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Athelstane Ford   By: (1863-1926)

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Athelstane Ford

BY

ALLEN UPWARD

AUTHOR OF "THE PRINCE OF BALKISTAN," "A CROWN OF STRAW," "SECRETS OF THE COURTS OF EUROPE," ETC

London C. ARTHUR PEARSON LIMITED HENRIETTA STREET W.C. 1899

CONTENTS

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I. COUSIN RUPERT GAINS A RECRUIT 1 II. THE TAVERN OF THE "THREE DECKER" 14 III. THE BEGINNING OF THE RIVALRY 27 IV. "À LA MORT" 41 V. ON BOARD THE KING'S SHIP 55 VI. IN THE POWER OF THE ENEMY 69 VII. THE SIEGE OF GHERIAH 83 VIII. IN THE COMPANY'S SERVICE 96 IX. THE SPY 112 X. TAKEN CAPTIVE 128 XI. THE BLACK HOLE 152 XII. RUPERT IN A NEW LIGHT 163 XIII. A NIGHT ADVENTURE 180 XIV. IN A STRANGE LAND 197 XV. THE COMING OF SABAT JUNG 212 XVI. A BATTLE IN THE DARK 227 XVII. A MISSION OF DANGER 244 XVIII. MEER JAFFIER'S OATH 260 XIX. PLASSY 276 XX. RETRIBUTION 288 XXI. COLONEL OLIVE'S MESSAGE 302 XXII. AFTER MANY DAYS 312

ATHELSTANE FORD

CHAPTER I

COUSIN RUPERT GAINS A RECRUIT

It has not happened to many men, as I think, to have fallen into the hands of as cruel and bloodthirsty a monster as ever defiled God's earth, and to have escaped to tell the tale. Yet it is of this that I have come to write; and of all the hardships and perils which I went through from the time I fled from my father's house to seek for treasure in the East Indies; and of the battles in which I fought; and of the madness of love and jealousy which I knew; and of how the man I trusted became my enemy, and pursued me with his vengeance; and of the treasure which I found in the palace of the Hindoo king; and of how I returned at last to my own home.

Nor do I greatly expect that the hearing of these things will be effectual to hinder those who come after me from adventuring in their turn, for young blood will have its way, like sap in the veins of a growing tree. But there are times when I think that if I could have looked forward and seen what was to come, and all the dire straits through which I was to pass both among my own countrymen and in those distant lands I might have given a different welcome to my cousin Rupert when he came riding into Brandon, on the evening of that day which was to be the last of my boyhood.

I had come out of the house before supper was laid, as I often used, and had made my way along the edge of the dyke which runs through our meadows into the broad, which we call Breydon Water; and there by the margin of the broad I stood, while the sun was setting behind me, and watched the light flush and fade over the grey spire and high red roofs of Yarmouth town. Many a night I had come there to the same spot and gazed with wistful eyes at that prospect; for though I was, in a manner, familiar with the old town, and had gone in there on market days many a time since I was a boy, yet, at this hour, and seen across the water in the bright blaze of the sunset, it seemed to be strangely removed and glorified like that city which Christian had a prospect of from the Delectable Mountains and I could never think of it as other than an enchanted region, the gate of the great world, where the hours throbbed with action, and life was more full and splendid than in our lonely grange among the broads; and my heart was fretted within me, and day by day the longing grew upon me to break out of the narrow limits in which my life was bound, and take my way thither into the glamour and the mystery of the world... Continue reading book >>




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