they'd pall back against it.

started pumping all the other While we were discussing compartments as well. what to do, Grey, who was “The first thing I know, they sitting in the stern - sheets, oame rushing to me as if they oalled out, and, turning round, were mad. I saw the blaok mass of the “It seems that as soon as ship looming up broadside on they got her pumped pretty ahead of us. Pulling with well dry she floated-all exrenewed vigour we were soon cept the stern of her, and close up to her.

that's still fast on the same Both of us felt suddenly as rook-and swung right round though we must be living in with her bows in deep water. some nightmare world remote “They oan't take her away, from reality. The ship was because we haven't a tug. there, and yet there was some The Johanna has to stay extraordinary change in her alongside to give steam for which we could not under the pumps through the flexible stand. Then we realised what steam-pipe. In any case we it was. She had turned oom- couldn't go across this bay pletely round, and her bows at night. were now, as near as we could “She's leaking badly everysee, where her stern had been wbere, and here in No. 2 hold before. Hurriedly we climbed I've got to keep the motorover the side.

pump running full - bore to The first sound that we keep the water ander. heard as we ran forward was “If it stops she'll fill up and the roar of the engine of the go down in deep water. 12-inch pump. This showed “Old Captain G. has been that something unusual must here praying me to keep it be happening, for the pump going. was never run at night. Yet “But you oan't run a motorthe ship seemed in almost the pump like a steam - pump. same position-exoept that she She's been overheating and bad tarned round.

missing a lot-she's been run. We almost fell down No. 2 ning since four o'clook, and hatoh in our haste to get to it's half-past two now-and Reay. He greeted us with a I've had to nurse her all the look of absolute dejection, the time.

coulm pipe. In all the flexible

“If she stops, we've lost ing up suddenly, I saw a trail her.”

of smoke. He concluded with his Was it the launch returnopinion of Russia and all ing, or was it the tug? I ran Russians, and indeed it made for my glasses, only to put one nearly despair to see all them down again dejectedly. our work thrown away by It was the launch. But looktheir folly.

ing up again a few minutes Reay was very tired, for he later, I saw more smoke astern had been up night after night; of her, and it was not long but the only thing was to trust before I could make out the to his skill and determination, shape of a big tug of the and beg him to keep the pump “Saint" class ooming up at going, while we went up on full speed. As she drew near, deok—first, to relieve our feel. Grey went aboard her. It was ings by talking to the Rus- evident that he had convinoed sians, and, secondly, as & for those aboard of the urgency of lorn hope to keep a look-out the oase. for the lights of the tug Beautifully handled, she from Arohangel which-if she came alongside the Ulidia's had been sent — should soon port bow, her orew all on be due,

deok making her ropes ready, Dawn found the position and unlashing the 6-inch motorunobanged.

pomp she carried. The big pump was still run- Within twenty minutes the ning, Reay standing alongside pump was aboard and was it, haggard and exhausted and down No. 2 hold, olose to the almost asleep, but alive to the 12-inch, with its suctions and slightest alteration in its steady discharge-pipes connected up, note. Grey and I, who had and the St Mellons was fast been pacing the deck together, alongside. and were nearly as tired, had The ship's own engineers soanned the horizon in vain could not get the pump away, for the first glimpse of smoke. being more accustomed to

As soon as it was a little steam; but Reay, leaving the more light, Grey roused out 12-inoh, pumping full-bore, to the unwilling crew of the its own devioes, put in a few launob and went off in the minutes' strenuous work, and direction from which the tag it was soon pouring a stream should oome. Soon the launoh of water at the rate of 300was a mere spot in the distance, 400 tops an hour over the side and then she had disappeared of the Ulidia.

od altogether from sight.

Thenceforward Reay divising, I was sitting down on the his time between the agreebitts on the forecastle head, pumps, going from on, free of feeling as hopeless as I have other as either showe ever done and almost asleep stopping.

d from the from exhaustion, when, look. Grey took charg

bilities.

and arranged for signals to the St Mellons, and she awung St Mellons and to the Aleida gradually round and headed Johanna (made fast on the star- for the pier across the bay, board side) from the top of the alongside which we intended bridge.

to put her. Then he gave the order, It was a beautiful morning “Ahead-slow,” to both tugs. -Sanday, August 31st—the

The ropes tightened, and, sunshine brilliant, and the even before we had time to waters of the bay frin ged with wonder whether she would woods, flat calm. come, the ship began to move Grey handled her magnifialmost imperoeptibly ahead oontly, steering her to a nicety without & jar or & quiver by varying the speed of the tugs. from the rook on which she As we came off the end of had lain for over two years. the pier the St Mellons oașt off

“Half," and she began to and went out astern, and the gather speed.

ship oame alongside so gently Then * Ahead full” to the that one could hardly feel her Johanna and "slow" to the touch.

(To be concluded.)

THE TERROR BY NIGHT.

BY AN IRISHWOMAN.

WITH the fatality that dogs examined and handed it back 80 many of the measures for to me. suppressing crime in Ireland, “Let ye hurry, Miss, the the order for motor permits way that yo'll be home before considerably augmented the dark,” he said, “though, indeed, dangers and inoonveniences of 'tis dangerous to be travelling life. Before its introduction the roads day or night sinoe we could use our oars when them permits was invinted.” and where we wished. The His glanos strayed to the Government having deoreed many - coloured line on the that permits signed by the chauffeur's coat. British Executive were obliga. “'Tis a target for death ye tory, and Sion Fein having are with them medal-ribbons," deolared that such permits he observed oheerfully. “God were an insult to the “Ro- knows, 'tis peace and safety the publio," the motorist ventured soldiers should be having now on the road at his peril.1 wherever they'd be, and in Should he fall in with a Sinn place of it 'tis a reign of terror Fein picket he might merely for them in Ireland.” be turned back with a oaution As the car moved slowly on and his permit torn to shreds. we exchanged the compliments But the chances were that his of the season, and an ominous bar would be wrecked under his form of greeting that has orept eyes while a revolver was held into use of late: “May you be against his head. The pastime alive this day twelvemonths.” of blooking the road and open- I had been duly warned of ing fire upon every motor that the risks of motoring long oame along was extremely distances, but it is always popular, for it could be in- diffioult to realise the possidalged in by any one possess- bility of danger when outward ing firearms and a little spare conditions appear normal. The time, and like most Sinn Fein morning's run to Kilfanaghan practices, offered perfeot safety had been & complete success, to the aggressors.

and I had no misgivings for It was past three o'clook the return journey. Indeed, on New Year's Eve, and the familiar country seemed forty-five miles of bad road peaceful enough for anything, lay between us and home, while the roads were agreewhen the police sergeant at ably if significantly free of Kilfanaghan refolded the traffio. motor permit he had just When we emerged from the

und

1 The permits have been modified to suit Sinn Fein susceptibilities, . 1 of a

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