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pleasant life of industrious and say they'd shoot him the freedom after the years of same as they'd shoot a policewar and hardship.

man. He thought to best Bat Sinn Fein willed other them in the latther end, though wise.

his wife was orying all the time Cornelius was subjeoted to a to go back to England. But persistent and relentless perse- it was the pioture settled him. oution. It began with a kind He was smoking his pipe one of social boyoott. Nobody evening after giving the young spoke to him on his way to horse & gallop. Two men or from Mass. Nobody would came to the door on biogeles. have any dealings with him at "Yo have a pioture within in looal fairs. He was warned, the house,' they says. “That's anonymously, to keep away true maybe,' says Cornelius. from the pony races. Then "'Tis & pioture of ould George the mon employed on the the Englishman,' says they, Fagans' farm left without and bedad! yo've got to take notice at the busiest time of it down.' the harvest. The eattle kept "Get out of that, quick,' says breaking out mysteriously and Cornelius. straying into bogs and glens. A “Well, they made off on their valuable young horse was found bioyoles, for he put the fear of entangled in barbed wire on an God on them with the look he adjaoont farm.

gave them. But didn't ten of “Cornelius had great spirit them come with black masks in him always," said Mr and guns at one o'olook in the Fagan, “and he knew it was night, and they bet the backbecause he had been fighting door in. Cornelius got a stiok agin the Germans in place of and went to the head of the for them that the Sinn Fein stairs. We'll not allow & had him persecuted. But it pioture of the English King in vexed him when his wife was the Irish Republie,' says they. in dread to go outside the 'Let ye take it down at once or house, and when his young we'll shoot it down,' and they son would be playing at ap the stairs to the sittingshooting policemen and shout- room. But Cornelius was in ing, Up the rebels 1'"

front of them in it, and had the "Where did you learn that pioture whisked off the nail and at all?' says Cornelius. 'At into a oupboard in the wall. school, sir,' says the little ""'Tis down,' says he, quiet fellow, and Up Dablin! enough; 'I'd not give yo the Down England! Up the satisfaction of firing at his Hans!' says he, proud-like of Majesty, ye dirty cowardly his learning. Cornelius was tinkers,' says he. They left lepping mad, and he wouldn't him then, but he was terrible let him go to school any more. angry, and did no more, but And didn't they come after away with him and his wife that and throw stones on the and ohild to England. roof in the middle of the night “I fought for the freedom of

the world,' says he, and it's with Home Rule Bills and not the freedom of a dog I'd hungry - strikes and motorget in Ireland.'”

permits. Let them keep the There was little one could Union on and give us martial gay in oomment on this tale. law till the country's settled More words seemed inadeqaate, again. What's that you're and it is a shameful fact that saying ?-martial law would similar oases ooour continually inconvenienoe the quiet people? all over the country.

Well, and what's in it now for Fagan poked the fire vigor- us? Is it convenience we're ously. “The Government will having? It is not! Is it be driving the decent people safety we're having? It is not! to go Sinn Fein to save Have we liberty to do as we themselves,” he said bitterly. like? We have not! Then for “ Wirra! what ails them at all God's sake let them give us that they oan't govern? Is it martial law and enforrce it !. the way they're afraid of Sinn · · · · · · Fein ?"

Late that afternoon I passed “Well, they seem to be going through Clashagoppal on my to give us Home Rale now, and way home, and stopped to say perhaps that will settle the good-bye to the Fagans. country,” I suggested.

The sun had set, and with He laughed hoarsely.

the long hours of darkness “Is it Home Rule to settle before them their nerves were the oountry when divil a man again in the ascendant. Mrs in Ireland oan keep a law, let Fagan suggested I was inalone make one ?” he asked ; ourring needless danger in "and it's not a republio that being driven by a soldier. would settle the oountry either, Mr Fagan, with an uneasy no, nor twenty republios! laugh, referred to the political Though for the matther of views he had expressed that that, it's not twenty republios morning as "all talk and there'd be in Ireland within tbrash-same as you'd see on six months, but forty, and the the newspapers." whole lot of them perseouting Both implored me to say each other and wanting Eng. nothing about Cornelius. land to help. 'Faith, it's the “Herself does be very frightEnglish would have their fill of ful by night," said Mr Fagan, hardship in the latther end !” “and indeed there's no saying he oonoluded with gloomy satis- quare things mightn't happen faotion.

to as these quare times." The sound of a motor-horn His parting words, gravely in the street told me the uttered, seemed to sum up the soldier and his or had situation for many in Ireland arrived.

at present “Look," said Mr Fagan as "Wirra! what good is your I rose to go, “what's wanted life to you at all when you'd is for the English Government never know the minute that to govern. Not to be fooling you'd lose it?"



A CERTAIN afternoon of had started life at the “Shop” March this year found me at together; and we had met the City Station in Karachi again, in Simla-days before on my way ap-country after the War, when he had been an absence from India that in the Intelligence Branch at had extended throughout the Army Headquarters. So we War.

were old friends. Now, if there is one thing He had always been a good that oan make Indian railway all-round man, bad Judy. travelling almost bearable, Within a very few pounds of that thing of course is privaoy. the best professional jookeys But on this particular day on the flat, they used to say; the train was crowded, and I and you might find his name, looked in vain for an empty too, more than once in Rowoompartment. Finally, I had land Ward But that was to content myself with an only one side of him. For he upper berth in a coupé, the had a quaint love for roaming lower berth of which was al- the by ways of Indian history ready taken up by a green and religion, and was a oanvas Wolseley valise. An shining light of more than apper berth for the two days' one learned Asiatio Sooiety. desert journey to Lahore - Still, he never rode this it was a blaok business. I hobby of his to exoess, and sat thoroughly soured and was always the best of oom. glared at that roll of bedding, pany. I was in luok after wondering resentfully what all; the Sind desert began to manner of owner would event- lose many of its prospeotive ually materialise.

horrors. But, after a little, mere Just before the train started valgar ouriosity got the better I caught sight of a wellof me, and I furtively turned remembered figure strolling the valise over to take a peep over from the bookstall, and at any name there might be we were soon shaking each underneath. There was nothing other by the hand and making to be seen but four large white the usual remarks and inquiries initials. Still, these told me that go with such a meeting. all I wanted : for any one with The first hour or two of our svob quoor initials has surely journey were fully ocoopied in no need to name his property comparing notes. Then oame in full. I felt that “J.U.D.E." Kotri Junction, with its ad. ooald stand for no one the journment for dinner. And world over but for “Jady" afterwards, as the desert sand Elkington. Now Judy and I began imperoeptibly to greep through every oraok and bons would appear to have oranny, our first flow of remi gathered in a state of nisoenoes was exhausted and prossure along baried antiwe had time to turn our atten olines underlying the impertion to the daily papers that meable olays. For, at we each had brought.

different points, these gases Mine was the Pioneer.' have foroed their way But there happened to be through fissures in the olaya remarkably little news that -to form remarkable mudday, and I began to feel dis voloanoes. It is claimed tinotly bored with it. How that liquid hydrocarbons ever, just as I had finished the (petroleum) must also exist telegrams and leading artioles, in large quantities, for the my eye was caught by a gases are continually disheadline referring to the recent oharged from the voloano discovery of oil in Baluohistan. oraters, accompanied by an Now oil is such a vital oom unceasing flow of liquid mud modity these days that none and brine. Indeed, during can help feeling vaguely inter. paroxysmal eruptions, these ested in it; 80 I read the gases have been known spon. paragraph carefully. It was taneously to ignite. ..." highly teohnioal and left me little the wiser; but I gathered "By Jove, they have," Judy that the distriot where the oil interrupted somewhat forei. had been found lay on the bly. “I've had more than Makran Coast in Southern enough of mud-voleanoen." Baluchistan, about midway “But why this heat ?" said between Karachi and the I. “I was under the imPersian border.

pression that & mud-voloano "I don't know muoh about was the sort of creature a child the oil,” said Elkington in might play with. You don't answer to a question of mine, mean to say that you were

but they tell me that it is rash enough to fall into one ?” no good. The whole formation “No, I wasn't ass enough is voloanio, you see, and the to fall in, but I was precious strata is 80 broken up that near being pushed. The yarn the oil has leaked away. But has nothing to do with oil; I was out in those parts this but perhaps I had better ipflict winter, so let's hear what the it on you, just in case you Pioneer' has got to say." should still think I was in any

"Here you are then," I said, way to blame." "just see what you can make "A little something with a of this." And I read him the spice of Canterbury Tale about following extract:

it, to beguile the weary hours?

That sounds delightful. Com“ The oil-fields in question menoez dono, monsieur, s'il lie in the Malan Hills, not vous plait." far from the Arabian Sea “Last autumn, then," Judy coast. Gaseous hydrocar. began, “when I came baok

and that neat nothing had be

from Palestine, I had a couple bunderboat isn't built for of months' war-leave due. But deep-sea voyaging; it is an England didn't seem to be open affair for carrying goods muoh of a country to spend inside Karachi harbour. The them in at the time. So I winds were contrary, and for made up my mind to do five days I lived cheek-byanother shooting trip. Now I jowl with my Muhammadan had never shot a Persian ibex grow in no more privacy —the smooth - horned fellow, than that enjoyed by a galley. you know,—and the Makran slave. It was rough, too; 0088t was said to be full of you try a bunderboat in an them.

Arabian Sea swell if you want “ Makran, too, was a place to appreciate what Horace that I had always wanted to meant by 'inverso mare.' go to. You see, since the “We were out of sight of beginning of time it has been land most of the time. But the great link between India on the third day wo sighted and Western Asia. And there a low range of hills far away are a lot of things in the coun- on the starboard horizon, the try well worth seeing, from an coastal range of Southern Baluantiquarian point of view; obistan. And like enougb, that those Shamil tombs, for in- was the very landfall that stanoe, of which no one seems Nearkos made on his northto know the origin. And ward voyage, after he and his muoh of the hinterland is still fleet parted from Alexander by praotioally unknown.

the Indus mouth. As the hills "On the other hand, of oourse, grew olearer and olearer, I alI know Makran to be one of lowed my thoughts to wander the most poisonous places in to the succession of men of the world. For it is nothing many races — Assyrian and but a barren maze of broken Greek, Sasganian and Seljak, hills-as hot as hell, where it Arab and Mongol, and as rains with look once a year, many more, who have thirsted and the little water you get and oursed and died in Makran is guaranteed to corrode any before the British oame. but indigenous innards. But, “In the end we reached the after all, my leave was in mouth of the Hingol river. It winter, when the olimate any- is about the only decent river how would be bearable. So in the country; though there finally I deoided to go to are lots of others that start Makran,

hopefully in the mountains, “ The beginning of December only to disappear in the sand found me setting sail from long before they reach the sea. Karachi in a banderboat, and We orossed the bar at the shaping my course ap the mouth without diffioulty, and Arabian Sea. I don't want found my oamels waiting there to dwell on that voyage. A as previously arranged.

i Syrian.

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